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Meet the Manager #21 – Darren Wiles

Over the last decade, Darren Wiles has quietly amassed one of the best ever Fantasy Premier League careers.

Since he started in 2009/10, he has finished in the top thousand places three times. In fact, only once has he finished a campaign poorly, in 2015/16, when Leicester City won the Premier League title.

With such a track record, he deservedly sits in seventh spot in Fantasy Football Scout’s Live Hall of Fame (at the point of the last update).

It’s an achievement he is modest about, rarely speaking in public about his FPL management, so we were fortunate that he made an exception for us.

This was his first ever Fantasy Premier League video and podcast appearance and his Twitter following is under 200. That may change after today, however.

During his chat with Joe, as part of the Meet the Manager series, Darren reveals the secrets to his success.

His search for value emerges as a key reason for a strong finish, with money spread out across a playing XI to ensure the whole team contributes to a good score. This means keeping the number of heavy hitters in attack to a minimum and seeking out high-impact, premium defenders to bring in points at both ends of the pitch.

Fixtures is another major driving force in his campaigns. This is most apparent when Darren talks about his current Gameweek 26 squad and its focus on players from teams with great upcoming fixture runs. This was achieved without using his second Wildcard and instead through careful studying of the fixtures over time.

Patience is often a virtue for Darren but his one bad season showed him that stubbornness can be a curse in FPL management. His reluctance to tap into Leicester’s stars early on cost him dearly that year.

But as with many Meet the Manager interviewees before, it is the lessons learned from poor campaigns that can make them even better managers.

The chat with Darren is available to view on Youtube in the embedded video below.

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400 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Akshatjazz
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Gw 28 transfer thoughts ??

      Auba > wood / ?
      Fleck > son
      Perez > Barnes

      1. Bobby Digital
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Do you have Vardy?

        1. Akshatjazz
            3 months, 13 days ago

            No I don't

            1. Bobby Digital
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              Whaddabout Auba - > Vardy?

              1. Akshatjazz
                  3 months, 13 days ago

                  Have both Perez and vardy ??

                  1. Bobby Digital
                    • 2 Years
                    3 months, 13 days ago

                    Sure why not?
                    nor AVL wat BHA the next 4 games.

                    1. Akshatjazz
                        3 months, 13 days ago

                        So here is my team suggest me wat changes I shld do ??

                        Hendo, McCarthy
                        TAA, Robertson, Stevens, Stephens, lascelles
                        Kbd, Salah, traore, Perez, fleck
                        Ings, auba, Jimenez

                        1. Bobby Digital
                          • 2 Years
                          3 months, 13 days ago

                          Roll transfer is what I would do with that team.

                          1. Akshatjazz
                              3 months, 12 days ago

                              That I will be doing it on gw27 wat abt gw 28 ??

                            • Akshatjazz
                                3 months, 12 days ago

                                Do you think not owing son can be hurtful ??

                                1. Bobby Digital
                                  • 2 Years
                                  3 months, 12 days ago

                                  I will be rolling a transfer to gw28 as well and I have no clue what I will do.

                • Jullepuu
                    3 months, 13 days ago

                    Perez to Barnes seems kinda pointless. Maybe if you can't do the other moves without it

                    1. Akshatjazz
                        3 months, 13 days ago

                        I can do it no probs , but who shld I bring in for my 3rd sticker position ??

                        1. Jullepuu
                            3 months, 13 days ago

                            Ings, Jimenez, Vardy, DCL, Wood all good options

                    2. Don Van Vliet
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      3 months, 13 days ago

                      How much do we think Ziyech will come in at? What impact will his arrival have on Mount?

                      1. Bobby Digital
                        • 2 Years
                        3 months, 13 days ago

                        8m?

                      2. Jarvish Scott Talent
                        • 5 Years
                        3 months, 13 days ago

                        Ummm...

                      3. THFC4LIFE
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        3 months, 13 days ago

                        None this season

                        1. Bobby Digital
                          • 2 Years
                          3 months, 13 days ago

                          Maybe he's planning his GW1 team 😛

                          1. Don Van Vliet
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 6 Years
                            3 months, 12 days ago

                            Could put a fire up his behind to perform for the remainder of the season is all; at this stage, there are less games left than have been played. Mount still cheap with a good run of fixtures on the horizon.

                    3. DandyDon
                      • 1 Year
                      3 months, 13 days ago

                      Such an odd gameweek. Prepping my team for next week forgetting there matches still to be played and scouted. Will be interesting to see who Southampton play out of KWP and Valery at right back.

                      1. Bobby Digital
                        • 2 Years
                        3 months, 12 days ago

                        Yup KWP will be a bargain...

                        1. Bobby Digital
                          • 2 Years
                          3 months, 12 days ago

                          .. if he nailes down a starting place that is.

                      2. ALI_G
                        • 2 Years
                        3 months, 12 days ago

                        'Cause since I've come on home
                        Well, my body's been a mess
                        And I've missed your ginger hair
                        And the way you like to dress
                        Won't you come on over
                        Stop making a fool out of me
                        Why don't you come on over

                        1. JamieNumber4
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          3 months, 12 days ago

                          I don’t get it.

                          1. britzdubb
                            • 3 Years
                            3 months, 12 days ago

                            lol

                            tudutu tudutu

                          2. syke63
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 6 Years
                            3 months, 12 days ago

                            SAINTSNUMBER43

                    4. pingissimus
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      3 months, 12 days ago

                      I suppose given near universal triple Liverpool an abandonment mightn’t be the worst thing for Mane owners

                      1. JamieNumber4
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        3 months, 12 days ago

                        Why would Mane owners want it abandoned?

                        1. pingissimus
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 1 Year
                          3 months, 12 days ago

                          Very decent chance he’d get a cameo - disadvantage lessened compared to other triple ups

                          1. Scott Talent
                            • 4 Years
                            3 months, 12 days ago

                            Too much speculation .

                        2. pingissimus
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 1 Year
                          3 months, 12 days ago

                          Oh sorry postponement

                      2. SADIO SANÉ
                        • 4 Years
                        3 months, 12 days ago

                        wouldn't be ideal but that's one game everyone gets screwed about equally - although Mane costs quite a bit more than the defenders

                    5. kime67
                      • 2 Years
                      3 months, 12 days ago

                      Is mahrez and lundstram problems in my team?

                      1. SADIO SANÉ
                        • 4 Years
                        3 months, 12 days ago

                        I'd be tempted to keep for one more and then evaluate when they blank

                      2. Jullepuu
                          3 months, 12 days ago

                          Depends. Mahrez not really but Lundstram might be

                      3. britzdubb
                        • 3 Years
                        3 months, 12 days ago

                        a. fleck & h.wilson

                        b. maddison traore

                        1. Bobby Digital
                          • 2 Years
                          3 months, 12 days ago

                          B

                        2. Jullepuu
                            3 months, 12 days ago

                            Easy b. Costs more though

                          • RamaJama
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 7 Years
                            3 months, 12 days ago

                            B

                        3. KAPTAIN KANE
                          • 3 Years
                          3 months, 12 days ago

                          Developments for fpl next season:

                          1) Transfers roll on to a maximum of 3, instead of 2.

                          2) Double Captain chip to replace Triple Captain (vice also scores double in given gameweek).

                          1. Bobby Digital
                            • 2 Years
                            3 months, 12 days ago

                            I like 1, not so much 2.

                          2. The Units
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 10 Years
                            3 months, 12 days ago

                            The changes sound good. I would like to see the VC get extra points for each GW, thinking scores 1.5 or additional 50%.

                          3. Scott Talent
                            • 4 Years
                            3 months, 12 days ago

                            Scrap all chips and only one wildcard. Takes a load of luck out of the game. It won't do me any good because I don't put much time into it but it would be better for those who do. They won't do it though as I am pretty sure that it lose appeal to many.

                            1. Bobby Digital
                              • 2 Years
                              3 months, 12 days ago

                              I was "forced" to use my first WC in GW20 and made only 2 transfers. One wildcard would require more planning ahead.

                              1. Scott Talent
                                • 4 Years
                                3 months, 12 days ago

                                If you were happy with your team you didn't have to use it and therefore weren't forced.

                                1. Bobby Digital
                                  • 2 Years
                                  3 months, 12 days ago

                                  That's why I used the situation marks... dohh:)

                                  1. Scott Talent
                                    • 4 Years
                                    3 months, 12 days ago

                                    Slightly tenuous statement tbh. Doh.

                            2. Pro Pundit PUMPKINHEAD - ca…
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 10 Years
                              3 months, 12 days ago

                              Back to the old skool? . I'm with you here Slouchy. Make the game great again, yeah!

                          4. SADIO SANÉ
                            • 4 Years
                            3 months, 12 days ago

                            unlimited transfer rolls - no wildcard 😀 no other chips 🙂

                            1. Bobby Digital
                              • 2 Years
                              3 months, 12 days ago

                              This could work also, but it wouldn't be newbie-friendly.

                        4. RamaJama
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 7 Years
                          3 months, 12 days ago

                          Which option?

                          A) Aguero/Martial to Jimmy/Mane for -4
                          B) Only Aguero to Jimmy for free

                        5. RED_ARMY
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 3 Years
                          3 months, 12 days ago

                          Blank aside:
                          a) Traore + Auba
                          b) Jimmy + Son

                          1. RamaJama
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 7 Years
                            3 months, 12 days ago

                            B