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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. turd ferguson
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Which scores more?

    A -Maguire & Rashford
    B - Lacazette & wilson

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      B, BUR at home sometimes a bumpy ride

      1. John Nerdelbaum
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        United have a great record at Turf Moor

    2. alsybach
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      B

    3. Runaway
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      B

  2. asdf_1
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Everytime i get arsenal players, it ends in tears. I honestly can see a 1-0 palace.

    1. kennethrhcp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      tierney assist to laca... id take it

      1. asdf_1
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        i meant a palace win, but i hope what you said happens.

        1. kennethrhcp
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          read it wrong... oops

  3. Ruinenlust
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Already got KDB and Cancelo.

    Dias or Gundogan?

    1. kennethrhcp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      dias

    2. alsybach
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Gundo

    3. highsguy
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Dias. I find the Gundo hype strange - no guaranteed minutes and if he starts he could be defensive if Jesus slots back in. Foden is a better option if you have a good first sub, but still the risk of being subbed on for a 1 pointer

      • iL PiStOlErO
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Gund

    4. The Habib Beyes
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      A little stuck without a keeper on the blank gameweek. Is it really worth a -4 to get DDG in for McCarthy? Or just go without

      1. John Nerdelbaum
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Just leave it

      2. Totalfootball
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Same dilemma

      3. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Go Without - No United clean sheets away from home this season

      4. Pukki Party
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        You should get two extra games next two weeks so i'd do it.

      5. Maddamotha
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        No chance McCarthy will be ready?

        1. 2OLEgend
            1 month, 13 days ago

            The SOU - LEE game might be prosponed

      6. John Nerdelbaum
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Who do you prefer for this week and the DGW?

        a) Grealish & Lacazette
        b) Saka & Vardy

        Probably won't be keeping Lacazette or Vardy long term. My leaning is for A as I prefer Grealish over Vardy

        1. JabariParkersEyelid
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 13 days ago

          B. You don't know if Jack has Covid.

          1. John Nerdelbaum
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            That's a good point
            If all things are equal and Grealish doesn't have Covid then what would be your preference?

            1. The Habib Beyes
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              I prefer Vardy. Saka is an absolute steal at his price and Vardy double is something I'm sweating about not cashing in

              1. John Nerdelbaum
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Thanks - I like Saka as a pick
                After switching Kane to Vardy when Vardy had Fulham I've been a little bit underwhelmed by him as a pick.
                Would mean a Kane and Vardy double up

            2. JabariParkersEyelid
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Probably just about B, as I like Vardy for the double.

        2. tom2224
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          B, Villa assets are risky at the moment.

          1. John Nerdelbaum
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Thanks Tom

        3. John Nerdelbaum
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Thanks all

      7. tom2224
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        RMFHT:

        De Gea
        Tierney Dias Regulion
        Saka KDB B. Fernandes Son
        Lacazette Kane (C) Wilson

        Subs: Forster Mitchell Struijk Alzate

        0.0 ITB

      8. karljkadak
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 13 days ago

        RMFHT

        Darlow
        Cancelo, Dias, Tierney, Dier
        KDB, Bruno, Son, Saka
        Kane, Wilson
        Bench 4.0, 3,9, Smith-Rowe, Brewster

        G2G? Second guessing Darlow&Wilson and having both Saka&Smith-Rowe.

      9. tibollom
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        decided to hold FH and take a -12 to get this team as had 2 FTs - what do you reckon? Transfered out in *

        Lloris
        Dias AWB
        KDB Bruno Son Saka
        Kane

        Current team:

        McCarthy* Button
        Robbo* Balbuena Dallas* Ferguson CTaylor
        Salah* Bruno Son Raphina Soucek*
        Kane Bam DCL

        1. tom2224
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          -12.. ouch

          1. tibollom
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            yea you could consider it a - 6 though given these players would blank otherwise.. will get min 2 pts each

        2. Pépé Pig
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          I'd FH tbh 12 points plus whatever the extra 3 players get you is probably worth using the chip for

          1. tibollom
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            yea i thought about it; the issue is I lose 2 FT and by transfering instead of FH i can get some DGW players in as well...but i get what you mean, tough

        3. alsybach
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          FH

      10. Gabbiadini
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Best DGW defender option 4.6 and under (not WHU)?

        1. 2OLEgend
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Alioski if Leeds still have a DGW after this weekend

            1. Gabbiadini
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Yeh, no real obvious choice.

        2. RamaJama
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          News on Taylor?

          1. kennethrhcp
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            i think tweets said ok... could be wrong

          2. John Nerdelbaum
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Touch and go apparently
            It's doubtful

          3. fr3d
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Dyche said he’s «touch and go» which means he’s out for 1-2 weeks

          4. RamaJama
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Thanks! Hopefully back for dgw then

        3. Atimis
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Thoughts on that? How would you complete it with 6.7ITB?

          Lloris/4.0
          Cancelo/AWB/Tierney/3.9/3.9
          KDB/Son/Bruno/X/4.3
          Kane/Laca/Wilson

          1. kennethrhcp
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            some TV there. Dias in for 3.9
            Smith Rowe as 4th mid & go 433?
            Sub GK to playing 4.5 as cover

            1. Atimis
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Yeah can't decide between 433 and 343

              1. kennethrhcp
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                what 4th mid you thinking in 343?

                1. Atimis
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  Saka or Gundo

                  1. kennethrhcp
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    1 month, 13 days ago

                    any thoughts on the double City defence?

                    any which way you go you've funds to bulk up the bench just as cover

                    1. Atimis
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 13 days ago

                      Double def is tempting tbh

        4. b91jh
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Thoughts on this minimizing bench FH draft?

          Lloris
          Cancelo Yedlin Tierney AitNouri
          ESR KDB Sterling Bruno Son
          Kane

          4.0 Kilman Brewster Davis

        5. alsybach
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Hi peeps!
          I’ve got this attack this week but who to bench!?

          Son/KDB/Fernandez/Saka/Foden
          Lacazette/Kane/Wilson

          Bench
          A) Wilson
          B) Saka
          C) Foden

          Thankyou

          1. RamaJama
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            C

          2. jonnybhoy
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Downgrade A and upgrade def

            1. jonnybhoy
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              C*

          3. tom2224
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Nice problem to have but would probably have to say Saka.

        6. Your Man With The Hair
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Pick two for this GW

          A) Cancelo
          B) Foden
          C) Saka

          1. RamaJama
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            AC

          2. jonnybhoy
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            AC

          3. BERGKOP
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            AC

          4. Your Man With The Hair
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Unanimous, thanks!

        7. jonnybhoy
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Hi guys which one this week only

          A) DDG, Dier/Holding Stones
          B) Darlow Holding Cancelo

          Currently prefer B but know its more risky with Darlow

          1. BERGKOP
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            A

        8. BERGKOP
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          On a FH. Which option is better?

          a) Dias - Rashford (4-5-1)
          or
          b) Gundo - Laca (3-5-2)

          Thanks!

          1. jonnybhoy
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            A easy

        9. Mr-Inbetween
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Is Sanchez the cheapest playing keeper for this week?

          1. BERGKOP
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Yes

          2. jomikijiq
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            yeah

          3. Mr-Inbetween
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Cheers

        10. fplconte
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Does anybody know if Brewster is likely to start tonight? I'm not sure if he was rested or dropped at the weekend?

          1. Voodoo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Possibly. Check Team News.

        11. OptimusBlack
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Plz Which is better for FH ?
          A- Leno - AWB - Stones - Laca
          B- DDG - Tierney - Cancelo - Wilson

          1. BERGKOP
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            A

        12. chrhughes
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Who scores more?

          A) Rashford, Wilson, Smith-Rowe
          B) Neto, Lacazette, Saka
          C) Rashford, Saka, AWB

          1. Hits from the Bong
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            B

          2. highsguy
              1 month, 13 days ago

              B

          3. Hits from the Bong
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            FH team okay? Will Sterling play? Thanks

            Darlowe
            Cancello Tierney Saiss
            KDB Sterling Bruno Son Saka
            Kane Wilson

          4. drughi
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Rashford has 59 points in 7 away games this season, pretty good away record I must say

            1. Miguel Sanchez
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Returns in every away game

            2. Mr-Inbetween
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Interesting, hadn't noticed that, looks like he is actually yet to blank away this season..

            3. Camzy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Yeah I like Rashford and think he'll score well today.

            4. highsguy
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Burnley is very underestimated on this site. I'm expecting a 1-0 game. There's a reason why experts aren't going for Rashford

            5. It’s gonna Ben Mee
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Any news on Sterling?

              1. fplconte
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Pep PC at 130

                1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  Cheers

            6. Mr. O'Connell
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              If you own KDB, Kane, Son, Bruno, Arsenal def, City def and are not free hitting, the main threats to your rank as it stands are:

              Neto
              Zaha
              Wilson
              A second City def

              After the FTs and FHs who is getting added to that list? Laca, Saka, Rashford, Spurs def? Any more?

              1. Pompel
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Playing GK + United def - think they'll keep a cs. So it adds up to a point deficit, but is it enough to save FH?

            7. Daniel83
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Does anyone know if Aguero is still self isolating? If so that makes Jesus a tempting FH option...

            8. Gonzola
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              A: Kane + Saka

              or

              B: Rashford + Laca

              Help appreciated.

            9. Voodoo
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Hi all. Is Leeds v Southampton expected to be further in the season now or is is being dropped into 18?

              1. Camzy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                0 chance it drops into 18 now. Still can stay in 19 if Shrewsbury forfeit or it might get moved later in the season.

                1. Voodoo
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  Cheers.

              2. Miguel Sanchez
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Depends on Shrewsbury Covid test results

                1. Miguel Sanchez
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  But more likely to be moved further into the calendar

            10. fcsaltyballs
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Who to get on FH (have Cancelo):

              1. Dias
              2. Gundogan

              Thanks

              1. BERGKOP
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Same Q...I'm on Dias atm but seriously considering Gundo

              2. Dosh
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Foden

              3. 2OLEgend
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  Dias

              4. George James
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Best option over next 2 gamewweks?

                A) Robertson / Saka / Antonio

                B) Robertson / Soucek / Lacazette

                C) AWB / Saka / Vardy -4

                D) Lindelof / Rashford / Wilson -8

              5. It’s gonna Ben Mee
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                A) Saïss, Sterling and Wilson
                B) Stones, Rashford and Lacazette

                1. RamaJama
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  B

                2. 2OLEgend
                    1 month, 13 days ago

                    B