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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.

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400 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Nightcrawler
      12 days, 5 hours ago

      Chances of soton game going ahead?

      I can survive without the pool game but both would be a killer

      1. Holmes (specialist in failu…
        • 6 Years
        12 days, 5 hours ago

        Whether it goes ahead or not, we cant really do anything about, can we?

        1. SADIO SANÉ
          • 4 Years
          12 days, 2 hours ago

          Weather it goes ahead or not, we cant really do anything about, can we?

      2. Klip Klopp
        • 4 Years
        12 days, 5 hours ago

        I hope it goes ahead!

      3. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        12 days, 5 hours ago

        Looks unlikely to me. Hope they give the Burnley fans travelling down enough notice.

      4. StayoutheSpiceZone
        • 2 Years
        12 days, 5 hours ago

        It will be on

      5. FantasyHero
        • 3 Years
        12 days, 3 hours ago

        What's the reason behind these games possibly not being played ?

        1. Annie
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          12 days, 3 hours ago

          you could have googled that in less time than it took to ask. Where do you live?

          1. FantasyHero
            • 3 Years
            12 days, 2 hours ago

            You could have also simply answered the question lol. I dont live in the UK.

            1. Annie
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              12 days, 1 hour ago

              It’s already been answered

    • The Train Driver
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      12 days, 5 hours ago

      Why isn't Traore flagged?

      1. Holmes (specialist in failu…
        • 6 Years
        12 days, 5 hours ago

        Fit and ok to play

        1. The Train Driver
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          12 days, 5 hours ago

          Sounds to me like he isn't 100%

      2. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        12 days, 5 hours ago

        The flag was wrong in the first place...

    • Klip Klopp
      • 4 Years
      12 days, 5 hours ago

      I have all my chips but I need a bit of advice on how to play the next few weeks.

      Ryan
      Baldock, Robertson, TAA
      Grealish,Traore, Salah, KDB
      Vardy, Ings, Jiminez

      Button, Rico, Dendoncker, Kelly,

      I have 1FTs and 2itb

      A. Swap Ryan to someone like McCarthy or Ederson
      B. Grealish to someone?

      Please help!

      1. Holmes (specialist in failu…
        • 6 Years
        12 days, 5 hours ago

        A. Dubravka

        Or change Kelly

      2. Breww
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        12 days, 5 hours ago

        i would prioritize transfers to improve the overall makeup of your squad first.. Kelly Rico and just for the blank Grealish are the ones to look at. Probably Kelly to start with.

    • Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      12 days, 5 hours ago

      Henderson
      TAA - VVD - Stevens
      Salah - KDB - Grealish - Traore
      Aguero - Jimenez - Ings

      (McCarthy - O'Connell - Mooy - Stephens)
      2 FT & 0.0m

      What moves would you make here?

      Currently have 6 blankers for GW28
      City attackers and Grealish on the chopping block
      Happy to take a risk or two.

      1. Holmes (specialist in failu…
        • 6 Years
        12 days, 5 hours ago

        Maybe Kun to Vardy and Grealish to Richarlison

        Kun, Grealish, Van Dijk to Wood/Abraham/Pukki, Mane, Doherty can also work

        1. Karan14
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          12 days, 5 hours ago

          I really like the look of the 2nd option with Wood.
          Not liking Everton's fixtures but I feel Rich & DCL will tick along.

          How about KDB & VVD to Mane & Boly and could do Aguero/Grealish to Vardy/Barnes the week after?

          1. Holmes (specialist in failu…
            • 6 Years
            12 days, 4 hours ago

            That is sensible. Hopefully Mane shows some good signs in next 2 games.

      2. dunas_dog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        12 days, 4 hours ago

        Aguero to Vardy, KDB to Mané, Van Dijk to Doherty and Grealish to Barnes ( think that works but as away brain in holiday mode......) for mini WC and sets up well for 29

        1. dunas_dog
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          12 days, 4 hours ago

          * if not Doherty then Boly good second option- or Saiss based on likely attacking returns

          1. Karan14
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            12 days, 4 hours ago

            Yup I like the look of that and I'm considering something very similar.

            Can do KDB & VVD to Mane & Boly this week and then Aguero/Grealish to Vardy/Barnes the week after.
            To afford Doherty I would have to sell Aguero, KDB & VVD all 3 this week.

    • kamdaraji
      • 10 Years
      12 days, 5 hours ago

      which combo is better long term?

      A. KDB,Cantwell,Taylor (Bur)
      B. Grealish,Maddison,Periera (LC)

      1. Holmes (specialist in failu…
        • 6 Years
        12 days, 5 hours ago

        B

      2. dunas_dog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        12 days, 5 hours ago

        B

      3. Tonyawesome69
        • 1 Year
        12 days, 5 hours ago

        B

      4. Karan14
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        12 days, 5 hours ago

        B but not Maddison.
        Barnes is better.

      5. Your Doing It Wrong
        • 7 Years
        12 days, 4 hours ago

        B

      6. Mané money
        • 3 Years
        12 days, 4 hours ago

        Taylor is flagged

      7. Mané money
        • 3 Years
        12 days, 4 hours ago

        I wouldn’t go Kdbless though

      8. kamdaraji
        • 10 Years
        12 days, 4 hours ago

        thanks

    • dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      12 days, 5 hours ago

      Subject to no injuries this team look ok to go and carry transfer?

      Henderson
      TAA Stevens Boly Stephens
      Salah Son KDB
      Firmino Jiménez Ings

      Pope Barnes Mooy Fernández

      1. Tonyawesome69
        • 1 Year
        12 days, 5 hours ago

        looks very good, roll ft

      2. Karan14
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        12 days, 5 hours ago

        Yes save FT.

      3. Your Doing It Wrong
        • 7 Years
        12 days, 4 hours ago

        Nice, save transfer

    • Tonyawesome69
      • 1 Year
      12 days, 5 hours ago

      Need some opinions on the below.
      a. Grealish and Connolly > 6.0 mid and Jimi -4
      b. Save ft and do these moves in GW28

      1ft 2.8itb
      Pope
      Stephens TAA Lundstram
      Grealish* KDB (S)alah traore Mane
      Vardy Ings

      Ryan* Lascelles Rico connolly*

      1. dunas_dog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        12 days, 5 hours ago

        A with Barnes

        1. Tonyawesome69
          • 1 Year
          12 days, 4 hours ago

          You think jimi and -4 will outscore Grealish?

          1. dunas_dog
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            12 days, 4 hours ago

            Yes think so and then set up nicely for 28

      2. Your Doing It Wrong
        • 7 Years
        12 days, 4 hours ago

        B

    • BobbyDoesNotLook
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      12 days, 5 hours ago

      Trent next year 7.5 def in FPL but dominating Liverpool midfield in real life. What do you think is it too early to think this change from Klopp?

      1. I Member
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        12 days, 4 hours ago

        I don't see why they would want to do that. The balance of the side is perfect.

      2. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        12 days, 4 hours ago

        Why would he do that?

      3. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        12 days, 4 hours ago

        If he was a winger he would be marked a whole lot more and likely would be far less effective.

    • FOO FIGHTER
        12 days, 4 hours ago

        Think I am going to be brave and do KDB to Mane. Had him and Salah weeks ago and Mane of course trolled me then injured.

        Could stick with LFC double defence but you cannot ignore Mane with those fixtures coming up.

        1. kamdaraji
          • 10 Years
          12 days, 4 hours ago

          might do the the same

      • Mané money
        • 3 Years
        12 days, 4 hours ago

        C Taylor got flagged 🙁

        Hamstring injury 75%

      • Stimps
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        12 days, 4 hours ago

        Any suggestions here? 2FT. Wildcard already used. Was thinking Mooy to Barnes, gives me a benching headache but might be good in the long run? 1.8 itb

        Hendo Pope
        TAA VVD Stevens Lascelles Stephens
        Salah KDB Grealish Traore Mooy
        Auba Jimi Ings

        1. OldBenKenobi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          12 days, 4 hours ago

          Prob get Barnes yeah

      • OldBenKenobi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        12 days, 4 hours ago

        Grealish or Traore?

        1. GreennRed
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          12 days, 3 hours ago

          Grealish.

      • Old Man
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        12 days, 4 hours ago

        The more I look at the prospects of those Saturday matches the more I think the likelihood is that they'll both be postponed. 60mph winds now predicted.
        https://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2637487
        https://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2641181

        1. Holmes (specialist in failu…
          • 6 Years
          12 days, 4 hours ago

          WOL vs LEI and ARS vs NEW is safe?

        2. Wild Rover
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          12 days, 4 hours ago

          The City game was postponed largely due to issues with fans getting to the game; flooded motorways, trees on train and tram lines and areas under water around the ground. I suspect the same will apply here rather than how wet or windy it is.

          1. Wild Rover
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            12 days, 4 hours ago

            I hope they all go ahead as I want to watch them on TV and FPL to be on a level, albeit wet and windy playing field.

        3. I Member
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          12 days, 4 hours ago

          I'm optimistic that all games will go ahead. Why you ask? Absolutely no reason.

        4. Marmalade Forest
          • 2 Years
          12 days, 4 hours ago

          The hubris of people (who probably captained Salah) saying “why captain Kun and VC KDB? Didn’t you see the weather forecast?” For that game to go ahead anyway... and then the Liverpool game to be cancelled for bad weather and the hubris we’d be exposed to from those with City assets.

          Blows my mind...

          On a serious note, I hope it doesn’t affect the Gameweek too much as the game shouldn’t be about exploiting weather or freak results/performances but long term reward for long term risks.

          1. FOO FIGHTER
              12 days, 3 hours ago

              Salah(c) KDB(vc) her but have TAA and VVD as well 🙁

            • GreennRed
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              12 days, 2 hours ago

              It's not as if the game goes ahead on a lovely day that Pep might not leave Aguero and De Bruyne on the bench or not even in the squad with Real games so close.

          2. FOO FIGHTER
              12 days, 3 hours ago

              Can't have another weekend with one football match. Screw that!

            • The Overthinker - I blame R…
              • 3 Years
              12 days, 3 hours ago

              Why why why

            • toca
                12 days, 3 hours ago

                Its gonna be fine

            • Vpan
              • 9 Years
              12 days, 4 hours ago

              Better combo (with Salah+TAA):

              A) Son + VVD/Robby

              B) Mane + Soy

              1. I Member
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                12 days, 4 hours ago

                A

              2. Miguel Sanchez
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                12 days, 4 hours ago

                A

              3. Karan14
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                12 days, 4 hours ago

                Mane + Boly

            • Warby84
              • 4 Years
              12 days, 4 hours ago

              If anyone is bored watch, In the mind of ‘Aaron Hernandez’ on Netflix, about the American footballer turned killer.. Very good watch

              1. I Member
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                12 days, 4 hours ago

                Enjoyed it thoroughly.

              2. Miguel Sanchez
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                12 days, 4 hours ago

                Do I need to know who he is or have any interest in NFL?

                1. I Member
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  12 days, 4 hours ago

                  Nope.

              3. Silecro
                • 2 Years
                12 days, 4 hours ago

                I follow nfl for a couple of years now. CTE is a serious problem there,even more so than in boxing

                1. Warby84
                  • 4 Years
                  12 days, 4 hours ago

                  Looks like a serious problem..

              4. Catenaccio FC
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                12 days, 4 hours ago

                It was really interesting indeed..
                Its a proof why this stupid, boring 'sport' should be banned, being dangerous for the health of a lot of young American kids.

              5. Miguel Sanchez
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                12 days, 3 hours ago

                Am 10 mins in and looks good. Would recommend the 5 part Storyville on OJ if you haven't seen it too

                1. Do I Not Like Orange
                  • 7 Years
                  12 days, 3 hours ago

                  My favourite documentary of any kind, narrowly beating out The Two Escobars and all of Adam Curtis's stuff.

                  1. Miguel Sanchez
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    12 days, 2 hours ago

                    Have seen the Two Escobars (would recommend the book Killing Pablo by Mark Bowden too). Will look into Adam Curtis stuff. Any other recommendations you have for documentaries or non-fiction books?

                    1. Do I Not Like Orange
                      • 7 Years
                      12 days, 2 hours ago

                      Depends what you're into. Adam Curtis is more political contrarian stuff than sports, but always interesting if a bit leftfield. On sports documentary, I really like Wrestling With Shadows, Red Army & the ESPN one about Holyfield & Tyson. Best non-fiction I've read recently were El Narco & McMafia (both about organised crime).

                      1. Miguel Sanchez
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        12 days, 2 hours ago

                        Where would you recommend starting with Adam Curtis? I recognise the title Hypernormalisation and think its been on iPlayer before. I like documentaries on sports, true crime, religion, technology, food industry, politics...

                        1. FPL flop
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          12 days, 2 hours ago

                          Check out Wild wild country on Netflix! Excellent in depth documentary!

                        2. Do I Not Like Orange
                          • 7 Years
                          12 days, 2 hours ago

                          Start with the Power of Nightmares, it's a 3-part series and probably one of his most accessible ones. Move onto the Living Dead series if you like that. I think Hypernormalisation is great but not one I'd recommend for first-time Curtis viewers as at 3hrs it's a bit of a slog.

                    2. GreennRed
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      12 days, 2 hours ago

                      The best there never was. The Story of Marcus Dupree. Also on 30 for 30.

                    3. Catenaccio FC
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      12 days, 2 hours ago

                      Also Screwball on Netflix is decent.. " investigates the MLB's infamous doping scandal involving a nefarious clinician and his most famous client: the New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez."

            • kamdaraji
              • 10 Years
              12 days, 4 hours ago

              is it worth paying 0.7 more to get Periera instead of Chillwell?

              1. Woy_is_back
                • 2 Years
                12 days, 4 hours ago

                Ya

            • Trophé Mourinho
                12 days, 4 hours ago

                Too late to do anything about it now, but Danny Rose will score vs Arsenal. Bookmark this

                1. Pu-li-sick (sic)
                  • 2 Years
                  12 days, 4 hours ago

                  Lol yeah I'll bookmark it as Things That Won't Happen.

                  1. Trophé Mourinho
                      12 days, 4 hours ago

                      You’ll see

                      1. Pu-li-sick (sic)
                        • 2 Years
                        12 days, 4 hours ago

                        22/1 with Bet 365 put your money where your mouth is.

                        1. Trophé Mourinho
                            12 days, 3 hours ago

                            Nice I will have a look tonight, but will use Ladbrokes as that’s all I got installed

                            1. Pu-li-sick (sic)
                              • 2 Years
                              12 days, 3 hours ago

                              Yes good idea. Better them than more money lining Stoke and Ray Winston's pockets.

                              1. Trophé Mourinho
                                  12 days, 3 hours ago

                                  Ok worse odds, used boost to get it from 16-1 to 18-1 Danny anytime goal scorer. £5.87 stake, £111.53 return. Will post the win receipt 🙂
                                  Although could be called off anyway, hopefully not

                                  1. Trophé Mourinho
                                      12 days, 3 hours ago

                                      First goal scorer woulda been 55/1 😮 I’m not that crazy tho

                                      1. Pu-li-sick (sic)
                                        • 2 Years
                                        12 days, 3 hours ago

                                        Lol well it'll probably be low scoring so if you're *that* confident...

                                        1. Trophé Mourinho
                                            12 days, 3 hours ago

                                            Greed is the downfall of all gamblers 😀

                                            1. Nomar
                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                              • 10 Years
                                              12 days, 2 hours ago

                                              There's a good reason why bookies are rich.

                                      2. Marmalade Forest
                                        • 2 Years
                                        12 days, 3 hours ago

                                        Even if you win, I hope you think of it as a £25 loss for not taking the time to sign up and install 365.

                                        1. Trophé Mourinho
                                            12 days, 3 hours ago

                                            I was just thinking that lol, I’m super lazy 😀 tbh where I live it’s normally a ball ache verifying myself, takes three days to a week and loads of emails. Last poker website I signed up for my god, had to send them literally copies of absolutely everything and they still weren’t happy, the only option left basically was to physically attend their office.
                                            Driving licence, passport, two utility bills, and copy of my tenancy agreement. Pathetic joke, considering it took them a day each time to get back to me to ask for the next document. Had to send them copies of my passport alone four times as their auto computer said it wasn’t clear, which it clearly was..

                                            1. Marmalade Forest
                                              • 2 Years
                                              10 days, 22 hours ago

                                              What a pain.

                                              It’s dangerous in the UK how easy it is to sign up to these sites with little to no verification.

                                              I’ve stuck a few quid on just because I’d be livid if it came in and I didn’t.

                                              Come on Danny.

                            2. Fulchester's New Centr…
                              • 2 Years
                              12 days, 4 hours ago

                              It's all scripted; like WWE.

                              1. Trophé Mourinho
                                  12 days, 4 hours ago

                                  Aye, it’s already written

                              2. Nomar
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 10 Years
                                12 days, 2 hours ago

                                I love it when people think they can predict the future.

                            3. Pu-li-sick (sic)
                              • 2 Years
                              12 days, 4 hours ago

                              I'm not usually one for this kind of transfer comparison stuff but Chelsea sign Ziyech for 'just' £33m wtf?! Liverpool supposedly want £30m for Harry Wilson. Doesn't mean they'll get it of course (shouldn't even get half) but insanely good deal for Chelsea. I don't get it at all really, from Ajax's perspective.

                              1. Fulchester's New Centr…
                                • 2 Years
                                12 days, 4 hours ago

                                Does seem cheap, but still a lot of money for Ajax I guess.

                                1. Fulchester's New Centr…
                                  • 2 Years
                                  12 days, 4 hours ago

                                  Only about the same as Davinson Sanchez it seems. Something not quite right there.

                                  1. Fulchester's New Centr…
                                    • 2 Years
                                    12 days, 4 hours ago

                                    Made £150 million last summer on de Jong and de Ligt too. What are they thinking?

                                    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
                                      • 2 Years
                                      12 days, 4 hours ago

                                      Euros, but still.

                                    2. Pu-li-sick (sic)
                                      • 2 Years
                                      12 days, 3 hours ago

                                      I really don't know what they're thinking. Unless he's out of contract in the summer but can't find anything online to that effect.

                                      1. I Member
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • 4 Years
                                        12 days, 3 hours ago

                                        Contract runs until the summer of 2020. Chelsea have done a really good deal in the current market.

                                        1. Pu-li-sick (sic)
                                          • 2 Years
                                          12 days, 3 hours ago

                                          2022 you mean. Just looked it up.

                                          1. I Member
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            • 4 Years
                                            12 days, 3 hours ago

                                            Yeah that's what I meant.

                                      2. Fulchester's New Centr…
                                        • 2 Years
                                        12 days, 3 hours ago

                                        Contracted till 30.06.2022 according to transfermarkt, so maybe there is a release clause or he supported Chelsea as a boy like Robbie Keane.
                                        Surprised that nobody else seems to have been seriously in for him
                                        Well done Chelsea.

                              2. JamieNumber4
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                12 days, 3 hours ago

                                Liverpool got about 20m for each of Solanke and Ibe. They’ll have no problems getting 30m for Hilson

                                1. FOO FIGHTER
                                    12 days, 3 hours ago

                                    20m for players ispocket change now.

                                    1. toca
                                        12 days, 3 hours ago

                                        More or less, yeah. Top defenders go from 50-90mil, top mids from 90-150mil and top forwards/strikers 120mil+, so 20 mil for a player... its the old 5 really.

                                        1. FOO FIGHTER
                                            12 days, 3 hours ago

                                            Transfer deals are a complicated thing. What you purchase a player for is not what should be focused on. If you purchase a player for 20m and the payment structure for that player to the club you purchase from is over 2 seasons or whatever it may be then no big deal. If you are paying that player 150k a week then big deal as the wage bill makes up majority of clubs expenditure.

                                            That is why Messi will retire at Barca, there is not one club that will be able to afford the transaction 🙂

                                            1. toca
                                                12 days, 3 hours ago

                                                Yes, of course and thats valid both for sellers & buyers. The Neymar deal was different, because PSG just payed the buyout clause in the contract. They did it because at the time 250mil€ for the best player in the world - apart from the 2 ET´s - seemed like a reasonable sum to pay for a player with a long contract ahead and all the marketing and sales revenue. On paper looked legit if you ask me, the problem is that Neymar is NOT like the other 2 ET´s. He does not have the same commitment to perfection and definitely not the same commitment to professionalism.

                                                1. toca
                                                    12 days, 3 hours ago

                                                    Now if they sell him for half the price they´ve paid....

                                                2. GreennRed
                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                  • 8 Years
                                                  12 days, 2 hours ago

                                                  Plus he'll be 33 in June, played >16 years for a team built around him in a 2, sometimes 3, team league in lovely weather.

                                                  Why would he consider going to the Premier League where he'd be a target for some hatchet defenders and possibly ruin his legacy.

                                                  But it would be great to see him light up Match of the Day for a couple of years, himself and Aguero. Shtop 🙂

                                              • toca
                                                  12 days, 3 hours ago

                                                  Still good money though! 🙂

                                                  1. GreennRed
                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                    • 8 Years
                                                    12 days, 2 hours ago

                                                    He won't be stuck for a few quid unless the taxman forces him to be.

                                              • Would Ed Woodward
                                                • 1 Year
                                                12 days, 3 hours ago

                                                Not when they're as bad as those two.

                                            2. Pu-li-sick (sic)
                                              • 2 Years
                                              12 days, 3 hours ago

                                              Not too sure that's how transfers work but we'll see. Anyone pays that much for Wilson then more fool them but can't see it myself.

                                          • The Overthinker - I blame R…
                                            • 3 Years
                                            12 days, 3 hours ago

                                            Chelsea always do good business.

                                            They buy players early and for cheap price..

                                            1. Pu-li-sick (sic)
                                              • 2 Years
                                              12 days, 3 hours ago

                                              They ain't buying Ziyech early but they are buying him cheap. I've not seen so much of him this year but I suspect he's dropped off a little from last season's high standards.

                                              1. The Overthinker - I blame R…
                                                • 3 Years
                                                12 days, 3 hours ago

                                                Early as in, before the season even ends.

                                            2. JamieNumber4
                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                              12 days, 3 hours ago

                                              Utd too

                                          • FOO FIGHTER
                                              12 days, 3 hours ago

                                              It depends on the players contract. If you want to sign Messi you need to sell your stadium. Also, let's say Pool get 25m for Wilson, BOU will pay back the fee over a period, whatever the two clubs agree on. This is not like PSG paying one lump sum to Barca for Neymar.

                                              Apparently Ziyech is a problem child.

                                              1. toca
                                                  12 days, 3 hours ago

                                                  Yeap, money, money. Agent, agent. Family members, family members. All want a piece of the pie. Last year, big transfer prospect, others left, he stays. Not very happy. Agent nagging the club all the time, mum&dad nagging son all the time. Here you go. Too soon to send in the clowns.

                                              2. King Kohli
                                                • 7 Years
                                                12 days, 3 hours ago

                                                Great deal at 38m for a player supposedly at his peak. Man Utd got Bruno for 46.5m, although Bruno is a couple of years younger than Hakim.
                                                Very surprised no one else was in for Hakim as he is a quality player

                                              3. AuFeld
                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                • 3 Years
                                                12 days, 3 hours ago

                                                Ajax may have had low expectations when they initially signed Ziyech in 2016 for 11m and set a [now] "low" buyout clause. Tripling their ROI over four years ain't too shabby.

                                                1. AuFeld
                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                  • 3 Years
                                                  12 days, 3 hours ago

                                                  Regardless, Chelsea has little to no correlation of money spent in the transfer market and immediate points returned.

                                              4. @fpl_phenom
                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                • 4 Years
                                                12 days, 3 hours ago

                                                utd have Sancho in the bag... they picked up their second target

                                                1. Fulchester's New Centr…
                                                  • 2 Years
                                                  12 days, 3 hours ago

                                                  Like Haaland was supposed to be 6 weeks ago?
                                                  Not convinced.

                                                  1. GreennRed
                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                    • 8 Years
                                                    12 days, 2 hours ago

                                                    Sancho's Dad's leg wasn't smashed by a United legend though 😉

                                                2. I Member
                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                  • 4 Years
                                                  12 days, 3 hours ago

                                                  The kid is too good for the Europa League.

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

                                                  Is he good enough for us? Don’t really watch much German football

                                                  1. Trophé Mourinho
                                                      12 days, 3 hours ago

                                                      You have Tammy Abraham leading the line, Barry from down the pub is good enough for you

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

                                                        Huh? We have Rashy leading the line when fit...

                                                        1. Trophé Mourinho
                                                            12 days, 3 hours ago

                                                            Oh sorry thought talking about Chelsea lol

                                                  2. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                    • 9 Years
                                                    12 days, 2 hours ago

                                                    Interesting signing

                                                    You have to factor in he is new to the league. It can sometimes take players a season to settle in properly

                                                    At his age that's not ideal, there are risks associated to it. He did well at Ajax and in the champions league. There has to be a reason he wasn't snapped up last season like some of the others

                                                4. The Overthinker - I blame R…
                                                  • 3 Years
                                                  12 days, 3 hours ago

                                                  Bjorn Ironside is finally dead....

                                                  1. Fulchester's New Centr…
                                                    • 2 Years
                                                    12 days, 3 hours ago

                                                    Over 1000 years. Dial-up?

                                                  2. The Train Driver
                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                    • 4 Years
                                                    12 days, 3 hours ago

                                                    Why would you post spoilers for ppl who haven't seen it yet? Such a d*ck move...

                                                    1. Do I Not Like Orange
                                                      • 7 Years
                                                      12 days, 3 hours ago

                                                      Have to agree, though if it's any consolation it may apparently be ambiguous.

                                                    2. zeslinguer
                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                      • 4 Years
                                                      12 days, 2 hours ago

                                                      How is it a spoiler? He died 1000 years ago

                                                  3. FPL Pillars
                                                    • 3 Years
                                                    12 days, 3 hours ago

                                                    Thanks for the spoiler you jerk

                                                5. FantasyHero
                                                  • 3 Years
                                                  12 days, 3 hours ago

                                                  Pick one :
                                                  A. Firmino & Son
                                                  B. Jiminez & Mane

                                                  Rest of team
                                                  McCarthy button
                                                  TAA lascellas egan o'Connell Stephens
                                                  Salah kdb hayden traore (?)
                                                  Vardy Ings (?)

                                                  Leaning towards Jimenez and Mane as Jimenez seem to be a better bet than Son but firmino has great form.

                                                  1. Fulchester's New Centr…
                                                    • 2 Years
                                                    12 days, 3 hours ago

                                                    Easy B

                                                6. kamdaraji
                                                  • 10 Years
                                                  12 days, 3 hours ago

                                                  quiz time. Try and figure out the anagrams of these premiership players

                                                  Feret Snob

                                                  Lamas Hint

                                                  Crush It Snot

                                                  1. Fulchester's New Centr…
                                                    • 2 Years
                                                    12 days, 3 hours ago

                                                    Give us a clue.

                                                    Long way to go to beat Colin W*nker.

                                                  2. Jarvish Scott Talent
                                                    • 5 Years
                                                    12 days, 3 hours ago

                                                    Ben Foster
                                                    Alan Smith
                                                    Chris Sutton

                                                    1. kamdaraji
                                                      • 10 Years
                                                      12 days, 3 hours ago

                                                      you were supposed to do that on a piece of paper and send it to me

                                                      1. Fulchester's New Centr…
                                                        • 2 Years
                                                        12 days, 3 hours ago

                                                        Don't we get to mark each others?

                                                    2. kamdaraji
                                                      • 10 Years
                                                      12 days, 3 hours ago

                                                      someone else can think of three anagrams if they like

                                                      1. kamdaraji
                                                        • 10 Years
                                                        12 days, 3 hours ago

                                                        In fact it's Jarvish's turn as she solved the previous one

                                                      2. Fulchester's New Centr…
                                                        • 2 Years
                                                        12 days, 3 hours ago

                                                        Grab thy rear?

                                                        1. Fulchester's New Centr…
                                                          • 2 Years
                                                          12 days, 3 hours ago

                                                          Sorry, only knew 1 apart from Colin above.

                                                        2. Jarvish Scott Talent
                                                          • 5 Years
                                                          12 days, 3 hours ago

                                                          Gareth Barry

                                                  3. Trophé Mourinho
                                                      12 days, 3 hours ago

                                                      Someone likes countdown, and Rachel Riley :p

                                                  4. goldengove
                                                    • 1 Year
                                                    12 days, 3 hours ago

                                                    Henderson
                                                    TAA Stephens Lundy
                                                    KDB Salah (C) Grealish Mane*
                                                    Vardy DCL Jimenez

                                                    Button Lacelles Cantwell Soyunco

                                                    Form or fixtures:
                                                    a) Keep DCL
                                                    b) Move to Ings (Soyunco to trash)

                                                    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
                                                      • 2 Years
                                                      12 days, 3 hours ago

                                                      B depending on how low you need to go. for a non-player I wouldn't bother.

                                                  5. @fpl_phenom
                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                    • 4 Years
                                                    12 days, 3 hours ago

                                                    any idea when we will know the state of play regarding city's DGW's?

                                                    1. Jarvish Scott Talent
                                                      • 5 Years
                                                      12 days, 3 hours ago

                                                      Wouldn't have thought there will be anything soon

                                                      1. kamdaraji
                                                        • 10 Years
                                                        12 days, 3 hours ago

                                                        I'm getting rid of KDB. Need differentials. Can get him back for DGW with my free hit or wildcard

                                                    2. GreennRed
                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                      • 8 Years
                                                      12 days, 3 hours ago

                                                      Depending on how they are with CL it could be dodgy picking any of them in a DGW.

                                                  6. Hotdogs for Tea
                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                    • 4 Years
                                                    12 days, 3 hours ago

                                                    Out of the loop a bit, but what is all this talk again of games being cancelled ? is there another storm in UK or something ?

                                                    1. Holmes (specialist in failu…
                                                      • 6 Years
                                                      12 days, 3 hours ago

                                                      Yep, Dennis incoming

                                                      1. Hotdogs for Tea
                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                        • 4 Years
                                                        12 days, 3 hours ago

                                                        oh bugger - so which games ? all of them ?

                                                        1. Holmes (specialist in failu…
                                                          • 6 Years
                                                          12 days, 3 hours ago

                                                          Liverpool and Southampton games. Not sure about Sunday.

                                                        2. I Member
                                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                          • 4 Years
                                                          12 days, 3 hours ago

                                                          Only the Saturday games under threat I think.

                                                    2. Hotdogs for Tea
                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                      • 4 Years
                                                      12 days, 3 hours ago

                                                      jeez, Dennis looks like a right menace

                                                    3. I Member
                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                      • 4 Years
                                                      12 days, 3 hours ago

                                                      We'll find out on Saturday. No point worrying about it.

                                                      1. Hotdogs for Tea
                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                        • 4 Years
                                                        12 days, 3 hours ago

                                                        it’s FPL, it’s what we do 😉

                                                  7. waltzingmatildas
                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                    • 9 Years
                                                    12 days, 3 hours ago

                                                    Which looks best?
                                                    A) lundstram, Mané, wood
                                                    B) boly, grealish, firmino
                                                    C) robbo, grealish, jimenez

                                                    1. Hotdogs for Tea
                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                      • 4 Years
                                                      12 days, 3 hours ago

                                                      C - probably has the best hair styles
                                                      B - probably cooler dudes
                                                      A - nerds

                                                      Go for C (Norwich factor)

                                                      1. waltzingmatildas
                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                        • 9 Years
                                                        12 days, 3 hours ago

                                                        That was the plan, but worried about Mané!

                                                        1. Hotdogs for Tea
                                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                          • 4 Years
                                                          12 days, 3 hours ago

                                                          you have Salah though ?

                                                          1. waltzingmatildas
                                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                            • 9 Years
                                                            12 days, 3 hours ago

                                                            Yeah

                                                    2. GreennRed
                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                      • 8 Years
                                                      12 days, 3 hours ago

                                                      Gomez, Grealish, Firmino.

                                                      1. waltzingmatildas
                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                        • 9 Years
                                                        12 days, 3 hours ago

                                                        That'd be 4 liv

                                                      2. GreennRed
                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                        • 8 Years
                                                        12 days, 3 hours ago

                                                        Apologies. meant to say Gomez, Grealish, Jimenez

                                                        1. waltzingmatildas
                                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                          • 9 Years
                                                          12 days, 3 hours ago

                                                          Ahh OK. You like Gomez?

                                                          1. GreennRed
                                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                            • 8 Years
                                                            12 days, 3 hours ago

                                                            Allows you a bit of cash for the same CS returns. Robertson's attacking returns are poor for 7m.

                                                            1. waltzingmatildas
                                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                              • 9 Years
                                                              12 days, 2 hours ago

                                                              If I do lund to gomez, could keep kun!

                                                  8. Klip Klopp
                                                    • 4 Years
                                                    12 days, 3 hours ago

                                                    Which of these moves looks the best way to use my free transfer?

                                                    I have 1FTs and 2itb

                                                    A. Ryan --> McCarthy/Dubravka/Ederson
                                                    B. Kelly --> Holgate/Stephens
                                                    C. Any other suggestions

                                                    Ryan
                                                    Baldock, Robertson, TAA
                                                    Grealish,Traore, Salah, KDB
                                                    Vardy, Ings, Jiminez
                                                    Bench:Button, Rico, Dendoncker, Kelly,

                                                    1. Hotdogs for Tea
                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                      • 4 Years
                                                      12 days, 3 hours ago

                                                      roll it

                                                      1. Klip Klopp
                                                        • 4 Years
                                                        12 days, 3 hours ago

                                                        you think? Means I only have Rico and Baldock to accompany my 2 liverpool defenders

                                                        1. Hotdogs for Tea
                                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                          • 4 Years
                                                          12 days, 3 hours ago

                                                          how many points do we ever get from our 11th player ?

                                                          You could get a Newcastle defender to tighten up your bench, but I would rather having a transfer up my sleeve to sell KdB for Son in 28 and then get him back

                                                    2. GreennRed
                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                      • 8 Years
                                                      12 days, 2 hours ago

                                                      Drive on. A couple of injuries and KDB and Grealish out for GW28 would make 2FT nicer to have.

                                                  9. Corgzzzz
                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                    • 4 Years
                                                    12 days, 2 hours ago

                                                    Guys, Can I have your thoughts. Would you get rid of Aguero after the WHU game. Surely limited minutes v Lei then a blank and CL in full swing.....also fixtures not great and CL main focus and I have KDB......Or do you keep the greatest striker in PL history for the last 8 years ??

                                                    1. GreennRed
                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                      • 8 Years
                                                      12 days, 2 hours ago

                                                      Depends on who you get for him, but probably any forward is better than him if we can't rely on his gametime. What a waste of magic 🙁

                                                    2. I Member
                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                      • 4 Years
                                                      12 days, 2 hours ago

                                                      If he doesn't start against West Ham keep. If he does I'd sell.

                                                    3. Eat my goal!
                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                      • 1 Year
                                                      12 days, 2 hours ago

                                                      Switching to Jimenez myself

                                                      1. Corgzzzz
                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                        • 4 Years
                                                        12 days, 2 hours ago

                                                        Great answers....already have Jimenez and Ings.....what do we think of Auba or get Vardy back ??

                                                        1. Eat my goal!
                                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                          • 1 Year
                                                          12 days, 2 hours ago

                                                          I’ve still got Vardy but am considering switching him to auba after the blank

                                                  10. Hotdogs for Tea
                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                    • 4 Years
                                                    12 days, 2 hours ago

                                                    Tactic #1 until the end of the season - use your free transfer to buy any decent player in opposition to Norwich

                                                    1. Hotdogs for Tea
                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                      • 4 Years
                                                      12 days, 2 hours ago

                                                      *attacking player

                                                    2. Bobby Digital
                                                      • 2 Years
                                                      12 days, 2 hours ago

                                                      Good idea

                                                    3. Holmes (specialist in failu…
                                                      • 6 Years
                                                      12 days, 2 hours ago

                                                      Surprisingly they aren't conceding much nowadays.

                                                      WHM and BOU are looking more like whipping boys at the moment.

                                                  11. Bobby Digital
                                                    • 2 Years
                                                    12 days, 2 hours ago

                                                    Mo Salah!
                                                    Mo Salah!
                                                    Mo Salah!

                                                  12. GreennRed
                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                    • 8 Years
                                                    12 days, 2 hours ago

                                                    Who would you get for Digne? Needs to play GW28. 2 FT. 1.2m in bank.

                                                    Currently:

                                                    Pope, Martin
                                                    TAA, Gomez, Digne, Dunk, Lundstram.

                                                    1. Bobby Digital
                                                      • 2 Years
                                                      12 days, 2 hours ago

                                                      Newc or Soto defender