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Meet the Manager #17 – Always Cheating’s Josh Landon

Last season’s finish of 1,224 was Josh Landon’s third within the top 5,000 during his nine-year Fantasy Premier League career.

But the Always Cheating podcast co-host’s campaigns haven’t always looked so easy.

In Joe’s latest Meet the Manager interview he finds out Josh’s strategies for success and how he has learned from his mistakes.

The demons of what he calls “that Yaya Toure and Aaron Ramsey season” loom large in his thinking years on. This has helped him snap up emerging bandwagons quickly, and especially before they become the template.

Other ghosts from the past such as Watford striker Odion Ighalo are also revealed during Josh and Joe’s chat about how psychology affects Fantasy managers’ decisions.

As listeners to Josh’s podcast will know, the eye test is crucial to his decision making. After all, the best manager to trust is often ourselves, as Josh describes how he navigates his way through the noise of FPL content, most notably on social media.

Latest football trends, which defenders to select and the ability to spot when a Fantasy game is “throwing a bone” are also explored in detail during this latest episode of a series that began last season to focus on the thoughts of managers with a stellar track record of success.

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

It is also available on Soundcloud and through other notable podcast outlets. Embedded versions of these are also available below.

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  1. simong1
    6 days, 16 hours ago

    Bench 1:

    A) Pukki (MCI)
    B) Jota (CHE)
    C) AWB (LEI)
    D) Martial (LEI)

    1. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      6 days, 16 hours ago

      C (see previous)

    2. gooner_112233445566
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      6 days, 16 hours ago

      awb

    3. kime67
      • 2 Years
      6 days, 16 hours ago

      martial probably still out

  2. gooner_112233445566
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    6 days, 16 hours ago

    pick 2 to have... (already got mount)

    a) pukki
    b) jimenez
    c) c wilson
    d) abraham

    1. arndff_
      • 7 Years
      6 days, 16 hours ago

      ac

    2. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      6 days, 16 hours ago

      Think C D - all decent choices imo

  3. Big Bad Barry
    • 8 Years
    6 days, 16 hours ago

    Ederson
    Pieters Matip Digne
    Salah KDB Robinson Sterling
    Barnes Abraham Pukki

    Heaton Chilwell Lundstrom Cantwell

    how we looking?

    1. arndff_
      • 7 Years
      6 days, 16 hours ago

      I'd bench Pieters and play Lundstram this gw.

      Bench: Pieters, Chilwell, Cantwell

    2. kime67
      • 2 Years
      6 days, 16 hours ago

      worrying defence

      1. Big Bad Barry
        • 8 Years
        6 days, 16 hours ago

        Cant have everything!

        1. No Professionals
          • 2 Years
          6 days, 16 hours ago

          Not with that attitude

  4. Pieterke30
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    6 days, 16 hours ago

    If you could only have one, which?

    A. Sterling
    B. KDB

    1. kime67
      • 2 Years
      6 days, 16 hours ago

      a

    2. FOO FIGHTER
      6 days, 16 hours ago

      A. if you do not have Salah.

      B. If you have Salah

      1. Pieterke30
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        6 days, 16 hours ago

        I got Mané.

      2. Pieterke30
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        6 days, 16 hours ago

        Because of captaincy?

        1. arndff_
          • 7 Years
          6 days, 16 hours ago

          Got to be because of that

        2. FOO FIGHTER
          6 days, 16 hours ago

          Salah and Kun best captain options.

          Reckon Salah, Aguero and KDB is the place to be.

          Just my thoughts though.

          1. Twisted Saltergater
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            6 days, 16 hours ago

            Have taken a -4 to be in this position.

            1. FOO FIGHTER
              6 days, 16 hours ago

              I am going Sterling to KDB. Aguero is my safe haven letting go of Sterling. All good 🙂

          2. GARY AND JAMIE
            • 5 Years
            6 days, 16 hours ago

            Alternative option here as I may go Sterling/Dilva/KDB

            Experienced guard of City who will be feeding Kun his goals (4 points v 3) and every chance of a cleanie bonus point. I know you can't 'cover' anyone but you can't have them all. Sterling ownership concerns me...

            1. FOO FIGHTER
              6 days, 16 hours ago

              Kun back to Sterling in a click of a finger if need be.

              1. GARY AND JAMIE
                • 5 Years
                6 days, 14 hours ago

                yeah may be wise for next couple of games pending on Sterling minutes tonight

  5. kime67
    • 2 Years
    6 days, 16 hours ago

    Mendy says hes ready on instagram.

    1. Pieterke30
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      6 days, 16 hours ago

      To party?

    2. Ole Trafford
      • 6 Years
      6 days, 16 hours ago

      Zinchenko moves to CM 😉

    3. Valar(Keith)
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      6 days, 16 hours ago

      Can't wait for him to start playing even 3 out of 4 games

    4. GARY AND JAMIE
      • 5 Years
      6 days, 16 hours ago

      Him being ready and Pep being ready are two different things

    5. Trossard or not Trossard
      6 days, 16 hours ago

      Ready to keep that bench warm

      1. FortunesAlwaysHiding
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        6 days, 16 hours ago

        The guy has been too much of an injured clown to immediately walk back in. Zinchenko hasn't really put a foot wrong.

    6. avfc82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      6 days, 16 hours ago

      Can't see him starting this weekend with Laporte already out on the left, would love to see it tho.

  6. gooner_112233445566
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    6 days, 16 hours ago

    who scores more this week...

    a) c wilson HOME to everton
    b) jimenez HOME to chelsea

    1. kime67
      • 2 Years
      6 days, 16 hours ago

      b

    2. Lingard’s Shin Guards
      6 days, 16 hours ago

      A

    3. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      6 days, 16 hours ago

      Probs B

      But he’s got 3 average to tough away fixtures in next 6. City Palace (!) (check the absence of goal action at Selhurst for the last season) and even Newcastle isn’t that tasty probably

      1. gooner_112233445566
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        6 days, 16 hours ago

        well i can either use my ft this week on bringing wilson in for jimenez or save ft and make that transfer next week?

        1. Twitter: @Ze_Austin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          6 days, 16 hours ago

          Other options you have for that transfer:
          1. Barnes or Haller this GW
          2. Save and get Pukki next GW or Abraham in the next two GWs

          There's no need to spend extra on Wilson. At all

  7. Ask Yourself
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    6 days, 16 hours ago

    Cool question for you chaps. What would you do my friends.

    The more likely to be rotated this weekend but more explosive:
    A) Sterling + Pepe + Firmino

    The safe this week but more boring ?
    B) Salah + Dilva + Auba

    1. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      6 days, 16 hours ago

      I really really like B.

      1. Ask Yourself
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        6 days, 16 hours ago

        Cheers m8

    2. arndff_
      • 7 Years
      6 days, 16 hours ago

      bbb

      1. Ask Yourself
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        6 days, 16 hours ago

        Sold thanks WW

    3. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      6 days, 16 hours ago

      B, mate

    4. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      6 days, 16 hours ago

      I think A scores more this week. But long term, Salah and Auba hard to ignore.

    5. rmt this, rmt that so i sai…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      6 days, 16 hours ago

      you really are having fun with that wc ain't ya haha

  8. The Man Pastore
    • 5 Years
    6 days, 16 hours ago

    Who to bench:

    A) Pukki (MCI)
    B) Lundstram (SOU)

    1. kime67
      • 2 Years
      6 days, 16 hours ago

      sorry

      1. The Man Pastore
        • 5 Years
        6 days, 16 hours ago

        ?

      2. The Man Pastore
        • 5 Years
        6 days, 16 hours ago

        got it.. 😀

    2. SADIO SANÉ
      • 4 Years
      6 days, 16 hours ago

      Pukki

    3. Ole Trafford
      • 6 Years
      6 days, 16 hours ago

      A

  9. kime67
    • 2 Years
    6 days, 16 hours ago

    play one
    a)pukki
    b)lundstram

    1. SADIO SANÉ
      • 4 Years
      6 days, 16 hours ago

      Pukki

  10. Lev Yashin
    • 6 Years
    6 days, 16 hours ago

    Ryan
    VvV, Digne, Diop
    Salah, Sterling, Martial, Trossard
    Vardy, Pukki, Haller

    Button, Lundstram, Mings, Cantwell

    1FT + 0.0m ITB

    Trossard -> Iwobi or other 6m?

    Or let it slide and let Lundstram/Mings come of the bench?

  11. Rushford
    • 1 Year
    6 days, 16 hours ago

    Would you do Rico -> Lundstram on a FT or save and play Cantwell and Pukki against City?

    1. arndff_
      • 7 Years
      6 days, 16 hours ago

      I'd do that move, yes. Lundstram plays at least whilst Rico doesn't.

      => I'd play: Lundstram & Pukki, bench Cantwell.

    2. Dr. Mantis Toboggan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      6 days, 16 hours ago

      Asked the exact same question on the previous page, two replies said I should do it.

      I'm also considering rolling it, and doing Virgil, Greenwood -> Lund, Barnes next week to get Barnes at home to Norwich.

      I think the point is that it's a good transfer, but not necessarily better than what you could manage with 2 FTs

      1. arndff_
        • 7 Years
        6 days, 16 hours ago

        That's also an option but the guy who's asking this hasn't posted his whole team. So no one can tell him what he can do with 2FTs, you know.

    3. Squeakybum99
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      6 days, 16 hours ago

      Lund is a good transfer to make and good to play this GW as well.

  12. Ole Trafford
    • 6 Years
    6 days, 16 hours ago

    Team gtg?

    Pope
    VVD, Digne, Mina, Otamendi
    Salah, Sterling, Kdb, Mount
    Haller, Pukkhi

    Button, Lundstram, Dendonker, Wickham

    1. arndff_
      • 7 Years
      6 days, 16 hours ago

      Lundstram is tempting, though. You can use him instead of Pukki.

      1. Ole Trafford
        • 6 Years
        6 days, 16 hours ago

        Yeah I have toyed with it. Or bench one of my Everton defenders for him but they both look like attacking returns in the last few games. Still feel like I should favour the attacker.

    2. Squeakybum99
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      6 days, 16 hours ago

      I would play lund over Mina

      1. Ole Trafford
        • 6 Years
        6 days, 16 hours ago

        What’s your reasoning? To spread the risk ? Mina nearly scored a header from set pieces in every game I’ve watched them so far.

        1. Squeakybum99
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          6 days, 16 hours ago

          Yep what you said. Lundy also has attacking potential though and I don't expect Everton to keep a cs.

          1. Ole Trafford
            • 6 Years
            6 days, 16 hours ago

            Cheers. I’ll ponder it.

  13. MC Hammer
    • 7 Years
    6 days, 16 hours ago

    Can Matip be considered nailed now?
    Would like to downgrade VVD on WC, have TAA and Mo.

    1. Ole Trafford
      • 6 Years
      6 days, 16 hours ago

      Won’t ever be nailed as they are going to have to rotate/rest at some point but I think he is first choice yeah. You might get the odd benching but not often I’d imagine.

      1. MC Hammer
        • 7 Years
        6 days, 16 hours ago

        Yes as much as anyone else which is a given I guess and worth the risk. Thanks.

      2. Goonerly
        • 1 Year
        6 days, 16 hours ago

        Considering bringing him in as well.
        Worry that he might be benched against Newcastle and play the Napoli game though..

        1. MC Hammer
          • 7 Years
          6 days, 16 hours ago

          That’s the risk, might be a wait and see with him on how their European games pan out

  14. The Beer Baron
    • 4 Years
    6 days, 16 hours ago

    Which pair make better subs?

    a. Lundstram + Guendouzi/ other 4.5 Mid

    OR

    b. Cantwell + Hanley/ other 4.0 Def

    Any Norwich fans out there? Does Hanley start when fit?

  15. ElliotJHP
    • 7 Years
    6 days, 16 hours ago

    FPL draft so taking the whole season in mind.

    Do you think it is worth dropping McGinn to take a punt on Hudson-Odoi?

    1. MC Hammer
      • 7 Years
      6 days, 16 hours ago

      McGinn will play more than CHO over the season

      1. FortunesAlwaysHiding
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        6 days, 16 hours ago

        Do it. I think CHO will score you more points. More attacking in a better team.

  16. gooner_112233445566
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    6 days, 16 hours ago

    current team
    pope (button)
    vvd, digne, lund, (montoya), (rico)
    salah, sterling, kdb, mount, lanzini
    pukki, jimenez, (greeenwood)

    1.2 itb, 1 ft...
    a) save ft (then have 2 ft's next week and can make the 2 changes below together)
    b) jimenez to c wilson
    c) montoya to otamendi (start ota instead of lund)

    1. Squeakybum99
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      6 days, 16 hours ago

      Save.

    2. Ole Trafford
      • 6 Years
      6 days, 16 hours ago

      I wouldn’t sell Jiminez next gw.

      C

      1. Ole Trafford
        • 6 Years
        6 days, 16 hours ago

        Or A and save option ithout selling Jiminez next week

    1. EMBOLOFAN
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      6 days, 16 hours ago

      he’d be arriving to training today even if ends up not being fit to play at the weekend

      1. EMBOLOFAN
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        6 days, 16 hours ago

        training ground i should say

  17. lindeg
    6 days, 16 hours ago

    Would you be shuffling up this team for next gameweek?
    Any pressing issues?
    Should i be ditching Moura?

    Ryan

    VVD, Mina, Robbo, Zinchenko

    Bilva, Mount, Pulisic, Moura

    Firmino, Aguero

    Pope, Pukki, Cantwell, Lundstram

    1FT, 0.3ITB.

  18. pingissimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    6 days, 16 hours ago

    Are Palace the completely anti FPL team?

    They’re 4/5th highest scorers this calendar year but you wouldn’t want any attacking assets.

    They dent top 6 records at home and are generally great away - on a completely unpredictable level that defies XG and XGC.

    Then there is the Selhurst Park effect. Despite the 8 goal extravaganza on the last day last season there’s an almost complete absence of goals there. One from two matches so far is just par for the course.

    There’s an argument I suppose for their defence if you hold long enough they’ll get a dozen or so cs. The record of Guaita and first choice cbs is immense - but only against non top 6. That pretty much rules them out for the foreseeable

    1. MC Hammer
      • 7 Years
      6 days, 16 hours ago

      I am interested in their defence without paying too much, Kelly or Ward?

      1. pingissimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        6 days, 16 hours ago

        Ward is tied on.

        Fixtures for defence look foul though. Top 6 (as was) and the most attacking sides of the rest (bar Wolves instead of Bournemouth) in the next 9.

    2. EMBOLOFAN
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      6 days, 16 hours ago

      would be shocked if palace got 12cs again

      1. pingissimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        6 days, 16 hours ago

        Why?

        AWB out of course but Guaita in. Guaita has an immense record and made all the difference last season. Check how Palace did with him in compared to Hennessey - AWB was a constant of course

        50% cs record against non top 6 provided one first choice CB playing. He was the top goalie in Spain outside Barca and RM before that. His ownership is laughable really.

        Midfield is quite possibly better this time around too.

        The defensive record is long-standing and predated AWB - it’s much more about systems than personnel.

      2. MC Hammer
        • 7 Years
        6 days, 16 hours ago

        Palace are surprisingly and reasonably solid defensively for 4.5 to 5.0 range

  19. TeddiPonza
    • 9 Years
    6 days, 16 hours ago

    Currently got Aguero, Sterling and Zinchenko. What to do regarding KdB?

    A. Keep the current three for now
    B. Sterling to KdB
    C. Kun to Barnes/Haller and Trossard to KdB
    D. Zinchenko, Digne and Trossard to 2 cheap df and KdB (-4)

    Thanks

    1. lindeg
      6 days, 16 hours ago

      would hold off kdb for now with the options you have, don't like a -4, and ditching aguero or sterling is just mad

      furthermore, kdb could get rested

    2. MC Hammer
      • 7 Years
      6 days, 16 hours ago

      A, hold for now

    3. the vanisher
      • 2 Years
      6 days, 16 hours ago

      i've got the same 3. no need to change something imo

  20. simong1
    6 days, 16 hours ago

    Lineup ok for this week? Anyone have any idea if Martial might be fit?

    Have 1 FT, 0ITB but thinking of saving it to use 2FTs next week to get out Jota & AWB

    Pope
    VVD - Digne - Zinchenko - Lundstram
    Sterling (c) - KDB - Salah - Martial
    Jota - Pukki

    Bench: Button, AWB, Dendocker, Greenwood

  21. gooner_112233445566
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    6 days, 16 hours ago

    pick 2...

    a) pukki
    b) jimenez
    c) c wilson

    1. OzilFozzil
      • 6 Years
      6 days, 16 hours ago

      A and C

    2. rmt this, rmt that so i sai…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      6 days, 16 hours ago

      b,c

    3. lindeg
      6 days, 16 hours ago

      b c

  22. OzilFozzil
    • 6 Years
    6 days, 16 hours ago

    On wildcard like most managers here:

    A) KDB, Ayew
    B) D.Silva, Haller

    Im torn... want KDB just because everyone else has him (1/3 of all teams) ... but surely B may be stronger overall?

    1. avfc82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      6 days, 16 hours ago

      De Bruyne is rightly being talked up, he's probably the best midfielder in the world right now, but he's started three games this season alongside David Silva - KDB has scored 25 points, Silva has 23, so it kinda depends how many minutes you think Silva will get going forward. Haller no doubt a much better option than Ayew too.

      1. OzilFozzil
        • 6 Years
        6 days, 16 hours ago

        It really does depend on D.Silva's security in starts, if I was sure, or brave I'd go for him cause I think he can keep pace with KDB if not just off and then Haller is a significant upgrade on Ayew who is more rotation/bench fodder

    2. MC Hammer
      • 7 Years
      6 days, 16 hours ago

      That’s tricky

      1. OzilFozzil
        • 6 Years
        6 days, 15 hours ago

        Indeed it is

  23. gooner_112233445566
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    6 days, 16 hours ago

    who scores most this week (rank best to worst)...

    c wilson
    pukki
    jimenez

    1. avfc82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      6 days, 16 hours ago

      I'd go Jimenez, Wilson, Pukki.

    2. lindeg
      6 days, 16 hours ago

      acb

    3. Shark Team
      • 2 Years
      6 days, 16 hours ago

      1Jimenez
      2Wilson
      3Pukki

    4. bitm2007
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      6 days, 16 hours ago

      For this week alone A, C, B

  24. The Man Pastore
    • 5 Years
    6 days, 16 hours ago

    Am I G2G:

    Pope
    VVD Otamendi Lowton Lund
    Salah(C) Sterling KDB Mount
    Barnes Haller

    Bench: Button Pukki Cantwell Kelly

    1. MC Hammer
      • 7 Years
      6 days, 16 hours ago

      Very good to go, I’d consider playing Pukki.

  25. the vanisher
    • 2 Years
    6 days, 16 hours ago

    best AwB replacement? (other than Zinc)

    1. MC Hammer
      • 7 Years
      6 days, 16 hours ago

      PVA, Burnley or West Ham

    2. gooner_112233445566
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      6 days, 16 hours ago

      otamendi

  26. gooner_112233445566
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    6 days, 16 hours ago

    pick 2 players to have...

    a) c wilson
    b) pukki
    c) jimenez

    1. MC Hammer
      • 7 Years
      6 days, 16 hours ago

      Pukki and someone else

      1. bitm2007
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        6 days, 16 hours ago

        Yes Haller

        1. gooner_112233445566
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          6 days, 16 hours ago

          already have lanzini though

    2. Lingard’s Shin Guards
      6 days, 16 hours ago

      A, B

    3. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      6 days, 16 hours ago

      I went against the grain on her and brought A in this week so have A and B, can easily move to Halller, Abraham or Barnes, or Vardy in two moves

  27. FOO FIGHTER
    6 days, 16 hours ago

    Boly is rotting on my bench for this weekend and want to get rid anyway.

    Would anyone on here go

    Sterling and Boly to KDB and Digne then I do not have to play Lund GW5?

    Have Aguero, Salah, TAA and VVD.

    Thoughts?

    1. FOO FIGHTER
      6 days, 16 hours ago

      Sorry meant to add for -4 hit.

      1. EMBOLOFAN
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        6 days, 16 hours ago

        no

    2. avfc82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      6 days, 16 hours ago

      Not for me.

    3. EMBOLOFAN
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      6 days, 16 hours ago

      no point having aguero and sterling (and salah) but would rather get rid of former

  28. team77
    • 5 Years
    6 days, 16 hours ago

    Pick one:
    A. James
    B. Lanzini
    C. D Silva

    1. K_UN_DE_BRU_YNE
      • 2 Years
      6 days, 16 hours ago

      C

    2. FOO FIGHTER
      6 days, 16 hours ago

      Silva

    3. Drop the Dendoncker
      • 5 Years
      6 days, 16 hours ago

      Lamborzini

  29. Stimps
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    6 days, 16 hours ago

    Play

    A) Dendonker (Che home)
    B) Montoya (burn home)

    1. K_UN_DE_BRU_YNE
      • 2 Years
      6 days, 16 hours ago

      B

    2. MC Hammer
      • 7 Years
      6 days, 16 hours ago

      B