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Meet the Manager #10 – Mark McGettigan (aka FPL General)

With top 500 finishes in three of his last four seasons Mark McGettigan, aka FPL  General, is a more than worthy interviewee for our Meet the Manager series.

Mark explains what it takes to make the leap from being a good Fantasy Premier League manager to one who is challenging for the top places in the competition.

As well as patience and an aversion to hits, he believes that bravery in the transfer market and avoiding the crowd are important lessons to a successful ascent up the rankings.

He also reveals why underlying statistics are only one part of his Fantasy management jigsaw, which is dominated by the good old-fashioned eye-test.

The FPL website’s own Watchlist tool is another vital weapon in Mark’s Fantasy management armoury. He discusses why this often overlooked function has been so important to helping him better organise his thoughts regarding transfers.

However, with a current rank just outside the top 400,000, he faces one of his toughest tasks yet in 2018/19.

As well as sharing his strategies for success he also analyses where it has gone wrong this season and how he plans to turn it around.

Tapping into Manchester City’s potent midfield and ending his reliance on mediocre captains look key as he aims to once again finish strongly.

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

Previous Meet the Manager interviews:

Marc Rubinstein

Kenneth Tang

Jay Egersdorff

Adam Hopcroft

Matthew Jones

Richard Clarke

Will Thomas

Philman

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  1. Dele
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    5 days, 14 hours ago

    VVD more nailed than Robbo?

    1. Kub3
        5 days, 14 hours ago

        Yep

      • Amey
          5 days, 14 hours ago

          Absolutely

        • Blue&White85
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          5 days, 14 hours ago

          Yes, slightly less susceptible to rotation, especially now Robertson is a doubt for tonight.

        • Irbox ⚽
          • 1 Year
          5 days, 14 hours ago

          No. Both are 100% nailed. Robbo will be rotated but doesn’t make him less ‘nailed’

          1. HIT ME!
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            5 days, 13 hours ago

            This

          2. Blue Lion's Biatch
            • 9 Years
            5 days, 13 hours ago

            It doesn't?

          3. Jam0sh
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            5 days, 13 hours ago

            VvD could get more minutes

          4. bigbudgie
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            5 days, 13 hours ago

            Exactly. Rotation and naildness are different. Sterling is nailed, for example.

          5. Kopkloppers
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            5 days, 13 hours ago

            Robbo does more yards on the pitch but don't be surprised if VVD does get a rest against weaker sides.

      • Winston.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        5 days, 14 hours ago

        Laca or Auba on penalties if both playing?

        1. Pieterke30
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          5 days, 11 hours ago

          They will be switching

      • RyanMK
          5 days, 14 hours ago

          A. Sell Ricarlison for F. Anderson
          B. Sell Aguero for Auba. To consider: Bought Aguero for 11.2 He's now 11.4

          Should I do A or B? Or both? I have 2 FTs so can do both without taking a penalty.

          1. Shrump1004
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            5 days, 3 hours ago

            B, i like Richarlison this week. keep 2FT for next week

        • davidmcnamara
          • 2 Years
          5 days, 14 hours ago

          Best mid less than 6.4m in replacement of Martial? Options are scarce but looking like Kun -> Kane is essential.

          1. The Greenback Boogie
            • 1 Year
            5 days, 14 hours ago

            Fraser. Townsend in good form as well.

          2. _figu
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            5 days, 13 hours ago

            I'd go Brooks. His benching was tactical last game, should play against easier opponents which is when you want him to play.

        • ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
          • 2 Years
          5 days, 14 hours ago

          On WC
          A)Son,Sane, Success
          B) Richarlison,Auba, Gunarsson

          1. Hits from the Bong
              5 days, 14 hours ago

              B

          2. Valar(Keith)
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            5 days, 14 hours ago

            Fabianski 4.0
            TAA Digne Doherty Awb _______
            Sterling Sane Anderson _______ ________
            Kane Aubameyang Wilson

            A) VVD + Fraser + Gunarsson
            B) Diop + Richarlison + Cairney

            The way I see it il be playing Digne, Doherty and TAA most weeks with Awb and Diop and Cairney being backup to cover rotation and tough fixtures. Going VVD makes my back line a lot safer though and I've had Fraser since the start. Which option do I go for on WC?

            1. Karan14 - (RoboKlopp)
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              5 days, 13 hours ago

              I think B.
              Bow double attack is not worth it given their fixtures.
              Everton's long term fixtures are pretty good and Richarlison is a good option.
              Think the cheap defence could work out around the fixture congestion. Less clean sheets.

          3. Hits from the Bong
              5 days, 14 hours ago

              Please help me decide..

              A. Patricio to Fabianski (-4)
              B. Save

              Patricio
              Alonso Robertson Dunk
              Sterling Hazard Sane Fraser
              Kane(c) Arnautovic Wilson

              Hamer AWB Doherty Camarasa

              1. The Greenback Boogie
                • 1 Year
                5 days, 14 hours ago

                Not worth -4 for a GK in my opinion. Patricio could get save points as well.

                1. Hits from the Bong
                    5 days, 13 hours ago

                    He never gets save points! And he’s averaging less than 2 points a game in the 6 games I’ve owned him..

                    1. The Greenback Boogie
                      • 1 Year
                      5 days, 13 hours ago

                      Yes, Wolves have hit a bit of a slump. But it's against Chelsea so I am guessing he will at least get 1 or 2 save points. Not worth the -4 hit I feel. I have the same GK combo and I am holding for this GW.

                      1. Hits from the Bong
                          5 days, 13 hours ago

                          Cheers for reply. I think he’ll probably get one save point and end up with 2 points. While Fab gets one save point and ends up on 7. Will think about it some more..

                2. Brosstan
                  • 4 Years
                  5 days, 14 hours ago

                  People are making way too much of aubas shot on target conversion rate while forgetting that he has also missed plenty of sitters from about 5-10 yards out during the same run that didn't count as shots on target.

                  1. Christina.
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    5 days, 14 hours ago

                    I'm more concerned about Laca returning.

                  2. Amey
                      5 days, 14 hours ago

                      They should have defeated Chelsea !!
                      Auba+Mikhi missed 3-4 sitters i guess

                    • Kopkloppers
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      5 days, 13 hours ago

                      Conversion rate is a real concern. Auba a class act all the same but Laca will have a big impact now he is back. I wish Laca did not play for Arsenal. Auba would be first man in my side then.

                    • Devo-McDuff
                        4 days, 23 hours ago

                        Ha, very good point.

                    • The Greenback Boogie
                      • 1 Year
                      5 days, 14 hours ago

                      In a bit of a mess this week. Have Kun, Mane & Ozil (worst mistake ever) and a bench containing Hojberg and Bennett. Thankfully have 2 FT's and 1.0 in the bank. Which move makes sense for this manic festive period?

                      A. Mane & Ozil --> Sane & Son (Wait to see if Kun plays and then ship him out for Auba next GW)
                      B. Kun & Ozil --> Auba & Sane
                      C. Kun, Ozil & Mane --> Kane, Sterling & Fraser for -4 (Not sure Sterling plays though)
                      D. Kun, Ozil & Mane --> Kane, Sane & Son for -4

                      1. Warby84
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        5 days, 14 hours ago

                        C for the long term

                      2. ILOVEBAPS
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 6 Years
                        5 days, 13 hours ago

                        D

                      3. Holmes
                        • 5 Years
                        5 days, 13 hours ago

                        D looks exciting, B will probably get you more points

                      4. Albrightondknight
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        5 days, 13 hours ago

                        C looks good

                      5. Amey
                          5 days, 13 hours ago

                          A or B
                          According to news on Mane & Kun

                      6. Jam0sh
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 6 Years
                        5 days, 14 hours ago

                        Morning all. Good to go and stick with this lot with no hits? Considering taking my second hit of the season to do Robertson -> TAA for a hit but not sure if that makes sense with the bench I've got. Nevertheless there could be several other no shows too. TAA could also be rotated in the next two so would you take a hit somewhere else?

                        Patricio
                        Robertson, Alonso, Laporte, Wan-Bissaka
                        Salah, Sane, Richarlison
                        Kane, Arnautovic, Wilson

                        subs: Button --- Doherty, Murphy, Hojbjerg --- 0 FT, 0.9 ITB

                      7. NOMONEY
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        5 days, 14 hours ago

                        loads are selling kun, but im tempted to keep if he does play a part tonight.

                        people are selling because he is doubtful for tonight and then a tough fixture against chelsea at the weekend, but is it really a tough fixture?! he loves scoring against chelsea at stamford bridge..

                        CHE (home) vs MCI (away) in PL
                        2011/12 - 1 goal
                        2012/13 - 0 goal (he played behind dzeko in that game)
                        2013/14 - 1 goal
                        2014/15 - 1 goal
                        2016/17 - 3 goals
                        2017/18 - 1 goal

                        thats 7 goals in the past 6 seasons for this fixture.. thats incredible, considering chelsea are very tight at the back when they play at home

                        1. NOMONEY
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 3 Years
                          5 days, 13 hours ago

                          my bad, shouldve been:

                          CHE (home) vs MCI (away) in PL
                          2011/12 - 1 assist
                          2012/13 - 0 goal (he played behind dzeko in that game)
                          2013/14 - 1 goal
                          2014/15 - 1 assist
                          2016/17 - 3 goals
                          2017/18 - 1 goal

                          1. Goonsquad245
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 2 Years
                            5 days, 13 hours ago

                            Pretty sure KDB scored the only goal of the game last season, and aguero didn't score a hat trick the season before.....

                            1. NOMONEY
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 3 Years
                              5 days, 13 hours ago

                              they did, courtois was sent off that game

                              https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/36003978

                            2. NOMONEY
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 3 Years
                              5 days, 13 hours ago

                              and yes my bad, that goal by aguero was for the home game

                          2. Christina.
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 8 Years
                            5 days, 13 hours ago

                            no idea where you get your 3 goals from in 2016/17

                            1. NOMONEY
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 3 Years
                              5 days, 13 hours ago

                              posted in link above

                              1. Christina.
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 8 Years
                                5 days, 13 hours ago

                                ok, that season 2015/16 on transfermarket

                            2. NOMONEY
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 3 Years
                              5 days, 13 hours ago

                              argh typo, meant to be 2015/16

                          3. Kopkloppers
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 4 Years
                            5 days, 13 hours ago

                            Kun away form more a worry.

                        2. Holmes
                          • 5 Years
                          5 days, 13 hours ago

                          so 6-7pts? nothing to worry about

                          1. NOMONEY
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 3 Years
                            5 days, 13 hours ago

                            if you dont include bonuses

                        3. Blue Lion's Biatch
                          • 9 Years
                          5 days, 13 hours ago

                          I doubt playing Chelsea is a reason people are selling. For me I was going to sell anyway because I want Kane and 3 city mids

                          1. NOMONEY
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 3 Years
                            5 days, 13 hours ago

                            for me i think aguero can cover for one of the mids, bar maybe sterling. but he is nailed on and consistently scoring

                            1. Blue Lion's Biatch
                              • 9 Years
                              5 days, 13 hours ago

                              Ah the old "cover" the biggest fallacy in ffs' long line of fallacies.

                              1. Kopkloppers
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 4 Years
                                5 days, 13 hours ago

                                This This This ^^^^^

                        4. Amey
                            5 days, 13 hours ago

                            I will keep kun if playing Watford.
                            And will definitely transfer him out for laca even if he scores hattrick.
                            Have sane+sterling !

                            1. NOMONEY
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 3 Years
                              5 days, 13 hours ago

                              im losing him if he doesnt make the squad tonight, his injury records are exactly great

                        5. Slitherene
                            5 days, 14 hours ago

                            How many minutes do you think the following will get?

                            A) Aguero
                            B) Mane
                            C) Vardy

                            1. Blue&White85
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 2 Years
                              5 days, 13 hours ago

                              A. 30
                              B. 0
                              C. 80

                            2. _figu
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 1 Year
                              5 days, 13 hours ago

                              A) 15-20 or 0
                              B) 0
                              C) no idea

                            3. Amey
                                5 days, 13 hours ago

                                30
                                0
                                60

                              • Slitherene
                                  5 days, 13 hours ago

                                  Is Mane out, for sure?

                              • unitednations
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 6 Years
                                5 days, 14 hours ago

                                AlreAdy have massive regrets of the moves I made last night. Salah/camarasa/Kun >> sand/Anderson/kane(-4).

                                Patricio - Foster
                                Alonso Digne Awb — Doherty Schindler
                                Haz Rich Martial Anderson Sane
                                Kane Arnie — Jimenez

                                - shouldn’t have got rid of salah this gw against Burnley.
                                - if I could back, I would do martial / Kun >> Fraser/kane. Avoid the hit and take the hit next gw for salah/Jimenez >> xx/Aubameyang (c)!

                                Salah will play midweek and rested for weekend grr

                                1. tokara
                                  • 4 Years
                                  5 days, 13 hours ago

                                  move on mate

                                2. Albrightondknight
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 3 Years
                                  5 days, 13 hours ago

                                  Good moves so chill.
                                  I prefer Auba to Kane but time will tell. I have been wrong before.

                              • FPLShaqiri
                                  5 days, 13 hours ago

                                  Kiko Fermenia now 4.2 and seems nailed. Good defender to rotate on WC?

                                  1. Albrightondknight
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 3 Years
                                    5 days, 13 hours ago

                                    Sure is some good value there. Good attacking threat.

                                  2. Christina.
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 8 Years
                                    5 days, 13 hours ago

                                    I took my Holebas pts early on and ran.

                                    No from me.

                                    Wanna B.

                                    1. Kopkloppers
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 4 Years
                                      5 days, 13 hours ago

                                      One guy in my ML ha dumped all his defensive big hitters and got Digne Wan B Doherty TAA and Delph.
                                      Ding this gave him 2.5 mil to get Auba and Kane. Watch this space!

                                  3. Blue Lion's Biatch
                                    • 9 Years
                                    5 days, 13 hours ago

                                    Far from nailed. Janmaat has just returned.

                                • LD
                                  • 1 Year
                                  5 days, 13 hours ago

                                  Thoughts?

                                  Begovic
                                  Alonso Robbo* AWB
                                  Salah (c) Haz Martial Fraser
                                  Aguero* Arnie Jiminez

                                  Foster Doherty Bennett Hoj

                                  Have 2ft and 0.9 itb.

                                  Thinking Aguero, Alonso -> Kane, TAA. Leaves me without any city though, worth a hit?

                                  1. Albrightondknight
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 3 Years
                                    5 days, 13 hours ago

                                    Rule number 1 never lose Alonso.
                                    So no.

                                • Lord Flashheart
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 6 Years
                                  5 days, 13 hours ago

                                  bench is dubious.

                                  so what to do with mane? (th ebelow transfers are for a hit)

                                  1 - Alli
                                  2 - Sane/dilva
                                  3 - siggy
                                  4 - don't take the hit

                                  1. Amey
                                      5 days, 13 hours ago

                                      3

                                    • RyanMK
                                        5 days, 13 hours ago

                                        1 or 2 for me. Silva looks certain to start especially after missing the previous game.

                                      • Lord Flashheart
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • 6 Years
                                        5 days, 13 hours ago

                                        cheers

                                    • davidmcnamara
                                      • 2 Years
                                      5 days, 13 hours ago

                                      2FT

                                      A) Kun -> Auba, Roll 1
                                      B) Kun -> Kane, Martial -> Fraser

                                      1. Amey
                                          5 days, 13 hours ago

                                          A

                                        • RyanMK
                                            5 days, 13 hours ago

                                            A

                                        • Albrightondknight
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          • 3 Years
                                          5 days, 13 hours ago

                                          Already taken a hit so this better be gtg. What ye think? - hope Robbo plays

                                          Ederson

                                          Alonso Laporte Robertson TAA

                                          Sterling (C) Eriksen Alli Fraser

                                          Wilson (VC) Arnie

                                          Hamer Jimenez

                                          1. Albrightondknight
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            • 3 Years
                                            5 days, 13 hours ago

                                            Rest of bench is Bennett Stephens - Sorry

                                        • Gentle_Turks
                                            5 days, 13 hours ago

                                            TM
                                            What were your transfers....?

                                          • davidmcnamara
                                            • 2 Years
                                            5 days, 13 hours ago

                                            GTG? 1FT, 0.2 ITB

                                            Fab
                                            Robbo, Digne, Alonso, WanB
                                            FAnderson, Hazard (C), Sterling, Rich
                                            Auba, Arnie

                                            Stek, Martial, Doherty, Success

                                            Still not 100% on the (C) keen to hear what ppl think

                                            1. Albrightondknight
                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                              • 3 Years
                                              5 days, 13 hours ago

                                              I would C Sterling and VC Arnie

                                              1. davidmcnamara
                                                • 2 Years
                                                5 days, 13 hours ago

                                                Risk of 1pt cameo?

                                                1. Albrightondknight
                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                  • 3 Years
                                                  5 days, 13 hours ago

                                                  Can't see that that has happened so far this season so hope not.
                                                  Just got him in last week and ML rivals are quite happy to C him. Think I am too.

                                          • ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
                                            • 2 Years
                                            5 days, 13 hours ago

                                            Re: On WC
                                            A)Son,Sane, Success
                                            B) Richarlison,Auba, Gunarsson

                                            1. Jam0sh
                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                              • 6 Years
                                              5 days, 13 hours ago

                                              Probably B

                                            2. Kopkloppers
                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                              • 4 Years
                                              5 days, 13 hours ago

                                              I would like all 4 but Sane and Son re rotation in same team not viable IMO

                                          • Rinseboy
                                            • 6 Years
                                            5 days, 13 hours ago

                                            Good to go for later?
                                            No idea how I get Auba in next week if he still looks good!

                                            Pat
                                            Alonso AWB Robbo
                                            Salah Siggy Sane Brooks
                                            Kane Arnie Jiminez
                                            Hamer Doherty Yedlin Job
                                            2.7ITB

                                          • Shaw Season
                                            • 6 Years
                                            5 days, 13 hours ago

                                            Aguero > Abu worth a hit?

                                          • Slitherene
                                              5 days, 13 hours ago

                                              Get rid of Vardy or Aguero, this week?
                                              Both flagged.

                                              1. Kopkloppers
                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                • 4 Years
                                                5 days, 13 hours ago

                                                Both

                                            • Kopkloppers
                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                              • 4 Years
                                              5 days, 13 hours ago

                                              One good thing about PL midweek games is EVERYONE IS KNACKERED

                                            • Bleach †
                                              • 2 Years
                                              5 days, 13 hours ago

                                              Sane should start tonight, right?

                                            • balint84
                                              • 2 Years
                                              5 days, 13 hours ago

                                              worth to buy Martial? What is his role when Lukaku comes back?

                                              1. Lallama
                                                  5 days, 13 hours ago

                                                  I don't like the way he plays with Lukaku. Way better without him

                                              2. ZeBestee
                                                • 4 Years
                                                5 days, 13 hours ago

                                                Worth making these moves for a hit?

                                                Hazard + Bednarek >> Son + VVD

                                                Captaining Salah.

                                              3. Olaf Sabres
                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                5 days, 8 hours ago

                                                Who would you put as your first sub. Doherty or Jimenez?

                                              4. Starsleague
                                                  3 days, 8 hours ago

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