Rank #1: Episode Two Hundred and Eighty Eight - Missing
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.
Mar 13 2019
Rank #2: Episode Two Hundred and Ninety One - Panic
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.
Apr 10 2019
Rank #3: Scoutcast Episode 299 - Magic Potion
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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Aug 28 2019
Rank #4: Episode 292 - Hindsight
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.
Apr 17 2019
Rank #5: Scoutcast Episode 298 - Bandwagons
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.
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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Aug 21 2019
Rank #6: Scoutcast Episode 297 – Patience
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.
Aug 14 2019
Rank #7: ScoutCast Episode 301 – Crossroads
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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Sep 18 2019
Rank #8: Scoutcast Episode 300 - Spartans
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.
Sep 11 2019
Rank #9: Double Gameweek 32 - Best Captaincy Options
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.
Mar 25 2019
Rank #10: 2019/20 FPL Planning - Pre-Season Friendlies So Far...
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.
READ MORE: The Complete Guide to Pre-Season - https://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/the-complete-guide-to-fpl-pre-season-2019-20/
Jul 25 2019
Rank #11: Meet the Manager - Mark Sutherns
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.
Aug 08 2019
Rank #12: ScoutCast Episode 303 - Template Busting
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.
Oct 02 2019
Rank #13: ScoutCast Episode 302 - Rollercoaster
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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Sep 25 2019
Rank #14: Gameweek 35 Captaincy
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.
Apr 17 2019
Rank #15: FPL 2019/20 launches!
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.
Jun 27 2019
Rank #16: FPL 2019/20 Plannning - Comparing Players
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.
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/
Jul 23 2019
Rank #17: Episode Two Hundred and Eighty Seven - Battling
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.
Mar 06 2019
Rank #18: FPL Gameweek 3 - Team News (Part 1)
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).
Aug 22 2019
Rank #19: FPL 2019/20 Planning - More Community Questions
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!
Jul 18 2019
Rank #20: Scoutcast Episode 290 – Trigger Happy
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.
Apr 05 2019