Podcast

Meet the Manager #14 – Simon March


For the first time in our Meet the Manager series we chat to a prolific manager who has snatched the ultimate prize – winning the Fantasy Premier League game.

Simon March joins me to discuss the impact of his 2014/15 winning season, what it takes to conquer the game and how he dealt with pressure at the top. 

He also reveals how his victory has unlocked work opportunities and why avoiding watching matches proved a blessing in disguise in his title winning campaign.

With two top 10,000 finishes prior to his momentous victory and top 50,000 overall ranks in his subsequent three seasons he remains as committed to FPL as ever, with his masters degree in behavioural science at the London School of Economics now giving him extra motivation. 

His chat about how his academic work links up with Fantasy management proves revelatory, in particular how Swansea’s former striker Michu is still impacting on many managers transfer plans despite last kicking a ball in the English top flight five years ago. 

He also reveals his plans for the remaining Gameweeks of 2018/19, including the players he is looking to ditch and those he wants to bring in.

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

Previous Meet the Manager interviews:

Sean Tobin

Aleksander Våge Nilsen

Mark Sutherns

Mark McGettigan

Marc Rubinstein

Kenneth Tang

Jay Egersdorff

Adam Hopcroft

Matthew Jones

Richard Clarke

Will Thomas

Philman

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  1. Top Lad Dakes.
    • 2 Years
    8 days, 14 hours ago

    We looking alright? 0FT, 0.0 ITB - plan to ditch Alonso, for Pereira/TAA atm, next GW

    Fabianski
    Robertson Doherty AWB
    Salah(c) Pogba Son Sane
    Auba Jimenez Rashford

    Boruc Camarasa Bednarek Alonso

    --

    Cheers guys.

    1. PURPLE-RONNIE
      • 3 Years
      8 days, 14 hours ago

      Yup gtg

      1. Top Lad Dakes.
        • 2 Years
        8 days, 13 hours ago

        Cheers.

    2. Slouch87
      • 3 Years
      8 days, 14 hours ago

      Safe and predictable

      1. Top Lad Dakes.
        • 2 Years
        8 days, 13 hours ago

        For now you could say that, yeah. Did Hazard and Quaner to Son and Rashford this week.

        Don't know if safe and predictable is meant as a slight or not, but don't see the need to go uber differential just yet when most of my players are performing well, have been for a wee while, and have decent fixtures for the most part? All chips still intact too to be used down the road.

        1. Slouch87
          • 3 Years
          8 days, 13 hours ago

          Not meant as anything other than safe and predictable which is the correct way to go at the moment.

          1. Top Lad Dakes.
            • 2 Years
            8 days, 13 hours ago

            All right haha, my bad. Thanks mate.

    3. THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      8 days, 13 hours ago

      Solid

      1. Top Lad Dakes.
        • 2 Years
        8 days, 13 hours ago

        'preciate it lad

    4. donlobatto
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      8 days, 13 hours ago

      Noice

      1. Top Lad Dakes.
        • 2 Years
        8 days, 13 hours ago

        Merci

  2. PURPLE-RONNIE
    • 3 Years
    8 days, 14 hours ago

    Richarlison or Sane to son?

    1. Phil's Stamps
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      8 days, 5 hours ago

      Rich

  3. fenixri
    • 2 Years
    8 days, 14 hours ago

    Keep Hazard or sell for Son?

    1. PURPLE-RONNIE
      • 3 Years
      8 days, 14 hours ago

      Sell

    2. The Pesci challenge
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 days, 13 hours ago

      Sell

    3. Top Lad Dakes.
      • 2 Years
      8 days, 13 hours ago

      i ditched him for son - better option at least short-mid term imo. allowed me to do quaner to rashford too as a bonus

  4. Kiwivillan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    8 days, 14 hours ago

    I was leaning towards keeping Aguero before Auba has illness news but looked at last 5 game weeks. Auba couple more points than Laca 27 vs 25 thanks to phantom assist + baps for Laca goal. Laca more touches, more goals, more shots on target

  5. Samwise
      8 days, 14 hours ago

      should i sub Hazard and Kamara for Aub and Hayden?? or something else? (1 ft, 0.3 in the bank)

      Patrício

      Wan-Bissaka, Robertson, Digne

      Salah, Hazard. Pogba, Son, Jota

      Agüero, Rashford

      Hamer, Bednarek, Bennett, Kamara

      1. MTPockets
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        8 days, 13 hours ago

        "Today, Aubameyang is sick but I think he's okay for Saturday"
        https://www.arsenal.com/news/emerys-press-conference-read-every-word-7

    • THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      8 days, 14 hours ago

      Done Sane > Son already, anything else worth doing or save the other ft?

      Fabianski
      Robertson Doherty Kolasinac
      Salah(c) Sterling Pogba Son
      Firmino Rashford Jimenez

      Hamer Hojbjerg AWB Digne

      Cheers all

      1. BigBillyBass
          8 days, 13 hours ago

          Get rid of Bobby

          1. Weasel Boy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            8 days, 13 hours ago

            Id keep Bobby this week

      2. XabiAlonso
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        8 days, 14 hours ago

        What's up with aubameyang

        1. The Pesci challenge
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          8 days, 13 hours ago

          Got the sniffles apparently

        2. pjomara
          • 8 Years
          8 days, 13 hours ago

          his temperature

        3. donlobatto
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          8 days, 13 hours ago

          Photographed holding pack of lemsip

      3. 1justlookin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        8 days, 13 hours ago

        I need a MID for 4.3 to get Auba. Who is the best option?

        Think these are the best of a bad bunch. :-/

        Bacuna
        Dendonker
        Hayden

        1. BigBillyBass
            8 days, 13 hours ago

            He’s got the sniffles

          • The Pesci challenge
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            8 days, 13 hours ago

            Go Lacazette

            1. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              8 days, 13 hours ago

              I went for Haydon

        2. BigBillyBass
            8 days, 13 hours ago

            Any Gooners out there care to explain this Aubame-bloodclot-yang name they’ve given him?

            I don’t get it

            1. MTPockets
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              8 days, 13 hours ago

              AFTV. No I don't get it either

              1. BigBillyBass
                  8 days, 13 hours ago

                  Would love an explanation

                  1. MTPockets
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    8 days, 13 hours ago

                    https://youtu.be/q85ZG2TsdsE?t=25

                    I'd call it wannabe-jamaican-tim-westwoodish but that would come across as very middle england of me

                  2. THFC4LIFE
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    8 days, 13 hours ago

                    It’s that tool they call ‘Troopz’ that started it

              2. Kiwivillan
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                8 days, 13 hours ago

                Bludclart is Jamaican patois for sanitary pad and is an insult

              3. Kiwivillan
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                8 days, 13 hours ago

                Wagwan blud

              4. Top Lad Dakes.
                • 2 Years
                8 days, 13 hours ago

                bloodclaut = Jamaican slang. AFTV lads like a bit of banter i guess

              5. BigBillyBass
                  8 days, 13 hours ago

                  Well this clears it up. Kinda

              6. cuppatea78
                • 6 Years
                8 days, 13 hours ago

                Any recommendations?

                Alisson

                Robertson - Doherty - AWB - Bednarek

                Salah (c) - Hazard - Richarlison

                Jiminez - Rashford - Aguero

                Subs: Guaita - Fraser - David Luiz - Camarasa

                £1.6m ITB
                2 Free Transfers

              7. BOATIES FC
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                8 days, 13 hours ago

                I can't decide on Laca or Auba

                Auba more nailed and on pens but has been ill and playing on the wing.
                Laca has marginally better recent stats, is cheaper and plays in the middle but is he definitely gonna start the next 3 games.

                1. Kiwivillan
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  8 days, 13 hours ago

                  Auba every minute last 5. Laca only 37 mins less. I'd only get for next 3 games so leaning Laca

              8. CelticBhoy1
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                8 days, 13 hours ago

                Who's the best Digne replacement?

                1. The Pesci challenge
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  8 days, 13 hours ago

                  Kolasinac

                2. cuppatea78
                  • 6 Years
                  8 days, 13 hours ago

                  Holebas?
                  Doherty if you haven't got him

                3. Top Lad Dakes.
                  • 2 Years
                  8 days, 13 hours ago

                  i went for bednarek as a nailed cheap option.

                  1. THFC4LIFE
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    8 days, 13 hours ago

                    I’ll be doing the same next week

                  2. CelticBhoy1
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    8 days, 13 hours ago

                    lol thats a possibility then strengthen midfield

              9. Mind över Mata
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                8 days, 13 hours ago

                GTG?

                Patricio
                Robbo, TAA, Doherty
                Salah, Pogba, Son, Richarlison
                Aguero, Rashford, Jiminez

                4.0; Bednarak, Hojbjerg, Wan-B

                Worth going Aguero -> Auba (-4)?

                1. Sid07
                  • 4 Years
                  8 days, 13 hours ago

                  Stick

                2. cuppatea78
                  • 6 Years
                  8 days, 13 hours ago

                  Stick with what you have. Not worth a hit IMO

                3. The Pesci challenge
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  8 days, 13 hours ago

                  Same team, thinking this myself or the below

              10. Sid07
                • 4 Years
                8 days, 13 hours ago

                Who would you ditch 1st haz or sane

                1. Top Lad Dakes.
                  • 2 Years
                  8 days, 13 hours ago

                  tough one. i ditched hazard finally with that nice parting gift and kept sane for now, but mainly as it freed up more £ than diching sane

              11. The Pesci challenge
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                8 days, 13 hours ago

                Sane, aguero & Digne to auba, son & Kolasinac?

                1. CelticBhoy1
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  8 days, 13 hours ago

                  For how many hits?

                  1. The Pesci challenge
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    8 days, 13 hours ago

                    2

                2. CelticBhoy1
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  8 days, 13 hours ago

                  But much for a -8

                  Sane > Son is the best move for free

                  1. The Pesci challenge
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    8 days, 13 hours ago

                    Fair enough, much appreciated

              12. Top Lad Dakes.
                • 2 Years
                8 days, 13 hours ago

                Feel free to blame me if the Rashford train derails this GW - I finally had the FTs and $ to hop aboard and bring him in for Quaner. 🙂

                1. Numb
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  8 days, 13 hours ago

                  Could actually possibly get a rest this weekend.

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

                What else should Rashford do to start considering him as a decent captain choice?

                1. Weasel Boy
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  8 days, 13 hours ago

                  Hes my VC

                2. STONEROSES
                  • 5 Years
                  8 days, 13 hours ago

                  I think there’s still some nervousness about his consistency levels as he endured several long goalless runs, pre-OGS.

                  To be fair tho, there’s a similar feeling about Hazard. And he’s general considered best player in the EPL*

                  *on his day

                  1. wulfranian
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    8 days, 13 hours ago

                    Like other examples if Rashford's price was 10.5 many managers would captain him.Auba against Fulham would be a must captain.

                3. TheBrazilianRonaldo
                    8 days, 13 hours ago

                    Mo salah has to be not playing a sub top 6 team

                4. Tsparkes10
                    8 days, 13 hours ago

                    thoughts? 1FT 0 ITB

                    Fab
                    Shaw Digne Doh
                    Salah Sane Rich Son
                    Jiminez Rash Auba
                    (Button, AWB, Alonso, Brooks)

                    Big worry is I have 4 players blamk plus an injured Brooks for GW 27. Can obvs use a free hit next GW but feels a bit daft if I have 2FT

                    A) Hold
                    B) Sane to Pogba
                    C) Alonso to VVD
                    D) Rich to Redmond/Moutinho

                    1. Slouch87
                      • 3 Years
                      8 days, 13 hours ago

                      Sane Digne Richarlison Alonso Brooks are all problems. Auba also maybe one.
                      Time for hits .

                  • STONEROSES
                    • 5 Years
                    8 days, 13 hours ago

                    Salah leads to captaincy poll by some way BUT is that because his ownership is so uch higher compared to Auba?

                    1. MTPockets
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      8 days, 13 hours ago

                      Maybe. Bournemouth away form is also terrible

                    2. Slouch87
                      • 3 Years
                      8 days, 13 hours ago

                      He's at home.
                      Bournemouth concede plenty away
                      Auba inconsistent
                      Auba has a snotty nose.

                  • GrantShane
                      8 days, 13 hours ago

                      I've locked in Sterling > Son, was looking at Kun > Auba until the sickness news broke

                      Any other transfers people can suggest:

                      1FT, 2.6 ITB

                      Fab
                      Robbo AWB Doherty Digne
                      Salah (C) Son Pogba (VC) Rich
                      Aguero Jimenez

                      (Boruc Bednarek Camarasa Ings)

                      1. abaalan
                        • 2 Years
                        8 days, 13 hours ago

                        What sickness is this?

                        1. GrantShane
                            8 days, 13 hours ago

                            Not 100% sure. Just heard it floating around on the forum

                          • Kiwivillan
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 4 Years
                            8 days, 13 hours ago

                            Guys seriously Google Aubameyang and you can get quotes from Emery. How difficult is this???

                      2. Numb
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        8 days, 13 hours ago

                        Fun fact

                        Aguero and Auba have exactly the same Anytime Goalscorer odds for this weekend.

                        1. donlobatto
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 1 Year
                          8 days, 13 hours ago

                          Shhhh they’ll find out!

                      3. abaalan
                        • 2 Years
                        8 days, 13 hours ago

                        Laca Vs auba .. talk to me. Think best to save the cash to upgrade rich next week?

                      4. donlobatto
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 1 Year
                        8 days, 13 hours ago

                        What differentials or at least non-template picks do people have for this GW (in your starting 11)? I’m thinking anything with TSB% less than 15%

                        I only have Jota in my starting 11 but also JWP, Pereira and Luiz on the bench this week waiting as my differentials for future weeks

                        1. Paddington Bear
                          • 1 Year
                          8 days, 13 hours ago

                          Moutinho and Kolasinac

                          1. donlobatto
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 1 Year
                            8 days, 13 hours ago

                            Nice picks

                            I was v close to getting Kosc or Kola over Pereira

                        2. Kiwivillan
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 4 Years
                          8 days, 13 hours ago

                          Duffy

                          1. donlobatto
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 1 Year
                            8 days, 13 hours ago

                            Nice. Brighton have amazing fixtures. I was eyeing up Montoya at one point

                        3. The 5% Team
                            8 days, 13 hours ago

                            Guaita, Pereira, Kolasinac and Jota

                            thinking of adding Rondon or Ward-Prowse

                            1. donlobatto
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 1 Year
                              8 days, 13 hours ago

                              You playing Pereira or benching this week?

                        4. SheBangsTheDrums
                          • 4 Years
                          8 days, 13 hours ago

                          Play 1:

                          A) Fraser (liv)
                          B) Camarassa (sou)

                          1. cuppatea78
                            • 6 Years
                            8 days, 13 hours ago

                            Fraser. Liverpool have looked ropey at set pieces in recent weeks

                        5. cuppatea78
                          • 6 Years
                          8 days, 13 hours ago

                          2 free transfers.

                          Richarlison -> Son
                          Fraser -> Ward-prowse

                          What do you think?

                        6. olliejames
                          • 2 Years
                          8 days, 13 hours ago

                          Do people think Salah TC could be a wise move considering the uncertainty around the blanks and doubles this season?

                        7. Tsparkes10
                            8 days, 11 hours ago

                            I'm so stuck... thoughts? 1FT 0 ITB

                            Fab
                            Shaw Digne Doh
                            Salah Sane Rich Son
                            Jiminez Rash Auba
                            (Button, AWB, Alonso, Brooks)

                            Big worry is I have 4 players blamk plus an injured Brooks for GW 27. Can obvs use a free hit next GW but feels a bit daft if I have 2FT

                            A) Hold
                            B) Sane to Pogba
                            C) Alonso to VVD
                            D) Rich to Redmond/Moutinho