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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. Vazza
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 27 days ago

    Would you take a hit to do the following-

    Curtis Jones => Emile Rowe Smith

    Im playing BB in DGW19

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

      Perhaps just, ESR seems involved in most Gunners attacks atm whilst Jones now suffering from rotation!

  2. FC Hakkebøf
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 27 days ago

    Thoughts on this FH team?

    DDG
    Cancelo Tierney Dier
    KDB Sterling Fernandes Saka
    Kane Laca Wilson

    Subs: Newcastle defender + 3x fodder

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

      Looks solid! I have a very similar set-up except going Bruno over Wilson.

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

        Over Laca rather*

      2. FC Hakkebøf
        • 4 Years
        10 months, 27 days ago

        Only worry is no Son..

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

      Don't like Dier on FH

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

        It's either him or Saiss in that price bracket (Stones not possible with 3 City)

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

          And what's wrong with Fernandez? Or Darlow in goal and Maguire?

          Not to have any Newcastle defence on FH is bizarre. I'd have both of the above myself.

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

            These are great options.

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

    how long before price rise guys?

    Just saw KDB and Cancelo above 100...FH effect? Will they rise?

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

      24 mins

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

      KDB has a good chance of rising, Cancelo lesser so. We'll find out.

    3. Jo Melon
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 27 days ago

      Presumably FH, although no body can say for sure.

  4. Ibralicious
    • 7 Years
    10 months, 27 days ago

    Here's my FH team. Any suggestions or all set until we get COVID updates?

    Darlow
    Tierney - Dias - Dier
    KDB - Bruno - Sterling - Son - Saka
    Kane - Wilson

    (Steer) (Kilman - Davis - Douglas)

    Cheers!

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

      yes

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

      Prefer others over Dier

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

        Who would you pick instead of Dier for 5.1?

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

          Saiss

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

          Look to Newcastle. They play an excrable Sheffield.

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

    is Tiernay worth extra cash than holding..?

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

      If you're able to, probably yes.

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

      More attacking but I would say only get him if the extra 0.9 can't be used better elsewhere

    3. Vazza
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 27 days ago

      If FHing, yes otherwise no

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

      I would say yes

  6. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 27 days ago

    Oh my days all these people selling Salah after a nice long rest!

    (Yes I'm aware of the stats.)

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

      He scores 0 this GW.
      DGW is the issue.

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

        Haha yes - obviously not RE: GW18.

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

      Just know he'll produce in dgw!!

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

    Hows this FH18 draft please:

    Leno
    Cancelo Dias Saiss
    KDB Fernandes Rashford Son Saka
    Kane Wilson

    Macey Mitchell Davis Buur

    0.1 itb

    Thoughts appreciated?

    Thanks.

    1. FC Hakkebøf
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      Personally going for Sterling

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

        i cant get him in... how do you suggest ?

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

      Fine

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

    Post bottomed:

    Thoughts on this fh team?

    It with nothing left in the bank

    Darlow
    AWB - Stones - Tierney
    Rashford - Bruno - Sterling - KDB - Saka
    Kane - Wilson

    Bench: Yedlin, Mitchell, Davis

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

      Decent! Seems like a lot of people going with the same front 7, and Darlow as well for the most part. Looks like the captaincy pick will decide the fate of most FH teams...

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

        Thank you 🙂 think has to be kdb with the arm band for me!

      2. waldo666
        • 11 Years
        10 months, 27 days ago

        It does, makes me feel better about not having Kane and going 5 premo mids, need some sort of differential.

  9. NateDog
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 27 days ago

    Pulled the trigger on Siggy and Son to Gundogan and KDB, really wanted to hold off on losing Son for KDB for another week but by then the price difference could have been too much when I knew I'd have to take a hit for the moves for DGW19 anyway

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

      I like the Gundagan pick a lot, he’s playing like a striker atm!

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

        Yeah he's looked really good of late and is even on some freekicks too! It's a punt nonetheless, he could very well go back to his usual position soon but I figured it's worth a go, if it doesn't work out it's just maybe 2 weeks of a failed shot and I can upgrade him

    2. Boxwoods
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      Astonishing thing is owned Siggy.

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

    KDB chances of playing both DGWs?

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

      I’d say likely but who ever knows with pep

    2. waldo666
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      Strong.

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

    DCL form very worrying of late, he's gonna have to have to produce the goods against Wolves for me not to move out of my team...25 points over the last 7 fixtures just not cutting the mustard!

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

      Yep, ran out of chances for me weeks ago.

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

        I guess it's the fact that Everton have picked up a few serious injuries with the likes of Allan, Richardson, Rodriguez missing games that has affected his output..

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

          Correct. Has your rank suffered keeping him?

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

            I think it's safe to say it has...maybe it was his pp of 7.2m that distracted me from getting rid earlier!

  12. Ibralicious
    • 7 Years
    10 months, 27 days ago

    Pick one for GW18:

    A) Lacazzete + Rashford
    B) Wilson + Sterling

    Cheers!

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

      A

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

      B

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

      A

    4. Tsparkes10
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      Close. On B atm

    5. Ibralicious
      • 7 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      Thanks all

  13. Pep Roulette
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 27 days ago

    Would you do Mane to KDB in DGW19? Have Salah as well! FH18 BB19.

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

      Yes-

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

      Yep

    3. Tsparkes10
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      Defo

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

    Rashford has returned in every away game. I'm shocked

  15. Tsparkes10
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 27 days ago

    Have exact money for this FH... thoughts??

    De gea
    Yedlin Tierney Stones
    Bruno Smithrowe KDB Son Sterling
    Kane Wilson
    (4.0, Mitchell, Kilman, Davis)

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

      As good as anything else I've seen so go for it, maybe Darlow and AWB for DDG and Yed?

      1. Tsparkes10
        • 3 Years
        10 months, 27 days ago

        Good shouts tbf. Cheers

    2. Pep Roulette
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      Love it

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

    is Bailly nailed ?

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

      Would think he is when fit as he's an upgrade on Lindelof imo but what has his longest run of games been since joining United!

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

    Holding or Lowton? does the DGW sing it for Holding?

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

      *i mean swing it for Lowton

      1. Major League Shocker
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        10 months, 27 days ago

        No, I think 2 good fixtures is better than 3 bad ones.

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

    Wilson or DCL?

    1. waldo666
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      Wilson

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

      Wilson

  19. Brayden29
    • 7 Years
    10 months, 27 days ago

    Is anyone NOT free hitting?

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

      Plenty, 50/50 myself.

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

      Yep can field 10.

    3. Leonard hatred
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      I'm not. Have my team setup for the blank+dgw, saving the FH for later in the season incase covid

    4. Major League Shocker
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      55% of the voters in the poll on the front page.

    5. Brayden29
      • 7 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      Just wondering how many players I would need roughly to avoid free hit and also who to trade in to be of most benefit GW18 and then 19

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

      Was never going to FH and the additional fixtures really helped - we've had far more time, in terms of gw and free transfers, to plan for this sgw/dgw then we usually have. The FH is going to be lot more useful in the next blank

      Got 11 starters - no subs though

    7. Camino Aleatorio
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      Nope - not Free Hitting

      Too valuable a chip when I have all the marquee players for the week (9 nailed players)

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

      Nope

    9. The Big Fella
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      Moi

    10. GoonSquad
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      No chance, can field 10 or 11.

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

      Here. GW18 team:

      Martinez
      Holding Mitchell Cancelo Diaz
      Bruno KDB Ghazi
      Wood Kane

      I may do Salah>Rashford to have full team.

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

    I always forget this but how do I check for instance what price I brought in DCL at?

    1. Phil's Stamps
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      Go to transfers --> 'list view' at the top centre, purple button.

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

        Ty greatly.
        I should really write I down.

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

    taken my first hit of the season (if i dont FH)..

    Salah + Taylor > KDB + Lowton

    -4

    reassure me....

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

      Lord knows why Lowton rather than Holding. 😕

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

        For non FHers
        Lowton plays in gw18 and twice in gw19.

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

          So what? Lowton's 3 fixtures are MUN whu liv. Two of those games he's going to be lucky to get more than 1 point. Don't see a CS away at West Ham either.

          Whereas Holding has 2 strong fixtures, CRY NEW. Both are very realistic chances of a CS. 80% of the time Holding scores more points in those 2 games than Lowton in his 3.

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

            I can see a 0 - 0 with Man Utd

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

            I think Palace will score against Arsenal

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

            Lowton’s more nailed as well and you don’t want to be wasting transfers on cheap defenders. If you think Holden is nailed and Arsenal’s defence is preferable to Burnley’s fine, but it’s hardly a baffling choice to go for Lowton

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

              *Holding

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

        simply because of the DGW

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

      I did those exact trades for a hit so yes

    3. Tsparkes10
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      Not keen on Lowton

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

        I think they can CS v WHU.

  22. NATSTER
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    10 months, 27 days ago

    Any good reason why Stones is preferred over Cancelo on the watchlist?

    1. waldo666
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      I'm guessing price.

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

      Cheap

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

      Thank you.

      Not for starting chance on DGW, right. Just feel CB could have less chance for rotation.

  23. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 27 days ago

    Despite his excellent consistency, and the premium I’ll have to pay when I inevitably soon want him back, would you say the following moves losing Son for funds are worth it for giving BB ability in DGW19?

    Son Davis Mitchell ->> Raphinha Stones(may have enough for Cancelo) Ings (-8)

    Cheers! tricky one. Son got a great fixture even though SGW

    1. Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      Team is linked 🙂 or below if ya cba. 1.7 (I think) ITB. Can of course get Son back

      Martinez Areola
      Robbo Coufal Dallas Pieters Mitchell
      Salah KDB Son Bruno Soucek
      Bamford Watkins Davis

      1. Tsparkes10
        • 3 Years
        10 months, 27 days ago

        Salah, Davis, Mitchell to Raphinia, Vardy, Stones?

        1. Tsparkes10
          • 3 Years
          10 months, 27 days ago

          Wait ings over Vardy and then Cancelo over stones?

    2. Tsparkes10
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      Son is closest to essential and a bargain on the game that there is imo. Season keeper unless injured

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

        This for sure

        1. Pocky
          • 12 Years
          10 months, 26 days ago

          I'm not using FH, but if i were I think I'd still want Son for GW18.

          1. Pocky
            • 12 Years
            10 months, 26 days ago

            Sorry...I mean...19.

  24. Ragabolly
    • 11 Years
    10 months, 27 days ago

    Risers: De Bruyne (11.7) Son (9.8) Lacazette (8.3)

    Fallers: Mount (6.8) Allan (5.2) McCarthy (4.3) Neco Williams (3.9)

    1. Tsparkes10
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      Lovely. 3 up on FH. Cheers

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

        So 3 down next week 😛

        1. Tsparkes10
          • 3 Years
          10 months, 27 days ago

          Son up 😉 don’t want Laca and I’ll get in kdb hehe but knew he was rising

    2. Salah’s Sonnet
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      2 up cheers Ragabolly

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

      crap, Taylor didnt drop

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

      Cheers Ragabolly!

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

      Thanks - 3 up, 2 of those are risky early transfers

    6. waldo666
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      Cheers Ragabolly.

    7. POTATO
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 27 days ago

      2 up, just transferred in KdB before rise. Somewhat risky but still 1FT remaining.

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

      TY Ragabolly

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

    Imagine Tottenham having Soucek behind Son and Kane instead of Ndombele. They would be world champions

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

      At least they'd have another source of goals!

      1. Scholes Out For Summer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        10 months, 27 days ago

        Mourinho would never let him go up.

        Soucek is only doing well because of Moyes. He is making Soucek into Fellaini 2.0... Only 2 more seasons before we see Soucek in CF lol

        1. G-Whizz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 4 Years
          10 months, 27 days ago

          Soucek was doing well before Moyes got involved...

        2. Camino Aleatorio
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          10 months, 27 days ago

          Soucek is energetic enough to fun back into position. He’s a total footballer.

          Unlike, Paul Pogba

          Pogba runs ahead and in the way of the Center Forward, spoils an opportunity. Then...

          He shambles back to position while making faces at the cameras and staying off-side long enough to get caught offside on a subsequent play.

    2. Mbeumo's Post: 7✅
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      stupid comment

    3. Camino Aleatorio
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      Soucek is Fallaini but human

      Ndombele is the what happens when lose your #10 (Erickson) and then have nothing else to replace him with

      Soucek is a heading machine, Chris Wood playing midfield but doing the midfield bit competently

  26. SuperDan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    10 months, 27 days ago

    Yay or nay?

    Konsa > Stones (-4)

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

      Yay

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

      Do you have another City defender, if not then yes.

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

    is Kane and Son too much for FH18 ?

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

      Not necessarily but maybe better ways to invest funds..

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

    Which duo:

    1. DDG Tierney
    2. Leno AWB

    Cheers

    1. dark91
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      1

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

    Will Walker come straight back into the City team for gw18 game against Brighton?

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

      If Cancelo gets injured, for sure.
      Otherwise, no guarantee as Canelo looks better on the right.

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

        Pep could also start both Walker and Cancelo as they seem to be his two main full backs right now going by number of minutes each has played this season. Time will tell I guess...

  30. Sturridge Wars
    • 6 Years
    10 months, 27 days ago

    Who would u rather for the next 3 games?

    A) Rashford
    B) Sterling

    1. Major League Shocker
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      B, great fixtures

    2. FPL Space
        10 months, 27 days ago

        Rashford, because he frees up some fund if compred to sterling, same quality