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. 824545201
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Play 1:
    A) AWB (WHU)
    B) Bennett (NEW)
    C) Bilva (CHE)

    1. wulfranian
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      c

    2. LeicesterNygaard
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      B
      Why do you even have Bilva?

      1. 824545201
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Not enough FT's to get rid of him for free.

        1. LeicesterNygaard
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          What's your team like?

          1. 824545201
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            GKP: Patrício (Hamer)
            DEF: Wan-Bissaka, Laporte, van Dijk, Robertson (Bennett)
            MID: Richarlison, Son (V), Salah (C), Bernardo Silva (Fraser)
            FWD: Aubameyang, Jiménez (Kamara)

  2. LeicesterNygaard
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Who to play?
    A. AWB (WHU)
    Or
    B. Bednarek (CAR)

    1. wulfranian
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      b

  3. JHATM FC
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Ryan
    VVD Jonny bednarek
    Salah(c) pogba son sane
    Aguero Jimenez rashford

    Fabianski awb digne puncheon

    1ft 0.3 ITV

    A) aguero to aubameyang
    B) sane to mane
    C) save

    1. LeicesterNygaard
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      I like A
      3 plump fixtures for auba coming up vs Chelsea and blank for aguero

      1. JHATM FC
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Thanks, that's my thinking

        1. LeicesterNygaard
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Cheers

    2. Arn De Gothia
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      b

  4. VinMar
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Martial or Richarlison to go for Pogba?

    1. LeicesterNygaard
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      I'd give more time to rich

      1. Peter Ouch
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 15 days ago

        How much? 2 years?

    2. Arn De Gothia
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      both, m if must choose

    3. MyBall MyRules
        1 month, 15 days ago

        100% richarlison, for so many reasons!

    4. abaalan
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Get in:
      Lacazette (+ money) or Auba

      Play 2:
      A) Bednarek (H car)
      B) WanB (H Whu)
      C) Holebas (H Eve)
      D) Digne (A Wat)

      Thanks!

      1. LeicesterNygaard
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Auba
        AC

      2. raskothekid
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        lacazette

        AC

    5. zon
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Evening lads, enjoying a dreadful last 3 gw's which have seen my rank drop from 15k to 60k. 1 ft, 0.8 itb

      Fabianski
      Robbo / Doherty / Shaw / AWB
      Salah / Hazard / Sane / Pogba
      Rashford / Jimenez

      Button TAA Fraser Success

      A) Hazard -> Son
      B) Sane -> Son
      C) Hazard + Success -> 5.1 + Aina

      Overthinking? Appreciate your thoughts. Thanks!

      1. zon
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        C) Auba

      2. LeicesterNygaard
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        B

      3. Arn De Gothia
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        b

    6. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Aguero to:
      A) Auba
      B) Rashford
      C) Other
      D) Keep
      Sane is only other City asset

      1. LeicesterNygaard
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        A or B
        Tough choice

      2. Arn De Gothia
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        d

      3. Weasel Boy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Id ditch Sane before Kun

      4. asdf_1
          1 month, 15 days ago

          A

      5. raskothekid
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Should i do aguero to lacazette? or leave him in against chelsea?

        1. Arn De Gothia
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          for free? maybe -4 - No

          1. raskothekid
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            yeah, for free

      6. The Mighty Hippo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        190k have transferred Sane out this week so far.....he could be a tidy differential if he starts the next game.

        1. LeicesterNygaard
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          I don't think he'll be effective against Chelsea even if he starts

          1. LeicesterNygaard
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            And then there's a blank

      7. Viper
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        I'm really really in two minds on this one.

        A. Save Ft

        B. Aguero - > Aubameyang

        I'll be doing Sané - > Son with my other move

        1. Concrete
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Keep,Aguero if moving sane

        2. Arn De Gothia
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Same dilemma here. Did Rich->Son. Think i keep Aguer, not 100% sure

      8. thewhitepele
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        McCarthy
        Rose Doherty Shaw TAA
        Salah Sane Son Pogba
        Rasford Jimenez

        Fabs, Solanke, Lookman, Bamba,

        A) Lookman --> FAnderson
        B) Save
        C) Something else?

      9. VinMar
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        A.) Mane + Jota + Bednarek
        or
        B.) Fanderson + Jimenez + Pereira

        1. fantasygurumd
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Do you have Salah?

            A if no
            B if yes

            1. VinMar
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              Yep have salah

          • Hits from tha Chong
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            B

        2. unitednations
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Looking at my transfer strategy for next 2 gw's, best options here

          A: Alonso + Son + Auba + 5.6m (benchfodder but will play gw27) (-4)
          B: Kola + Son + Auba + Maddison (-8)
          C: Bamba + Anderson + Auba + Sterling (-8)..schindler will play for sterling in gw27

        3. soup natsi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          I'm ashamed to admit but I'm considering selling Hazard for Ndidi. To fund Ings > Aubameyang.

          I'm considering Ndidi. Wow.

          1. The Mighty Hippo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Hazard to Ndidi. Is that not a bit too sideways?

          2. Art Vandelay
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            No soup for you!

          3. Ould Onion Bagger
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Solly March a better shout, IMO.

            1. FPL Opinion
                1 month, 15 days ago

                Solly 16pts in last 8
                Plays GW26,28,29,30
                Blank 27,31
                (If they beat derby)
                4.9m

                Decent 4 Fixtures in next 6 but potential 2 blanks- what I want from my bench fodder is back up every week

          4. FPL Opinion
              1 month, 15 days ago

              2 FT & 42.5m in the bank

              Boruc, Speroni
              Peltier, Stankovic, Kelly, Connelly, Simpson
              Schneiderlin, Puncheon, Hudson-Odoi, Elneny, McTominay
              Kamara, Crouch, Gallacher

              1. Mike82
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 15 days ago

                Differentials there pal lol

                1. FPL Opinion
                    1 month, 15 days ago

                    I’m Clearly bored

                2. Weasel Boy
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 15 days ago

                  G2G

              2. Arn De Gothia
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 15 days ago

                Play AWB (WHU)or Shaw (ful)?

                Aguero out for -4?

              3. Feanor
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 15 days ago

                Geez, Mark had 102 points this past week.

                https://fantasy.premierleague.com/a/entry/4668/history

                1. FPL Opinion
                    1 month, 15 days ago

                    He should have captained Laporte and played Bednarek over Salah.

                    1. Ambrosiana Inter
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 15 days ago

                      Easymsaid now

                  • DA Minnion
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 15 days ago

                    No Aguero. Rookie mistake.

                2. MARCELO BIELSA
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 15 days ago

                  My thinking for how to navigate the BGW/DGW without TC

                  GW26 to GW30 - Use 1FTs
                  GW31 BGW - 1FT
                  GW32 DGW - FH
                  GW33 BGW - 1FT
                  GW34 - WC
                  GW35 DGW - BB

                  Use free transfers from GW26 to BGW31 to bring in players who don't blank. Free hit DGW32 to 11DGW'ers. Another FT for BGW33. Wildcard GW34 to bring in a solid team for the last few game weeks and bring in majority DGW'ers. And finally Bench boost DGW35

                  Yes or no. Any other strategies?

                  1. FPL Opinion
                      1 month, 15 days ago

                      The spyon

                    • markloe
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      1 month, 15 days ago

                      As long as it doesn't mean losing in form players on the run up to GW31 then this is the best plan.. think if there are 5-6 blanks then might have FH there instead

                      1. MARCELO BIELSA
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 15 days ago

                        Yeah that worries me now you mention it, not many confirmed teams who play in the bgw have good options tbh

                    • BOATIES FC
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      1 month, 15 days ago

                      Yes

                    • Iceball
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 15 days ago

                      Sounds good

                    • Cluckfuster
                      • 7 Years
                      1 month, 15 days ago

                      Dumb question - what's a BGW?

                      1. Four Season Wonder
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 5 Years
                        1 month, 15 days ago

                        Big Green Winkie

                      2. MARCELO BIELSA
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 15 days ago

                        Blank gameweek

                    • I Member
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 15 days ago

                      So you're going to be selling City, United and Chelsea assets to get players in for BGW31? Not sure how profitable that will be.

                      1. MARCELO BIELSA
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 15 days ago

                        Well it's just an idea. I will only have 3 players from them teams anyway after GW27 so I can easily bench them but fair point something to think about, thanks

                  2. markloe
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 15 days ago

                    A) Rich -> Pogba
                    B) Haz + Barnes -> Pogba + Auba (-4)

                    1. asdf_1
                        1 month, 15 days ago

                        B

                    2. Dosh
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 15 days ago

                      A. Ings --> Jimenez (-4)
                      B. Hazard + Ings --> Moutinho + Auba (-8)

                      1. markloe
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 8 Years
                        1 month, 15 days ago

                        Who are you playing if you kept Ings?

                        1. Dosh
                          • 5 Years
                          1 month, 15 days ago

                          Digne

                          1. markloe
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 8 Years
                            1 month, 15 days ago

                            Ha, as usual I have absolutely no idea what to expect from Digne but I'd be tempted to save the hit and play him

                    3. Big Ping
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 15 days ago

                      Patricio

                      Robertson Kolasinac Holebas

                      Salah Sane Pogba Son

                      Aguero Rashford Jiminez

                      Sane to Mane this week seems sensible?

                    4. INGSJURY
                        1 month, 15 days ago

                        I would appreciate if anyone tells me blank gw

                      • DAZZ
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 15 days ago

                        Great news about TAA, back training.

                        1. Weasel Boy
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 6 Years
                          1 month, 15 days ago

                          Yeah Liverpool might start getting clean sheets again.

                        2. Syd.
                          • 9 Years
                          1 month, 15 days ago

                          Probably won't start maybe a place on the bench at best

                          1. DAZZ
                            • 4 Years
                            1 month, 15 days ago

                            I think he’ll start.

                            1. Kiwivillan
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 4 Years
                              1 month, 15 days ago

                              Looking at last 6 games stats I'm leaning towards Laca

                              1. Kiwivillan
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 4 Years
                                1 month, 15 days ago

                                Wrong thread

                      • Smurf
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 9 Years
                        1 month, 15 days ago

                        Why is Auba flagged? Can’t see anything in the scout tweets.

                        1. Weasel Boy
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 6 Years
                          1 month, 15 days ago

                          Got the sh1ts.

                          1. Ambrosiana Inter
                            • 1 Year
                            1 month, 15 days ago

                            Hopefully TIL momday

                        2. Ambrosiana Inter
                          • 1 Year
                          1 month, 15 days ago

                          Nice this, I hope he ll be out, nothing serious though, just loads have him and I dont

                          1. DAZZ
                            • 4 Years
                            1 month, 15 days ago

                            Emery said he will be fine for saturday.

                            1. Ambrosiana Inter
                              • 1 Year
                              1 month, 15 days ago

                              Ahhhhh

                            2. Kiwivillan
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 4 Years
                              1 month, 15 days ago

                              He said sick today I think is good for Saturday Kosc sick yesterday training well today

                      • Schliegs
                        • 2 Years
                        1 month, 15 days ago

                        Rank in order for most points in the next 5 GWs
                        a) Auba
                        b) Haz
                        c) Son
                        d) Sane
                        e) Kun

                        1. FPL Opinion
                            1 month, 15 days ago

                            A, C, E, B, D

                          • panda07
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 6 Years
                            1 month, 15 days ago

                            c
                            a
                            e
                            b
                            d

                        2. Flynny
                          • 4 Years
                          1 month, 15 days ago

                          Hi.....What is my best bet here?

                          A....sane to son

                          B...sane to mane (slight differential and plays all the blanks)

                          Ederson fab
                          Robbo Doherty lindelof awb bednarek
                          Salah hazard sane richi pogba
                          Rashford jiminez kamara

                          Thanks

                          1. FPL Opinion
                              1 month, 15 days ago

                              A as next two fixtures are better imo plus Mane fills up your pool allocation and you would be blocked from getting Firmino in after his hat trick v BOU

                          2. panda07
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 6 Years
                            1 month, 15 days ago

                            Do you think Auba is worth the extra $2m over Laca?

                            1. Weasel Boy
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 6 Years
                              1 month, 15 days ago

                              Yeah probably

                            2. FPL Opinion
                                1 month, 15 days ago

                                If fit yes. Just look at his 2018 record. But if doubts on Auba’s health then laca would be a great differential in next 3 weeks

                                If your chasing then Laca
                                If your leading then Auba if healthy

                              • Kiwivillan
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 4 Years
                                1 month, 15 days ago

                                Laca 3 goals to Auba 2 in less minutes last 6. Maybe I just keep Aguero vs Chelsea

                            3. TheSteel
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 6 Years
                              1 month, 15 days ago

                              Anyone rolling the dice this week on Kun>Firmino?

                              1. Peter Ouch
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                1 month, 15 days ago

                                Nice one

                              2. Kiwivillan
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 4 Years
                                1 month, 15 days ago

                                So many blanks and playing too deep

                            4. Bobby_Baggio
                              • 7 Years
                              1 month, 15 days ago

                              Evening chaps. Bit stuck on what to do. Your advice as always is appreciated. Thanks

                              Fab
                              Robbo - AWB - Pereira
                              Sane - Pogba - Salah - Haz - Son
                              Jimenez - Rashford

                              Bennett - Digne - Kamara

                              A) Sane > Mane
                              B) Haz + Kamara > Hayden + Auba (-4)
                              C) Digne > Shaw
                              D) Anything else

                            5. Tmel
                              • 8 Years
                              1 month, 15 days ago

                              For this week would you say Son or Auba is the bigger priority? Will get the other for next week

                              1. MTPockets
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 9 Years
                                1 month, 15 days ago

                                Depends who for but probably Auba