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.

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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Direct download: FPL_Gameweek_3_Team_News_Part_1.mp3
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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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Direct download: Scoutcast_Episode_298_Bandwagons.mp3
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Direct download: FPL_Gameweek_1_Team_News_Part_2.mp3
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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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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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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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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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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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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
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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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