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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.

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793 Comments Post a Comment
  1. RichardNixon
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 15 days ago

    No love for Spurs defence on here?

    There's not much out there at 5.5 that catches my eye. I have 3 City attackers so can't do any of their defenders, Matip rotation risk and I have Adrian, Chelsea and Man Utd a no go zone, and I own Digne so no more Everton. So this brings me to Spurs. They haven't been great and have conceded twice at home to poor sides but given their fixtures over the next five weeks I'm getting tempted. Discuss:

    1. MC Hammer
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      I got burned by KWP, so not until I see some improvement

    2. EMBOLOFAN
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      which ones are nailed?

      1. EMBOLOFAN
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 15 days ago

        3x city attack is a mistake and matip “rotation risk” is a misnomer

        1. RichardNixon
          • 4 Years
          1 year, 15 days ago

          It wasn't last week when I captained Aguero and was the only one in my two mini leagues who owned him. Sitting top of both thanks to that. Pretty sure my rivals are shytting bricks with Kun against an open and injury hit Norwich defence

          1. EMBOLOFAN
            • 2 Years
            1 year, 15 days ago

            my bad i forgot city will score 3 every week with your specific players being involved in each goal

            1. RichardNixon
              • 4 Years
              1 year, 15 days ago

              I think we will just have to agree to disagree. A side who scores 100 goals per year, and has already got 14 this season, and has got back their best player after a year out injured (imo) who is bossing it in midfield, against brighton, norwich, and watford in a row is a dream fixture schedule for attacking returns, especially when their forward is an FPL legend who will break the record for most premier league hat tricks next time he gets one

        2. RichardNixon
          • 4 Years
          1 year, 15 days ago

          There's a rotation risk with Matip. They have three important games in eight days. In his favour is that he hasn't played internationals so could play all three but can't be certain. After Newcastle is Chelsea away in which i think they will concede so no rush to get him.

          1. EMBOLOFAN
            • 2 Years
            1 year, 15 days ago

            even if hes occasionally rotated he wont be subbed on

      2. RichardNixon
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 15 days ago

        Was thinking Alderweireld or Rose but can't be certain with either. It is a dilemma. Not overly convinced but I want to get a defender in and in the 5.5 bracket its Spurs I'm leaning toward. Other option is Lowton and Pieters which I may end up doing instead.

    3. avfc82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      I'd like to see more from Spurs before investing, they're not quite clicking at the moment.

      1. RichardNixon
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 15 days ago

        Agreed. They will improve but it may take some time

    4. the vanisher
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      having similar thoughts, good fixtures, considering KwP (if fit) or Sanchez/Toby although I dont expect much from an attacking perspective

      1. RichardNixon
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 15 days ago

        Yep, I would be aiming for say three clean sheets over the next five GWs

    5. Giggs Boson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      Whenever there's not many good options at a particular price point, I prefer to restructure rather settle for a player I'm not completely happy with.

      1. RichardNixon
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 15 days ago

        Yeah, its a bit like that but there isn't anyone that I want or can afford (ie TAA). Happy with the rest of my team for the time being. Overall there aren't too many defenders I'm keen to get at the moment. That will change throughout the season. Might go with Lowton instead

  2. Chelsea91
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 15 days ago

    Pope
    Lund,Matip,Zinc,Kelly
    Salah,Sterling,Mane,Kdb
    Barnes,Pukki

    Button Cantwell Greenwod Rico

    Good to go ? Any suggestion?

    1. avfc82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      That midfield is class, but it sure stretches the squad.

      Lundstram and Cantwell are perfect cheap enablers, but Kelly, Rico, Greenwood too - you'll likely have three non playing subs some weeks (not ideal with Matip, Zinchenko etc), so I'd try and address that, not necessarily this week, but going forward.

      1. Chelsea91
        • 1 Year
        1 year, 15 days ago

        Yeap planning to downgrade Pukki to Ayew and use the cash to upgrade elsewhere

    2. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 15 days ago

      It’s a ten man team with Kelly there prolly. But that leaves you with Cantwell coming in to save the day - or not.

      Zinc - is this the week for Cancelo and or Mendy? Seems quite possible

      Could work I suppose this week but not sure I’d want Lund week in week out.

      1. Chelsea91
        • 1 Year
        1 year, 15 days ago

        I think Zinc will play and Lund is a must start.

  3. K_UN_DE_BRU_YNE
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 15 days ago

    Next GW:
    VVD(Che) + KWP(lei) > Digne(SHU) + otamendi (WAT) for -4 ??

    1. EMBOLOFAN
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      no

    2. The Knights Template
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      Nope

  4. EL tridente
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 15 days ago

    Play 2 out of these 4:
    A) Lundstram
    B) Diop
    C) Guilbert
    D) Cantwell

    1. K_UN_DE_BRU_YNE
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      AB

    2. The Knights Template
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      Ab

  5. Felix Navidad
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 15 days ago

    I don’t know what to do with this lot:
    Button - Pope
    Rico - Montoya - TAA - Digne - AWB
    Salah - Sterling - KDB - Dendoncker - Trossard
    Greenwood - Pukki - Haller

    The team felt ok until I found out abou AWB and Trossards injury. Thing is though, it feels template and I don’t know what to do, been tinkering with a WC but since I’m afraid to loose Salah, Sterling, KDB, Digne, TAA and Pukki the team looks almost the same.
    Who do you think is essential of
    A Salah
    B Sterling
    C KDB
    D Digne
    E TAA
    F Pukki

    1. The Knights Template
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      A

    2. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      Honestly, they kinda all are. I don't touch any of those 6.

      It's the rest that you can change around. I was lucky enough to start with 5 of them.

    3. MC Hammer
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      I would keep all 6 of those.
      Just Tossard, AWB and Rico need shifting

  6. New Community Article
    Rotation's Alter Ego
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 15 days ago

    New Community Article has been posted

    https://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/2019/09/10/kicking-the-hornets-nest/

    Bowstring has had a look at the new (old) Watford manager and the tactics he's previously employed.

  7. Bubz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 15 days ago

    Whats the current status on Martial? Have been logged out of all news etc over the IB and only just logged on to find him still orange flagged...

    1. grumpyman
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      He'll be flagged until the news conference.

      1. Bubz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 15 days ago

        Has there been rumours hes fit?

  8. When is an early transfer to avoid losing value justified?
    RedLightning - Top 10k Any …
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 15 days ago

    I was waiting till after this evening's England match before making my intended transfer of Laporte to TAA, and have lost 0.2m in the last two days as a result.

    That doesn't make this week's transfers unaffordable, but might possibly leave me a little short in the future.
    So was this a poor decision?

    Should I have made the transfer earlier, taking the risk that TAA might get injured tonight, but considering that he probably won't and that I have 3 decent subs on my bench (Cantwell, Lundstram and Dendoncker)?

    1. THE WERNER DELUSION
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      depends if you have FH/WC/a good bench - I've been making early -4s this season because I have those things to fall back on if it goes tits up

      1. RedLightning - Top 10k Any …
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 10 Years
        1 year, 15 days ago

        I played my Wildcard in GW3, but I do have a good bench.

    2. The Knights Template
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      I like to trade early for the thrills (and pray no spills).

    3. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      I generally make transfers to avoid price drops if I'm sure on the transfer. Players aren't supposed to get injured. That move is super obvious and I think it was worth doing early to avoid the price drops with the only risk being a TAA injury tonight which is unlikely.

    4. Markus
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      Yes, 0.2m TV is worth about 3.6 future points at this stage, that would have been worth a risk imo

      1. pingissimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 year, 15 days ago

        This is a great point

        From community article I seem to remember that the pay off decreases as the season goes on

        1. Markus
          • 11 Years
          1 year, 15 days ago

          Yes, value is about 9 points per 0.5m over 38 games, so TV importance diminishes as it goes on

          1. Christina.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 year, 15 days ago

            jesus you guys are taking things over the top.

          2. Futbol Heritage
            • 11 Years
            1 year, 15 days ago

            Very interested in understanding how you are assigning a point value to team value. Sounds very interesting and useful

      2. Olivier Bernards watch
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 15 days ago

        You don't happen to know where I could find an explanation of this way of calculating the points value of TV do you?

        1. A Fat Spanish Waiter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 year, 15 days ago

          I submitted a community article last night that shows exactly how to calculate this. Hopefully its up soon. Markus is right 1.0m is worth 18-22 (I calculated 20, but its somewhat imprecise) over the 38 week season.

          1. Futbol Heritage
            • 11 Years
            1 year, 15 days ago

            Very interested in this article.

          2. Olivier Bernards watch
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 year, 14 days ago

            awesome, thanks! looking forward to reading it

    5. Slouch87
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      It's the sensible way to go. If TAA gets injured tonight you will have no regret whatsoever. Plenty get burnt by making early transfers.

    6. avfc82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      No I think its sensible, its the way I've always played the game and it hasn't done me any harm.

      1. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 year, 15 days ago

        But that's the wrong way of looking at it. You don't see missed team value. That stuff adds up.

        I saw a team recently that costs 1.3m more than I can afford! That's a huge swing and this is just 4 weeks in. Imagine the difference later on in the season. I've been fairly vigilant as well in making transfers before price drops/rises and my TV sits at 101.1. Imagine if I had waited until Friday each week. I'd be so far behind in value. This is stuff that you don't see the benefit of directly but it will add up and define a season more than you realize.

        1. Markus
          • 11 Years
          1 year, 15 days ago

          You can play either way, I play aggressive at the start (early transfers, hits to avoid loss), then wait til pressers midway into season even if I lose value as TV less valuable cumulatively then. I have TV of 102 and SV of 100.7 which means I can get an otamendi over a dunk or mount over Ceballos so feels useful at this stage...

        2. avfc82
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 10 Years
          1 year, 15 days ago

          I wouldn't say its ever defined one of my seasons, and this is my eleventh, but it's an interesting point, and whilst I can completely see why many make early transfers at this stage of the season, it doesn't work for me.

          If I had to decide on my moves on for example, a Sunday, the majority of the time they'd be completely different to what I'd do on a Friday, once midweek matches are done and dusted and I've digested all of the team news.

          The latter way of playing has served me well, I trust my decision making more later in the week, even if I lose a bit of team value along the way.

        3. IRBOX ⚽
          • 3 Years
          1 year, 15 days ago

          Look at the blokes season history.. I think he knows what he is doing, especially over people chasing 0.1 or 0.2

          1. Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 year, 15 days ago

            Fair enough. As with everything, there is balance. I don't think waiting until Saturday morning every week is correct. And certainly making a transfer immediately after the week is done to catch a big bandwagon before the rest of the games have even finished is also not correct.

            I'm a big fan of team value, and my best seasons have always been ones where I've had very high team value which came from moving early on bandwagons and clutching those 0.1ms early on. I've been burned before by bringing in a player who proceeded to get injured. I've also had the pain of waiting too long to decide on my plans and then when I decided on a direction, realized I was 0.1m short and I could've afforded it if I had moved sooner.

            There's a balance to be sure.

            1. avfc82
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 10 Years
              1 year, 15 days ago

              Agree with this, and there isn't one right and wrong way, it's just whatever works for you.

            2. KujaliaFC
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 year, 15 days ago

              Making your transfers not a wildcard before a round of international or european matches is risky though.

              It depends on your risk tolerance, and I'm dubious that building team value is the most important thing.

              I suspect that people with good TV usually identify the value players before they hit form rather than by timing their piling on to bandwagons.

              I definitely would not take hits to build TV.

    7. The Overthinker
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      Early transfer would have got you Taa over laporte who probably won't play this year again

      1. RedLightning - Top 10k Any …
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 10 Years
        1 year, 15 days ago

        I'm still getting TAA for Laporte this week (unless TAA gets injured tonight), but I might find myself short by 0.1 or 0.2m in two or three weeks' time.

    8. abreu
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      I made that transfer one week ago as Laporte looked like he was on the brink of falling
      I tend to risk it this early in the season
      I believe it is worth it in the long run based on pure probability vs cost/value
      Say the player transferred in gets injured in 10% of the cases, it will cost 4 points/10 = 0.4 points in the long run which is worth the 10-20 price rises you could catch on those transfers
      IMO

    9. RedLightning - Top 10k Any …
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      Thanks for your replies, everyone.
      The majority view appears to be that I should have made the transfer before the prices changed.
      I had been hoping that, although they were both close to the threshold, the price changes might not happen till this evening.

    10. Ze_Austin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 15 days ago

      My early transfers this season:

      GW2: Robbo (7.0) + Locadia (5.5) => Zinch (5.5) + Pukki (6.5)
      GW3: Montoya (4.5) + Perez (6.5) + Wilson (8.0) => Kelly (4.0) + Mount (6.0) + Barnes (6.5)
      GW4: Trossard (6.0) + Gallagher (4.5) => Cantwell (4.6) + Haller (7.4)
      GW5: Martial (7.6) + Zinch (5.5) => KDB (9.7) + Otamendi (5.4)

      GW5's moves have been my riskiest as I essentially lost an OOP striker + a sideways move to raise 0.1m + possible international break injuries, but I'm done being without KDB. TV at 102.5m. 0.0 ITB. WC intact. 75k OR

      My point here is that someone at some point in the season will get injured after you transfer him early, but that's the more unlikely of events as most players... Ya know... Stay fit. The net gain from early moves early in the season far outweighs the -4 to fix an unexpected injury. Yes, it would hurt your ego and take an unwanted hit to fix, but that's really all there is to it. For me this season, the luxury of waiting for press conferences and taking price changes on the chin will come later in the season when transfers and prices are more settled and "casuals" have calmed down or logged out

      1. Markus
        • 11 Years
        1 year, 15 days ago

        Impressive to have both rank and team value. Great moves.

      2. Crisnel Ronessi
        • 1 Year
        1 year, 15 days ago

        Well played

    11. Giggs Boson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      As Mark said in his Meet the Manager, you need to have in mind what players you want to bring in over the coming weeks and make sure you have enough funds to do so.

      If price drops or rises block me from getting any of my key targets, I make an early move.

      For example, I did Jota->Barnes super early this week, before an international break, because I thought Barnes would be important over the next three games. I have 0.0m in the bank now, so it wouldn't have been possible otherwise.

    12. KujaliaFC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      If waiting doesn't harm your chance of doing the transfer even after the price changes, I would wait. It's not only TAA who could get injured. Any of your playing internationals could be. That might alter what the best two transfers you can make are. Even though you lost TV, you did the right think. Actual points matter more than TV.

      1. KujaliaFC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 year, 15 days ago

        Thing, not think.

      2. RedLightning - Top 10k Any …
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 10 Years
        1 year, 15 days ago

        I definitely wanted to replace Laporte, but there are a few (less good in my opinion) alternatives to TAA in the fairly unlikely event that he also gets injured.
        I have a good bench, so they should be capable of covering other players getting injured - unless it's a major player such as Sterling, in which case I might be tempted to take a hit.

    13. FALSE PROFIT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      I have some views to offer:
      1) If losing value it does not affect your TV then wait. (Obvious but surprising how many do it.)
      2) If its someone you really want and they are going up in price then that is a .2 change so often take the chance.
      3) TV not Sale value is very important in the latter half of the season.I have done early transfers when the Int breaks and Europe is not in full swing. Now is not the case and many teams are playing 2 times a week; so be careful.
      4) A player that is seriously injured (Laporte being an example and is always ok for an early tfr if you only have fodder on the bench) It costs you 2 points and not 4 so go for it.
      5) With no 4 in mind many brought in Otamendi and there is talk of an injury. Bad luck but No 4 reasoning then goes out the window.
      6) If you have a good bench you can avoid making a tfr. However, there is a 1 in 3 chance it will go wrong so a premium player can go early for a premium player that is about to rise.

      Just 6 thoughts to consider.

      1. Ze_Austin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 year, 15 days ago

        Otamendi is fine

        1. Coach before the games: https://t.co/mGpqAFp9SY?amp=1 "Otamendi will only play against Chile The Manchester City defender, because of a personal motive, agreed with Scaloni to be taken into account only for the first of the friendlies."

        2. News after the game: https://t.co/23yJW1k7op?amp=1 "As for Nicolas Otamendi and Giovani Lo Celso, the Manchester City man will travel back to England as was previously stipulated. Gio Lo Celso will miss out due to a knock he received in the first game."

    14. A Fat Spanish Waiter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      My quick thoughts on this is as follows:

      1) It’s perfectly fine to make an otherwise scheduled transfer early in the gameweek in order to beat the price changes.

      2) its not a wise move to take hits to build team value.

      3) Never let pending prices changes influence which players you bring in or move on. Instead add/sell players in a way that maximizes your points.

    15. COK3Y5MURF
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      It's what I would have done as well. Unless I'll be priced out of the move, I wait.

      I don't think you having subs is the point here. If he gets injured, you'd have still wasted a transfer, meaning you need to use another one to replace him which is effectively 4 points lost.

      You cannot predict how much or how less the 0.2 will affect you in the future. You don't always spend your whole team's budget. Often in the season, you'll have 0.2 or 0.3 to spare in the bank. I've generally not been one to prioritize team value, yet ended on 105+ TV last season. If you prioritize bringing in good players who get points, your TV builds automatically.

      1. THE WERNER DELUSION
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 15 days ago

        the subs point isn't really based on the player you're bringing in (that would be super unlucky) but one of your other 10+ players getting injured and being able to bench them that week

    16. shirtless
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      It's not so much the risk of TAA getting injured, it's the risk of a Sterling/Kane/KdB or whoever getting crocked. Moving this player on if they had a bad one might be a more important move than Laporte if you had adequate bench cover for this particular game week.

      I did an early the one the other week, a very rare Saturday eve transfer of Wilson>Pukki, and it had swung 0.3m in value by midweek.

      1. KujaliaFC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 year, 15 days ago

        This is true. Most people would not countenance leaving 12m in the treatment room for a gameweek, and would take a hit. From this point of view, holding your transfer until you have more information is like taking out insurance even if you pay 0.2 in TV for it, which is the responsible course of action.

    17. Make Arrows Green Again
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      One thing to bear in mind is that TV in itself can be a bit of a trap.

      If your team is worth 105m then you have an extra 2.5m to spend, and this is across many/all of your positions put together, not 'in the bank' ready to spend on a single player.

      The only time you can really realise all of this value is on a WC and we as a community tend to wildcard late (second wildcard that is, the first one is too early to 'spend' much TV).

      Also, if you have a season keeper of a player, particularly if you have lots of them, you might be very unwilling to sell them *because* you have lots of value tied up. If Pukki's stats start to slip in GW25, those who got him for 6.5 are going to find it a lot harder to get rid of him than those who got him at 7/7.5 etc.).

      There is one more factor - if your team value starts shooting up early in the season, and you haven't taken too many hits to achieve this, it pretty much has to mean that you picked a good team and got off to a strong start. It's much easier to defend and build upon a strong start than to play catch-up. It's therefore very easy to see a high TV and assume that the TV is the cause of your success, but it's actually more of an unintended consequence.

      For these reasons, for me, the risks of getting a player early far outweigh the benefits of gaining the odd 0.1-0.2m here and there. Sure, do it to avoid being priced out, but I wouldn't (anymore) do it for team value alone.

      1. KujaliaFC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 year, 15 days ago

        Well said. I'd bet most of the top TVs are teams that had Pukki in GW1 against Liverpool.

        I'd wager that the top TV started with Pukki and Barnes.

    18. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      if I have a playing bench and no injuries I will go early with my transfer if I think there will be a price change.

      If I have a few flags and my bench players have been benched by their clubs, then I will hold back.

    19. L S P
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      I'm in a similar place as a Laporte owner but I'm planning a downgrade, either to Ota or a 4.5, so i can upgrade a MID/FWD. In my case, I'm waiting, knowing I was going to lose .1 at some point but knowing it wouldn't price me out of any of the moves I'm considering for this or even next GW.

      I would have done the same thing you did, esp in an IB. If it was a "normal" week, I probably would have made the early transfer if it meant ensuring I wasn't priced out of a move I was 100% locked on. And in general, I make late transfers rather than early ones.

      1. RedLightning - Top 10k Any …
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        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 10 Years
        1 year, 15 days ago

        Yes, one of the main reasons for not making the transfer earlier was because it was an international break - I've been stung before by making early transfers during international breaks.
        We already knew that Laporte was going to be out for a long time and had to go, so the main questions were who to replace him with and whether or not to make an early transfer.

        In previous seasons I sometimes regretted rushing my decisions in order to beat possible price changes, so I now think it's better to delay decisions and sleep on them first before committing to them.
        I did spend a week considering a number of different replacements for Laporte before deciding that TAA was my preferred option, and there was still time after this to make the transfer before the prices changed (England had already played their first match of the IB, but had one more to go).

        I decided to wait till after this evening's match before making the transfer, but it was a bit of a shock this morning to discover that Laporte's price had dropped already, following TAA's price rise a day earlier, and I started to question whether I had done the right thing.

        Waiting to make the transfer rather than making it early may turn out well or badly, but that won't prove whether the decision itself was a good or bad one. It has been interesting to read the various comments in this discussion, which have made some strong arguments for both alternatives and provided further food for thought.

    20. Collie01
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      I think injuries are a bit of an anomaly when it comes to hits/early transfers. In normal circumstances I wait as long as possible before making a transfer but when a player is injured I think it's fine to go early as he needs to go for sure.

      In this case, I think the benefit of saving 0.2 outweighs the relatively small risk of injury to TAA. If TAA does get injured tonight, I'd look at it as one of those unlucky things that happen a few times a season.

    21. Werkself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      At this point in the season I would have made that transfer (or a different one) and taken the risk. Worst case if TAA is injured is that you'd take a -4 this week, which can be spread out over many GW's.

    22. Futbol Heritage
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      Ive played FPL for 10+ seasons at this point and have always made late transfers. Have likely never made transfers before GW is over or even before press conferences are over.

      Over the summer, I convinced myself this was wrong and hits early on in the season and early transfers are worth as it builds TV which you could benefit from for the latter half of the season. Currently trying this out, need to see if it pays off

    23. FPL Virgin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      I've lost £0.6m on Perez, Jota and Laporte. An obscene amount.

      I think making sure there are no major injuries over the IB is worth it. Although as Mark always says if you have a good first sub who you wouldn't mind playing, you can go early.

  9. bootsmanus
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 15 days ago

    Which two to play this weekend out of this lot?

    A) Pukki
    B) Lundstram
    C) Zinchenko
    D) Pieters

    1. The Knights Template
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      Ac

    2. MC Hammer
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      BC

    3. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      AC and it's not close.

  10. what's my name
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 15 days ago

    whod you cap out of :
    a. mane
    b. kdb

    *got raz but got a feeling his minutes will be managed thx

    1. MC Hammer
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      KDB

    2. The Knights Template
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      A

    3. MAXIMIN EFFORT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      Same dilemma, I'm on KDB

    4. Ze_Austin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 15 days ago

      Managed minutes as the reason for KDB over Sterling?

      KDB has already been subbed off early by Pep this season, showing that Pep is open to managing his minutes. KDB played 90 mins for Belgium a night before Sterling plays for England. Pep has a plethora of options at CAM/CM, while Sterling is the only recognized fit LW. Someone would have to play OOP (Jesus, Mahrez, Bilva, KDB?) for Sterling to be benched or subbed off... And Pep doesn't usually play people OOP just for the sake of rotation, but only when necessary

      I'm not knocking KDB as a captaincy pick. Just the managed minutes logic

      1. what's my name
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 15 days ago

        good insight thx mate

        1. what's my name
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 year, 15 days ago

          who is ur choice of captain ?

  11. gooner_112233445566
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 15 days ago

    pick 2....

    a) c wilson
    b) pukki
    c) jimenez

    1. The Knights Template
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      Ac

    2. The_Fish
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      AB

  12. FOO FIGHTER
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 15 days ago

    How about this for a front 3?

    Aguero Haller Pukki

    1. The Knights Template
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      Nice

    2. Slouch87
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      Depends what the sacrifices are elsewhere.
      Thought you stated previously that 3-5-2 was definitely the way you were playing this game.

      1. FOO FIGHTER
        • 1 Year
        1 year, 15 days ago

        KDB has changed my mind.

    3. bitm2007
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      Fine if it doesn't weaken you to much elsewhere.

    4. MAXIMIN EFFORT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      lacks barnes, burnley's fixtures are niiice

  13. gooner_112233445566
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 15 days ago

    who to captain?

    salah
    sterling
    kdb

    1. The Knights Template
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      Sterling for me

    2. Christina.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      kun

    3. FOO FIGHTER
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 15 days ago

      Salah

    4. luk46
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      Mo Salah!

    5. avfc82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      I'm going Salah.

    6. what's my name
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      Salah

    7. The_Fish
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      Sterling is my autocaptain for the foreseeable...

    8. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      Salah. I think Sterling is only 75% to start.

  14. The_Fish
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 15 days ago

    Henderson 4.0
    TAA Robbo Digne Soy Montoya
    Salah Sterling Martial Ceballos Dendoncker
    Vardy Pukki Greenwood

    Martial is my problem, with no KDB. 1ft, 0itb

    A) Hold
    B) Robbo and Martial -> Burnley defender and KDB (-4)
    C) Vardy and Martial -> Barnes and KDB (-4)
    D) Robbo, Martial and Ceballos -> Otamendi, Cantwell and KDB (-8)

    Alternatively, I could play my wildcard...

  15. lindeg
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 15 days ago

    Robbo to TAA, yay or nay?

    1. The_Fish
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      For free and no other issues, definitely.

    2. what's my name
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      big N especially with those ucl games and possible rotations

    3. KLOPPS AND ROBBERS... the s…
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      Not now after prise rise.
      Robbo > VVD?

      1. lindeg
        • 1 Year
        1 year, 15 days ago

        Got VVD already, 0.3 ITB, 1 FT.

        TAA rotation risk with UCL games coming up?

        1. FOO FIGHTER
          • 1 Year
          1 year, 15 days ago

          If you have VVD then I would do it. TAA's price is not safe.

          My view is that Gomez needs to stay fit if something had to happen to VVD or Matip. Gomez not of much use when Klopp prefers fullbacks to bomb forward. Milner standing by for Trent.

          TAA not waiting for nobody.

          1. jacklfc88
            • 10 Years
            1 year, 15 days ago

            Have you got KdB, Sterling and Aguero? Any LFC attacking coverage?

            1. lindeg
              • 1 Year
              1 year, 15 days ago

              My team is not exactly template, but doing alright.

              Ryan

              VVD, Mina, Robbo, Zinchenko

              Bilva, Mount, Pulisic, Moura

              Firmino, Aguero

              Pope, Pukki, Cantwell, Lundstram

              1. jacklfc88
                • 10 Years
                1 year, 15 days ago

                Really want Bobby in... returns in 3 out of 4 games this season.

    4. avfc82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      Makes sense, but I'd be worried about doing it this week, Newcastle seem to be a bit more vulnerable down the right so far.

      1. The Overthinker
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 15 days ago

        Salah plays at the right

        1. The Overthinker
          • 3 Years
          1 year, 15 days ago

          Ah my bad

  16. Wally banter
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 15 days ago

    If mendy is available by GW7, then im planning to wc to this team... thoughts?

    Pope
    Digne Mendy TAA Pieters/Lowton (Lund)
    Salah Sterling Kdb Ceballos (Cantwell)
    Wilson Pukki (Greenwood)

    Thank You in advance 🙂

    1. Christina.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      so you are WC for Mendy?

      1. Wally banter
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 15 days ago

        No i do not have kdb too

        1. Christina.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 year, 15 days ago

          crazy to WC for Mendy and Kdb

          1. Wally banter
            • 7 Years
            1 year, 15 days ago

            Oh i dont have 6 of that 14 i mentioned

            1. Christina.
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 year, 15 days ago

              🙄

              asking about a WC team for wk 7 when we are waiting for week 5 is...well extreme.

    2. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 15 days ago

      Quite like the look of it.

      Mendy would be a gamble of course given track record. But huge upside.

      I’d want a way into Leicester going forward though. From 7 on they have really juicy fixtures bar Liverpool in 8.

  17. columbus
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 15 days ago

    On the WC - Kun, Momo, Martial (if fit) or Sterling, Mane, Wilson/Haller/Jimenez etc ?

  18. Markus
    • 11 Years
    1 year, 15 days ago

    Does anyone know why mount missed a load of games in february/march 2019? He seemed to play every game that he was fit for Frank last season apart from that...

    1. Markus
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      Ah nevermind hamstring injury. Yeah started every league match he was available for, bodes well...

      1. avfc82
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 10 Years
        1 year, 15 days ago

        Yep he was injured, only know that as we smashed them 4-0 when he was out!

  19. Aubaaaaa
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 15 days ago

    Which combination would be better?
    A. Otamendi, Masuaku, Wilson -4
    B. Otamendi, PVA, Barnes -8
    C. AWB, 4.4 defender, Wilson

    1. The_Fish
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      Which Wilson/Barnes?

      1. Aubaaaaa
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 15 days ago

        CWilson and Ashely barnes

  20. Klip Klopp
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 15 days ago

    Perez + Robertson (Have TAA) --> KDB + Diop/Lundstrom for free?

    1. Grand Thibauto
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      Go for it

      1. Grand Thibauto
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 15 days ago

        Would go Lundstram

  21. Grand Thibauto
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 15 days ago

    Would you do this transfer? Might end up pulling the trigger tonight if TAA goes unscathed.

    Bissaka+Martial to TAA+James (already have Mount) for a -4

    Will get priced out if James rises again. (currently 79% on Fplstats) My only worry about this is the -4 hit

    1. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 15 days ago

      Fair gamble I guess but I’m determinedly hanging onto Martial and waiting to upgrade AWB in 7 or so

  22. gooner_112233445566
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 15 days ago

    a) otamendi, ceballos, c wilson, jimenez
    b) otamendi, lanzini, pukki, jimenez
    c) soyuncu (ward), lanzini, c wilson, jimenez

    1. Grand Thibauto
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      b

    2. Aubaaaaa
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      B

  23. pingissimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 15 days ago

    Looking at likely fallers and I’m adding Zaha to my watchlist. Hangover should be out of his system and at 6.8 he’d be interesting anyway as one to monitor.

    From 7 it’s

    Norwich H
    WH A
    City H
    Arsenal A
    Leicester H
    Chelsea A

    On the face of it poor. But neither Chelsea and Arsenal are exactly frightening especially given Palace top 6 away record. He’s essentially oop in the current set up after all.

  24. Rasping Drive
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 year, 15 days ago

    Is there any update on Trossard’s injury?

  25. I Member
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 15 days ago

    Lots of talk about Sterling being rested but for who exactly? I've never seen Pep use Mahrez or Bernardo on the left and it seems unlikely that he would change formation.

    1. MTPockets
        1 year, 15 days ago

        Agree but it's Pep so who knows

      • Gregor
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 10 Years
        1 year, 15 days ago

        I think Bernardo might have played there before and maybe Jesus might drop in there if fit or they could go two up top.

        It’s not like Sterling’s gonna start every game until Sane’s back is it.

      • avfc82
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 10 Years
        1 year, 15 days ago

        Mahrez started on the left against Brighton last day of the season, although once they fell behind, it moved to more of an expected line up with Bernardo in the middle, Mahrez on the right and Sterling on the left.

      • KujaliaFC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 year, 15 days ago

        Foden?

    2. FOMFF
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      Pope, Button
      TAA, Digne, Lund, Guilbert, 4mm
      Salah, Sterling, KDB, Lanzini, Mount
      Barnes, Pukki, 4.5mm

      1 ft, 1m ITB.

      Guilbert > Otamendi?

      1. Gregor
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 10 Years
        1 year, 15 days ago

        Sure.

    3. gooner_112233445566
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 15 days ago

      best 5.9 midfielder or below?

      thinking ceballos or mcginn myself

      1. Gregor
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 10 Years
        1 year, 15 days ago

        Yeah, those look good, maybe Iwobi too.

    4. wasp3000
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      Current WC Draft

      Ryan Pope
      TAA Digne Zinchenko Pieters Lundstram
      Salah Sterling KDB Mount Cantwell
      Barnes Haller Greenwood

      Looking for thoughts on my WC Team.
      Any need for two rotating GK's or just roll with Pope?
      Maybe Otamendi instead of ZInch?
      Any thoughts?

      1. Gregor
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 10 Years
        1 year, 15 days ago

        I’d go Heaton over Ryan, Söyüncü over Pieters and Ota over Zinchenko,

        1. wasp3000
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 year, 15 days ago

          Don't like Leic's fixtures to be honest. I think maybe Pope and a 4m GK is the way to go with Bur nice fixtures

          1. Gregor
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 10 Years
            1 year, 15 days ago

            You can cover Leicester’s bad fixtures with Lundstram and Cantwell. Think Söyüncü is gonna prove to be a bargain.

      2. MTPockets
          1 year, 15 days ago

          Just Pope
          Yes Otamendi I think
          Pretty template so 'safe'

          1. wasp3000
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 year, 15 days ago

            Yes agreed, it looks template and i am not that satisfied about it to be honest. Would it be better to bring in another FW like Pukki or C.Wilson for Greenwood and downgrade elsewhere.

            1. MTPockets
                1 year, 15 days ago

                Think I would but I always overspend on attackers vs defence. Not necessarily sensibly

          2. The_Fish
            • 2 Years
            1 year, 15 days ago

            Downgrade Ryan.

            Otamendi.

            Not worried about Pukki?

            1. wasp3000
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 year, 15 days ago

              Am only slightly worried about Pukki but ideally I want one of Pukki or Wilson instead of Greenwood but not sure the best way to free up the cash

        • 1912 F.A Cup Winners
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 year, 15 days ago

          Good afternoon everyone!!! Gotta start two, who would you go for??
          A- Pukki
          B- Lundstram
          C- Montoya
          Many thanks....

          1. MTPockets
              1 year, 15 days ago

              a/b

            • Gregor
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 10 Years
              1 year, 15 days ago

              Probably bench Monty.

            • The_Fish
              • 2 Years
              1 year, 15 days ago

              AB

              1. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 year, 15 days ago

                Thankyou everyone A an B was my initial thought so will stick to this!! Great to hear other options tho! Thankyou

          2. jacklfc88
            • 10 Years
            1 year, 15 days ago

            WC after a disastrous 2 weeks...

            Don't have it in me to not have an LFC attacker in the side so I've sacrificed Sterling for KdB and managed to get Son/Aguero with spare cash.

            Any thoughts before I press the button?

            Pope (Henderson)

            TAA Digne Soyuncu (Kelly, Lundstram)

            Salah Son KdB Cantwell (Dendoncker)

            Pukki Aguero (Greenwood)