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Meet the Manager #6 – Adam Hopcroft (Choppers13)

Over his eight campaigns, Adam Hopcroft has finely tuned a bespoke management style that pays close attention to underlying statistics, the Season Ticker and the good old-fashioned eye test.

With five top 10,000 finishes, including two within the top 1,000, it’s a strategy that has clearly paid off.

Adam looks on course for another strong finish this time out too, with a current placing in the top 30,000.

Here he discusses in detail the key statistics he pays particular attention to and why medium, not short-term, upcoming fixtures guide his Season Ticker.

Each year he also gathers more information about players, which helps decide whether strong underlying statistics herald a point blitz or disappointment.

Adam then applies his tailor-made statistics and fixture analysis to the current campaign to reveal the players he is looking to ditch and those he is keen to bring in.

The chat with Adam is available to view on Youtube here and in the embedded video below.

Previous Meet the Manager interviews:

Matthew Jones

Richard Clarke

Will Thomas

Philman

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  1. Sz21
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 years, 8 months ago

    for the next 3/4 GW's- WC'ing around then.
    1. Kane/ Knockaert -> Arnie/Mane.
    2. Kane/Ings -> Arnie/Vardy.
    3. Kane/ Ings-> -> Arnie/Laca.

    Salah, Haz, Rich, Knockaert*.
    Kane*, Mitro, Ings*.
    2ft. 0.0mm.

    1. Francescoli
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      1

  2. Ne0
    • 7 Years
    2 years, 8 months ago

    What's my best move here?
    A) Kane, Mane -> Arnie, Salah
    B) Kane, Schurrle/Fraser -> Jimenez, Salah
    C) Kane, Bednarek -> Arnie, Mendy (Schurrle/Fraser bench to cover Hazard)
    D) Kane -> Arnie
    E) Kane -> Firmino

    My team is:
    Patricio
    Alonso, Robbo(vc), Doherty
    Hazard, Mane(c), Fraser, Schurrle
    Aguero, Kane, Wilson
    Bench: Fabianski; Bednarek, Stephens, WBA

    1. ljuta zena
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Mo didnt looked powerfull last night. Deconcetrated and missing

      1. Ne0
        • 7 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        That's the dilemma for me too. But he still got 2 goals.

      2. Jules Rimet
        • 2 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        Building momentum and playing well with Mané and Shaqiri. Should go on to score a bucket load in the next 4-5 gameweeks.

        1. Ne0
          • 7 Years
          2 years, 8 months ago

          I wish I had your confidence.

    2. Francescoli
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      A if it’s for free

      1. Ne0
        • 7 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        Yes, it is. Wouldn't sell Kane for a hit.

    3. ljuta zena
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      E imo

    4. Cancelo Culture
      • 2 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Not much between Mane and Salah this season apart from 3.1m...
      I’m keeping Salah this gameweek then swapping out for Mane and massively upgrading elsewhere

    5. Cancelo Culture
      • 2 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Out of those options though probably Kane > Arnie and get Mendy with the extra cash?

  3. Eden Wizard
    • 3 Years
    2 years, 8 months ago

    What are you thinking Pochettino? Defending a 2-1 lead and going a man down, why take your fastest players off who can relieve pressure by chasing balls down....lol

    1. Eden Wizard
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      POCH OUT

    2. balint84
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      has predictable tactics for similar situations. 🙁

    3. skodaole2
      • 8 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      After our best game this year by far, you think the manager did something wrong? You should write Lloris out after those two CL performances he should at least be benched for a while to calm down. Who would you drop after Lloris made that clever effort? A defender, a defensive mid or Kane? Or Lamela who just came in?

      1. Eden Wizard
        • 3 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        Kane (you were winning so no need for more goals) with Son & Lamela occupying space high and wide in front of their centre backs to distract deep mids & CBs from joining the attack.
        Knowing full well they'll beat them in a foot race would cause them not to overload in attack.

        1. skodaole2
          • 8 Years
          2 years, 8 months ago

          Ok respect the different opinion, it just seemed obvious to me. Cant get Kane out with 10 men and only 1-2 ahead. They didnt overload in attack even with one player more, the referre gave a false foul that would bring all players in our box. That would happen despite the sub. And after the equaliser Spurs seemed the most attacking team, lost 2-3 chances to win it dont think without Kane up top Spurs would make those efforts. But Son - Kane was close i thought you d suggest to get a DM out which would be a mistake imo, PSV werent able to hold the ball after their first goal even for seconds, Spurs dominated the midfield so no reason to change something there.

      2. Eden Wizard
        • 3 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        Class

  4. Jules Rimet
    • 2 Years
    2 years, 8 months ago

    Sterling + Bilva > Salah + Murphy -4 ?

    1. Francescoli
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Tough one. I’d probably do it if you didn’t have another good captain pick.

    2. altan8797
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      I'm also considering the sterling salah move

  5. Francescoli
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 years, 8 months ago

    Pat
    TAA* Mendy Alonso
    Salah Hazard Richarlison Maddison Fraser
    Aguero Mitro

    Hamer; Bennett AWB Kamara

    1FT and 1.1itb

    A) Save
    B) TAA and Fraser -> Robertson and Murphy (-4)
    C) TAA -> VVD/Lovren

    1. Atimis
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      How do you know that Lovren will play and TAA no?

      1. Francescoli
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        More likely to happen right? I thought, Lovren and VVD are first choice CBs when both fit.

        1. Atimis
          • 4 Years
          2 years, 8 months ago

          Gomez should get rest finally

    2. Ne0
      • 7 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      A

  6. Atimis
    • 4 Years
    2 years, 8 months ago

    Just chill this week and do Hart Trippier to Button Mendy for free next week???

    Ryan
    Alonso/TAA/Doherty
    Hazard/Richa/Maddison/Salah(c)
    Wilson/Kun/Mitro

    Hart/Trippier/Hojberg/WB

    1. Ne0
      • 7 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Yep, save and re-access next week.

    2. Francescoli
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Yep decent moves next week. You’re not tempted by a Fab/Pat keeper rotation?

      1. Atimis
        • 4 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        Ryan set and forget - I already been burn by Gk oration this season

  7. Jabba12
    • 8 Years
    2 years, 8 months ago

    Got 6.8 ITB after Kane to Arnie.

    Richarlison > Salah or Gunnarson > Mane

    1. Typo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      will you end up with bench headache with gunnarson -> Mane?

      Would consider Richa -> Mane, and use spare cash elsewhere

      1. Jabba12
        • 8 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        3rd striker is Jimenez so will just bench him every week and play 3, 5, 2

    2. Jabba12
      • 8 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Can do Rich, kane, jimenez > Mane, Firmino, Arnie for -4

  8. Typo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 years, 8 months ago

    Morning lads.

    Who do you think scores more this week:

    A: Firmino + fraser

    B: Arnie + Mane (-4, Richa out)

    C: Arnie + fraser

    1. sunzip14
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      B

      1. Typo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        thanks. Leaning towards this aswell.

    2. balint84
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Arnie looks like a bandwagon this week. Will get a red card I predict

      1. Typo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        alwasy the chance. He is a pirate. But the way he playd this weekend, number of shots etc. I think its worth the "gamble"

  9. sunzip14
    • 4 Years
    2 years, 8 months ago

    Stick with Richarlison or Get Martial if on WC?

    1. Typo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      If the rest of your team is secure, I would be tempted to punt on Martial.

      Problem is that United rarely scores alot of goals, and Martial has not had many shots compared to his goals.. And there is always the Sanchez problem.

    2. Francescoli
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Martial is an absolute terrible pick if you ask me

      1. Respect My Authoritah
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        This. It's a joke he's even being considered on here

    3. sunzip14
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      got my answers 😀 Thank u all

  10. Jules Rimet
    • 2 Years
    2 years, 8 months ago

    Anyone here decided NOT to get Salah in? And if so, why?

    1. sunzip14
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Mane+Firmino+Robbo (Cant get more Liv 😛 )

    2. Typo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      I'm on 80% not to get him.

      It would require a -4. And all my spare cash. Leaves me with problems to get Mendy and KDB.

      Considering Firmino or Mane for the nice fixtures, and spare cash.

      1. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        Got Alisson, TTA, thinking Mane or Firmino.
        Leaves cash options going forward.

    3. fridge
      • 9 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      I'm gutted, enjoyed having Salah as a differential for a while

    4. frenchfries
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Most likely not getting, i just think he is to expensive. And that would ruin my balance. Looking at Mane+Firmino instead.

    5. OLEgend
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Fell into the Kane trap,now stuck with him

    6. Eden Wizard
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Because i never got rid

    7. Pigsinblankets
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      I intended to get him back last week, but I've ended up spreading the cash. I've still got my wildcard but I really like the balance in my team at the moment, and not wildcarding would mean a -8 to get him in, Mane and Robbo should be able to cover (hopefully!!)

  11. fridge
    • 9 Years
    2 years, 8 months ago

    Foster
    Doherty. Alonso. Chilwell
    Salah (c) Hazard. Maddison. Fraser
    Ings. Aguero. Mitro
    Pat. Trippier. AWB. Cairney
    1FT, 0.2 ITB

    A) Trips > Robbo
    B) Trips > Mendy
    C) Save
    D) Something else?

    1. frenchfries
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      A

  12. frenchfries
    • 4 Years
    2 years, 8 months ago

    Patricio
    Alonso Robertson Doherty
    Hazard Mane Richarlison Fraser
    Kane Lacazette Arnie

    Boruc Bennett WB Obiang

    Kane+Richarlison->Firmino+KDB? For free.

  13. RubberDucky
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Why so much love for Arnie over Vardy?

      Is it purely financial?

      If you had the money would you pick Vardy?

      1. Respect My Authoritah
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        There's plenty of love
        Not sure. I have Vardy already, but if I was choosing now it'd be close

        1. RubberDucky
            2 years, 8 months ago

            It is close

        2. fridge
          • 9 Years
          2 years, 8 months ago

          Think a lot will have Maddison too, with no one having any other hammers attacker

          1. fridge
            • 9 Years
            2 years, 8 months ago

            At least that's my reason for wanting Arnie next week other than the extra $

            1. RubberDucky
                2 years, 8 months ago

                Thats fair enough I suppose, the Maddison issue. With many cheaper midfield options Maddison didn't grab me earlier on or this GW

        3. OLEgend
          • 6 Years
          2 years, 8 months ago

          So people without Salah and Mane,who are you captaining?

          1. frenchfries
            • 4 Years
            2 years, 8 months ago

            I would go Hazard (C) and Lacazette (VC)

          2. Chenku╰☆╮
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 years, 8 months ago

            Hazard or arnie

        4. SKULL AND GNOMES
          • 3 Years
          2 years, 8 months ago

          Surprised Milner had no involvement yesterday

          1. _Ninja_
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 years, 8 months ago

            Rested for the tougher game at the weekend.

        5. Champions united
          • 4 Years
          2 years, 8 months ago

          How to fix this lot
          1FT 5.8 ITB
          I can think of only one Mee>roboo

          Foster
          Alonso dohert taa
          Mane haz fraser neves
          Kun arnie mitro

          Fab awb hoj mee

          1. altan8797
            • 4 Years
            2 years, 8 months ago

            WC perhaps?

            1. Champions united
              • 4 Years
              2 years, 8 months ago

              If wc then also same dilemma which plaayer to bring in

        6. Tommy Alex
          • 2 Years
          2 years, 8 months ago

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        7. Mike82
          • 4 Years
          2 years, 8 months ago

          Hart
          Alonso, Robbo, Laporte
          Schurrle, Fraser, Hazard, Salah (c)
          Mitrovic, Zaha, Aguero

          Stek, Bennett, AWB, Stephens

          Have brought Schurrle in for my FT, any hits worth it?

          1. Lazaretti
            • 3 Years
            2 years, 8 months ago

            No need to take a hit

        8. Wally banter
          • 8 Years
          2 years, 8 months ago

          Camarassa or Murphy?

          May be required to play occasionally ... 4th midfielder in a 4 - 3 - 3

        9. Wally banter
          • 8 Years
          2 years, 8 months ago

          Why Im always at the bottom of the page...meh!

        10. Hughes the Daddy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 years, 8 months ago

          Adam, that was unbelievably helpful, thanks for sharing so much useful info. Wishing you well for the rest of the season.

        11. Pieterke30
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 years, 8 months ago

          Who to start?
          A. Pereira (WHU)
          B. Richarlison (mnu)

          Thx lads

        12. Hotdogs for Tea
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 years, 8 months ago

          A great meet the manager this week, quite a few tips that I had not considered before.

          Loved the bit when Joe was trying to drag out of Choppers an validation of the ‘cheap or non playing bench’ strategy, but he wasn’t having any of it and replied that it depends on the season/circumstance ... a quick check of Choppers benched points reveals about 72 points sitting there and no game weeks with just 10 starters due to a non starting bench 🙂

        13. price
          • 5 Years
          2 years, 8 months ago

          what to do with aguero? im worried about his minutes?
          swap for lacazette and bring in sterling or de Bruyne for midfield?

          1. _Ninja_
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 years, 8 months ago

            Keep Aguero if you like getting fpl points.