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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. Forever In Our Shadow
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Well I had been set to bring in KDB for Salah (done last night) and stones for Douglas and be happy with 9. But I’ve just realised Lacazette is only 8.2 and DCL was going next week anyway. A good move. He even has Poocastle in 19 too. What do you guys think?

    1. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      You might as well Lacazette seems to have a bit of spark about him, and DCL seems to have lost his mojo.
      Plus it will at least give you another 2 points guaranteed.

    2. thepuntmaster
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Yeah I fancy Lacazette could do well again against Palace, would move for that.

    3. Forever In Our Shadow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Cheers chaps.

  2. KDB4PREZ
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Repost”
    Is this team strong enuff for DGW19

    De Gea
    Cancelo Diaz Coufal Dallas
    Salah Bruno KDB(TC) Rashford Grealish
    Bam bam

    4-5-1 isn’t ideal but I prefer cancelo over any 6milk striker for this run. Any advice welcomed

    1. Balls of Steel
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Think that's good team, just no Spurs v SU and going forward.

  3. bitars
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Biggest chance

    Kane can rise 0,1 before next GW (+28.4)

    Lacazette can rise 0,2 (+100.3)

    1. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      work it out on the fantasy football fix predictor page of their site -

      https://fantasyfootballfix.com/price/

      They give you 'progress per hour' in percentages of a fall or drop. So all you have to do is get a calculator out and figure out how many hours it is until the next deadline.

      1. bitars
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Cheers!
        I am afraid to put in my codes tho 🙂

  4. thepuntmaster
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Thoughts on this FH team?

    Lloris
    Tierney - Cancelo - AWB
    KDB - Fernandes - Rodiguez - A Traore - Saka
    Kane - Lacazette

    Fancy Traore to give Godfrey some problems and Rodriguez looked sharp coming on the other day.

    1. Balls of Steel
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      No to AT, think hes been poor this season with no consistency of starts.

    2. ALI_G
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      no Son!!!

  5. Runaway
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Cards received in FA Cup games do not affect the suspension situation in the league, right? Asking for Grealish specifically, would he still play in BGW18 even if he is booked in Pool game?

    1. WE GO FOR IT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Cards count towards each competition separately. So, no!

    2. RedLightning - January to M…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      A red card would rule him out of the next match or matches.
      But a yellow card in a Cup match would not count towards the five Premier League yellow cards threshold.

  6. _Ninja_
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Is Taylor to AWB worth a hit as I'm not playing FH and only have 9 players?

    1. thepuntmaster
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Yeah I'd say so. Got that double coming up too.

    2. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Yeah good chance of a clean sheet, could get an assist, plus extra bonus of having the double gw19.

    3. Balls of Steel
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Yes

    4. _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Cheers all!

  7. Coys96
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    FHers... who are your diffs?

    1. Labile
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Not FH but if I was..

      Mina Saïss Auba Martial all look good

      1. Coys96
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Think Martial will start?

        1. Labile
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          I think so although we’ve got Liverpool after that so maybe not

          Either way, Edi or Tony starts and whoever does is a great differential.. see how Martial does in the cups and what Ole says leading up to Burnley.

    2. Balls of Steel
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Sterling, J. Rodriguez, Auba to name a few..

    3. Werder Bremner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      No spurs - Risky but big jump in rank if Villa defence contain them

      Saiss - Good threat mostly

      4-5-1 formation - think there's a lot of value in defenders and little in strikers

      1. Coys96
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Late reply but completely agree with 1st and 3rd points. Like Saiss too but Everton are good at defending set pieces

  8. Labile
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Does anyone know who has the best fixtures from GW20 to 26? Or where I could find it?

    Thank you.

    1. HuttonDressedasLahm
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      The internet

    2. Coys96
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Palace Fulham Brighton Villa Chelsea City

      1. Labile
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Thank you

    3. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      if you go to livefpl.net and sign up to their free transfer planner you can tinker your heart's content gameweeks in advance - AND planning transfers with the fixture list beside how the team will look that gameweek.

      I would go as far to say that the livefpl transfer planner is the best fpl tool I have found. Simple, effective and uncomplicated.

      1. Labile
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Thanks mate extremely helpful 🙂

      2. Ragabolly
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Thanks mate for this, I am so glad you like the tool 🙂

    4. MyBall MyRules
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Best defensive fixtures are city by a country mile.
      Best attacking options are from city, pool and man u.

    5. Black Knights
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Yeah you know where you can find it, surely? The FPL site lists all fixtures for all teams. Doesn’t this very site have a fixture tracker too?

  9. FCRS BGD
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Hi guys
    For Draft league, who would you pick for the rest of the season
    1) Antonio
    2) Che Adams ?
    Thanks

    1. Balls of Steel
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      1 , worth a punt as he could be great if he gets fitness back

    2. Coys96
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      2 because antonio will get injured

    3. FCRS BGD
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Thanks

  10. Henning
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Freehit team

    Darlow
    Awb Cancelo Tierny
    Son Kdb Sterling Fernandes Sala
    Lacazette Wilson

    Steer Saiss Coady Brewster

    I could do Lacazette Sterling and Coady to to Kane Rashford and a 4.0 m def?

    1. aborg
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Prefer the option with Kane/Rashford in it. I still don't trust Laca.

  11. JJeyy
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Arnautovic back to West Ham just in time for the double gameweek. A legend returns

    1. JJeyy
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      *hopefully

    2. HuttonDressedasLahm
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Really?

      1. JJeyy
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        exwhu employee saying they considering it

    3. Danno - Emre Canada
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Wages too high eh

  12. Adamdashi
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 22 days ago

    1 FT, Chillwell to AWB?

    Not sure if I'm Free Hitting yet but for the next few could work out better?

    1. HuttonDressedasLahm
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      I think Maguire is better

      1. The Knights Template
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        No baps Maguir on 4 yellows. AWB much better choice.

  13. HuttonDressedasLahm
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    What’s up with Liverpool?
    Is it as simple as Mane and Salah don’t play well together?

    Coincidence that the 7-0 came when the played separately?

    Just seems like they don’t pass or even look seriously for each other

    1. Arfaish
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      They’ve played almost exclusively together for the last two season where they excelled winning a title and a close runner up...they can play together

      1. HuttonDressedasLahm
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Well yes, obviously, but they just don’t seem to be right

        1. Danno - Emre Canada
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          They looked for each other a lot last night, maybe that was the issue

  14. Arfaish
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Who do we think is most likely to keep a clean sheet in the blank gameweek other than city:

    A) Arsenal (CRY)
    B) United (bur)
    C) Newcastle (shu)

    It’s for a defender transfer so most likely Tierney/Holding, AWB or Fernandez?

    1. HuttonDressedasLahm
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      SHU home to Newcastle

      1. Arfaish
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Hmmm the team that hasn’t kept a clean sheet all season. Not for me

    2. lespaul
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Arse

    3. JJeyy
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      United

    4. Major League Shocker
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 22 days ago

      C

    5. Huddersfield
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Sheffield United

  15. FPL_WILDCARD
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Would you FH this?

    (No keeper)
    Dier, Dias, Kilman
    KDB, Son, Bruno, Grealish
    Davis

    To this?

    De Gea
    Stones, Tierney, Fernandez
    KDB, Sterling, Bruno, Son, Saka
    Wilson, Martial

    1. Bleh
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Yep I’d FH that team.

  16. Bleh
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Did Salah > KDB early to catch the price rise. Anything here worth a -4?
    Stephens > Smith Rowe maybe?

    Martinez
    Dias, Stones, Holding, Mitchell
    KDB, Son, Bruno, Stephens
    Kane, DCL

    1. FPL_WILDCARD
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      No not worth a -4 unless you plan on using Smith Rowe a lot in future gameweeks

      1. Bleh
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Thanks, don’t plan on doing so!

  17. FantasyHero
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    With all the uncertainty thought to wait and make my transfers closer to deadline. But looks like I'll lose atleast 0.6M if I wait for all my transfers.

    Should I just make em now and hope for the best?

    1. Bleh
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      I’ve taken the risk. Could backfire ofc, you just never know with this rollercoaster of a season.

    2. WE GO FOR IT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Would probabt mean 1/2 cheaper options. Not the worst thing to happen

  18. Ajax Hamsterdam
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    thoughts on this wc team. bbgw19

    martinez meslier
    awb dias stones cresswell dallas
    kdb bruno neto soucek smith rowe
    kane vardy wilson (bamford gw19)

    ?/10

    thank you and gl 🙂

    1. FPL_DON
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      strong!

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Cheers

  19. FPL_DON
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    What's your thoughts please chaps, currently thinking Dias:

    A) Dias
    or
    B) Cancelo

    1. aborg
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      In my opinion if you getting in two city defs go for Cancelo and Stones, if you are bringing in one go for the safest with Dias.

      1. FPL_DON
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Thanks mate, would like two in future but want naildness for the double so keen on dias

        1. aborg
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          No probs. I'm torn between bringing in two or one city def, but naildness is my concern as you say.

  20. Only one Di Matteo
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    If I make a transfer and then FH is the transfer cancelled?

    1. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Yes

    2. _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      No but only counts for this week

    3. Original - Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      It will not show in GW 19

  21. Ibralicious
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Dias surely the safer pick as he's guaranteed the start over Cancelo, correct?

    1. _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      I think so yes but Cancelo has the higher potential for points.

    2. aborg
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Probably yes

    3. Tonyawesome69 WC,FH,TC left
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Dias safer pick but Cancelo with the higher ceiling and I actually think he is nailed for both LB and RB. Tight schedule between games so both bound to be rested at some point

  22. mr messi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Lots of players rising. So tempted to activate free hit!

    1. aborg
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      I'm doing it soon. I'm thinking that even if half of those games get cancelled due to covid we can still adjust our players accordingly on a FH

  23. SuperDan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Pick one:

    A) Robertson & Stones
    B) Cancelo & Cresswell

    1. Vazza
        1 month, 22 days ago

        B if for short term

        A if for long term

      • Tonyawesome69 WC,FH,TC left
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        B with short term. Don't look further than 2-3GWs

    2. Yordan Letchkov
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      I have a question regarding the use of the FH chip, since I am not sure if I understand the rules correctly.

      If I am building a new team with 0.5itb at the time of the FH activation and I invest this itb in to my FH team, will I get it be lost or will I get it back after the deadline?
      I understand that price changes on non considered players of the original team will be reflected, but what is the effect on the itb?

      Thanks for clarification and sorry if this question has already been answered multiple times here...

      1. _Ninja_
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        In gw19....Its as if you haven't logged in since gw17 ended.

      2. Men in green tights
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        The way I understand it is your team revert backs to your original one before FH team and your money itb stays as it was .
        Cheers

      3. Yordan Letchkov
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Thanks guys.
        Ok, so the price changes of the players will be reflected, even if I don't have the player in my FH team at the moment of the price change, correct?

        But what does then the following sentence in the rules section exactly mean regarding the itb? To which potential loss is it referring to?

        "Any change to your bank balance whilst the Free Hit chip was active will be lost".

        1. Original - Wolves Ay We
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          That means the Balance as a result of your FH Players will be lost and the Balance of the players from GW 17 will become the new balance.

        2. _Ninja_
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          If you FH and transfer a player in who goes up 0.2 and you sell him to make 0.1 profit, once the gameweek is over everything you've done during the FH is lost and your team is back to what it was at the start of the gameweek.

          Prices of your non FH players will go up and down as normal

      4. Yordan Letchkov
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        All clear now, thanks for your help guys!

    3. Gabbiadini
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Is it worth doing Salah to KDB for a hit?
      Also not playing the FH so would give me 10 players instead of 9 with Salah.

      1. _Ninja_
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        I'm doing it now

        1. Gabbiadini
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Yes I think the points will outweigh the hit.

      2. Vazza
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Did it yesterday

          1. Gabbiadini
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            For a hit?

            1. Vazza
                1 month, 22 days ago

                Yes bro

          2. Tonyawesome69 WC,FH,TC left
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            Did it yesterday with my FT

        • Vazza
            1 month, 22 days ago

            Would you take a hit to do the following

            Curtis Jones => Emile Rowe Smith

            Im playing BB in DGW19

            1. Vazza
                1 month, 22 days ago

                Anyone please

              • Tonyawesome69 WC,FH,TC left
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 22 days ago

                Probably yes. Good fixture against Newcastle in 19 as well

            2. Canarinha
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 22 days ago

              Could Pogba be differential?
              Seems like hes on fire lately since left wing duties?

              1. Vazza
                  1 month, 22 days ago

                  Not for me mate. Too inconsistent

                • Tonyawesome69 WC,FH,TC left
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 22 days ago

                  I would rather wait and see with pogba

              2. Tonyawesome69 WC,FH,TC left
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 22 days ago

                Which option would you go for to have 8 players in BGW18 and save FH?

                A. Balbuena to Stones (-4) and 0.4itb for GW19
                B. Robbo to Stones (-4) and 3.3itb to have the possibility to bring back Salah for Son or Balbuena to Cresswell for GW19

                0FT 1.0itb
                Martinez* Johnstone
                Holding* Cancelo* Coufal Balbuena Robbo
                Son* Bruno* KDB* Soucek Raphinha
                Kane* Rodrigo Bamford

                *BGW18 players

                1. ZimZalabim
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 22 days ago

                  Similar dilemma for me I have 7 with brewster and am doing Salah to Kdb I think tonight so 8 bgw players so I'm wondering if I should use FH get 3 more players and get a better def or just go with 8 and save it.

                  I have the same bgw players u have but Stones instead of Cancelo and then brewster on top shd get 1-2 points at least.
                  Cant decide yet what the best move is.

                  As for the question its very tough I would want to have a route to Salah in 19, my plan was Kane and Son to Vardy and Salah I guess you can do the same ? So if ur willing to do that then A if not then B.

                  1. Tonyawesome69 WC,FH,TC left
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 22 days ago

                    The KDB move wasn't planned. I had planned to FH18 but a 3rd Salah blank and KDB changed my mind. I need to sort out the Balbuena issue so I can BB19 but I think I will leave that move until GW19 for more info. It would be good to keep him if he can play both games and take a - 4 on the Kane and Son to Vardy and Salah

                    1. Tonyawesome69 WC,FH,TC left
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 22 days ago

                      I used the FFFix Assistant Manager (free) for RMT.

                      Predicted current team 44(inc - 4 hit) vs 62 FH

                      Predicted 18 point difference when using FH so I think I'll save it for DGW later

                      Current team:
                      Martinez
                      Holding Cancelo Stones
                      Son Bruno (K)DB
                      Kane

                      FH18:
                      Darlow
                      Stones Cancelo Tierney
                      Son Bruno (K)DB Rashford Saka
                      Wilson Kane

                      1. ZimZalabim
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 22 days ago

                        thats very interesting so my drafts are quite similar to ur FH team with 2nd city attacker vs Rashford and united def vs Stones the key differences.

                        So 18-20 odd points difference might still be enough points to play it, how many points do you the think the Chip is worth ?

              3. Original - Wolves Ay We
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 22 days ago

                What if, if, if Salah finds his form and you moved him to KDB????

                1. Tonyawesome69 WC,FH,TC left
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 22 days ago

                  Can't have them all

                2. _Ninja_
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 22 days ago

                  A lot are moving Son or Kane to Salah for the DGW

              4. Shark Team
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 22 days ago

                Had no plans of my FH team but I should sell one of Stones/Dias today cause I need to get KDB and Cancelo before their price rises. Both Stones and Dias were bought before their price rises, so should I keep:
                A) Dias
                B) Stones
                ?

                1. Jimbo-Jones
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 22 days ago

                  Exactly the same position.
                  I’m leaning towards Stones as on FH I’m likely to want the cheaper one to fund a punt (eg Laca).