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Scoutcast Episode 360 – Opportunities for FPL managers during Blank Gameweek 18

Joe is joined by Karam and new regular Scoutcast host Seb to try to make sense of the fixture change impacting on Gameweek 18.

Content creators are having a tough time of late. As soon as a video or podcast is painstakingly researched and presented, a major announcement changes everything. Lately, that has been due to COVID-19, with players forced to isolate and games postponed.

This time around the Scoutcast has escaped such changes by scheduling its latest episode last night (Monday, January 11), just hours after it emerged that Tottenham’s game with Aston Villa on Wednesday had been put back due to COVID-19 concerns.

Instead, Jose Mourinho’s troops will take on Fulham in a hastily rearranged game that falls far more kindly in the Gameweek for owners of Spurs stars Harry Kane (£11.0m) and Son Heung-min (£9.8m).

Understandably, this important fixture change tops the bill in a show that marks the debut for Seb as the Scoutcast’s new regular co-host with Joe.

Also joining this week is Karam, who has had his own experience with coronavirus recently. He reveals how he was been isolating after a positive test and thankfully is now fighting fit to once again tackle this most irregular of seasons.

Our trio reveal their Gameweek 18 plans and the players they are targeting. Joe has already pressed the button on his Free Hit chip but Karam only needs one or two transfers to field a credible side. Meanwhile, Seb is Free Hit-curious, and undecided on whether to deploy this chip.

Differentials during this limited set of fixtures are also taken in. Are Wolves and Everton players being unfairly neglected?

Elsewhere, Arsenal’s low owned gems are scrutinised and long-term fixtures are frisked in a show that aims to ensure Fantasy Premier League managers are well prepared for today’s Gameweek 18 deadline.

The Scoutcast will return on Thursday night, when Joe, Seb and their guest will dust off their notes once again and focus on the coming weekend’s Double Gameweek 19.

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  1. Tmel
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    On FH:

    a) Dias & Saiss
    b) Stones & AWB

    1. Merlinho
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      I'd probably avoid Wolves - the second choice feels the strongest overall for me.

      1. OptimusBlack
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        This

    2. Legomané
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      A

    3. Stormbringer22
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 9 days ago

      B

    4. Boz
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      B

    5. EmreCan Hustle
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      A

  2. Merlinho
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Down to my final free hit choices:

    1. Double up Man City defence (Dias/Cancelo) and Saka in midfield (with Yedlin first on bench)
    2. One of Dias/Cancelo, Maguire and Gundogan in midfield (with ESR first on bench)

    Any thoughts lads?

    1. Legomané
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      1

    2. marcos11
        3 months, 9 days ago

        1

    3. Inazuma X1
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Best time to FH is GW18 as GW29 will only have one of Liverpool or United

      Right?

      1. Goonerly
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Depends on your team.
        I would have wanted to wait with my FH, but the Villa postponement meant I kind of had to do it this GW.

        And looking at my FH team now, I'm pretty pleased.

      2. Davros
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Depends on your team now and if you need it. Who knows what GW29 will look like by the time we get there

      3. Ron_Swanson
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        29 might have Man City, Spurs, Liverpool and any other team!

        1. Inazuma X1
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          How lol

      4. StayoutheSpiceZone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        I am going to free hit in a double gw I think - that is why I am saving.

      5. cyberspace
          3 months, 8 days ago

          You will never be sure about the upcoming gw's.
          Right now, the opportunity is there.
          A lot of people squandered their chips during early season, so in my opinion anything north of 50 points will get you a nice gain.

          Im personally going for it but it was an easy decision as I could only field 6 players without taking hits

      6. Nemanja Vidic Legend
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        2FT 0.3 ITB
        WC FH BB TC available

        Martinez Mendy
        Regulion Saiss Justin Coufal Mitchel
        KBD Fernandes Son Grealish Saka
        Kane Bamford Brewster

        GW18 Grealish -> Foden
        GW19 Mitchel Brewster -> Strujik Antonio BB

        1. Inazuma X1
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Struijk will play both the games?

      7. Legomané
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Queasy poll — Wilson or Wood... (not on FH or WC)

        1. Inazuma X1
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Neither

        2. Goonerly
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Wilson

        3. aapoman
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Wilson

        4. Stormbringer22
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Wilson but not overly keen if he is to stay in your team a while

        5. Davros
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Wilson

        6. Pukki Blinders
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Neither

      8. aapoman
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Good to go after 2ft? Bench is full of players who don't have a match

        Cancelo Stones
        KDB Bruno Son Neto
        Kane

        1. Stormbringer22
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Save the FH

          1. aapoman
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            Yeah that's the plan. Feel like the 7 players I have are close to being the most essential ones anyway

        2. Inazuma X1
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Use FH

          1. aapoman
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            Why? To get unreliable cheap players? Don't think it is necessary. A -4 hit I could consider.

        3. Bad Kompany
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Save fh. You have all the important players

        4. Boz
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Save for sure, got all the big hitters and double city def

        5. aapoman
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Thanks all!

      9. EgyptianKing
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Any opinion on this?

        A) De Gea Dier Dias

        B) Lloris Bissaka Stones

        Chers!

        1. Bad Kompany
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          B

        2. Feed tha Sheep
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          A

      10. Bad Kompany
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Is Pep presser before the deadline?

        1. Goonerly
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          1:30 PM

      11. Boz
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Those not on FH, who are you removing DCL for?

        1. Stormbringer22
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Next week he will make way as part of a hit to get KDB back in

        2. Boz
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          I’m thinking as an enabler to bring Salah in next week for Grealish if villa doubt or Son. Was thinking Wood due to playing in BGW18 and DGW19

        3. aleksaa2
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Did Salah and DCL to Rashford and Kane, in GW 19 Kane and Grealish to Salah and Antonio.

          1. Boz
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            Antonio is a great shout actually

        4. Arn De Gothia
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          martial

        5. marcos11
            3 months, 9 days ago

            Planning on bringing in Laca this week and transferring him to Vardy for dgw19

        6. Stormbringer22
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 9 days ago

          FH Team:

          Lloris (4.0)
          Cancelo - Stones - Tierny
          KDB(C) - Bruno - Son - Rashford ESR
          Kane - Wilson

          Clark - Brewster - Kilman

          GTG?

          1. aapoman
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            It's good

            1. Stormbringer22
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 9 days ago

              Cheers!

          2. Puyol Pants Up
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            Wow, I have the EXACT same team haha.

            I'm still undecided between ESR + Lloris or Saka + Leno.

        7. fcsaltyballs
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Best pick from (budget 5.1) on FH:

          1. Saiss
          2. Shaw
          3. Lindelof
          4. Keane
          5. Fernandez

          Thanks

          1. Stormbringer22
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 9 days ago

            Not really keen on any of them, but I guess Saiss

          2. Kebab pig
              3 months, 9 days ago

              1

            • aapoman
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 9 days ago

              Saiss

            • Feed tha Sheep
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 9 days ago

              Dier 5.1 isn’t he?

              1. fcsaltyballs
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 9 days ago

                Already have Lloris Son Kane

                1. Feed tha Sheep
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 9 days ago

                  Would go 1 or 2 then

          3. DaftKing
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            I haven’t seen any mention of Luke Shaw for those on a FH. He’s in good form and looks great value for one week, with Telles having started in the week. Am I missing something?

            1. DaftKing
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 9 days ago

              Lo and behold the post right before this mentions him, but that’s the first one I’ve seen!

            2. Feed tha Sheep
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 9 days ago

              Was a doubt though has trained yesterday

            3. QUEN
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 9 days ago

              His in mine currently as I can’t afford anyone else hope he starts

            4. Jersey Boy
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 9 days ago

              Surely can’t be picking players that aren’t nailed on a FH

          4. Kebab pig
              3 months, 9 days ago

              Is Sterling likely to play? Was he pictured in training photos?

              1. Stormbringer22
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 9 days ago

                Pep presser at 1:30

            • Dele
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 9 days ago

              Pick one please...

              A) Lloris, Tierney, Smith Rose
              B) Leno, AWB, Saka

              1. Stormbringer22
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 9 days ago

                A but biased since I have all 3 of A and none of B

              2. Feed tha Sheep
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 9 days ago

                A just

                1. Dele
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 9 days ago

                  Do we think ESR definitely starts?

                  1. Feed tha Sheep
                    • 8 Years
                    3 months, 9 days ago

                    Should do has played well

              3. Camzy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                3 months, 9 days ago

                B.

                Saka is insane. I was on A but after looking at the stats of Saka I changed my mind.

            • Feed tha Sheep
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 9 days ago

              First to 5...Dias or Gundagon as third city? (I have KDB & Cancelo)
              GO

              1. Stormbringer22
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 9 days ago

                Dias

              2. EmreCan Hustle
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 9 days ago

                Dias, easily.

              3. matiakez
                • 10 Years
                3 months, 9 days ago

                Quite like Gundo.

              4. fcsaltyballs
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 9 days ago

                Gundogan

              5. dunas_dog
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 9 days ago

                Gundagon

              6. marcos11
                  3 months, 9 days ago

                  Dias

              7. MoSalad
                • 7 Years
                3 months, 9 days ago

                A) Areola (Johnstone)
                Stones, Cancelo, Tierney, AWB (Coufal)
                Rashford, Bruno, KDB, ESR (Salah)
                BDR, Wilson (BamBam)

                GW19 Wilson & Tierney ---> Antonio & Cresswell

                B) Areola (Johnstone)
                Stones, Cancelo, AWB (Cresswell, Coufal)
                Rashford, Bruno, KDB, Son, ESR
                BDR, Laca (BamBam)

                GW19 - Laca & Son ---> Antonio & Salah

                What do you think is the best option guys final decision then GTG?

              8. Mufc202020
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 9 days ago

                Which of these 3 in your team for long term?

                A) Wilson
                B) Adams
                C) Watkins

                Already have Bamford & Antonio.

                1. Miguel Sanchez
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 9 days ago

                  A

                2. EmreCan Hustle
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 9 days ago

                  C. DGWs

                3. BAMBAA
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 9 days ago

                  A

                4. TheBiffas
                    3 months, 9 days ago

                    C

                5. Miguel Sanchez
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 9 days ago

                  Might swap Bamford for Antonio on my bench on my WC, any thoughts?

                  1. EmreCan Hustle
                    • 8 Years
                    3 months, 9 days ago

                    Do you have money tied up in Bamford?
                    I think it might be counterproductive.

                    1. Miguel Sanchez
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      3 months, 9 days ago

                      Not much, will cost 0.2 more to bring back if they end up keeping their DGW

                      1. EmreCan Hustle
                        • 8 Years
                        3 months, 9 days ago

                        Leeds look poor. So I get why Antonio would be of interest.

                        1. Miguel Sanchez
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 4 Years
                          3 months, 9 days ago

                          Bigger differential and might have a double which Bamford may now miss out on

                6. tbos83
                    3 months, 9 days ago

                    How much do we think weather impacts goals? Tonight is clear while games tomorrow/thurs will likely be played in heavy rain

                    1. Miguel Sanchez
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      3 months, 9 days ago

                      Interesting but have never really factored it

                  • BAMBAA
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 9 days ago

                    Pick one for GW18 only?

                    Wilson, Foden, Gundogan, Cancelo, Dias

                    Currently with Wilson but seems weird to have only 2 Man City in FH.

                  • Rhodes your boat
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 9 days ago

                    Strujik to Mitchell -4 yay or nay?

                    1. Stormbringer22
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      3 months, 9 days ago

                      Nay, Mitchell not guaranteed to play

                    2. BAMBAA
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      3 months, 9 days ago

                      Nay

                    3. QUEN
                      • 2 Years
                      3 months, 9 days ago

                      Will they get you more than 4 points

                  • matiakez
                    • 10 Years
                    3 months, 9 days ago

                    Is Reguilon too much of a risk? Feels like the spurs defender with the biggest upside

                    1. Stormbringer22
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      3 months, 9 days ago

                      Good pick imo

                    2. BAMBAA
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      3 months, 9 days ago

                      Dier for me.

                    3. Nolberto Solano
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      3 months, 9 days ago

                      Looks like the best option for attacking returns from Spurs defence. Looks likely to start over Davies

                  • wattalowz
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 9 days ago

                    Any Man Utd fans know if Lindelof is nailed over Bailly?

                  • Inazuma X1
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 9 days ago

                    Will Struijk rise in price tonight?

                  • Dele
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 9 days ago

                    So Sheffield haven’t had a clean sheet all season... why’s Ramsdale tempting me against a blunt Newcastle.

                    1. dbeck
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      3 months, 9 days ago

                      Better CS odd than Newcastle, wolves and Everton

                    2. aleksaa2
                      • 4 Years
                      3 months, 9 days ago

                      Lord Andy Carroll will score a hatty.

                  • dbeck
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 9 days ago

                    On fh

                    Who is the best def from spurs? Dier due to price and nailness?

                    Is kilman likely to play with Boly and marcal out?

                    1. Nolberto Solano
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      3 months, 9 days ago

                      Reguilon for the assist potential, Dier for the nailedness

                    2. The Tinkerman
                      • 5 Years
                      3 months, 9 days ago

                      Lloris IMO

                  • Miguel Sanchez
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 9 days ago

                    How come Cancelo hasn’t picked up more attacking returns (1 assist) despite posting impressive stats and looking threatening every game? Poor luck?

                    1. Inazuma X1
                      • 3 Years
                      3 months, 9 days ago

                      He's like Lamptey

                    2. Miguel Sanchez
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      3 months, 9 days ago

                      xA 3.29 suggests he has been unlucky

                    3. Holmes
                      • 7 Years
                      3 months, 9 days ago

                      Could be one of those players...

                    4. mynameisq
                      • 7 Years
                      3 months, 9 days ago

                      Could be one of those weird players that always looks the most threatening, always posts good stats but somehow rarely delivers

                      1. Baines on Toast...
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 10 Years
                        3 months, 9 days ago

                        City can’t finish. It is similar to Grealish. But I expect it to improve

                    5. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                      • 4 Years
                      3 months, 9 days ago

                      City's Lamptey. I prefer Stones from that team. 0.8 makes a huge difference elsewhere.

                  • Nolberto Solano
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    3 months, 9 days ago

                    Drop one from a FH team:

                    A) Tierney
                    B) Rashford
                    C) Lacazette

                    1. dbeck
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      3 months, 9 days ago

                      I’ve done C, I have laca trust issues

                    2. Miguel Sanchez
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      3 months, 9 days ago

                      A

                      1. Nolberto Solano
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 9 Years
                        3 months, 9 days ago

                        This is what I am leaning towards, I cover the arsenal defence with Leno

                  • The Tinkerman
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 9 days ago

                    Anybody tempted by Ferran Torres as a third city punt on FH? Has been back in training since last week, would not be surprised if he started.

                    Would require viable bench cover though.

                  • fcsaltyballs
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 9 days ago

                    Does Luke Shaw start? Can’t decide between Shaw and Saiss ?!