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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. Baps hunter
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 17 days ago

    Is it only me, but atm I cannot reply to any reply, they are being grey instead of green 🙁

    1. Baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      I can reply to that one above^, but not to this exact post.

    2. kennethrhcp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      if on your phone you've ticked or unticked a box... i did it once. i cant remember where the box is

      1. Baps hunter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Problem solved/disappeared. Clicked and unclicked (or in reverse order) that box. Either bug there or strange touchscreen issue on my phone, no idea.

        1. Scrumper
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 17 days ago

          OMG, I've had that problem for weeks! Can't believe I never saw that box. Thanks

      2. Baps hunter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Thx.

        1. kennethrhcp
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          No bother. Fair annoying when you hit it

    3. _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      for me the reply on the opening comment is green but is grey for all replies to that. I can click any of them though.

      1. Baps hunter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Maybe touch screen issue and I just got confused with the colours. Thx.

  2. Bruce Lee
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 17 days ago

    QUIZ: Which player in Europe's top 5 leagues has the most nutmegs per 90 minutes?

    1. richarlison2348
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Anguissa

        1. Bruce Lee
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Not Anguissa

      • BeWater
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Podence?

          1. Bruce Lee
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 17 days ago

            Not Podence

        • richarlison2348
            3 months, 17 days ago

            its going to be somebody who played like 5 minutes of one game and got a nutmeg

            1. Bruce Lee
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 17 days ago

              Minimum of 270 mins played

          • Duke Silver ☑
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 17 days ago

            JJ Okocha?

            1. Bruce Lee
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 17 days ago

              Nope

          • Flair
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            3 months, 17 days ago

            Neymar

            1. Bruce Lee
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 17 days ago

              The main man wins again!

              It is Neymar with 9 nutmegs

              Runners up:
              - Bernard
              - Amin Younes
              - Zielinski
              - Benrahma

          • _Ninja_
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 17 days ago

            Rashford

        • The 12th Man
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          For 19.
          A) United defender(AWB or Maguire) + Sterling
          B) Cancelo + Rashford

          Other City and United players will be Dias ,KDB and Fernandes

          1. The 12th Man
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 17 days ago

            This determines whether I go AWB or Cancelo this week.

          2. Steve The Spud
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 17 days ago

            Same dilemma myself, I think 3 home games for city is just to much to turn down, huge ceiling for double city attack, could go wrong of course

            1. Steve The Spud
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 17 days ago

              If in Fh, A

              1. The 12th Man
                • 7 Years
                3 months, 17 days ago

                It would be
                TAA,Salah > AWB/Cancelo + KDB this week
                then
                Grealish,Kane >> Rashford/Sterling + Vardy in 19.

              2. The 12th Man
                • 7 Years
                3 months, 17 days ago

                Yeh I’d definitely go A on a FH.

          3. Teahupo'o
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 17 days ago

            I'd probably lean B because of Cancelo.

          4. Inazuma X1
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 17 days ago

            B - Rashford + Stones

          5. Crunchie
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 17 days ago

            Maguire has 4 YC

            1. The 12th Man
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 17 days ago

              Would be AWB then .

        • Teahupo'o
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Down to three options for FH18. Best one?

          A)
          Darlow
          Cancelo Tierney *STONES
          KDB Bruno Son Saka *RASHFORD
          Laca *KANE

          B)
          Darlow
          Cancelo Tierney *AWB
          KDB Bruno Son Saka *STERLING
          Laca *MARTIAL

          C)
          *SANCHEZ
          Cancelo Tierney *AWB
          KDB Bruno Son Saka *STERLING
          *WILSON *KANE

          1. dunas_dog
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 17 days ago

            A for me. Rashford more nailed than Martial- Cavani might get start

            1. Teahupo'o
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 17 days ago

              Thanks. Fair point on Martial.

          2. Gemma817
              3 months, 17 days ago

              must be mad team value.
              with that being said, A

              1. Teahupo'o
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 17 days ago

                Thanks. Actually, 1m off of the team I wanted and saw posted here a few days ago.

                1. W
                  • 7 Years
                  3 months, 17 days ago

                  What was that team?

            • fleagle1888
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 17 days ago

              I think B because of Sterling.
              I wouldn't go triple Arsenal tho

              1. Teahupo'o
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 17 days ago

                Cheers. Sterling is tempting. Not very bothered with Arsenal triple up for one gw. Lacazette is the only one I might forego.

            • BooYaKasha
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 17 days ago

              C

            • FourLokoLeipzig
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 17 days ago

              A

          3. Make United Great Again
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 17 days ago

            Son Heung-min's shooting across all competitions this season:

            ◎ 42 shots
            ◎ 26 shots on target
            ◉ 62% shot accuracy
            ◎ 16 goals scored
            ◉ 38% conversion rate

            1. Drogba Legend
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 17 days ago

              38% conversion rate is unreal

              1. Baps hunter
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 17 days ago

                Not sustainable, but he can keep it high. And since they are not free scoring team, it looks like that he is getting more chances until someone of them scores.

          4. Shatner's Bassoon
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 17 days ago

            Any thoughts on this squad?

            Martinez
            Cancelo, Stones, Dier, Ayling
            KDB, Son, Salah, Bruno
            DCL, Bam

            Subs are all injury/start doubts:
            Ryan, Balbuena, Romeo, Welbeck

            0.0 ITB, 1FT, no chip plans

            Some upgrades required, but I can't see anything useful for GW18. Wait it out, field 8 (9 if Welbeck is back) and use 2FTs for GW19? Potential for dramatic price changes has me a little concerned.

            Cheers

            1. Drogba Legend
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 17 days ago

              Think you probably have the right idea and can hold out on prices unless it'll affect your transfer plans.

              1. Shatner's Bassoon
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                3 months, 17 days ago

                Thanks
                I'm not sold on any plans I come up with atm. Hoping I'll be more inspired in another week, or at least have some different options to work with.

            2. BeWater
                3 months, 17 days ago

                I wouldn't worry too much about price changes. Team looks fine for 18. 2FTs in 19 will give you some options.

                1. Shatner's Bassoon
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  3 months, 17 days ago

                  Cheers

            3. Drogba Legend
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 17 days ago

              Would appreciate the community's advice:

              Current team (6 playing):

              Fab*
              Robbo* - Chil* - Dallas* - Douglas* - Dias
              KDB - Bruno - Salah * - Soucek * - Stephens*
              Kane - Brewster - Bamford

              A) Free Hit
              B) Salah + Douglas > Sterling + Shaw/Bailly (-4 would give me 8 playing)
              C) Robbo + Douglass > Cancelo + AWB (-4 would give me 8 playing)
              D) Something else for a -4 or -8 to get up to 8/9 players and save my FH chip

              Cheers!

              1. BeWater
                  3 months, 17 days ago

                  I might play through 18 with 7 players. I would probably do just Robbo to Cancelo. Unless you fancy keeping AWB for a while in which case it might be worth a -4.

              2. ALI_G
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 17 days ago

                Sizeable blank for League Cup final

                Spurs
                one of Man U / man C
                plus their opponents of that week

                minimum Son, Kane and at least one of Bruno / KdB out

                1. fedolefan
                  • 6 Years
                  3 months, 17 days ago

                  Which gameweek is the league cup final?

                  1. _Ninja_
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    3 months, 17 days ago

                    GW33 I think so spurs Fulham blank unless it's moved to midweek.

                2. Rupert The Horse
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 17 days ago

                  I had 3 mates in your movie and I even auditioned.

                3. RamaJama
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 17 days ago

                  We suspected this could happen even before this match

              3. royals forever
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                3 months, 17 days ago

                Is this team good enough for GW18 or should I FH it

                Martinez

                Stones Keane Semedo

                KDB Son Fernandes Grealish

                Any ideas would be welcomed

                1. _Ninja_
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  3 months, 17 days ago

                  8 is enough as you have KDB Bruno, Son and a city def.

                2. Fit_to_drop
                  • 1 Year
                  3 months, 17 days ago

                  Good enough

              4. Steve The Spud
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 17 days ago

                Would you sooner have

                A. souceck for double and play 10 players in 18
                B. Saka for 18 and 19 singles

                Will have either for game week 20 onward as well

                1. Ajax Hamsterdam
                  • 6 Years
                  3 months, 17 days ago

                  soucek has very nice fixtures. great value imo.

              5. Kay317
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 17 days ago

                Who would you rather have for GW18 blank (free hit team)
                A) Rashford
                B) Sterling

                Rashford means slight upgrades in defence but nothing major or Lacazette over Wilson. But think I may be swaying towards Wilson anyway.

              6. Charlie&TheLads
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 17 days ago

                Lets try this again post GW17

                Salah to Saka?

                1. Kay317
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  3 months, 17 days ago

                  Depends what you're going to do with the money you save I guess.

                  1. Charlie&TheLads
                    • 6 Years
                    3 months, 17 days ago

                    Save it for a rainy day.
                    There is going to be a recession apparently!

                    Or immediately splurge in GW19.

              7. arndff_
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 17 days ago

                Are you doing Salah to KdB tonight having in mind Man C face Man U tmrw?

                1. Ajax Hamsterdam
                  • 6 Years
                  3 months, 17 days ago

                  On WC so happy to take the risk

                  1. arndff_
                    • 9 Years
                    3 months, 17 days ago

                    Yeah, sure. Actually my question was to those who are planning not to use FH/WC2.

                2. RamaJama
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 17 days ago

                  Same problem, see below, so many doing their FTs already can push us all into misery if Covid hits PL players again...

                3. Kingtekkerz
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 17 days ago

                  But is fplstatistics accurate now? Isnt FH and WC affecting the numbers which means KDB will not rise tonight?

                4. CBonci
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 17 days ago

                  Yeah I did it anyways despite the match tomorrow. I am planning to go without using chips.

              8. RamaJama
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 17 days ago

                Too early to pull the trigger Mane to KDB?

                1. The 12th Man
                  • 7 Years
                  3 months, 17 days ago

                  I’d wait another 10 minutes.

                  1. RamaJama
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    3 months, 17 days ago

                    🙂

                    1. The 12th Man
                      • 7 Years
                      3 months, 17 days ago

                      If your using your FH and you want KDB in anyway if you decide to back out using FH then I’d make the move.

                  2. arndff_
                    • 9 Years
                    3 months, 17 days ago

                    Another 10 minutes or 1 day & 10 minutes? 😀

                    1. RamaJama
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      3 months, 17 days ago

                2. dunas_dog
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 17 days ago

                  No- I did last night

              9. Bring the Cavalry
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 17 days ago

                Anyone TC Kdb in the double gameweek? Been setting my team up for weeks for bench boost but CRY/AVL is very tempting.

                1. Kay317
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  3 months, 17 days ago

                  It is tempting.

                2. joeydordon
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 17 days ago

                  I'm thinking about bamford TC I deserve punished with the other options but just got a gut feeling

                  1. Bring the Cavalry
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 16 days ago

                    Not a bad shout at all

              10. Steager
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 17 days ago

                Can you please post your WC Team? Keep changing mine, currently on:

                *Martinez/MCCARTHY
                *Cancelo/*Stones/*Awb/COUFAL/DALLAS
                Smith-Rowe/*Kdb/*Bruno/Son/SALAH
                Wilson/*Watkins/BAMFORD

                * Play in blank and double
                CAPS only double

                Not sure about Watkins and Smith-Rowe. Any suggestions?

              11. Finding Timo
                  3 months, 17 days ago

                  Hi all any essential players to own Gw18 /19 except KDB, stones, son, kane, Bruno or grealish ? Cheers

                  1. Lucky Z
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 17 days ago

                    Why Grealish is essential?

                • AzzaroMax99
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 17 days ago

                  KDB or Sterling? FH active

                  1. Gemma817
                      3 months, 17 days ago

                      how about both? 😉

                      1. RamaJama
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 8 Years
                        3 months, 17 days ago

                        Sounds nasty!

                      2. AzzaroMax99
                        • 4 Years
                        3 months, 17 days ago

                        Ok, in that case I need to sell 2 players to fit Sterling in?
                        Kane, Bruno, Rashford, Grealish, Lacazette, Wilson

                    • AzzaroMax99
                      • 4 Years
                      3 months, 17 days ago

                      Wilson+Rash to Brewster+Sterling is manageable

                  2. Davidwes
                    • 1 Year
                    3 months, 17 days ago

                    If i have this team for gw 18 a free hit can be saved right?
                    Martinez
                    Stones, Cancelo
                    Bruno, KDB, Grealish, Son
                    Watkins
                    Transfers are TAA, Salah to Cancelo and Kdb for a -4

                    1. BeWater
                        3 months, 17 days ago

                        I'm thinking of saving FH by playing Martinez, Lowton, Cancelo, Stones, Son, Bruno and KDB so I think you can definitely save.

                      • _Ninja_
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 10 Years
                        3 months, 17 days ago

                        Yeah save fh

                    2. Gemma817
                        3 months, 17 days ago

                        Need some help here
                        FH team
                        Darlow
                        Holding, Dias, Shaw
                        KDB, Sterling, Son, Bruno, X
                        Wilson, Laca

                        Have 6.8m for the last spot in mid? Who to pick? I guess I don't wanna triple up on Arsenal with Saka.

                        1. Kay317
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 1 Year
                          3 months, 17 days ago

                          El Gazi

                          1. Gemma817
                              3 months, 17 days ago

                              was thinking about it ...

                          2. Westfield Irons ⭐️
                            • 11 Years
                            3 months, 17 days ago

                            Siggy is 6.8 and on pens.
                            Gives you a player in a fixture that you are not covering.
                            He's had 2 x 11 pointers in the last 5.
                            Not for me, but neither is Lacazette

                            1. Gemma817
                                3 months, 17 days ago

                                Fair point, so I'm left with two options atm.
                                El Gazi and use the remaining funds to do Holding --> Tierney.
                                or take a big punt on Siggy. Well it's just for a week anyway.

                                1. Westfield Irons ⭐️
                                  • 11 Years
                                  3 months, 17 days ago

                                  I would get Saka, Dias>Cancelo and use any spare funds to have one decent sub. Siggy is 100% a punt. Whatever you do, don't hit activate now to get Siggy because you can afford him exactly. Wait, you have options and time

                                2. Yes Ndidi
                                  • 1 Year
                                  3 months, 17 days ago

                                  To many of these FH teams are identical it might pay to punt on a one or two. Siggy is not a bad shout, although away at Wolves wouldn't be ideal. Neto at 6m is one that interests me.

                            2. CBonci
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 5 Years
                              3 months, 17 days ago

                              Another option could be Neto. On some set pieces and looking dangerous.

                          3. _Ninja_
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 10 Years
                            3 months, 17 days ago

                            Spurs could have a DGW35 v leeds and fulham. Tasty for Kane and Sonaldo.

                            1. BeWater
                                3 months, 17 days ago

                                I'm saving my TC with Kane in mind.

                            2. Canarinha
                              • 2 Years
                              3 months, 17 days ago

                              My WC team

                              I had to before Bruno and KDB rise
                              (0itb now)

                              Martinez
                              Cancelo Stones Tierney
                              Bruno Son Kdb Grealish
                              Wilson Kane Bamford

                              Subs
                              Forster
                              Dallas Cresswell
                              Saka

                              G2g or change?... would love some advice 🙂

                              1. Ajax Hamsterdam
                                • 6 Years
                                3 months, 17 days ago

                                v nice !

                                grealish on 4 yellows though so one match away from ban

                                1. Ajax Hamsterdam
                                  • 6 Years
                                  3 months, 17 days ago

                                  awb instead of tierney
                                  i d go rashford instead of son because of fixtures but understand why you want son in your team.

                              2. CBonci
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 5 Years
                                3 months, 17 days ago

                                BB in 19?
                                But I agree get AWB over Tierney and maybe Saka out for a DGW player?
                                You’d have a solid enough lineup still for 18 and be better setup for next GW.

                            3. sufcben
                              • 7 Years
                              3 months, 17 days ago

                              Current FH team, who to go with at the back ?

                              Darlow
                              Tierney - AWB - Davies
                              Grealish - KDB - Sterling - Son - Bruno
                              Wilson - Cavani

                              A) Current defence
                              B) Sanchez & Dias & Coady & AWB/Tierney
                              C) Other ?

                              1. Kay317
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 1 Year
                                3 months, 17 days ago

                                Davies, Cavani, Sanchez all not guaranteed to start

                            4. ViperStripes
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 11 Years
                              3 months, 17 days ago

                              So what are the BGW Free Hit poll results in 2nd, 3rd, 4th? The results view doesn't show more than the first few letters and they all start the same.

                              1. _Ninja_
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 10 Years
                                3 months, 17 days ago

                                Can you click return to poll at the bottom? it should show the full text.

                            5. Gemma817
                                3 months, 17 days ago

                                Quick one Cancelo or Dias for FH team? Can't have both.

                                1. One of Those Days
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 1 Year
                                  3 months, 17 days ago

                                  Dias

                                2. Lucky Z
                                  • 3 Years
                                  3 months, 17 days ago

                                  Cancelo for FH, Dias for long term

                                3. kennethrhcp
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 10 Years
                                  3 months, 17 days ago

                                  Dias

                                4. FourLokoLeipzig
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 3 Years
                                  3 months, 17 days ago

                                  Cancelo

                                5. CBonci
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 5 Years
                                  3 months, 17 days ago

                                  Cancelo if for only the one GW

                                6. Gemma817
                                    3 months, 17 days ago

                                    Cheers, people! And yes, just for GW 18. FH.

                                7. Lucky Z
                                  • 3 Years
                                  3 months, 17 days ago

                                  Sanchez to whom as FT, for GW18 and onwards:

                                  A. Martinez
                                  B. DDG

                                8. Fantasydreamer
                                  • 3 Years
                                  3 months, 17 days ago

                                  Which for 18?

                                  1. Grealish
                                  2. Saka

                                  Which combo for GW19 (have Dias)

                                  A. Kane/Antonio/AWB
                                  B. Kane/Antonio/cancelo
                                  C. Sterling/Antonio/AWB
                                  D. Rashford/Ings/AWB

                                  1. Westfield Irons ⭐️
                                    • 11 Years
                                    3 months, 17 days ago

                                    2 D

                                  2. Ajax Hamsterdam
                                    • 6 Years
                                    3 months, 17 days ago

                                    1

                                    d

                                    dont trust antonio fitness

                                9. All The Aces
                                  • 7 Years
                                  3 months, 17 days ago

                                  My team value was in excess of 105m. I hit the FH chip and picked my GW18 team. My team value now shows as 103.5m. Will it revert back to 105m (ish) the following GW when my team reverts back to what it was? That's a lot of funds to lose!

                                  1. Brosstan
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 6 Years
                                    3 months, 17 days ago

                                    How could it not return? Where would the value have gone..

                                  2. Lucky Z
                                    • 3 Years
                                    3 months, 17 days ago

                                    Sure you will get the value you had prior to GW18

                                  3. FPL_Motty
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    3 months, 17 days ago

                                    Yes you will go back to 105. Its because for example you bought son for 9.0m, he's now 9.7 so your team value is 0.7m higher. But when you "sell", you only get 9.3m, so your team value in that case is only 0.3m higher. But since you're using free hit your team will revert to your original. However this is when people get confused about team value and bang on about my teams worth 110m, but its not if you don't sell and actually gain value on players, its not a usable 110m

                                  4. FPL.team
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 4 Years
                                    3 months, 17 days ago

                                    They'll be the same players so of course.

                                  5. All The Aces
                                    • 7 Years
                                    3 months, 16 days ago

                                    Cheers guys. So basically, while it may say 105m, my actual value when I want to sell is more like 103.5m. I get it now.

                                10. PP6
                                  • 2 Years
                                  3 months, 17 days ago

                                  Why am I getting rid of Heung Min Son in GW19?

                                  1. Lucky Z
                                    • 3 Years
                                    3 months, 17 days ago

                                    fo have more players with 2 games

                                    1. seanie3
                                      • 9 Years
                                      3 months, 17 days ago

                                      That’s a common trap with dgw’s

                                  2. FPL_Motty
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    3 months, 17 days ago

                                    I'm not

                                  3. seanie3
                                    • 9 Years
                                    3 months, 17 days ago

                                    I wouldn’t

                                  4. Scots Gooner
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 4 Years
                                    3 months, 17 days ago

                                    Reckon he has a chance to outscore some of the double weekers. I'm keeping him on BB

                                  5. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
                                    • 6 Years
                                    3 months, 17 days ago

                                    SGW in 19, Liverpool in 20. Getting rid isn't a terrible call.

                                11. One of Those Days
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 1 Year
                                  3 months, 17 days ago

                                  If you made some hits before gw18 but then decide to use a FH, are you losing the transfers made before activating the chip?

                                  1. Lucky Z
                                    • 3 Years
                                    3 months, 17 days ago

                                    yes

                                  2. Brosstan
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 6 Years
                                    3 months, 17 days ago

                                    yes, and the hits.

                                  3. One of Those Days
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 1 Year
                                    3 months, 17 days ago

                                    Thanks both