The Fantasy Football Scoutcast
Let Mark and Granville sniff out your clean sheets and assist your fantasy football season with a regular serving of stuff and nonsense from the English Premiership. News and analysis is mixed with lively banter between the two bitter mini-league rivals as the pair laugh off a life of mid-table mediocrity.

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Fond of sand dunes and salty air, Granville returns from “avin’ it large” in Ibiza, to join me once again in the ScoutCast studio.

 

The ageing hedonist and I rinse through the regulars – giving our views on the week’s transfer bandwagons, whilst previewing the weekend and giving a shout-out to those managers blazing trails atop the various Fantasy Football Scout leagues.

 

Inevitably, we also moan about our Gameweek mishaps, discuss the latest development in the United revolution and touch on waves being generate by the Fantasy Premier League price tweaks.

 

Direct download: FFScoutCast_EP136_Bangin.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:37 PM

With cheque books fluttering on the eve of the transfer window slamming shut, our Fantasy seasons could be transformed by new arrivals. In this week’s ScoutCast episode, Granville and I chew over the latest new faces to crash the player list – United’s “Angel” Di Maria and Liverpool’s “Devil” Balotelli. 

 

With just a single point between us and the comfort of top 100k placings, my co-host and I are more than just a little content as we the rule over the current bandwagons and preview another weekend’s action. It won’t last.

Direct download: FFScoutCast_EP135_Arrivals.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:07 PM

Gently does it. Granville and I ease ourselves into the season with another thirty-minute bite-size podcast, gradually building up our fitness before we go full tilt next month.

 

Yes, it’s just the pair of us again, cuddling up in our intimate studio to discuss the events of Gameweek one, whilst casting one eye on the fixtures and events to come this weekend. 

 

We get through the usual array of regulars, with Granville explaining how a wedding and a bout of childcare threatened to ruin his campaign, just as it gets out of the blocks. We reach out to all those Siggy benchers, whilst picking the bones out United’s limp corpse following their opening day defeat. We chat Fabregas vs Hazard, Ivanovic vs the rest (they're going to run and run) and sing Ultimate’s praises for helping the previously unloved play their part in our Fantasy seasons. 

 

 

Direct download: FFScoutCast_EP134_Starter.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:49 PM

A new beginning. On the eve of a new campaign, two grumpy middle-aged has-beens gather in a studio to recall the summer’s feast of football and look ahead to another Fantasy season, full of hope.

 

There’s no frills. No live video cast. No special guests. Just Granville and I, stripped back and almost unplugged.

 

Don’t let that put you off, though. Even with our limited powers we at least attempt to cut through the issues currently rattling around in the minds of Fantasy managers.

 

We assess the Old Trafford revolution, the world without Suarez and the merits of the three-man strike force. We slice through the current transfer trends and weigh up matters such as the Sigurdsson/Bojan rotation, Fagregas vs Hazard and the Chelsea back four conundrum. We also manage to warm up with a nice little argument about the Alexis Sanchez bandwagon – the traditional pre-season barney.

Direct download: FFScoutCast_EP133_Beginnings.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:35 PM

The final ScoutCast of the season found Granville and I take on the might of Hall of Fame legend, Evs, top 300 ranked Applebonkers and our very own high flyer – Jonty. We certainly know how to make ourselves feel inadequate.

 

In a mix of retrospective naval gazing and forward thinking speculation, my co-host and I tackle the usual ScoutCast regulars, before we’re joined by our guests to take on another raft of community questions. We talk Gameweek 38 punts, the deadball divas that are Steven Gerrard and Yaya Toure and consider the lessons learned from the past nine months.

 

 

Direct download: FFScoutCast_Ep132_Climax.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:23 PM

Thirty-one points back on my co-host Granville, alas he still seems out of range as my comeback bid is too little, too late. It might be a similar story for this week’s guest, as Luke Williams, aka d1salbe, remains just over thirty points shy of top spot in the Sky Sports game, with a glittering prize of £30k within tantalising reach. 

 

Jonty joins us to put Luke through his paces with community questions, after Granville and I tackle the ScoutCast regulars, talk over the Moyes ejection, next season’s targets and absent feline friends. 

Direct download: FFScoutCast_EP131_out_of_reach.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:55 PM

The ScoutCast revolution is here. Not content with having to ensure our voices are up to scratch, Granville and myself decide to risk ridicule and stream our first live Google Hangout version, putting our hairlines and choice of décor on the line.

 

Having embarked on this brave new world, it also made sense to shake up the content so we welcome back Jonty to fire us a whole host of questions from the community and introduce some special guests along the way. We start this week with none other than the world’s top Fantasy Premier League manager – Luke Weston is in the house to rub shoulders with mediocrity and field our inquisition.  

Direct download: FFScoutCast_EP130_hangout.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:31 PM

There’s no getting away from it, Granville and I are nothing short of bitter middle aged, middle of the table Fantasy managers. This week’s ScoutCast is a vitriol-filled slab of double Gameweek failure, inspired by Yaya Toure’s relentless point scoring and our stubborn reluctance to recruit his talents.

 

Of course, in between skinning our sour grapes, we dabble with the podcast regulars, whilst responding to another round of community posers including a lookey-likey query that smiles kindly on my co-host and has me recounting the tale of my very own office doppleganger.

 

Direct download: FFScoutCast_EP129_Bitter.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:10 PM

Is there really room for emotion and sentiment in Fantasy Football management? This week’s episode questions whether the detached, cold and almost robotic approach is the way to go. Of course, Granville and I already know the answer leaving us cursing our sensitive sides. Ironically, this realisation comes after a weekend when, not for the first time, Aleks Kolarov almost reduced me to tears.

 

The pair of us manage to restore a stiff upper lip long enough to rinse through further double Gameweek debate, chew the fat over the belated Suarez assist and take on another selection of posers from you, the listener. There’s “all aboard” the weekend preview and the latest in my battle with the ScoutCast XI.

 

It’s beating me again. Without a player from the top four. Is it any wonder I’m an emotional wreck?

Direct download: FFScoutCast_EP128_Robotic.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:22 PM

Granville calls it a logic-defying season and this 300k ranked Fantasy manager isn’t going to argue with him. There’s plenty to tussle about in this week’s ScoutCast, however, as we lock virtual horns over Rooney vs van Persie, Baines vs Coleman and Aguero vs his hamstring.

 

In and around the regulars, it’s the incoming double Gameweeks that occupy our thoughts once more, with the community questions quizzing us on United’s Gameweek 31 potential, the Chelsea dilemma and the best player we’ve witnessed in the flesh. Granville puts forward a true talent: a three time FIFA World Player of the Year, no less. I nominated a floppy haired Geordie with a top 40 single. Truly logic-defying.  

Direct download: FFScoutCast_EP127_Logic.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:06 PM