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Scoutcast: Best Wildcard picks for FPL Gameweek 7

Joe and Andy are here to help Fantasy Premier League (FPL) managers prepare for Gameweek 7.

Many FPL managers are looking to Wildcard this week, as Chelsea begin their kind run of games and the current template looks in need of a shake-up.

The Scoutcast community team, which the crew are managing on behalf of a top 100 manager who has to dip out of the game this year for health reasons, is in particular need of an autumn refresh.

Our Scoutcast duo use this as an opportunity to frame their chat around the best options to bring in this week and to tackle the key issues Wildcarders and non-Wildcarders alike are facing.

Attacking defenders top the bill in this chat. Should FPL managers double up on Manchester City’s rearguard or Chelsea’s backline? And what of the injured Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.6m), who may miss this weekend’s clash between Liverpool and Pep Guardiola’s troops?

Midfield and forward options are also considered, as is the best formation to opt for into October and beyond.

Key to this is whether to opt for Chelsea’s Romelu Lukaku (£11.7m) now or stick with Red Devil Cristiano Ronaldo (£12.7m) for another Gameweek or two.

Maverick managers looking to think outside of the Twittersphere may be intrigued by Joe’s ‘unfashionable picks’ table, which makes its first appearance of the season.

There are also fixtures to frisk, differentials to consider, teams to reveal and captaincy issues to ponder.

This show also features an intriguing bandwidth tussle between Andy’s internet and the rest of his family’s decision to watch Channel 4’s Bake Off. Joe is left to cook up some tasty stats and chew on the community’s questions on his own at a couple of points while Andy grabs a pasty and reconnects his West Country broadband.

This week’s episode was aired live via YouTube on Tuesday 28 September. Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel to get notified of future live episodes. It is also available as a podcast.

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483 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Jdpz
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 22 days ago

    Is Son good option?

    1. Oliver Tockman
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Too many other options right now
      Save and invest elsewhere

    2. waltzingmatildas
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Always a good option. Think there are better ones right now though.

    3. Arteta
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Always has been a good option but Spurs at the moment simply look so inspired it's insane. Who knows what's going on behind the scenes.

      Check this: https://twitter.com/TranSPURS/status/1442513341457448961

      He's more important than Kane for them.

  2. ace3.1415
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 22 days ago

    Is rodrigo a good 1 week punt?

    1. PascalCygan
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Not for me but he is a really good player, just not mega reliable FPL wise

  3. jay01
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 22 days ago

    Firmino not picked for Brazil squad? Would be significant in decision making of Jota

    1. LAMELA_AND_CONSUELA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Yes this means that Jota play respectively 30 or 60 minutes against City:) Liverpool must demonstrate that Firmino is unable to play full match:)

  4. waltzingmatildas
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 22 days ago

    TAA and Bamford to Christensen and Lukaku for a -4 looks decent right?

    Sanchez
    TAA Shaw Ayling White Livra
    Salah Raph Sarr Benrahma Gilmour
    Ronaldo Antonio Bamford

    1. PascalCygan
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Yes

    2. Del Griffith
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Prefer Alonso, also depends if Shaw is out otherwise you could be looking at shipping him out as well

    3. Original - Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Don't lose TAA, you'll regret it.

      1. CAVEAT KING
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Not so sure if you keep the funds to bring back provided you need a player for this GW. i have moved Shaw and took a minus 4 to get Kaku for Ron. Early tfrs saved some transfer money but I might have held on if I had the TAA news. I have Tierney on the bench so i might consider myself Fortunate and can keep TAA at this stage. I want cancello next GW so a slight spanner in the works

  5. PascalCygan
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 22 days ago

    Reece James’ injury has really hampered my post-wildcard team, along with the other blasted yellow flags. Really don’t want to spend a transfer on him to another Chelsea defender but might have to…

    Jota to Smith Rowe this week then Williams to Cancelo next?

    2FT 0.0ITB
    Sanchez
    TAA* James* Marcal
    Salah Jota Raphinha Gray Gallagher
    Lukaku Ronaldo

    Steele Williams Livramento Street

    Cheers!

    1. waltzingmatildas
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      I think you need a defender transfer, probably James out

      1. PascalCygan
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Rudiger or Alonso I guess?

        1. waltzingmatildas
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          Yeah. I'm going Christensen just for funds. Prefer Alonso out of the two

          1. PascalCygan
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 22 days ago

            Cool, thanks

    2. We Go Again
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Same position and I switched to Rudiger.

      1. PascalCygan
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Thanks

    3. CAVEAT KING
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Not helped but not the end of the world

      1. PascalCygan
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        True!

  6. Shark Team
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 22 days ago

    Do we have any reece james news?

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Pain management but not too serious. Could be back after IB

  7. Oliver Tockman
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 22 days ago

    A) Vardy, Gray, Tierney
    B) Jimenez, Greenwood, Dias

  8. How I met your Mata
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 22 days ago

    On a wildcard would you keep TAA if you didn’t need to play him this week??

    1. PascalCygan
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      I would but can understand those moving away from him

    2. Original - Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Yes

    3. jackruet
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 22 days ago

      no, if you can bring him back without changing team too much

  9. Original - Wolves Ay We
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 22 days ago

    I could do so much with the Ronaldo money. Why did he have to come back to the Premier League?

    😀

    1. SADIO SANÉ
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      I'm regretting getting him if that helps 😆

    2. Cok3y5murf
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Never owned him, doing fine

  10. Timbomars
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 22 days ago

    Which of Alonso or Rudiger is the better pick? Do we think there’s any chance that Alonso will start sharing game time with Chilwell, or is he totally nailed for the foreseeable?

    1. ElliotJHP
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Alonso but yes

    2. KirkhamWesham
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Rudiger is the safest pick.

      • Tic Tacs
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 22 days ago

        I'm having the same dilemma, already have Rudiger but would like a double Chelsea defence for this good run of fixtures

    3. Arteta
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Setback after setback for Xhaka as he is confirmed out for 3 months at least.

      We either continue with Lokonga/Partey or Smith-Rowe/Partey/Ødegaard.

      1. Ze_Austin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Ooomph

      2. jackruet
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Arsenal CS will be gone now

        1. Arteta
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          🙄

    4. Junks
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Little stuck this week, not sure what to do with this lot:
      2FT 0.4ITB
      Sanchez Steele
      TAA Shaw White Pereira TSI
      Salah Greenwwod Raph Saka Gilmour
      Antonio Ronaldo Toney

      A. Shaw & Pereira to Alonso & Semedo
      B. Same as A but with Greenwood to Grealish -4
      Any other suggestions very welcome.

      1. KirkhamWesham
          3 months, 22 days ago

          Chelsea's fixtures turn tasty.
          Look into getting a Chelsea defender.

      2. -GK22-
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Keep armband in Haller 14pts or move to ronaldo?

        1. Ze_Austin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          Villarreal should be a tough opponent for current Man U

          1. Ze_Austin
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 22 days ago

            No Maguire, Wan-B and maybe Shaw. McFred midfield. Selfish attack

            There could be some Ronnie magic, but it's more of hope and pedigree than expectation tonight

      3. Forza Papac
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Double City and/or Chelsea is very popular at the moment but I can't bring myself to go with either. It would mean ditching one of White or Livramento who I think offer great value, have great fixtures and are nailed for their teams. My third Chelsea asset (along with Rudi and Lukaku) will likely be Mount, who'll bring in for Sarr in GW8.

        Anyone else thinking along these lines?

        1. Forza Papac
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          defence*

        2. jackruet
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 months, 22 days ago

          Yes, 1 from each is decent.

        3. Camzy
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          Why not double City defense?

          A lineup of Dias Cancelo Rudiger White Livra is really good.

          TAA can come back in a few weeks if necessary but these next 3 are not great and with his injury risk, might be the play to go without for a little while.

          1. Forza Papac
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 22 days ago

            Yes that's a possibility. I don't have a WC to play so i'm not sure I want to use a transfer shipping out TAA when I already have Rudi, Dias, White and Livramento in defence.

            1. Camzy
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              Fine. Then bench him this week and hope he recovers.

              Your team is fine. If TAA is still out come GW8, you can swap to Cancelo then.

      4. Camzy
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        I'm more or less ready to confirm:

        TAA, Jota, Bamford > Alonso, ESR/Klich, Lukaku -4

        One week punt... ESR (bha) or Klich (WAT)?

        1. Camzy
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          I also have:

          Rudiger + Gallagher as an option.

          1. puhd
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 22 days ago

            I like this option best

        2. jackruet
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 months, 22 days ago

          Not klich

          1. Camzy
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 22 days ago

            Why not? He has Watford at home and he was getting chances against West Ham. He should have had a goal and assist. It's one week. Not like I'm stuck with him. Going to WC right after.

        3. Arteta
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          The Smith.

        4. Holmes
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          McNeil?

          1. Camzy
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 22 days ago

            Maybe. But I feel like he's more likely to get random assists. He's also just not that good as a fantasy asset. Prefer ESR or Klich.

        5. Ze_Austin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          Prefer Klich if you're very sure it's a one week punt. That's a much worse defence than Brighton's, so it's the kind of "lucky" punt that works often enough

          And if Chilwell appears, you can also easily switch Alonso to Rudiger on the GW8 WC

          Works for me

        6. TheTinman
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          Hi Camzy, I think our situations are not too dissimilar.

          Why do you prefer taking a -4 this week over just pushing the wildcard button?

          Is it mainly due to the international break or do you feel fixtures are playing into it too?

          1. Camzy
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 22 days ago

            I have 2 FTs. Plus the IB will throw random things at us that makes it a better time to WC.

            I also want to hold Benrahma, Coufal and not buy City players until GW8 (until the LIV fixture is out the way).

            I'm going to want City players - Cancelo, Grealish probably, maybe KDB/Foden. But not this week so next week I can buy them with no reservations.

            1. TheTinman
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              Thanks for the response. It does feel risky to shoot the wildcard now. A couple of injuries in the IB and you could find yourself at no advantage to the players who have already used it.

              I'm swinging one way to the other atm!!

            2. TheTinman
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              I can cover the double City defence which I would be wildcarding in with a double Brighton defence.

              It may sound a bit silly but bookies have Brighton CS odds as higher than city's this weekend...

              1. Camzy
                • 11 Years
                3 months, 22 days ago

                Double Brighton defense not for me. The fixtures are awful very soon. I like Duffy, Livra if you want to save money and go Ramsdale in goal.

      5. G Banger
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Team's in a bit of trouble, planning to play WC in WK8, so have 1FT and 0.2 ITB

        Sanchez
        White / Coufal / Shaw*
        Benrahma / Salah / Bruno / Sarr
        Antonio / Jiminez / Bamford*

        (Foster / Ayling* / TAA* / Gilmour)

        a) Bamford => Wood
        b) Bamford + TAA => Vardy + Marcal (-4)
        c) Better suggestion

        1. Monster Muppets
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 22 days ago

          Do bam to wood and then watch press about shaw, if out i would use -4 to get in a chelsea def. you'll want that in your WC anyways.

      6. KirkhamWesham
          3 months, 22 days ago

          Would you take a hit to bring in Lukaku?
          I plan on wc next gw.

          Sanchez
          Rudiger Veltman Manquillo
          Sarr Jota Salah Benrahma Raphinha
          Antonio Ronaldo

          Steele Dennis Ayling TAA

          1. RamaJama
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 22 days ago

            No

            1. KirkhamWesham
                3 months, 22 days ago

                Thanks

          2. MysticMac17
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 22 days ago

            Start Mbuemo away to West Ham or Matip at home to City?

            1. The Mentaculus
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              3 months, 22 days ago

              Mbeumo

            2. Tcheco
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              Mbuemo

            3. LAMELA_AND_CONSUELA
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              Mbeumo

          3. Atimis
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 22 days ago

            Possibly will have to play Duffy/Rudi/Ayling this week and could be Cancelo/Rudi/Duffy next week after I do Ayling to Cancelo for free.

            Would you keep TAA after all? Is it good enough without havibng to use WC?

            Sanchez
            TAA*/Rudi/Ayling
            Salah/Greenwood/Benrahma/Raph/Sarr
            Ronaldo(c)/Antonio

            Steele/Duffy/Tsim/Scarlet

          4. SADIO SANÉ
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 22 days ago

            poor Granit, Arsenal are doomed again

            1. Tcheco
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              Not a complete disaster as they actually look good with Partey the sole holding mid with ESR & Odegaard on either side. Could bode well for their attackers

          5. Strchld
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 22 days ago

            Struggling to get 11 players out this week:

            Jota (probably benching)
            Shaw (change to play)
            TAA (injured)
            Torres (probably benched)
            Ayling (injured)

            White and Livramento coming off the bench.

            Have 1 FT, who have to go for one week punt? Torres/Jota > Sarr/Saka or even both for a -4? Dont like to take hits before WC

            Would you hit WC button? Really would like use it during IB.

            1. CAVEAT KING
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              WC a good option accepting to be patient with Pool/Citeh this week

            2. KirkhamWesham
                3 months, 22 days ago

                Ayling may be fit to play.
                Fingers crossed.

              • TheTinman
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 22 days ago

                I'm in the exact same situation. Starting to lean more to wildcard now, but it feels risky and could end up being wasted ahead of IB

                1. Strchld
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 22 days ago

                  Thats what Im thinking. If I would be sure that Ayling and Shaw will be ok, then save WC this week.
                  If both out, then sure have to activate WC.

                  1. TheTinman
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    3 months, 22 days ago

                    I'm pretty sure Shaw will be fine. It sounded precautionary

              • Camzy
                • 11 Years
                3 months, 22 days ago

                Yeah it looks rough.

                I would be tempted to do it now in your shoes. I have 2 FTs so I can just about manage to squeak past this week, but you have some glaring issues.

                I think Shaw and Ayling will likely play so you can leave those if you insist on not WC'ing and then use your FTs to ditch TAA and Torres for a -4 this week if you insist on not hitting the button now.

                1. Strchld
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 22 days ago

                  Dont like hits before WCing, but I think that -4 would be better than use WC now. During IB we can easily have bigger issues.

                  1. Camzy
                    • 11 Years
                    3 months, 22 days ago

                    I agree. It's what I'm doing. Taking a -4 and captaining Lukaku. I hope that'll make up the points immediately and steady the ship for the week.

            3. TheTinman
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              Is Bissouma back for the weekend?

            4. Original - Wolves Ay We
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              How about this team? Worth aiming for?

              Ramsdale
              TAA, Alonso, Rudiger, Cancelo, Dias
              Salah, Raphina, Benrahma
              Antonio, Lukaku

              Steele, Gallagher, Alan, A Armstrong

              1. puhd
                • 7 Years
                3 months, 22 days ago

                I like it

            5. NateDog
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 22 days ago

              Seen a good few more people on Twitter this morning saying they can't login to their team or that it has flat out been deleted, an article reminding everyone to change their passwords might be a good idea if possible since it seems like FPL aren't going to do much about the hack.

              1. TheTinman
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 22 days ago

                Best to just have a 100k+ rank buffer to those at the top to prevent hacking

                1. NateDog
                  • 1 Year
                  3 months, 22 days ago

                  I can do that fivefold!

              2. Tcheco
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 22 days ago

                Got a notification on my Mac regarding some password leak & ignored it. Will change password now though cheers

            6. JariL
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              Having used my FT this week and saving WC for later, it feels crazy to think that I won't probably make another transfer until around October 15th. What the hell am I gonna do?!

              1. Tcheco
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 22 days ago

                Bask in the glory of your patience

                1. JariL
                  • 7 Years
                  3 months, 22 days ago

                  Gotta delete fplstatistics from my bookmarks

            7. Oliver Tockman
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              A) Vardy, Gray, Tierney
              B) Jimenez, Greenwood, Dias

              Cheers

              1. puhd
                • 7 Years
                3 months, 22 days ago

                Go back to the drawing board mate

            8. Louis99
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              Sanchez
              TAA - Marcal - White
              Salah - Raph - Gray - Benhrama
              CR7 - Lukaku - Antonio

              (Livra - Omobamidele - Gilmour)

              1FT and 0.2ITB.

              First post in a while, but got a tricky one on my hands. I like the team a lot, but TAA's injury is exposing a weak bench and means livra would come in with a horrible fixture.

              What do we think? Use the FT or hold out and roll it?

              1. Tcheco
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 22 days ago

                TAA to Rudiger covers you

                1. Louis99
                  • 7 Years
                  3 months, 22 days ago

                  It does... the 2 week break inclines me to hold onto TAA in the hope of recovery, but perhaps i'm being a wee bit too stubborn.

              2. JariL
                • 7 Years
                3 months, 22 days ago

                Tough one but I'd save. The extra FT will be more valuable down the line than bringing in someone like Manquillo for Omobambidele who'll probably end up scoring similarly to Livra anyway.

            9. FOO FIGHTER
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              It is becoming clear you need a semi decent bench in current times. It will avoid hits and getting rid of players you want back as soon as they return from injury etc.

              The ideal bench for me in no particular order would be

              Galagher Duffy Livra.

              1. Ze_Austin
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 22 days ago

                That combination knocks out 1+ defender from this group: Pool, City, Chelsea, Arsenal/Wolves/Brentford. Each of which has been rather predictable for points from their easy games so far this season

                Different ways to play the game though

                1. FOO FIGHTER
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 22 days ago

                  Gallager worth the extra mil or so over having to be stuck with Bissouma when your starting eleven is buggered with flags.

              2. Camzy
                • 11 Years
                3 months, 22 days ago

                I agree. But I'm looking at:

                4-4-2, 4-3-3 hybrid.

                Bench will be Livra, Brownhill. And then I'll rotate: Toney, ESR, 5.5m defender for one slot. With injuries and Pep, I think I'll need that first sub most weeks anyway.

            10. Lord of Ings
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              Would you rather have Alonso or rudiger?

              1. Tcheco
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 22 days ago

                Rudiger for me because more nailed. That being said, he has played all games until now & wouldn't be surprised with a benching soon. As soon as that's out of the way he's safe again. Can't be said about Alonso with Chilwell breathing down his neck

            11. SKENG
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              Greenwood > Son -4 for 1 GW only? I feel confident in a Greenwood blank.

              1. puhd
                • 7 Years
                3 months, 22 days ago

                Not confident about a hit tho