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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. Disturbed
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    11 months, 3 days ago

    Kane or Laca on fh?

    1. Balls of Steel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      11 months, 3 days ago

      Kane

    2. Camino Aleatorio
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 3 days ago

      King Kane

      Laca and Arsenal are highly favored to pillage Palace, but they Arsenal, anything can happen

      My bias is I hate Arsenal for FPL, I’ve never won with that Bet. Now I am biased to despise them

  2. FCSB
    • 5 Years
    11 months, 3 days ago

    Which combo:

    1. DDG Tierney Stones Saka Son
    2. Darlow Holding AWB Smith-Rowe Sterling

    Thanks guys

    1. FPL Space
        11 months, 3 days ago

        1st one looks more good

      • Balls of Steel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        11 months, 3 days ago

        1 on current form I would say

      • Inazuma X1
        • 4 Years
        11 months, 3 days ago

        1

    2. Champions League Varane
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 3 days ago

      Get rid of one

      Kane
      Son

      1. GoonSquad
        • 10 Years
        11 months, 3 days ago

        Son

      2. waldo666
        • 11 Years
        11 months, 3 days ago

        Kane, easy.

      3. Balls of Steel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        11 months, 3 days ago

        Kane

      4. FPL Space
          11 months, 3 days ago

          Kane

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

        thoughts??

        Darlow
        Yedlin Tierney Cancelo AWB
        Bruno Rashford KDB Son Sterling
        Wilson

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

          literally just made the same draft, just went for the cheaper defenders and Laca in for AWB.

          Looks very strong for sure, yours might be even better with the strong def. I like it.

          If I FH will likely go for a team like this with the Power 5 mid

        2. waldo666
          • 11 Years
          11 months, 3 days ago

          I like it, as with Zimzalabim this is the way I'm going, much prefer that midfield than Kane.

        3. Jase3377
          • 2 Years
          11 months, 3 days ago

          I made an almost identical one, but with Fernandez instead of Yedlin.
          Question is:

          352 - Saka and Laca (Fernandez 1st sub)
          Or
          451 - Rashford and Fernandez (with Davis sub fodder)

          I have Mitchell and Brewster as other subs.

      6. hueycho
        • 2 Years
        11 months, 3 days ago

        Might b a good idea to FH now and get players you want, othereise you will b priced out as the value of some of them are rising fast!!

      7. emyoueffsee
        • 6 Years
        11 months, 3 days ago

        First free hit effort. Thoughts?

        Darlow
        Shaw Tierney Cancelo
        KDB Bruno Rashford Saka Sterling
        Lacazette Wilson

        Forster Coady Brewster Taylor.

        1. Balls of Steel
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          11 months, 3 days ago

          Good team, should get a nice haul for gw18 as long as all games go ahead.

        2. My heart goes Salalalalah
          • 4 Years
          11 months, 3 days ago

          Great team!

      8. tafrère
        • 5 Years
        11 months, 3 days ago

        Still don't know if I'm WCing, FHing, or doing nothing more than transfers lmao.

        What a mess.

        1. TorresMagic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 12 Years
          11 months, 3 days ago

          Likewise, an injury or 2 would change that.

        2. waldo666
          • 11 Years
          11 months, 3 days ago

          You'll know when it's time.

        3. Flair
          • 1 Year
          11 months, 3 days ago

          Had this dilemma, thankfully solved it yesterday - taking the final approach and saving chips.

      9. Klip Klopp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        11 months, 3 days ago

        I really want to hold off playing my FH just yet.... what are your thoughts?

        This is my 8. I have 0FT and 0.8 itb

        Martinez
        Cancelo / Dier
        Son / Fernandes / KDB
        Kane / DCL

        Bench: Foster, Raphina, Bamford, Coufal, Chillwell, Bissouma

        A. Worth doing Chilwell to someone or waiting for the FA cup fixtures before seeing if there are any injuries.
        B. Any other suggestions?

        1. Major League Shocker
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          11 months, 3 days ago

          Good enough. Wouldn't make a move until close to the deadline.

          1. Klip Klopp
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            11 months, 3 days ago

            Cheers! Thanks!

        2. Casual Player
          • 1 Year
          11 months, 3 days ago

          I think it’s good enough. Can definitely wait until after FA Cup

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

          I would do it now, the chance of PL getting a corcuit break is v.slim

          1. Bushwhacker
            • 2 Years
            11 months, 3 days ago

            Chances of postponed games still very high

        4. Canadian Football
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          11 months, 3 days ago

          look at it this way....by fielding 8, you are losing minimum of 8 pts to the field of those who play bench boost.

          Wilson, a second MCI defender, and Grealish/saka could score 15-20 at a ceiling

        5. Camino Aleatorio
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          11 months, 3 days ago

          Covid and Injuries can change or ruin any great plan

      10. Pep Roulette
        • 4 Years
        11 months, 3 days ago

        Mane Balbuena Wood to KDB Antonio and Alioski for -8 in DGW19 BB?

        1. Klip Klopp
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          11 months, 3 days ago

          Not worth it

          1. Major League Shocker
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            11 months, 3 days ago

            Yeah, the chance that Antonio starts two games only 3 days apart seems quite low to me.

        2. Casual Player
          • 1 Year
          11 months, 3 days ago

          Could you do the -4 without the strikers in it? Everyone rates Antonio but there’s close to zero chance he plays both games in 19.

      11. Original - Wolves Ay We
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        11 months, 3 days ago

        Are you keeping one or both of Kane and Son in the DGW?

        1. tinear
          • 2 Years
          11 months, 3 days ago

          I am

          1. tinear
            • 2 Years
            11 months, 3 days ago

            keeping Son most probably

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

          Son

        3. Balls of Steel
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          11 months, 3 days ago

          Definitely Son , still undecided on Kane

        4. JasonG123
          • 8 Years
          11 months, 3 days ago

          Will trade Son for KDB next week (FH this week). Don't own Kane.

        5. 007 [RoboKlopp]
          • 5 Years
          11 months, 3 days ago

          Keep both

      12. tinear
        • 2 Years
        11 months, 3 days ago

        Decided to save FH. How does this 9 look for BGW18?

        Martinez
        Mitchell, AWB, Stones
        Bruno, Son, KDB
        Kane, DCL

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

          Looks good

      13. JasonG123
        • 8 Years
        11 months, 3 days ago

        Is DDG nailed ahead of Henderson? Why did Henderson start ahead of him in GW13 against Sheffield United?

        1. TorresMagic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 12 Years
          11 months, 3 days ago

          Old team & form probably.

        2. Balls of Steel
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          11 months, 3 days ago

          Injury

      14. Balls of Steel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        11 months, 3 days ago

        So how long more will Lampard get before Abramovich gets rid? Surely with Romans record of hiring and firing, (Frank being the 14th manager under his reign), he will depart Chelsea soon enough. With all the money spent and talent in their squad the board will want to see results fast...

        With a list of managers already circulating to land the job who do you think will be the best appointment for the hot seat at Stamford Bridge?

      15. JonP
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        11 months, 3 days ago

        So is the Mun vs Bur game in 18 called off?

        1. Salan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 12 Years
          11 months, 3 days ago

          why?

          1. JonP
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            11 months, 3 days ago

            Or its just FPL isn’t updated as it doesn’t show Mun players with a fixture.

            1. TorresMagic™
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 12 Years
              11 months, 3 days ago

              Think you need to try the website if using the app.
              A big refresh needed.

        2. TorresMagic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 12 Years
          11 months, 3 days ago

          Would be obvious if it was

        3. Balls of Steel
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          11 months, 3 days ago

          Huh?!?

      16. Salan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        11 months, 3 days ago

        Nevermind those price up. Will do the transfer or chips right before next deadline. Too risky to do too early.

      17. FPL Doctor
        • 7 Years
        11 months, 3 days ago

        Not just for GW18 but going forward. Would you prefer

        A) Cancelo + Rashford (plus more $)
        B) Wan-Bissaka + Sterling

        1. JonP
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          11 months, 3 days ago

          A

        2. Balls of Steel
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          11 months, 3 days ago

          I'm inclined to go with A, Sterling's form just not good enough this season to consider.

      18. JasonG123
        • 8 Years
        11 months, 3 days ago

        Which combo on FH?

        (A) DDG and Saka
        (B) Leno and AWB (switching formation)

        1. Balls of Steel
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          11 months, 3 days ago

          B

      19. Jinswick
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        11 months, 3 days ago

        Worth saving FH/WC if getting these teams out for free? 10 starters in GW18 & 10DGWers + Son in GW19

        GW18:
        McCarthy
        Cancelo, Stones, Bellerin*, Targett
        KDB(TC), Son, Bruno, Martinelli
        Watkins, Wilson*

        Forster, Mitchell, Salah, Bamford

        GW19:
        McCarthy
        Cancelo, Stones, Coufal*
        Salah, KDB, Bruno, Son
        Bamford, Watkins, Antonio*

        Forster, Targett, Martinelli, Mitchell

        1. TorresMagic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 12 Years
          11 months, 3 days ago

          I'd save the TC.

          1. Jinswick
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            11 months, 3 days ago

            Reckon we’ll get better options than an OOP/in form KDB vs CRY/AVL?

            1. TorresMagic™
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 12 Years
              11 months, 3 days ago

              Look above. He mainly plays OOP vs big teams espcially if forwards are injured/struggling.

              1. Jinswick
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                11 months, 3 days ago

                Even so, it’s an in form KDB with 2 home games. Salah another TC option too. Will be using BB for the best future DGW so makes sense to take it while you can rather than wait for something better that likely never comes

                1. TorresMagic™
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • Has Moderation Rights
                  • 12 Years
                  11 months, 3 days ago

                  You listed TC in 18. Strange that his form was in an away game.

                  1. Jinswick
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 11 Years
                    11 months, 3 days ago

                    Fair point - TC was supposed to be in 19. KDB has averaged more at home than away.

                    1. TorresMagic™
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • Has Moderation Rights
                      • 12 Years
                      11 months, 3 days ago

                      Salah averages more at home.

                      1. Jinswick
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 11 Years
                        11 months, 3 days ago

                        Yep, also a great TC option. Just a shame LIV are out of form!

                    2. TorresMagic™
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • Has Moderation Rights
                      • 12 Years
                      11 months, 3 days ago

                      36-45 home vs away?

                      1. Jinswick
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 11 Years
                        11 months, 3 days ago

                        36/6 = 6
                        45/8 =5.6

                        1. TorresMagic™
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • Has Moderation Rights
                          • 12 Years
                          11 months, 3 days ago

                          Huge difference. Go for it, maybe GW18 will convince you.

                          1. Jinswick
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 11 Years
                            11 months, 3 days ago

                            🙂

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

          Save FT / WC for sure.

          Was gonna say to save TC as well but just looked at your rank history. Damn good job!
          Now I'm thinking of using TC on kdb too hahahha

          1. Jinswick
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            11 months, 3 days ago

            Cheers! KDB vs Salah for TC in 19 is a close one imo. KDB will likely play every game, but Salah has more rest inbetween. Currently on KDB, but if Salah/LIV improve in the FA cup at the w/e then it could easily be him!

      20. baines is god
        • 9 Years
        11 months, 3 days ago

        can you bench boost after you wildcard

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

          Yes, the week after tho.

        2. ppv
          • 10 Years
          11 months, 3 days ago

          Not the same week

      21. JustPark
        • 5 Years
        11 months, 3 days ago

        McCarthy dropped!!

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

          not dropped, has covid

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

            The other McCarthy.

      22. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
        • 5 Years
        11 months, 3 days ago

        Would you sacrifice Salah for the next 3-4 weeks(going with Son instead)

        Just to be able to BB and have a bench of Martinez, Holding, Raphinha/Soucek and Rodrigo

        Basically that Son-Salah difference money is going to the players being used in BB

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

          I wouldn't want to go into DGW19 without Salah personally

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

          Who are bench players if you have salah ?

        3. Salan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 12 Years
          11 months, 3 days ago

          Dropping Salah for next 3 weeks, including DGW, can make you a genius or a fool.

          If now it's week 36 or 37 and I want to chase for something, I will drop. But now? I surely don't.

          I treat having Salah is an insurance.

        4. Pukki Blinders
          • 2 Years
          11 months, 3 days ago

          Definitely not worth it

      23. KidingRunner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        11 months, 3 days ago

        I have 2 ft for gw18 (just have 5 player playing this gw including martial), if I use free hit this gw, how many ft available for me for gw 19?

        1. ppv
          • 10 Years
          11 months, 3 days ago

          1

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

          1

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

          so I have to take -12 on dgw 19, is it worth for BB?

          1. TorresMagic™
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 12 Years
            11 months, 3 days ago

            Better score 30 on BB.

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

            -12
            Lol no

        4. Sahil.....
          • 4 Years
          11 months, 3 days ago

          1

        5. Nightrain_
          • 5 Years
          11 months, 3 days ago

          only 1 so maybe save FH for later
          do the 3FT or -4 to bring in 3 BGW with DGW fixtures (in this case, MCI and MUN)

      24. Woy_is_back
        • 4 Years
        11 months, 3 days ago

        What about Auba on the free hit? Most will go for Laca but Auba has to score sometime

        1. Pukki Blinders
          • 2 Years
          11 months, 3 days ago

          Saka’s stats have been better than Auba’s for 6m less. Says it all really

        2. MagicMessi
          • 9 Years
          11 months, 3 days ago

          If I us FH definitely option

          1. MagicMessi
            • 9 Years
            11 months, 3 days ago

            Iam using*

        3. Nightrain_
          • 5 Years
          11 months, 3 days ago

          no form so maybe instead of him, Tierney+Saka is better and maybe bring in Sterling+KDB ?

      25. Weeb Kakashi
        • 5 Years
        11 months, 3 days ago

        Pick one for DGW19

        A Sterling Pulisic Cresswell Maguire
        B Rashford Raphinha Diaz Vardy

        The united and City players come in week 18.

        1. Pukki Blinders
          • 2 Years
          11 months, 3 days ago

          B

      26. MagicMessi
        • 9 Years
        11 months, 3 days ago

        Gents (and ladies) what you think of non freehit team just-8 Dias /Salah / Mitchel to Tierney /Kdb/Cresswell 0.0 itb before the three rise ?
        Meslier
        Cancelo. Holding. Tierney
        Kdb SmithRowe Son Grealesh Bruno
        Kane Watkins.
        (Cresswell Ogbonna Antonio)
        Thanks

        1. Albrightondknight
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          11 months, 3 days ago

          Arsenal fan?
          I would leave Dias and go without Tierney.
          Swapping one with a game in 18 for another seems a bit much. I would get Coufal over Cresswel too and save some cash and just the -4
          Coufal has better attacking stats even with Cresswell set pieces included.

          1. Albrightondknight
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            11 months, 3 days ago

            Plus Dias gets a double that Tierney does not. Maybe I have not heard some news on Dias if so ignore me 🙂

            1. MagicMessi
              • 9 Years
              11 months, 3 days ago

              No you are right but planning to play 3 in defence and Cresswell just more attacking plus nostalgia factor!

            2. MagicMessi
              • 9 Years
              11 months, 3 days ago

              And also I suspect Salah drop

          2. MagicMessi
            • 9 Years
            11 months, 3 days ago

            I know it's bit silly but planning to ship in Sterling so had to free slot for 3rd city player ... Also Coufal is great I just got Cresswell cause I left with 5.3 exactly and knew he'll rise instantly .. but yea I kinda may regret it.

            1. Albrightondknight
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              11 months, 3 days ago

              Makes for sense re Dias if you are going KDB and Sterling.
              I have Dias KDB and Sterling now but would rather have Cancelo. GL

              1. MagicMessi
                • 9 Years
                11 months, 3 days ago

                Yea I think the attacking difference is huge between Cancelo and Dias but maybe Dias grabs a goal or two easily GL

          3. MagicMessi
            • 9 Years
            11 months, 3 days ago

            Yea unfortunately arsenal fan 😀

        2. Nightrain_
          • 5 Years
          11 months, 3 days ago

          I think just do Salah > KDB and later bring in couple more DGW for -4

          1. MagicMessi
            • 9 Years
            11 months, 3 days ago

            Already done my friend.

      27. Sz21
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        11 months, 3 days ago

        Just 4/5 BGW'rs in 18 so need to use a chip.
        10 players atm for 19 + Son.

        1. FH 18 and possibly TC in 19 or later.
        2. WC 18, BB 19. FH later.

        Which looks a better option for this team?
        McCarthy.
        Robbo, Stones, Dallas, Coufal.
        Salah, Son, Mane, Fernandes.
        Bamford, DCL.
        Forster, Soucek, Brewster, Ferguson.
        1ft, 0.2m ITB.

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

          with the current lockdown issue in UK, i think better take couple of hits to bring in 7/8 BGW and save the FH cause in the worst case scenario, even a BGW can be more scarce with a sudden postponement

          WC BB in March or April will be better with vaccines and recovered players also fans can attend the stadium etc

      28. Disturbed
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        11 months, 3 days ago

        Thoughts on this fh draft folks? Quite set on it barring any injuries etc.

        darlow
        maguire tierney stones
        kdb sterling bruno son saka
        kane wilson

        forster mitchell xxxx xxxx

        1. Aussie Rules
          • 9 Years
          11 months, 3 days ago

          Looks good

      29. Weeb Kakashi
        • 5 Years
        11 months, 3 days ago

        Thoughts on Danny Ings for the dgw?

        1. Flair
          • 1 Year
          11 months, 3 days ago

          Faces Leeds. Scores lots of goals.

          Get him.

          1. Weeb Kakashi
            • 5 Years
            11 months, 3 days ago

            Leicester also not a bad fixture. Last season's 9-0 drubbing will be on the saints mind.

        2. Inazuma X1
          • 4 Years
          11 months, 3 days ago

          Injury prone like Pulisic, i'd avoid

        3. Pukki Blinders
          • 2 Years
          11 months, 3 days ago

          Will be lucky to play both without getting injured the glass man

      30. Somnus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        11 months, 3 days ago

        FH the following 6 players (8 players with -4)? Not free hitting means I can then take another -4 in 19 and field 15 BB players. If I free hit I won't bench boost in 19

        (De Gea)
        Dias, Targett, Mitchell
        KDB, Bruno (Saka)
        Kane