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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. Ranger3
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Cavani could be gold on Free Hit, Him or Lacazette ??

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

      I like the Cavani punt

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

      Laca definitely

    3. LC1
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Laca

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

      Laca. But I'm considering doing a really maverick move and not having Kane instead to fund Rashford > Sterling and using Cavani as an enabler.

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

        Sterling and CAvani could end starting in bench
        Kane and Laca currently nailed, points guaranteed

    5. Right In The Stanchion
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Man Utd won't score more then 2 goals and Cavani isn't first choice. Very Risky.

  2. Andy4411
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Had to Wildcard. Was to much waste I had to roll out, and also had to be ready for the gw19. Currently landed on this:
    Leno (Johnstone)
    Stones Holding Mitchell (Bednarek) (Dallas)
    Son Fernandes Gundo KDB (Soucek)
    Kane Wilson Laca

    Then a couple of changes after 19, to free some funds.

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

      Leno to DDG
      Arsenal double defence not great choice

      1. Andy4411
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        If I only had the funds....

  3. 2OLEgend
      3 months, 9 days ago

      For DGW19:

      1. DDG
      2. McCarthy

      A) Salah & Watkins
      B) Son & Vardy

      GW18 (with DGW19 in mind)
      X) Zouma (0.8m value tied up) -> Stones
      Y) Coufal (have Cresswell) -> Stones

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

        1 A X

      2. jomikijiq
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        1
        A
        Y (but not sure if Cresswell is worth the money over Coufal)

      3. FantasyClub
          3 months, 9 days ago

          I would actually go
          1
          B!
          And get rid of both Zouma and Cresswell...Cresswell not worth the extra over Coufal imo

          1. 2OLEgend
              3 months, 9 days ago

              Get rid of Zouma for who? He has FUL and LEI in GW19 and good fix after that. I'll do Cresswell to Stones as I need Antonio as a DCL replacement

          2. FantasyClub
              3 months, 9 days ago

              Obviously that’s as long as Vardy comes good

            • 2OLEgend
                3 months, 9 days ago

                Cheers all! 🙂

            • The Suspended One
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 9 days ago

              Bottomed

              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

              1. 2OLEgend
                  3 months, 9 days ago

                  I would say A with DGW19 in mind

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

                Lloris, (Steel)
                Cancelo, Stones, Tierney, (Mitchell, Fernandez)
                KDB, Bruno, Son, Saka, (Burke)
                Kane, Lacazette, Wilson

                Any improvements?

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

                  One United player only.

                  Can you make Wilson > Cavani?

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

                    0.0 ITB. I toyed with Lloris to DDG, or shifting some bits around to do Laca to Rasher, but it weakens the rest of the team too much

                2. RAFA THE GAFFA
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 9 days ago

                  Same
                  Below

                3. ajk1211
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 9 days ago

                  Apart from subs, I have exactly the same team so G2G hopefully!

                  Bit worried about pep roulette (as ever!) and may consider Wilson to 4.5 to enable upgrade of Anguissa however.

                  Will see what news comes out today

              3. sthelenslad92
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 9 days ago

                Best FH formation?
                A) 4-5-1
                B) 3-5-2
                C) 3-4-3

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

                  Depends entirely on who is in your team!

                2. sthelenslad92
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 9 days ago

                  Base it on the template team!

                  So:
                  A) means Tierney - Cancelo - Stones - AWB at the back with double Man Utd midfield and Kane lone striker
                  B) means double Man Utd midfield and either Lacazette/Wilson up front alongside Kane
                  C) means all 3 strikers up front

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

                Would you FH this team:
                No GK
                Dias Holding Mitchell
                KDB Son Bruno Anguissa
                Kane DCL

                or just do DCL to Lacazette for -4

                1. 2OLEgend
                    3 months, 9 days ago

                    DCL to Laca and your good

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

                    DCL plays no? no hit if he does

                    how much itb & who are your subs? Might be a good -4 but I prob wouldnt FH that

                    1. bitm2007
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      3 months, 9 days ago

                      DCL is confirmed out with a hamstring injury.

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

                        cheers

                  • H.E. Pennypacker
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    3 months, 9 days ago

                    Similar dilemma for me (with transfers included):
                    No keeper
                    Dias/Cancelo Mitchell Taylor
                    KDB Son Bruno Neto
                    Kane Wilson

                    I'm thinking that the Free Hit might be better used for the double game week 19. Thoughts?

                  • bitm2007
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    3 months, 9 days ago

                    DCL to Laca sounds good.

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

                  any glaring mess up here?

                  Darlow
                  Maguire, Tierney, Dias, Stones
                  KDB, Bruno, Son
                  Kane, Martial, Wilson

                  Dubravka, Smith Rowe, Alzate, Douglas

                  1. KING KOUNDER
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    3 months, 9 days ago

                    Martial might not start, Cavani is back after 3 games, and United play Pool in 3 days.

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

                      cheers

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

                  So the guestion is Rashfor or Laca. Whats ur toughts?

                  1. 2OLEgend
                      3 months, 9 days ago

                      Rash for me

                    • Right In The Stanchion
                      • 1 Year
                      3 months, 9 days ago

                      Laca easily.

                      I'd prefer Martial as an asset over Rashford too. Has a great record at Turf Moor

                    • Captain Haddock
                      • 6 Years
                      3 months, 9 days ago

                      Laca

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

                      rashford

                    • Whiskerz
                      • 7 Years
                      3 months, 9 days ago

                      Rashford imo. Laca too risky I think.

                    • Tonyawesome69 FHXX
                      • 2 Years
                      3 months, 9 days ago

                      Laca

                  2. Mo Mane No Problems
                      3 months, 9 days ago

                      Would you rather start:

                      A) Smith-Rowe
                      B) Wan Biss

                      1. 2OLEgend
                          3 months, 9 days ago

                          B

                        • Captain Haddock
                          • 6 Years
                          3 months, 9 days ago

                          B

                        • EWH2020
                          • 7 Years
                          3 months, 9 days ago

                          ESR and it's not close

                        • Tonyawesome69 FHXX
                          • 2 Years
                          3 months, 9 days ago

                          A

                        • Boberella
                          • 4 Years
                          3 months, 9 days ago

                          B

                      2. Lucky Z
                        • 3 Years
                        3 months, 9 days ago

                        Dias • Reguilon • Mitchell
                        KDB • Son • Bruno
                        Brewster

                        Martinez • Dallas • Targett • Salah • Grealish • DCL • Bamford

                        Guys, best use of 1FT with 0.3ITB?

                        A. Targett => Shaw
                        B. Salah => Sterling
                        C. B + DCL => Laca -4

                        1. Captain Haddock
                          • 6 Years
                          3 months, 9 days ago

                          A

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

                          C

                        3. bitm2007
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 6 Years
                          3 months, 9 days ago

                          C. I don't think 6 plus Mitchell and Brewster is enough plus DCL is injured.

                          1. bitm2007
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 6 Years
                            3 months, 9 days ago

                            If it means taking a hit to get Salah back next GW I'd do Grealish and DCL to Saka (or Rowe) and Laca.

                            1. Lucky Z
                              • 3 Years
                              3 months, 9 days ago

                              no, not taking back

                              1. bitm2007
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 6 Years
                                3 months, 9 days ago

                                Definitely C then.

                              2. FantasyClub
                                  3 months, 9 days ago

                                  Not taking Salah back for DGW?
                                  I’m actually contemplating not having any Pool players for DGW...

                                  1. Lucky Z
                                    • 3 Years
                                    3 months, 9 days ago

                                    Why? What they have showed recently? No cleanies, blanks. I do n''t say Salah will not score, but do not exoect something huge, and won't captain him

                                    1. FantasyClub
                                        3 months, 9 days ago

                                        No completely agree mate, I put up a post in a different chat asking for opinions about not having Pool players...I’ll copy and paste it to you

                                      • FantasyClub
                                          3 months, 9 days ago

                                          This is what I posted earlier...
                                          Anyone thinking of bypassing a Liverpool player all together for DGW? The fixtures aren’t the greatest imo...Man Utd first fixture obviously isn’t easy and Burnley if anything can defend, Burnley as you know will be the second fixture so Pool players won’t be fresh if not rotated and not in form, Pope In form don’t forget...any thoughts on this lads?

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

                                            I'm swapping Salah for KDB (gw18) and not bringing Salah back for gw19, as I dont think that it is a particularly attractive double.

                                            1. FantasyClub
                                                3 months, 9 days ago

                                                Totally agree and not inform and Burnley can defend like I said...I’d rather go on form than just because it’s “Salah”

                                • Tonyawesome69 FHXX
                                  • 2 Years
                                  3 months, 9 days ago

                                  Prefer Targett and Salah to Stones and Rashford. Gives you 7 plus Mitchell and Brewster and prepares you for 19.

                                  1. Lucky Z
                                    • 3 Years
                                    3 months, 9 days ago

                                    good point. thank you.

                              3. Tonyawesome69 FHXX
                                • 2 Years
                                3 months, 9 days ago

                                Need some thoughts on this:
                                Is this enough without having to use FH or transfer Balbuena to Shaw/Lindeloff for a 2nd hit and play GW18 and 19? (can't afford Maguire or AWB)

                                0FT 3.3itb
                                Holding Cancelo Stones
                                Son Bruno KDB
                                Kane

                                Non-GW18 players
                                Martinez Johnstone Coufal Balbuena Soucek Raphinha Rodrigo Bamford

                                1. King Kohli
                                  • 8 Years
                                  3 months, 9 days ago

                                  Good enough to save FH imo

                                  1. Tonyawesome69 FHXX
                                    • 2 Years
                                    3 months, 9 days ago

                                    Thanks, would you take the 2nd hit just to get 8 players in? Not sure if a def for a hit with a low ceiling is worth it

                                    1. King Kohli
                                      • 8 Years
                                      3 months, 9 days ago

                                      I wouldn't take the hit as you already have double city defence.

                              4. Sir Alex Telles.
                                • 4 Years
                                3 months, 9 days ago

                                Fabio Silva or McGoldrick?

                                1. Captain Haddock
                                  • 6 Years
                                  3 months, 9 days ago

                                  Mc

                                  1. Sir Alex Telles.
                                    • 4 Years
                                    3 months, 9 days ago

                                    Thanks.

                                2. Rains of Castamere
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 6 Years
                                  3 months, 9 days ago

                                  Hi Mark.

                                  1. Sir Alex Telles.
                                    • 4 Years
                                    3 months, 9 days ago

                                    Mark will FH so he might not be playing McD. I need Mcd to be able to fit it Kane and Rashford.

                              5. RAFA THE GAFFA
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 5 Years
                                3 months, 9 days ago

                                How’s this FH? Cheers.

                                Lloris
                                Cancelo, Tierney, Stones
                                KDB(C), Bruno, Son, Saka
                                Kane, Laca, Wilson
                                (4.0, Yedlin, Anguissa, Mitchell)

                                1. Captain Haddock
                                  • 6 Years
                                  3 months, 9 days ago

                                  Template, good

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

                                  Lovely stuff

                                  Exact same as mine other than Stones & Lacazette VS Dias & AWB

                                3. g40steve
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 3 Years
                                  3 months, 9 days ago

                                  Nice, if I lose Tierney & Lloris for Leno & Dier I can squeeze Saka to Rashy?

                                4. NETFLIX & CHILWELL
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 4 Years
                                  3 months, 9 days ago

                                  I have nearly the same but I have Dier over Tierney and DDG over Lloris.

                              6. Captain Haddock
                                • 6 Years
                                3 months, 9 days ago

                                On FH, would you rather have

                                A) Wilson
                                B) Gündogan?

                                1. Right In The Stanchion
                                  • 1 Year
                                  3 months, 9 days ago

                                  Wilson all day long

                                2. Tonyawesome69 FHXX
                                  • 2 Years
                                  3 months, 9 days ago

                                  Prob B

                                3. jomikijiq
                                  • 5 Years
                                  3 months, 9 days ago

                                  A

                                  Prefer Dias/Stones/Jesus for the 3rd City slot

                              7. DanLFC1
                                • 5 Years
                                3 months, 9 days ago

                                Is Reguilon expected to start?
                                Got in trouble for Covid party

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

                                FH or not this team?
                                (not sure what to do in GW19)

                                (1FT, 0.3 itb)

                                Dias/Cancelo/Taylor*
                                KDB/Bruno/Son
                                Brewster

                                Not playing: Martinez, Messlier, Dallas, Targett, Salah, Soucek, DCL*, Bamford)

                                1. King Kohli
                                  • 8 Years
                                  3 months, 9 days ago

                                  Take a -4 and save the FH.

                              9. Bobby_Baggio
                                • 9 Years
                                3 months, 9 days ago

                                Morning wise ones. Would say this is template FH team but seeing if I should get rashford instead of Laca?

                                Darlow
                                Tierney - Stones - Cancelo
                                Son - Bruno - Saka - KDB
                                Kane - Wilson - Laca

                                4m - AWB - Mitchell - Stephens

                                1. sthelenslad92
                                  • 5 Years
                                  3 months, 9 days ago

                                  AWB is a lot of money on the bench, I'd upgrade Darlow

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

                                    Just in case someone doesn't play I have a semi decent backup. Darlow upgrade to who? Lloris or Leno?

                              10. KINGS
                                • 2 Years
                                3 months, 9 days ago

                                Fellow non free hitters, how does your team looks like?

                                1. Rains of Castamere
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 6 Years
                                  3 months, 9 days ago

                                  On WC - 10 players for 18 and planning 13 DGWers for BB19.

                                  Areola
                                  Stones - Cancelo - AWB
                                  KDB - Son - Bruno - Smith-Rowe
                                  Lacazette - Kane

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

                                    Lowton - Dias - Stones
                                    Fernandes - KDB - Son - Stephens
                                    Kane - Wilson

                                    You? 🙂

                                  2. Pompel
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 7 Years
                                    3 months, 9 days ago

                                    Do you have a plan for Salah

                                    1. Rains of Castamere
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 6 Years
                                      3 months, 9 days ago

                                      I could get him for 19 with a -4 (would need to lose Son).

                                      But I am likely to go without. It's a gamble but he's just so damn expensive and my team is better balanced without him. Liverpool have looked quite toothless recently and he'll be up against two deep blocks (United-Burnley), yes he could haul but I'm backing those two teams to keep it pretty tight and hopefully restrict him to limited returns

                                2. Pompel
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 7 Years
                                  3 months, 9 days ago

                                  Current team after -4 pts this gw:

                                  Martinez Steer
                                  Dias* Robertson Holding* Mitchell* Coufal
                                  KDB* Son* Bruno* Burke* Coufal
                                  Kane* Bamford DCL

                                  Not happy, deliberating whether to ride it out or play WC or FH

                                3. PP6
                                  • 2 Years
                                  3 months, 9 days ago

                                  Stones Cancelo Mitchell Maguire/AWB
                                  Bruno KDB Son Burke
                                  Kane

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

                                    That will see you nicely through

                              11. Sid07
                                • 6 Years
                                3 months, 9 days ago

                                On FH
                                1) Stones + Wilson (352)
                                2) dias + Tierney (451)

                              12. thepirates
                                • 3 Years
                                3 months, 9 days ago

                                Best replacement for DCL, keep in mind not using any chips for 18 & 19?

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

                                  Wilson or Laca

                                2. jomikijiq
                                  • 5 Years
                                  3 months, 9 days ago

                                  Wood

                                3. 2OLEgend
                                    3 months, 9 days ago

                                    Antonio

                                4. Do I Not Like Orange
                                  • 8 Years
                                  3 months, 9 days ago

                                  Any issues with this team? Nowt in bank.

                                  Darlow
                                  Cancelo Stones Tierney
                                  Bruno Rashford KDB Son ESR
                                  Kane Wilson

                                  4.0 Kilman Mitchell Brewster

                                5. Muscout
                                  • 1 Year
                                  3 months, 9 days ago

                                  Leno
                                  Cancelo, AWB, Stones
                                  KDB, Bruno, Son, Rash, Saka
                                  Kane (C), Wilson

                                  Steer, Yedlin, Brewster, Mitchell

                                  On FH anything to switch out? Correct captain choice?

                                6. efcdave1982
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 7 Years
                                  3 months, 9 days ago

                                  A. Tierney, Foden, Wilson
                                  B. Holding, Smith-Rowe, Jesus

                                  The following are locked in:
                                  Leno
                                  Cancelo Dier
                                  KDB Bruno Son Rashford
                                  Kane

                                  Mitchell + Fodder

                                7. PP6
                                  • 2 Years
                                  3 months, 9 days ago

                                  Thoughts? Thanks
                                  Plan is Robbo-> AWB/Maguire -4 GW19-> Adams and Son -> Antonio and Salah +1.3 -4

                                  (Martinez) (Foster)
                                  (Robertson) Cancelo Mitchell Stones (Targett)
                                  KDB Bruno Son (Soucek) Burke
                                  Kane (Adams) (Bamford).

                                8. Ian Davis
                                  • 11 Years
                                  3 months, 9 days ago

                                  Gundo or Foden?

                                9. Irish Villan 1985
                                  • 4 Years
                                  3 months, 9 days ago

                                  Guys need some help with my FH - What you think?

                                  Team 1

                                  DDG

                                  Yeldin, Holding, Stones, Tierney

                                  Son, KDB, Bruno, Rashford

                                  Kane, Lacazette

                                  Or....

                                  Team 2

                                  DDG

                                  Cancelo, Clarke, Tierney

                                  Son, Smith-Rowe, Bruno, KDB

                                  Martial, Kane, Lacazette

                                  Thanks lads!!!

                                10. Right In The Stanchion
                                  • 1 Year
                                  3 months, 9 days ago

                                  So much Man Utd bias on this website. Rashford is not a good option on FH.

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

                                  DCL to:
                                  a) Laca
                                  b) Wilson

                                12. wattalowz
                                  • 3 Years
                                  3 months, 9 days ago

                                  Is lindelof a safe pick on FH?

                                  Can’t afford AWB.

                                  Thanks