Pro Pundit Teams

Does early FPL team news really provide an advantage?

In his latest Pro Pundits column, former Fantasy Premier League champion Simon March looks at the issue of early team news.


One of Fantasy Premier League’s most controversial topics this season has been that of ‘early team news’ as several Twitter accounts have recently emerged with information before the deadline.

Sometimes this takes the form of a diligent and well-connected journalist who has spoken to the relevant club before kick-off, while others are more clandestine in nature.

Some FPL managers have shown gratitude but, recently, among them, these accounts may have noticed some growing murmurs of discontent.

Among those are FPL enthusiasts who suggest that early team news is unfair and some have gone as far as to suggest that it might even be ruining the game.

So, the inevitable question is: is early team news fair?

For many, accessing this information is viewed simply as an element of their preparation. Fantasy football is generally (though not always…) something that rewards effort and dedication. If you make the effort to track down and monitor early team news, then sometimes you can benefit from it in the same way that studying underlying stats, or watching a lot of football can inform you too.

Now that so much information is so easily distilled, disseminated and digested in relation to FPL, the advantage gap between those who take it very seriously and those who approach it more casually is narrowing.

Early team news, while not hard to access, is something that requires active seeking and monitoring and, despite the recent early team news craze, this is something most managers will not do.

It’s also fair to question exactly how much of an advantage early team news actually offers. In most cases, it will only be useful for the first fixture(s) of the Gameweek and the window to act on it is typically five to ten minutes maximum. That’s hardly enough time to re-do a whole Wildcard team.

Also, if you’re taking out a player who has been revealed as being benched, there’s nothing to say that this player won’t come on and score more than the player you started ahead of them. Perhaps it edges the probabilities in your favour, but maybe not by as much as some will suggest.

It, therefore, follows that there are several arguments against early team news. Firstly, for some, it reduces the skill associated with predicting line-ups.

It’s true that, as Neale demonstrates on this very site each week, there is a skill to deciphering what managers actually mean when they say a certain player has ‘a knock’, ‘a chance’ or is ‘undroppable’ (we’re looking at you Pep, we’re looking directly at you). It also takes a lot of effort to monitor press conferences, injury news etc…

While it takes less effort to absorb this information, it still takes some effort and some judgement, all of which becomes less significant when you can access reliable early team news. So, you could argue that early team news reduces a skill and/or effort element from the game and, potentially, even a fun element (not that having a player benched is ever ‘fun’ exactly).

Another argument against early team news is that, while this it is made public, it is not always ‘accessible’ to all. The typical conduit for early team news is Twitter, which as we continue to see demonstrated in all walks of life, is not actually a particularly large proportion of the wider population.

It’s not that hard to find so-called ‘in the know’ accounts if you want to monitor them or to find the information reproduced on FPL forums, those who are well-connected with clubs and pass things on in the week rather than on FPL deadline day, so I’m not convinced that this is a huge barrier, but it is a barrier nonetheless.

Furthermore, accessing this information is not always straightforward or convenient. As we know, FPL is a global game and, for example, if you wanted to monitor early team news for Gameweek 24 in parts of Southeast Asia, you’d need to wake yourself up at about 2:25am or, if you wanted to monitor early team news for Gameweek 25 in California, you’d have to wake up at 3:25am.

It’s hard to argue that this doesn’t offer an advantage to FPL managers in the UK or more GMT-adjacent time zones when it comes to viewing early team news. Thus, it follows, this phenomenon creates something of an unfair imbalance in favour of players in some locations over others.

Early team news is also something you use at your own risk with no guarantees that it will actually pay off. It has potential, however, to negate the skill element and some of the fun associated with FPL by reducing the need to monitor team and injury news and it may also create an uneven playing field between those managers who can easily access the news and those who can’t, particularly those in different time zones.

If I do have a biggest concern with early team news, it would centre on the fact that not everybody can access it with the same level of ease and the potential that this might have to affect the fairness and global appeal of FPL, something which, I’m sure most will agree, adds a lot to the game and to the FPL community.

Speaking as somebody who once woke themselves up at 3:20am because I was in Jakarta and I wanted to take advantage of a scheduling quirk that allowed us to see a pre-deadline Arsenal teamsheet and switch Santi Cazorla for Alexis Sanchez if the latter was passed fit (wasn’t worth it), I can say from personal experience that this is not something you’d want to do regularly.

Ultimately, it would be a shame for a global game like FPL if how well you can do becomes significantly influenced by where you live.


Simon March is a member of our Pro Pundits initiative, a team of Fantasy managers here to bring you regular advice and updates on their teams. Simon won the FPL title in 2014/15 and has become a fixture on the punditry circuit ever since.


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469 Comments Post a Comment
  1. FDMS All Starz
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    If city and arsenal do have a double on GW29, which players would you prioritise to own for that DGW? Kun? Auba? Kdb? Mahrez?

    1. bitm2007
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Arsenal would need to loss to Olympiacos for that to happen, but if it does Kun, KDB and Auba.

    2. Jullepuu
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 20 days ago

      I can't fit Aguero in my team so KDB and Mahrez

    3. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Hmm. Wonder when we'd know. I'd planned to sell Kun straight away

    4. FOMO Salah
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Auba. KDB.

  2. Gudjohnsen
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    Is Dwight McNeill a good option for the next couple of gameweeks?

    1. how now brown cow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Good fixtures, but 13 straight blanks is a bit of a worry.

    2. Bobby Digital
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      I'd rather get a defender or Wood as Burnley cover.

    3. Ini
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      No. Big fan but not a reliable fantasy option. In that price range. You’re better off going for one of their defenders or up to Wood

  3. I SPEAK ENGELS AND DRINK GI…
      7 months, 20 days ago

      1,0 ITB
      A) Fernandes
      B) Lascelles
      1) Saiss
      2) Boly

      1. Bobby Digital
        • 3 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        A1

      2. Bobby Digital
        • 3 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        A2*

    • Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Caption competition for the article picture (ancelotti).
      Winner gets a biscuit or a holiday to Dagestan.

      1. UTD - HATED, ADORED, BUT NE…
        • 1 Year
        7 months, 20 days ago

        Ancelotti looks at phone

      2. Skull And Gnomes 9 SCOTT TA…
        • 3 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        Texting his wife:
        " I can't work with this crazy tall Scottish guy, he's an absolute Fruitbat and I can't understand a word he friken says."

        1. Calderano FC
          • 10 Years
          7 months, 20 days ago

          Did you really need to be like that? Or is it just "banter"?

      3. Warbling Wendy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        Boobs or gtfo

      4. Noah’s Ark
        • 7 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        Remember when phones had buttons 🙁 I miss my nokia3210

        1. Lord - Blaming it on Rio
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          7 months, 20 days ago

          Still got mine

      5. The Knights Template
        • 6 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        'Hmmmmm Royston Drenthe available...…..'

      6. Would Ed Woodward
        • 1 Year
        7 months, 20 days ago

        "Let's see what they say after this Holgate 1 pointer."

    • seaside
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      not sure what to do here, got 2 FT and don't know how to waste it.

      McCarthy (Button)
      TAA Lund Dunk (Soy) (Tanganga)
      Mane KDB Richarlison Graelish (Cantwell)
      Vardy Firmino Ings

      I guess change one defender: either lund or soy or dunk? but to whom?
      and maybe vardy to jimmy?

      I got 0.8 ITB.

      1. I SPEAK ENGELS AND DRINK GI…
          7 months, 20 days ago

          Lund to Stevens or Egan

          You have good cover to blank

        • Citizenkane91
          • 5 Years
          7 months, 20 days ago

          Dunk to Reece and play him versus Tottenham at home. Best attacking stats behind Robertson and TAA.

      2. Feanor
        • 11 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        FPL really need to push the deadline back so at least the starting lineups for the first game of the week are already public.

        1. how now brown cow
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          7 months, 20 days ago

          Why?

        2. I Member
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          7 months, 20 days ago

          To make it easier for everyone?

      3. Mork calling Orson
        • 7 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        Don’t think the early team news for the first match of the gameweek is a big deal - midweek games maybe.
        IIRC, there’s usually a glitch in World Cup FF where the teams are announced 30mins before the deadline, have made a killing in money leagues - 2018 3rd place play off was a dream.

      4. Bobby Digital
        • 3 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        6 players on Saturday... can't wait!

        1. Skull And Gnomes 9 SCOTT TA…
          • 3 Years
          7 months, 20 days ago

          Hurricane Dennis, can't wait.!

          1. Bobby Digital
            • 3 Years
            7 months, 20 days ago

            That would suck...

      5. FPL Pillars
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        Time goes by so slowly
        Time goes by so slowly
        Time goes by so slowly
        Time goes by so slowly
        Time goes by so slowly
        Time goes by so slowly

        Every little thing that you say or do
        I'm hung up
        I'm hung up on you
        Waiting for your call
        Baby night and day
        I'm fed up
        I'm tired of waiting on you

        1. panda07
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          7 months, 20 days ago

          Take a chance you stupid ho!

          What you waiting,
          What you waiting,
          What you waiting,
          What you waiting for?

          1. FPL Pillars
            • 4 Years
            7 months, 20 days ago

            Hold on, wait a minute!
            Feel my heart's intention
            Hold on, wait a minute!
            I left my consciousness in the 6th dimension
            Left my soul in his vision
            Let's go get it, oh, oh
            Let's go get it, oh, oh

        2. Like an Egyptian Magician
          • 5 Years
          7 months, 20 days ago

          epic lol

        3. Mr Frost
          • 10 Years
          7 months, 20 days ago

          Gwen Stefani relevance?

          Just A Girl and the entirety of Tragic Kingdom is a work of genius to be fair.

      6. FDMS All Starz
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        Which is better for the following team? 1FT & 0itb

        Team for next week: (* = blank gw28)
        Ryan
        TAA - Lunds* - Taylor (Soy / Cathcart)
        Kdb* - Salah - Son - Martial (Romeu*)
        Dcl - Kun* - Ings

        A) Kun & Martial ——> Jinenez & Mane (-4)

        B) Kun ——> Jimenez (free)

        C) Ryan ——> McCarthy (free)

        D) Lundstram ——> Saiss/Fernandez (free)

        1. Bobby Digital
          • 3 Years
          7 months, 20 days ago

          B

        2. FPL Pillars
          • 4 Years
          7 months, 20 days ago

          Too early to say yet

        3. Citizenkane91
          • 5 Years
          7 months, 20 days ago

          A by far.

        4. Like an Egyptian Magician
          • 5 Years
          7 months, 20 days ago

          Lundstram to Egan/basham/O’Connell

          1. Like an Egyptian Magician
            • 5 Years
            7 months, 20 days ago

            Sorry disregard. C

        5. FOMO Salah
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          7 months, 20 days ago

          A's for dayz

      7. TorresMagic™ - 48n69x
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        Would like the deadline 2 hours before the 1st kickoff of the GW.

        1. how now brown cow
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          7 months, 20 days ago

          Yep. Agreed. Rules out the majority of inside info.

        2. FPL Pillars
          • 4 Years
          7 months, 20 days ago

          Yup I agree.

        3. Jullepuu
          • 1 Year
          7 months, 20 days ago

          Can't see a downside to that

          1. TorresMagic™ - 48n69x
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 11 Years
            7 months, 20 days ago

            More a guessing game but fairer to all.

        4. Bobby Digital
          • 3 Years
          7 months, 20 days ago

          Would be a good change, that or 45 minutes.

          1. TorresMagic™ - 48n69x
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 11 Years
            7 months, 20 days ago

            Still need to be around for lineups etc when plenty aren't.

        5. El Fenomeno R9
          • 4 Years
          7 months, 20 days ago

          Nice,fair play for all

        6. Hernandez Lynam
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          7 months, 20 days ago

          My first thought too. Easy fix

        7. jia you jia you
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          7 months, 20 days ago

          100% this!

      8. Duffy Dunk
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        I captained KDB because MCI's match would have many rest days before & after.
        The way it's gone now, I don't feel that confident on his minutes v WHU since there are more important games right after.
        How do you feel after the rearrangement of the fixture?

        1. TorresMagic™ - 48n69x
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 11 Years
          7 months, 20 days ago

          Fairer for all, what will be will be.

        2. Freshy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          7 months, 20 days ago

          I have Lund first off the bench

        3. Rhinos
          • 7 Years
          7 months, 20 days ago

          it's obviously not as good as if they'd have played on sun but relieved it's in gw26, lineup should be strong as they've had plenty of time off and Raz injury lessens Pep's options

          1. Wild Rover
            • 10 Years
            7 months, 20 days ago

            Really? Why obviously? I actually think it’s better than playing on Sunday

            1. Rhinos
              • 7 Years
              7 months, 20 days ago

              city could have gone at full pelt for 90 mins now theyll be conserving energy for a game 3 days later. Slightly harder to predict who'll start

        4. Wild Rover
          • 10 Years
          7 months, 20 days ago

          Couldn’t be happier. Aguero cap, KDB vc, Mahrez

          All refreshed, all likely to start

          1. kamdaraji
            • 11 Years
            7 months, 20 days ago

            likely? Are u really that confident in Pep?

        5. AuFeld
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          7 months, 20 days ago

          He'll start. I'd say he, Mahrez, and Augero are more likely to play 60 mins vs the full 90.

          1. pablo discobar
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            7 months, 20 days ago

            I think you'll get 1 of those 3 starting tbh, probably KDB

            1. ‘Tis the Season
              • 2 Years
              7 months, 20 days ago

              Agree, makes WAY more sense.

              1. Rhinos
                • 7 Years
                7 months, 20 days ago

                Nonsense. Why does it make sense to rest your best players when they won't have played for 17 days

                1. kamdaraji
                  • 11 Years
                  7 months, 20 days ago

                  Protect players from injury before games against Leicseter and Real Madrid possibly might be a good enough reason

                  1. kamdaraji
                    • 11 Years
                    7 months, 20 days ago

                    Aguero is made of glass after all. Bit like the old Van Persie really. When VP got injured he was out for months on end. Old age doesn't help

                  2. Rhinos
                    • 7 Years
                    7 months, 20 days ago

                    Pep said he needs rhythm. Worst case scenario Kun gets injured and Jesus comes on. Hardly the end of the world

                    1. kamdaraji
                      • 11 Years
                      7 months, 20 days ago

                      Mot good if he is injured for RM game is it?

                2. Klaren
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  7 months, 20 days ago

                  Yeah it's nonsense. This is a manager who plays with the first team even in League Cup games here, he is not going to rest first team players who have been resting for 17 days anyway.

                  Sterling is unlikely to play so 2 of Mahrez, Aguero and Jesus are guaranteed to play. If BSilva doesn't start, then all 3 probably starts. KDB very rarely gets benched anyway so he is very likely to start as well.

                  People are getting confused about the reasons for Pep's rotation. It is not to rest players, but to keep all of his players match-fit and use the most optimal squad based on the tactics for that specific game.

      9. KINGS
        • 1 Year
        7 months, 20 days ago

        FH chip on blank GW31 or some other DGW?

        1. pablo discobar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          7 months, 20 days ago

          Some other for me.

          1. Flynny
            • 5 Years
            7 months, 20 days ago

            Not 31.

            The bigger of the 2 dgws for me

            Already played wildcard

        2. Bobby Digital
          • 3 Years
          7 months, 20 days ago

          FH 31, WC 33 and BB 34

          1. Bobby Digital
            • 3 Years
            7 months, 20 days ago

            Plan might change though.. Taking it week by week.

      10. kamdaraji
        • 11 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        scenes if players all go on strike next Wednesday as their winter break was cut short

        1. pablo discobar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          7 months, 20 days ago

          City players are due back Monday, no doubt a few will be delayed with Storm Dennis over the weekend. It will probably be a unusual city lineup anyway given its West Ham

          1. kamdaraji
            • 11 Years
            7 months, 20 days ago

            storms to delay flights maybe a possibility

            1. kamdaraji
              • 11 Years
              7 months, 20 days ago

              would be funny

          2. Klaren
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            7 months, 20 days ago

            City players have been given 5 days off so due to be back in training on Saturday.

            1. kamdaraji
              • 11 Years
              7 months, 20 days ago

              will have to be indoor training over the weekend!

              1. Klaren
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                7 months, 20 days ago

                I don't know, could be, but apparently Storm Dennis is expected to be significantly milder than Storm Ciara so might not be too bad.

                1. kamdaraji
                  • 11 Years
                  7 months, 20 days ago

                  who knows. Nobody can predict the weather

                  1. Annie
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    7 months, 20 days ago

                    You can predict the pressure and ergo likely wind speeds

          3. El Presidente
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            7 months, 20 days ago

            Some are comng from Miami.... shhhhh.....

      11. JohnnyRev7
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        "Hey!
        Been trying to meet you..."

        Weirdest GW I've ever experienced. Storm Ciara. Postponement. Bench points. Game reinstated. 8 days stretches to 12 days. Salah has a baby. Storm Dennis. Big Pep Roulette. None of us can do anything about anything. There's so many factors out of our control since GW26 deadline. All we can do is wish and hope. The cards will fall where the cards fall... good luck all!

        The opening lines of this post dedicated to all your Pixies fans out there.

        1. potatoace
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          7 months, 20 days ago

          "I'm amazed"

        2. Hernandez Lynam
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          7 months, 20 days ago

          There's a red devil between us

      12. kamdaraji
        • 11 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        FA didn't factor in Storm Dennis for players return. Players might get injured due to unexpected turbulence

        1. TorresMagic™ - 48n69x
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 11 Years
          7 months, 20 days ago

          Think it's already happened.

      13. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        Amusingly when I called up the sofa salesman to re-order the Kun-sized sofa I had ordered he laughed and asked me what I was expecting my OR drop to be in GW26
        😛

      14. potatoace
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        There's a building expectation that a Mcy and Ars dgw will arrive 29.
        And there's not one player I'm interested in that week.
        What a weird season this is becoming

        1. A Fat Spanish Waiter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          7 months, 20 days ago

          Honestly, I would consider Ederson for that and a future DGW. He may be the only nailed on player.

          1. potatoace
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            7 months, 20 days ago

            Maybe Cedric .

      15. camarozz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        Jammy Kun(c) owners

        1. Wolves Ay We
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          7 months, 20 days ago

          Say that after the match on Wednesday where Kun gets a 20 point haul. Then I'll agree we're jammy. 😀

        2. Rhinos
          • 7 Years
          7 months, 20 days ago

          yeah its well jammy when your captain has a game

      16. kamdaraji
        • 11 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        well some good news regardless. on 14 from 3 instead of 15 from 4!

      17. Wolves Ay We
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        Who's your 5th mid and how much are you willing to spend on them?

        1. A Fat Spanish Waiter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          7 months, 20 days ago

          Currently Cantwell, but will be Traore after wildcard. Candidly, that feels expensive for a 5th.

        2. Weasel Boy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          7 months, 20 days ago

          Dendonc.
          Always been him.
          Cant wait to get rid on WC

          1. The Knights Template
            • 6 Years
            7 months, 20 days ago

            You know what to do!

      18. HellasLEAF
        • 11 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        Jiminez or Ings

        1. Wolves Ay We
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          7 months, 20 days ago

          Jimi

      19. fcsaltyballs
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        Do we think any prem games will be effected by Storm Dennis this weekend?

        1. Rhinos
          • 7 Years
          7 months, 20 days ago

          yes they'll all be cancelled and one of the stands at Carrow road will fly to Wisbeach

      20. I SPEAK ENGELS AND DRINK GI…
          7 months, 20 days ago

          IIf you could choose one and Mane would be fit 100% for the next GW, which would you go?

          A) TAA+Salah+Mane
          B) TAA+Robbo/VVD+Salah
          C) TAA+Salah+Firmino

          1. A Fat Spanish Waiter
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            7 months, 20 days ago

            Impossible questions because the price points are very different. If money is no object, I’d do A for the long haul. If its tight, B.

          2. Green Arrow
            • 8 Years
            7 months, 20 days ago

            A

        • Ógie
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          7 months, 20 days ago

          Thanks for yet another compelling and thought provoking article Simon.

          Is early team news fair? In a word no,you have summed up pretty well how it is bad for the game and how it makes for a unlevel playing field for the average manager.

          As someone who does not have a twitter account as a point of principle i feel the game has left me behind somewhat in recent seasons.Having "ITK" info has to be giving those who follow an edge over a old school fpl manager in the long run these days.

          I just don't know how you would put something like the leaking of early team news on twitter back in its box?Maybe if the FA clamped down on team sheets being posted early by sanctioning the clubs or maybe move the deadline to 2 or 3 hours+ before kickoff to help negate the problem.

          Hopefully the people in fpl towers take a look at this and think about some changes.Anything that makes for a level playing field in the game i am all for.

          1. The Units
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            7 months, 20 days ago

            TM suggested extending deadline to 2 hours as a way of making the game fairer. See above.

            1. Ógie
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              7 months, 20 days ago

              Yeah just reading now.

              Moving the deadline would be the easiest fix alright although it would be a bit of a bummer not having a good sleep in on a Saturday morning for me but i could get over it for the good of the game.

          2. Rhinos
            • 7 Years
            7 months, 20 days ago

            twitter makes fpl easier but it's not their responsibility to level the playing field. Similar to saying no tennis player should be allowed a moden racket coz you prefer your wooden one.
            Knowing the teamsheet has pros and cons so not that fussed what they do

            1. Ógie
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              7 months, 20 days ago

              I would not blame any manager for using any information they can get their hands on to get an edge and the whole twitter thing is just part of the world we live in now.

              Meanwhile i will just keep flaking away with my old wooden racket Rhino's 😉

          3. A Fat Spanish Waiter
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            7 months, 20 days ago

            This article hit home a bit. For me personally, I live in North America, so the first game of the week starts at 6:30 AM and the team news hits at 5:30. To see the “leak” I would need to be up at 5:15. It’s worse if you live in California, which would be 4:30 and 3:15.

            That being said, the number of times it would have mattered is very small, and I feel like I do reasonably well as it is. Personally, I doubt the FPL leaders are checking the twitter feeds. Rather, they are making good team decisions mixed with a bit (or perhaps a lot) of luck.

            1. Ógie
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              7 months, 20 days ago

              Yeah i can see how the game deadline and having to follow up twitter leaks in certain time zones could have a serious impact on the sleeping patterns of dedicated fpl managers that happen to live in them.

              I don't think many would complain too much if the deadline was moved a bit.

          4. diesel001
            • 3 Years
            7 months, 20 days ago

            "I feel the game has left me behind somewhat in recent seasons"

            I don't think the game has left you behind. You have let yourself fall behind. The game, like almost everything else in the world, has moved forwards. It is up to every individual to stay 'relevant' and up with the pace. That is true of almost everything in life.

        • rainy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 5 Years
          7 months, 20 days ago

          Price Changes - 12th February 2020

          🔺  Salah (12.8)

          1. fcsaltyballs
            • 4 Years
            7 months, 20 days ago

            yay, thanks Rainy

          2. waldo666
            • 10 Years
            7 months, 20 days ago

            Cheers Rainy.

          3. NABIL - 1 season 1der
            • 8 Years
            7 months, 20 days ago

            Cheers rainy

          4. FPL Pillars
            • 4 Years
            7 months, 20 days ago

            Brill, thanks rainy

        • fcsaltyballs
          • 4 Years
          7 months, 20 days ago

          There is no way MCI v WHU will be rearranged in GW26, the premier league won't go against their word on the winter break, you cant have a prem game during a champions league week, it would be impossible to arrange police and logistics in time for the match, and it is not enough notice for supporters!

          1. davies
            • 6 Years
            7 months, 20 days ago

            It’s already confirmed lol

          2. TorresMagic™ - 48n69x
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 11 Years
            7 months, 20 days ago

            Nice joke.

          3. phineedle
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            7 months, 20 days ago

            What? It's already been arranged

          4. Weasel Boy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            7 months, 20 days ago

            Good one mate

          5. elchilangles
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            7 months, 20 days ago

            this comment didnt age well

          6. fcsaltyballs
            • 4 Years
            7 months, 20 days ago

            🙂

          7. Ini
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            7 months, 20 days ago

            lol this was funny

        • NABIL - 1 season 1der
          • 8 Years
          7 months, 20 days ago

          Kun (c). KDB. Mahrez (-4)

          Yeeha

          1. The Knights Template
            • 6 Years
            7 months, 20 days ago

            KDB, then Noble first on bench, then Lund. Lovely.

            1. NABIL - 1 season 1der
              • 8 Years
              7 months, 20 days ago

              Ouch

        • Dr. Agabuse
          • 8 Years
          7 months, 20 days ago

          Amy Klobuchar

          You heard it here first

          1. TorresMagic™ - 48n69x
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 11 Years
            7 months, 20 days ago

            2nd loser.

          2. Yank Revolution
            • 9 Years
            7 months, 20 days ago

            At best, she gets a VP slot.

        • some witty pun
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          7 months, 20 days ago

          What's the latest with the storm? Could any other games be postponed?