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.

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.

Direct download: FFScoutcast_EP268_Hazardous.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:45am UTC

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.

Direct download: FFScoutcast_EP267_Lucky.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:17am UTC

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.

Direct download: FFScoutcast_EP266_Patience.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:43am UTC

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. 

Direct download: FFScoutcast_EP265_Difference.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:40pm UTC

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.

Direct download: FFScoutcast_EP264_Mothballed.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:45pm UTC

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.

Direct download: FFScoutcast_EP263_Beginnings.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:52pm UTC

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.

Direct download: ScoutCast_FPLLaunch_Reaction.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:10pm UTC

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.

 

Direct download: FFScoutCast_EP262_Retrospective.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:41pm UTC

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.

And, while we’re in a reflective mood, we also take time out to consider our early lessons learned from the campaign, with much more to follow in next week’s final episode of the season.

Direct download: FFScoutCast_EP261_downbeat.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:48pm UTC

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.

Direct download: FFScoutCast_EP260_Pacesetter.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:24pm UTC