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. Dakes.
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 17 days 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
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Yup gtg

      1. Dakes.
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Cheers.

    2. Slouch87
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Safe and predictable

      1. Dakes.
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 17 days 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
          2 months, 17 days ago

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

          1. Dakes.
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            All right haha, my bad. Thanks mate.

    3. THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Solid

      1. Dakes.
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        'preciate it lad

    4. donlobatto
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Noice

      1. Dakes.
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Merci

  2. PURPLE-RONNIE
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Richarlison or Sane to son?

    1. Phil's Stamps
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Rich

  3. fenixri
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Keep Hazard or sell for Son?

    1. PURPLE-RONNIE
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Sell

    2. The Pesci challenge
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Sell

    3. Dakes.
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 17 days 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
    2 months, 17 days 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
      2 months, 17 days 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
        2 months, 17 days 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
      2 months, 17 days 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
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Get rid of Bobby

        1. Weasel Boy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Id keep Bobby this week

    • XabiAlonso
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      What's up with aubameyang

      1. The Pesci challenge
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Got the sniffles apparently

      2. pjomara
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        his temperature

      3. donlobatto
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Photographed holding pack of lemsip

    • 1justlookin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 17 days 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
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 17 days ago

        He’s got the sniffles

      2. The Pesci challenge
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Go Lacazette

        1. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 17 days ago

          I went for Haydon

    • BigBillyBass
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 17 days 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
        2 months, 17 days ago

        AFTV. No I don't get it either

        1. BigBillyBass
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Would love an explanation

          1. MTPockets
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 17 days 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
            2 months, 17 days ago

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

      2. Kiwivillan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Bludclart is Jamaican patois for sanitary pad and is an insult

      3. Kiwivillan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Wagwan blud

      4. Dakes.
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

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

      5. BigBillyBass
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Well this clears it up. Kinda

    • cuppatea78
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 17 days 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

    • BOATIES FC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 17 days 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
        2 months, 17 days ago

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

    • CelticBhoy1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Who's the best Digne replacement?

      1. The Pesci challenge
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Kolasinac

      2. cuppatea78
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Holebas?
        Doherty if you haven't got him

      3. Dakes.
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        i went for bednarek as a nailed cheap option.

        1. THFC4LIFE
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          I’ll be doing the same next week

        2. CelticBhoy1
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          lol thats a possibility then strengthen midfield

    • Mind över Mata
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 17 days 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
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Stick

      2. cuppatea78
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Stick with what you have. Not worth a hit IMO

      3. The Pesci challenge
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Same team, thinking this myself or the below

    • Sid07
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Who would you ditch 1st haz or sane

      1. Dakes.
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 17 days 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

    • The Pesci challenge
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

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

      1. CelticBhoy1
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        For how many hits?

        1. The Pesci challenge
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          2

      2. CelticBhoy1
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        But much for a -8

        Sane > Son is the best move for free

        1. The Pesci challenge
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Fair enough, much appreciated

    • Dakes.
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 17 days 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
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Could actually possibly get a rest this weekend.

    • wulfranian
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

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

      1. Weasel Boy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Hes my VC

      2. STONEROSES
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 17 days 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
          2 months, 17 days 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
          2 months, 17 days ago

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

      4. Tsparkes10
          2 months, 17 days 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
            2 months, 17 days ago

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

        • STONEROSES
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 17 days 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
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Maybe. Bournemouth away form is also terrible

          2. Slouch87
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

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

        • GrantShane
            2 months, 17 days 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
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              What sickness is this?

              1. GrantShane
                  2 months, 17 days ago

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

                • Kiwivillan
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 17 days ago

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

            2. Numb
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              Fun fact

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

              1. donlobatto
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 17 days ago

                Shhhh they’ll find out!

            3. abaalan
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 17 days 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
              2 months, 17 days 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. Goat
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 17 days ago

                Moutinho and Kolasinac

                1. donlobatto
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 17 days ago

                  Nice picks

                  I was v close to getting Kosc or Kola over Pereira

              2. Kiwivillan
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 17 days ago

                Duffy

                1. donlobatto
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 17 days ago

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

              3. The 5% Team
                  2 months, 17 days ago

                  Guaita, Pereira, Kolasinac and Jota

                  thinking of adding Rondon or Ward-Prowse

                  1. donlobatto
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    2 months, 17 days ago

                    You playing Pereira or benching this week?

              4. SheBangsTheDrums
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 17 days ago

                Play 1:

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

                1. cuppatea78
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 17 days ago

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

              5. cuppatea78
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 17 days ago

                2 free transfers.

                Richarlison -> Son
                Fraser -> Ward-prowse

                What do you think?

              6. olliejames
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 17 days ago

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

              7. Tsparkes10
                  2 months, 17 days 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