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Scoutcast Episode 379 – Returning home fans present opportunities for FPL managers

Joe and Seb look at the key issues facing Fantasy Premier League managers ahead of Gameweek 37.

The remaining two Gameweeks are special as home fans return to grounds across the Premier League. But can their reappearance help their teams achieve run-in glory or prove a hindrance?

Armed with the Premium Members Area comparison tools, Joe and Seb look to find out how a crowd alters teams play to see if FPL managers can get an advantage at the tail-end of the campaign.

Could it be that players are keener to shoot from distance with the roar of the crowd to encourage them? Joe and Seb’s research looks at where home strikers shoot from and why Everton, in particularly, are in desparate need of the Goodison faithful.

A common theme over the latter part of the season has been the emergence of strong mid-priced midfielders. Jesse Lingard (£6.6m) and Diogo Jota (£6.9m) had been leading this charge but with form and injury denting their appeal respectively, the Scoutcast crew look at the new guard of value alternatives in the centre of the park. Leeds and Newcastle assets look particularly appealing.

Due to the tight turnaround of fixtures, there is no time for a captaincy video this week. Luckily, the Scoutcast can step in to assess the best candidates for Gameweek 37. The race for the Golden Boot, home advantage and defensive trends among relegated clubs look to be key to their decisions.

Elsewhere, there’s a bumper Rough with the Smooth edition this week thanks to Gameweek 36’s incredible turn of events, particularly among those who brought in the week’s unlikely goalscoring heroes.

Joe and Seb’s own contrasting fortunes in the last set of matches are looked at and the final brace of fixtures are examined in detail.

Seb takes his turn to pick a differential, and captaincy and transfer plans ahead of tonight’s deadline are revealed.

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735 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Wee Jinky
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    A) Jota to Greenwood (doesn't start on predicted line-ups)

    B) Jota to Torres (for needed differential)

    1. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      B. And have a good bench.

      1. WALOR
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        B

    2. Super Saints
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Torres more likely to start than Greenwood? I don't think so....

  2. Eightball
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 2 days ago

    A) Jota to Raphinha/Greenwood
    B) Watkins to Antonio/Bamford
    C) both for a -4

    If I do A I have to play one of Nacho/Watkins in a 3-5-2. Although could potentially play lindelof and go with one striker.

  3. mcsteely
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    Lost on last page.

    Would you take out Son for Bruno for a hit to defend a 35 point in ML? (rivals have Bruno but not Son)

    1. Super Saints
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Yes but my mini leagues are really important to me

    2. WALOR
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      probably unnecessary, but yes

    3. Nate01
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Same scenario here- I’m keeping son. Just comes down to who has more to play for

    4. Keeptrying
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Yes.
      I will do sth similar.
      Not only will you be blocking, but Bruno will likely score more than Son this week and then you can punt for the final week (even reverse).

    5. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      To protect a ML lead, I would.

    6. mcsteely
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Thanks

  4. Nate01
    • 11 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    DCL (WOL)

    or

    Zaha (ARS)

    1. Super Saints
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      DCL

      1. WALOR
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        DCL easy

    2. Gandalf
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      DCL

  5. Super Saints
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    Who gets more points this week?

    A. Iheanacho
    B. Coufal

    1. WALOR
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      A

    2. Nate01
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Coufal (Chelsea fan here) 🙂

    3. Super Saints
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Thanks guys

  6. Kasper the ghost keeper
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    Bottomed. Start 1 (Have Leno)
    A) Rudiger
    B) Digne
    C) Holding

    1. Krafty Werks
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      B

  7. WALOR
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    For draft squad outfield:

    Greenwood Rashford Mount Pulisic Lingard
    Kane Cavani Firmino

    Who goes on the bench?

  8. Bambi
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    who to bench for iheanacho?

    Areola
    Digne - Reguilon - Dallas - Stones
    Raphina - Bruno - Salah - Lingard
    Kane - Bamford

    1. Krafty Werks
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Stones

    2. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Difficult. Bench Nacho.

    3. Boly Would
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Reguilon probably

    4. Nate01
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Bamford may well start on bench

    5. Max City
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      reguilon? or even Nacho is good to be benched

  9. Greenbob
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    Play Coufal or Digne?

    1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Digne

    2. Gandalf
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Digne

      1. Greenbob
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        Thanks!

    3. Krafty Werks
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Digne

  10. Dark Side Of The Loon!
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    Which keeper scores more this GW:

    A) Pickford vs Wolves
    B) Martinez vs Spurs

    1. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      A

      1. WALOR
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        A

      2. Dark Side Of The Loon!
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        Thanks! Still captain Kane or changed it to Salah? Especially with the transfer news.

    2. Krafty Werks
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      A

  11. Max City
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    Play one, please:

    A) Coleman (WOL)
    B) Lingard (wba)
    C) Iheanacho (che)

    1. Boz
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      B

  12. Mr_Barbs
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    No united. Who's the better pick?

    A) Shaw
    B) Greenwood

    1. Max City
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      should be B, out of those

      1. Mr_Barbs
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        Thanks, yeah it's what I'm thinking.

    2. MattysFantasyFooty
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      B

  13. wulfrunian
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    Pick two please.
    A)Saka
    B)Saint M
    C)Harrison
    D)Greenwood

    1. Boly Would
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Two to play?
      CD

    2. Max City
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      I'd say C and D

  14. Qaiss
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    Hodgson to leave Palace at the end of the season

    1. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Yep, and half the squad.

      1. Qaiss
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        Lol, Zaha deserves a top side anyway.

    2. Nate01
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Lamps to replace?

  15. Lord Flashheart
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    A jota to raphinia
    B watkins to antonio
    C both for -4

    1. Nate01
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      If you can afford -4 at this stage then go for it I say!

    2. Krafty Werks
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      C considering Antonio's next 2.

    3. Machine_Gunnerz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 2 days ago

      same predictament, but a -4 is unncessary considering i'm chasing a ML leader. I'm thinking of doin B for the last round.

  16. Rupert The Horse
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    Oof. Just seen the fixture times for the remaining games. They’re all lumped together like pubes in a plug hole.

    1. Wee Jinky
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Lice!

  17. Holmes
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    Confussssssioooon!!!

    1. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Use that website.

      1. Holmes
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        THAT?!? :0

  18. BlenkyLips
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    Good to go?

    Meslier | Johnstone

    Shaw | Dallas | Mitchell | Coufal | Lowton

    Son | Salah | Lingard | Greenwood | Willock

    Kane | Wood | Bamford

    Bench Boost in use.

    Considering a -4pts for Lowton to AWB

    1. Eightball
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 2 days ago

      He would have to get you a clean sheet to break even pretty much on a single gameweek. If you think he also gets some attacking returns then it's worth it. I don't really like -4 on defender transfers for single gameweek.

  19. Fernandito
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    Play 2

    A Bamford
    B Raphinha
    C Lingard

    1. Krafty Werks
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      AB

    2. mcsteely
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Bam & Raph

  20. Hansel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    Best midfielder

    1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      KDB

    2. Krafty Werks
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Giggs

  21. son of city
    4 months, 2 days ago

    Oh God, who still has lingz? or am all alone in this.

    1. BlenkyLips
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      ??

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

      I have. Will bench him

    3. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Me

  22. DavvaMC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    4 months, 2 days ago

    Got a bit of a Goalkeeper crisis and I also have to replace Jota

    Should I take a -4 to replace Guaita, as I am not sure he will play the next two games.

    My bench keeper is Forster 🙁

    Thanks

    1. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      He will play, confirmed by manager

    2. MattysFantasyFooty
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Not worth it at this stage, just hope one starts

  23. Pringle
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    Mahrez owners. What do you do?

    1. mcsteely
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Play, or even captain if feeling punty. Make sure VC is set

    2. wulfrunian
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Keeping.For sure.

    3. Krafty Werks
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Much depends on your overall position, bench players and of course your final target for the season? Needs context?

    4. Pringle
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Thanks all!

  24. FCSB
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    Who to play:

    1. Coleman
    2. Bamford
    3. JWP

    Thanks

  25. Slitherene
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    Will FH in 38 | Last FT of the season.

    Areola | Sanchez
    TAA Digne Shaw
    Salah Son Mahrez Lingard Saka
    Kane DC-L
    ¦ Iheanacho Vestergaard Phillips

    1 FT, 0.1 ITB | What to do..Keeper transfer?

    1. fan_of_utd
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      keep, otherwise you could bring in greenwood for mahrez

  26. aapoman
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    Bank the free transfer? Start Saka over one of the defenders?

    Henderson
    Digne AWB Dallas Phillips
    Salah Bruno Son Lingz
    Kane Bamford

    Martinez; Saka, Konsa, Brewster

  27. Malinwa
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    Dias to Robertson?

    1. aapoman
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Yes but TAA is better if you can afford. TAA Robbo double up also good

  28. The punt of no returns
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 2 days ago

    Who would you bench?

    JWP v Leeds
    Lingard v West Brom

    1. aapoman
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      JWP

  29. bazhef
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    In my H2H league i am top by 3 points and playing the second placed team tonight.

    So could be the title decider.

    My problem is that he has Salah.

    To get Salah in i would need to sell Son, Lingard and Maguire and bring in Salah, Mitchell and either Harrison or Willock for -4.

    I had 2 FT so that helps.

    Would this be a good idea or would i be better keeping Son and forgetting about Salah?

    I already have Bruno and Greenwood and he has Bruno and Son.

  30. tissae
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    Who to bench?

    Mendy
    TAA Shaw Rudiger
    Salah Greenwood Bruno Lingard Raphinha
    Kane Bamford

    Forster Nacho Holding Fofana

    A) Leave as it is
    B) Holding -> Rudiger
    C) ?