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How to avoid ‘decision fatigue’ ruining your FPL transfers and captain choices

It seems like there’s a lot to think about in Fantasy Premier League at the moment. Blank Gameweeks, Double Gameweeks, chip strategies and so on. 

Because these decisions can often make or break a season, serious FPL managers tend to invest a lot of time into them. We’ve probably all felt at some point that we’ve ‘overthought’ such a decision, ending up with a worse outcome than we would have had if we’d gone with our earlier drafts and, while we generally use terms like ‘overthinking’ idiomatically, there could actually be some truth to the concept. 

Science suggests that, the more effort we put into these decisions beyond a certain point, the worse our decision-making capacity becomes. Why is this, and what can be done to avoid it? Read on.

Decision Fatigue

‘Decision Fatigue’ is a psychological phenomenon that describes common circumstances by which decision quality deteriorates the longer the decision process goes on. It’s partly why we often end up with trade-offs or decisions which appear irrational in the cold light on day. 

In fact, it’s frequently a reason why formal negotiations are so often protracted (where have we heard that in the news before?) because both parties know their opponent is more likely to make concessions the longer they drag things out.

The root of this effect is something called ‘ego-depletion’. ‘Ego’, here, is used in the psychoanalytical sense i.e. the pragmatic agent that mediates between our moral or critical standards and our more instinctual desires. 

It is not to be confused with ego in the sense of ‘egotism’ which refers to a drive to be viewed favourably by society, a trivial notion that most of us FPL managers gave up on a long time ago.

In short, ego-depletion suggests that, because rational decision-making takes effort, our ability to sustain that effort reduces as we get mentally or physically tired. Brain power (and willpower incidentally) are finite resources. As a result of prolonged effort, we end up making more instinctive and, sometimes, irrational decisions. We are also more likely to act on the basis of our emotions.

One classic example of ego-depletion in practice comes from a study of Israeli court rulings which showed that a judge would grant parole 70% of the time in the mornings but only 10% of the time in the afternoon because, the scientists running the study concluded, the judge got grumpier and less sympathetic as the day dragged on.

It’s not hard to see how this can apply to FPL, particularly around big, drawn-out decisions like Wildcarding or Free Hitting. Just thinking about it now, I know there are plenty of times where, having spent days agonising over every aspect of a Wildcard, I end up changing all sorts of things at the last minute, often to my detriment.

Avoiding Decision Fatigue in FPL

Salah building up massive power in top 10k after Gameweek 14 haul

So how can we avoid decision-fatigue affecting the quality of our FPL decisions? An obvious way might be not to spend too much time working on your FPL team in a single session. Rather than, for example, blocking out an afternoon to work on your Wildcard, try and spread that work over a longer period. Say, 15 to 30 minutes a day over a few days.

Another way to avoid decision-fatigue is to reduce the amount of decisions we have to consider through some level of systemisation. A good example of this approach in practice comes from former US President Barack Obama regarding his process of deciding which suits to wear:

“You’ll see I wear only gray or blue suits. I’m trying to pare down decisions. I don’t want to make decisions about what I’m eating or wearing. Because I have too many other decisions to make.” – Barack Obama

Of course, there was that time he wore that tan-coloured suit to a press conference (the sartorial equivalent of captaining Shane Duffy) but we’ll ignore that for now.

In FPL, this could mean selecting only from a select number of teams who, for example, all have a run of good fixtures ahead. This is likely to be much less mentally-taxing than rigorously comparing the pros and cons of every possible player option in each category.

Alternatively, over the course of a campaign, you could decide on a ‘spine’ of players who you deem ‘season-keepers’; players who will stay in your team irrespective of fixtures and maybe even form. 

For example, last season my FPL team contained Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.2m), Kevin De Bruyne (£11.7m) and Danny Ings (£8.3m) for practically the entire season. 

The benefit of this was that I had a fairly reliable source of points each week and thus I could focus my attention on getting the most out of the other 12 players in my squad. Obviously you have to be pretty careful, maybe even lucky, with the players you choose, but this strategy definitely helps reduce the decision load over the course of a season.

This approach could also work with respect to captaincy. Some people like to choose a single skipper for the whole season whereas others like to have two options who rotate well (e.g. a Manchester City and a Manchester United option). 

Both these methods are significantly less mentally-taxing than trying to choose the best captain based on the individual conditions of each Gameweek and, get the right one or two, and you often end up with at least comparable results.

Another way to systematise your FPL decisions is to establish some ‘rules’ that guide your process. There are some famous ones within the FPL community such as ‘never take a hit for a defender’ but you’ll often find that you build them up as your tenure as an FPL management progresses. 

Mine include; never triple-up on a mid-to-lower table team, never captain and vice-captain two players who play for the same team, if in doubt go with the home player, never buy an expensive goalkeeper and never, ever, own Theo Walcott (£5.8m).

While few of these rules are set in stone (apart from the Walcott one obviously) they do simplify the decision-making process, meaning that I can concentrate more on the things that will have the biggest positive impact on my team.

Finally, if you can sleep on a decision, do.

Summary

In summary, spending too much time thinking about FPL decisions or making those decisions in too-intense a time period can lead to decision-fatigue and, as a result, cause FPL managers to end up making worse decisions than they might achieve through a more measured approach.

Spreading the decision-process out over time, or systematising it through reduced options or rules of thumb can help avoid decision-fatigue and ultimately help improve your results.

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1,514 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Rolls-Royce
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    PL clubs to discuss 2 weeks break. So that means all the fixtures will be rescheduled. All the DGW/BGW planning for nothing.

    1. The 12th Man
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      At least we still have our chips.

      1. Gobigorgohome
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        this

      2. Camino Aleatorio
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Unless you "clicked" Free Hit already....

        THEN YOU ARE DONE!

        How do I know?

        I got my TC ruined during the last shut down. I talked to the dudes at FPL, they were gleeful to see me suffer

    2. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      If you stay flexible with your plans you will be fine.

      You don't have to press 'play' on the chips until the last minute.

    3. Gobigorgohome
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      yes
      it may mean no more Blank GW 18
      no more DGW GW 19.

    4. Tambling5
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Hmmm...my wildcard in 16 involved me having the cunning plan of 12 DGW 19 players and three Spurs, and only seven teams represented in total. If it's 17 and 18 off and resume 15th January, that's ok. However if resume in GW20, I'll be in a right mess! Still I knew COVID might cause some fixture disruption when I chose strategy.

    5. Cruyff's Eleven
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Logistically, there is no scope for the season to be put back without the European Championship scheduled for June being moved - and that is highly unlikely to happen.

  2. Christina.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Best to do nothing in 18/19. Save the chips.

    1. Gobigorgohome
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      my plan

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

        Imagine playing chips in 18/19 and your TC not playing...
        lol

        1. Gobigorgohome
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          exactly

          playing BB and half of the games postpone

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

            jip. C Taylor inj has scuppered my BB plans as I also have Button and Dunne.

            1. Gobigorgohome
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 2 days ago

              nice escape 😉

        2. Cruyff's Eleven
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Yeah, coz that won't happen in gw26.

    2. GOTHAM City F.C.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Best to do is get a new hobby

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

        Done.

      2. Gobigorgohome
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        nah i really like FPL 😉
        I love the pain it gives me 🙁

    3. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      GW18/19 might not even happen as planned or there might even be more teams with double and no blank.
      Just play the gameweeks as they come.

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

        yeah, but you cant plan for postponements after deadline. Prob best to just DGW(c) and save everything else in 19.

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

          Yeah I'll probably save the TC but still tempted to FH in 18.

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

            +1

    4. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Good point. I was going to TC Salah but might not do that now. Couple of weeks yet so things should be clearer

    5. King Kohli
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Makes sense to save all the chips, as with all the possible postponements, we could have a bigger Dgw in future.

      Will try to just get as many dgwers for 19 and go with a normal dgw captain

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

      FH19 still on for me personally

  3. Davros
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Thoughtful article. I am happy I broke my ‘never triple up on mid-low table team’ rule as Leeds saved my bacon this GW!

    1. The 12th Man
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Luck of the draw with Covid.
      Triple up on any team at the moment can go either way with postponing at short notice.
      Could easily have been Leeds that blanked.
      A full playing bench is vital now.

  4. Sanchit
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Rumours of Robbo being benched?

    1. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Yeah, can't do much about it now.

    2. Gobigorgohome
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      yes we will have to accept it if it happens

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

      What is this??? Im not going to make to 30pts...

    4. Party time
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Milner on pens. Dammit

      1. St Pauli Walnuts
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        You reckon? I think Salah would still grab them because, well, he is Salah, and was there ever a greedier player. It's been over a year since Milner last took a pen and Salah wasn't even on the pitch then. Also Salah took one in CL not too long while Milner was on the pitch.

    5. Pompel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Wtf, Coufal, Taylor and now this ! The way this gw"s going, bound to be true

      1. St Pauli Walnuts
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Surely you've been bitten by more than just those two plus Robbo this week? If not, you've gotten off quite well. I have Coufal, Taylor, DCL, KDB and Cancelo. Plenty of people have had it much worse than me.

    6. dansmusen
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      I took in Coufal over Dallas last minute and if Robbo is out i have only two playing defenders (Zouma out aswell). That means i get no bench. Also KDB and Pickford (no other goalie). Beat that

      1. Cruyff's Eleven
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        You could have been on BB. Chin up!

    7. Cruyff's Eleven
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Yeah, we'd been without a juicy rumour for a while.

      Thanks mate!

  5. KingZZ
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Pick one

    A) Neto + Vardy

    B) El Ghazi + Vardy

    C) Martinelli + Kane

    D) Rashford + Wilson

    1. Gobigorgohome
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      I like Neto Vardy

      1. KingZZ
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Personally leaning towards that too. Thanks.

    2. ivantys
        2 months, 2 days ago

        I like Rash Wil if Wil is fit

      • Party time
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Neto + Vardy. I have got those 2 so why not 😉

    3. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      FT to burn. Would you do Dale Stephens (4.3m) to Smith Rowe (4.4m)? He's got 3 of the easiest fixtures coming up and they play BGW18. I'm not playing any chips in BGW18. Any better alternatives?

      1. Calvin Valance
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        I think that's a great idea as long as you don't have more pressing transfers to do. He looks like he's nailed down a place and is in and around the attacking area.

        The other alternative is to just save a transfer as it's probably gonna be a low scoring gameweek anyway

      2. DannyD
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        I like this move and I'm also considering getting Smith-Rowe in myself

      3. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Cheers lads

    4. Dont_Win_Friends_With_Salah…
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      What are the chances of the Spurs game being called off? It seems a matter of time until there is a 2 week (minimum) postponement

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

        Depends on test results from Fulham

      2. Cruyff's Eleven
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Logistically, there is no scope for the season to be put back without the European Championship scheduled for June being moved - and that is highly unlikely to happen.

      3. Kane and Ablett
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Doesn’t make sense to build up a fixture backlog for every team when less than half are affected and in the future may be

      4. The 12th Man
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        If another break is enforced like last season. Unlimited transfers a possibility on return?
        Will be a kick in the teeth for those that WCed in 15/16.

        1. diesel001
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Can definitely see it.

        2. King Kohli
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Did we get unlimited transfers when fpl was restarted in June?

          Don't think a 2 week break will mean unlimited transfers, even though I could certainly do with it.

          1. The 12th Man
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            We did, yes. A lot used BB the first week back as it was unlimited transfers rather than an extra WC.
            Personally I think we should only get them if the break is longer than a month.

          2. St Pauli Walnuts
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            That was 3 months or whatever break, can't see any reason they would do it with a 2 week break.

        3. Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Will revive interest so it's certainly possible, however two weeks isn't enough of a break to justify unlimited transfers IMO

        4. Cruyff's Eleven
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Logistically, there is no scope for the season to be put back without the European Championship scheduled for June being moved - and that is highly unlikely to happen.

      5. Party time
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        That Rashford’s shot was definitely going off target.

        Bruno(C) here but I have to be honest

        1. Party time
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          While Vardy’s shot vs United was definitely on target

          1. Rolls-Royce
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            Agreed on Vardy not sure about Rashy, I think Patricio (on the stretch) would have saved it had there not been any deflection.

            1. Party time
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 2 days ago

              Yeah you’re probably right. Just felt it should have been a Saïss OG

      6. Rassi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        A friend of mine TCed Kane with Son as a vice. He may chew his own arm off if that game gets cancelled...

        1. The 12th Man
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          That’s gonna hurt. I hope they play.
          I’m captaining and vice captaining players in different games while this mess continues.

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

            Likelihood of postponement? I would have thought we would already have that news.

            1. The 12th Man
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 2 days ago

              How late in the day did the Everton v City news of postponement break?

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

                4 hours before kick off. It has caused a major stink so with the knowledge we have relating to the Spurs game, I would have thought we would be given the news by now.

                1. The 12th Man
                  • 7 Years
                  2 months, 2 days ago

                  Maybe. I don’t know. I’ve not seen any news.
                  Guess we just have to sit tight and hope. I only have Kane .
                  What will be, will be. Nothing we can do now.

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

                    Exactly! See below for a great WC

                2. St Pauli Walnuts
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 1 day ago

                  You have to allow for COVID testing time, even if that makes Everton PR people grumpy and graceless.

          2. Cruyff's Eleven
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            You should always split them, at least that's IMHO.

        2. Cruyff's Eleven
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          How is only having one arm going to help?

        3. St Pauli Walnuts
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Schoolboy error, especially in the current climate. He'll know for next time at least!

      7. jdp219
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Each would be for free:
        1) Forster, KDB > Fabianski, Son
        2) Kilman, KDB > Dallas, Son
        3) Grealish, KDB > Rashford, Son

        McCarthy, Forster
        Chilwell, Targett, KWP, Coufal, Kilman
        KDB, Salah, Bruno, Grealish, Soucek
        DCL, Bamford, Wilson

        1. BERGKOP
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          2

      8. Wicked Weapon
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Anybody else on a WC and barely managed 30 pts with two players flagged ? Or just me ?

          1. Wicked Weapon
              2 months, 2 days ago

              3 players flagged just checked again

            • FALSE PROFIT
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 2 days ago

              I have had 3 Citeh, 1 Everton plus Taylor plus Reece James plus Coufal either injured or missing.
              Not saying all have such bad luck but it can happen!
              Worst absentee record in the 10 years I have played the game

              1. Wicked Weapon
                  2 months, 2 days ago

                  Ouch..

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

                    Maybe deserves to be on the "rough with the smoothe" comments (smile)

            • FALSE PROFIT
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 2 days ago

              A question from a non twitter user to Ben Crellin.
              Is it possible any of the postponed fixture could end up in GW18 or GW19?
              Cheers in advance

              1. TorresMagic™
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • Has Moderation Rights
                • 11 Years
                2 months, 2 days ago

                Of course, much less now with the Covid issue though.

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

                  See Black Knight's comment. This throws a major spanner in the works. It could turn out all the GW16 Wild Carders are worse off than if they kept their initial side.

              2. Black Knights
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 2 days ago

                If the FA enforce the 2 week break, they may recombine the 18/19 fixtures into one GW.

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

                  Very interesting

                2. The 12th Man
                  • 7 Years
                  2 months, 2 days ago

                  DGW for everyone. Saves a chip.

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

                    Yep but previous countless hours planning out of the window

            • BlueMan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 2 days ago

              Best Taylor replacement 4.5 or less? (Tempted by Pieters who seems his likely replacement. Could also be talked into losing Dier for a hit which would give me 9.5. (Have Cancelo, Dallas, Justin.)

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

                Many swapped already. obvious choice.

              2. Black Knights
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 2 days ago

                I’m not convinced about Burnley’s games for the foreseeable after FUL, so may go Holding instead. Had Taylor since my WC in GW9 so had been very happy with him.

              3. BERGKOP
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 2 days ago

                Dier the better option but 0.5 more. I'd await news though before making the trade.

            • pundit of punts
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 2 days ago

              Any Liverpool lineup leak?

              1. Silent Friend
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 2 days ago

                no Robbo

                1. Wicked Weapon
                    2 months, 2 days ago

                    Sauce ?

                  • pundit of punts
                    • 8 Years
                    2 months, 2 days ago

                    Full team leaked yet?

                    1. TorresMagic™
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • Has Moderation Rights
                      • 11 Years
                      2 months, 2 days ago

                      Last page.

                      1. pundit of punts
                        • 8 Years
                        2 months, 2 days ago

                        Ta

              2. FPL Kaka
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 2 days ago

                Not FPL related, but just want to send a message to all of you to look after your mental health during this tough COVID time

                🙂

                1. Party time
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 2 days ago

                  Cheers buddy. Take care of yourself too. I love you

                2. Wicked Weapon
                    2 months, 2 days ago

                    Thanks mate. You look after yourself as well. Stay stafe everyone. Cheers.

                  • DOG GOD IT - KEANE 15
                    • 7 Years
                    2 months, 1 day ago

                    Yeah, its been that kind of crazy year. Stay safe and sane everyone!

                  • Do I Not Like Orange
                    • 8 Years
                    2 months, 1 day ago

                    Thanks, you too. Tbh FPL has been a great help to me, even though I'm apparently terrible at the Covid-era version of the game. I'm waiting for a heart transplant so haven't been in shops, pubs or on public transport since March out of choice because I won't take any chances with this virus. Consequently I've had a pretty tough year with anxiety & panic, and really value the slight sense of normality that FPL brings and the distraction planning provides to all the crap out there.

                  • CONNERS
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 1 day ago

                    Thanks - all the best everyone.

                  • Kane and Ablett
                      2 months, 1 day ago

                      It is FPL related though, this game is a welcome distraction- and the extent of the highs and lows we feel are hilarious in this game , last night in particular

                  • shabalala
                      2 months, 2 days ago

                      Any news on Spurs game today?

                      1. Cruyff's Eleven
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        2 months, 2 days ago

                        4pm kick off apparently.

                    • Right In The Stanchion
                        2 months, 2 days ago

                        Let’s be honest all of us Kane cappers were laughing when the City game was called off.

                        1. FALSE PROFIT
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 6 Years
                          2 months, 1 day ago

                          I have Son and I think I will be better off if the game is postponed.

                      • FALSE PROFIT
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 6 Years
                        2 months, 2 days ago

                        An RMT before GW16
                        Lorris (Button)
                        Robbo James Cancello Taylor Coufal
                        Son KDB Sterling Rafinha Soucek
                        DCL Kane (Brewster)

                        Shame if the Spurs game cancelled

                        1. PocketZola
                          • 3 Years
                          2 months, 1 day ago

                          Good very good

                          1. FALSE PROFIT
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 6 Years
                            2 months, 1 day ago

                            if Spurs don't play and Robbo rested it looks like 10 Points in total from 3 players! (Rafinha 8 of those)

                        2. The 12th Man
                          • 7 Years
                          2 months, 1 day ago

                          Just unlucky. Great team

                          1. FALSE PROFIT
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 6 Years
                            2 months, 1 day ago

                            Aye. At least it is a memory

                        3. Flair
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          2 months, 1 day ago

                          My word, that level of unluckiness is insane

                          1. FALSE PROFIT
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 6 Years
                            2 months, 1 day ago

                            Amazing IMO. At least it is a talking point.

                        4. HollywoodXI
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 6 Years
                          2 months, 1 day ago

                          You are absolute proof that this game is based largely on luck. Great team yet you’ll be punished this week completely unfairly and lose ground.

                          1. FALSE PROFIT
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 6 Years
                            2 months, 1 day ago

                            at least a low scoring GW so far.

                      • Brizzledave
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        2 months, 1 day ago

                        Nice article, but worth pointing out that the ego depletion effect has come under scrutiny in recent years as replication studies have failed reproduce the effect.

                        1. rrcmc
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 11 Years
                          2 months, 1 day ago

                          Yes it must be hugely variable for FPL; number of years playing, placement in MLs, overall placement all guiding level of interest etc.
                          There was also an article on here yonks ago about better decision making in the morning which I generally subscribe to (except at 00:30 am after a few drinks lol)

                        2. AC/DC AFC
                          • 5 Years
                          2 months, 1 day ago

                          Fair enough but people tire and make worse decisions too.

                          I was surprised when I read how many calories your brain burns as a proportion overall.

                          Albert not quite sure how that's measured?

                      • rrcmc
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 11 Years
                        2 months, 1 day ago

                        This is a really good article. Thanks.

                      • Slurpy
                        • 5 Years
                        2 months, 17 hours ago

                        is 9 players enough for GW 18? (-4)
                        Whats wrong with the FH?

                      • Bookkeeper
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 26 days ago

                        Is there anything in this for Robbo other than another card?