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Az and Mark discuss mistakes from 2019/20 in first FPL BlackBox podcast

The first episode of the relaunched FPL BlackBox podcast was beamed live on YouTube last night, with our very own Az and Mark diving straight into the self-reflection.

The pair pull no punches as they discuss their mistakes from 2019/20, be it transfer strategies that failed to pay off or early-season gambles that were – in hindsight – always doomed to flop.

The thorny issue of team value gets a mention as debate rages over whether early transfers are a good thing, especially with the potential threat of COVID-related postponements disrupting short-term plans.

Taking a longer view, Az and Mark also consider what’s been holding them back in the last few seasons and how they can improve going forward.

There’s a first look at the duo’s Fantasy Premier League drafts for the new season, with the curveball picks of Matheus Pereira (£6.0m) and Eddie Nketiah (£6.0m) raising an eyebrow.

The YouTube and podcast links are below.

About the Podcast

The FPL BlackBox podcast is part of our Scout Network.

Each week, Az and Mark will look back on their decisions to reflect on what’s going right – and what’s going wrong.

The co-hosts will be analysing the mistakes they have made throughout the season, with the hope of learning from their errors to become better Fantasy Premier League managers.

There will also be assessments of other elite managers’ performances along the way, along with the usual chat on transfers and captains.

Head over to the FPL BlackBox YouTube page to subscribe now and, while you’re at it, why not do the same with the Fantasy Football Scout channel.


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832 Comments Post a Comment
  1. OLDHERMAN
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Good evening everyone. Need opinions: how many chances - or simply your impressions or forecasts - for Nketiah to play 30+ matches up front for Arsenal as of today? Do you think he's genuine Premier League material?

    1. Drip Doctor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      0%

    2. Ballistics
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Also think he will pick up a load of yc and the odd rc

    3. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Only chance that happens is if Laca goes

      1. amitmishr
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Still auba will play a load of games down the middle with pepe, Willian and saka by his side

        1. OLDHERMAN
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Thanks mate. I admit I am not able to correctly detect Pepe’s potential for 2020-2021. I have not understood what kind of player he is.

    4. OLDHERMAN
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      That's why I was asking. Hattrick tonight.

  2. troller
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Is it true that players from france spain like martial de gea digne rodrigo ferran wont play till after gw2 due to 14 day quarantine period after returning from international break?

    1. Flynny
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      where has this come from?

      1. Eat my goal!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Troller!

    2. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 17 days ago

      No more trolling mate

      1. troller
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        No serious just a doubt since new signings like ceballos gabriel are on quarantine

        1. Jimmers
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Elite athletes are exempt

          1. OLDHERMAN
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 17 days ago

            This.

  3. Flynny
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Is anyone looking to start soucek regularly.

    People say West ham have awful fixtures.

    Newcastle, arsenal, wolves and Leicester are not the worst 4 opening games !!

    1. Eat my goal!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Yeah sure

    2. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Nope nothing more than a first bench fodder

    3. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Definitely

      Can’t go wrong at that price & cant have a team of 12.0’s either

      He fills a slot quite nicely and can basically fail at that price and still be value

      Hope he makes it through the quarantine for GW1 mind you

      1. Flynny
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Yeah thats the things....he's been part of all my drafts...definitely feels 0.5m underpriced. Reminds me of fellainai

    4. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Will probably rotate him with defenders

  4. tricpic
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Two players I’ve not seen in many drafts.
    Saka. On form. Cheap. But a rotation risk. How much will he play?
    Zaha. On form. OOP. A 7m mid playing up front. But Palace.
    Thoughts on both anyone?

    1. El Fenomeno R9
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Nah,as you said rotation risk and other one is not shooting just circus.

    2. OLDHERMAN
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      You said all, mate. But I think Saka will start 25+ matches.

  5. MrCloppity
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    McCarthy
    TAA Soyuncu Walker- Peters Doherty
    Auba Mane Saka ASM Son
    Kane

    Button, Brewster, Davis, Johnson.

    0.5 ITB
    Strategy- Son to Fernandez GW2

    Any advice?
    Any better 5.5m for Soyuncu to start with? (Going AWB ASAP)
    Kane or Werner??

    1. Jonnyb40
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Egan I think isn't a bad shout and he's only 5 mil so you'd have 1 mil itb. Just my opinion

    2. NULL-X-VOID
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      lmao it's just comical seeing people hating on messi here and arguing, it makes me think of IG fanbois having the CR7 vs Messi fight in comments lol

      1. el polako
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Football fans on a football related forum talking about one the greatest ever - really weird isn't it ?

        Changing the subject slightly, what is the best time of the year to cut back azaleas ?

        1. NULL-X-VOID
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Slagging off a dude because you think he couldn't make the cut in PL isn't talking, buddy, it's taking a piss. Which I find objectively humorous.

          I mean I'd rather listen to actual PL football defenders who straight up said that they wish Messi wouldn't come to PL (Robertson btw)

      2. Nightcrawler
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Stopped reading or caring about stupid messi vs cr debates long ago

        1. NULL-X-VOID
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          same, but it's still funny to see people hate on Messi/Ronaldo, it's just is.

    3. El Fenomeno R9
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Which 2 for 12M combined

      A) JWP
      B) Pereira

      1) Mitro
      2) Adams

      1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        B2

      2. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Same dilemma, currently on B1

    4. fc_skrald
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Will Vinagre start for Wolves?

    5. camarozz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Wilson to Villa
      Thoughts?
      More of is it a good or bad move for Villa rather than in fantasy terms...

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Makes Grealish an interesting prospect at 7.0 I think

    6. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      When will Havertz be added?

    7. HadiSLIM
        1 month, 16 days ago

        What do u guys prefer?

        ) Armstrong + Lascelles
        B) ASM + KWP
        C) ASM + Bednarek

      • HadiSLIM
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Also, Is Mitchell 100% a starter? at least for the first couple GW's?

        • Silecro
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Which MID is best gameweek 1 punt up to 7.5? Excluding ASM and Armstrong.

          1. Jon Walter's Hatty
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Id say Bowen or Zaha if he keeps playing oop

          2. Kroneek
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Harvey Barnes

          3. TheMooyBoys
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Hudson-Odoi / Mount could be if it's just for one week and Pulisic looks like he's out

        • Bambi
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          I think I'm settled - a lot invested in premiums with options to downgrade down the line to strengthen squad

          McCarthy
          TAA Doherty Vinagre C.Taylor Mitchell
          Salah Aubameyang Son Soucek Bissouma
          Kane Mitrovic Brewster

          1.5 itb for Son to Bruno GW2, then either Salah or Auba to KdB GW3

        • Chemical76
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Button's gone to West Brom

        • Seanpen
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Matinez
          Taa Justin James vinagre
          Son Saint max abu(c) salah(v)
          Werner Jimenez
          Bench brewster dallas Stephens

          What's your taught on this guys

        • Atimis
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Worth having that core team and additionally playing one of the 4.5 every week?

          McCarthy
          TAA/Davies/Vinagre
          Salah/Auba/Son
          Werner/Ings/Mitro