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Scoutcast: Busting FPL myths ahead of Gameweek 13

Joe, Seb and Andy help Fantasy Premier League (FPL) managers prepare for Gameweek 13.

This week, the Scoutcast crew tackle the myths of Fantasy Premier League management as they look ahead to the weekend’s games and keep a watchful eye on upcoming festive fixture congestion.

Never make an early transfer. Don’t captain a defender. Avoid handing the armband to a player in the Saturday lunchtime fixture. These are among the myths put forward by the community under consideration in this episode.

Should such mythical notions be consigned to the dustbin?

In addition, each of our intrepid Scoutcast adventurers takes a myth that has annoyed them over the years to task.

For Seb, the notion that FPL managers require differentials is in need of a rethink. This chat takes in issues around combinations of highly owned players being different enough.

Meanwhile, Joe wonders whether reports of the demise of 3-4-3, due to the proliferation of excellent attacking options at the back, may be a myth. He puts forward the case for three strikers up top and still limiting budget in defence.

As news broke of an injury to Chelsea’s Ben Chilwell (£6.0m) towards the end of the stream, many may certainly be reconsidering investing heavily in their rearguard.

For Andy, he tackles the mythical money-saving merits of drafting in a non-playing cheap asset, especially with Christmas rotation on the horizon. He asks, is Aston Villa’s benchwarmer Keinan Davis (£4.4m) a myth?

Elsewhere, there are fixtures to frisk, transfer plans to ponder and captaincy plans to discuss.

They also reveal their differentials to consider, for those who still believe in the rank climbing powers of a low-owned gem.

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161 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Echoes
    • 1 Year
    12 days, 16 hours ago

    Ticking away, the moments that make up a dull day

    1. Jordan.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      12 days, 16 hours ago

      start watching justified on prime,terrific series..

      1. lilmessipran
        • 9 Years
        12 days, 16 hours ago

        Brilliant series indeed

    2. Silver_and_Gold
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      12 days, 16 hours ago

      Waiting for someone or something to show you the way (for next GWs 😉 )

  2. TopBinFc
      12 days, 16 hours ago

      Play Sanchez or Guaita this GW?

    • jackruet
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      12 days, 16 hours ago

      as if chillwell has died. Just wait for his injury news. There is an option called bench for a reason

      1. mynameisq
        • 8 Years
        12 days, 16 hours ago

        Big if true

      2. NateDog
        • 1 Year
        12 days, 16 hours ago

        Everything must go!

      3. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
        • 12 Years
        12 days, 15 hours ago

        Good news for a non Chilwell owner who has James and Rudiger. More price rises.

      4. Amartey Partey
        • 2 Years
        12 days, 15 hours ago

        Yeah I’m keeping him unless he’s out for more than two weeks.

    • Mbeumo's Post: 7✅
      • 10 Years
      12 days, 16 hours ago

      Jota or Son more priority?

      1. BigRedDog
        • 4 Years
        12 days, 16 hours ago

        What's the update on his injury? Is he OK?

        1. Mbeumo's Post: 7✅
          • 10 Years
          12 days, 16 hours ago

          Back in training yesterday

      2. Stormbringer22
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        12 days, 16 hours ago

        Have you got any other Spurs assets? Think Jota more of a priority, but I also prefer Kane to Son, so maybe a bit biased

    • BigRedDog
      • 4 Years
      12 days, 16 hours ago

      Pressers for injury news cannot come fast enough for my team 😮

    • TheTinman
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      12 days, 16 hours ago

      Don't see what all the fuss is about.

      1 game out - keep
      2-3 games out - keep unless you have spare transfer
      4+ games out - swap for Alonso

      When the replacement is basically just as good (FPL wise) and similarly priced it hardly makes a difference.

      1. TheTinman
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        12 days, 16 hours ago

        In fact (whisper this) a long term injury could be just what we need to combat Xmas rotation.

    • DB_00
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      12 days, 16 hours ago

      Was set on Reguilon but after Chilwell’s injury, I think I prefer Alonso. But it would mean triple Chelsea.

      Who should I get? Reguilon or Alonso

      1. Mbeumo's Post: 7✅
        • 10 Years
        12 days, 16 hours ago

        Reguilon

      2. Baps hunter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        12 days, 16 hours ago

        Spurs will still keep on conceding and Reguillon crossing for Kane to score is only a wet dream.

      3. TheTinman
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        12 days, 16 hours ago

        Alonso

      4. Stormbringer22
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        12 days, 16 hours ago

        The Spaniard

    • Pukkipartyy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      12 days, 16 hours ago

      Toughts?

      A) Chilwell + Raph -> Reguilion + Jota (-4)
      B) Chilwell -> Alonso

      1. GreennRed
        • 10 Years
        12 days, 16 hours ago

        B

      2. Stormbringer22
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        12 days, 16 hours ago

        B

      3. Ian & Zen
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        12 days, 15 hours ago

        On both players, I’d wait - Raphinha has great fixtures and is a talisman for Leeds & Chilwell may only be out for one or two games.. and I’m sure you have a bench & would a replacement get you your 4 hit points back & your lost TV??

        1. ameisin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          12 days, 15 hours ago

          Not sure Raph's fixtures are as good as they look. Brighton, Palace & Brentford are all within the lowest 7 xGC so far this season. Then after that Leeds play CHE, MCI, ARS, LIV in a row.

    • Angelic upstart
      • 3 Years
      12 days, 16 hours ago

      So I have Foster, ramsdale, TAA, James, Chilly, livra, cancelo, Salah & Foden.

      I've 41.5 mill in the bank, I need 3 mids & 3 strikers who do I bring in? Ideally 4 medium to long term 2 short term

      1. Stormbringer22
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        12 days, 16 hours ago

        Your question requires way too much thinking. Narrow it down at least.

    • Stormbringer22
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      12 days, 16 hours ago

      It frustrates me that I have exact funds to do Chilwell + Vardy > Alonso + Kane (2FTs) if Chilly is out long-term, however, I wouldn't be able to do this transfer because people will move early, cause price changes, and I will be priced out...

      1. GreennRed
        • 10 Years
        12 days, 16 hours ago

        Why are you getting Kane?

        1. Stormbringer22
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          12 days, 16 hours ago

          Of the opinion that Burnley, Norwich, and Brentford are the perfect opposition for him to get a few goals under his belt. Spurs have not exactly impressed, but worth taking the risk imo. Also, an easy switch to Ronaldo afterwards.

          1. GreennRed
            • 10 Years
            12 days, 16 hours ago

            Mmmm. I know Leicester are poor right now but their fixtures also look good and Vardy has scored a few already. Wouldn't sell him before Toney.

    • Maddamotha
      • 5 Years
      12 days, 16 hours ago

      Would you, for free do :

      Havertz, Grey > Jota, Gallagher

      Means putting off getting Cancelo. I have Dias...

      1. Stormbringer22
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        12 days, 16 hours ago

        I like those moves in isolation. Not sure what the rest of the team is like, but those sound good. Are they for free or a -4?

        1. Maddamotha
          • 5 Years
          12 days, 15 hours ago

          For free mate.

    • estheblessed
      • 6 Years
      12 days, 16 hours ago

      How is this looking? And also what is the deal with Raphinha? Should I be selling him? 1FT and £0.4m ITB

      Ramsdale
      Rudiger, AA, Cancelo
      Rapha, Salah, Foden, Gallagher
      Antonio, Vardy, Toney

      Foster, Christensen, Luiz, Manquillo

      1. Stormbringer22
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        12 days, 16 hours ago

        Looks good. Save the transfer or do Rudi to James?

    • Pacer.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      12 days, 16 hours ago

      Biggest myth is money is wasted on the bench. Sure, there's times when efficiency wins, but it's increasingly less often imo. Certainly I've turned my season round and climbed 1.5m to a totally respectable position directly via all the advantages of a 4/5.5/6.5 bench

      At the very least we have never seen any serious kind of attempt at a longitudinal analysis of what can be achieved.

      1. GreennRed
        • 10 Years
        12 days, 16 hours ago

        Depends on the strength of your 11 . If 0.5m extra on a 5th defender or 2nd keeper could give you an upgrade in your 11 for more points then it's wasted on the bench.

      2. TheTinman
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        12 days, 16 hours ago

        I agree in these days of rotation. 1-2 decent bench players is needed

      3. Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        12 days, 15 hours ago

        It’s Been true of late

        I’ve been doing well in my ml and have a decent OR thanks to a strong bench over the last few weeks

        This week I have antonio livra and gilmour on the bench but all 3 might be needed, means I don’t need to take a hit

        1. Pacer.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          12 days, 14 hours ago

          Antonio, Wilson and Livra bench warming this week. Raph, Gallagher and Pukki fielded in good fixtures and with a back 4 of chill, canc, taa and James you just know there's at least a 50% chance that you'll be calling on one, before you consider injuries. Extremely happy to be going into this run through to new year with a good rotation and already planning for gw16 onward without another premium in my mind. What's the point when Salah is so utterly locked c

      4. rozzo
        • 8 Years
        12 days, 15 hours ago

        Kinda helps when the only premiums getting points regularly are Salah and Mane so we can afford a decent bench.

      5. ameisin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        12 days, 14 hours ago

        Yep - I've had some frustratingly high bench scores over the last 4 GWs (17, 29!, 20, 15), but in the same period I've climbed from 244k > 14k.

        So, while leaving Ramsdale on the bench for his heroics against Leicester, or not predicting Gallagher's 13-pointer against Man City away are always going to happen, having a strong 15 that can rotate seems to be really paying off this year.

      6. Aston VII iia hahaha
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        12 days, 13 hours ago

        No its not. The biggest myths are those with no logical basis whatsoever. The one you raised has caveats.

    • ramunas
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      12 days, 16 hours ago

      Current team:
      Sanchez
      TAA, James, Chilwell, Cancelo
      Salah, Raph, Saka
      Kane, Antonio, Toney

      Foster, Livra, Townsend, Allan

      I have 2FT and exact funds to do Toney & Townsend -> King & Jota.
      Good moves? Any other ideas?

    • DavidBadWillie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      12 days, 16 hours ago

      Antonio > Jimenez
      Chilwell > Trent

      -4??

      1. Make Arrows Green Again
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        12 days, 16 hours ago

        Looks fine but wait for news ofc

    • dbeck
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      12 days, 16 hours ago

      how is Chilly, Mbeumo and Jansson to James, Regi and Gilmor sound? -4

      Gilmour will be 3rd on bench

      1. KLOPPS AND ROBBERS... the s…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        12 days, 15 hours ago

        James, Alonso, Gilmour might be a good option. Depending on Chilly news

    • Nightf0x
      • 6 Years
      12 days, 16 hours ago

      Which duo?

      A) jota reglion
      B) moura james/chilwel/alonso (have rudi)

      1. GreennRed
        • 10 Years
        12 days, 16 hours ago

        A

      2. KLOPPS AND ROBBERS... the s…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        12 days, 15 hours ago

        A, wait on Jota news

    • My heart goes Salalalalah
      • 4 Years
      12 days, 16 hours ago

      What's the story on Benzema? Found guilty op complicity in attempted blackmail of former France team mate Mathieu Valbuena ~ Sky

      1 year suspended prison sentence, and £63k fine

      1. GreennRed
        • 10 Years
        12 days, 15 hours ago

        So he'll play tonight.

        1. My heart goes Salalalalah
          • 4 Years
          12 days, 15 hours ago

          He is due to play tonight yes

      2. NateDog
        • 1 Year
        12 days, 15 hours ago

        Pocket money for him and a sentence he'll never serve as is often the case

      3. Aston VII iia hahaha
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        12 days, 13 hours ago

        But they can't nominate him for the Ballon dor now though

    • KLOPPS AND ROBBERS... the s…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      12 days, 15 hours ago

      Haven't had a goalie for a while (Raya (injuried) and Gunn) as always more pressing transfers.

      Just lump it and take a hit for Ramsdale?

      1. Karan14
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        12 days, 15 hours ago

        Yes you probably should.

      2. Ⓙⓐⓡⓥⓘⓢⓗ CMIUK
        • 6 Years
        12 days, 15 hours ago

        Why didn't you just take a hit when Raya got injured?

      3. Tonyawesome69
        • 2 Years
        12 days, 15 hours ago

        Yup, long term you don't have a GK at all.

    • Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      12 days, 15 hours ago

      Sanchez
      TAA James Cancelo Semedo
      Salah Jota Foden
      Kane Antonio Toney

      (4.0 Sissoko Brownhill Livra)
      1 FT & 0.2m

      A) Semedo ➡️ Regulion
      B) Antonio & Semedo ➡️ Wilson & Alonso -4

      Assuming Chilwell is out for a few games which option looks better?

      1. dbeck
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        12 days, 15 hours ago

        I’d just hate to bring in Alonso and azpi starts left wing back

        1. JBG
          • 3 Years
          12 days, 15 hours ago

          I just took out Azpi out of anger and the believe that he has lost his spot in the PL completely(wasn't even on the bench after injury free).

      2. Ⓙⓐⓡⓥⓘⓢⓗ CMIUK
        • 6 Years
        12 days, 15 hours ago

        Is Semedo injured? If not, I'd keep him with Norwich and Burnley up next.

    • Erez Avni
      • 5 Years
      12 days, 15 hours ago

      I really want James or Jota but can’t find the ideal way to do it. maybe just need to save transfer?

      1 FT 0.1 ITB

      Ramsdale
      TAA Rudy Cancelo White
      Salah Raphi Foden Son Mbuemo
      Jimenez

      Foster Antonio Livra Broja

      1. The Units
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        12 days, 15 hours ago

        yep hold this week

      2. Tonyawesome69
        • 2 Years
        12 days, 15 hours ago

        Raphinha, Jimenez and Antonio are the only players I can see where you can get the funds to get James or Jota

        1. Erez Avni
          • 5 Years
          12 days, 15 hours ago

          would you take a hit for one of them in that situation?

          1. The Units
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            12 days, 15 hours ago

            Nope

          2. Tonyawesome69
            • 2 Years
            12 days, 15 hours ago

            Possibly Antonio if you are willing to part with him

    • The Units
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      12 days, 15 hours ago

      Its a save here? Bench order good?

      Guaita
      TAA – James – Cancelo – Regi
      Salah – Jota – Gallagher – ESR
      Antonio – CR7

      Bench: Foster – Bowen – Broja - Livra

      1. Riders of Yohan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        12 days, 15 hours ago

        Yup save

    • JBG
      • 3 Years
      12 days, 15 hours ago

      Raphinha to Jota -4 if Raphinha is out?

      1. The Units
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        12 days, 15 hours ago

        yep should pay off over the next few weeks

        1. JBG
          • 3 Years
          12 days, 15 hours ago

          Thanks, same thought process. Should pay off.

      2. Tonyawesome69
        • 2 Years
        12 days, 15 hours ago

        Only if out then I would consider the hit.

        1. Tonyawesome69
          • 2 Years
          12 days, 15 hours ago

          I did see a social media post of Raphinha on Twitter yesterday and he looked fine. Looked like the photo was taken from his wifes insta and he was tagged.

      3. Riders of Yohan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        12 days, 15 hours ago

        Raph was just ill right? Does depend on the rest of your team but would say yes

    • Riders of Yohan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      12 days, 15 hours ago

      Appreciate some help!

      2FT, 0.0ITB

      Sanchez
      TAA, James, Chilwell, Cancelo
      Salah, Son, Gallagher, ESR
      Kane, Toney

      Steele. Hwang, Livra, Brownhill

      Planning on doing Chilwell to Alonso, but would you also do Son to Jota?

      Any other suggestions?

      1. Tonyawesome69
        • 2 Years
        12 days, 15 hours ago

        Surely keep Son for these upcoming fixtures?

        1. Riders of Yohan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          12 days, 15 hours ago

          What I was thinking. The Spurs double up has not paid off so far

          1. Riders of Yohan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            12 days, 15 hours ago

            So far though*

            1. Tonyawesome69
              • 2 Years
              12 days, 15 hours ago

              I didn't realise you have the spurs double-up. Tough one especially with Burnley have Tarkowski and Westwood suspended for the weekend. I would be leaning towards keeping Son

              1. Riders of Yohan
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                12 days, 15 hours ago

                Ah I didn’t realise the suspensions!

      2. The Units
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        12 days, 15 hours ago

        Yes to both moves.

    • JBG
      • 3 Years
      12 days, 15 hours ago

      Hudson-Odoi is another replacement for Chilwell, I just remembered. But surely it will be Alonso who starts in Chilwells absence.

      1. Riders of Yohan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        12 days, 15 hours ago

        Alonso started every game at the start of the season when CHO was on the bench.

      2. NateDog
        • 1 Year
        12 days, 15 hours ago

        Pulisic was used there once in preseason too, right?

    • mdm
      • 9 Years
      12 days, 15 hours ago

      Rudiger -> TAA or save FT?

      1. JBG
        • 3 Years
        12 days, 15 hours ago

        I'd do it.

    • fylde2022
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      12 days, 15 hours ago

      Which is priority move, for free?

      A) Chilwell out, Reguilon in (442)
      B) Raphinha out, Jota in (352)

      Ramsdale
      Cancelo TAA James
      ESR Raphinha Salah Son Mbeumo
      Toney Wilson

      Foster, Livramento Davis, Chilwell

      3.4m itb
      1ft

      1. The Units
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        12 days, 15 hours ago

        Jota

      2. JBG
        • 3 Years
        12 days, 15 hours ago

        B

      3. jackruet
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        12 days, 15 hours ago

        None

    • drughi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      12 days, 15 hours ago

      Which move for my team looks best ?

      Sanchez
      TAA Rudiger Cancelo
      Foden Salah Gallagher ESR
      Antonio Jimenez Vardy

      Foster Gilmour Livramento Chilwell

      A. Antonio>Toney (funds vardy>Kane next week)
      B. Foden>Jota and Chilwell>james -4
      C. Save

      1. The Units
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        12 days, 15 hours ago

        A to King/Dennis

      2. drughi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        12 days, 15 hours ago

        No prefer toney during busy december and better fixtures

    • rozzo
      • 8 Years
      12 days, 15 hours ago

      This will be asked a million times but Alonso or Rudiger?

      I have James and a deep bench to cover rotation.

    • Tic Tacs
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      12 days, 15 hours ago

      Pretty set on rolling the transfer this week, fairly happy with how the team is set up:

      Guaita
      James, TAA, Cancelo, Reguilon
      Salah (C), Gundogan, ESR
      Kane (vc), Wilson, Pukki

      Gunnarsson, Gallagher, Bowen, Livramento