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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. Jimbo-Jones
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 27 days ago

    FH draft - thoughts?

    Leno
    Cancelo Stones Bailly
    KDB Bruno Rash Son Smith-Rowe
    Laca Kane

    Mitchell Davis Douglas

    1. Fantabulous KdB
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      Pretty good, I reckon no fund to upgrade SR to Saka?

      1. Jimbo-Jones
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        10 months, 27 days ago

        Yeah not enough to keep him (got him in atm but before I do the KDB switch).
        Shaw nailed instead of Bailly?
        Just realised I’m 0.1 away from above team

    2. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      In a FH, I think I would prefer 2 city attackers and 1 def.

      1. Jimbo-Jones
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        10 months, 27 days ago

        Yeah considering it. But means dropping one of Rash Kane Son.
        And only really like Sterling so a lot more cash to do it...

        1. Jimbo-Jones
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          10 months, 27 days ago

          Could do a 451:

          Leno
          Cancelo Bailly Mitchell Saiss
          KDB Sterling Bruno Rash Son
          Laca

          1. Tonyawesome69
            • 2 Years
            10 months, 27 days ago

            Looks ok. Keep an eye on fodens minsin the cup games. Could be a great punt on the FH18

            1. Tonyawesome69
              • 2 Years
              10 months, 27 days ago

              Mins in*

  2. Fantabulous KdB
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 27 days ago

    Is Aguero in any FH teams, or waiting before he start a game?

    1. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      Need to see him start. Pep has said not fully fit yet

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

      definitely monitoring him. I'm very tempted. Even a 20 minute cameo could pay out nicely.

  3. dunas_dog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    10 months, 27 days ago

    How’s this FH team looking ? Leaves 0 in bank

    Darlow
    Cancelo AWB Tierney
    Bruno KDB Son Neto
    Lacazette Kane Wilson

    Peacock-Farrell Saka Yedlin Kilman

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

      Really good

      1. dunas_dog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        10 months, 27 days ago

        Thanks

    2. Fantabulous KdB
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      Only 2 ManC, can Neto be Foden?

      1. dunas_dog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        10 months, 27 days ago

        .2 m short so Yedlin to Mitchell would do it-

    3. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      Strange one, I would def start Saka over Neto and definitely needs another city attacker. I would go 352

      1. dunas_dog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        10 months, 27 days ago

        Thanks. So if got Foden over Neto as 3rd City attacker (assuming rested in FA cup) who would you drop ?

        KDB Bruno Son Foden Saka
        Kane Lacazette Wilson

        1. dunas_dog
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          10 months, 27 days ago

          * Could drop Kane to bench player and get Sterling over Foden

        2. Tonyawesome69
          • 2 Years
          10 months, 27 days ago

          Wilson - Newcastle attack is poor and they will have to attack more compared to the last few games where they sat back. Don't think they have good enough players to create chances.

          Or you drop Kane and bring in Sterling

    4. The Knights Template
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      Very nice team as is.

      1. dunas_dog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        10 months, 27 days ago

        Thank you

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

    Is now a good time to KDB in for Salah?

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      I would just do it and the move over with.

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

      do it after tomorrows game just to be safe, its unlikely he will play in the FA cup game at the weekend

    3. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      If able to wait until tomorrow then do so but if price critical I would just get it done

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

    If i take an 8pt hit, how much of a rank drop is that before a ball is kicked at 220k? About 50k maybe?

    1. Rotation's Alter Ego
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      About that. 200k to 250k is a 7 points gap

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

        Ah ok cheers mate.

  6. Rotation's Alter Ego
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 10 Years
    10 months, 27 days ago

    For the DZ crowd - latest CA from Greyhead is up looking at the Great and the Good if you've been following the series!

    https://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/2021/01/05/learning-from-the-great-and-the-good-20-21-gameweek-17/

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

    Lamptey and salah to Dias and KDB done!

    Early transfer gods please bless me

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

      Sweet moves

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

    Great article, for FPL and beyond!

  9. Gabbiadini
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 27 days ago

    Thoughts on this lineup after GW19...

    Martínez | Forster
    Stones | Dallas | Coufal | Lowton | Mitchell
    KDB | Bruno | Son | Grealish | Smith-Rowe
    Kane | Vardy | Bamford

    Will take 4 trades or a 2nd WC (not using FH in gw18) post BB team, thoughts?

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

      Anyone?

    2. The Knights Template
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      It's just too far ahead to be thinking about. So much can, and probably will, happen between now and then to render the discussion pointless. I'm just focusing on gw18 & 19.

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

        Well if I choose to WC it is only 2 gws time

        1. The Knights Template
          • 8 Years
          10 months, 27 days ago

          I'd save the WC for the battles to come.

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

      Looks very nice although a little light at the back but front 7 should more than make up for it.

  10. Champions League Varane
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 27 days ago

    KDB And Cancelo rising..

    Salah and Trent -> KDB And Cancelo for free looks good right?

    1. Fantabulous KdB
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      gtg

    2. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 12 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      Are you on FH?

      1. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 12 Years
        10 months, 27 days ago

        Guess not, hope they don't get injured tomorrow or the weekend game or get that other thing.

        1. Champions League Varane
          • 3 Years
          10 months, 27 days ago

          Thanks TM if they do I’ll probably FH let’s hope not

    3. The Mighty Hippo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      Yes, good choices.

      1. Champions League Varane
        • 3 Years
        10 months, 27 days ago

        Thanks all

  11. Fantabulous KdB
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 27 days ago

    Zaha is largely ignored in FH teams, I think both teams will score in that game

    1. The Knights Template
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      Known troll. Ya takes ya chances.

      1. Fantabulous KdB
        • 3 Years
        10 months, 27 days ago

        Atleast this season, he has been more consistent (still top 5 midfielder after half of the season)

        1. The Knights Template
          • 8 Years
          10 months, 27 days ago

          True but I'm more than happy with the alternatives.

  12. mr messi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    10 months, 27 days ago

    If I’m planning to fh should I do just to Salah to KDB now to avoid price rise? Will wait and sort out rest of the team closer to the deadline in case things change.

    1. Kay317
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      Yes

    2. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      Yes

    3. ZimZalabim
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      yes

  13. Kay317
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 27 days ago

    Anyone think Gundogen is a decent option on a free hit for a 3rd city player?

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      Prefer Foden if he is an option but still a good punt for FH.

      1. Kay317
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        10 months, 27 days ago

        Yea he's an option. Gundogen is just more nailed by the looks of it. I'll see how the cup games pan out.

  14. Shark Team
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 27 days ago

    Some gw18 rankings:

    Ranked top teams for clean sheets based on last 5 gws:
    1) Man City
    2) Arsenal
    3) Everton & Man Utd
    5) Newcastle

    Ranked top teams to score goals based on last 5 gws:
    1) Arsenal
    2) Man City
    3) Everton & Man Utd
    5) Newcastle

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

      No Southampton for CS?

      1. The Knights Template
        • 8 Years
        10 months, 27 days ago

        Don't play gw18

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

          Ah I see. Apologise misread.

    2. The Knights Template
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      Arsenal higher than I thought.

  15. ZimZalabim
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 27 days ago

    Would you play this team or use FH this week ? I have 1FT and will use that on Salah to Kdb.

    Martinez*
    Holding* Stones* (Coufal Robbo Fodder)
    Son* Bruno* (Salah Maddison Soucek )
    Kane* Brewster* (Bamford)

    *BGW18 players

    My Original Plan was to FH18 and then get Kdb and Vardy in for Son and Kane -4 and maybe use TC. So now its Kdb in this week and Salah and Vardy in for Kane and Son next week. but now after all the fixture additions I have a team that covers most of the blankers so would you use FH on this team or save it ?

    1. The Knights Template
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      Save FH

  16. Gabbiadini
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 27 days ago

    Those who have built a bench and are BB, are you using the WC or going to trade the players out say over a 3 week period?

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

      Ideally, transfer out and wait for gw25/36 to WC - but planning anything beyond 2 or 3 weeks this season has been a fools game

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

        I am not using the FH so will have that up my sleeve.

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

      i used my WC to build a bench, so i'm just going to downgrade a couple of players, but keep a full playing bench as i was already caught out badly short of players gw 16 due to postponements

  17. Somnus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 27 days ago

    Do I need to FH the following (in brackets are 2 transfers for -4)?

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

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

      I think 8 is fine

    2. The Knights Template
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      Borderline, should be ok to save.

  18. Sun Jihai
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    10 months, 27 days ago

    Would you rather have Son or Rashford just for next week? I already have Bruno and Kane and was going to shift Salah to one of these two for a week only before switching back.

    BGW team would be:
    Martinez
    Dier Mitchell Cancelo
    Bruno KDB Grealish Saka Son/Rashford
    Kane Brewster
    Forster Coufal Bamford KWP

    DGW team (-4) would be:
    Martinez
    Coufal KWP Cancelo
    Bruno KDB Grealish Soucek Salah
    Kane Bamford
    Forster Dier Brewster Mitchell

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

      I think both have similar potential, but it may come down to your appetite to defend or attack; most active teams will have Son so going without is a risk to your rank if he hauls. Rashford is nowhere near as highly owned so the inverse is true

    2. The Knights Template
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      I'd much prefer Son in my team long term

      1. Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        10 months, 27 days ago

        Agree, but it's just a one week thing as I can't go without Salah for the following week

    3. LSK
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      50/50 who does better so I’d go Son to protect yourself from a haul.

      Well played on getting those 2 teams out with only a -4 though. Good planning.

      1. Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        10 months, 27 days ago

        Yep, looking at the stats I bit more, that makes sense. Thanks!

  19. Disturbed
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    10 months, 27 days ago

    Thoughts on this fh team? Still have 3.5m itb to upgrade somewhere. Suggestions? Thanks.

    Darlow (Forster)
    Cancels Dias tierney ( Mitchell Bryan)
    Kdb Bruno rashford son saka
    Laca Wilson ( Davis)

    1. The Knights Template
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      Looks good. Upgrade a bench defender in case Pep springs a surprise.

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

        Thanks. Just feels a waste with so much money itb

  20. Champions League Varane
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 27 days ago

    Would you FH this in GW19?
    If McCarthy isn’t back*

    Foster Soucek Targett Mitchell

    1. The Knights Template
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      Do you mean BB? The answer is no.

      1. Champions League Varane
        • 3 Years
        10 months, 27 days ago

        Sorry yeah I meant BB

        thanks

  21. DunkinDonuts
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 27 days ago

    Only have KDB, Fernandes, Kane, Stones, Martinez and a injured Taylor for GW 18

    Do I FH?

    1. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      Yes

    2. The Knights Template
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      I would.

  22. OneDennisBergkamp
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    10 months, 27 days ago

    n00b question as i forget every season..
    if i make 2 transfer now and take a -4, if/when i play FH this GW, that -4 becomes 0 doesn't it... yep

    1. Taegugk Warrior
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      yup

    2. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 12 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      yes

  23. FCSB
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 27 days ago

    I'm def FH18, should i just activate now to catch the rises ?

    1. FCSB
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      or hold given the uncertainty ?

      1. OneDennisBergkamp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        10 months, 27 days ago

        if you're def i would activate now

    2. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 12 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      The rises only count this GW.

  24. dmcnam12
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 27 days ago

    A: De Gea, Cancelo, Dias, Grealish, DCL
    B: Darlow, Stones, Maguire, Rashford, Wilson

    1. dmcnam12
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 27 days ago

      For FH obviously - which one?

    2. The Knights Template
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      Darlow, cancelo, dias, rashford, wilson

      1. dmcnam12
        • 1 Year
        10 months, 27 days ago

        Funds don't permit

        1. The Knights Template
          • 8 Years
          10 months, 27 days ago

          Rashford to Grealish. You have Bruno presumably?

          1. dmcnam12
            • 1 Year
            10 months, 27 days ago

            Yep have Bruno

  25. ALI_G
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 27 days ago

    there is a school of thought on here of starting your non playing keeper

    can someone explain the logic? It is where your non playing keeper has a good fixture on paper, on the off chance the regular keeper doesn't start? I guess example would be Forster for this weekend

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

      The theory is if you have 2 keepers from the same team, then if you play the non-playing one, they are more likely to replace a keeper who gets sent off (for minus points) than for injury. And if they don't play at all (for 99% of times), they playing keeper autosubs in anyway.

      Sounds silly to me though.

  26. ZimZalabim
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 27 days ago

    would you prefer

    A. Robbo and Maddison (11 DGWers)

    or

    B. Son and Yedlin (will have to take a hit for Yedlin to Dallas in 19) (10 + Son)

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      • 8 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      A

      1. ZimZalabim
        • 5 Years
        10 months, 27 days ago

        Cheers
        for above as well

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          • 8 Years
          10 months, 27 days ago

          Service is its own reward.

  27. Unfathomable Ruination
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 27 days ago

    Do we think Cancelo will rise tonight?

  28. Taegugk Warrior
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 27 days ago

    on FH. Saka or foden..?

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

      Saka. Who knows if foden plays!

      Surprised nobody is suggesting gundagon?

  29. Dynamic Duos
    • 8 Years
    10 months, 27 days ago

    How is this FH team?

    Leno
    Cancelo Maguire Clark
    Sterling KDB Bruno Son Saka
    Martial DCL

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      • 8 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      Maguire to AWB

    2. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      I would get Lacazette over Martial ( rotation risk with Cavani) and AWB over Maguire ( bonus more likely)

  30. Jammy Dodger
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    10 months, 27 days ago

    How’s about this for a FH team! I can afford it with nothing left in the bank. Thoughts?

    Darlow

    AWB - Stones - Tierney

    Rashford - Bruno - Sterling - KDB - Saka

    Kane - Wilson

    Bench: Yedlin, Mitchell, Davis

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      • 8 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      Fine