Interview

FPL tips, advice and strategy from Members League winner Nathan Woollaston

If you managed to finish above our regular contributor Lateriser in Fantasy Premier League in 2019/20, then you would have had a very fine season indeed.

Only one FPL manager managed to do that in our Fantasy Football Scout Members league: Nathan Woollaston.



Nathan, who goes by the user name TheWoollyOnes on our site, finished 27th in the world last season in what was his fourth year as an FPL manager.

He has made big strides since posting a 1m+ overall rank in his debut campaign, ending 2018/19 just outside the top 10k.

First breaking into the top 1,000 in Gameweek 17 of the season just gone, Nathan then managed to crack the top 100 in Gameweek 33+ and was only 14 points off a top 10 finish.

We spoke to him this week to assess his superb season.


Scout: You’re a relative newbie at FPL but have improved dramatically in the four seasons you have been playing. Has your managerial style evolved over that time?

Nathan: Yeah, with the trajectory I’m on winning next season is inevitable! 

I didn’t have a clue my first season, it’s a steep learning curve for sure. Cutting out mistakes and learning patience. 


Scout: Did your strategy change the better your overall rank? For example, once you were in the top 1k, did you look to consolidate that position or push on?

Nathan: I got into the top 1k by Gameweek 17 and it was quite enjoyable! I knew I had more chips than most so just enjoyed it for a while and kept on keeping on. I was seeing the gap to the 10k mark was getting bigger and bigger so I could relax more and more.

But, I did feel a lot of pressure approaching and during the restart as I moved into the top 100. I did not want to go backwards having got there, and my approach did stiffen up quite dramatically – very, very stressful!


Scout: You only took four hits all season and none after the restart. Do you tend to preach patience with your FPL players?

Nathan: I would guess three or four of those were mini-Wildcards too. I am conservative, I guess, looking at that stat. I trust my picks. Too many times I see others making quick sideways transfers after only one or two weeks and I try to avoid sideways moves at all costs.

After the restart, when I was just outside the top 100, a minus four would have cost me about 25-40 places. It was a gamble I wasn’t going to take – and didn’t. The risk versus reward made no sense to me. The margins were so fine towards the end and I needed a ‘very good’ Gameweek score not to lose rank. I couldn’t afford minus fours that weren’t a near-certain thing. For example, I refused Christian Pulisic v Norwich (6), I stuck with Son Heung-min (8) and I didn’t change the balance of my squad.

Magnus Carlsen made some really big moves six weeks out and still managed to push on, which I think is very impressive. Selling Mohamed Salah was as far as I got I think. I didn’t turn the screw enough in hindsight but I wanted to stick to my slow-and-steady game and see how far I could go.


Scout: You have a relatively low-key presence on Twitter. Do you avoid social media and all the ‘noise’ that comes with it?

Nathan: FPL Rockstar was why I’ve returned to my Twitter account. It was a necessity – for better or worse. And I follow a few dozen key accounts. But there is far too much FPL noise! The FPL Twitter rabbit hole has far too many voices and parrots parroting and it certainly doesn’t need me as well. As for following the hivemind whims week to week, you could change your whole team every other week. I would want to win playing my game, not lose playing someone else’s – where’s the fun in that!  


Scout: How do you go about your captaincy picks? 23.31% of your points came from your captains, which was an even bigger percentage than the eventual FPL winner.

Nathan: I always have the ‘anytime scorer’ at any bookies in the back of my mind. Go with the most likely pick, coupled with an even weight of the most popular pick in the captaincy poll – from the players I already own, of course.

Gambling on a differential captain may work for a week or two, but over 38 weeks you will be found out. Go with the odds. I did bring Raheem Sterling in for Gameweek 34 to captain in Gameweek 35. A few friends thought it was ‘brave’ –  and he was very low in the polls at that time – but I thought he was the standout option. I went with the plan and was rewarded handsomely, effectively getting ahead of the game by a few weeks. But overall I have played the percentages.


Scout: How did you settle on your chip strategy this season? I notice you played three in a row (Bench Boost, Free Hit, Wildcard) in Gameweek 30+ to 32+.

Nathan: There was plenty of time to think in lockdown and I heard a throwaway comment on WGTA of that particular strategy. I latched onto it and the more I thought of it, my mind was made up. The extra week’s worth of data by playing Free Hit in Gameweek 31+, I thought, would be far more advantageous than any other permutation.


Scout: How much preparation did you do in pre-season and do you think it’s worth putting much effort in at that early stage given how much can change in the first few Gameweeks?

Nathan: I was very ‘Twitter template’ in the first few weeks. A solid foundation is very important and there should be no need to make any transfers in Gameweek 2, in my opinion. Using free transfers as a mini-Wildcard in Gameweek 3 is something I like. In the first six Gameweks especially, there are many changing team dynamics. A Gameweek 3 Wildcard can look terrible by Gameweek 5.


Scout: Who have been your best buys of the year?

Nathan: I’m most proud of my low-key picks, my enablers and getting on players early.

James Tarkowski in Gameweek 8 turned an average week into a good week. Patience with James Maddison until Gameweek 19 when many were flip-flopping to Mason Mount, Christian Pulisic, Adama Traore et al. James Ward-Prowse did well for me in Gameweeks 12-16, scoring 22 points – which doesn’t sound much but I was fighting other fires at the time and he ticked over nicely compared to his peers. Harvey Barnes for Gameweeks 28 and 29, too.

I tend to get players for three, four or five-week blocks, though. Sometimes they outstay their welcome but that approach has worked very well. Be patient and trust your choice. If you aren’t sure you probably shouldn’t have picked them in the first place, however.


Scout: Can you think of anything that went wrong and how you went about remedying it?

Nathan: I made the exact same mistake this season as I did last. I got rid of (and was immediately punished by) Raul Jimenez ahead of the Liverpool game, when he scored. I corrected it the week after next and he did well for me again for a number of weeks. I’m a Wolves season ticket holder and I’m very conscious that I’m overly harsh when looking at Wolves assets.

I also got Paul Pogba for his false-dawn return in Gameweeks 19 and 20. I got on far too early. I was badly punished last season when I didn’t have Pogba at all for his crazy scoring run; it’s the ‘fear of missing out’.

Generally, I do feel I’m good at moving away from players quickly and decisively when I need to though – and without being punished – which is the other side of a very important coin. 


Scout: You played double Liverpool defence for a big chunk of the season. Do you think you’d repeat that policy again next year?

Nathan: Yes, that was horrible wasn’t it? I was very prepared to die on my hill owning Andrew Robertson and Virgil van Dijk until Gameweek 9. I can’t put into words my contempt for Adrian. I’m a big subscriber to chaos theory though: I wouldn’t have ended up where I did if I’d made all the ‘right’ moves early on. Having said, that double defence/attack is a very strong sword – as long as it works.


Scout: You barely played five across the middle all season, at least until after the restart. What was your thinking there?

Nathan: It seemed the obvious move to me after the restart to move towards a five-man midfield. There was a wealth of midfield talent and unreliable and/or expensive forwards. A few weeks later everyone seemed to be talking about a ‘power five’ and I was already there.


Scout: The only Gameweek in which you didn’t own Kevin De Bruyne was on your Free Hit in Gameweek 31+. Did you effectively build a team around him and is he a must-own next season too, do you think?

Nathan: He was my first pick and I never considered dropping him. Watching him and not owning him is awful and sucks all the fun from the game. He is the best player and I want him to do well. I had loads of value tied up in him, sure, but I’m also very much in love with him. And that’s important too.


Scout: Would you define yourself as a stats-based manager or one who prefers the eye test – or a bit of both?

Nathan: I watch far too many live games, as my missus would confirm. I lived in Dubai until a few years ago and realised how watching 3pm games can tremendously help with FPL. You are gaining at least 20/25% more info than many rival managers in doing so. Far too many FPL players (and pundits) rely on bare stats or three-minute Match of the Day highlights packages – which do more harm than good most of the time. So eye test for me.

Stats can flag and signal but I would confirm with my own eyes. The only exceptions I can think of was the Teemu Pukki bandwagon (which I was late to in any case) and Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who I bought unseen, although he did quite well – at a no-brainer price – for a number of weeks.


Scout: How long have you been an FFS member? As an FFS user, which parts of the site have been of most use to you?

Nathan: Two seasons. I read the Members articles, I look around the tables, and, on occasion, check out the player data and Rate My Team, especially early season.

My main resources have been the Members Area, Reddit, Twitter (a few dozen accounts only), Fantasy Football Scout and Let’s Talk FPL videos, and the WGTA podcast on my 45-minute each-way commute. I’m able to digest and process ‘community info’ quite well in this time.


Scout: Which players have you got your eye on for 2020/21?

Nathan: Even though I didn’t own him at any time this season, Pulisic looks the real deal and should be value at, say, £8m-£10m? It might not matter the price, just start with him.

Son could be priced kindly and if he starts the season up the middle – where he should be – he could be a monster, as he’s so much better than his fellow Spurs midfielders.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka should have got so many more points for me the last six Gameweeks; I’m still sore about it. These three are likely in my Gameweek 1 squad.


Scout: Have you got any wider strategy advice as we approach the new season?

Nathan: Understand you can’t own everyone and there are no essentials. Just look at the top teams. When I was ranked 400th, I hadn’t owned Sadio Mane, Sergio Aguero, Danny Ings, Son Heung-min, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Jack Grealish or Todd Cantwell at any time, which many people found to be very strange indeed. There are many ways to skin a cat. Play your own game.

Choose your battles. FPL is a tough boxing match. It’s hard and you will have to take a few punches and you’ll probably get bloodied and likely even lose a few rounds but grind it out, stay consistent in your application and you’re far more likely to get to the result you want.

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703 Comments Post a Comment
  1. JJeyy
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    "That boosts the appeal of instead turning to Pereira, who could turn the heads of many managers if he is listed under £6.5m."

    - FPL site article, he'll be a shout at 6m, if what they are implying is true

    1. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Sounds like Buendia this time last season.

      1. JJeyy
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Probably yeah

    2. amitmishr
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Which Pereira is this?

      Ricardo? He will likely be 6

      1. Nickemon
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Matheus of WBA.

  2. FALSE PROFIT
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Slightly off subject. I watched Wolves vs Olympiacos last night. I was a little disappointed on Wolves performance, but every time I see Jimmi play, I get more impressed.
    The guy could play anywhere. Hi movement is similar to KDB, his awareness that of Auba and intelligence like Firmino.
    That guy would be brilliant playing for Liverpool and the 4 could rotate beautifully.

    1. Berbs
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      He would cost more than a packet of crisps so Liverpool won't be interested.

      1. Cilly Bonnolly
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Liverpool, who paid 75 million for Van Dijk?

        Actually, Liverpool, who paid 35 million for Andy Carroll?!

        1. Karan14
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          They only bought VVD & Allison after selling Coutinho.

          1. Cilly Bonnolly
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Right? That’s how it works. Being sensible and balancing the books is how you don’t end up doing a Leeds United. But they’re not scared to spend big money on players when they can.

          2. Paul Psychic Octopus
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            When they've sold Salah they should have some spare change.

        2. Berbs
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Liverpool sell to buy.

          Net spend is the most important measure when it comes to transfers.

          1. Cilly Bonnolly
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Again, that’s just good financial management. It’s how they HAVE operated and with shrewd transfers it’s hard to argue that it hasn’t been brilliant work by them. It’s a bit simplistic though to say they’ll NEVER spend money on a player unless they sell someone first.

      2. FALSE PROFIT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Pool can be shrewd. They don't want to get tagged another Arsenal.

    2. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      No Premier League forward has been directly involved in more goals in all competitions in 2019-20 than Raúl Jiménez (36 - 26 goals, 10 assists).

      1. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        He's super consistent - always good for a goal, never for two.
        There was talk of Juve coming for him a week ago. Where did that go?

        1. Karan14
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          I think all are just false rumours.
          Wolves aren't going to sell him for anything less than 75m and no club will pay that kind of money for him right now.

          1. Andy_Social
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            I think 75m was bandied about. Dunno, I can see us all loading up on Jimi only for him to be sold on TDD. The late deadline is going to cause havoc.

            1. Karan14
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              I doubt Wolves will sell him so late unless they have already signed a replacement.

              Agreed I think it's going to be tough manoeuvring around the early blanks/doubles and a late TDD. Can definitely see myself using the wildcard pretty early.

      2. FALSE PROFIT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Yeah, but its his style. So pleasing to the eye.

      3. Would Ed Woodward
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 13 days ago

        He has played about 250 games this season though.

    3. THE WERNER DELUSION
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      agree, he really is quality

  3. Little Red Lacazette
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    With Wolves through last night & ManU the night before, might we have a lot of prime players missing for GW1?

    1. Cilly Bonnolly
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      It’s definitely looking like an early wildcard will be played.

      1. Goodbye Horses
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        How may do we realistically need though, that can't be handled with a mini-wildcard?

        1. Nimby
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          4 or 5?

          1. Goodbye Horses
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Straight away? I should think three would do me.

            1. Nimby
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Maybe 3, yeah. Depends what you count as premium. Could see myself with Trent or VVD, Salah, Son, Kane/Vardy/Werner.

              1. Goodbye Horses
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Ah okay. Sorry, but what I mean is I can't see a reason to use an early wildcard to suddenly load up on latecomers three gameweeks in, especially if our gameweek one choices show decent form.

              2. Notso Athletic
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 10 days ago

                Wait until Werner does well. The percentage chance of a player doing well in first year of prem is scarily low! after three / four weeks you can see and you haven't lost many points by picking a more boring safe option... like Jiminez

        2. Marmalade Forest
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          If the fixtures fall say BGW1, DGW3, and the oppo is favourable, you’ll want to bring in five or six no?

          So unless you start with one or two blanking on the bench, it’ll be a big hit

          1. Goodbye Horses
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Suppose we'd have to see the fixtures, for sure.

    2. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      If they win their next games, they meet in the semi. One will therefore miss first 2 GWs, the other GW1. Same for City if they progress past Real and onwards. GW 1 could be messy - it's been well discussed over the last few days.

      1. Karan14
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        This.

        And if anyone one of City, United or Wolves lose their next game they will be available for GW1.

        1. pingissimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 13 days ago

          They would be but I’m pondering whether it makes a difference that they’ll have less rest/preseason/training than other GW1 sides. They could be coming off 3 weeks hols and I week of training perhaps.

          1. Karan14
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Doubt it'll be 1 week of training.
            More like 2 weeks holiday and 2 weeks training. Plus everyone has already had a 3 month rest between April-Jun and then a couple of weeks after PL.

            1. pingissimus
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Fair point

              But I’d assumed the rest was an enforced rest and precluded training. Wrongthink perhaps

              The analogy I’m drawing is avoiding players who went deep into the World Cup - the team you want by GW4 say may not be the team you want in GW1

    3. FOO FIGHTER
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 13 days ago

      City as well unless Madrid swamp them tonight.

  4. pingissimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Does anyone have the comparative minutes for Walker and Laporte in 2018/9? I seem to recall Walker was semi-nailed for a Pep defender.

    I’m wondering if Ake as a viable stand in will reduce Laporte minutes and make 6.5 pricey - put him in Walker territory. Part of Laporte’s attraction is/was very regular minutes compared to any other defensive option. In a sense that 6.5 could be an effective 7.0 if you factor in the need for an extra sub to cover absences.

    6.5 is right no?

    1. Paul Psychic Octopus
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Soccerway is a good source of stats - shows total minutes, starts, subbed on/off etc.

      https://uk.soccerway.com/national/england/premier-league/20192020/regular-season/r53145/

      1. pingissimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Ty will have a shufti - always good to have a new toy to play with

    2. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      You not got the FPL site? It says Walker 2776 mis and Laporte 3056 mins.

    3. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Depends on furth transfer activity. Will Garcia be gone? Will Koulibaly or some such come in? If the 4 CBs are Laporte, Ake, Stones and Otamendi, I'd assume Laporte has to play as much as possible.

      1. pingissimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Laporte and Ake are both left footers apparently- I’d rather missed that point. Could be an either or there and it explains why City are still looking for another CB - presumably to play on the right

        1. amitmishr
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Yeah, some news reports said they are looking at koulidably. With Eric on the way to barcelona, they may have to find another one anyways.

          Why is umtiti totally out of favour. May be united/chelsea/city/ liverpool can try for him as well

          1. Would Ed Woodward
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Umtiti is also left footed so he probably won't help City unless they're trying to be an answer to a future trivia question.

          2. SweepaKeepa
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Umtiti has been playing (occasionally) with one working knee this season. Barca fans think he’s shot.
            Needs an op and a confidence boost. Big gamble.

            1. amitmishr
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Ok, thanks. Haven't followed la liga at all

    4. FALSE PROFIT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Laporte over his injury and is an attacking threat who can play left back. Worth the extra IMO.

    5. FALSE PROFIT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      40 points in 400 minutes after lockdown also.

  5. Silent Friend
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Gw1 template

    Pope

    TAA Gomez 4.5 4.5 4.0

    KDB Bruno Sterling 6.0 4.5

    Ings

    1. Paul Psychic Octopus
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Things could start looking Dirty if any Leeds players make the template.

    2. CONNERS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Salah instead of Sterling for me.

    3. jtreble
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Your midfield probably won’t play GW1.

      1. Little Red Lacazette
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        +1

    4. FALSE PROFIT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Pope TAA Gomez and Ings will be the on players in GW1 probably.

  6. noquarternt
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Richarlison.

    What do you reckon? Reclassified as a forward? Price cut?

    1. amitmishr
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Probably striker @8, 7.5 may make him pretty decent bet

      What about tammy, will he be first choice or deep discount.
      Also, will mount get similar starts this season given intense competition

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

        I would not go near an Everton asset with a barge pole.

      2. Fit of Pique
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Richarlison as a forward at 7.5 I would consider

    2. Nimby
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Yes to both I think. Take away his extra points and £8m is a rip off.

    3. King Kohli
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      8m forward

  7. Pedersen
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 13 days ago

    This fixes a lot for me:
    Premier League clubs today agreed to revert back to using a maximum of three substitutes per match in 2020/21, with up to seven players allowed on the bench.

    Sources
    https://twitter.com/FFScout/status/1291415989314293760

    1. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Carrier pidgeon just arrived?

  8. Pedersen
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 13 days ago

    In case of blank 1gw, can free hit even be played? What would the team revert to?

    1. Blueberg
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      No it can't be played, as you say, there will be no team to revert back to.

  9. Wolves Ay We
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    There will be NO "drinks breaks" next season. It was only a temporary measure.

    1. Goodbye Horses
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Sly Lucozade on the touchline.

    2. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      I liked them - was perfect to go for a quick piss

    3. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Thank god. I think the drink breaks were going under the radar as one of the biggest reason why the games were so low intensity at the end of the season. Took a lot of momentum out of the games.

      1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        You can say that again....

    4. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Thank god. I think the drink breaks were going under the radar as one of the biggest reason why the games were so low intensity at the end of the season. Took a lot of momentum out of the games.

      1. Trophé Mourinho
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 10 days ago

        lol

  10. pokern1nja09
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Could someone please explain to me why some teams could miss GW1? The start of the season in September seems a long way off to me.

    1. THE WERNER DELUSION
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      they 'need' a 30 day break or something I think

    2. FALSE PROFIT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      It has been agreed all players are entitled to one months rest. 11 September kick off means the obvious

      1. pokern1nja09
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        ok fair enough. I thought they had a long enough break during lockdown.

        1. Would Ed Woodward
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 13 days ago

          I don't think lockdown can be considered a break for anyone.

    3. Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      If the teams left in Europe are still in the competitions after 12 August they will miss Gameweeks as players need 30 days to recover.

    4. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      My boyz need time to chill in Las Vegas with Justin Timberlake and Drake and post mad Instagram pics for thousands of likes innit.

  11. acesingh
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    So if we get BGW1 & 2 and DGW3

    I’m guessing the consensus plan would be to FH in GW3 and wildcard GW4

    1. Major League Shocker
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Waste of a FH, you'll need it later in the season. These won't be the last BGWs/DGWs.

  12. Would Ed Woodward
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 13 days ago

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/52970612

    If anyone is bored, this is a great read about Branko Zebec who managed Bayern to their first Bundesliga title and struggled with alcoholism.

    1. Berbs
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      I'm bored but haven't quite reached this level yet.

      I still need to post my imaginary FPL team before reading articles. 😉

      1. Would Ed Woodward
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 13 days ago

        lol, I think you'd enjoy it actually, fascinating character, it's a shame they didn't or couldn't interview Keegan about him.

        1. Berbs
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          I'll give it a read!

  13. Berbs
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    WSL fixtures announced today for new season which starts Sept 5

    Can we expect fixtures to be released next week?

    1. Fantasy Gold
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      I’ve got a sneaky feeling it’ll be 10th August.

    2. Would Ed Woodward
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Sounds about right.

    3. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      I doubt women's fixtures need as much notice

      1. Berbs
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        *logs out before you get attacked*

        1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          There are plenty of valid reasons for people to attack me - I can't see this is one of them though!

        2. Pumpy Pro
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          He shouldn't get attacked for that mate. Can't cancel out people's views. Women's football is utter dross, doesn't mean to say you are bringing down the entire female population. Just like men's cricket is utter dross

          1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            I wasn't actually slagging off women's football - I was just saying women's games are easier to have at short notice because of the logistics around security, media attendance, domestic and international TV coverage.

            It's like saying its easier to organise a gig in the local park than it is to arrange Glastonbury festival.

            1. 7shadesofsmoke
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              1. 7shadesofsmoke
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                😆 I will pray for you

            2. Pumpy Pro
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Well i think its hard to watch personally. I mean i am not against it or anything, why would i be ?but there is a reason it never really gets big and that is because people don't want to watch it. Simple. In this crazy day and age where you are not allowed an opinion unless it fits with what society want you to think i know that will annoy some folk but it isn't about men vs woman it is the standard and the lack of vested intrest ( i don't follow a team) that is why i couldn't sit through it

              1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                I'll sidestep this minefield and just summarise that the timing of the launch of the women's fixtures has pretty much nothing to do with when the PL fixtures will be released imo.

                1. Pumpy Pro
                  • 11 Years
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  😆 why would it

  14. Zim0
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Do we think McCarthy comes in at 4.5? He seems like the only keeper worth getting at that price. Everyone else to be expensive?

    1. Zim0
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Don't trust westham or crystal palace defences. Hope leeds will be good value

    2. Berbs
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      I don't see why he would be more than 4.5. I think the likes of Guaita, Dubravka and Fabianski should drop to 4.5.

      1. Bouncebackability
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Fabianski maybe, no way Guaita or Dubravka drop for me, they’d more likely go up than down, though I think they’ll stay at 5.

        1. Fit of Pique
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Fabianski at 4.5 would be straight in for me.

          If Guita and Dubravka also dropped there's no way I'd pay more than 4.5 for a keeper

          But I don't think any of them will. Like last year, think there'll be just a handful at 4.5 - the promoted teams, and maybe 2/3 others

    3. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Yeh, hope so. He's the gk I'm targeting if I can't afford Pope.

    4. SweepaKeepa
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Lloris is interesting if 5. Otherwise McCarthy at 4.5. Or Meslier at 4.0.

      1. Zim0
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Yup I'll go lloris if 5. Otherwise McCarthy probably.

      2. Salarrivederci
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Think Lloris will be 5.5 though.
        Do you reckon Meslier will be their starter at an age of 20? 🙂

        1. SweepaKeepa
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Stranger things have happened this year.

      3. Bouncebackability
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        FPL have been canny last couple of years. Can’t see Meslier being anything but 4.5. If I’m wrong, he could be the most owned player in the game come gameweek 3.

        1. Fantasy Gold
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Highly doubt they’ll price Meslier at anything other than 4.5 unfortunately

    5. Fit of Pique
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Matt Ryan at 4.5?

      1. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        LLoris 5.5
        McCarthy. Ryan, Meslier all 4.5
        If I go for a 4.5 it'll be down to fixtures and between those 3. Possibly 2 of them if there's a good rotation. Ideally I'll have Pope and fodder.

  15. Arn De Gothia
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    What a false rush. Updating account info on FPL but then nothing

    1. Cilly Bonnolly
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      I know, what was that about? Logged in all excited, only to see everything as it was before. 😀