The Fantasy Football Scoutcast
More than a decade ago Fantasy Football Scout launched its first first podcast – the legendary ScoutCast. Since then it has expanded to include an even wider range of expert opinion, stats and laughs to help you sniff out the likeliest clean sheets and best buys. Fantasy Football Scout’s podcast family has grown further in recent years to include captaincy and team news editions each Gameweek. Meanwhile, our regular Breakfast Club episodes add further analysis ahead of each deadline. There’s also our Meet the Manager series to check out – which sees us chat to Fantasy managers with a stellar track record of success.

A focus on pre-season research, a quick weekly statistical rummage and not caring about money has helped Tom Freeman achieve a truly stellar track record of success as a Fantasy Premier League manager.

During his decade long career he has finished in the top 1,000 on five occasions and has three more season ranks in the top 10,000.

We caught up with him during the 2019/20 season and on course for another great finish.

In his chat with Joe, Tom reveals how ignoring team value has helped him do so well. This means he leaves transfers to the last minute and is also unafraid to ditch a player who he has profit tied up in.

Tom's FPL history can be seen here.

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David and Joe discuss their transfers for Gameweek 12. They also look further ahead to November's remaining fixtures and react to the Saturday lunchtime team sheets.

Is Leicester's Jamie Vardy essential? The latest Top 10K ownership statistics indicate he could be.

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Neale and Joe discuss the latest line up and injury news ahead of #FPL #GW12 from Friday's press conferences.

Will Man City stopper Ederson be available? And what of Chelsea's Mason Mount?

Catch up with all the latest line up and injury news via our TEAM NEWS PAGE

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Neale and Joe discuss the latest line up and injury news ahead of #FPL #GW12 from Thursday's press conferences.

Leicester, Spurs, Southampton, Burnley and West Ham are among team press conferences covered.

Friday's live stream and video will cover press conferences from the likes of Chelsea, Man City and Liverpool. Listen out for that tomorrow.

Keep up to date on all the latest team news at Fantasy Football Scout.


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Joe and Luke look ahead to Week 14 in Sky Sports Fantasy Football.

Big decisions await regarding Liverpool and Manchester City assets, but are Vardy and Abraham now too strong to ignore.

Is Lundstram a hero for Sky, as well as #FPL?

And is this Friday's lacklustre fixture between Norwich and Watford worth ignoring altogether?

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Making mistakes in Fantasy Premier League is the easy part. Fantasy managers can do that on a weekly basis, from the wrong captaincy decision to questionable bench selections.

The tricky part is learning from those errors and attempting to improve each Gameweek.

In this week’s ScoutCast episode, Joe is joined by Holly and FPL Family’s Lee for a soul-searching look ahead to Gameweek 12.

They consider some of the errors they've made this season and what they've learned from them.

Meanwhile, the community owns up to their own blunders. More of these can be found via Joe’s Tweet on the issue earlier in the week.

The ScoutCast crew also look at the Lord of FPL (aka Sheffield United star John Lundstram) and how he’s transformed the game this season.

With a fixture swing and questionable captaincy credentials, Manchester City and Liverpool assets also come under scrutiny.

Lee takes his turn to pick a differential, clean sheets get an airing and there’s a cavalcade of fireworks to contend with in this packed episode, that was recorded on November 5.

Finally, our podcast and video trio reveal their plans, including captaincy choices, for the next set of fixtures. Is this the week they finally learn from their mistakes?

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Joe and David look at the best captaincy options in #FPL #GW12.

With Liverpool hosting Man City, is this the week to look outside of the top two teams for armband options?

Vardy, Jiminez and Abraham all scored in Gameweek 11. Can they do so again this time around?


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Neale and David look at the headline injury updates and manager quotes from the pre-Gameweek 11 press conferences.

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Manchester City rotation and the fallout from Leicester City's remarkable 9-0 win over Southampton dominate the discussion in this week's Scoutcast.

David and Az have the perfect guest to reflect on the rout at St. Mary's, as they are joined by Foxes fan and Jamie Vardy captainer Andy Goddard.

Andy also reveals how he has ascended to the top of the FFS Mods and Cons mini-league despite - or perhaps because of - having no Liverpool and Manchester City representation.

There is plenty of airtime devoted to Pep Guardiola's maddening tinkering as the debate rages over how we handle the unpredictability of the champions' starting XIs.

A discussion on the defensive template also throws up various names, both budget and premium.

Andy takes his turn to choose a differential after the success of Joe's Neal Maupay pick, while David reveals the best teams for clean sheets.

There's plenty of roughs and a smattering of smooths as Az summarises the community's fortunes in Gameweek 10.

The trio’s transfer and captain plans are also unveiled as we prepare for the penultimate Gameweek before the November international break.

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Joe and Neale look at the latest press conference news ahead of #FPL #GW10

The threat of rotation is in the air as they look at Thursday's latest team and line up news and what to watch out for in Friday's press conferences.

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Joe and Luke get ready for Week 12 in Sky Sports Fantasy Football.

Man City rotation tops the bill while Pepe continues to frustrate.

Is Luke's faith in the Liverpool defence justified?

Meanwhile, Joe decides where to spend the extra £3.3m he's surprisingly found himself with. Could former favourite McGinn make way?

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Fantasy Premier League managers are feeling particularly lost at the moment.

The template, of premium players and cheap assets, is simply not delivering. Arrows are turning red for most.

Has the FPL template disappeared? Or, is it there but so poorly performing that we can’t even see it?

Ahead of Gameweek 10 Joe, Neale and Karam attempt to find this absent FPL template.

A change at the back is needed, according to Neale, while Karam looks at the heavy hitter let downs and Joe proposes some new faces to spark the existing template back to life.

Along the way they attempt to find this year's 'Jiminez' and realise they don't have far to look.

Man City rotation also tops the bill, as the crew look to decipher Pep Guardiola’s latest team sheet clues.

Elsewhere, Joe takes his turn to choose a differential, Neale reveals the best teams for clean sheets and another smooth week for FPL’s number one also comes under scrutiny.

There’s still time for the trio’s transfer and captain plans to be unveiled as they hope the controversial template can finally deliver.

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Joe and Neale dicuss the best captaincy candidates for #GW10 in #FPL.

Can we still trust Man City assets? What of the usually reliable Aubameyang? Can Liverpool's stars haul against Spurs?

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David and Az are joined by Ted as they prepare for Gameweek 9 and beyond.

With Chelsea, Bournemouth and Manchester City assets to rely on they are hopeful of strong returns in Gameweek 9.

What could possibly go wrong?

A holidaying and Abraham-captaining Joe is absent for this episode but was around on social media the next day to chat about his Match of the Day Sunday Challenge attempt.

See his reaction to Saturday's scores here.

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Joe and Neale discuss the latest injury and line up news from this week's press conferences ahead of #GW9 in #FPL.

Arsenal's recovering stars are among key issues on the bill.

As ever the Pep rotation roulette wheel is looked at.

And there are mixed messages from Jurgen Klopp.

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Fantasy Football fashionistas Joe, David and FPLFamily’s Sam attempt to second guess the next big trends over the coming Gameweeks.

Chelsea’s increasing array of young talent, Wolverhampton’s improving form and fixtures as well as Liverpool’s double up potential are among the next big things being tipped by our trio.

They also find time to wonder whether there really can be a better party than the one hosted by Norwich striker Teemu Pukki earlier in the season. 

Sam has already left the forward's party, David is reluctantly staying put while Joe is insisting everyone keeps dancing. Could the marksman’s brace for Finland, as the show was being streamed live, herald a renaissance? Joe’s goals imminent table certainly suggests patience with the East Anglian based hit man.

Elsewhere, Leicester’s favourable long term fixture run is discussed and Sam coins a new ScoutCast phrase – “doing a David”. This refers to David’s transferring out of Foxes’ stars just before favourable form or fixtures.

Clean sheets, a particularly unlucky rough with the smooth entrant, as well as Gameweek 9’s captaincy and transfer plans are also on the bill.

In addition, there's a birthday, a pair of flares and praise for the entire town of Bournemouth.

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Joe and David discuss the best captaincy options for #GW9 in #FPL.

With the international break almost over on our podcast duo are starting to look at the best armband candidates for the weekend.

Yet again differential options take centre stage, with Bournemouth and Chelsea among the teams offering this week's best captaincy shouts.

But what of Manchester City and Liverpool assets? Are the likes of Salah or Sterling still good options?

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Joe is joined by Always Cheating podcast hosts Brandon and Josh to chat about their plans for the international break, Gameweek 9 and beyond.

Bournemouth assets are very much on their minds as the Cherries good fixture run continues into October.

Moving funds from defence into attack is another key topic especially considering that Brandon proudly boasts Jamie Vardy in his team, as Leicester prepare for a sensational set of matches.

This edition of Breakfast Club was recorded on Saturday 5 October as the crew also take in Gameweek 8’s matches and the Saturday lunchtime team sheets.

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Joe and Neale discuss the latest line up and injury news ahead of Gameweek 8.

Man City give an important update from Pep's latest press conference.

There's plenty more team news for our podcast pair to consider as Fantasy managers prepare for the weekend's fixtures.


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Are we witnessing the end of the early season template?

Liverpool have daunting fixtures and alternative captaincy shouts are emerging each week.

Meanwhile, Manchester City assets still look strong, but are beset with injury and rotation fears.

Could it be time to turn our attention away from the North West of England for our premium picks and instead towards the East Midlands and North London?

In this latest ScoutCast episode Joe is joined by Karam and Who Got The Assist's Tom to look back on Gameweek 7 and ahead to Gameweek 8 and beyond.

Topping the bill is the crew’s attempt to assess which premium priced and captainable assets to target and which to consider ditching.

By happy coincidence Karam is on the verge of Wildcarding and gives a sneak preview of his ambitious plans, as the second international break of the season approaches.

The ascent of Riyad Mahrez gets an airing as does a stock check on the promoted teams. It looks like Fantasy managers may have to look elsewhere for whipping boys, with the three top flight newcomers all exhibiting considerable promise.

Tom takes his turn to select a differential, the best clean prospects are examined and a Trainspotting analogy also feature in this packed 80 minute episode.

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Joe and David consider the best captain candidates for Gameweek 8.

Where next for the Salah and Sterling duopoly?

Could North London be home to the best #FPL armbandees for #GW8?

Our podcast pair look at the main options.

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Joe and David are joined by FPL community regular G Whizz to discuss their Gameweek 7 decisions.

They will also look ahead to Gameweek 8 and beyond, consider Manchester City's record at Goodison Park and the goals imminent table makes its  regular appearance.

The usual pre-deadline mindgames are also on the bill as as the podcast trio try to second guess City boss Pep Guardiola's teamsheet and inevitable rotation.

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Joe and Neale discuss the Gameweek 7 line up and injury news from this week's press conferences.

Manchester United's injuries mount up, Lampard talks about his young guns and Manchester City’s possible rotation is discussed.

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This rollercoaster of a season continues.

There were more highs and lows in Gameweek 6 and plenty more predicted in the weeks ahead.

Those that captained the non-playing Raheem Sterling and vice- captained the hauling Kevin De Bruyne last weekend certainly experienced the ups and downs of Fantasy management.

This week’s crew, of Joe, David and Az, wonder whether such decisions are down to luck or skill as they look in detail at this season’s evolving captaincy tactics.

The tale of three Fantasy managers, including our own deputy editor Neale and ScoutCaster Andy, take centre stage in the ScoutCast’s rough with the smooth round up. The highs and lows of playing the game could not be any starker for this trio, who saw their FPL teams hacked, removed then eventually replaced this week.

Elsewhere, patience is running thin with Everton’s Lucas Digne and the crew reveal their strategies for tackling Chelsea and Leicester’s forthcoming favourable fixture run.

A legend of FPL in recent years is Az’s latest differential pick. Considering his last selection was Norwich striker Teemu Pukki he has set the bar very high already.

Clean sheets over the next six Gameweeks, the West Ham defence, a few pots of jam and Az’s aunt, or is it uncle, also make an appearance.

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Joe and David discuss the best captaincy candidates for Gameweek 7.

Salah, Sterling, KDB and Aguero are among the main armband options under consideration.

But could Son or Abraham offer great differential alternatives?

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Joe and David are joined by Tom from the Who Got the Assist podcast to discuss their Gameweek 6 plans and reveal their strategies for the weeks ahead.

Wildcarding takes centre stage with Tom revealing his Wildcard line up, David unveiling his freshly Wildcarded team and Joe hoping his Gameweek 5 Wildcard eventually scores some points.

The concept of over-management is also looked at as the trio consider whether doing nothing can really be the best course of action.

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Joe and Neale discuss the latest line up and injury news from Friday's press conferences.

This is the second of a two part look at the Gameweek 6 Team News.

In Part 1 Joe and Neale took a look at the impact of the midweek Champions League games and Thursday's Press Conferences.  

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Joe and Neale take a look at the impact of the midweek Champions League games and the fall out from Thursday's Press Conferences.

Look out for Part 2 tomorrow covering Friday's news.

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A bad Gameweek can leave Fantasy managers facing a tricky crossroads.

The direction they take in response to a disappointing score can prove pivotal to the rest of their season.

This is the key issue the ScoutCast crew of Joe, David and Karam address as they look to get over a below a average early season points tally and their rapidly falling rankings.

For David the path is simple – its Wildcard time. Although there are still plenty of places up for grabs as he explains how he intends to assemble his refreshed squad.

Karam is sticking to his plan of waiting until Gameweek 9’s fixture swings before taking such drastic action. He first highlighted this on a previous Breakfast Club appearance some weeks ago and hasn’t deviated from the strategy since.

Meanwhile, Joe looks back at his good and bad campaigns over the years to reveal that “doing nothing” may be the dullard response, but is often the most effective.

This latest ScoutCast episode also takes in defender plans, the fall out from Manchester City’s recent loss to Norwich and how to deal with a possible injury to Mason Mount that was picked up on Champions League duty. 

The usual features, from clean sheets, to the rough with the smooth are also included.

In addition, there is time for Karam to recommend a top differential for the coming weeks.

 

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Joe and David look at the key captaincy candidates for Gameweek 6.

Man City assets come under scrutiny, as does Arsenal's talismanic striker.

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Joe and David are joined by former FPL champion Simon March to discuss their plans for Gameweek 5 and beyond.

There's live reaction to the lunchtime team sheets.

Plus Joe reveals his finalised wildcard...but will he be persuaded to make changes live on the show?

Meanwhile, David has some magic beans to show the Breakfast Club crew.

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Joe is joined by Neale to discuss the latest line up and injury news ahead of Gameweek 5.

We cover all the latest news, although worth noting that just after recording Arsenal offered a further update on Lacazette's injury situation.

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Joe is joined by Sky Sports Fantasy Football expert and Scoutcast regular Luke to offer some key advice on how best to use the September overhaul.

Luke reveals his team and also talks through the other players he is considering.

Single match days, captains, fixture trends and more.

This is essential listening for those playing Sky Sports Fantasy Football.

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After around a decade of shows the ScoutCast has reached the momentous 300 episode mark.

From its origins, when Mark and Granville used to find time to podcast during their lunch break at work, to the live stream video version of today, the ScoutCast has long been a staple part of Fantasy manager’s lives.

But while the cast and technology has changed the issues remain the same.

One of these recurring themes has been the arguments that greet any cast member’s decision to Wildcard. This week’s show, ahead of Gameweek 5, is no different.

Knowing full well what may happen Joe tentatively presents his new team  to co-hosts Az and Neale. In ScoutCast tradition he then has defend his decisions, like one of the 300 Spartans who famously took on an army more than 2,000 years ago.

Elsewhere, the crew take a look back at some of the many mistakes and small successes of Gameweek 4 and how they plan to turn their fortunes around this coming weekend.

Kevin De Bruyne’s captaincy credentials, the best clean sheet prospects and Arsenal’s fixtures are among issues on the bill.

The crew also reveal what factors they use when making decisions, which covers everything from the growth of expected stats to the eye, and ear, test.

Meanwhile, Neale’s differential shout for September and October ensures the arguments continue.

This episode wraps up with a tribute to an unlikely ScoutCast star over the years and details of how to help the charity that originally looked after him.

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Last season’s finish of 1,224 was Josh Landon’s third within the top 5,000 during his nine year Fantasy Premier League.

But the Always Cheating podcast co-host’s campaigns haven’t always looked so easy. 

In Joe’s latest Meet the Manager interview he finds out Josh’s strategies for success and how he has learned from his mistakes.

The demons of what he calls “that Yaya Toure and Aaron Ramsey season” loom large in his thinking years on. This has helped him snap up emerging bandwagons quickly, and especially before they become the template. 

Other ghosts from the past such as Watford striker Odion Ighalo are also revealed during Josh and Joe’s chat about how psychology affects Fantasy managers’ decisions. 

As listeners to Josh’s podcast will know, the eye-test is crucial to his decision making. After all, the best manager to trust is often ourselves, as Josh describes how he navigates his way through the noise of FPL content, most notably on social media.

Latest football trends, which defenders to select and the ability to spot when a Fantasy game is “throwing a bone” are also explored in detail during this latest episode of a series that began last season to focus on the thoughts of managers with a stellar track record of success.

Josh's FPL team can be found here.

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Joe and Neale discuss the best captain candidates for Gameweek 5.

Man City and Liverpool assets once again battle it out for their attention.

But are the podcast pair overlooking some great differential options?

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The meet the manager series, where Joe interviews a Fantasy manager with a more than enviable track record, is back.

This campaign’s series of interviews starts with a chat with Tarek Balbaa, who explains why being based in Egypt has helped ensure he puts the eye test to good use in his Fantasy decisions.

Over his illustrious Fantasy Premier League career Tarek has eight top 10,000 finishes, including two in the top 1,000.

With all Premier League matches broadcast in Egypt he is able to watch four to five televised games a week.

This has ensured he was quick to acquire Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne this season and is still reticent to invest heavily in Manchester United.

Underlying statistics are still important to Tarek, but he likes to go back to basics with such research, preferring shots in the box statistics than the phenomena of expected statistics.

Tarek also talks about his poor seasons and the lessons he’s learned from mistakes made. Chief of these for him has been to focus too heavily on what mini-league rivals are up to.

Tarek's team can be found here.

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Joe reveals his international break wildcard plans and discusses Gameweek 5 and beyond with Neale.

Our podcast pair also chat about their Gameweek 4 team sheets and react to the Saturday lunch time line ups.

 

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Joe and Neale look at the latest line up and injury news from this week's press conferences ahead of Gameweek 4.

This includes news from Friday’s conferences featuring updates from Frank Lampard among others.

Joe is particular keen to hear about the injury status of Blues midfielder Mason Mount, Manchester United striker Antony Martial and a cure for a sudden bout of hiccups he developed shortly before recording.

Luckily Neale is on hand with the latest team revelations, but sadly not a cure for hiccups.

There is also news on the Fantasy Premier League’s cheapest defenders, which have proved shrewd enablers so far.

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Norwich striker Teemu Pukki has given the Scoutcast crew of Joe, Holly and Luke, a welcome lift as they consider the key issues facing Fantasy Football managers ahead of Gameweek 4.

Just like the magic potion of strength that Asterix the Gaul’s village used to defeat the Romans, the five-goal Finn has helped ease some of the worries of the previous Gameweek and the trials and tribulations that lie ahead.

The Canaries' goal scoring hero has also helped embolden Luke to already deploy his Wildcard, with Holly and Joe considering using this chip as soon as next month’s international break

Sergio Aguero’s re-emergence as a captaincy option this weekend, with his rival for a starting berth, Gabriel Jesus, out injured, is among the discussions.

Spurs problems this season, as the North Londoners struggle with managing out of favour players and taking on supposed minnows like Newcastle, is another topic covered.

The community questions section of this week’s episode also focuses on 2019/20’s lack of clean sheets so far. Is the influx of new striking options like Pukki to blame?

Elsewhere, the crew reveal their Gameweek 4 teams in detail, there’s a celebrity rough with the smooth candidate and David delivers a statement to the crew regarding last week’s heated discussions.

Finally, Joe takes his turn to unveil a differential player for the next four Gameweeks. Considering Pukki was a previous choice this season, the pressure is well and truly on.

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Joe and David look at the best Fantasy Premier League captain candidates for Gameweek 4.

Man City's home clash with Brighton looks particularly enticing for Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero.

But are there players from other teams to rival them for the armband?

 

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Joe and David are joined by Karam to discuss their GWK 3 FPL decisions and look ahead to GWK 4 and beyond.

When to wildcard is a key topic under discussion. With Gameweek 5 and 8 among times favoured by our trio.

There is also live reaction to the Saturday lunch time team sheets, with Pukki and Cantwell among players being backed.

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Joe and Neale plan ahead for Gameweek 3 with a look at the latest line up and injury news from the Premier League press conferences.

This is the second episode of a two-part look at the latest press conference news and takes in Friday's developments.

Part 1 can be found here

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Joe and Neale look ahead to Gameweek 3 with a look at the latest line up and injury news from the Premier League press conferences.

This is the first episode of a two-part look at the latest press conference news.

Look out for part two tomorrow (Friday).

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In last week’s relatively tranquil episode patience was being preached. This time around it’s a different story as bandwagons pick up pace, early transfers are made and tempers become frayed.

Joe, Az and David consider the merits of Norwich’s four-goal hero Teemu Pukki and other bandwagons ahead of Gameweek 3.

The dos and don’ts of addressing the heightened transfer market activity this week is a key discussion in this latest episode, as our podcast trio give their tips on knowing when to jump aboard a bandwagon and when to wave a player away.

Along the way Az and Joe round on David’s differential nominee and whether this bargain priced midfielder can be a regular member of Fantasy managers’ line ups.

Meanwhile, Az is forced onto the backfoot when it comes to justifying a double Liverpool defence strategy early on in the campaign.

The Fantasy Premier League community’s love-affair with Liverpool assets across the park is also considered, with differing opinions continuing when it comes to the merits of Reds frontman Roberto Firmino.

The Scoutcast crew do sing from the same hymn sheet eventually, when it comes to their opinion on Sheffield United fans’ dubious team sheet predictions.

Elsewhere, the best bets for clean sheets over the next four weeks are examined and the crew reveal their transfer plans and the players they have already brought in.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:40am UTC

Joe and David discuss the best captaincy candidates for Gameweek 3.

With Sterling, Salah and Kane among the leading options there is plenty of choice this week.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:56pm UTC

Joe and Neale discuss the latest line up and injury news from this week's Premier League press conferences ahead of Gameweek 2.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:06pm UTC

Former Fantasy Premier League (FPL) champion Simon March joins me to discuss the impact of his 2014/15 winning season, what it takes to conquer the game and how he dealt with pressure at the top. 

He also reveals how his victory has unlocked work opportunities and why avoiding watching matches proved a blessing in disguise in his title winning campaign.

With two top 10,000 finishes prior to his momentous victory and top 50,000 overall ranks in his subsequent three seasons he remains as committed to FPL as ever, with his masters degree in behavioural science at the London School of Economics now giving him extra motivation. 

His chat about how his academic work links up with Fantasy management proves revelatory, in particular how Swansea’s former striker Michu is still impacting on many managers transfer plans despite last kicking a ball in the English top flight six years ago. 

Joe’s chat with Simon was recorded earlier this year.

The Meet the Manager series involves Joe interviewing a manager with a stellar track record in Fantasy Football.

Over the summer each episode from the video archive is being converted to audio only and released as a podcast.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:16pm UTC

Forging close friendships with other Fantasy managers has been instrumental in Sean Tobin’s success and enjoyment of both Fantasy Premier League and Sky Fantasy Football over the years. 

Here we look back on our Meet the Manager interview with Sean, who is top of Fantasy Football Scout’s Career Hall of Fame and reached 16th spot last season.

With six top 5,000 finishes in FPL and reaching the top 50 in Sky in 2017/18, he excels across a number of formats.

However, modest Sean is still convinced he’s simply got lucky over the years.

During our 30-minute chat, Sean reveals how the counsel of fellow Fantasy managers that he has known for years has been pivotal to his strong finishes each year.

He also explains how his faith in a 3-4-3 formation and reticence to back a five-man midfield has helped drive this success.

Joe’s chat with Sean was recorded earlier this year and originally shown on Youtube.

The Meet the Manager series involves Joe interviewing a manager with a stellar track record in Fantasy Football.

Over the summer each episode from the video archive is being converted to audio only and released as a podcast.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:58pm UTC

The Scoutcast crew are reluctant to make drastic changes for Gameweek 2 after spending most of the summer carefully constructing their Fantasy Premier League squad for the start of the 2019/20 campaign.

This week’s crew of Joe, Az, Luke and guest Holly (@FFCommunity_) are hoping that patience proves a virtue as they attempt to stick by their chosen players.

But with all three promoted sides impressing in Gameweek 1, including Norwich’s talismanic striker Teemu Pukki, they are already hatching plans for change in the weeks ahead.

What to do with Tottenham’s Harry Kane, Manchester United’s Anthony Martial and the Premier League’s newest faces are among the issues covered.

Our podcast quartet also find time to ponder when may be the best time to wave goodbye to a player.

The next month’s best differential and clean sheet prospects are also considered as they take in the key events from the first Gameweek of the season and look ahead to what may be a difficult second round of top flight action.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:52am UTC

Joe and David’s Gameweek 1 Fantasy Premier League captain  Mohamed Salah delivered last time out. But can the winger do the same in Gameweek 2?

The podcast pair discuss the Liverpool star’s chances of success and also look at the other key captaincy candidates ahead of the second Gameweek of the 2019/20 season.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:47pm UTC

David and Joe are joined by Holly Shand, aka Fantasy Football Community, for Gameweek 1’s Breakfast Club.

The trio discuss each other’s teams, in particular their different formations.

Liverpool’s 4-1 rout of Norwich is also looked at as well as the key issues they hope to glean from Gameweek 1 and beyond.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:45am UTC

Joe chats to Neale about the latest team news developments from Friday's press conferences ahead of Gameweek 1.

Part 1, detailing Thursday's conferences, can be found here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zM43VZMrMd8&t=75s

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:35pm UTC

Being able to visualise future moves has been key to Aleksander Våge Nilsen’s successful Fantasy Premier League career.

Each season he creates a spreadsheet that allows him to see his best line-up in any given Gameweek.

Based around fixtures this bespoke Rate My Team tool has helped Aleksander pinpoint the optimal times to ditch players and the best replacements.

It’s clearly been a great asset in his Fantasy management armoury, with two top 500 finishes, another two in the top 2,000 and two overall ranks just outside the top 10,000, to put him eighth in our Career Hall of Fame.

During our chat, he also reveals how following top Premier League players on Instagram gives him vital knowledge before deadlines and why having a full squad of players helps him avoid unnecessary hits.

Joe’s chat with Aleksander was recorded earlier this year and originally shown on Youtube.

The Meet the Manager series involves Joe interviewing a manager with a stellar track record in Fantasy Football.

Over the summer each episode from the video archive is being converted to audio only and released as a podcast.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:03am UTC

As the creator of Fantasy Football Scout, Mark Sutherns is one of Fantasy Premier League’s most well-known managers.

Recorded at the end of last year, Mark gives an insight into his strategies for success over an impressive FPL career that started in 2006/07.

Since then he has achieved nine top 5,000 finishes, including four in the top 500 and one in the top 50.

The search for value has been key to his success over the years, as he hunts out players that he believes will rocket in price in the future and also deliver strong points returns.

He also discusses how the fear of missing out on a player because he is £0.1m short drives this bargain-hunting ethos as well as the occasional early transfer.

As the man that brought Opta data to Fantasy Football Scout, his admission of being ‘a stats man’ is something of an understatement.

Here he offers advice on the best statistics to keep an eye on and why such in-depth analysis can be a vital weapon in Fantasy managers’ armoury.

In our 50-minute chat, he also explains why ‘the eye-test’ should be treated with caution and also how he has learned from his mistakes over the years. This was particularly the case between 2013/14 and 2014/15 when he followed up his worst ever finish with his best, when he reached 42nd in the world.

Dealing with the pressure of making transfers in the public gaze is another issue covered. He also discusses how stepping back from the limelight has given him a new lease of life as a Fantasy manager.

The Meet the Manager series involves Joe interviewing a manager with a stellar track record in Fantasy Football.

Over the summer each episode from the video archive is being converted to audio only and released as a podcast.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:21pm UTC

Joe chats to Neale about the latest developments from Thursday's press conferences ahead of Gameweek 1 of the 2019/20 season.

Liverpool, West Ham and Burnley are among the team sheets discussed.

Look out for Part 2 on Friday, covering that day's team news.

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READ MORE: The Complete Guide to Pre-Season - https://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/the-complete-guide-to-fpl-pre-season-2019-20/

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:44pm UTC

Fantasy Football Scout’s conversion of our Meet the Manager video series to podcast continues with our ninth interview, featuring the FPL General.

With top 500 finishes in three of his last five seasons Mark McGettigan, aka FPL General, is a more than worthy interviewee for our Meet the Manager series.

Joe caught up with him in December last year.

Mark explains what it takes to make the leap from being a good Fantasy Premier League manager to one who is challenging for the top places in the competition.

As well as patience and an aversion to hits, he believes that bravery in the transfer market and avoiding the crowd are important lessons to a successful ascent up the rankings.

He also reveals why underlying statistics are only one part of his Fantasy management jigsaw, which is dominated by the good old-fashioned eye-test.

The FPL website’s own Watchlist tool is another vital weapon in Mark’s Fantasy management armoury. He discusses why this often overlooked function has been so important to helping him better organise his thoughts regarding transfers.

However, 2018/19 proved a tough campaign. Here he explains what went wrong and his attempts to jump up the rankings.

The Meet the Manager series involves Joe interviewing a manager with a stellar track record in Fantasy Football.

Over the summer each episode from the video archive is being converted to audio only and released as a podcast.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:03pm UTC

The Scoutcast is back with Joe, Az and Luke joined by original host Granville to mark a landmark moment in the show’s history.

At the 296 episode mark the Scoutcast has finally delivered more shows than long running British TV sitcom Last of the Summer Wine.

This achievement had long been a goal of Granville and fellow original host and Fantasy Football Scout creator Mark Sutherns over the years.

Here Granville looks back at the show’s history, including its memorable early hat-tricks and features.

He also finds time to chat about the forthcoming campaign by revealing his ‘old school’ team. Meanwhile, Az is daring to be different once again with his ‘poetic’ ode to Sheffield United’s players. Luke is looking to be more ‘dullard’ this season by shackling his daredevil instincts. As for Joe, he thinks he’s created his usual boring and safe collection of players, only to be told by his co-hosts that he’s actually turned maverick.

Goalkeeper tactics also get an airing as does the huge array of mid priced stars in midfield and attack, who could be a goldmine of points this season. Well, in theory anyway.

Elsewhere, Luke looks at the best mid-term differential by joining Az in his love affair with promoted sides and Joe takes in the best teams in terms of clean sheets over August and early September.

Last of the Summer Wine has now been beaten but will our crew be let down by some late summer whining at the end of Gameweek 1?

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READ MORE:
The Complete Guide to Pre-Season - https://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/the-complete-guide-to-fpl-pre-season-2019-20/

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:56am UTC

Fantasy Football Scout’s conversion of our Meet the Manager video series to podcast continues with our ninth interview, featuring Marc Rubinstein.

Marc chats to Joe about how his 20 years of experience in financial services has helped him achieve three top 5K finishes.

He discusses luck v skill, diversifying your FPL portfolio and why Andy Carroll in his Newcastle days may well be the best Fantasy investment of all time.

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The interview with Marc was recorded in November 2018.

The Meet the Manager series involves Joe interviewing a manager with a stellar track record in Fantasy Football.

Over the summer each episode from the video archive is being converted to audio only and released as a podcast.

Direct download: Meet_the_Manager_Marc_Rubinstein.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:47pm UTC

Joe and David consider the best Fantasy Premier League captaincy candidates for Gameweek 1 of the 2019/20 season.

Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah, up against promoted Norwich at home, looks the smart move.

But as our podcast pair discuss, there are still plenty of alternative options, with Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling leading the battle for their attention.

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READ MORE: The Complete Guide to Pre-Season - https://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/the-complete-guide-to-fpl-pre-season-2019-20/

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:19pm UTC

Joe and David take a look at the latest pre-season friendlies.

They look at the matches that have taken place so far, what key questions have been answered so far and what Fantasy managers still need to look out for.

This continues Fantasy Football Scout's planning for the 2019/20 Fantasy Premier League season.

Chelsea's value options, Bournemouth's attacking intent and Everton's problems at the back are among issues discussed.

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Direct download: 201920_FPL_Preparation_Pre-Season_Friendlies_Catch_Up.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:39pm UTC

Joe and David use the Fantasy Football Scout Members area statistics to compare some key players ahead of the start of the 2019/20 season.

Lucas Digne versus Seamus Coleman and Harry Kane versus Raheem Sterling are among some of the comparisons they look at.

Read More:

The Complete Guide to FPL Pre-Season https://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/the-complete-guide-to-fpl-pre-season-2019-20/

How Scout Membership Can Help Fantasy Managers in 2019/20
https://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/2019/07/21/how-scout-membership-can-help-fantasy-managers-in-2019-20/

Is it worth paying extra to have Digne over Coleman https://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/2019/06/29/is-it-worth-paying-extra-to-have-digne-over-coleman/

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:14pm UTC

Joe and Neale continue answering the burning questions from the community about the start of the 2019/20 Fantasy Premier League season.

In this latest edition our podcast pair consider budget gems, Chelsea’s bargains and offer their key piece of Fantasy Football Advice.

There’s also a swarm of bees!

READ MORE:

The complete guide to FPL Pre-season 2019/20

What FPL managers can expect from new Chelsea boss Frank Lampard

Budget FPL defenders hard to find in 2019/20

Members article: Improving Burnley on FPL radar ahead of fixture turn

 

 

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:31pm UTC

Joe and Neale start answering the burning questions from the community about the start of the 2019/20 Fantasy Premier League season.

Is Aubameyang being overlooked? He was joint top scorer last season after all.

Who are the best Leicester and Bournemouth assets?

And how does five at the back stack up?

More questions will be answered in future podcasts.

READ MORE:

The complete guide to FPL Pre-season 2019/20

https://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/the-complete-guide-to-fpl-pre-season-2019-20/

 

Is it worth paying extra for Wilson over King in FPL? https://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/2019/07/05/is-it-worth-paying-extra-for-wilson-over-king-in-fpl/

 

How Zouma’s future could impact on Everton’s defence https://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/2019/07/16/how-zoumas-future-could-impact-everton-defensive-potential/

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:07pm UTC

Joe and David look at the key issues to look out for ahead of the start of the 2019/20 Fantasy Premier League campaign.

This latest episode looks at pre -season friendlies.

READ MORE:

The Complete Guide to Pre-Season

Reports on Everton and Palace pre-season matches 

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:44pm UTC

Joe and David look at the key issues to look out for during pre-season ahead of the start of the 2019/20 Fantasy Premier League campaign.

Today they look at some of the key data relating to the game's premium assets. Everton's kind run is also considered.

Further podcasts will explore a range of issues from budgets gems to pre-season friendlies.

READ MORE: The Complete Guide to Pre-Season

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:19pm UTC

Fantasy Football Scout’s conversion of our Meet the Manager video series to podcast continues with our eighth interview, featuring Kenneth Tang.

Kenneth’s final finishes in the Fantasy Premier League game are nothing short of breath taking, with seven overall ranks in the top 10,000.

Of these high finishes four have been in the top 1,000.

The interview with Kenneth was recorded in November 2018 and reveals how wildcard timing and close attention to the top six sides have been crucial to his success.

The Meet the Manager series involves Joe interviewing a manager with a stellar track record in Fantasy Football.

Over the summer each episode from the video archive is being converted to audio only and released as a podcast.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:37am UTC

Fantasy Football Scout’s conversion of our Meet the Manager video series to podcast continues with our seventh interview, featuring Jay Egersdorff.

Jay is not afraid to make bold moves, which over his career has seen him finish in the top 1,000 on three occasions. Although 2018/19 proved to be a tricky campaign for Jay his optimism and dedication for Fantasy Premier League remains as strong as ever.

Overall he has ten top 10,000 finishes, which propelled him to the top of the Fantasy Football Scout Hall of Fame during his career.

The interview with Jay was recorded in November 2018.

The Meet the Manager series involves Joe interviewing a manager with a stellar track record in Fantasy Football.

Over the summer each episode from the video archive is being converted to audio only and released as a podcast.

Direct download: Meet_The_Manager_Jay_Egersdorff.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:33am UTC

Joe and David deliver their reaction to the launch of the Fantasy Premier League game for 2019/20.

Among player prices they are particularly interested in is Liverpool’s premium asset Mohammed Salah and the valuation of premier league new recruits such as Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish.

The podcast pair also look to construct their first draft for Gameweek 1 and find that getting a good spread of potential high performers may be tricky this campaign.

Direct download: FPL_201920_Launch.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:48pm UTC

The Fantasy Premier League has revealed the first batch of player prices for 2019/20.

Among those revealed are the valuations of Liverpool defender Andrew Robertson and Bournemouth’s Ryan Fraser.

Joe and David are on hand to give their initial reaction to the new player prices and also reveal some of the valuations they are most eagerly anticipating.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:33am UTC

Fantasy Football Scout’s conversion of our Meet the Manager video series to podcast continues with our sixth interview, featuring Adam Hopcroft.

With six top 10,000 finishes in Fantasy Premier League, including two in the top 1,000, Adam reveals the secrets of his success.

The interview with Adam was recorded in October 2018.

The Meet the Manager series involves Joe interviewing a manager with a stellar track record in Fantasy Football.

Over the summer each episode from the video archive is being converted to audio only and released as a podcast.

Direct download: Meet_The_Manager_Adam_Hopcroft.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:49am UTC

Fantasy Football Scout’s conversion of the Meet the Manager video series to podcast continues with our fifth interview, featuring Matthew Jones.

With eight top 10,000 finishes in Fantasy Premier League, including three in the top 500, Matthew reveals why patience has been key to his success.

He is also among a core of elite managers who have topped Fantasy Football Scout’s Hall of Fame, which is based on the career achievements of those in our Fantasy Premier League mini-leagues.

The interview with Matthew was recorded in October 2018.

The Meet the Manager series involves Fantasy Football Scout's Joe interviewing a manager with a stellar track record in Fantasy Football.

Over the summer each episode from the video archive is being converted to audio only and released as a podcast.

Direct download: Meet_The_Manager_Matthew_Jones.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:38am UTC

Fantasy Football Scout’s conversion of our Meet the Manager video series to podcast continues with our fourth interview, featuring Richard Clarke.

With seven top 10,000 finishes in Fantasy Premier League, including two in the top 500, Richard offers a fascinating insight into how to achieve a high rank.

He is also among a core of elite managers who have topped Fantasy Football Scout’s Hall of Fame, which is based on the career achievements of those in our Fantasy Premier League mini-leagues.

The interview with Richard was recorded in October 2018.

The Meet the Manager series involves Joe interviewing a manager with a stellar track record in Fantasy Football.

Over the summer each episode from the video archive is being converted to audio only and released as a podcast.

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

For many Fantasy managers, like Joe and David, the release of the fixture schedule is when planning for the next campaign can begin in earnest.

Our podcast pair take a look at the newly released fixtures for the 2019/20 season and the key issues they are facing, most notably which teams have the best favourable early games.

Premium captaincy options from last season’s top sides also come under scrutiny as does the teams with a horrific start to the campaign.

Cheap and premium rotation options also get an airing, with Spurs, Arsenal, Brighton and Bournemouth assets among those to consider.

The long-term schedule is another area that Joe and David take in, such as Liverpool’s involvement in the FIFA World Club Cup in December and February’s winter break. Further breaks for international matches are looked at. This is particularly useful for those looking to deploy their Wildcard early in the campaign.

Direct download: 2019_2020_Fixtures.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:15pm UTC

Fantasy Football Scout’s conversion of our Meet the Manager video series to podcast continues with our second interview, with Phil Ampleford, also known on social media as Philman.

Phil’s interview was recorded in September 2018 and reveals details about the importance of flexibility and why close attention to defenders is needed.

With seven top 10,000 finishes, including 2016/17’s overall rank of 365th, his advice is not to be missed.

The Meet the Manager series involves Joe interviewing a manager with a stellar track record in Fantasy Football.

Over the summer of 2019 each episode from the video archive is being converted to audio only and released as a podcast.

Direct download: Meet_The_Manager_2_Phil_Ampleford.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:38am UTC

During the 2018/19 season Fantasy Football Scout started the Meet the Manager video series, where Joe interviews a manager with a stellar track record of success in the Fantasy Premier League game.

Here each interviewee reveals their strategies for success and how they are dealing with the growing popularity of Fantasy Football.

Over the summer each episode is being converted to audio only and released as a podcast.

This week we have started that process with our very first interview, which features Nick, who is better known within the Fantasy Football Scout community and on social media as Triggerlips, and was recorded in September 2018.

Over his 12-year career Nick has finished within the top 1,000 on four occasions, including 2012/13’s finish of 35th. During our interview he discusses the importance of team structure, balancing team funds and coping with the vast array of Fantasy Football advice on social media.

While the bulk of the interview is taken up with non-time sensitive advice, Nick does share his then maverick view of being patient with Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who finished 2018/19 as joint top-scorer with 22 goals.

Further videos being converted into podcasts this summer feature among others 2014/15 winner Simon March, 2018/19 Fantasy Football Scout Hall of Fame number one Sean Tobin and Fantasy Football Scout’s Mark Sutherns.

Each of our Meet the Manager interviewees reveals an array of different strategies for achieving Fantasy Football glory.

As well as creating podcast versions of our Meet the Manager archive, brand new episodes are being planned for the forthcoming campaign.

Direct download: Meet_the_Manager_-_Triggerlips.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:25am UTC

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.

Direct download: GWK35_Captaincy.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:46pm UTC

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.

Direct download: Scoutcast_EP292_Hindsight.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:59am UTC

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.

Direct download: Meet_the_Manager_Pete_Beswick.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:17am UTC

Joe and Neale discuss the latest line up and injury news ahead of Gameweek 34's deadline.

Direct download: GWK34_Team_News.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:51pm UTC

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
swiftly jettisoned as they spend much of this episode hatching new strategies to cope with the season run in without the Spurs man.

Amid the chaos our quartet somehow manage to stick largely to the
script as they answer the key community questions on double Gameweek assets as well as bargain buys and premium options for the rest of the campaign.

Their regular look at the latest whipping boys, who can’t stop
conceding, has a seaside special theme this time around, as the crew also consider those teams who are already packing their bags for summer.

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.

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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?

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Joe and Neale discuss the key press conference news from the ten teams to play during Gameweek 31's reduced fixture list.

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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Joe and Neale look at the latest Fantasy Premier League line up and injury news ahead of Gameweek 30.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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