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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

1,372 Comments Post a Comment
  1. aborg
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 27 days ago

    Will Adams be fit by the 16th January? He is marked as having a concussion.

    If not I will have to swap him for another striker playing twice in the DGW.

    1. CBonci
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      Hasenhuttl seems optimistic he’ll be back.

  2. Brosstan
    • 7 Years
    10 months, 27 days ago

    Whats the best template FH team? Spoons out anyone?

    Or should I just wait for scout picks so I can blame them when the FH goes massively wrong as usual?

    1. Right In The Stanchion
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 27 days ago

      Shall we come round and change your nappy too?

      Be a man and make your own team

      1. seanie3
        • 10 Years
        10 months, 27 days ago

        This

    2. The Hunt
      • 12 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      Said this before; take a mid-season break, recharge your batteries and Copy/Paste the Scout Picks for BGW18. Let someone else do the number crunching for you and don't be vain.

  3. George James
    • 6 Years
    10 months, 27 days ago

    Anyone not on a FH looking to do the Salah > KDB move tonight?

    1. CBonci
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      I did it last night. No FH planned

    2. DangerFC
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      Yeah I'm doing it tonight.

    3. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      Yup just did it, running a tight ship plan for these blanks and doubles so for once this season I’m taking risks with early transfers

    4. Baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      Did it last night.

    5. Balls of Steel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      Made the move last night, perhaps KDB is essential now given the next half dozen City fixtures...

    6. Forever In Our Shadow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      Did it last night.

    7. FPLHaggis
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      Did it last night. On the fence about using FH, but this is how I would spend my FT if I don't use FH.

  4. Canarinha
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 27 days ago

    Is Dallas to KWP crazy?

    1. Brosstan
      • 7 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      massive waste of a transfer

    2. Coys96
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      Yes imo

    3. Bam Saka Laca
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 27 days ago

      Not crazy

    4. Honourvolley
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      Yes. Why even?

    5. Ⓙⓐⓡⓥⓘⓢⓗ CMIUK
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      Can't believe you don't have a bigger fish to fry than getting rid of Dallas?

    6. FPL_Motty
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 27 days ago

      Huh? Southampton dont have a fixture next week. They also have 2 tough doubles, and Leeds have 2 better doubles. Whats the reasoning behind the transfer?

    7. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      Put down the absinthe.

    8. Bleh
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      I’m deliberating the reverse.

  5. Coys96
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 27 days ago

    Thoughts on FH draft?

    Darlow
    Dias Schar Mina Shaw
    Bruno KdB Sterling Rashford
    Lacazette Wilson

    4.0 Smith-Rowe Mitchell Davis

    0.1 itb

    1. Bam Saka Laca
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 27 days ago

      No Son/Kane?

      1. Coys96
        • 4 Years
        10 months, 27 days ago

        Nope. Might get Son but not Kane.

      2. thegaffer82
        • 10 Years
        10 months, 27 days ago

        Definitely this. If Spurs run win well then you’ll probably end up with a FH red arrow... which would really suck!

        1. Coys96
          • 4 Years
          10 months, 27 days ago

          Villa are no pushovers. I prefer United and City double ups.

          Could go Lacazette to Son but defence needs downgrading.

          1. thegaffer82
            • 10 Years
            10 months, 27 days ago

            I agree re: Villa. But a 2-0 to Spurs with Kane & Son 1G+1A each isn’t outlandish. And your FH is in tatters cos Everyman and his dog have them.

            1. Coys96
              • 4 Years
              10 months, 27 days ago

              Valid point. Idk if you've seen my rank but I'm chasing.

              Also if you have players that make up for Son/Kane, ie Lacazette and my big midfield it's not too bad if they do well.

              1. Baps hunter
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                10 months, 27 days ago

                Cancelo more attacking than Dias, wish I had him (Dias owner here).

                1. Coys96
                  • 4 Years
                  10 months, 27 days ago

                  I thought that at first too. Look at set-piece stats

            2. Coys96
              • 4 Years
              10 months, 27 days ago

              Imagine the gain I could make if they blanked too. Even one blanking would be huge.

              1. thegaffer82
                • 10 Years
                10 months, 27 days ago

                That’s the flip side 🙂

              2. lespaul
                • 12 Years
                10 months, 27 days ago

                Exactly

    2. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      Dias to Cancelo with the 0.1 and live a little 🙂

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        10 months, 27 days ago

        Actually Cancelo is less isn’t he

        1. Coys96
          • 4 Years
          10 months, 27 days ago

          Not for me, actually

      2. Coys96
        • 4 Years
        10 months, 27 days ago

        Brighton bad at defending set pieces and Cancelo potentially on left.

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          10 months, 27 days ago

          Fair

          1. Baps hunter
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            10 months, 27 days ago

            Correct... Maybe yhe grass is greener on the other side.

    3. Yes Ndidi
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      Too much of a risk of only getting 8 or 9 out for my liking, in which case you're no better off than those that have ridden it out without the chip. Double Toon at the back as well. Different though. I fancy an Everton defender.

      1. Coys96
        • 4 Years
        10 months, 27 days ago

        Who don't you think will feature then?

        1. Yes Ndidi
          • 2 Years
          10 months, 27 days ago

          I don't know. I wouldn't be at all surprised to see Shaw, Laca & Schar on the bench. Then again, they could easily all start. Laca especially could come on for a cameo haul again.

          1. Coys96
            • 4 Years
            10 months, 27 days ago

            Laca benched? Can't see that

            Shaw and Schar are kind of placeholders, will monitor them. Schar has started 3 in a row though

    4. FPL_Motty
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 27 days ago

      2x newcastle defence? Nah

      1. Coys96
        • 4 Years
        10 months, 27 days ago

        Palace will score. Fancy Schar- good from set pieces (against team who has conceded the most), gets the odd free kick and good chance of a cs

  6. bitars
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 27 days ago

    WC team

    Blank GW18

    De Gea (Martinez)

    Dias, Cancelo, Bissaka, (Dallas, Coufal)

    KDB, Son, Bruno, Grealish, Saka

    Watkins, Lacazette (Bamford)

    1,3 itb

    19 DGW i will transfer Son and Lacazette to Salah and Antonio/Adams.
    Then i will have 14 DGW players and hit the BB.

    Looks quite tasty?

    1. Coys96
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      Yes looks great

    2. Balls of Steel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      Perfect set-up

      1. bitars
        • 4 Years
        10 months, 27 days ago

        Cheers

    3. Who are all Lukakus
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      looks ok unless some players get injures / Covid next week. You will need multiple hits to activate BB...

  7. Ludwig
    • 7 Years
    10 months, 27 days ago

    Good evening 🙂

    I wonder if its worth activating the Free Hit tonight to to catch the potential price rise of KDB Wilson and Cancelo. the 0.3 would probably be the difference between stones and fernandez.

    Cheers!

    1. Baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      No point to activate now. Just do those transfers.

      1. Baps hunter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        10 months, 27 days ago

        Even if there is only 1% chance that "all" your current players get injured, it is worth keeping door open to WC.

        1. Ludwig
          • 7 Years
          10 months, 27 days ago

          You mean take the -8?
          Will the -8 be removed when i activate the FH then?

          1. _Ninja_
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            10 months, 27 days ago

            Yes but he means if a lot of your current players get injured, you will want to WC and cant if you've clicked FH.

  8. The 12th Man
    • 8 Years
    10 months, 27 days ago

    Who goes for Cancelo?
    Chilwell or TAA?

    1. Coys96
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      TAA

    2. The Hunt
      • 12 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      TAA a shadow of the player he was last season. Such an awful waste of 7.3m.

    3. Balls of Steel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      Trent

      1. Canarinha
        • 2 Years
        10 months, 27 days ago

        Cant believe how he's not energized and pumped by Robbos up and down runs.

        Its even crazier to understand that he underperforms like this under Klopp.

        Trent strikes me as an extremely moody player with a weak mind that needs constant pushing

        1. Balls of Steel
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          10 months, 27 days ago

          Have to agree with what you have said regarding Trent..was expecting another big season from him but has failed to perform highly on a consistent basis as the likes of Robbo who for me is a beast with a super attitude.

  9. Canarinha
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 27 days ago

    Cancelo Dallas Tierney Cress

    ...pick one?

    1. Canarinha
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      i meant 2

      1. The 12th Man
        • 8 Years
        10 months, 27 days ago

        Cancelo, Tierney

    2. Balls of Steel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      Cancelo, Cress

  10. Bam Saka Laca
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 27 days ago

    Thoughts on this FH18 draft?

    Darlow
    Kilman | Dias | Holding
    KDB | Sterling | Bruno | Son | Saka
    Kane | Wilson
    --------------------------------------------------------
    Steer | Brewster | Lowton | Mitchell

    1. Coys96
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      Would want more United cover. Not sure about Kilman or Holding

      1. Bam Saka Laca
        • 1 Year
        10 months, 27 days ago

        Not sure about Kilman as well. Cheers

    2. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      Very nice, only notable absence is Grealish

      1. Bam Saka Laca
        • 1 Year
        10 months, 27 days ago

        Thanks Kaptain Kane

    3. Yes Ndidi
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      Good team, with a bench that should scrape a few points if needed. Anything left ITB? Kilman would be my only concern.

      1. Bam Saka Laca
        • 1 Year
        10 months, 26 days ago

        Thanks Ndidi. Only 0.1 left

  11. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 27 days ago

    2FTs done! Got the FH chip in my back pocket if it all goes pear shaped.

    Salah to KdB
    Cresswell to Cancelo

    1. Londongeezaa
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      Salah with 250k sales very quickly becoming a differential 🙂

      1. Ⓙⓐⓡⓥⓘⓢⓗ CMIUK
        • 6 Years
        10 months, 27 days ago

        He won't be this week!

      2. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        10 months, 27 days ago

        Don’t worry, he’s straight back in GW19 🙂

      3. The Hunt
        • 12 Years
        10 months, 27 days ago

        Unfortunately he's playing like the man Chelsea were very happy to get rid of at the moment.

    2. FPL_Motty
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 27 days ago

      Selling Cresswell? Before those amazing double fixtures..

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        10 months, 27 days ago

        He’s back in GW19

  12. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 27 days ago

    Best option here folks???
    A- Kane and Holding 4-4-2
    Or
    B- Rashford and Wilson 3-5-2

    Thankyou

    1. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      A

    2. thegaffer82
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      A)

    3. The Frenchie
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      A

    4. Bam Saka Laca
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 27 days ago

      A

    5. JJO
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      For this gw only B easily

      1. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        10 months, 27 days ago

        Cheers guys!! Currently on A bit would like Rashford too, will give it more thought on getting him in another way!! Thankyou

    6. Runaway
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      B

  13. The Frenchie
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 27 days ago

    A) Meslier, Steele, Chilwell
    -GW18: /
    -DGW19: Meslier

    B) Meslier, Martinez, Dallas
    -GW18: Martinez
    -DGW19: Meslier

    Other idea? Actually I want to keep Meslier as number 1 and I’m not really comfortable to get Martinez on the bench. So maybe Is was thinking of Darlow for GW18 and then on the bench. Or should I just get Martinez as number 1?

  14. Kingtekkerz
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 27 days ago

    KDB at 101.2 at fplstatistics now, do you think he will rise tonight considering a lot is using FH and WC?

    Would like to Get KDB through tomorrows match before bringing him in.

    1. Ⓙⓐⓡⓥⓘⓢⓗ CMIUK
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      I would be less confident than normal of him going up, but I certainly wouldn't bet against him rising.

      1. seanie3
        • 10 Years
        10 months, 27 days ago

        Is that a yes or a no?

        1. Ⓙⓐⓡⓥⓘⓢⓗ CMIUK
          • 6 Years
          10 months, 27 days ago

          Hang on, there's a splinter in my butt from the fence I'm sitting on 😉

    2. thegaffer82
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      He’s rising fast. I think he’ll go up.

      But who knows with FPL towers right?

    3. Baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      I thought so too, but decided to take the risk snd transferred him in.

    4. Kingtekkerz
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      Cheers guys! Maybe I will have to tale the risk

    5. Brehmeren
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      I brought him in tonight for the same reason

  15. thegaffer82
    • 10 Years
    10 months, 27 days ago

    Any chance Salah falls tonight? Anyone already sold to avoid the possible drop?

    I definitely can’t afford him to drop if I want to get him back again for DGW

    1. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      I think one of KdB rising or Salah dropping could well happen tonight yes

  16. Ajax Hamsterdam
    • 7 Years
    10 months, 27 days ago

    any chance Pascal Struijk will retain his spot for dgw ?

    1. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 7 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      i know I am scrapping the barrell but at 3.9 even 4 points on bench would be great 🙂

      1. Jimmers
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        10 months, 27 days ago

        No - it's likely Cooper and even Llorente could be back by then

  17. No Totti No Party
    • 10 Years
    10 months, 27 days ago

    On a FH 0,00 in the bank

    Leno
    Stones Tierney Clark
    De Bruyne Fernandes Rashford Son
    Lacazette Wilson Kane

    Any advices how to get 3rd city player and do i need it ?

  18. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 27 days ago

    Chances of Cancelo rising?

    1. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      Fairly high, probably tomorrow but it’s close

      1. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        10 months, 27 days ago

        Who to lose Robbo or Zouma?

        1. Milkman Bruno
            10 months, 27 days ago

            Zouma

            1. g40steve
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              10 months, 27 days ago

              Done 🙂

    2. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 7 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      lowton is nailed isnt he ?

      1. Brehmeren
        • 11 Years
        10 months, 27 days ago

        Yes

    3. Brehmeren
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      In gw19, would you BB a bench of:
      No keeper, Soucek, KWP, Alioski

      Either that or TC KdB.

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 7 Years
        10 months, 27 days ago

        probably yes

      2. Milkman Bruno
          10 months, 27 days ago

          I guess. I was against BB without a full playing bench for awhile but warming to it.

      3. Milkman Bruno
          10 months, 27 days ago

          Danny Ings has scored the most non penalty goals 26 since the beginning of last season in the league

          1. Balls of Steel
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            10 months, 27 days ago

            Mr reliable when he's fit

        • thegaffer82
          • 10 Years
          10 months, 27 days ago

          Quick poll, if you please:
          1) How many will you have in 18?
          2) How many DGWers in 19?
          3) What chips used in prep for 18/19?

          1. thegaffer82
            • 10 Years
            10 months, 27 days ago

            I’m
            1) 9 + Brewster
            2) 10 + Kane
            3) TC19

          2. CRO KLOPP
            • 4 Years
            10 months, 27 days ago

            1) 11
            2) 10 + Son
            3) FH in 18 (no chip 19)

          3. Runaway
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            10 months, 27 days ago

            1) 9
            2) 10 + Kane or Son
            3) No chip for 18, maybe TC for 19

          4. Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            10 months, 27 days ago

            1) 11
            2) 15
            3) FH and BB

          5. HippY
            • 11 Years
            10 months, 27 days ago

            1) 11
            2) 13/14 - Haven't decided if I'll keep Son and/or Kane
            3) WC16, FH18, BB19

          6. Ajax Hamsterdam
            • 7 Years
            10 months, 27 days ago

            1 9/10
            2 13
            3 wc now

          7. JJeyy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            10 months, 27 days ago

            11
            11
            BB, TC

            1. JJeyy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              10 months, 27 days ago

              FH not BB

          8. Milkman Bruno
              10 months, 27 days ago

              1) 8
              2) 9
              3) none

              1. Milkman Bruno
                  10 months, 27 days ago

                  Possible TC in 19

              2. Fantasydreamer
                • 3 Years
                10 months, 27 days ago

                A. 10 with a -4 (1 being Brewster)
                B. 11
                C. None (got lucky with the rearranged Manchester fixtures)

              3. BUZZBOMB
                • 6 Years
                10 months, 27 days ago

                1 6 if I use my tf, 11 hopefully if I FH which I plan on
                2 15x2 hopefully
                3 FH BGW18

                1. BUZZBOMB
                  • 6 Years
                  10 months, 27 days ago

                  And BB DGW19

              4. Baps hunter
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                10 months, 27 days ago

                10
                9 +Son + Kane now and if I save 1 ft
                No chips used, TC Bruno perhaps

              5. lugs
                • 4 Years
                10 months, 27 days ago

                1) 11
                2) 12 or 13 if i take a hit which i probably will
                3) WC

            • JJeyy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              10 months, 27 days ago

              Andy Lets talk fpl copied my FH draft

              1. Camzy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                10 months, 27 days ago

                He's prepping a WC draft. I really like that draft too although I'd be surprised if he has the stones to go through with it.

            • Fantasydreamer
              • 3 Years
              10 months, 27 days ago

              Who would you rather take in to the DGW (I have Dias)

              A. Cancelo, rashford, Ings
              B. AWB, sterling, Antonio

              1. Balls of Steel
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                10 months, 27 days ago

                a

            • Bambi
              • 9 Years
              10 months, 27 days ago

              Would you free hit this team?

              Stones - Cancelo
              KdB - Bruno - Son
              Kane - Wood

              1. JJeyy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                10 months, 27 days ago

                of course

              2. Camzy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                10 months, 27 days ago

                Any FTs? If yes, then I would hold off.

                1. Bambi
                  • 9 Years
                  10 months, 27 days ago

                  No FTs, did Salah to KdB before the price rise

                  1. Camzy
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 11 Years
                    10 months, 27 days ago

                    Then I would WC that.

                    Seems controversial, but that team will struggle vs full FH teams. I only count 7. It's 8 good players I'd want for a WC.

              3. Milkman Bruno
                  10 months, 27 days ago

                  Nah I would t. You have the main ones

              4. myteamissheeeeeeeet
                • 11 Years
                10 months, 27 days ago

                Cancelo gonna rise tonight chaps.

                Chilwell to:

                A. Cancelo
                B. Dias

                1. Bring the Cavalry
                  • 5 Years
                  10 months, 27 days ago

                  I have Dias but would rather cancelo so A

                2. FPL_DON
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  10 months, 27 days ago

                  Been contemplating which myself, set on Dias now for naildness in the double. Will eventually get both I would imagine

                  1. myteamissheeeeeeeet
                    • 11 Years
                    10 months, 27 days ago

                    Cancelo more exciting and due a haul. Gonna go with him and prob have Dias aswell for 19.
                    Last time I brought Cancelo in though he didn’t play, took him out and his stats have been great since! You can’t win ha!

                    1. FPL_DON
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 7 Years
                      10 months, 27 days ago

                      Haha, don't think you can go wrong with either tbf, I don't have as much appetite for risk so gonna go with my man Dias!

              5. Bring the Cavalry
                • 5 Years
                10 months, 27 days ago

                Any chance of alzate starting for Brighton with bissouma suspended? Not even sure if they play the same position?

                1. Bring the Cavalry
                  • 5 Years
                  10 months, 27 days ago

                  Just realised he’s not even making the bench anymore

              6. MarcusAurelius
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                10 months, 27 days ago

                Best option this week on FH

                A) Rashford and Dias
                B) Sterling and Holding

                1. myteamissheeeeeeeet
                  • 11 Years
                  10 months, 27 days ago

                  All 4 all day long lal

                  1. MarcusAurelius
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    10 months, 27 days ago

                    Haha I already have Tierney and Cancelo

                    Darlow
                    Cancelo Tierney Holding*
                    Sterling* KDB Son Bruno Saka
                    Wilson Kane

                    4.0 Yedlin Brewster Mitchell

                2. MarcusAurelius
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  10 months, 27 days ago

                  Also B) is 0.5mil cheaper

                  1. MarcusAurelius
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    10 months, 27 days ago

                    A) sorry

              7. thepuntmaster
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                10 months, 27 days ago

                Best United defender for FH this week?

                Maguire? AWB?

              8. pagat
                • 10 Years
                10 months, 27 days ago

                So, prizes are falling because of FH'ts

                Question - if Salah's price fall for max 0,3 pts, becsuse of FH. Will his price then next GW automaticly rise for 0 3 pts, when all FreeHitters get old team back?

                1. Bring the Cavalry
                  • 5 Years
                  10 months, 27 days ago

                  Pretty sure FH don’t affect price rise like wildcards