The Fantasy Football Scoutcast
Let Mark and Granville sniff out your clean sheets and assist your fantasy football season with a regular serving of stuff and nonsense from the English Premiership. News and analysis is mixed with lively banter between the two bitter mini-league rivals as the pair laugh off a life of mid-table mediocrity.

Just minutes after the final whistle blew on Gameweek 21, Jonty, Andy and myself braved the airwaves to pick the bones out of our meagre tallies.

Brought back down to earth by a decidedly lacklustre floodlit affair, we rouse ourselves to debate the Aguero armband, the rapidly increasing speed of the Payet bandwagaon and the reasons behind the stuttering United backline.

We even make our dedication to the departed David Bowie, before quickly ushering out our disappointment of the Gameweek just past, by previewing the one that lies ahead.

Direct download: FFScoutCast_EP180_Whistle.mp3
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New Year, new aspirations, same old voices.

The first ScoutCast of 2016 is brimming with determined talk of banishing old habits which, in all honesty, will likely evaporate in the weeks to come.

That’s particularly true of my no-Aguero policy, which feels even more flimsy after taking in the musings of Jonty and Andy in this episode.

Man City’s hitman and faltering away form comes under the microscope via another batch of community questions, along with an assessment of Dele Alli, Kane without Dembele and the allure of the French fancy that is Dimitri Payet.

Direct download: FFScoutCast_EP179_Resolutions.mp3
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'Twas the night before Christmas when three bearded men, wallowing in mid-table mediocrity, collided via the magic of the internet to relay tales of Fantasy Football.

Settle down – the festive ScoutCast is upon us.

Like the “Three Ronnies”, Jonty, Andy and myself roll out the same old tried and trusted formula in the guise of an extended Christmas special.

We relive the painfully ordinary Gameweek 17, before girding our loins for another bout of community questions as the three us make woeful excuses for avoiding Ighalo, before debating whether the Dullards really have slain the Maverick Fantasy managers for good

 

Direct download: FFScoutCast_EP178_Humbug.mp3
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Granville was expected to miss this week’s Scoutcast. Flagged as a 25% doubt, we drafted in Andy off the bench in preparation for our resident Mancunian to go AWOL as he wallowed in the misery of his 30-point Gameweek.

To his great credit, he proved us wrong.

Granville crashes in from the off to join Andy, Jonty and myself in another episode that he describes as “cathartic”, as he rolls out the full directors cut of his woeful tale from Gameweek 15.

Spouting such gems as “someone has to be unlucky and it has to be me”, Granville adds an essential ingredient to a packed and lively session.

It’s helped along by Jonty’s endorsement of “playing the percentages”, roughly translated as the “Dullard’s 101”, which has the four of us at loggerheads.

Once the dust settles on that debate, we tackle further questions from the community, featuring Jonty’s latest love letter to Aaron Ramsey, before rounding off with our preview of Gameweek 16.

Direct download: FFScoutCast_EP177_Cathartic.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:45pm UTC

Having spent the season clutching to the coat-tails of both Granville and Jonty, finally, like a magnificent phoenix rising from the flames, I’ve caught and surpassed them both.

In truth, my season is anything but “magnificent” and the recent struggles of my ScoutCast co-hosts, as they slip down to my level, is the main reason behind the recent mini-league maneuverings.

With a level playing field established, the three of us skim through another set of “Rough with the Smooth” tales from the community, before bracing ourselves for another batch of topics served steered by your good selves.

You have us talking Sanchez exit plans, discussing the “desperate” route back to Hazard and contemplating Christmas rearguards. Plus we’ve a couple of old ScoutCast favourites who, like my season, rise up from the ashes to discover a new lease of life.

Direct download: FFScoutCast_EP176_Phoenix.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:13pm UTC

It’s time to turn up the heat on Granville. After Harry Kane obliged with a 26 point return, I’ve clawed back the gap on my Mancunian rival, who now sits just three points ahead in our "very personal" battle.

 

With the flame lit one our age-old rivalry, the ScoutCast is revived to resemble the days gone by, with Granville wriggling uncomfortably as we spar throughout. Jonty is on hand to mediate, taking a few blows of his own, with Granville lashing out blindly.

 

Around the melee, we take in another round of "rough with the smooth" and digest a slew of community questions. We chat Aguero Vs Kane, consider the merits of showing Sanchez and De Bruyne the door, and make our Christmas Fantasy Football wishlist.

Direct download: FFScoutCast_EP175_Rivals.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:32pm UTC

Sneaking in late like John Terry in a triumphant team photo, Granville gatecrashes this week’s ScoutCast after we drafted in Andy85SWM as his able replacement.

 

Andy tag teams with Jonty and Mark as they look back ten days at the long forgotten Gameweek 12, before grappling with another round of posers from the community.

 

They cast tentative votes on the Aguero debate, assess Lukaku’s armband credentials, check that we can all write off Chelsea and question whether time is up for Sanchez in the light of Oil’s streak of assists.

 

After all that, Granville parachutes in and they get a few minutes to gloat over his injury-ravaged squad. A worthy cameo contribution.

Direct download: FFScoutCAst_EP174_Cameo.mp3
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Following on from Halloween, it’s time to revisit a horror show Gameweek from Granville.

Having gathered an array of green arrows in recent weeks, my ScoutCast co-host produced a pair of transfer howlers, watching on from behind the sofa as both Philippe Coutinho and Riyad Mahrez banged nails into his Gameweek coffin.

Jonty and I do our best to dwell on Granville’s misery for as long as possible, before attempting to cheer him up with similarly scary tales from the community in “Rough with the Smooth”.

We then take on your questions, debating Leicester’s legs, United’s decline and whether we can actually tame the Fantasy Football troll that is Romelu Lukaku.

Direct download: FFScoutCast_EP173_Howler.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:17pm UTC

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.

Direct download: FFScoutCast_EP172_Fuzzy.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:33pm UTC

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.

Direct download: FFScoutCast_EP171_Flagging.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:43pm UTC