Wed, 17 April 2019
Joe and Neale look over the best captaincy options for Gameweek 35.
Double Gameweek players dominate the discussion, especially those from Wolves, Manchester City and Spurs.
Wed, 17 April 2019
The captain hindsight brigade was out in full force this week to bash the ScoutCasters for recommending Brighton defender Shane Duffy for the Gameweek 34 captaincy.
With goal threat and two home games, against Bournemouth and Cardiff, it seemed a good call. But with seven goals conceded without reply over this pair of games reality had other ideas.
Az, Joe and their guest Adam Hopcroft take stock of a less than inspiring Double Gameweek with no regrets about their armband blunder.
For Az and Adam captaining a player with two fixtures over one had merit, especially in a week with no standout captain elsewhere.
Meanwhile, Joe was looking for another Stéphane Sessègnon moment. This refers to the “VE Day” style celebrations among the Fantasy Football community back in 2012, when the unlikely Double Gameweek armbandee rifled in an injury time goal against Reading for Sunderland in the Black Cats’ second match that week. It was so memorable that Az even remembers who got the assist during that magical moment.
Aside from assessing their newly deployed Wildcards the crew also take stock of the community’s questions. The fall out from Troy Deeney’s red card as well as Mohamed Salah’s return to goal scoring form are among the issues covered.
Coping with rotation, among the ranks of Manchester City and Spurs, also gets an airing.
Elsewhere, the ScoutCast’s latest talking point draws inspiration from the top managers this season to find out what lessons we can learn from them and what it takes to gain an elite-level overall rank.
The community’s roughest and smoothest moves are looked at, including one of the most shambolic Wildcards of all time.
The crew finish off with a detailed look at their Gameweek 35 clean sheet predictions, differential tips, captaincy calls and transfer plans.
Tue, 16 April 2019
FPL manager Pete Beswick is having a remarkable season, thanks largely to a maverick deployment of his second wildcard in January.
After being in the top 1,000 the previous month he was on the verge of drifting out out of the top 5,000 at the start of the year.
Undaunted by the knowledge that many FPL managers would Wildcard later in the campaign, and driven by an ambition to finish as high as he could, he ploughed on with his alternative chip strategy.
It proved to be an incredible success, taking him to around the top 100 mark by Gameweek 34.
During this latest Meet the Manager episode Pete explains his strategies for success across a FPL career, which features three top 5,000 finishes in his previous four campaigns.
An unwavering loyalty to players, who have handed him prolific points hauls over the years, has been a key factor.
Pete also explains how a move away from his loyal approach cost him dearly in 2016/17 and how that poor campaign has taught him not to panic when a Gameweek goes array.
This is the 15th episode in our Meet the Manager video series and the first released as a podcast. Ahead of the 2019/20 season we plan to release podcast versions of all the previous interviews.
Fri, 12 April 2019
Joe and Neale discuss the latest line up and injury news ahead of Gameweek 34's deadline.
Wed, 10 April 2019
Just minutes before the start of the ScoutCast's live stream, on Tuesday evening, the news broke that Harry Kane looks to have sustained a serious leg injury.
The carefully laid wildcard plans of Az, Joe, Andy and David were
Amid the chaos our quartet somehow manage to stick largely to the
Their regular look at the latest whipping boys, who can’t stop
Gameweek 33’s rare strong showing from all four of the crew as well as the community’s smoothest and roughest moves also get the once over.
However, Joe’s attempt to start a Dean Martin style sing-a-long in praise of Watford midfielder Abdoulaye Doucouré falls flat. At least his cat makes a rare appearance to cheer him up.
Mon, 8 April 2019
Joe and David discuss the best captaincy options for Gameweek 34.
Double fixtures for Brighton and Cardiff have caught the attention of our podcast pair. But will they really hand the armband to Seagulls centre back Shane Duffy?
Sat, 6 April 2019
Chips are firmly on the menu in our latest Breakfast Club episode as Joe is joined by Neale and FPL 2014/15 champion Simon March to discuss their Wildcard teams.
Our podcast trio look through their selections position by position as they reveal why they are shunning Manchester United assets and instead favouring budget gems from the likes of Southampton and Brighton.
There’s plenty of stats to back up their decisions, but it remains to be seen whether their carefully constructed plans will bring season run in success or disappointment.
For further Gameweek 34 wildcard chat check out our latest Scoutcast episode.
Fri, 5 April 2019
Joe and Neale discuss the latest injury and line up news ahead of Gameweek 33's deadline.
Chelsea rotation and Liverpool's treatment room top the bill.
Fri, 5 April 2019
Buoyed by a largely successful Free Hit in Gameweek 32 the Scoutcast crew are eager to squeeze the trigger on another chip.
This week’s edition is dominated by Joe, Az and Andy’s early Wildcard drafts for Gameweek 34 and the players they are backing for success for the season run in.
But before they fully focus on their Wildcard there’s the small matter of Gameweek 33’s reduced fixture list to contend with. The crew take in a raft of community questions about the best assets to bring in, whether as a one week pre-Wildcard punt or for the rest of the campaign.
Elsewhere, they look back on the drama of the biggest Double Gameweek of the season, including the community’s roughest and smoothest moves.
Gameweek 33’s differentials, clean sheet and captaincy tips are also considered.
Although Joe and Andy seem settled on their next armband target, Az dons his Columbo mac for a “just one more thing” moment to make them doubt their decision.
Thu, 4 April 2019
Joe and David look at the best captaincy options for Gameweek 33’s reduced set of fixtures.
David is impressed with the strong underlying statistics of Mohammed Salah, while Joe is using the 'eye-test' as he looks elsewhere for his top armband picks.
Sat, 30 March 2019
Who Got the Assist duo Tom and Nick join Joe to discuss Double Gameweek 32 and beyond.
Nick and Joe reveal the thinking behind their Free Hit teams, with Joe keen to point out that he is not stalking a Swedish couple who live in the North West of England.
Tom, meanwhile, explains why he is saving his chips this week and instead looking ahead to a wildcard in Gameweek 33.
Elsewhere, there’s some heavy sighs of relief when the Manchester City team sheet is announced and our trio also find time to reveal the latest names on the goals imminent table.
Fri, 29 March 2019
Joe and Neale discuss the latest line up and injury news ahead of Double Gameweek 32.
Note: Shortly after recording Manchester United announced this update on their injury situation.
Wed, 27 March 2019
All four of our ScoutCast crew are firing up their Free Hit chip ahead of the largest Double Gameweek of the season.
Among issues they discuss is the danger of being caught in a social media ‘bubble’, where Free Hitters are scrambling to find differential alternatives to a perceived template.
Latest figures from the Fantasy Premier League, however, knock this theory out of the water, with just 1.3% of managers actually triggering this chip ahead of Gameweek 32.
Even among Free Hitters the notion of a template appears to be a myth, with the ScoutCast crew, of Joe, Luke, Az and Neale, revealing their markedly different approaches.
In this episode each discusses in detail the formations they favour and answer the community’s questions on the best defence, midfield and attacking assets to accumulate.
The Gameweek 32 captaincy debate is also looked at in detail, with Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane all in the mix.
Those wildcarding or simply not using any chips this time around are not forgotten, with the crew keeping an eye on forthcoming fixtures with some key tips on players to bring in for the long-term.
Over more than 90 minutes of chat the ScoutCasters also ensure there is time to quickly look back on their decidedly average Gameweek 31 and reveal their clean sheet and differential tips.
Mon, 25 March 2019
David and Joe discuss the best captaincy options for Double Gameweek 32.
Ahead of this bumper set of fixtures, City's key men Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero take centre stage. But talismen from Chelsea, Manchester United and Spurs are also grabbing their attention.
Tue, 19 March 2019
Fantasy Football Scout's coverage of Norway top flight game Eliteserien Fantasy continues with an interview with TV sports reporter Jonas Bergh-Johnsen.
Ahead of the game's launch at the end of March, Jonas chats to Joe about the best players and strategy. He also gives an insight into this season's pricing and new 'rich uncle' chip.
Sat, 16 March 2019
Lunch Club – Blanks and Benches
David and Joe discuss their Gameweek 31 transfer and captaincy decisions and take in the early team news during this week’s limited set of fixtures.
They also find time to chat about Fantasy Premier League’s naughtiest managers, who like to play bench tricks on their rivals during blank Gameweeks.
In addition, David reveals the latest fixture to bite the dust during the next set of reduced matches, in Gameweek 33.
Fri, 15 March 2019
Joe and Neale discuss the key press conference news from the ten teams to play during Gameweek 31's reduced fixture list.
Wed, 13 March 2019
Undaunted by a heavily reduced fixture list the ScoutCast crew deliver one of their longest episodes of the season.
There may be only five matches taking place in Gameweek 31 but Joe, Luke, Az and David discover there is a wealth of different player options and strategies to deploy.
Discarding their usual player, team and talking point format for the community questions section, they instead focus in detail on the best assets to own position by position this weekend.
While there is a consensus around goalkeepers, our ScoutCast regulars find plenty to disagree on among defenders, midfielders and strikers.
Luke is packing his team with differential ‘swords’ to attack the fixtures, while David is making sure he uses his two free transfers to include some ‘shields’ for protection.
Az is on the search for low-owned assets too and is even considering a notorious ScoutCast 'magic bean'. Unsurprisingly, Joe is not keen.
The issue of the number of hits to take in a blank fixture Gameweek also get an airing, as does advice for those using a Free Hit chip to cope with the reduction in the player pool.
Regular features are also included, with the round up of the previous Gameweek giving Az a rare chance this season to boast about a good Gameweek.
Best differentials, top clean sheet shouts as well as transfer and captaincy plans for the Gameweek ahead are also revealed.
Mon, 11 March 2019
Gameweek 31's limited fixture list sees just five matches take place.
But as Joe and David discover there are still plenty of strong Fantasy Premier League captaincy candidates to consider.
Sat, 9 March 2019
Always Cheating podcast pair Josh and Brandon visit Breakfast Club for the second time this season.
This time around they join Joe to discuss their Gameweek 30 moves and look ahead to the impending blank fixtures.
Josh makes history with the Breakfast Club’s first live trans-Atlantic transfer, while Brandon reveals why he is backing Salah and Hazard over the short-term fixture schedule.
Amid the discussion the Crystal Palace and Brighton team sheets are revealed and Joe pays tribute to Burnley’s Austrian party-pooper, Ashley Barnes.
Fri, 8 March 2019
Joe and Neale look at the latest Fantasy Premier League line up and injury news ahead of Gameweek 30.
Wed, 6 March 2019
After a bruising Gameweek 29 the ScoutCast soldiers are ready to wage war on the remaining fixtures of 2018/19.
Helping them out is regular listener FPL Reuser who has come up with a cunning plan for Fantasy Premier League success that involves collecting a strong arsenal of sturdy shields and razor sharp swords.
Joe, David, Luke and Andy discuss the best shields, which are high owned players needed for protection against red arrows. Also covered are the finest swords, which refers to low owned players with the perfect combination of points potential and solid fixtures.
Getting the right combination in place may well be the Holy Grail of Fantasy management the ScoutCast has been searching for over the last decade.
Our merry band of podcast pugilists also find time to look ahead to the upcoming blank fixtures, in Gameweeks 31 and 33, with a particular focus on the best Liverpool and Bournemouth assets to own.
While Az couldn’t attend due to other commitments he did find time to drop by, in the Youtube chat during this episode’s live streaming, to set the ScoutCasters straight about the Everton defence.
Elsewhere, David lays into Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo and reveals how a discarded plastic bag is now dictating his transfer decisions.
The ScoutCast troops also mull over the key decisions facing them in Gameweek 30, including the best differential ‘swords’ to acquire, the likeliest clean sheets and their transfer and captaincy plans.
Finally, this episode ends by flagging up the work of the charity Anthony Nolan, which carries out fantastic work saving the lives of people with blood cancer.
This follows the news from community member FPL Poker Player that his daughter was diagnosed with leukaemia last year. While in remission she still needs a bone marrow transplant. People can help support the work of Anthony Nolan by making a donation or signing up to be a bone marrow donor.
Mon, 4 March 2019
Joe and David look at the best Fantasy Premier League armband options for Gameweek 30.
Liverpool and Manchester City assets dominate their thinking, ahead of favourable home ties.
Our podcast pair also make sure there's a strong cast of intriguing differentials to consider.
Sat, 2 March 2019
Joe and David are joined by FPL General to discuss their Gameweek 29 transfers and look ahead to the upcoming blanks and doubles.
Attacking defenders and the best Liverpool trio are among topics covered.
The legendary goals imminent table also makes an appearance to reveal the players who are due a goal.
Fri, 1 March 2019
Joe and Neale look at the latest line up and injury news ahead of Gameweek 29.
Thu, 28 February 2019
Joe and David look at the best Fantasy Premier League armband options for Gameweek 29.
Raheem Sterling's eye-catching track record against Manchester City's opponents Bournemouth tops the bill.
But there are also a number of intriguing differentials vying for attention.
Thu, 28 February 2019
Recorded during the last few minutes of Gameweek 28’s fixtures the ScoutCast crew cling to the hope of huge points hauls right to the final whistle.
However, for Az and Joe the evening proved particularly frustrating as they are left to settle for a mere dribble of eleventh hour returns from the likes of Paul Pogba.
At least one of the crew saw their hope rewarded. Special guest Adam Hopcroft, who was filling in for the red flagged podcast pair of David and Luke, ended the night on 62 points to set him on course for his sixth top 10,000 overall finish.
Amid the excitement of a Gameweek finale, the crew also find time to mull over Fantasy Football’s latest key players, teams and talking points.
Chelsea’s strong fixture run comes under scrutiny as does the potential of a Leicester side under new management, following the appointment of former Celtic and Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers.
Chip strategy is also revisited, with recent injuries to key players and the strong form of Newcastle presenting further challenges and opportunities as Fantasy mangers navigate the upcoming blank and double Gameweeks.
Gameweek 29 is then looked at in detail, with clean sheet and differential prospects put under the microscope.
Proceedings take an unusual turn when Monty Python’s Life of Brian and He-man earn mentions.
The crew finish the show by revealing their transfer and captaincy plans. As the old football cliché goes “they can take the despair, it’s the hope that kills them”.
Tue, 26 February 2019
Joe and David discuss the latest line up news ahead of Gameweek 28.
Mon, 25 February 2019
David and Joe take a look at the key Fantasy Premier League captaincy candidates ahead of Gameweek 28.
Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang certainly has the fixture to do well when his Arsenal side host Bournemouth.
But he faces stiff competition from Liverpool's Mohamed Salah, who takes on one of his favourite teams to score against, Watford.
Meanwhile, rotation worries are putting Joe and David off Manchester City's assets for West Ham's visit.
Differentials our podcast pair are considering include Wolverhampton's Raul Jiminez. Leicester assets also get a mention in the aftermath of Claude Puel's departure.
Thu, 21 February 2019
Chip strategy has been all the talk of the Fantasy community over the last week.
The results of the FA Cup fifth-round ties would have firmed up the approaches of some Fantasy managers towards the Free Hit, Bench Boost, Triple Captain and Wildcard chips - though caused uncertainty among others.
With Joe away on a mid-season break, David, Az and Luke share their thoughts on how to navigate Blank Gameweeks 31 and 33 and how they plan to capitalise on the likely Double Gameweeks of 32 and 35.
Our trio of Scoutcasters also examine the options available to Fantasy managers who have used one or more of their chips already.
One player who will be particularly affected by the Blanks and Doubles is Sergio Aguero, so Luke, Az and David discuss whether ditching the Argentinean striker - or performing the "hokey cokey" with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang - remains a viable option given how in form the premium Manchester City forward is.
Continuing their discussion on the Blank Gameweeks, our panel muse on whether any out-of-sorts Chelsea assets are worthy of consideration given that the Blues are now guaranteed a fixture in Gameweeks 31 and 33.
The crew then finish off with a detailed look at their Gameweek 27 transfer moves, captaincy decisions, differential picks and clean sheet prospects.
Wed, 6 February 2019
The emotional side of Fantasy Football management cannot be underestimated.
As the ScoutCast’s discussion on mental health shows, many managers can struggle in their everyday life when a bad Gameweek strikes.
This episode features some powerful accounts of the impact being a Fantasy manager can have on the community’s lives, from sleepless nights to depression.
Az, Joe and David also reveal how Fantasy Football has affected their emotional well-being over the years.
Recorded midway through a season-defining, first Double Gameweek of the season, the crew also look back on their decision to shun Manchester City’s hattrick hero Sergio Aguero.
City assets feature again in our community questions section, as the crew assess likely rotation, especially around future Double Gameweeks.
Elsewhere, Chelsea’s new look attack is also weighed up.
The crew finish off with a detailed look at their Gameweek 26 transfer moves, captaincy decisions, differential picks and clean sheet prospects.
Fri, 1 February 2019
A double Gameweek should be a time of excitement, as Fantasy managers look forward to loading up on players with multiple games.
But the ScoutCast crew are far from enthusiastic, with Manchester City and Everton the key teams involved in the first such set of fixtures of 2018/19.
In tackling the community questions on the Sky Blues' pair of games, Az, Joe, David and Luke are fearful of rotation and questionable form, which saw last season’s champions lose to Newcastle last time out.
Meanwhile, a suspension for Lucas Digne and lack of accuracy for Richarlison have left the crew also unimpressed with Toffees players’ potential.
Also under consideration are the single Gameweek stars who are, arguably, being unfairly ignored and could outshine their double match counterparts.
The latest on the Premier League’s whipping boys, who are handing opponents a worrying amount of shots and chances, is another issue covered.
With this packed 90 minute show recorded during the end of the January transfer window, David ensures we are kept to date with the latest key moves.
The crew also find time to look over their and the community’s Gameweek 24 highs and lows, a segment of the show that Az in particular wished had been cut.
This latest ScoutCast finishes off with the crew revealing their Gameweek 25’s plans, clean sheet picks and differentials selections.
Wed, 23 January 2019
The community reached out to the ScoutCast crew this week for help in battling against an emerging template led by Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah.
The Egyptian's 50% ownership and six double-digit points returns in his last eight starts has left Fantasy Premier League managers struggling to gain a significant rank boost.
Joe, David and Az consider some key strategies to counter the high ownership of players such as Salah, as well as Manchester United’s Paul Pogba.
Doubling up on attacking options is among suggestions made by Joe, especially as this has proved a successful tactic in seasons past.
Az instead has been looking for differential captains, with Raheem Sterling the latest to be handed the armband in an attempt to beat Salah backers.
Meanwhile, David is following the advice of 2014/15 champion Simon March of keeping the game simple. Simon advocates backing obvious selections who are in good form and leaving others to make risky, and perhaps calamitous, moves.
Elsewhere, the crew look back on their Gameweek 23 scores, find out about the community’s roughest and smoothest recent moves and also consider the merits of drafting in last weekend’s hat-trick hero, Wolverhampton’s cut price midfielder Diogo Jota.
Impending blank and double Gameweeks also come under scrutiny, in particular the merits of investing heavily in Manchester City, who are among teams set to see matches postponed due to cup commitments.
The possibility of a double Gameweek 25 makes the outcomes of this week’s League and FA Cup games crucial to David, Joe and Az’s transfer plans as they finish off with a look at Gameweek 24’s likely moves, best differentials and possible clean sheets.
Wed, 16 January 2019
Harry Kane’s recent ankle injury tops the bill during an action packed show that bizarrely also takes in James Bond and Toy Story.
After taking great pleasure in looking back on their excellent Gameweek 22 scores, the ScoutCast crew tuck into the key questions from the community ahead of the next set of matches.
Kane’s absence sees David, Joe, Az and Luke discuss the best forward options. Moving money into midfield is also considered as the crew look at Dele Alli’s Buzz Lightyear-esque ability to step up whenever his Spurs’ team-mate is absent.
Whether to ditch disappointing players from the ranks of Chelsea, Everton and West Ham is another issue tackled.
Meanwhile, there are some words of warning for those looking to deploy their second wildcard now rather than save it for the double and blank Gameweeks to come.
Elsewhere, Az’s round up of the community’s recent moves showcases a high flying manager with a licence to thrill in the overall rankings.
The crew finish off with a look at their transfer and captaincy plans as well as the best differentials and defences in Gameweek 23.
Wed, 9 January 2019
The ScoutCast crew emerge from the congested festive fixtures a little out of sorts as they look ahead nervously to Gameweek 22 and beyond.
Poor captaincy and transfer decisions heralded a dramatic fall in Az and Luke’s overall rank over their torrid Christmas campaign.
David fared better with only a small red arrow over the period but is not happy with his squad as he prepares for January and February’s matches.
Joe was the only one to see a jump in his overall rank but fears a slump is just around the corner as he approaches the next set of games without a number of well-owned form players.
Among the community issues they tackle is which premium assets and formations will reap the greatest rewards in the coming Gameweeks.
Another topic covered is the potential of the budget enablers to emerge from this month's early transfer window activity.
Meanwhile, hidden gems from teams with great fixtures over the next two months also come under consideration.
Gameweek 22 is also looked at in detail as the crew reveal their top clean sheet and differential tips as well as their transfer and captaincy plans.
Wed, 19 December 2018
Christmas fixture congestion dominates the final ScoutCast of 2018 as the crew look ahead to four sets of matches over two tightly packed weeks of Premier League action.
Joe, David and Az are joined by Andy to look in detail at how best to navigate inevitable rotation over Gameweeks 18 to 21 as they offer their top tips for yuletide Fantasy Football survival.
Community questions the crew tackle include whether Manchester United assets can be trusted for their kind upcoming set of games, following the sacking of Jose Mourinho this week.
Danny Ings' brace against Arsenal last time out is another issue considered, especially as his good form adds further weight to the case for going light up top and instead investing funds in midfield.
Elsewhere, Eden Hazard’s double digit Fantasy Premier League points haul against Brighton last weekend kickstarts a chat on the best premium options for the end of December and early January.
After taking stock of Gameweek 17’s events, including the community’s roughest and smoothest tales, the crew also look in detail at the next four Gameweeks. This includes their views on the best differentials and teams with the greatest chance of clean sheets over the period.
The crew also find time to reveal their Christmas transfer and captaincy plans. For Az, Joe and David this includes hoping their key striker Harry Kane recovers from a bout of man-flu.
Wed, 12 December 2018
Some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them.
Mohamed Salah certainly provided a timely reminder that he is already one of Fantasy Football all time greats on Saturday, with a hat-trick at the Vitality Stadium against Bournemouth.
But even that impressive display is seemingly not enough to convince all of the ScoutCast crew that the Liverpool attacker should be an essential part of their festive line ups.
Joining Joe, David and Luke in this week’s episode is Adam Hopcroft, who has featured on our Meet the Manager series and is among those still looking to ditch the Egyptian.
During a Salexit discussion in our community questions section Adam reveals that there may well be better premium priced assets who are more deserving of attention.
In contrast, Joe and David are still backing the Reds marksman following his recent goal glut, which also includes a midweek strike against Napoli in the Champions League. Meanwhile Luke is resolutely continuing his no-Salah policy, even though it cost him dear last time out.
Salah unsurprisingly dominates the crew’s look back at Gameweek 16, including a special instalment of Rough with the Smooth, dedicated to those who jettisoned the Liverpool man before his weekend heroics.
The crew also provide an update on the latest whipping boys and the potential captain candidates who look set to exploit their frailties over Christmas.
Elsewhere, our community questions section takes in the emerging battle between Fantasy Premier League’s old guard of veterans and the new, social-media and price prediction site savvy managers on the scene.
The crew round off with a look at the best differentials and clean sheet prospects in Gameweek 17, as well as reveal their transfer and captaincy plans.
Thu, 6 December 2018
Two Gameweeks in the space of just a few days meant there were plenty of team sheet surprises for Fantasy managers this week.
Despite the likes of Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling and Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah missing out on a starting berth for one match, the ScoutCast crew just about survived Gameweeks 14 and 15.
Harry Kane was the hero for Az, Luke and Joe, who handed the Spurs man the armband for a 24-point haul against Southampton on Wednesday.
But it was a mixed set of fixtures for Andy. He captained Sterling for an 18-point return against Bournemouth but was left heartbroken when the winger failed to take to the pitch against Watford on Tuesday.
The crew take stock of this week's line-ups when weighing up their Gameweek 16 transfer and captaincy plans.
They also find time to consider an overhaul of their forward line ups, after it emerged that well-owned West Ham striker Marko Arnautovic is set for a spell on the sidelines through injury.
Bargain hunting among the ranks of Fulham, who have strong fixtures on the horizon, is also on the bill.
In addition, the crew ponder the lessons they’ve learned this season. A failure to invest more heavily in Manchester City’s potent attack haunts Joe, who had his own survival mission this edition as he battled through a cold.
Wed, 28 November 2018
With scores all in the thirties, Gameweek 13 was one to forget for the ScoutCast crew.
After forcing themselves to relive this dire set of points, Az, David, Luke and Joe dust themselves off and look ahead to better times.
Manchester City’s wealth of midfield options come under particular scrutiny during the community questions segment. A 44-points total from David Silva, Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling against West Ham last weekend, makes this is a group of players that demand attention.
Tottenham’s emerging assets in the centre of the park have also caught the community’s collective eye.
Heung-Min Son, Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen all impressed in the North London side's victory over Chelsea at the weekend. However, the ScoutCast crew are more interested in their premium priced team mate Harry Kane to help them take advantage of Spurs' kind set of festive fixtures.
Elsewhere, David reveals some notable team frailties and the players who are set to exploit them over December. Gylfi Sigurdsson is looking such a strong option in this regard that Joe wishes there could be two of the Everton set-piece specialist to draft into his squad.
Differentials, clean sheets, captaincy and transfer plans are also discussed. With the festive fixture list stepping up a gear, this covers both Gameweeks 14 and 15 as both take place during a frantic six-day block of Premier League matches starting this Friday.
Wed, 21 November 2018
Points ceilings and floors dominate proceedings on our latest ScoutCast as Joe, Az, Luke and Neale look over the key issues facing managers ahead of Gameweek 13.
A chief concern is who replaces red-flagged Benjamin Mendy who underwent surgery last week. The enticing secure floor of clean sheet returns offered by the full-back’s Manchester City team mates, John Stones and Aymeric Laporte, appeals to Luke.
Meanwhile, Joe prefers the higher ceiling of riches offered by the likes of Everton left-back Lucas Digne, who has been posting some impressive underlying statistics lately to suggest attacking returns are on the way.
Our community questions section also covers the wider value offered by Toffees assets across the pitch, and whether 12.4m priced Harry Kane is worth the outlay when Spurs fixtures improve.
Whether Anthony Martial’s six goals in his last five matches is a sign the Manchester United attacker is 'in form', or merely 'over-performing', is another issue discussed.
We also find time to look back at the previous set of matches and ahead in detail to Gameweek 13, including the best differentials, strongest clean sheet prospects and our transfer plans.
Captaincy options are also considered, with the maverick selections of Az, Luke and Neale leaving dullard Joe stunned.
Wed, 14 November 2018
The latest international break gives us the opportunity to take stock of the key underlying statistics being posted by teams and players over the first 12 Gameweeks of the season.
In this extra to our usual ScoutCast format, David and Joe sift through a raft of statistics to uncover who have been the most attacking players in terms of both goal threat and creativity.
They also find out who has been over and under performing and delve deep into the team statistics. Most threatening sides, best defences and those vying for whipping boy status are among issues looked at.
Meanwhile, our ScoutCast duo find out which defenders are set to produce points at both ends of the pitch and they also name the best bonus magnets to consider.
Key talisman, who are integral to their side’s chances of scoring, are another group of players looked at.
Joe and David also reveal how this autumnal stat-attack has affected their future transfer plans.
Wed, 7 November 2018
Medium term planning takes centre stage in our latest ScoutCast as Joe, David, Luke and Az look ahead to a major swing in the fixtures next month.
With the season ticker turning in favour of the likes of Tottenham and Arsenal, and away from Liverpool, the ScoutCast crew are already hatching plans to get one step ahead of the template.
Our community questions section considers which heavy hitters to ditch and which to bring in over the coming weeks. This includes a discussion on whether Manchester City's Raheem Sterling has become essential following his 21 point Fantasy Premier League haul against Southampton at the weekend.
The season ticker comes under further scrutiny as we tackle the community’s questions about West Ham. With only one bad fixture from now until mid January it is no wonder the Hammers are attracting interest.
Our review of Gameweek 11 sees Luke’s maverick tendencies prevail, while Az, David and Joe continue to tread water with an unremarkable set of scores.
A manager who featured prominently on the wrong side of our regular ‘rough with the smooth’ round up last month is back again, this time with a sensationally smooth points haul.
Elsewhere, Gameweek 12’s top differential and clean sheet predictions section features a cheeky chat about two Spurs midfielders.
The crew then finish off this packed one hour and 20 minute show by revealing their transfer and captaincy plans this weekend, with Liverpool’s enticing home clash with Fulham firmly on their minds.
Wed, 31 October 2018
After gaining an unwelcome set of red arrows in Gameweek 10 the ScoutCast crew are in need of a lift.
The perfect man for the job could well be Watford’s bargain basement priced striker, the aptly named Isaac Success Ajayi.
Joe, David and Az discuss the merits of bringing in the Nigerian, who could enable a formation shake up with a greater focus in defence and midfield.
Among the midfield success stories recently has been Ross Barkley, who has averaged 13 Fantasy Premier League points a match over his last three run outs. His potential to liven up a Fantasy squad in the doldrums is also discussed, as the crew answer the community’s questions.
The rotation threat facing such potentially potent Fantasy forces as Barkley is considered in further detail, as is whether stronger benches may be needed to cope with unexpected no-shows from well owned stars.
Bournemouth’s chances of ensuring their stellar form can trump a tricky fixture run also get an airing, as does the best differential picks and clean sheet prospects for Gameweek 11. This also features the selections of Luke, who due to internet issues was sadly unable to attend this week’s show. He’ll be back next week though to see how his picks performed.
Wed, 24 October 2018
With fresh rotation risks and plummeting form to deal with the ScoutCast crew’s Fantasy Premier League teams are in danger of becoming out of date.
In this week’s episode Joe, David and Az are joined by new regular Luke, who has stepped in for Andy, to cast their collective eye over the current Fantasy Football trends.
Joe is in search of the latest backline look as he seeks to dump his decidedly unfashionable defence.
Az’s midfield is looking more like mutton dressed as lamb these days and is in urgent need of a make-over.
Meanwhile, grey is the new black for David as he reveals his extra special overall rank following the last set of games.
Elsewhere, Luke’s success in Gameweek 9 shows he is ahead of the curve on the transfer catwalk, in particular with his Red or Dead defence.
Amid all the sartorial chat the crew find time to answer the key questions from the community as they window shop for bargain enablers and admire the top price options at Manchester City.
Az’s rough with the smooth run down features a disastrous set of hits for one former ScoutCaster.
The show is then rounded off with a close look at Gameweek 10, including the best differentials, clean sheet prospects and our transfer and captaincy plans.
Wed, 17 October 2018
Battling through traffic, illness and technical glitches, the Scoutcast crew emerge triumphant to discuss the key issues affecting Fantasy Football managers in Gameweek 9 and beyond.
After being stuck in motorway congestion a cold-ridden Az dropped by to join Joe, David and Andy just in time to answer the community’s questions about why none of us own assets from Arsenal. This is particularly head-scratching given the Gunners have scored more goals than any other side over the last four Gameweeks.
We also shake our heads in disbelief at why so many Fantasy managers are ignoring Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling, who is proving to be well worth his premium price tag this term.
Liverpool’s injury list, and patchy form of some of their top players, ahead of a fine run of games also comes under scrutiny.
Elsewhere, David invents ‘the courteous brag’ as he details how he was the only member of the crew not to be bewitched by Tottenham's misfiring striker Harry Kane in Gameweek 8.
Gameweek 9 differentials and clean sheet prospects also get an airing and we finish off with Andy revealing his latest audacious transfer plan.
Wed, 3 October 2018
The ScoutCast crew take up dancing this week in a desperate bid to figure out which of the many strong performing heavy-hitters they can squeeze into their teams.
Joe and Andy are looking to adapt the hokey-cokey, with the likes of Mohamed Salah and Sergio Aguero dropping out, then back into, their teams to briefly accommodate Harry Kane.
Az has gone one step further from merely putting the Spurs striker in and Liverpool winger out and has decided to wiggle his whole team about with a Wildcard.
Meanwhile, David is less ambitious on the dancefloor and is looking to instead dad-dance to a low-key goalkeeper cha-cha-cha.
Each of these moves, including a close look at Az’s wildcard, are detailed via the community’s questions as we tackle this week’s key talking point, player and teams.
The crew also find time to quick-step through the community’s roughest and smoothest recent transfers and foxtrot across Gameweek 8’s best differentials and likeliest clean sheets.
Wed, 26 September 2018
Investing heavily in Chelsea and Liverpool has proved a successful strategy for many this season.
But with these two title contenders going head to head in Gameweek 7 is this ‘eggs in one basket’ tactic about to come unstuck?
Joe, David, Andy and Az discuss the best strategy to dealing with these tricky ties when so many highly owned players are squaring up against each other.
They also consider the merits of bringing in the likes of Everton talisman Richarlison and Arsenal’s newly sure-starting striker Alexandre Lacazette, as they answer the community’s questions.
Tapping into Spurs fine fixture run, and in particular the improving form of Harry Kane, is also on the bill. But will Andy’s ambitious plan to swoop for the Tottenham forward leave him with egg on his face?
Elsewhere, the ScoutCast crew consider Gameweek 7’s likeliest clean sheets and best low owned gems, reveal their plans for the next set of matches and laugh and cry at some of the community’s roughest and smoothest recent transfers.
Wed, 19 September 2018
Eden Hazard’s 20 point Fantasy Premier League haul in Gameweek 5 has left the ScoutCast team in shock.
For David and Joe the the Chelsea man’s fine early season form has seen them fire up their Wildcards as they look to rip up their teams to accommodate him.
Az is still without the Belgian, but is more than a little concerned he will miss out on another monster score.
While Andy has been left reeling from a fine score of his own, having already swooped for the winger prior to his hat-trick against Cardiff.
In this gimmick-free ScoutCast the team go back to basics as they ponder the ‘essential’ status of Hazard as well as the other key Fantasy Football issues of the week posed by the community.
This includes a look at the array of talent in the Wolves defence, the exceptional value offered by Bournemouth’s midfield sensation Ryan Fraser and pinpointing teams’ vulnerabilities.
Elsewhere, benching issues take centre stage in our rough with smooth round up and the team also find time to consider the best differentials and the likeliest clean sheets in Gameweek 6.
Wed, 12 September 2018
Do we make our own luck in Fantasy Football? Or are there unforeseen events that can conspire to ruin even the best managers’ season?
In this week’s ScoutCast Joe, David, Andy and Az discuss the role of fortune in the game and look to introduce a ‘luck league’.
This league is one of a number of new and revamped features we trialed in this episode.
This saw the return of old favourites including rough with the smooth and clean sheet predictions as well as a new version of Fantasy island risk that focuses purely on low-owned gems.
Our community section has undergone a late spring clean too, focusing on the week’s key teams, players and talking point to allow us to have more in-depth discussions.
But as with all trials, some things don’t quite go as planned.
The introduction of forfeits for the ScoutCaster with the lowest monthly score and an unexpectedly controversial quiz proved to be more works in progress, which will be put back on the shelf for the time being.
Among all the upheaval we also find time to ponder going without Mohamed Salah and frisk the fixtures to analyse the teams with the best upcoming run of games.
Wed, 29 August 2018
Patience is proving a virtue for the ScoutCast’s latest guest, FPL General.
With top 500 finishes in all but one of his last four Fantasy Premier League seasons his track record of giving players time to perform has certainly paid off.
Undaunted by a poor start this season he is sticking resolutely to the game plan, with Christian Eriksen and Josh King already rewarding him with attacking returns during a week when many thousands of others were jettisoning them.
He joins Joe, Andy and David to mull over a tricky last set of matches and look ahead to Gameweek 4.
Replacements for Everton’s red card villain Richarlison kick off our community question session, which also takes in Chelsea stars, the seemingly unstoppable rise of premium defenders and Wildcard timing.
Wed, 22 August 2018
This week the ScoutCast crew are determined to bust the myth that they share identical strategies.
Long-term maverick Luke returns to reveal his freshly Wildcarded team which bravely went into Gameweek 2 without Manchester City’s hat-trick hero Sergio Aguero and last season's points scoring sensation Mohamed Salah.
In stark contrast, Az is continuing his march up the rankings thanks to his faith in this premium pair, and his resolve in resisting broadsheet tittle-tattle hinting that the Argentinian would be dropped.
David is also beating a different drum and keen to explain the reasons behind his chequered FPL history and how his fortunes already look better this time around.
That leaves Joe as the only dullard representative, armed with a bunch of ownership statistics, a goals imminent table and a dubious ‘camping’ excuse to explain his recent poor captaincy decision.
Their differing views across a range of key issues facing Fantasy Premier League manages ahead of Gameweek 3 are aired.
An assessment of Chelsea and Arsenal assets ahead of their favourable fixtures is top of the list. And they also ponder whether Spurs’ players can compete as assets this season and indulge in some bargain hunting up front.
Thu, 16 August 2018
Buoyed by some impressive scores from the opening day, the ScoutCast crew are in optimistic mood as they tackle the key issues facing Fantasy managers ahead of Gameweek 2.
Joe is joined by Andy, Az and new face Neale (aka Skonto Rigga) to separate the wheat from the chaff in the Fantasy Premier League’s transfer market.
They ponder whether reports of the demise of forwards have been greatly exaggerated and list the under-performing players from Gameweek 1 who may well punish their sellers.
Our rough with the smooth round-up features a tale of two benches.
While later in the show I come under attack from my colleagues, and even a moth, as we search for this season’s budget midfield gem.
We end by revealing our Captain choices when Neale unleashes one of the most surprising armband selections the Scoutcast has ever seen. It caps an impressive debut to remember for both him and the moth.
Wed, 8 August 2018
The start of the new season is just days away and the Scoutcast crew are still full of doubts about their 15-man Fantasy Premier League squads.
Andy, Az, David and Mark join Joe to mull over likely strategies for the start of the 2018/19 campaign as well as reveal their current line-ups.
Across our 82-minute chat, a consensus emerges on backing Manchester City and Liverpool premium assets. But that could all change depending on transfer deadline day deals.
Meanwhile, Wolverhampton, Crystal Palace and Bournemouth look set to supply our teams with a supporting cast of bargain enablers due to favourable fixtures. Well, for now at least.
But the groupthink soon breaks down when we discuss forward options, with Mark looking exclusively for value up top, while the rest of us are more keen to splash our cash.
The hive-mind soon returns at the end as we reveal our top choice for the Gameweek 1 armband, so to help those daring to shun a certain Egyptian we also offer up a host of alternative captaincy options.
Thu, 5 July 2018
Launch day is here and ScoutCast duo Joe and David have gone over the Fantasy Premier League player prices to gauge their initial thoughts on the game for 2018/19.
We couldn't really stop ourselves from asking the question: 'Should we have Mohamed Salah in our teams when he costs £13.0m?' You'll have to listen in to find out what we thought.
The changes in positional classification have altered our strategies for the season a little bit and we discuss that in detail in this episode.
Elsewhere we've had a look at which assets we think are over-priced and which we think are potential bargains ready and waiting.
Finally we've both made the gutsy call of declaring which three premium players will be in our squads in Gameweek 1.
Thu, 17 May 2018
The latest ScoutCast brings the curtain down on another Fantasy season as we take the opportunity to navel-gaze and conduct a full retrospective.
New signing David makes his debut, while Granville is a late arrival to join myself, Jonty, Andy and Az to form a six-strong crew.
We start by appraising Gameweek 38 to report back on a dramatic final day at the top of the Fantasy Premier League. Then we take the lead from your final round of community questions.
Our best and worst decisions, our most disappointing and inspiring signings and early targets for next season are all revealed. We even consider the lessons learned to offer advice on cracking the top ranks – for what it’s worth.
Then, after another season of ScoutCasts, we pick out our personal on-air highlights.
We thank you in advance for sticking through this, our longest ever episode, and for listening in over the last nine months.
Next season we edge towards 300 and finally reach the Last of the Summer Wine target. Granville has the bathtub at the ready.
Wed, 9 May 2018
The ScoutCast crew are desperate to lift themselves after falling victim to one of the most underwhelming Double Gameweeks in memory, though with five matches still to come, there remains a tinge of optimism.
Granville, Jonty, Andy and Az join me for a full strength line-up as we begin the post-mortem on Triple Captain failure and unrewarded points hits.
The five of us collectively kick ourselves for ignoring Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, as the foresight of one leading Fantasy Premier League manager sparks debate on how and why the masses overlooked the Gunners’ striker.
Mohamad Salah’s untimely slump is also assessed as we’re guided by your community questions, before we look ahead to Gameweek 38 via our handpicked selection of differentials designed to lift our spirits come Sunday.
Thu, 3 May 2018
The ScoutCast crew are joined by the current Fantasy Premier League pacesetter in this latest episode, as world number one Bharat Dhody drops by.
With ice flowing through his veins, Bharat risks the curse that has seen us dent the title tilt for previous top-ranked managers to join myself, Jonty, Andy and Az for a ScoutCast season highlight.
Inevitably, the four of us are a little star-struck, but in between our desperate attempts to convince Bharat to keep his cards close to his chest, we put his season and current mindset under scrutiny.
Elsewhere, your community questions lead us by the hand as we assess Harry Kane’s updated application for the Triple Captain role, review the merits of a Mohamed Salah exit plan and scratch around for Double Gameweek differentials.
Thu, 26 April 2018
Just as we witnessed in Gameweek 31, the Free Hit chip does its thing, granting the ScoutCast crew and many in the Fantasy Football Scout community the smoothest of landings as we begin preparations for another Double Gameweek take-off.
Jonty, Andy and Az join me for the Gameweek 35 post-mortem, as, driven by your questions, we ponder whether this season’s debut chip has rendered the blanks as the best opportunity for a rank hike.
However, this is no time to rest on our laurels, with another double-header looming. That fuels discussion on Manchester City, Spurs and even Swansea City’s players; assets at opposite ends of the Fantasy spectrum, united by the potential of two fixtures in Gameweek 37.
To invest in those spoils, we need to make sacrifices, so we assess the midfield makeweights and ponder if Marcos Alonso can finally shake Jonty’s curse, or whether we should all cash in on the Blues banned wing-back.
Thu, 19 April 2018
Arriving in the midst of a lukewarm Double Gameweek, the latest episode of the ScoutCast is more intent on looking ahead as the entire five-man crew press the button on the Free Hit chip. We’re back to full strength, as Granville, Jonty, Andy and Az join me to discuss our approach to Gameweek 35's slimline schedule, inspired by another round of your community questions. That attacking riches on offer from Manchester City and Liverpool dominate the early chatter, as we give our take on the run-in targets least likely to suffer from rotation to feature for Free Hitters and the “chipless” this weekend. We then pan for Gameweek 35 gold in less familiar territory, as we re-open the Coleman vs Baines debate ahead of their meeting with a Newcastle outfit perhaps already in flip-flops after four straight wins. End of season template busters help round things off before we career into the regular weekend preview to offer early thoughts on the Gameweek armband.
Thu, 12 April 2018
The ScoutCast crew are always quick to jump on the shoulders of giants, so when a veteran of the Fantasy Football Scout community starts to threaten a Fantasy Premier League title tilt, we just have to get them on the show.
Matt Kearney aka “Bowstring the Cap” has been about on our pages for seven seasons but never has he experienced one like this. Currently ranked twenty-third in the world, he drops by in this latest episode to give his take on his campaign and, in particular, the strategy for the run-in.
In truth, Matt was better placed before Gameweek 33 and, along with Jonty, Andy and Az, he joins me to look back at the lowest scoring weekend of the campaign when even the leading managers faltered.
But those gripes are soon drowned by a wave of enthusiasm on the eve of Double Gameweek 34.
That’s the focus for your latest set of community questions, sparking our thoughts on the optimum heavy-hitters, the rotation fears and our confidence in Chelsea to produce over the extra fixtures.
Thu, 5 April 2018
Recorded prior to Mohamed Salah’s injury scare, the ScoutCast crew already had one curveball to contend with in this latest episode as we mulled over Harry Kane solutions.
Fit-again and primed to skittle the Stoke City defence, Granville, Jonty, Andy and Az join me to discuss how we go about making plans for Harry ahead of two tempting Double Gameweeks.
Elsewhere in this episode, your community questions steer us to consider the optimum front three, assess Chelsea’s indifferent form and weigh up the fixtures versus form conundrum that is Marko Arnautovic.
The regular weekend preview is followed by an extraordinary bout of mind games from Jonty who appears to have tap into the dark arts to prophesise Salah’s injury two days early. That would explain his rank this season; there’s been voodoo at work.
Thu, 29 March 2018
Wildcards are very much active among the ScoutCast crew, and while only three of us make this latest episode, all five are in play ahead of the Double Gameweeks.
Not surprisingly, our rebuilding programme dominates the discussion as Jonty and Andy join me to reveal our current squads and our chosen strategy leading into the remaining seven Gameweeks.
In an exhaustive and in-depth episode, the three of us also look back on the success of the Free Hit in Gameweek 31. Then we attempt to offer a balanced view on the variety of chip tactics from this point on, with a team-by-team analysis of the player targets to consider.
We fail miserably of course, with our own bias no doubt shining through, though the conclusion is an uplifting one: whatever your chosen route with the chips to Gameweek 38, we will all win out in the end.
Unless you don’t have your Wildcard and Free Hit, in which case you hate us all, and you’re now consigned to spending the next two months behind that sofa.
Thu, 15 March 2018
Gameweek 31 might be diminished but, despite the curtailed fixture list, we’re giving it the full-fat ScoutCast treatment.
In fact, guided by your community questions, Jonty, Az, Andy and Granville join me as we dissect each of the four matches that make up Saturday’s offering – analysing the player targets from each as we seek to cater for the Free Hit managers and the chipless alike.
Looking further ahead, we also indulge in some wistful Wildcard discussions as we offer views on when to activate the refresh ahead of the looming double Gameweeks.
Thu, 8 March 2018
Rivalries are up and running in the ScoutCast as my old adversary Granville moves 16 points ahead, while Az closes the gap in his chase of Jonty.
Inevitably, Gameweek 31 will likely have a say in these contests, with opinions on that reduced set of fixtures divided in this week’s episode.
Against the backdrop of Ragabolly’s brilliant and extensive research, we investigate the real cost of Gameweek 31 hits and the benefit on offer for Free Hit managers.
Elsewhere it’s the Fantasy Premier League rules that get a grilling thanks to your community questions. We wonder whether the Norwegians have stolen a march with their Fantasy Eliteserien inventions as we assess the merits of the current chips.
Then the controversial bonus decisions of Gameweek 29 spark another appraisal of the Bonus Points System, as Granville takes his turn to be nostalgic as he pines for the mysterious “man in the stand” of yesteryear.
Thu, 1 March 2018
Mohamed Salah’s remarkable debut season just keeps on rolling and, while the ScoutCast crew have been fervent in their support for the Egyptian from Gameweek 1, we’ve been a lot more reluctant to hand him the captaincy.
Salah’s numbers and, in particular, his head-to-head with Golden Boot and armband rival Harry Kane, come under scrutiny in this latest episode. Jonty, Andy, Granville and Az join me as we reveal the true tale of our lack of faith and the damage done. The evidence is conclusive and nobody has more regrets than yours truly.
Elsewhere, your community questions have us revisit some of the Gameweek 31 casualties that had their credibility knocked by a weekend littered with eye-opening disappointment and we assess the allure of Arsenal’s favourable run-in. That's also conclusive.
Thu, 22 February 2018
Distracted and torn by domestic duties, my appearance on this latest ScoutCast episode is curtailed to a 30-minute introduction, followed by closing cameo.
That’s just enough time to join Jonty, Andy and Az in revisiting the Gameweek 31 scenario and chip strategies that dominate your community questions.
While I’m away, the boys also consider the Gameweek 31 traps to consider whether we’re in danger of being distracted by the mediocrity on offer. The fate of premium-priced defenders is also discussed before they preview Gameweek 28, as I crash back in to make my late contribution.
Thu, 15 February 2018
With our end of season plans now at the mercy of the FA Cup fifth round, we slot in an extra show to absorb all the post Gameweek 27 chatter, in anticipation of another bumper episode to come.
Given Sergio Aguero’s 21-point impact – and the fact that the ScoutCast crew all missed out - we just couldn’t neglect the opportunity to front up and give our verdict on the Kanexit#2.
Jonty, Andy and Az join me in attempting to justify our actions and dismiss our disappointment before we debate whether the Argentinian should be now ruthlessly ejected from squads.
Meanwhile, your questions steer us to assess Mohamed Salah’s relentless consistency and captaincy credentials, while I make excuses for my own armband misdemeanours by blaming my reckless awards on a lack of season heroes.
We dabble in some early Gameweek 31 musings, while Jonty has 31 attempts at pronouncing Luka Milivojevic.
Thu, 8 February 2018
Granville is the latest of the ScoutCast crew to be struck down by man-flu, and while Az manfully continued last time out, like myself the week before, my erstwhile rival is forced to bow out.
But he makes sure he has his say, priming Jonty beforehand to push my buttons on the “honeytrap” that was Jordan Pickford. Jonty plays a blinder on his behalf as Granville pulls evil strings from his sickbed.
Elsewhere in this latest episode, your community questions steer us to assess whether we should call time on Marcos Alonso to consider cut-price alternatives. We appraise the Arsenal renaissance, get Az all riled up on “JLingz”, while Jonty has his say on “whipping boys”. That, of course, are those teams that are easy to beat and guarantee big returns.
I still believe that this topic was just another excuse to have a go at Pickford, with Granville sniggering over his Lemsip. Other cold remedies and goalkeepers are available.
Fri, 2 February 2018
Jonty may just have stumbled on the perfect strategy with his newfound flexibility. Reserving millions in the bank, his squad is set up to react to the seismic shifts taking place, as Fantasy managers consider new players and formations.
Andy and an angry old-filled Az join me in forming the ScoutCast quartet, as we bounce off another round of community questions inspired by the changing landscape.
An appraisal of the 3-4-3, a full review of the deadline day arrivals and discussion on defensive surgery provide the spine of the show, before we embark on a Gameweek preview featuring an all-star cast of new Fantasy Island risks.
Thu, 25 January 2018
Granville created the monster that is the template squad – only for it to turn on him.
That delicious analogy sums up the latest Gameweek for the ScoutCast team, as our mediocre scores were left dwarfed by those who dared to break from the norm and turn to the unlikely differential that was Sergio Aguero.
This latest episode conducts a full post-mortem, as the aforementioned Granville is joined by Jonty, Andy, and Az to contemplate another #Kanexit scenario with the clamour for Man City “nostalgia pick” intensifying.
I miss out with flu – the kind that creates bleary-eyed selfies in Swansea City centre Marriot hotels. But unlike Kane’s notorious Gameweek 22, I fail to make a 17-minute appearance, and instead listen in while the ScoutCast quartet tackle more community questions, creating their own motley crew of characters along the way.
In the midfield chat, Az spits bile in the direction of “JLings”, while Jonty fancies Shaqiri “Ironside” as a poor man’s Hazard. Lukasz “Lidl” Fabianksi turns up in the debate on goalkeepers, while the team are unanimous on the fate of Andreas “The Curse” Christensen.
NB: this ScoutCast was recorded prior to confirmation that Manchester City’s fixture with Arsenal is likely to remain in Gameweek 28. Oh, and Az was off the mark when he said that City play Basel after West Brom, that first leg tie follows the Gameweek 27. Don’t panic Aguero owners. Leave that to the rest of us.
Thu, 18 January 2018
The ScoutCast quintet take on established Fantasy thinking in this latest episode, as we debate the quest to smash the current template squad.
What is the template? How can we break it? Should we even bother?
The discussion that unfolds is predictably sprawling and often heated, as once again the conflicting philosophies on Fantasy management in the ScoutCast crew are laid bare.
Elsewhere we let the rest of your community questions steer the conversation, as we contemplate Sanchez at United, battle Firmino vs Aguero and even find time to check in on Stoke.
Try as we might, even we struggle to argue about Stoke.
By the way, off the air we carried on the debate and, in the end, everyone agreed that I was right and also had the best beard.
Thu, 11 January 2018
The first ScoutCast of 2018 is sprinkled with a festive catch-up, an assessment of the latest transfer bandwagons and even some logic-defying magic.
YouTube viewers will need to pay close attention to Granville and Jonty about 90 seconds in to catch their conjuring trick; others will just have to use your imagination and be content with the rest of this 90-minute marathon episode.
We explore the lure of Aguero, the clamour for Lingard and the Fantasy freak of nature that is Marcos Alonso. Third striker options are assessed, we conduct a post-mortem on Liverpool following Coutinho’s exit and we start hatching plans for February’s forthcoming blank before the usual Gameweek preview ends proceedings.
Next week Granville saws Jonty in half and Az pulls a rabbit out of his hipster beard.
Thu, 21 December 2017
Is now the time to give up on the premium strikers – we’re looking at you Harry – and throw our cash at a “power five” midfield?
It’s a big question that requires a crack team to answer.
Unfortunately, we only have the ScoutCast crew available, but we did manage to pull off a big loan signing to help us out.
Jay Eggersdorf – the current “live” Hall of Fame number one joins Jonty, Andy and Az as we take on the big topic of the day.
In the middle of another stunning season – Jay reveals his strategy behind his recent move to shed Kane on the back of another impressive points tally.
Then on 44 minutes, Jay’s phone is almost drained of life. Tickled by the on-camera events that follow, Jonty and Az struggle to hold it together to discuss the recruitment of Paul Pogba and the merits of West Ham investment before we look ahead to Gameweek 19.
It’s an intense 90-minutes, with the frivolity of this “festive” ScoutCast limited to silly jumpers and hats. Though we do get the opportunity to reveal our Christmas wishes.
Just one wafer-thin hat-trick please Harry.
Fri, 15 December 2017
The ScoutCast takes on the role of support group ahead of Gameweek 18, as the four-strong collective attempt to give advice on how to find motivation when the season begins to slide into the abyss.
I go AWOL, though Peter Kouwenberg comes in for a timely debut. The former Hall of Fame number one is one of those suffering an abject season, after an extraordinary run of three successive top 300 finishes. No, really.
For once, Jonty, Andy and Az are in the presence of Fantasy Premier League greatness, then, as the quartet give counsel on those struggling to soldier on after a season of “unnecessary roughness”.
Elsewhere they talk Harry Kane for once, as exit plans are abandoned, while questioning whether Eden Hazard can justify his selection in light of David Silva’s sudden goal spree.
Thu, 7 December 2017
The Scoutcast team are reduced to a three-man line-up as Andy’s Azpilicueta-like run of appearances comes to end. Shifting to a new rural setting, he goes AWOL having been hamstrung by his “new” medieval internet connection.
That leaves Mark, Jonty and Az to hold the fort, as they struggle to find our own bandwidth to meet the demands of an unexpected double Gameweek now landing during the frantic festive spell.
That topic – and the strategy involving ScoutCast favourite Harry Kane – dominates your community questions and this 90-minute episode.
Elsewhere, the team try to justify shunning Arsenal assets, choose the optimum routes into Watford’s fixtures and the Allardyce’s Everton revolution, before deciding if it’s time to bail on Manchester City’s attack.
Thu, 30 November 2017
In our continued quest to mirror the Fantasy Football season, this latest ScoutCast episode is missing a key player, but shuffles the pack and brings on stars from the bench.
Quivering from the midweek rotation, Jonty and Az begin proceedings before Granville is introduced to add his experience to the line-up. Then, late on, Andy arrives to shore things up and see the team through the final testing period. Me? I’m ruled out and left to watch from the stands.
The ever-changing line-up does a fine job contending with another round of community questions, as they assess the midfield template and consider goalkeeper recruits in the light of Rafa’s tinkerings. Then Granville rolls back to a classic ScoutCast question, lambasting United fan Andy for celebrating a City goal to ask which comes first, your football team or your Fantasy team?
Thu, 23 November 2017
The crucial captaincy comes under focus in this latest ScoutCast episode. We’re five strong as Jonty, Andy, Granville and Az join me to put our skippering habits under scrutiny.
And when it comes to depriving us of captaincy returns, there’s no bigger “Armbandit” than Harry Kane. We’re all forced to give our updated opinions on the Spurs striker, as another “home banker” at Wembley looms for Fantasy Football’s most expensive and frustrating asset.
Elsewhere in this 90-minute marathon, your community questions steer us to assess the midfield heavy-hitters wrestling for our attention, explore the methods of dealing with festive rotation and the theory that we’re all playing down the impact of bonus points when weighing up transfer targets.
Thu, 16 November 2017
Declared fit and available for selection, I make a return to the ScoutCast after a recent hiatus. I’m also chuffed to be welcomed back into the bosom of my own home, as the winter draws in, driving me from the Scout Hut at the end of the garden.
Warming my cockles alongside Jonty and Az, the three of us are treated to another ScoutCast Wildcard, as Andy joins us and throws his selection to the cynical lions.
We use that as inspiration to answer your community questions, as we ponder Andy’s all-powerful front three and wonder if overlooking a budget third striker is the optimum set-up.
Staying with strikers, Romelu Lukaku’s worrisome form comes under analysis ahead of his anticipated revival and, once again, we give Harry Kane oxygen to vent further frustration following his very latest Wembley Stadium stutter.
Manchester City’s weapon(s) of choice get revised before we embark on the weekend preview to banish the international break and lay the groundwork for a Christmas schedule of epic proportions.
Thu, 2 November 2017
Whether it’s Pep’s rotation, Jonty’s runaway facial hair or a rogue horse in Andy’s front garden, the ScoutCast crew are decidedly spooked in this week’s Halloween episode.
Downed by a bout of Labyrinthitis – which is as nasty as it sounds – I’m forced to duck out as Jonty, Andy, Granville and Az run riot.
Your community questions help to keep them in check, forcing the quartet to once again assess City rotation, while giving views on Chelsea’s big-hitters, a Foxes revival and a slew of budget defenders.
Jonty rolls out his "ghouls imminent" table, while Andy unknowingly mocks my affliction from afar with back-to-back ear puns; in between they preview the weekend's action to reveal their captain and transfer picks.
Thu, 26 October 2017
Pep sunk his teeth into our Gameweeks, while an old moggy took a chunk out of my partner's arm, depriving me of my appearance on this week's ScoutCast. I'm not sure which was more painful.
At the mercy of the local A&E, Jonty, Andy and Az became my other emergency service as they stepped up on this latest episode.
Inevitably, Guardiola's Man City teamsheet dominates your questions and the ensuing chatter. Elsewhere the boys re-appraise Kane after his Wembley haul, revisit Liverpool with their fixtures about to swing and consider whether the heavy-hitting midfielders are poised for a renaissance ahead of Gameweek 10.
As far as I know, I've edited out all the "pussy" jokes.
Thu, 19 October 2017
Restored to a five-strong squad, this week's ScoutCast is still resonating from the shock of Man City's seven-slice goal pie, served up by Pep at the expense of Stoke City.
That avalanche of goals and points fell into the laps of two of the ScoutCast crew, as Jonty and Andy bask in their post-Pep Wildcard success.
Others weren't so fortunate, as we tell the tale of an unfortunate 11-point refresh and Az's 32-point Gameweek misery that has since sparked his own Wildcard activity.
City dominate the community questions driving this 90-minute episode, while we also revisit the Harry Kane debate, fuelled by his latest Wembley misfire.
Thu, 12 October 2017
Careering out of the international break at speed, the ScoutCast returns in anticipation of a turning point in our seasons.
We’ve been chattering for several weeks on the much anticipated “fixture swing”, and now we’re all set to put ourselves at its mercy.
What does it mean for our Fantasy line-ups?
In truth, with multiple transfers and Wildcards at our disposal, Jonty, Andy, Luke and myself started this latest episode still seeking our own answers. Over almost 90 minutes and with your community questions providing the steer, we do our best to reach some conclusions.
We weigh up Manchester United exit plans, Liverpool’s blunted attack and Jamie Vardy’s recuperation techniques, before previewing Gameweek 8 in the usual hap-hazard style.
Thu, 28 September 2017
No more no less. Three is the magic number.
In a week where we ponder shifting to a “power three” in our line-ups, the ScoutCast is reduced to its own Tri-force, as Jonty and Andy join me as part of a skeleton crew for this latest episode.
Don’t worry, somehow we still manage to string things out for 80 minutes. After all, there is much to discuss, not least the current emphasis on the big strikers and the demise of Bobby Firmino - the driving force behind my apparently ill-time Wildcard.
Talking of which, with Jonty’s own Wildcard booked in for the international break, he eagerly assesses the forthcoming “fixture swing” that promotes investment in Man City and Chelsea, among others.
Elsewhere your community questions guide us to examine the latest optimum formation and to check in with “piggy bank” Marcos Alonso’s after his cruel 58th-minute withdrawal in the Potteries.
Thu, 21 September 2017
It seems that every Fantasy Football manager in the land is seeking counsel.
Sergio Aguero’s 20-points has caused joy and consternation - mainly the latter - and we’re all in need of reassurance and solutions.
The ScoutCast crew are no different.
Granville, Jonty, Andy and Az join me in searching for answers, thankful for the opportunity to bounce ideas and opinion.
Contrary to popular thinking, among the noise and chatter, we do arrive at a tentative conclusion.
All but one of us are willing to bend to Sergio’s surge in points and popularity or fall for Pep’s potential plot. We’re abstaining on the Aguero option for now and, over this 90 minutes, we’ll tell you just why.
Aguero dominates, but we have ample time to entertain other community questions, discussing Harry Kane’s latest failings, the premium defenders that warrant our trust and our cash, while Jonty is itching to take us through his handpicked bonus magnet XI.
Thu, 14 September 2017
“This is how the ScoutCast was meant to be” exclaimed Granville.
He’s not wrong. If you’ve successfully avoided this brand of nonsense to this point, episode 232 provides a less than gentle introduction.
Just don’t expect me to take a beating every week.
That’s certainly what pans out over this lengthy landmark episode which finds me rolling the punches after my “ill-timed” Wildcard.
Granville and Jonty take turns to dish out the blows, while Andy and Az make uncomfortable spectators.
Once the scuffle dies down, we do our best to address the latest community questions, assessing strikers, mid-price midfielders and the latest wing-backs demanding our attention.
But, for once, that forms the undercard for the "big fight".
Thu, 7 September 2017
This is one helluva a strange experience.
Denied the opportunity to host this week’s ScoutCast by BT’s shortcomings and with the Wildcard active, I am forced to join you and eavesdrop while my decision-making is torn apart by Andy, Jonty, Az and Luke.
I have to admit, it’s pretty tortuous.
It’s like my hands are firmly fastened to the couch while the quartet lapdance* their critique around me. How I want to get involved.
Aside from appraising my “ill-timed” Wildcard, the boys tackle your other community questions.
They consider the Liverpool double-up, ponder whether midfield coverage can replace either Kane and Lukaku, debate if Alonso is essential and then look at how fixtures can shape cheap defensive acquisitions.
I’m pretty sure they answer them all exactly as I would. In fact, listening back, they appear to justify my Wildcard for me. I can hardly wait for next week.
*writer cannot call on any personal experience, here.
Thu, 24 August 2017
Two Gameweeks down and already the dilemmas are building; the sirens song of the Wildcard button calling.
Failing big hitters are the major bone of contention as Jonty, Andy and Luke join me for the second ScoutCast of the season.
We give our verdicts on the Spurs talisman, while also assessing the fall-out from Manchester City and, in particular, the shot-shy Kevin De Bruyne.
Driven by another round of community questions, we also chew over The Pogba vs Mkhitaryan debate and the big Bournemouth bail out, before previewing Gameweek 3.
Oh, and after his ten point return on the Aaron Mooy investment, we wrestle to prevent Jonty dropping his name into the conversation. I think I counted two. That’s a win for everyone involved.
Thu, 17 August 2017
Can you call it a comeback? Avid listeners – and there are some, honest – will certainly hope that Granville’s return to ScoutCast action will be repeated.
For now, we just have to savour him gatecrashing our early season party, armed with a very reasonable Gameweek 1 tally.
Granville joins myself, Jonty, Andy and Az in a five-aside episode for the post-mortem of the opening weekend.
Once again we embrace your community questions, going in studs showing on all the key issues, as we assess the Zaha replacements and strap our knees to the desk to discuss De Bruyne and Kane.
Thu, 10 August 2017
The final countdown has begun with the new season kick-off now less than 24-hours away.
Earlier the week the ScoutCast grew gathered as the clock ticked down, with Jonty, Andy and Luke joining myself to tackle a raft of perfectly targeted questions from you – the community.
Each of us take turns to reveal our current line-ups, while the collection of queries allowed us to put each of the four positions under the microscope. On occasions, we even broke from the ScoutCast tradition to provide some definitive answers.
Pre-season gremlins struck as I dropped out in full flow on Paul Pogba, but I managed to return to steer the ship towards its final destination – the first weekend preview of the new campaign.
It’s good to be back
Wed, 12 July 2017
An unprecedented summer podcast arrives following the Fantasy Premier League launch, as Jonty, Andy and Luke join me in the afterglow of a joyous day.
Technically “on the beach” and fighting back to full fitness, we nonetheless brave the airwaves to chime in on the price list, reclassified players and some early formation dancing.
We glory in the potential bargains, lament the overpriced and make bold claims on our lineups that will doubtless be reversed come August 11. If Andy has Chris Brunt in his Gameweek 1 squad, I’ll eat my Free Hit chip.
The FPL Draft game gets a rinsing, and we end the show with our proud declaration of our team ID’s. A conclusion that leaves me feeling rather inadequate even before a ball has been kicked.
Thu, 18 May 2017
Excess baggage checked in, deckchairs reserved and sun block applied – the Scoutcast team are all ready to hit the “beach”.
Smack in the middle of Gameweek 37, with points flowing from all angles, not even Hal Robson Kanu’s late goal can upset the pre-vacation mood.
Stringing five men across the midfield, Luke and Az join Jonty, Andy and myself for a bumper end of season episode as we tackle another volley of questions from you, the community.
We conduct a post-mortem on the flurry of chips, weigh up the Gameweek 38 punts, put together our final day Wildcard XI and take a look back on our own personal highs and lows of a topsy-turvy season.
After 128 minutes of that lot and sunstroke already setting in, we even forget to chat captains and transfers come the end, only to make amends later.
Thu, 11 May 2017
"Brutal" can be the only way to describe the way the ScoutCast collective round on the mis-fortune of a fellow FFS team member.
I say "misfortune", in truth, Jonty, Andy and Az join me in showing little sympathy for Spencer's predicament as we circle his catastrophic 40-point hit and take turns jabbing at the corpse of his Gameweek 36 line-up. When you end up with Victor Anichebe as your captain, it's difficult to show a degree of mercy.
Spencer's plight provides some light relief before we delve into our own insecurities following Spurs' "impossible" defeat to West Ham, as Chelsea prepare to wrap up the title race and ruin our run-in.
Your community questions quiz us on the impact of the inevitable, and, in the light of doubts surrounding Eden Hazard's prospects, we discuss merits of a swoop for his compatriot Kevin De Bruyne.
Elsewhere, we scrape the barrel for Manolo Gabbiadini alternatives up front and pull up the sofa cushions to hunt for some value in midfield.
Thu, 4 May 2017
You get your Wildcard active, and we’ll do the maths. Or rather Jonty will.
This week’s ScoutCast gets highly technical as my aforementioned co-host goes all Rachel Riley on us (wishful thinking) and attempts to bewilder with a cheeky little algorithm he’s just happened to have rustled up.
Attempting to cut through the noise of the forthcoming double Gameweeks, Andy and Luke join me while Jonty gives his numbers an airing via another round of your targeted queries.
We chew over Gabbiadini’s demise, assess the Gameweek 37 potential offered by Spurs and Chelsea and, yet again, make another assessment of a slumbering Sanchez.
The end result all leads to the ScoutCast Wildcard template squad, as Big Vic crashes in and Luke stands alone in shunning Arsenal’s Chilean timebomb.
Thu, 27 April 2017
Gradually weaned off our double fixture helping and returned to normality, the ScoutCast team take time out to pick through the wreckage of Gameweek 34, before we set our sights firmly on what lies ahead.
Wildcards and Bench Boost chips lodged up their end of season sleeves, Jonty, Andy and Luke join me to embrace another round of community questions.
With the rebuilding programme imminent, we take a look at those shot-term punts who can do a job in Gameweek 35, before weighing up single fixture assets who can possibly hold their own amid the forthcoming circus of Gameweek 37.
And, of course, we carry out our weekly appraisal of Alexis Sanchez, as the Chilean hints at a return form just as an irresistable Eden Hazard closes in.
Thu, 20 April 2017
There’s no other word for it, this week’s ScoutCast is certainly an “intense” affair, gripped by the troublesome uncertainty served up by the most testing double Gameweek in memory.
Jonty, Andy and Az once again join me as we quickly review our Gameweek 33’s, before indulging in the main course – chewing through your queries that dissect the dilemma’s served up by the forthcoming fixtures.
The merits of Zlatan, the head-to-head between Negredo and Benteke and a full risk assessment of shedding Sanchez and Sigurdsson – these are all topics to furrow the brow as we indulge in the most passionate of ScoutCasts for some weeks.
Thu, 13 April 2017
Despite reeling from shedding Son Heung-min prior to his 19-point haul, I can’t avoid acknowledging that Spurs are currently the go-to source for Fantasy talent – particularly now that Harry Kane is back in our lives.
Jonty, Andy and Az join me for this week’s ScoutCast, which transforms into a tribute to Kane’s Gameweek 33 potential, with the striker enjoying a far different appraisal to his rival across north London – Alexis Sanchez.
With three successive blanks, the Chilean is burning many a Fantasy manager, and, once again we use the airwaves to vent our frustration.
Elsewhere, on the eve of the double Gameweek announcement, we chew over the offerings on show at Palace and Southampton, before rinsing through the weekend preview, with GreenWindmill keeping score.
Tue, 4 April 2017
With the international breaks behind us and the fixture list bulging, the pace to the end of the season promises to be relentless; it’s even enough to force us into the indignity of a "manic" Monday night ScoutCast.
Having endured the most mediocre of Gameweeks, it’s a blessing in disguise that the next is already upon us. Despite that, we still take time to cast an eye back at the weekend, including a revival of “Rough with the Smooth”, recounting your own contrasting fortunes.
Elsewhere, your community questions have us conducting the now weekly Stock Check of Manchester United’s double Gameweek wannabes, while Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez's mood swings also come under scrutiny once more, as we chew over the likely replacements for the stricken Sadio Mane.
Palace get some love, those teams without a double Gameweek get appraised, and we even take time to explore a new phenomenon: the raiding right-back and new bonus point darling that is Jesus Navas.
Oh and, much as we tried to shut down Jonty’s attempts to gloat about the latest spectacular success of his goals imminent table, Wilfred Ndidi still gets a mention.
Thu, 30 March 2017
Expelled and evicted from the Scout Hut, the show must go on as I host this week’s Cast from the in-laws, their best china providing the backdrop to our Fantasy Football chatterings.
While building work gets underway back home, we consider the reconstruction required on our line-ups ahead of Gameweek 30 following the cruel injury to Seamus Coleman.
Assessment of the likely replacements dominates the opening section, before we embark on another round of community questions, as we scan Manchester United’s packed schedule, flirt with Leicester City assets and vote on when to move for Alexis Sanchez.
Transfer hits also bookend this episode, as we begin the show with a conservative approach to the weekend, only to end with talk of eight points aplenty.
Thu, 16 March 2017
A trio of Josh Kings saved the Gameweek for the ScoutCast regulars, steering Jonty, Andy and myself to respectability, despite a scattering of ill-advised transfer hits. Meanwhile, AZ drops in with his own unique solution to the curtailed Gameweek 28, as he deals a controversial early Wildcard to help navigate the choppy waters.
The Wildcard is a key focus of this week’s episode, as we extend our recent Hot Topic to the ScoutCast airwaves, arguing the optimum time to roll out the most precious of chips.
Elsewhere, we spare a moment to weigh up the “essential” status of the aforementioned Cherries midfielder, consider the recent unrest surrounding Sanchez and Lukaku and discuss the fall-out from Kane’s twanged ankle.
Thu, 9 March 2017
We’re left punctured and deflated like that old plastic ball you used to kick over the fence into the neighbour’s garden.
That neighbour is Pep Guardiola, who appears to take great pleasure in putting his big teamsheet tinkering garden fork through our bouncy double Gameweek dreams.
Recorded in the dying stages of Manchester City’s non-event clash against a stubborn Stoke, Jonty, Andy and myself are left rather flat during this episode of the ScoutCast.
Even the most imaginative accountant couldn't hide the fact that, after transfer hits aplenty and having witnessed Messrs Kane, Costa, Hazard and Lukaku grab hauls, all three of us depart Gameweek 27 in the red.
Gathering ourselves after that disappointment, and steered by your questions, we nonetheless press on to offer our latest musings on the minefield of blanks presented by Gameweek 28, while checking in on Sanchez’ fading star and third striker options.