Thu, 22 October 2015
We take Fantasy Football seriously. So much so, myself, Granville and Jonty find time each week to join up online and natter semi-aimlessly about it. Some of you even go so far to watch and listen. We all take Fantasy Football seriously.
That’s why we dedicate this episode of the ScoutCast to Fuzzy Warbles, whose passion for Fantasy Football drove him to scribe a long letter to the Premier League. In doing so, he raised his head above the parapet to gain the <a href="https://uk.sports.yahoo.com/news/fantasy-football-manager-written-letter-premier-league-just-084914996--spt.html?cmp=ukfb">attention from the mainstream press</a> and various Twitterati.
Predictably, that attention was somewhat confused as to why someone would care so much about a few points to muster an 800-word email.
We know why.
Granville, Jonty and I are more than happy to waste more words discussing <a href="http://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/2015/10/20/the-big-numbers-gameweek-9-4/?hc_page=2#hc_comment_11596012">“CedricGate”</a>, the catalyst for Fuzzy’s irritation.
Before that, we analyse Gameweek 9, discuss the contrasting fortunes of Jamie Vardy, Anthony Martial and Eden Hazard, plus assess the Gameweek 11 fixture swing. We may have a few chuckles along the way, but we’re taking it very seriously.
Thu, 15 October 2015
Just ten days after celebrating three-figure hauls, many Fantasy managers are now left counting the flags as the international break casualties mount.
Sergio Aguero’s twanging hamstring has taken the shine off his incredible 25-point haul and it’s his demise from hero to zero that dominates the chatter in this latest ScoutCast episode.
With Granville struck down by sniffles, Luke aka “D1sable” steps into the breach to join Jonty and Mark to take up the challenge of weighing up the Aguero stand-ins.
The trio also take time to assess two contrasting managerial appointments, greeting Jurgen Klopp’s thrilling heavy metal football, whilst mustering a nod to Big Sam’s bid to produce a Black Cats escape routine.
Thu, 1 October 2015
Forget two fat ladies, in ScoutCast Bingo it’s all about three men with paunches chatting Fantasy Football fortunes, rattling out a few familiar clichés along the way.
Thanks to Numb’s <a href="http://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/comment/11410234">witty community contribution</a>, this week’s episode finds us gripping our dabbers in preparation for mispronunciations, dropped connections and a regular helping of “blimeys”.
Around those fun and games, we tackle the serious matters – assessing the merits of Sergio Aguero, Callum Wilson’s replacements and Mark's range of Christmas jumpers.
All those hard-hitting issues are addressed via another round of community questions, following on from our review of Gameweek 7 as Granville fights the urge to gloat having opened up a 40 point lead.
Thu, 24 September 2015
The time comes when every Fantasy Football manager has to react quickly to douse some fires in their squad. The problem is, Mark's team is currently a blazing inferno, without a disco in sight.
At least that’s Granville’s opinion. Buoyed from seeing his canny capture of Anthony Martial deliver a brace at St Mary’s, the cocky co-host is quick to dish out a whipping to Mark's ailing lineup.
The pair discuss the merits of United’s new teenage sensation as part of another round of community questions, served up once again by Jonty. The three of them also ponder the Chelsea revival, David Silva’s fragile ankles and just how their Fantasy Football managerial styles translate to the dog world: a crunch question that’s been brewing unanswered for many episodes.
Thu, 17 September 2015
What makes a “casual” ScoutCast host? Perhaps one who takes to his bed even after a table topping 60-point return?
Despite bringing in his biggest haul of the season, leaving both Jonty and Mark in his wake, Granville’s man-flu gets the better of him. Not to worry, Luke, aka “D1sable”, drops in to fill his evening slippers, helping steading the ScoutCast ship in prepartion to cross the choppy waters of another community fueled episode.
Luke and Mark look on enviously while Jonty gets dewy eyed about Dimiti Payet’s Monday night returns, before they switch attention to the fortunes of the Fantasy Football Scout crowd, scanning their fortunes in another bout of “Rough with the Smooth”, which this week includes a precautionary tail of a Fantasy Football rage injury.
They round off, as always, with another bout of community questions, assessing the lure of the five-man midfield, strikers and their desperate quest for bonus points and even entertain the idea of making Kolarov our captain. The season could hardly get more bizarre.
Thu, 10 September 2015
An extraordinary ode/death threat to Granville provided the inspiration and backdrop for this week’s Scoutcast.
The poor soul wasn’t sure whether to feel flattered or mildly panicked by a community post like no other.
Recovering from the menacing tribute, Granville joined forces with Jonty and Mark to assess the merits of the deadline day arrivals, before grappling with another round of community questions.
They rinse through the De Bruyne debate, the heavy-hitter slump, briefly consider buying Jonny Evans, before tentatively giving out dating advice – again inspired by the imaginations of you, the community.
Thu, 27 August 2015
It’s Jonty’s time to curry sympathy this week and he’s on the receiving end of a barrage of cyber-bullying from co-host Granville.
Determined to the belittle Jonty’s Wildcard performance following Callum Wilson’s hat-trick, Granville takes to Twitter before roasting him live on air on the ScoutCast. He seems to have totally missed the fact that I too sold on Wilson as part of my own Wildcard; I’m quite happy for Jonty to play Patsy on this one.
Jonty rolls with the virtual punches to join us as we look back on the Gameweek that saw all three of us refresh our squads. We score our Wildcards out of ten, before scanning for community Gameweek tales in “Rough with the Smooth”.
We then take on your questions, as we assess Pedro’s pedigree, the lure of Aleks Kolarov and the merits of a well-rounded squad in the light of the FPL chips.
Thu, 20 August 2015
Tempted into dealing our Wildcards by yet another “mediocre” Gameweek, Granville and Mark go through almost the entire episode before Jonty reveals he’s weakened and gone “active”. It’s a revelation that almost has the pair logging off and reaching for their own panic buttons.
Before that dramatic finale, the trio find salvation via another bout of “rough the smooth”, cheering themselves up with tales of Gameweek totals which dip below even their miserable tallies.
They also take a further round of community questions, forcing Mark to “fess up” on Theo Walcott, while Granville laments Wayne Rooney’s form and the three of them tackle the merits of Mahrez, Ozil and loading up on City assets.
Thu, 13 August 2015
Limping out of the blocks like three flabby Dads at their kids’ Sports Day, Granville, Jonty and myself are in a sheepish mood for the first ScoutCast of the season.
We do our upmost to rouse some enthusiasm for the events of Gameweek 1, buoyed by tales from you, the community and your latest round of finely honed questions, drilling down into the current big dilemmas.
Chelsea and Arsenal’s stuttering start, the strategy surrounding Aguero and Sanchez, plus the top targets ahead of Friday’s 6.45 deadline provide plenty to distract me from the fact that I’d been robbed of a David Silva goal just minutes before coming on air.
Thu, 28 May 2015
On Saturday afternoon, an unsuspecting couple moved into their new Singapore flat next door to a gentleman named Simon March. Twenty-four hours later, after being kept awake by solitary screams of frustration and joy, they were left wondering if they’d made a terrible error.
They needn’t have worried. What they were enduring was simply the extraordinary trials of the Fantasy Premier League’s leader, being tortured by the twists of the final day of the season, as Theo Walcott threatened to trample on his dreams.
As it happened, Walcott’s best efforts were to prove futile - Simon March claimed the FPL crown after spending 14 Gameweeks at the summit. However, it was far from plain sailing.
In tonight’s ScoutCast, Jonty and I talk to Simon and relieve last Sunday’s events and learn how Paul McShane and Sergio Aguero formed an unlikely alliance to steer him to victory.
If you’ve never listened to a ScoutCast before, I recommend you break that trend on this one occasion. It really is worthwhile listening to Simon’s tale to share just how it feels to claim the title on the very final day, whilst taking in his thoughts on they key strategies that helped him along the way.