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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. Hryszko
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    how's this for a first draft FH Team?

    Lloris
    Cancelo - Tierney - Stones
    Bruno - KDB - Son - Rashford - Smith Rowe
    Kane - Wilson

    Subs: Forster - Kilman - Mitchell - Brewster

    1. LC1
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      V nice! Good luck

    2. Boberella
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Looks good. Not too different to most FH teams I’ve seen.
      Cap who?

      1. Hryszko
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        KDB Or Son/Kane most likely, thoughts?

    3. kennethrhcp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      tidy

  2. Boberella
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Saiss over AWB on FH?

    1. TheDragon
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Burnley haven’t scored at home to united in forever

      1. Boberella
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        That’s the thinking.
        Although Everton without DCL or Richa probably won’t do much either.
        Think I’m going AWB

        1. TheDragon
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          AWB is the more template pick

          I’m going super template this week. This place is an echo chamber - the masses won’t be free hitting. Going template should guarantee a decent green arrow

    2. Aussie Rules
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      I'm going AWB

  3. Vazza
      1 month, 18 days ago

      The big day has finally arrived.

      All th best guys. 🙂

    • EWH2020
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Is ederson nailed? My only way to get double city defence

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Yes - he is back

      2. Releasebreaks
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Wait press conference this afternoon

    • SalahFingers
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Lloris
      Cancelo, Tierney, AWB
      De Bruyne, Fernandes, Son, Foden
      Kane, Lacazette, Wilson

      (Ryan, ESR, Kilman, Mitchell)

      A) GTG
      B) AWB+Foden+Lacazette -> Stones+Rashford+Brewster

      1. Boberella
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        I’d stick with what you’ve got.
        Foden could be a nice pick and a good bench if anything goes to sh*t

    • DannyDrinkVodka
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Lloris
      Cancelo Tierney Saiss
      KDB(c) Bruno Son Saka Gundog
      Kane Laca

      Wood Clark Mitchell

      G2G?

      1. TB303
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Looks excellent

      2. Aussie Rules
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Yep. I have the same line up except for AWB instead of Saiss

        1. DannyDrinkVodka
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 18 days ago

          It’s a toss-up, I just feel like Saiss has that extra up-side with the goal threat

          1. Aussie Rules
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Stick to your gut feel. Good team

      3. BERGKOP
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Looks good!

    • Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      FH teams with DDG; no risk from Henderson?

      1. TheDragon
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        That’s my thinking

        Lloris seems the obvious choice

      2. Sid07
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Henderson played in cup
        DDG will start

        1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Yes, more likely. But why take a risk on FH?

      3. Taegugk Warrior
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Why.. after darlow risk from dubravka. Now DDG..

        1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Henderson has played Pl over DDG before.

    • anish10
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Any FH differentials? Going for Sterling (4.7%) and maybe McGoldrick

      1. TB303
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Sterling a good shout! so low!

      2. jomikijiq
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Jesus for me

    • Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Better option for DGW assuming it goes ahead :

      A) Soucek (BUR, WBA)
      B) Bamford (BHA, SOT)

      1. Inazuma X1
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        B

      2. Dark Side Of The Loon!
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Extremely difficult. Bamford.

      3. TB303
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        B

      4. King Kohli
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        B has higher ceiling

      5. Bob.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        B

    • TB303
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Morning! Which team is stronger?

      A) Bissaka + Rashford
      B) Wilson + Lacazette

      A) Lloris

      Holding-Cancello-Bissaka-Dias

      Saka-Rashford-Bruyne-Fernandes-Son

      Kane

      B)
      Lloris

      Holding-Cancello-Dias

      Saka-Bruyne-Fernandes-Son

      Lacazette - Wilson - Kane

      1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        A

      2. sthelenslad92
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        B

      3. Somnus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        B

      4. 1Banksy
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        B

    • Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Other than me not really drafting it out so not as much research has gone into team planning...

      What is a downside of Wildcarding in GW18?

      Is it that GW26 now has more doubles so harder to plan for, or sub-optimal to navigate 18/19 with the same team.

      FH sounds like it would be handy for GW29, bu lt if there's a good reason it won't be needed, would be handy to be schooled.

      Cheers 🙂

      1. Inazuma X1
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        I don't see many good teams playing in GW29

        Only possible team is United or Liverpool

        1. Inazuma X1
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          probable is the right word instead of possible there

        2. Pompel
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Flip side of that argument that you don't want these players neither before nor after, so better to use FH then for at least 30 pts - compared to < 10 pts from bench players

      2. Rains of Castamere
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        I'm on WC as I feel like I can really attack 18 and 19, and then FH for the later BGW in 29 or if necessary, use the FH for the DGW26. I'll be bench boosting in 19 with 2 x SGW players, probably Lacazette (NEW) and Son (shu).

        Needed to WC or FH this week, for me the WC was the better option. My team in GW19 would have been poor if I free hitted in 18.

    • Goodricke
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      So, Who are we captaining, gentlemen?

      1. Lazaretti
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        KdB

      2. Dark Side Of The Loon!
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        KDB

      3. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        KDB - false 9 potentially against a Bissouma-less Brighton. City look to be clicking into gear now too.

      4. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Has to be Kevin

      5. jomikijiq
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        KDB

      6. BERGKOP
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        KDB

      7. TNB
          1 month, 18 days ago

          KdB

      8. De Gea is GOAT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Gtg guys?

        Lloris
        Dias Cancelo Tierney
        KDB Son Bruno Saka Neto
        Kane Wilson

        1. Little Red Lacazette
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Rashford in for one of Saka/Neto?

      9. Guru Mediation
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Morning all. Quick poll please 🙂

        Currently on:
        Cancelo, Holding
        KDB, Son, Bruno, Burke
        Kane, Decordova-Reid

        A) TAA > Dias (-4, 9BGWers)
        B) TAA > Stones; Raphina > Rashford (-8, 10BGwers)
        C) Raphina > Foden/Gundo (-4, 9BGwers)

        Cheers

        1. Fuddled FC
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          B

        2. Dr Mulholland
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          B

        3. Guru Mediation
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Thanks both!

      10. Jetpunker
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Does anyone reckon Tierney will be rested against palace? Played every match so far and played 120 against Newcastle in the cup.

          1. Fuddled FC
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            This has been mentioned by a couple of posters....but he's been very good lately

          2. Dark Side Of The Loon!
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Possible.

          3. Jersey Boy
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Nope, can’t see it happening. Arteta will be desperate to keep this run going

          4. rnrd
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            5 days rest between FA and CRY and then 4 befire NEW in GW19.
            Should be OK in my opinion. He's one of the few ARS players with momentum at the moment, would be silly to bench.

          5. Gonzola
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Not a chance. Would have been rested against Newcastle if needed.

        • Slitherene
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Which option would you suggest?

          Salah, Watkins ->
          A) Sterling, Richarlison
          B) Rashford, Jesus

          1. Sid07
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            B

        • Fuddled FC
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Which combo

          a) Lloris & Saiss
          b) De Gea & Tierney

          I have Holding as my first sub

          1. Sid07
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            B

        • Neo-Viper
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Foden or Neto on FH for the starting 11.

          Have KDB and Cancelo.

          1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Foden with a good bench option.

            1. Neo-Viper
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              Saiss is my first sub

              1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 18 days ago

                Foden

                1. Neo-Viper
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 18 days ago

                  Cheers!

          2. Lemongrab
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Foden has the higher ceiling IMO and seems to be back in favour

            1. Neo-Viper
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              That's what I thought too! Cheers!!

        • Inazuma X1
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Brighton are actually the only whipping boys.

          1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Leeds

        • TFP
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Apologies for posting another generic FH team. I wondered if anyone can recommend any quick improvements? Thanks

          Darlow
          Stones-Cancelo-Holding
          Bruno-KdB [c] - Rash-Son-Saka
          Kane-Wilson

          Sanchez-Brewster-Lowton-Mitchell

          1. Lemongrab
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Could go Darlow/Dubravka as one of them will definitely play

          2. sthelenslad92
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            You answered your own question it's a template team.

        • Twisted Melon
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          6 players fit for gw18 including Kilman and no Spurs. worth a FH?

          1. Lemongrab
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Yeah I would.

          2. Sir Alex Telles.
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            If you have 2fts you could survive with a -4.

          3. kennethrhcp
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            who are the other 5?
            if they're KDB, Bruno, Dias, Cancelo & another template big hitter maybe just a ht or 2 to get Son/Kane?

          4. The Suspended One
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Depends how you are in 19 and after, otherwise consider wc

          5. jomikijiq
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            I would have 7 after FH including Riedewald, also no Spurs and decided to FH

        • Lemongrab
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Pretty template but how's she looking (FH)

          Dubravka/Darlow (will have both)
          Tierney Cancelo Stones Dier
          Saka KDB Bruno Son
          Kane Lacazette

          1. kennethrhcp
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            I'm similar... the differences

            you: Cancelo, Dier, Saka, Laca (442)
            me: Dias, Maguire, Wilson, Martial (433)

        • EWH2020
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          A) Tierney, Cancelo, Saka, Wilson
          B) Ederson, Holding, ESR, Rashford

          1. Lemongrab
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Is Ederson available?

            A for me.

            1. Sid07
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              A

          2. Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            A by a mile.

        • Sid07
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          how's this for a FH Team?

          Lloris
          Cancelo - Tierney - dias - Awb
          Bruno - KDB - Son - Rashford - Saka
          Kane

          Subs: Forster - Kilman - Mitchell - Brewster

          1. Lemongrab
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Nice

          2. Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Boring.

            1. Sid07
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              How will you make it interesting

              1. Gonzola
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 18 days ago

                Switch Kane out for Andy Carroll? haha.

                I don't think your fpl team has to be exciting in order to be successful. Looks good to me.

        • caldracula
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Currently on a FH and have Martinez, Grealish, Watkins, Lampety, Bissouma, Sterling and DCL in my team when it reverts back. Looks like I’ll be wildcarding next GW!

        • rnrd
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          A bit surprised seeing Antonio getting 90 min yesterday on a potatoes field after an injury but this leads me to think if WHU takes that risk (cold afternoon on a so-so pitch) it is become they know he is clearly fit enough.

          Wasn't considering him for the double until then, but might be a great option to be considered for the double (BUR-WBA) ?

        • The Suspended One
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          A) Wilson for Watkins play 8
          B) Cancelo ESR Martial for Neco Grealish Watkins (-4) play 10
          C) Kane, ESR, Sanchez for Martinez Grealish Watkins (-4) play 10
          D) Kane ESR Yedlin for Watkins Grealish, Coufal (-4) play 10

          I think I’m on A or B

        • Caleb's Kitties
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Gabriel jesus should start with aguero out?

          1. Jimbo-Jones
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Wait for presser. Then wait nervously until tomorrow at 5pm.

          2. jomikijiq
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            yes

        • Jimbo-Jones
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          1. Lloris, Tierney, Wilson (+0.3 to upgrade fodder)
          2. Leno, Shaw, Lacazette

          xx
          Stones Cancelo xxx
          Bruno Rash KDB Son ESR
          Kane xxx

        • Releasebreaks
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Dias or Cancelo to keep for the rest of season ?

          1. Jimbo-Jones
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            c