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Mindfulness, mental health and FPL in a season of disruption and variance

Mindfulness coach and Community trial winner Dominic Watts discusses how Fantasy Premier League managers can ensure they enjoy a healthy relationship with their favourite game.


With the United Kingdom subjected to another lockdown at the start of this new year, the human mind is up to all its old tricks with a vengeance. 

Being out and about helps us to use our energy up in all sorts of different ways, and being stuck in does no good for our mental health if we let the mind run riot. 

Those problems affect Fantasy Premier League managers just as much as the rest of the human race so I have put together something for the community during these challenging times as we seek to find balance and perspective in FPL and life in general.

FPL never fails to surprise us. As I signed on to make my transfer back in Gameweek 9, convinced I had to get rid of Son Heung-min (£9.7m) ahead of the Manchester City game, there he was staring at me on the homepage doing that heart celebration. I simply couldn’t press the button. That day, I won as Spurs won 2-0 and Son got 10 points. But it could easily have gone the other way.

For example, as I opened up Notes on my iPad in preparation for writing this article, I stumbled upon an absolutely hilarious ancient relic. It was a watchlist of players I created on September 11 this year, the day before the 2020/21 campaign kicked off. It was something I had completely forgotten about, perhaps on purpose when you consider who I had marked down as hidden gems ahead of the new season:

  • Pulisic
  • Vinagre
  • Alli
  • Brewster

Now this is no offence to these admittedly excellent footballers, but it just shows how fickle the FPL gods can be. Between them, these boys have amassed a grand total of 50 points this season, 28 contributed by Christian Pulisic (£8.2m) who has one goal and one assist so far. 

Either way, this served as a stark reminder that someone hugely in favour one day is a laughable consideration the next, and so the rollercoaster goes on. Sometimes we might wonder why we put ourselves through all this.

Why So Serious?

Well, anyone who has seen the fantastic Leed United documentary Take Us Home will have felt the goosebumps as the players could not resist breaking their quarantine rules to exit the building and be closer to the elated, chanting fans after they secured promotion to the Premier League. 

The emotion was truly incredible to witness and, just like football itself, people who don’t play FPL can be utterly mystified by how much others care about it. My wife hates football so much that she even had the gall to stop picking my captains for me based on random numbers a few years ago (I’ll never forget the day Kevin Nolan got me a hat-trick on her say-so). 

On the face of it, I can understand the view that we should not get ourselves worked up about FPL. After all, you’re picking an imaginary team of real players who get points for you and then getting really annoyed when you don’t pick the right ones. 

But if you want to pick it apart, you can make similar arguments about most things people care about. The thing is that as human beings we create meaning. We give meaning to the things that we care about and so if we decide to care about FPL, it becomes meaningful to us. It may not be easy to understand how someone gets massively into stamp collecting, knitting or beekeeping, but the same principles are at work. 

When we allow something to be meaningful to us, we become vulnerable to its forces. In terms of FPL, this means we are choosing to be at the mercy of its ups and downs, and we can’t have the ups without the downs. 

The challenge is finding balance, so we can enjoy the rollercoaster without it having a negative impact on our lives. To that end, let’s look at a couple of key themes which seem to cause a lot of the trouble. 

What Time’s Kick Off?

Did you know that Stephen Hawking held a party for time travellers and only sent the invites out after it had finished? Surely if they didn’t come there was no point sending the invites out? Well, I guess if he didn’t send them out then he wouldn’t have been able to say that they had turned them down.

Sorry about that. As you can see, time travel is a bit of a mess. But it’s no wonder so many of us are stressed; that’s what you’re doing all the time. Have you ever considered how amazing it is that you are able to access possible pasts and possible futures whilst being in the present? 

Your time travel powers come as both a blessing and a curse. They are the source of both the excited anticipation that comes with waiting for the weekend’s games to start and the empty comedown of having your captain blank for the second week in a row. 

This same time-traveling ability of ours causes so much trouble in every area of life as well as FPL. What this means, though, is that the wisdom which has been passed down through the ages to help people live a balanced life can be really useful for those of us who play this wonderful game as well. 

What you will see throughout the rest of this article is that as the mind twists and turns through imaginary timelines, dragging us along for the ride, the remedies for FPL angst are always simple, always the same and always in the present.  

Uncertainty?

One of the main culprits which causes us stress and anxiety is uncertainty and living through 2020 has really brought this home. The coronavirus has forced us to face uncertainty about so many things: work, health, socialising, traveling and even Christmas in the end.

The fact of the matter is that life is uncertain but the mind seeks and loves control because when it feels in control it feels safe. If we know exactly what will happen to us in the next week, it can help us to feel secure and comfortable. The dark side of this is that it’s less fun, less realistic and simply not the truth.

We don’t know what will happen to us tomorrow and some of the best things possible happen totally out of the blue. Yes, some of the worst things do too, but that’s the game we’re in. There’s no point pretending otherwise.

Actually, FPL is a great training ground for learning to live with this. After all, uncertainty is the main attraction of sport. As fans we want to see what happens, because we don’t know. It’s the thrill of the unknown which keeps us coming back and makes it so epic when outrageous things happen. 

Mindfulness teaches us that when we start to consciously embrace uncertainty, life can be way more exciting and energising. It can help us to live more fully now instead of always worrying about what is around the corner. Remember that this game wouldn’t be fun at all if we knew exactly what was going to happen all the time!

Acceptance

Uncertainty relates quite nicely to acceptance because it’s hard to accept uncertainty. When we can’t accept something, we fight it, and this uses up a lot of energy.  

Let’s take a real life example which is pretty serious: a break up. So much of the difficulty with a break up comes from non-acceptance of the fact. The mind will pull out all of the stops to convince us that it just can’t be true and we can change the past. 

The problem is that all of this happens subconsciously and so we don’t generally see what’s going on. Thoughts are moving so fast that we believe their stories without question and follow their lead. Yet accepting things as they are is incredibly powerful medicine and, unfortunately, it’s worth practising because it’s not the mind’s natural way. Have a look at what the mind is saying. Is it trying to fight the past?

In FPL, the mind can use up a lot of energy by doing so. It sounds ridiculous to think about logically, but it happens all the time. Ask yourself next time you have a ‘thought storm’ relating to FPL, how much of this is caused by unavoidable uncertainty or not accepting what has happened? 

My brother often says when it comes to transfers that we ‘can’t have them all’. On the face of it, this seems obvious, but it’s a great example of acceptance in action. When you truly accept that you can’t have all the players you’ve had your eye on, you might see that this subconscious desire has been causing some stress. Seeing this can bring relief and a more light-hearted approach to the game. 

What To Do?

So what can we do about all this? What can we do when the mind is going round and round in circles of uncertainty, avoidance and trying to control the future? Well the short answer is look

The longer answer is that we don’t need to ‘do’ anything, in the normal sense of what we mean by that. In fact, anything we ‘do’ is likely to make things worse. We can’t stop thought and we don’t need to. Thinking happens. To all of us. A significant part of the mind’s job is to anticipate and solve problems, so it just loves having something to chew on. When we interfere and try to suppress, control or stop thoughts, we tend to just add fuel to the fire.

What we can learn to do is be curious about what the mind is doing and learn to really look. Look properly, not just at the mind, but at everything else in the present as well. 

Look at where you are, what you are doing, what is happening now. When we connect to the present moment, the dramas and stories of the mind are seen in a different light.This is the golden key and it opens up a choice of how to respond to what is happening now. Try it out and hopefully you’ll see what I mean. 

You may end up laughing at how anxious you were about your transfers, or seeing that you were convinced someone is going to get 100 points this week just because the league leader has them in their team. Ridiculous, right?

Bringing it all together

More home struggles for Vardy as Lookman's FPL form continues

As I write this, my mind reminds me that I thought Jamie Vardy (£10.2m) was DEFINITELY going to get 10+ points against Fulham in Gameweek 10 and that I should have burned the extra four points to bring him in for Timo Werner (£9.2m). We all know that would have turned out.

One thing I know for sure, though, is that I’m not the only person making these decisions. Anyone who has owned Vardy this season has had to make tough calls on him at various points. 

This reminds me that all of the thoughts and emotions we experience in relation to FPL are not ‘my’ thoughts. They are just par for the course; the standard thoughts of everybody playing this game.

Seeing that thoughts are just thoughts, that you don’t own them and you don’t need to control them, is the start of developing a more relaxed relationship with the mind. It allows you to watch its acrobatics without being so attached to what goes on and this detachment brings a more healthy perspective.

Who would have thought that choosing a team of players could bring us face-to-face with some of the most difficult aspects of the incredibly confusing job of being a human?

Lessons learned from FPL Gameweek 17

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1,372 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 5 days ago

    Ahoy

    1. Yank Revolution
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Polloi!

    2. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Shipmates

    3. St Pauli Walnuts
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      There there

  2. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 5 days ago

    Bottomed on last thread

    Wc team and plan, any changes you would make ?

    Martinez
    Cancelo, AWB, holding
    Kdb, Bruno, saka, sterling, el ghazi
    Watkins laca

    Meslier, bamford, cresswell, coufal

    1.7 itb for 19 - laca to ings or sterling to salah or both and then BB

    1. Tsparkes10
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Don’t like the el ghazi and Watkins double up personally. I’d go Wilson over Watkins and then maybe move to Antonio for the dgw

    2. Tsparkes10
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Very jealous of cresswell and Coufal double up

      1. Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Yeah, I need to be careful tho, only have 1FT after so don’t want to leave myself trapped with to many players from poor teams with poor fixtures 20-24

    3. NATSTER
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      I still wondering if I should go with double MCI mids or double defenders.

      With both KDB and Sterling, it looks strong and easier to switch back to Salah.

      1. Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Yeah, the fixtures just look to good to me and I feel covered defensively with Cancelo, much bigger upside this way

        Could back fire of course

        1. NATSTER
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          These three are the most attacking combo. I actually like it the most but still hesitated.

    4. FantasyHero
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Great team!
      1. Dont like Watkins double up...many better options there.
      2. I would prefer a double united attack and double city defense

  3. brianutd-why always we? 20
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    We’re all going stir crazy

    1. Pep bites Kun
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      No we're not, just playing a game. Let's enjoy it 🙂

  4. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    Spurs XI:

    Lloris (C), Aurier, Sanchez, Dier, Reguilon, Hojbjerg, Sissoko, Ndombele, Lucas, Son, Kane.

  5. thegaffer82
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    Did anyone read that article???

    FFS turning into a nannying organization or what!

    1. PLerix
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      They’re getting so much hate for their gambling articles, so trying to make up forblir with this stuff, maybe?

      1. The Suspended One
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        How about some team news and actual insight?

        1. PLerix
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          People get that from FPL Show and podcasts, and gets told who they should bring in. I might be wrong.

          1. The Suspended One
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            I only come on here and that’s more so for the banter

            1. PLerix
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 5 days ago

              A rare discussion, question asking and banter is whats left. Good enough for me to pay for membership 🙂

      2. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        They would never do that because it show up their hypocrisy. They only go into arenas where they can talk vacuously and generally showing they 'care'. There are a number on the fpl site who like to push the mental health agenda. Nothing wrong with that if they focused on serious issues suicide, bipolar and so on. However, they do not see how silly it looks tying it to fpl and cheapens mental health issues of a serious nature. As the mental health term is used to encompass people feeling a bit down because they took that -4 hit and missed out on a hattrick. Are we supposed to say I feel your pain mate do you want a hug? We are there for you? Or what?

    2. St Pauli Walnuts
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      See below. If it helps people, no reason to get your knickers knotted.

  6. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    This is one of the most importamt articles.
    I take this game way too seriously and needed this article.

    1. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      I know what you mean

    2. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      By just being on here means we're taking the game too seriously.

      1. Eh, just one more thing ...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Haha .... fact.

  7. teddypicker
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    Salah > Kdb now or wait until after tomorrow's EFL game?

    1. Tonyawesome69 WC31 & FH…
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      if you are not bothered about 0.2 price swing then just wait

      1. Pep bites Kun
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Where is the 0.2 coming from John? You have your own personal, customised chrystal ball then?

        1. Tonyawesome69 WC31 & FH…
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          0.1 increase for KDB and 0.1 decrease for Salah therefore 0.2 price swing

          1. Pep bites Kun
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            So you're assuming?

          2. Pep bites Kun
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            .1 increase on KDB I can see, but seeing as so many dead teams have Salah; are there enough sellers against the plateau to force a .2 swing?

            1. Tonyawesome69 WC31 & FH…
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 4 days ago

              Well Salah is -88% on http://www.fplstatistics.co.uk/ for price changes and it has been fairly accurate

        2. Tonyawesome69 WC31 & FH…
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          0.1 increase for KDB and 0.1 decrease for Salah therefore 0.2 price swingp

  8. Tonyawesome69 WC31 & FH…
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    Who score more from GW19 to 24/25 Cresswell or Robbo?

    1. teddypicker
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Cresswell

  9. NejiHyuuga01
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    KWP Justin Balbuena to Stones Mitchell Shaw for -4 a good move?

    My only concern is Shaw but I have exact money (no FH18).

  10. Henning
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    Have 3 players for gw 18, so freehit is the obvius choise.
    After reading some comments on here i guess i should wait and see what happens, even if Price fall/rise can make that i cant afford all the players i want.
    Right?

    Or is wc an option?

    1. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 5 days ago

      I’m playing wc can see post above

      1. Henning
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Nice squad but no Spurs isnt that a risk?

        1. Steve The Spud
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 5 days ago

          It is mate, a slightly calculated one, I am ranked 2m and see going without spurs as a way to quickly climb the ranks if it pays off, think the cealing for spurs is quite low Against shu as well

          1. Steve The Spud
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 5 days ago

            Sorry, thought that was on my post!

            1. Henning
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 5 days ago

              Maby i that posters it wrong ; )

    2. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      No just get your squad in place before prices change further

    3. FantasyHero
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      If you are free hitting for sure, shouldn't you just get the players you think you would want and activate the free hit later or now doesn't matter. This way you catch the price rises /falls. If you change your mind you can always change the player. Its like a WC for 1 week

    4. Pep bites Kun
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Yes on both counts: All chips are an option, but FH is preferred for 18 with less than 6+ 'quality' players. Think about who scores the most points this week rather than the price. When buying a player (whether FT or Hit) look through 18 to 19 and beyond for fixtures & value.

  11. NATSTER
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    Dias & KDB should be two most safe for starting both games over DGW.

    Which three Man City players to go with?
    A: Dias + KDB + Stones
    B: Dias + KDB + Cancelo
    C: Dias + KDB + Sterling
    D: Cancelo + KDB + Sterling .. this is probably the most attacking one

    I'm now on A. It looks like Cancelo may rise in price soon.

    Would it be good to make a move for Stones > Cancelo before the rise and make final decision later?

    1. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      C

      1. NATSTER
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Thank you. It's just 3 days between DGW games for City. Rotation will surely cause some upsets.

    2. Tonyawesome69 WC31 & FH…
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Prefer B but don't have the funds so will have Stones, Cancelo and KDB

      1. NATSTER
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Thank you.

    3. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Cant go wrong but Sterling looks great atm

      1. NATSTER
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Thank you.

  12. RamaJama
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    Best choice for dgw?

    A) Raphinha
    B) Soucek

    1. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      B always and forever

    2. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      B seems to keep getting the goals

    3. BenDavies
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      both ideally, but B

    4. NATSTER
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      I'm with Soucek with no plan to change.

    5. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      A. I believe in the stats.

    6. Runaway
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      A

    7. Live Lad
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      I am going for both. Have Rap already. He is an attacker who will go up and whip in crosses, creating chances. More attacking potential IMO.

  13. The Suspended One
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    I was planning to FH 19 but now I’m not so sure.. can field 11 and have 10 dgw players with no hits. Think I’m leaning towards C now...

    A) Salah Coufal Brewster out for Souchek Kane and Cancelo (no sub and -4)

    B) Bamford Neco out for Wilson Cancelo (Brewster sub)

    C) Brewster Salah out for Wilson Sterling (no sub no hit)

    1. Gobigorgohome
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      c

  14. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    FH18 crew... who’s pulled the trigger yet? Looks like the PL goes on!

    1. BenDavies
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Going to wait until the night before just in case of coronavirus outbreaks at clubs

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        No concerned about all the price changes then?

        1. BenDavies
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Information about potential postponements is far more important imo, and I have some leeway money-wise to make my ideal team.

          1. Westfield Irons ⭐️
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            This. Plus I get a feeling the Free Hit teams will be very template Fernandes, Rashford, KDB, Son, Saka, Kane, Wilson - i won't get priced out of these players, just might have to choose Cancelo or Tierney. I can live with that

            1. RAFA THE GAFFA
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 5 days ago

              Cheers

          2. RAFA THE GAFFA
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            Fair play. How’s it looking at the minute? I’ve just done one and with a terrible bench I have 0.6 itb so will probs wait

            1. Westfield Irons ⭐️
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 5 days ago

              I'll end up with almost no bench: Mitchell, K.Davis, Douglas and go with Fernandes, Rashford, KDB, Son, Saka, Kane, Wilson.
              Defence and Keeper dependant on what money is left in the bank, probably Cancelo, Holding and whatever I can get between 4.4>5.0.
              What's your thoughts?
              Considered ownership? (DCL, Grealish, etc)? I'm punting against some of these highly owned players lacking form

              1. RAFA THE GAFFA
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 5 days ago

                Something like this yeah.

                Darlow
                Dias, Stones, Tierney
                KDB(C), Bruno, Son, Rashford, Saka
                Kane, Wilson
                (4.0, Mitchell, 3.9, 4.3)

                1. Westfield Irons ⭐️
                  • 11 Years
                  3 months, 5 days ago

                  Rafa, good to know.
                  Same front 7 as I plan to have then.
                  I guess it will be template-ish, does that concern you, a missed opportunity to try something else?
                  (just playing devils advocate)
                  Like I said, if I can get this front 7 regardless of price rises, I'm waiting until closer to the deadline.
                  FWIW I'm undecided between Bruno and KDB (C)

                  1. RAFA THE GAFFA
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 5 days ago

                    I think those 7 pick themselves on form, fixture and value. Who else would you eye up? Sterling perhaps? Or Lacazette? Any others?

                    1. Westfield Irons ⭐️
                      • 11 Years
                      3 months, 5 days ago

                      If I picked from outside those 7, it would with either % ownership coverage in mind or the opposite, taking a punt on a low owned player (but also low priced).
                      Sterling and Lacazette are too high priced for me to drift away from that 7 (and due to possible rotation and inconsistent form).
                      I'd consider one of DCL, Grealish and Zaha for coverage (not much insight there) or punt on 1 of Martinelli, Smith-Rowe or Siggy has looked decent for a Free Hit team lately

                      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 5 Years
                        3 months, 5 days ago

                        Yeah, I may consider DCL or Grealish. Don’t like the look of Zaha. Who would you take our though?

                      2. RAFA THE GAFFA
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 5 Years
                        3 months, 5 days ago

                        Out*

                      3. Westfield Irons ⭐️
                        • 11 Years
                        3 months, 5 days ago

                        If i went for Grealish and DCL, I'd lose Rashford and Wilson. Similar total price. Damn, that swap has got me thinking now... I'm loathe to be swayed by coverage though, it feels a bit meh for a Free Hit

                      4. RAFA THE GAFFA
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 5 Years
                        3 months, 5 days ago

                        I’m not really bothered about Coverage myself. Just want to win my mini league’s. I’ll never beat my best rank a few years back haha

    2. Tsparkes10
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Yup

    3. brianutd-why always we? 20
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      4days ago to manage prices

    4. Westfield Irons ⭐️
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      was planning to free hit early/now, to ensure I get the optimum team and don't get priced out... but i re-considered. hitting now versus hitting late seemed to mean having a Newcastle defender first on the bench vs Mitchell.
      I've decided it's worth waiting. I'll end up with the same front 7, there just might be a couple of compromises in defence. Which seems fine compared to blowing a Free Hit if we see loads of postponed matches

  15. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    This article is an actual serious piece. I thought it would be a list of players not to own for your own health e.g. Watkins, Werner, Bale, Pepe etc.

    1. NATSTER
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      That sounds interesting list.

    2. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      😆

  16. The Knights Template
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    Enjoyed the article, thanks.

  17. Maddamotha
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    Would you FH or get this team for a -4?


    Cancelo, Holding
    Kdb, Bruno, Rashford, Son
    DCL Brewster

    1. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Front two won't score many points. It's whether you just want to have players playing or have players that could score big.

  18. Bubbles1985
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    Where is the best place to check for price rise/fall?

    Plan on Salah to Sterling and Bamford to Wilson

    Wanted to keep an eye on them if possible

  19. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    After advice from the forum, going to hold FH for 18 & play BB19.

    Only got 7 so thinking Salah & Robbo > KDB & Cancelo -4

    Martínez
    Stones, ???(Cancelo)
    Grealish, Bruno, Son, ???(KDB)
    Kane, Watkins

    Then if Watkins disappoints have the funds to do Watkins > Ings giving me this for BB19

    Johnson,
    Coufal, Stones, Zouma, Dallas
    Bruno C, Son, KDB, Soucek
    Kane, Bamford,

    Martinez, Cancelo, Ings, Grealish

    Good or Bad?

    1. BeWater
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Looks really good. I wondered how the hell you did that then saw no Salah. You really can have a great team without him.

        1. g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          After the three previous failures I believe City has the better fixtures & Pool are just poor back to front.

    2. Gobigorgohome
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Thanks for the article
      much needed

    3. Honker Muddlefoot
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Thoughts on FH team?
      Darlow
      Tierney Cancelo AWB
      KDB Bruno Rashford Son Saka
      Kane Wilson

      Button Mitchell Davis Douglas

      With match postponements in recent weeks, do I need to invest a little more on bench? (ex. Tierney, Cancelo > Holding, Stones; upgrade bench to Yedlin, Mitchell, Brewster, and playing keeper?)

    4. stu92
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Thoughts on this FH team? 3x City, 3x Arsenal, 2x Spurs, 2x Newcastle and Bruno.

      Darlow
      Cancelo Dias Tierney
      (K)DB Bruno Son Saka
      Kane Laca Wilson
      (4.0 Saiss Mitchell Burke)

    5. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      I think fantasy football is a great distraction in these times. It's an amazing concept to be fair.

      1. tafrère
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Makes you a bit addict and overthinking too much about something pointless in your life really, but yeah, it's loads of fun.

    6. LewanGOALski
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Surprised Tottenham playing such a strong team tonight

      Stay safe, my Son!

      1. Lord.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        He can rest at the weekend.

      2. Gobigorgohome
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Brentford are relly good
        top 10 material in Premierleague

    7. tafrère
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      I won my fpl cup tie with the virtual coin toss lmao.

      FPL just peaked for me, it's all downhill from here.

    8. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Great article. March has been on fire in that department this season.

      1. JohnnyRev7
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        I won mine with a late Bedarek bap!

        Tough margins to win an xBox themed pair of socks shaped like a football. Or whatever the useless prizes are.

    9. RECKLESS
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Who is better for dgw 19
      1) Cancelo (-4) vs Justin
      2) Adams/Antonio(-4) vs DCL

      1. tafrère
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        1 imo

      2. Gobigorgohome
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        1 imo

      3. RECKLESS
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Thanks guys but I asked wrongly, I wanted a choice from both 1&2

    10. Timon
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Double City attack vs Double City defense. Which one to choose?

      1. tafrère
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Defense for me.

        Who do you want in attack besides KDB ? Foden ?

      2. Gobigorgohome
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        def

      3. Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Attack by miles, KDB sterling or Dias Cancelo hmmm let me think....

    11. A Kun & Mateta
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Thanks to the author for the article, its great to get different opinions and perspectives. I've taken an alternative approach to fpl (and life). My light bulb moment came when I realised "I don't think, therefore I am". Meditation helped me attain a mind-less state and I'm much the better for it. Hence I happily triggered the free-hit chip last Saturday and will enjoy the fun of tinkering with my team, the intrigue over whether games will be on or not. I even enjoy the behind the couch moments when Kdb and Kane/Son thrashed my gw rank.

      1. The Knights Template
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Likewise, and well said. It is an extremely enjoyable pastime but I refuse to stress over it!

        1. A Kun & Mateta
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          I try to put myself in the mindset of a chess grandmaster millionaire who probably spends 5 minutes tops on his transfer decisions before going off to do other things. It is extraordinary how many hours some people spend analysing fpl decisions (and talking about it), which I think is unhealthy.

    12. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      When's the next Football Index or Bet365 article?

      1. The Knights Template
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        4th of never hopefully.