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Scoutcast Episode 380 – Final Gameweek decisions and differentials

Joe and Seb are joined by Karam to look at the key issues facing Fantasy Premier League (FPL) managers ahead of Gameweek 38.

It’s been a tough year, with the Covid-19 pandemic impacting on all walks of life. Top-flight football has been no exception, with fans unable to attend matches for much of the campaign and players forced to isolate for periods.

The season has been tricky for FPL managers to navigate, but it has also provided a welcome distraction for many.

Now, after 38 long, arduous weeks, the final set of fixtures is here and Joe, Karam and Seb are on hand to guide viewers and listeners over the last hurdle.

The Scoutcast crew take in the prospects for teams with something to play for, most notably a seat among Europe’s elite in the Champions League. Winning is vital and lots of goals will be needed for the likes of top captaincy candidate Mohamed Salah (£12.9m) and the rest of his Liverpool team-mates.

For other teams there is still pride to play for, as well as some extra cash for final league placings. Leeds’s first Premier League home game in front of fans for 17 years, against West Bromwich Albion, looks particularly enticing.

Meanwhile, West Ham United’s Michail Antonio (£6.6m) and Burnley striker Chris Wood (£6.5m) offer intriguing alternative options for FPL managers to consider.

More differentials are discussed when Joe looks at his ‘unfashionable players’ list once again to find more low-owned gems with strong points potential. Over the last few weeks, this list has correctly predicted strong returns from the likes of Manchester City’s recent hat-trick hero Ferran Torres (£7.0m) and Arsenal’s impressive youngster Gabriel Martinelli (£4.9m), who scored in midweek.

There are mixed fortunes for the community in the penultimate “Rough with the Smooth” round-up. This contrasts with Joe, Seb and Karam’s performance in Gameweek 37, as just a handful of points separated them.

This latest episode finishes off with the crew revealing their final transfer and captaincy plans of the campaign.

The Scoutcast will be back next week for the final show of the season to look at the lessons they’ve learned and their blueprints for FPL glory in 2021/22.

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  1. Mork calling Orson
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 5 days ago

    Emotional weekend ahead

    1. Mork calling Orson
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      To quote Ian Holloway - the FPL season is like a night out, you spend ages planning it, then you head out on a complete rollercoaster of a night, then at the end most of us end up with a minger

      1. Zen Arcade
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        I hope the bloke who had a go at me for daring to state that FPL Family came as a husband and wife team, accusing me of being sexist, is going to come along and respond to this from his high horse.

        1. The Knights Template
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Nano nano

        2. Mork calling Orson
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Minger isn’t gender specific trust me.

          1. Zen Arcade
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            It isn’t, but when Holloway said it he wasn’t referring to men.

            I also do not have a problem with the use of the term.

          2. The Knights Template
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Mork and Mingy was a great show.

  2. moz_1983
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 5 days ago

    I have a 13 point deficit to make up on my ML rival, we both have Salah, Bruno, Kane, Bamford, Lingard.

    Is it worth taking a massive punt and switching one of those out, Bruno to Mane perhaps? Kane to Kun?

    1. Biggsy
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Kane outscores Kun for sure. Bruno out makes sense although I've not seen a compelling argument for Mane given his recent lack of returns

      1. Poetry in motion
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Mane has returns in 6 out of the last 7 games in which he started.

    2. Egg noodle
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Mane has the stats

      1. Biggsy
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Underlying stats perhaps. But two goals and four assists since his haul vs TOT in GW21 isn't exactly promising

    3. 3 A
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Mane . Not Kun

    4. Gizzachance
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Mane, Antonio Chel mid?

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

      Do you think your rival is going to make a “Bruno to Mane” move?

  3. aleksios
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 5 days ago

    Chasing 25 points.Who to captain?

    1. Biggsy
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      For a start, whoever your rival is not captaining

    2. Silecro
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Ferran Torres

    3. The Knights Template
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Tarkowski

    4. lugs
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      KDB, surely he plays this week

    5. Gizzachance
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Not salah if your chasing an assume rival has him?
      Depends on likeness off your teams to

  4. Party time
      2 months, 5 days ago

      At this rate, Bruno could be a differential this weekend

    • Egg noodle
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      This season
      Dallas top scoring defender
      Bamford second top scoring forward

      Who'd have thunk it?

      1. Zen Arcade
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        No one!

        I’d based my attitude to Bamford on his failed spells elsewhere in the PL - Boro and Palace I think.

        Dallas was a definite preseason favourite along with Ayling but no could’ve foreseen just how good an option he’d be.

      2. Gizzachance
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Yeah, they have been great,,Onto next seasons gems now

      3. POTATO
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Not me, though I had Dallas, Harrison and Bamford in my team up the point the fixtures were announced at the start of the season.

        1. POTATO
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 5 days ago

          What doesn't surprise me is they all ended up in the top 10 for Value (season)

      4. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Bamford will be an FPL stalwart next season if he avoids the 8.0 - the new Jiminez/Ings figure

        What more do want for 7.5 than 25-30 attacking returns & a guaranteed starter every week....

        Same with Raphinia & Harrison if they creep in around 6.5 (wishful) or 7.0 (possible) - Leeds are just a super team

        See also - Aston Villa - Watkins & Grealish will be great picks if they can avoid massive price hikes

    • 3 A
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      What have to change guys?

      Areola vs NEW

      Trent, Robertson vs CRY, Allioski vs WBA,

      Salah vs CRY (C), Harrison vs WBA, Benrahma vs SOU, Willock vs ful,

      Nacho vs tot (VC), Antonio vs SOU, Bam vs WBA

      Subs: Leno vs BRI, Chillwell vs avl, Soucek vs SOU, Tarkowski vs shu

      Thanks

        1. Corgzzzz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Oh my days, ...........WTF were they thinking...........

      1. The Knights Template
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Play Soucek

      2. Rains of Castamere
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Bench boost?

    • Gideons Rolling Another One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      A: Bamford
      B: Nacho
      C: Wood

      Already have Kane and Antonio...

      1. The Knights Template
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        A

      2. Il Capitano
          2 months, 5 days ago

          A

        • House Frey Wedding Planner
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          A

      3. Daghe Munegu
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        My defense is TAA Shaw Digne Holding Fofana

        Would you do Digne to Robbo -4?
        Or Shaw to Dallas -4?

        1. Gizzachance
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Wouldn’t personally do hit for a def for one week
          Think most taking hits for attackers

      4. Il Capitano
          2 months, 5 days ago

          1FT 1.4m ITB

          Martinez
          TAA Digne Shaw
          Son Lingard Salah Raphinha
          DCL Bamford Kane

          Fabri - ESR Targett Mitchell

          Triple up on Leeds with Dallas, triple up on Liverpool with Robbo or move DCL to Antonio?

          1. House Frey Wedding Planner
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Normally would say Antonio but your defence needs work.

            Dallas a better pick than Robbo imo

            1. Il Capitano
                2 months, 5 days ago

                Cheers, think Targett/Shaw > Dallas with Digne starting/first sub might give me the strongest possible XI without hits.

          2. Nolberto Solano
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Would you take a hit on this team?

            Martinez

            TAA Dallas Shaw*

            Salah(c) Mane Harrison Greenwood*

            Kane Antonio Bamford

            Subs: Fabri Zaha Targett Veltman

            *don’t think Shaw/Greenwood play

            1. The Knights Template
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              No

          3. The Mantis
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Struggling with who to bring in and who to play with my team below. I'm thinking Wood but not 100%

            Pickford (Meslier)
            TAA / Coufal / Dallas (Digne / Stones)
            Bale / Son / Salah / Raph (Greenwood)
            Ings / DCL / Antonio

          4. Trippier Hazard
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            I've been frustrated like many around the use of VAR and how it paralyses and potentially ruins the game - although I'd agree with this article and stress it's the use of VAR, and not VAR itself, which is the problem - plus the ambiguity in rules, which themselves need better and sometimes simpler explanation. FWIW - I'm in favour of favouring the attacker, so for offside decisions, if it's ambiguous after zooming in 1x or something - give the damn goal!

            https://www.sportingferret.com/2020/12/07/why-var-is-not-the-problem/

          5. Biggsy
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Which of these looks good?

            a. Meslier & DCL -> Alisson & Bamford
            b. Digne & DCL -> Robertson & Wood (can't be Bamf as 3xLeeds and have Antonio)
            c. Bruno & DCL -> Premium Mid (TBC) & Wood

            Feel like I want to shift DCL, hence in all, but could do varying combos with Meslier/Digne and Bruno.

          6. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Morning all!!! Who to play???

            A- Martinez
            Or
            B- Areola

            Cheers!!!

            1. Jeremy Corbyn
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              I went B

              1. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 5 days ago

                I’m leaning that way too mate at the moment!!

            2. Biggsy
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              Think they'll both conceed so go with the man with the major save points this season (A)

              1. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 5 days ago

                Yeah this is my final thoughts mate, gotta think will Areola get a clean sheet, if I decide I think he won’t il be going for Martinez, eating to hear from the Newcastle press conference to see who’s definitely out for them in attack and will make the decision after that I think, thanks mate

            3. OptimusBlack
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              A for saves but I think both would conceded

              1. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 5 days ago

                Yeah could be absolutely right mate!! May as well just go for Martinez and not overthink it!!

            4. Rains of Castamere
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              Have both, playing Areola

          7. Cheeto__Bandito
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Who drops out for Hernandez in the Leeds team? I assume Rodrigo but could it be Raphinha?

          8. Nikolai Volkoff
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Bench Kane or Son?

            1. House Frey Wedding Planner
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              Son if you had to

          9. Street Friend
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Got 15 points to make up in the ML. Same back 3 and Greenwood Bruno salah Kane bamford lingard

            Difference me zaha Mendy v raphina Lloris.

            Probably captain Bamford but to create another difference
            A) Bruno to mane
            B) Greenwood to Torres
            C) other suggestions?

            1. Street Friend
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              Just a thought, Bruno to KDB?

          10. House Frey Wedding Planner
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            B could pay off beautifully or fail spectacularly

            1. House Frey Wedding Planner
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              I failed spectacularly 🙁

              Was meant as a reply to.streetfriend

              1. Street Friend
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 5 days ago

                Haha thanks. I guess I’m in the camp of beautiful or fail tbh. It’s the only option I have.

                Holding first sub it all else fails and vydra around.

                Bruno to KDB or mane to risky?

                1. House Frey Wedding Planner
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 5 days ago

                  You're chasing so you gotta take the risk. Manè more likely to have game time than KDB imo

          11. shabalala
              2 months, 5 days ago

              Pick one for this gw:
              1.Bruno vs Wol
              2. Sigurdson vs City
              3. Mane (-4) vs Cry
              4. Lingard (-4) vs Sou
              Thanks

              1. House Frey Wedding Planner
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 5 days ago

                3 grudgingly

                1. shabalala
                    2 months, 5 days ago

                    Thanks mate

              2. I am Fred
                  2 months, 5 days ago

                  Is it madness to take a -4 hit when only 2 points behind in ML?! And I do I go the obvious Salah captain which rival will also do, or differentiate? Main differential rival has over me is Bamford. Also trying to protect a 38 point lead in work ML.

                  Mendy (Martinez)
                  Dallas TAA Digne Holding (Shaw)
                  Bale Greenwood Salah Lingard (Jota)
                  Antonio Kane

                  1 ft, £0.1m itb

                  Don't think there'll be many clean sheets this weekend so taking a hit would, for example allow me to go 3-5-2 and bring in Robbo/Harrison for Digne/Jota, or Alioski/Torres for Shaw/Jota.

                • Daghe Munegu
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 5 days ago

                  Bench one

                  A. Lingard
                  B. Greenwood
                  C. Raphina
                  D. Son
                  E. Kane

                  1. House Frey Wedding Planner
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 5 days ago

                    B

                • DavvaMC
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  2 months, 5 days ago

                  Hi Guys

                  Who would you bench from the below?

                  A. Greenwood
                  B. Lingard

                  Thanks

                  1. House Frey Wedding Planner
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 5 days ago

                    A

                • House Frey Wedding Planner
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 5 days ago

                  Best move? I missed the boat to do Dias to TAA for free with the recent price rise

                  A - Dias + DCL >> TAA + Bamford (-4)
                  B - Shaw + DCL >> TAA + Bamford (-4)
                  C - Bruno + DCL >> Manè + Bamford (-4)

                  Am 28 pts clear of rival who has TAA. Suspect he may end up doing Bruno to Manè (c) to try and catch me

                  Cheers

                  1. FPLord
                    • 11 Years
                    2 months, 5 days ago

                    If you think he will captain Mane I probably would do C. Do you have another Liverpool defender, if yes, then definitely C

                    1. House Frey Wedding Planner
                      • 2 Years
                      2 months, 5 days ago

                      Yeah I have Phillips

                      1. FPLord
                        • 11 Years
                        2 months, 5 days ago

                        then you have my answer 🙂

                        1. House Frey Wedding Planner
                          • 2 Years
                          2 months, 5 days ago

                          Cheers

                • JY84
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 5 days ago

                  Im leading by 40 pts n hv 2FT while e 2nd placed team still have bench boost.... As such, im in a dilemma what my priority shd be! Current squad is

                  Martinez
                  Struijk Cresswell Philips
                  Bruno Salah Lingard Willock
                  Watkins DCL Kane
                  (Forster, Zaha, Holding,Shaw)

                  Shd I aim to match up to e second placed team by transferring in e likes of TAA n Harrison ie players which he has or shd I aim to make my squad stronger by getting in Bamford n Antonio or even Mane to replace Bruno??? My defence currently is all right in my opinion but my attack sucks so was wondering whether I shd still persist with matching him or just focus on making my squad stronger!

                  1. House Frey Wedding Planner
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 5 days ago

                    Any 2 out of Bamford, Antonio and Manè for Bruno and DCL will work fine

                    1. JY84
                      • 5 Years
                      2 months, 5 days ago

                      So in ur opinion, I should not be matching up with the 2nd placed team by bringing in e likes of TAA n Harrison and should just focus on strengthening my squad?

                      1. House Frey Wedding Planner
                        • 2 Years
                        2 months, 5 days ago

                        40 points is a big hurdle to overcome.....I don't think TAA and Harrison will make that up between them two.

                        Better to stick to your own strategy than trying to block your rival

                      2. FPLord
                        • 11 Years
                        2 months, 5 days ago

                        40 points are enough and you have Phillips to cover the CS points so yes

                        1. JY84
                          • 5 Years
                          2 months, 5 days ago

                          Thanks both for ur advice! Cheers! 🙂

                • TeddiPonza
                  • 10 Years
                  2 months, 5 days ago

                  Sell DCL or Watkins for Bamford? The one I keep will be 1st sub.

                  Thanks.

                  1. Efan Ekoku Pops
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    2 months, 5 days ago

                    DCL

                • Nemanja Vidic
                  • 10 Years
                  2 months, 5 days ago

                  1FT 0.0 ITB
                  -14 behind rival in mini league

                  ME
                  Mendy
                  TAA Rudiger Holding
                  Salah Son Greenwood Raph
                  Kane DCL Antonio
                  Forster Regulion Ward Jota

                  RIVAL: 1FT
                  Mendy
                  Philips Holding Dallas
                  Fernandes Salah Son Greenwood Raphinha
                  Bamford Kane
                  Forster Coady Vydra Amartey

                  a) Son Jota to Mane ESR
                  b) DCL Jota to Firmino Saka
                  c) Something else

                  1. House Frey Wedding Planner
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 5 days ago

                    Think you need to take a long shot punt and hope it pays off. With 2 transfers you're 18 points behind....

                    I'd do Jota (or Greenwood if you don't have the money) to Torres and put the armband on Torres or Antonio.

                • FPLord
                  • 11 Years
                  2 months, 5 days ago

                  Leading by 29p. What to do to finish first?

                  Mendy (Forster) TAA Dallas Rudiger (Godfrey Shaw)
                  Salah Son Lingard Mahrez Raphinha
                  Kane DCL (Davis) 2.1

                  A. Shaw > Robertson
                  B. Son, DCL > Mane, Bamford/Antonio -4
                  C. Davis, DCL > Bamford, Antonio -4 (probably bench Mahrez)

                  Rival has Bamford, Antonio and Mane (probably as c), otherwise I would skip B as I quite like the look of Son in this fixture.

                  1. House Frey Wedding Planner
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 5 days ago

                    C seems a good option. 2 superior in form forwards for one with a tough fixture and the other who is bench fodder

                • Efan Ekoku Pops
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 5 days ago

                  First time poster this season. Glad to see the site is still going strong. I sit 8 points behind my ML rival who owns Bamford.

                  Should I do Bale + DCL > Mané + Bamford (-4)
                  A) Yay
                  B) Nay

                  Thanks and good luck everyone!

                  1. FPLord
                    • 11 Years
                    2 months, 5 days ago

                    wouldn't take a hit unless you captain Mane. Difficult to tell without knowing your teams. Antonio over Bamford could be an option

                    1. Efan Ekoku Pops
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      2 months, 5 days ago

                      Thanks! I already own Antonio. Might do DCL > Firmino instead.

                • OptimusBlack
                  • 8 Years
                  2 months, 5 days ago

                  Who To play ?
                  A- Digne MCI (A)
                  B- Dunk ARS (A)
                  C- Konsa CHE (H)
                  Or Sell one of them but already -4.

                • TeddiPonza
                  • 10 Years
                  2 months, 5 days ago

                  Which one scores more points in 38:

                  A. Son
                  B. Mane -4

                  1. FPLord
                    • 11 Years
                    2 months, 5 days ago

                    Son

                  2. No Professionals
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 5 days ago

                    with Mane, you would be surprised if he didn't get something. With Son, you wouldn't be surprised if he blanks. But the hit makes it close.

                    Always a risk taking hits taking good players out for a hit.

                  3. OptimusBlack
                    • 8 Years
                    2 months, 5 days ago

                    Mane