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Scoutcast Episode 362 – Who are the best De Bruyne and Vardy replacements?

Joe and Seb are joined by Karam to look at the key issues facing Fantasy Premier League managers ahead of Gameweek 20.

After a Blank then Double Gameweek in quick succession, FPL managers can look forward to a ‘normal’ set of fixtures this time around.

But FPL is rarely easy this campaign, in which Covid and increasing scheduling problems have wreaked havoc across top-flight football.

A chief concern is injuries to some of the most well owned and reliable players, with both Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne (£11.9m) and Leicester talisman Jamie Vardy (£10.1m) sidelined for weeks.

Our Scoutcast trio look in detail at the best replacements for both, with a wealth of options to suit all budgets. Are Tottenham’s Harry Kane (£11.2m) and Son Heung-min (£9.7m) the obvious targets for those who are currently without this magnificent attacking duo? Or are there cheaper, emerging options to consider instead?

Liverpool’s recent poor form is also under scrutiny. Is Mohammed Salah (£12.5m), who is excelling in the Cup but not the League, worth keeping amidst the upcoming mixed set of games?

Elsewhere, there are some excellent FPL teams showcased in the Scoutcast’s rough with the smooth round up of Gameweek 19, fixtures are frisked and Seb takes his turn to select a differential.

Finally, this latest episode signs off with our three Scoutcasters revealing their transfer plans and captaincy decisions.

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  1. wilson007
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 1 day ago

    Martinez
    Cancelo Dias Chilwell Coufal
    Bruno(C) Rashford* Son Gundo
    Bamford Antonio

    DDG Watkins Soucek Lowton

    G2g? Bench order correct? Especially given Rashford is a doubt..

    Got 6.2m ITB but not planning to take a hit.

    1. Kitman
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      I’d go Watkins in over Coufal

  2. Maddamotha
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    I bet OGS will say something like Rashford will train today, then we will see whether or not he gets through that, and make a late decision on him. Leaving me even more uncertain whether or not to transfer him out...

    1. marcos11
        1 month, 1 day ago

        As a Rashford owner, l feel like hes unlikely to start or get many minutes even if he is declared fit. Can’t see them risking one of there important assets against Sheffield when they have Bruno, Cavani, Greenwood etc

    2. Stormbringer22
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 1 day ago

      When are we expected to know the DGW26 fixtures?

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

        As far as I understand we should have a pretty good picture after FA cup 5th round on February 9th, ahead ohf GW24

        1. Black Knights
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          This.

        2. Stormbringer22
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Thank you!

    3. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Any pressers today?

      Likelihood of any injuries or postponements?

      1. Stormbringer22
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Check FFS tweets:
        Smith - 9:30am
        Wilder - 12:30pm
        Parker - 1pm
        Solskjaer - 1pm
        Nuno - 1pm
        Ancelotti - 1:30pm

      2. Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Injuries a chance, postponements no chance

    4. Ando
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Do KDB ➡ Gundogan (wba) for -4

      or

      Play Adams (ARS) and do KDB & Adams ➡ Gundogan & Kane for -4 the GW after?

      1. HVT
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        B

      2. Stormbringer22
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Take the hit this week and then get Kane as an FT the week after

      3. Gazza2000
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        If you are going to take a hit anyway take it this week

    5. Saka_me_sideways
        1 month, 1 day ago

        I’m I mad playing a 5-3-2!?

        Done KDB > Gundo already,
        0 FT’s + 6.3 ITB

        Martinez
        Maguire Canelo Chilwell Robbo Cresswell
        Salah Bruno Gundo
        Antonio Bamford

        Bench: Raphinha Adams Soucek

        GTG?

        1. Steve The Spud
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 1 day ago

          I will end up playing 5/3/2 as well I think once my sub for Rashford comes on but it doesn’t look nearly as good as yours

          1. Saka_me_sideways
              1 month, 1 day ago

              Thanks man, although I nearly always end up doing bad when my team looks good on paper lol.
              I feel like I should be playing Raphinha, but the only player I’d drop for him is maybe Cresswell.

          2. DA Minnion
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            No. I would play all those defenders too if I had them.

            1. Saka_me_sideways
                1 month, 1 day ago

                Cool, appreciated.

          3. Pique and De Bruyne
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            Can someone please enlighten me as to why KDB hasn’t dropped in price yet despite loosing more than a third of his ownership or put another way just short of 1 million net transfers out?

            1. marcos11
                1 month, 1 day ago

                Hes been due to go down every day this week on fplstatistics, might be because of people using chips

                1. Pique and De Bruyne
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  I understand chip usage effects the rises and falls but surely with such massive drops he should have fallen in price by now.

                  1. Pique and De Bruyne
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    I try to keep on top of the price changes but it’s proving difficult this season.

              • Crunchie
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 1 day ago

                I am not sure about this but if a player is injured, it protects his price?

            2. Feed tha Sheep
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              A. Alioski > Cancelo worth a -4?
              B. Play Adams or Soucek instead

              I just feel I need city def in asap and I will prob do Soucek > Son next week so if I want to do it shortly it’s going to have to be for a hit

            3. Steve The Spud
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 1 day ago

              Can I squeeze through this week with this lot ?

              No ft but 7m itb

              Fabianski

              Coufal stones Cancelo Maguire
              Bruno (c) gundo, Rashford* souceck
              Lacazette bamford

              Areola, holding, Smith-Rowe, vardy

              1. marcos11
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  Worth bringing in Kane?

                • Saka_me_sideways
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    What about Rashford > Son?
                    Feel like he could be the game plan v Liverpool and set you up nicely going forward

                    1. Steve The Spud
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 1 day ago

                      These are both moves im considering, I think if Rashford is confirmed out I will bite the bullet

                      Would you do Rashford > son or souceck > son and hold rash if it only looks like 1-2 games

                      1. Saka_me_sideways
                          1 month, 1 day ago

                          Yeah good shout if you’ve got the money to cover it this gw.
                          United have some nice fixtures coming up and it would still leave you money to upgrade Vardy to Kane next week for example.

                  • Galza
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    Ederson
                    Trent / Dias / Cresswell
                    Salah / Bruno(c) / Grealish / Barnes
                    Jesus / Antonio / Bamford

                    Button / El Ghazi / Alioski / Ferguson

                    Already taken a -4 with,

                    KDB + Brewster > Grealish + Jesus

                    All G2G guys...?

                    1. Gazza2000
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      1 month, 1 day ago

                      Spurs plan for next week? or are you going without Son/Kane?

                      1. Galza
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 1 day ago

                        I’ve gone without so far, but we’ll see. I have no immediate plans mate.

                  • Fernandito
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    Play 2 from here:
                    A Foden
                    B Son
                    C Watkins
                    D Robertson
                    E Cresswell

                    1. jomikijiq
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 1 day ago

                      A B

                      quite easy

                  • Mr Ozil
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    Remaining two spots in my starting XI? 1FT, 2.2 itb

                    Martinez
                    Stones X X
                    Grealish Bruno (c) Salah Son
                    Kane Bamford Antonio

                    Options:

                    A- Mitchell (WHU)
                    B- Coufal (cry)
                    C- Justin (eve)
                    D- Dallas (new)

                    1. mojoindojo
                      • 7 Years
                      1 month, 1 day ago

                      CF

                  • Aaa
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    Had to wildcard, anyone glaringly obvious missing?

                    Guaita/Johnstone
                    Cancelo/Stones/Shaw/Targett/Mitchell
                    Salah/Fernandes/Maddison/Grealish/Gundogan
                    Kane/Bamford/Antonio

                    0.4 itb

                    1. Werkself
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 7 Years
                      1 month, 1 day ago

                      Looks good, but Targett on 4 yellows.

                    2. Joey Barton and Friends
                      • 9 Years
                      1 month, 1 day ago

                      Who are you going to bench every week?

                    3. Kitman
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 1 day ago

                      Benching nightmare but very covid proof

                  • Warby84
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    Going to be a boring week with most playing Fernandes (C) still tempted to mix it up a little..

                  • StayoutheSpiceZone
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    Maddison or Barnes moving forward?

                    1. marcos11
                        1 month, 1 day ago

                        Personally went with Maddison but Barnes also looks a good shout

                        1. Kitman
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 4 Years
                          1 month, 1 day ago

                          Exactly me, went with Maddison a few weeks back but I would get Barnes now

                      • Vev
                        • 5 Years
                        1 month, 1 day ago

                        Maddison for me.

                      • Goonerly
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 1 day ago

                        I've picked Barnes, but left 0.4 ITB to change it if Madds looks the better

                      • antis0cial
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 1 day ago

                        Maddison

                    2. ow00019
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 1 day ago

                      Anybody else unconfident in son? He's missed a few big chances recently and his returns rely on him being clinical

                      1. StayoutheSpiceZone
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 1 day ago

                        I am taking a risk and wildcarding out both of my Spurs boys...

                        1. ow00019
                          • 4 Years
                          1 month, 1 day ago

                          Bold. Where are you spending Kane's money?

                          1. StayoutheSpiceZone
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 3 Years
                            1 month, 1 day ago

                            My midfield is going to be:

                            Salah Bruno Sterling Gundo Grealish

                      2. Jon Walter's Hatty
                        • 7 Years
                        1 month, 1 day ago

                        Id be worried if he wasnt getting the chances. Not going to bury them all but still fantastic value

                        1. ow00019
                          • 4 Years
                          1 month, 1 day ago

                          I think that's part of my point though. Think he's been converting at almost 50%. That's pretty unsustainable even in good form but when form drops as well that feels like a problem.

                      3. DA Minnion
                        • 8 Years
                        1 month, 1 day ago

                        Rather have him than not.

                      4. Steve The Spud
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 1 Year
                        1 month, 1 day ago

                        He does this every now and then, very streaky player at times, will explode at some point

                    3. Prison Mike
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 1 day ago

                      Who to play?

                      A) Soucek (cry)

                      B) Adams (ARS)

                      C) Holding (sou)

                      1. jomikijiq
                        • 5 Years
                        1 month, 1 day ago

                        B

                      2. Kitman
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 1 day ago

                        B) he has already returned away against Arsenal so might do it again

                      3. antis0cial
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 1 day ago

                        A

                    4. Karan14
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 1 day ago

                      Start Robbo (tot) or Raphinha (new)?

                      Cheers!

                      1. jomikijiq
                        • 5 Years
                        1 month, 1 day ago

                        I think Raphinha

                        I'm fielding him over Coufal/Wood/Soucek too

                      2. Tonyawesome69 WC,FH,TC left
                        • 2 Years
                        1 month, 1 day ago

                        Raph

                    5. Vev
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 1 day ago

                      Struggling with who to bench...

                      Play two from:
                      A - Coufal (cry)
                      B - Soucek (cry)
                      C - Dallas (new)

                      1. Feed tha Sheep
                        • 8 Years
                        1 month, 1 day ago

                        B

                      2. jomikijiq
                        • 5 Years
                        1 month, 1 day ago

                        B

                      3. Kitman
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 1 day ago

                        A and C

                      4. marcos11
                          1 month, 1 day ago

                          Bench B

                        • Vev
                          • 5 Years
                          1 month, 1 day ago

                          Cheers guys!

                      5. Tonyawesome69 WC,FH,TC left
                        • 2 Years
                        1 month, 1 day ago

                        Q1 - who to start:
                        A. Coufal
                        B. Soucek

                        Q2 - who to transfer in:
                        A. Son
                        B. Gundo

                        Martinez
                        Stones Cancelo Cresswell Coufal
                        Salah Bruno Raphinha KDB*
                        Bamford Rodrigo
                        (Johnstone Soucek Holding Vardy*)

                        1. marcos11
                            1 month, 1 day ago

                            A
                            A

                          • jomikijiq
                            • 5 Years
                            1 month, 1 day ago

                            A

                            B and then Son/Kane next week - that's what I'm doing at least

                            1. Tonyawesome69 WC,FH,TC left
                              • 2 Years
                              1 month, 1 day ago

                              I think you are right. Need to attack the WBA fixture. I can still see Spurs getting something from Liverpool though

                          • antis0cial
                            • 4 Years
                            1 month, 1 day ago

                            AB

                        2. Kitman
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 4 Years
                          1 month, 1 day ago

                          Who to bench

                          A) Watkins
                          B) Dallas
                          C) Cressell

                          1. jomikijiq
                            • 5 Years
                            1 month, 1 day ago

                            B

                          2. Tonyawesome69 WC,FH,TC left
                            • 2 Years
                            1 month, 1 day ago

                            Watkins - I can see Burnley/Pope keeping a CS

                        3. Pringle
                          • 7 Years
                          1 month, 1 day ago

                          Morning all. What do you prefer?

                          A. Cancelo (-4)
                          B. Soucek

                          1. jomikijiq
                            • 5 Years
                            1 month, 1 day ago

                            B

                          2. Tonyawesome69 WC,FH,TC left
                            • 2 Years
                            1 month, 1 day ago

                            Cancelo is worth the hit for the next 3 fixtures and has DGW coming up

                        4. unitednations
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 9 Years
                          1 month, 1 day ago

                          Best option for next few gw's

                          1) Gundogen or
                          2) Grealish

                          A) Sterling or
                          B) Kane

                          1. Tonyawesome69 WC,FH,TC left
                            • 2 Years
                            1 month, 1 day ago

                            1B - Grealish 4YCs is off-putting. Picking Gundo therefore you can leave out Sterling

                        5. Fernandito
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 2 Years
                          1 month, 1 day ago

                          Play 3 from here: (sorry mistake on previous post)
                          A Foden
                          B Son
                          C Watkins
                          D Robertson
                          E Cresswell

                          1. Goonerly
                            • 3 Years
                            1 month, 1 day ago

                            A & B the obvious choices.

                            Maybe punt on E in stead of B

                          2. Kitman
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 4 Years
                            1 month, 1 day ago

                            Foden, Son definitely

                            I’d also go with Watkins but could also go with either of others

                          3. Tonyawesome69 WC,FH,TC left
                            • 2 Years
                            1 month, 1 day ago

                            ABE

                        6. Goonerly
                          • 3 Years
                          1 month, 1 day ago

                          How does this team look like? Am on a WC so feel free to suggest any changes!

                          Martinez
                          Dias - Stones - Shaw
                          Bruno (C) - Sterling - Barnes - Son
                          Kane - Antonio - Bamford

                          Bench: Forster - Coufal - Smith Rowe - Mitchell

                          0.4 ITB

                          1. Party time
                            • 2 Years
                            1 month, 1 day ago

                            Solid

                            1. Goonerly
                              • 3 Years
                              1 month, 1 day ago

                              Cheers Party.
                              Guess my only dilemmas are Barnes vs Maddison and Dias vs Cancelo
                              Right choices?

                              1. Party time
                                • 2 Years
                                1 month, 1 day ago

                                Close but Dias & Barnes because Dias is more nailed & Barnes isn’t injury prone player like Maddison

                        7. ZAWAd25
                          • 3 Years
                          1 month, 1 day ago

                          Morning all, which one to do?

                          A) KDB Rashford Watkins >>> Son Sterling Bamford (-8)

                          B) KDB Rashford >> Sterling Son (-4) (keep Watkins)

                          C) KDB Watkins >> Sterling Bamford (-4) (Hold Rashford)

                          1. Goonerly
                            • 3 Years
                            1 month, 1 day ago

                            Wouldn't get either Son or Bamford for a hit this week.

                            Maybe just KdB --> Sterling?

                          2. Kitman
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 4 Years
                            1 month, 1 day ago

                            B) keep Watkins I think he’s hitting a bit of form

                          3. ZAWAd25
                            • 3 Years
                            1 month, 1 day ago

                            Cheers all! I think I’m leaning towards B I don’t want to risk starting Rashford as I don’t have a good sub

                        8. Shaw must go on
                          • 8 Years
                          1 month, 1 day ago

                          Morning...

                          Quick question.. Would you bench Esr or soucek this week??
                          Good luck everyone
                          Thanks

                          1. Goonerly
                            • 3 Years
                            1 month, 1 day ago

                            Soucek

                            1. Shaw must go on
                              • 8 Years
                              1 month, 1 day ago

                              Don't you think Saints are more solid than Palace?

                        9. Party time
                          • 2 Years
                          1 month, 1 day ago

                          This could decide my cup tie

                          Please start 2
                          1) Cresswell
                          2) Coufal
                          3) Targett

                          Thanks

                          1. Goonerly
                            • 3 Years
                            1 month, 1 day ago

                            1 & 3 for me

                        10. Il Capitano
                            1 month, 1 day ago

                            All set here? Last decision is whether I start Soucek over Adams/Justin.

                            Plan to get Kane in for Vardy next week and maybe Gundo for Raphinha with a hit.

                            0 FT 1.5m ITB

                            McCarthy (Johnstone)
                            Cancelo Justin Coufal Stones (Lowton)
                            Salah Bruno (C) Son Raphinha (Soucek)
                            Adams Bamford (Vardy*)

                          • Rinseboy
                            • 9 Years
                            1 month, 1 day ago

                            is captaining Sterling over Bruno too punty this week?

                            Anyone else doing it on here?

                            1. Tonyawesome69 WC,FH,TC left
                              • 2 Years
                              1 month, 1 day ago

                              Bruno the safe pick due to EO but Sterling has the highest ceiling if he hauls. I don't think this is the GW to take a punt