Mon, 3 June 2019
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.
Wed, 17 April 2019
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.
Wed, 17 April 2019
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.
Tue, 16 April 2019
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.
Fri, 12 April 2019
Joe and Neale discuss the latest line up and injury news ahead of Gameweek 34's deadline.
Wed, 10 April 2019
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
Amid the chaos our quartet somehow manage to stick largely to the
Their regular look at the latest whipping boys, who can’t stop
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.
Mon, 8 April 2019
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?
Sat, 6 April 2019
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.
Fri, 5 April 2019
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.
Fri, 5 April 2019
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.
Thu, 4 April 2019
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.
Sat, 30 March 2019
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.
Fri, 29 March 2019
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.
Wed, 27 March 2019
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.
Mon, 25 March 2019
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.
Tue, 19 March 2019
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.
Sat, 16 March 2019
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.
Fri, 15 March 2019
Joe and Neale discuss the key press conference news from the ten teams to play during Gameweek 31's reduced fixture list.
Wed, 13 March 2019
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.
Mon, 11 March 2019
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.
Sat, 9 March 2019
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.
Fri, 8 March 2019
Joe and Neale look at the latest Fantasy Premier League line up and injury news ahead of Gameweek 30.
Wed, 6 March 2019
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.
Mon, 4 March 2019
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.
Sat, 2 March 2019
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.
Fri, 1 March 2019
Joe and Neale look at the latest line up and injury news ahead of Gameweek 29.
Thu, 28 February 2019
Joe and David look at the best Fantasy Premier League armband options for Gameweek 29.
Raheem Sterling's eye-catching track record against Manchester City's opponents Bournemouth tops the bill.
But there are also a number of intriguing differentials vying for attention.
Thu, 28 February 2019
Recorded during the last few minutes of Gameweek 28’s fixtures the ScoutCast crew cling to the hope of huge points hauls right to the final whistle.
However, for Az and Joe the evening proved particularly frustrating as they are left to settle for a mere dribble of eleventh hour returns from the likes of Paul Pogba.
At least one of the crew saw their hope rewarded. Special guest Adam Hopcroft, who was filling in for the red flagged podcast pair of David and Luke, ended the night on 62 points to set him on course for his sixth top 10,000 overall finish.
Amid the excitement of a Gameweek finale, the crew also find time to mull over Fantasy Football’s latest key players, teams and talking points.
Chelsea’s strong fixture run comes under scrutiny as does the potential of a Leicester side under new management, following the appointment of former Celtic and Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers.
Chip strategy is also revisited, with recent injuries to key players and the strong form of Newcastle presenting further challenges and opportunities as Fantasy mangers navigate the upcoming blank and double Gameweeks.
Gameweek 29 is then looked at in detail, with clean sheet and differential prospects put under the microscope.
Proceedings take an unusual turn when Monty Python’s Life of Brian and He-man earn mentions.
The crew finish the show by revealing their transfer and captaincy plans. As the old football cliché goes “they can take the despair, it’s the hope that kills them”.
Tue, 26 February 2019
Joe and David discuss the latest line up news ahead of Gameweek 28.
Mon, 25 February 2019
David and Joe take a look at the key Fantasy Premier League captaincy candidates ahead of Gameweek 28.
Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang certainly has the fixture to do well when his Arsenal side host Bournemouth.
But he faces stiff competition from Liverpool's Mohamed Salah, who takes on one of his favourite teams to score against, Watford.
Meanwhile, rotation worries are putting Joe and David off Manchester City's assets for West Ham's visit.
Differentials our podcast pair are considering include Wolverhampton's Raul Jiminez. Leicester assets also get a mention in the aftermath of Claude Puel's departure.
Thu, 21 February 2019
Chip strategy has been all the talk of the Fantasy community over the last week.
The results of the FA Cup fifth-round ties would have firmed up the approaches of some Fantasy managers towards the Free Hit, Bench Boost, Triple Captain and Wildcard chips - though caused uncertainty among others.
With Joe away on a mid-season break, David, Az and Luke share their thoughts on how to navigate Blank Gameweeks 31 and 33 and how they plan to capitalise on the likely Double Gameweeks of 32 and 35.
Our trio of Scoutcasters also examine the options available to Fantasy managers who have used one or more of their chips already.
One player who will be particularly affected by the Blanks and Doubles is Sergio Aguero, so Luke, Az and David discuss whether ditching the Argentinean striker - or performing the "hokey cokey" with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang - remains a viable option given how in form the premium Manchester City forward is.
Continuing their discussion on the Blank Gameweeks, our panel muse on whether any out-of-sorts Chelsea assets are worthy of consideration given that the Blues are now guaranteed a fixture in Gameweeks 31 and 33.
The crew then finish off with a detailed look at their Gameweek 27 transfer moves, captaincy decisions, differential picks and clean sheet prospects.
Wed, 6 February 2019
The emotional side of Fantasy Football management cannot be underestimated.
As the ScoutCast’s discussion on mental health shows, many managers can struggle in their everyday life when a bad Gameweek strikes.
This episode features some powerful accounts of the impact being a Fantasy manager can have on the community’s lives, from sleepless nights to depression.
Az, Joe and David also reveal how Fantasy Football has affected their emotional well-being over the years.
Recorded midway through a season-defining, first Double Gameweek of the season, the crew also look back on their decision to shun Manchester City’s hattrick hero Sergio Aguero.
City assets feature again in our community questions section, as the crew assess likely rotation, especially around future Double Gameweeks.
Elsewhere, Chelsea’s new look attack is also weighed up.
The crew finish off with a detailed look at their Gameweek 26 transfer moves, captaincy decisions, differential picks and clean sheet prospects.
Fri, 1 February 2019
A double Gameweek should be a time of excitement, as Fantasy managers look forward to loading up on players with multiple games.
But the ScoutCast crew are far from enthusiastic, with Manchester City and Everton the key teams involved in the first such set of fixtures of 2018/19.
In tackling the community questions on the Sky Blues' pair of games, Az, Joe, David and Luke are fearful of rotation and questionable form, which saw last season’s champions lose to Newcastle last time out.
Meanwhile, a suspension for Lucas Digne and lack of accuracy for Richarlison have left the crew also unimpressed with Toffees players’ potential.
Also under consideration are the single Gameweek stars who are, arguably, being unfairly ignored and could outshine their double match counterparts.
The latest on the Premier League’s whipping boys, who are handing opponents a worrying amount of shots and chances, is another issue covered.
With this packed 90 minute show recorded during the end of the January transfer window, David ensures we are kept to date with the latest key moves.
The crew also find time to look over their and the community’s Gameweek 24 highs and lows, a segment of the show that Az in particular wished had been cut.
This latest ScoutCast finishes off with the crew revealing their Gameweek 25’s plans, clean sheet picks and differentials selections.
Wed, 23 January 2019
The community reached out to the ScoutCast crew this week for help in battling against an emerging template led by Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah.
The Egyptian's 50% ownership and six double-digit points returns in his last eight starts has left Fantasy Premier League managers struggling to gain a significant rank boost.
Joe, David and Az consider some key strategies to counter the high ownership of players such as Salah, as well as Manchester United’s Paul Pogba.
Doubling up on attacking options is among suggestions made by Joe, especially as this has proved a successful tactic in seasons past.
Az instead has been looking for differential captains, with Raheem Sterling the latest to be handed the armband in an attempt to beat Salah backers.
Meanwhile, David is following the advice of 2014/15 champion Simon March of keeping the game simple. Simon advocates backing obvious selections who are in good form and leaving others to make risky, and perhaps calamitous, moves.
Elsewhere, the crew look back on their Gameweek 23 scores, find out about the community’s roughest and smoothest recent moves and also consider the merits of drafting in last weekend’s hat-trick hero, Wolverhampton’s cut price midfielder Diogo Jota.
Impending blank and double Gameweeks also come under scrutiny, in particular the merits of investing heavily in Manchester City, who are among teams set to see matches postponed due to cup commitments.
The possibility of a double Gameweek 25 makes the outcomes of this week’s League and FA Cup games crucial to David, Joe and Az’s transfer plans as they finish off with a look at Gameweek 24’s likely moves, best differentials and possible clean sheets.
Wed, 16 January 2019
Harry Kane’s recent ankle injury tops the bill during an action packed show that bizarrely also takes in James Bond and Toy Story.
After taking great pleasure in looking back on their excellent Gameweek 22 scores, the ScoutCast crew tuck into the key questions from the community ahead of the next set of matches.
Kane’s absence sees David, Joe, Az and Luke discuss the best forward options. Moving money into midfield is also considered as the crew look at Dele Alli’s Buzz Lightyear-esque ability to step up whenever his Spurs’ team-mate is absent.
Whether to ditch disappointing players from the ranks of Chelsea, Everton and West Ham is another issue tackled.
Meanwhile, there are some words of warning for those looking to deploy their second wildcard now rather than save it for the double and blank Gameweeks to come.
Elsewhere, Az’s round up of the community’s recent moves showcases a high flying manager with a licence to thrill in the overall rankings.
The crew finish off with a look at their transfer and captaincy plans as well as the best differentials and defences in Gameweek 23.
Wed, 9 January 2019
The ScoutCast crew emerge from the congested festive fixtures a little out of sorts as they look ahead nervously to Gameweek 22 and beyond.
Poor captaincy and transfer decisions heralded a dramatic fall in Az and Luke’s overall rank over their torrid Christmas campaign.
David fared better with only a small red arrow over the period but is not happy with his squad as he prepares for January and February’s matches.
Joe was the only one to see a jump in his overall rank but fears a slump is just around the corner as he approaches the next set of games without a number of well-owned form players.
Among the community issues they tackle is which premium assets and formations will reap the greatest rewards in the coming Gameweeks.
Another topic covered is the potential of the budget enablers to emerge from this month's early transfer window activity.
Meanwhile, hidden gems from teams with great fixtures over the next two months also come under consideration.
Gameweek 22 is also looked at in detail as the crew reveal their top clean sheet and differential tips as well as their transfer and captaincy plans.