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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It’s Jonty’s time to curry sympathy this week and he’s on the receiving end of a barrage of cyber-bullying from co-host Granville. 

 

Determined to the belittle Jonty’s Wildcard performance following Callum Wilson’s hat-trick, Granville takes to Twitter before roasting him live on air on the ScoutCast. He seems to have totally missed the fact that I too sold on Wilson as part of my own Wildcard; I’m quite happy for Jonty to play Patsy on this one. 

 

Jonty rolls with the virtual punches to join us as we look back on the Gameweek that saw all three of us refresh our squads. We score our Wildcards out of ten, before scanning for community Gameweek tales in “Rough with the Smooth”. 

 

We then take on your questions, as we assess Pedro’s pedigree, the lure of Aleks Kolarov and the merits of a well-rounded squad in the light of the FPL chips. 

Direct download: FFScoutCast_EP166_Patsy.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:38 PM

Tempted into dealing our Wildcards by yet another “mediocre” Gameweek, Granville and Mark go through almost the entire episode before Jonty reveals he’s weakened and gone “active”. It’s a revelation that almost has the pair logging off and reaching for their own panic buttons. 

 

Before that dramatic finale, the trio find salvation via another bout of “rough the smooth”, cheering themselves up with tales of Gameweek totals which dip below even their miserable tallies. 

 

They also take a further round of community questions, forcing Mark to “fess up” on Theo Walcott, while Granville laments Wayne Rooney’s form and the three of them tackle the merits of Mahrez, Ozil and loading up on City assets. 

Direct download: FFScoutCast_EP165_Wildboys.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:10 PM

Limping out of the blocks like three flabby Dads at their kids’ Sports Day, Granville, Jonty and myself are in a sheepish mood for the first ScoutCast of the season. 

 

We do our upmost to rouse some enthusiasm for the events of Gameweek 1, buoyed by tales from you, the community and your latest round of finely honed questions, drilling down into the current big dilemmas. 

 

Chelsea and Arsenal’s stuttering start, the strategy surrounding Aguero and Sanchez, plus the top targets ahead of Friday’s 6.45 deadline provide plenty to distract me from the fact that I’d been robbed of a David Silva goal just minutes before coming on air. 

Direct download: FFScoutCast_EP164_Sheepish.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:22 PM

On Saturday afternoon, an unsuspecting couple moved into their new Singapore flat next door to a gentleman named Simon March. Twenty-four hours later, after being kept awake by solitary screams of frustration and joy, they were left wondering if they’d made a terrible error.

 

They needn’t have worried. What they were enduring was simply the extraordinary trials of the Fantasy Premier League’s leader, being tortured by the twists of the final day of the season, as Theo Walcott threatened to trample on his dreams.

 

As it happened, Walcott’s best efforts were to prove futile - Simon March claimed the FPL crown after spending 14 Gameweeks at the summit. However, it was far from plain sailing.

 

In tonight’s ScoutCast, Jonty and I talk to Simon and relieve last Sunday’s events and learn how Paul McShane and Sergio Aguero formed an unlikely alliance to steer him to victory.

 

If you’ve never listened to a ScoutCast before, I recommend you break that trend on this one occasion. It really is worthwhile listening to Simon’s tale to share just how it feels to claim the title on the very final day, whilst taking in his thoughts on they key strategies that helped him along the way. 

 

Direct download: FFScoutCast_EP163_Champion.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:25 PM

I can’t deny it – right now my luck is in. Following on from Sadio Mane’s three-minute explosion of points I’m finding it hard to mask my “Smugface” in this week’s ScoutCast episode. You’re advised to stick to the audio version rather than suffer it in full effect via the Google Hangout recording.

 

Whilst resisting the temptation to revel in my Gameweek 37 glory, I do my best to invite both Granville and Jonty into the conversation to cycle through the ScoutCast regulars. We also tackle another batch of community questions, as you quiz us on final day punts, our Fantasy Football Scout moment of the season and on the state of the Fantasy Premier League game we know and love.

Direct download: FFScoutCast_EP162_Smugface.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:28 PM

This week’s ScoutCast episode certainly doesn’t lack “Kahunas” but it does go without my nasal tones.

 

Another bout of man-flu got the better of me this week but, rather than can the episode, I allowed the lunatics to take over the asylum and run this nonsense without me. 

 

Granville and Jonty rise to the occasion, ably abetted by this week’s star guest, Jack Wain – previously number two in the world and still part of the pack giving chase to former guest, Simon March. 

 

Jack makes his appearance just as his gutsy gamble to ignore the sure-fire Sergio Aguero captaincy backfires. Granville and Jonty analyse that brave fall from grace, while quizzing our FPL luminary on the Gameweek 37 double and the great Eden Hazard dilemma, all courtesy of another round of questions from you, the community. 

Direct download: FFScoutCast_EP161_Kahunas.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:34 PM

Our latest ScoutCast episode is dedicated to the memory of long-time community member <a href="http://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/2015/05/01/a-tribute-to-simon-humber/">Simon Humber</a>, aka "Absinthe", who sadly passed away last week.

 

Granville, Jonty and myself pay our respects by going about our business - just as Absinthe would have wanted.

 

We overcome Granville's late arrival to analyse Gameweek 36, while deflecting the latest bout of community posers that have us assess the likelihood of Chelsea rotation, run the rule over Arsenal assets and lament the demise of Sir Leighton Baines. We also take time out to reflect on our season's biggest errors, while Granville is given the unenviable task of selecting the best Fantasy manager from Jonty and myself - like a sultry temptress choosing between a pair of doting admirers. 

Direct download: FFScoutCast_EP160_Absinthe.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:55 PM

Only one FPL manager could withstand a 52-point hit and walk away with a smile on their face. In this week’s ScoutCast episode we tell the extraordinary tale of the FPL champion's “inactive” Wildcard, whilst looking back on Granville’s own, rather more successful squad refresh. 

 

We tackle all the usual regulars, as Jonty arrives armed with another array of quizzical requests from you, the community.  We look forward to the Gameweek 37 double Gameweek, assess the role of end of season motivation and recall the moment that Jamie Vardy’s girlfriend turned our world upside down. No really. 

Direct download: FFScoutCast_EP159_Inactive.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:47 PM

It’s not often that we get to spend a portion of the ScoutCast discussing Leicester City’s rich array of Fantasy talent.

 

That’s how this week’s episode pans out, as Luke aka “D1sable” does his George Boyd act to come off the bench and join myself, Granville and Jonty to discuss the impending double Gameweek.

 

We tackle the usual ScoutCast regulars, whilst deflecting the latest round of questions from the community, assessing the great Foxes hunt, the Hazard versus Sterling gamble and even how we can possibly eek out a valid target amongst the Hull City squad. Meanwhile, Granville is dreaming of a three-digit bonanza as he joins the world’s number one in activating his belated FPL Wildcard.

Direct download: FFScoutCast_EP158_Foxy.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:33 PM

Three middle-aged beards collide to talk Fantasy Football. Hipsters? Sadly, as Jonty so rightly points out, we bear a closer resemblance to a trio of David Brents.

 A clean-shaven Ryan joins us to complete the quartet and boost the credibility: the Kiwi contributor wakes fresh and ready for action to mull over the Gameweek gone, the week’s transfer bandwagons and to look forward to the weekend’s action.

 Around those regulars, we take on the latest bout of quizzing from you, the community. We tackle the potential of the Palace form guys and the unlikely contribution from Hull and Leicester, as we cast an early eye on the looming double Gameweek.

Direct download: FFScoutCast_EP157_Hipster.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:34 PM

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