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We’ve all been there. Logging on to the Fantasy Premier League website just to have another look at our team. It’s beautiful, a masterpiece. The only issue is that we’ve already looked at it today. Why are we looking again? The answer is very simple really, and it’s mainly dopamine.

Just as Facebook used ‘psychological hacking’ in order to (and this is a genuine quote) ‘take as much of our time and attention as possible’. FPL innocently and unknowingly exerts a familiar influence over many of its managers.

I’m not that good at FPL. I always have a good start but things get messy along the way and I end up somewhere in the top 10 of my mini-leagues, occasionally in the money. I also have an addictive personality by nature, and so ordinarily FPL takes up too much of my time.

I’m a Mindfulness trainer by trade and my aim for this season is to use my knowledge of psychology and mental health in order to have more fun and less stress. After speaking to lots of friends, I see that this seems to be a good recipe for many others as well.

I’ve seen more and more talk about the psychological blunders we all make with FPL, and reactive transfers is a great example of the relationship between Mindfulness and this dear old game. Reactivity is perhaps the number one trait we try to address in mindfulness and meditation courses.

There are a few other nuggets of wisdom within the principles of Mindfulness which relate quite nicely to FPL and the unnecessary issues it can cause. I thought it might be helpful for readers if I summarised a few of the key ones here:

CONTROL

How De Bruyne's new Man City role affects his FPL credentials this season

Perhaps the most important source of FPL suffering is the illusion of control. Despite all the statistics anyone can possibly muster, the truth (however hard to hear it might be) is:

You don’t know what’s going to happen in any of those football matches.

It’s worth reading again because this is vital. We really don’t know. We are guessing. Yes, of course, there are trends, and of course, there’s a high probability that Kevin De Bruyne is going to get quite a few points against Fulham at home, but we can never know for sure and it is totally out of our control.

The follow up truth from this is:

How many points you get this week, or across the season, is not in your control. 

Strange to consider, isn’t it? I bet some people reading this beg to differ, but think about it. Every single point you have ever gained in FPL has been because a random human being miles away from you did something with a football, and it had nothing to do with you. 

Remembering this should be a relief. It takes away a lot of the grasping and clinging to what you think you definitely know, or how well you should/could do this week. Perhaps the most important consequence of remembering this first principle is that we remember to enjoy the game.

FUN

Did you forget? FPL is supposed to be fun! We all started playing this game because it’s enjoyable to try to guess what’s going to happen in the future, and to be rewarded when our guesses are correct. Enjoying the thrill of the unknown. 

This year, with more advice, news and FPL services available than ever before, there is a real risk of many of us losing sight of the enjoyment of the game more than ever before as well. If you really think about it, do you want to give so much energy and time to something which you are not enjoying? None of us do. So it’s in our interests to understand those factors which suck the fun out of the game and attempt to address them in our own relationship with FPL.

Mindfulness is great for this. Any time you notice that you’re miserable or stressed out because of FPL, it’s a good chance to stop and take some time to investigate what’s really going on. Slow down and pay attention to what’s happening in your inner world; bring it into the light. This is a form of meditation, and it doesn’t need to be done sitting on a cushion with your eyes closed. Rather than letting negative emotions drive your behaviour, be ruthless in remembering the above two points: it’s not in your control, and it’s supposed to be fun. Let go!

CONSCIOUS CLICKING

FPL relaunches with/without unlimited transfers for all managers

I started this article by mentioning the relentless checking of the website which many of us have fallen prey to. This behaviour takes place because we get a dopamine hit released in our brain every time we look at our team and remember that we might be rewarded in the future for those players doing well this weekend. Just like Instagram, Twitter etc, this is creating a feedback loop which is incredibly addictive.

The good news is that this means the remedies are the same and there are many. We should consider why we are checking the website and our team and begin to transition to consciously checking when we have a reason to do so. When we pay attention to our behaviours, we begin to transform them.

This is another strategy which can alleviate stress and bring some fun back into the game. Less time wasted is only going to be a good thing. Gradually bringing consciousness into the checking of the website will filter into your thinking processes as well, and before long you will be wasting less energy thinking badly about your transfers during the week and confusing the issue.

Who would want to be addicted to looking at a teamsheet of players from random football teams who you think are going to do well on the weekend? None of us do, and there’s no reason why we need to.

CLEAR THINKING

I was interested to see how well Magnus Carlsen did in FPL last year, and having just started learning to play chess, I think I can see some of the reasons why. Besides having a superhuman memory (which must really help when it comes to remembering stats and transfer options), chess requires extraordinarily clear thinking and decision making.

Magnus is incredibly good at blitz chess, which is when you have only a small amount of time to make your move, and this means he is very good at making decisions without wasting energy. This must be so useful for FPL. When he looks at his team and realises a strategy isn’t likely to pay off, I presume that he immediately discards it at light speed as he would do in a chess match, instead of ruminating over it as most of us would. This clarity of thought, unfortunately, isn’t something we all possess! However, we can still learn from this and try to bring some of it into our own play.

An example of this in relation to Mindfulness is to notice when you are thinking badly about FPL. If it’s just in the back burner of your mind, ticking away throughout the week, this isn’t necessarily helping you.

It would be better to consciously think about it for a short amount of time and make clear decisions which you understand. Make a routine for doing transfers which gives you enough time to gather the info you need and then make your decision, but doesn’t allow you to waste lots of your week. As you practice thinking more clearly and not wasting mental energy, you get better at it. That can only be a good thing.

MEDITATION

Perhaps the most important aspect of practising meditation is that it allows us to access a deeper state of mind. When we are in a deeper state of mind, everything is better. It brings clarity to our thinking and makes it more difficult for negative emotions to hang around and ruin our day.

Really slowing down and allowing the mind to rest fills it with energy, which is more powerful than the kind of energy we use on a day-to-day basis. This energy is likely to help us make much better decisions and enjoy our FPL season. So take a deep breath (or 100) before burning those four points!


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2,172 Comments Post a Comment
  1. MoSalalalalalalalalah
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    All these players doing well is melting my brain. Is Havertz a must now? Especially seeing as Chelsea have a good run of fixtures

    1. BENOIT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      No

    2. COLLIN QUANER
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Nah

    3. Livinginapool - Top 100 Any…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Not a must. Just an option.

    4. Warby84
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      James Rodriguez is the one!!

      1. BENOIT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Really not

    5. Dr. Rog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      i prefer the Havertz/Pulisic routes into the chelsea attack than werner.
      first of all they a mids and secondly they are cheaper.

      1. The Son-dance Kid
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Any thoughts on Mount being an option?

      2. Blitzar
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 12 days ago

        I agree

  2. Boly Would
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    Now starting to think I may go for a 352, thoughts on this?

    Martinez (Steer)
    VVD / Saiss / Lamptey or Ayling (Mitchell)
    Salah / KDB / Son / Foden / Klich
    Werner / Jimi (Brewster)

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

    What do you prefer on wildcard?

    A....salah kdb foden

    B....sterling kdb foden

    City have better fixtures for next 4. Would get salah for West ham home in gw7. Thanks

    1. Dr. Rog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      salah - provides a captaincy option when city have a tricky fixtures

    2. Yes Don
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      I'm sure that number next to your name says '5'. What sort of veteran would have 3 players from one team in midfield?

      1. Flynny
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Cos its city .

        The team that score the most goals.

        And looking at fixtures I won't captain salah for next 4 games

        1. Yes Don
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 12 days ago

          you don't need to captain him. I dunno, you do you, brother. But it seems mental to me.

  4. Feed tha Sheep
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    Is saiss a better pick than Coady? (Trying to save the 0.1)

    1. andy85wsm
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      I think so.

      Unless you REALLY need the 0.1m

      Coady offers zero goal threat

  5. Sid07
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    1)Auba to kdb(-8)
    2) save

  6. HM2
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 12 days ago

    Last 2 spots in my WC, help please:

    a) Zaha/Mitro
    b)Foden/Wood

  7. Pépé Pig
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    Who to get on WC:

    A) Son

    B) Werner

    1. Obi Wan Elokobi
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Werner

    2. Warby84
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      B

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

      Both

    4. Dr. Rog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      a

  8. the vanisher
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    Generally not a fan of early wildcard, but:

    2 red cards (Egan, Bissouma)
    4 imminent price drops (Martial, Soucek, Auba, Egan)
    No Kdb, Jimmy and DCL

    Surely a no brainer to wildcard?

    1. HM2
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 12 days ago

      I would say so , yes

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

      So did I
      Lots of drops, points over value
      Had none, but will get KDB

      I wouldn't WC

    3. The Big Larsbowski
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Yes. No point playing catch-up until november

    4. Dr. Rog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      its a bit late in the week to do it now.

    5. Nomar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      I assume Bissouma was your 5th mid who you were benching anyway?

      As for Egan, you have 4 other defenders you can play, right?

      Price drops suck, but if those players are still scoring you points that’s what‘s most important.

      You (and I) got Martial for a reason. He blanked first game. Every player blanks at some point.

      You can swap Auba for KdB and maybe swap Egan or Soucek, I don’t think you need to WC.

      I know it’s tempting to WC now because loads of people on here are doing it and getting wonderful rave RMT reviews from fellow posters, but let’s see how many of them will be on here wishing they still had their first WC in a few months time....

  9. Horlicks esq.
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    Ooo. Chillwell. Very interesting.

    1. andy85wsm
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Been eyeing him up since pre-season but right now can't look past James for 0.4m

      Maybe that 0.4m is worth guarantee of starts long term

      1. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Best case scenario for James going forward is a rotation role

    2. Dr. Rog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      both look nailed. the prices should converge

      1. BENOIT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        disagree re James being nailed

  10. AYLD28
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    WC thoughts?

    Martinez (Steer)
    TAA James Saiss (Pieters Mitchell)
    Salah KDB Podence Periera (Burke)
    DCL Werner Jesus

    1. Laserface
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Pieters to Naylor I'd say. Rest looks good

      1. AYLD28
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Yeah I’m open to Taylor over Pieters

  11. The Big Larsbowski
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 12 days ago

    Almost 900 K have transferred Werner out, and he is still 9.5. Doesn’t make any sense. Should be more predictability.

    1. PlumaPiedra
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      How many on wildcard?

    2. XabiAlonso
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Nope. The price movements have always been a farce in this game

    3. The Big Larsbowski
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 12 days ago

      The 5 most transferred players out are not down in price. ASM has been transferred out by 600 K, with only 13 percent ownership. I lost price on Saliba when 60 K moved him out. It’s bingo.

  12. MoSalalalalalalalalah
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    Werner or Son for captain?

    1. Laserface
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Werner

    2. Dr. Rog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      werner of those two, but i think there are better options

  13. Fero1905
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 12 days ago

    How is this team in WC

    MARTINEZ
    TAA / SAISS / DUNNE
    SALAH / KDB / SON / ZAHA
    DCL / WERNER / BAMFORD

    STEER / ALZATE / LAMPTEY / MITCHELL

    1. Tony Martial
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Jimessential

    2. Fero1905
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 12 days ago

      I could Downgrade bamford to a 4.5 forward and upgrade DCL to jimenez

    3. Warby84
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Lamptey in for Dunne, without doubt...

    4. Dr. Rog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      on a wildcard you need to sort out your team long term.
      dunne is a booked transfer

  14. Livinginapool - Top 100 Any…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    Putting all your eggs in one basket, and I doubt I'd actually do it, but this Liverpool defence triple-up looks pretty nice...

    Martinez
    Robertson / VvD / Alexander-Arnold / Saiss
    Sterling / De Bruyne (C) / Foden
    Jimenez / DCL / Mitro

    Steer - Podence / Mitchell / Burke

    1. Coys96
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      I'd rather have 2, but rest looks great.

      Not keen on benching Podence a lot - it will punish u a lot. Downgrade him or Foden to 4.5 and upgrade elsewhere

      1. TomSaints
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Downgrade one and upgrade mitro my 2 cent

      2. Livinginapool - Top 100 Any…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Saiss to Digne or Foden to Rodriguez would then be options.

        This is more just playing around, but it's surprisingly nice.

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

      Fixtures for Liverpool are nice, but I don’t think I could deal with the pressure of really bad weeks (even if long term it’s probs good)

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

      I'm also considering triple Liverpool defence. Long term I think it will pay off if you just leave them (easier said than done!). The temptation of course around be to downgrade them to bolster the attack.

      1. Livinginapool - Top 100 Any…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Just saw your team below. I'm normally one to hedge my bets, but I can't help feeling the control they'll have with Thiago, and the attacking returns of each of them, makes them good value.

        My actual WC team currently has just two and Salah, but I like this. No Salah captaincies would probably be an issue long-term, though.

      2. Dr. Rog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        its a terribly boring way to play the game because you cant touch those cash cows in defence so you will always look longingly at teams that can draft in a pulisic or a son or a martial for a sweet bank of fixtures and feel that you are missing out.

        1. Livinginapool - Top 100 Any…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 12 days ago

          It is. But for 4 or 5 fixtures it may work, then one out (for a 4.5m def), maybe swap Sterling with Salah, and you have flexibility again.

    4. Dr. Rog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      when you run the numbers this team is actually amazing.
      limited scope to jump on emerging wagons/players though

      1. Livinginapool - Top 100 Any…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Yeah, that's the issue. It would be a great set and forget team. Restricting yourself from Salah captaincies is a major issue too.

    5. fish&chips
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      I was considering this but then looking at wolves fixtures I feel like a couple of their defence could match Liverpool for the next 6 so I might go 2 wolves 1 Liverpool instead and use the cash further up field

  15. Coys96
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    WC:

    A) Son & Brewster
    B) Jimenez & Alzate

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

      A for me

  16. Taff
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    Any input on this WC team much appreciated:

    Martinez (Forster)
    TAA, Saiss, Taylor, Lamptey, Mitchell
    Mo, KDB, Son, Zaha, Bissouma
    Jimi, DCL, Mitrovic

    1. Snevitz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Overall it looks good.
      What makes you prefer Zaha over Barnes?

      1. Taff
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Good shout. Had thought he was 7.5.
        You think he’s a better pick?

        1. Snevitz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 12 days ago

          I think they're both great picks and at one point I had both in my team.
          Zaha worries me a little because historically Palace have been very low scoring and he had a poor season last year. Also he only took the penalty retake, he's probably still not first choice for penalties.
          Barnes has had 10 shots this season, if memory serves me correctly, only Salah has had more. He looked great against Burnley but last season he failed to find the target much and often didn't get a full 90 mins.
          I've decided on Barnes based on him currently carrying the main attacking threat in a more attacking team.

  17. TheNovocastrian
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    @DomWatts23,

    Good article and just what I needed to read. I've found myself getting very absorbed into FPL again this season, probably more than is healthy.
    So... made my transfers for the week, set my WC team, will (try to) leave it alone until Saturday with no more adjustment.
    Cheers,

    1. YEAH PITCH!
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Agreed

  18. TAT
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    Second WC draft. How does this look?

    Martinez
    TAA - Saïss - Dunne
    Salah - De Bruyne - Potence - Rodrigiuez
    DCL - Martial/Werner - Jiménez
    (Button - Lamptey - Mitchell - Anguissa

    1. Laserface
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      As good as it can get

      1. TAT
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        No Son or Fernandes though, which is only possible if dropping Rodriguez, or going for a lineup with two strikers and a 4.5 on the bench.

  19. Cheeto__Bandito
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Captain Werner or KDB?

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

        Dunno

      2. Warby84
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        I’m on Sterling with VC Werner may go Werner just because it’s West Brom..

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

        Got it on KDB atm...

      4. Pep Roulette
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        KDB. Ndidi out.

      5. HollywoodXI
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Werner

      6. Laserface
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Werner

      7. Snevitz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Probably Werner but only because I'm watching the game and will miss the City one.
        KDB got 5 points against Leicester last season in 180 mins - such a small sample size it's pretty irrelevant I know.
        The argument for KDB captain is that he averaged 8.7 points per home game last season.

        1. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 12 days ago

          Leicester is a home game

          1. Snevitz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 12 days ago

            That's why there is a good argument to captain KDB.

            1. Nomar
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 12 days ago

              Nice reposte!

    • L S P
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Based on the amount of discussion round here, you'd think Podence has an ownership of 39%

      It's 3.9%.

    • Dacra
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Who's this Dunne guy at Burnley? Do I want him on WC?

      1. Dr. Rog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        injury cover. no

        1. Dacra
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 12 days ago

          Ta, thought so..

    • Holding Matip
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Think Chelsea will be a force to be reckoned with once their main players are back
      https://twitter.com/Squawka/status/1308861489164488705?s=19

      1. Deulofail
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        100% aerial duels won
        100% tackle success

        😮

        !!!!

        1. Tempestic
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 12 days ago

          1/1 and 1/1

      2. Seanigula
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Their defense will still struggle...we’ve never seen the rest play together, so who knows...and who knows how long they’ll stay healthy

    • RedWolf
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      So I'm set:

      Martinez Steer
      TAA VVD Robbo KWP Mitchell
      KDB Son Zaha Podence Anguissa
      Werner Jimi Mitro

      Missing United but Werner could switch at a later date

      1. Livinginapool - Top 100 Any…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Going with the Liverpool triple-up, eh?

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

      All these people with good teams wildcarding. Tired of telling them not to.

      1. Nomar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Meh, let them get on with it.

        I’ve always felt wildcarding in GWs 1 and 2 is basically ripping up your team to chase last weeks points.

        Funny thing is, the United and Chelsea players they’re dumping now will probably be the ones they’ll be telling you to transfer back in next week.

        The first WC for me is a way to set your team up for that stretch of matches before the DGWs come.

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

          Yup, surely you planned your GW1 team for the next 6 or so GWs. Then you go and tear it up one game into the season.

        2. ted mcnure
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 12 days ago

          Couldn't agree more- DGW, transfer window, Covid, new players to assess etc- usually aim for dullard starters over Xmas

      2. TAT
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Considered a WC in GW2 but was urged not to by others. The team scored 30 pts, and I had a rank drop of 2.6m. On top of that there were injuries and players who have competition for their places, so a WC now was a no brainer for me.

        1. Nomar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 12 days ago

          Team being decimated by injuries, yes I can understand.

          But like Bobby Digital said above, surely you picked the spine of your team for more than 1 GW. Unless you picked 7 or 8 absolute rotation risks surely a couple of 4 point hits would see you right?

          1. TAT
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 12 days ago

            Of course, the goal was to keep the previous team as long as possible, but there were several picks I immediately regretted; McCarthy (who expected Saints to be THAT bad defensively), ASM and Soucek (failed to deliver and pass the eye test), Ayling, Davies and Vinagre. Vinagre was always a risk, but I hoped he would last a few more weeks as an option.

            On WC I at least have the opportunity to restructure funds and target teams I didn't even consider going into the season. I also have an easier way to get players I don't own.

            1. Nomar
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 12 days ago

              If you WC’ed already then that’s that really. But of the players you described ASM is the only one I’d say you had to shift, Vinagre may well get a run back in the side now.

              Bavies, may lose his place but you might have a week or two grace there. Soucek, starter, can pick up 2 points while you put out other fires. Same with Ayling.

              McCarthy, well, he’ll have his good days just like every other keeper.

              ASM to Podence/Perreira and Auba to KdB for -4 would have been my moves with that lot and saved my WC.

              1. TAT
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 12 days ago

                I considered a simple -4/-8 move, but in the end I didn't like the way the team looked. You could get away with Bavies (if playing), Ayling and Soucek picking up two-pointers, but knowing that all of these would be transfers waiting to happen anyway, I just pulled the trigger instead. Those two-pointers aren't going to push you up the rankings either unfortunately.

                Havertz was also among the players I moved on. He might come good knowing how well he played in Germany, but with other options producing more points, then he had to go as well.

    • Pep Roulette
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Hopefully Semedo is priced at 5.5! Straight into my team in GW4!

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

        5m would be better

        1. Pep Roulette
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 12 days ago

          I don't think he'll be priced at 5. He'll have the license to go forward and is an attacking RB! Still a bargain at 5.5! A steal at 5 though!

    • Dacra
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Might buy Werner and Havertz both back on WC..

    • JamTart
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Think I'm going to back Werner captain this week then bring in Jesus for the double up against the ever open Leeds.

      Thoughts?

      1. Nomar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        If that’s what you want to do then go for it.

      2. TLF
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        As good a plan as any, could work nicely. Go with your gut.

    • Captain Kakaroto (I blame R…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Why DCL got subbed early on? injured?

    • Bretth96
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Do people think Foden will start the next few games?
        Swapping out ASM and debating going for Podence or spending a bit extra for Foden

        1. COLLIN QUANER
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 12 days ago

          Who knows with Pep. I personally wouldn't risk it. Podence seems to be a popular pick on here

          1. Bretth96
              2 months, 12 days ago

              I feel no ones safe from pep roulette except KDB

          2. Dr. Rog
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 12 days ago

            He has been heavily involved since restart. Dilva leaving only helps his cause.

            1. Bretth96
                2 months, 12 days ago

                Seems he has a good chance at the moment with Gundogan and B.Silva both out at the minute too. Good value at 6.5 if he’s getting games in that city team

          3. Herman Toothrot
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 12 days ago

            On WC

            A. DCL and Trent
            B. (If Werner Drops) Werner and Castagne (With Jimenez and Jesus)