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How I am coping with football fatigue in a tough FPL season

We are into Gameweek 32 of this brutal season and being frank, a lot of Fantasy Premier League managers are just about managing to scrape through to the finish line. 

Huffing and puffing through this condensed season, a lot of FPL managers are approaching burn-out levels and it might be a good idea to tackle this issue with this article (thanks for the suggestion @FPL_Beard), especially with the amount of people deciding to quit this game recently. 

This week, I was listening to the latest episode of the brilliant FPL Surgery Podcast where the FPL General’s ‘how to deal with bad Gameweeks and bad seasons’ made for a very interesting listen.

We are at the back end of a gruelling season. There are many reasons for managers to feel FPL fatigue at the moment. I’m not even sure if its just fatigue about FPL, considering the sheer number of hours we have football on in long and dragged-out Gameweeks. As FPL managers, we are used to maybe watching two or three matches during a weekend and now there are some days where we have ten hours of football in a single day. 

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I am convinced these long drawn-out Gameweeks are the primary reason for football fatigue and so many managers I speak to now just find watching the sport to be a little bit of a chore and I completely empathise with that. What makes it even more drawn out is that we are still very much in the middle of a pandemic and our social lives are not as active as they used to be. 

Even the break we had before the season started was a lot shorter than what we’re used to. It was barely a break if you ask me. And now we have a lot more matches condensed in a much shorter time period. Until recently, this has even affected the quality of the football that we’ve been watching. Nowadays, I find myself tuning out of games and avoiding watching football a lot more than I used to. The international break has definitely changed things though and the quality in the last two Gameweeks in the Premier League has been a lot better. A welcome change.

But yes, if you’re finding your love for football and FPL to dwindle this season, know that you’re not the only one. These are uncertain times. They are the anomaly, not the norm. Still, many will be wondering how one tackles football and FPL burnout. Well,  here are a few suggestions.

PICK YOUR GAMES

You don’t have to watch all the Premier League games to do well in FPL. We never saw all the matches in normal seasons when there were five or six games kicking off at the same time anyway. If you ask me, watching Match of the Day and absorbing some statistics is enough to do well in FPL. Give yourself some time off from football and that should definitely help dealing with FPL burnout.

WHEN YOU’RE SWITCHED OFF, STAY SWITCHED OFF

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Often when I’ve decided to not watch a game during a Gameweek, I find myself distracted while ‘doing that other activity’ I had planned to do because I’ll constantly be looking at Twitter, my FPL Whatsapp groups and there will be constant notifications from your football apps. 

And considering that we have 15 to 20 hours of football to get through every Gameweek, and you’re not able to switch off when you switch off, burnout will naturally happen. 

What I’ve started doing in the second half of the season is just have a little bit of a digital detox. I switch off notifications (highly recommend this for most of your applications so that you’re deciding when to check your phone instead of letting your phone decide that for you) on all my apps on weekends and try staying off my Whatsapp groups and Twitter. 

Social Media around FPL has grown tremendously during the last few years and if you’re an active part of the forums and Twitter, on matchdays it’ll seem like every goal that is scored by someone is highly owned by everyone else but you. This isn’t actually the case and can be unnecessarily damaging for you to believe it.

MAKE YOURSELF MISS FOOTBALL AND FPL

Do other things. I find that if I have managed to successfully switch off for a day or two, I really enjoy catching up on things on the third day because I’ve truly switched off when I’ve needed to (probably not as often as I should but that’s my choice as a content creator). 

I am hopelessly addicted to FPL and when I give myself genuine time off doing other things for a couple of days, the love for the game comes gushing back on the third day where I truly enjoy my interaction, writing and consuming football and FPL content. 

Trying to box your time during FPL and other things will really really help. You can cheat a little with how you box things and its perfectly okay to have your score update applications on during Gameweeks but I would highly recommend switching off social media during matchdays, although it all comes down to your preference and how you can handle things. 

FIND SOMETHING TO PLAY FOR

If, like me, you are having a poor season, you need to indulge in little mini-games and find something to play for. I am currently ranked outside the one-million mark and I raised the white flag a few weeks ago when it comes to overall rank. 

So all I’m doing is getting players and differentials I like and trying to catch some differential hauls. I know managers that are taking multiple hits every week trying to achieve Manager of the week (because the hits don’t count) and I admire that because they are doing what they are doing to keep their interest alive in the game. 

On a personal note, I will admit it is a little bit of a relief to give up on the season and has made the game a lot more enjoyable for me when I’m watching the matches owning players that I like. Yes, you can throw the ‘points are fun’ argument in my face but I’ll argue that it is entirely subjective. I’ve concluded that I am not going to achieve my Overall Rank goal this year and a Sergio Aguero (£10.3m) goal when he’s in my team will give me a lot more joy than a 200k green arrow at this stage. My advice on FPL will definitely be more rational than the moves I make and I’m completely okay with that. 

A little bit of a sidetrack, but I’ve done some reflection on my poor decision making in 2020/21 and I’m chomping at the bit to start next season. That’s one thing you will always have when you’re having a poor season. The lessons learned during a poor campaign are usually more helpful than if you’ve had a good one and, of course, my motivation to make up for it in 2021/22 is very high. Not to mention the fact that I have the privilege to write and create podcasts definitely keeps the fire burning.

CONCLUSION

I hope you find some of my ideas helpful. I believe it is entirely feasible to play FPL, enjoy and do well in the game even by putting healthy thought-processes in place to protect our mental state.

These are only my suggestions, so please treat them as such. I am curious to know what you are doing to combat football and FPL fatigue, so feel free to let me know in the comments section. 

Here is hoping we do not have staggered kick-offs next season. Never forget. FPL itself is not a sport. It’s a game. 

If you want more detailed thoughts on the best FPL players to own for the run-in, Zophar and I discussed the fixture-swings, differentials and teams to target for the home-stretch in our latest episode of The FPL Wire which you can view below.

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1,329 Comments Post a Comment
  1. xHaTr
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    24 days, 22 hours ago

    Start two:

    A: Coufal (new away)
    B: Dias (avl away)
    C: Holding (ful home)
    D: Rudiger (bri home)

    1. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      24 days, 22 hours ago

      CD

    2. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      24 days, 22 hours ago

      BD

    3. NoThomasNoPartey18
        24 days, 21 hours ago

        what about this...
        start two:
        a) dias
        b) shaw
        c) rudiger
        d) holding

        1. xHaTr
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          24 days, 21 hours ago

          ab

    4. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      24 days, 22 hours ago

      Holds breath... Bruno >> Son here then? Yay or nay?

      Mendy
      TAA. Shaw. Coady
      Salah. Bruno. Lingard. Jota. Gundog
      Kane. Iheanacho
      (Forster, Holding, Rudiger, DCL**)

      1. Holmes
        • 7 Years
        24 days, 22 hours ago

        Salah to son?

        1. RAFA THE GAFFA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          24 days, 22 hours ago

          You fancy Bruno to outscore Salah?

          1. Holmes
            • 7 Years
            24 days, 22 hours ago

            This week, yes. Can switch back next week.

      2. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        24 days, 22 hours ago

        Neigh

    5. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      24 days, 22 hours ago

      Bench 1:

      A) Bamford
      B) Raphina
      C) Watkins

    6. SHOWSTOPPERRR
      • 3 Years
      24 days, 22 hours ago

      Guys should I play tc on Kane this week? Is there any other better gw? My ml rival is 40 points behind me he has wc tc bb left, probably he will wc this week. So as a defensive move should I hold? I move aggressively last week by taking the wc and extended my tiny 10 point lead to 40.

      Your thoughts on this guys?

      1. Kloppcorn
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        24 days, 22 hours ago

        I’d go TC on Kane great form and that Southampton game looks tasty

        1. RamaJama
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          24 days, 22 hours ago

          How big are the chances that he’ll be rested one of the matches?

      2. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        24 days, 22 hours ago

        TC Kane.

      3. Rains of Castamere
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        24 days, 21 hours ago

        TC Kane and don't think twice about it.

    7. Kloppcorn
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      24 days, 22 hours ago

      Struggling on which duo to go for, any help would be much appreciated:
      A) Vardy, Mount (free)
      B) Lacazette, Son (-4)
      C) Cavani, Son (-4)

      1. Van der Faart
        • 9 Years
        24 days, 22 hours ago

        B for me but A could pay off nicely. Not sure whether to hold Vardy or not myself

        1. Kloppcorn
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          24 days, 22 hours ago

          Vardy could turn it on instantly that’s what I’m thinking could easy score 3 out of nowhere

    8. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      24 days, 22 hours ago

      Good luck to all. This is how I am rolling.

      Hope for a Lloris pen save and Kane brace tonight.

      Lloris
      Rudiger Shaw Dias
      Bruno Jota Lingard Son Salah
      Kane(TC) Nacho

      Martinez Watkins Phillips Mitchell

      1. WhatWouldYourZlatanSay
        • 5 Years
        24 days, 21 hours ago

        I am upset by how much I prefer your team to mine.

        1. Little Red Lacazette
          • 4 Years
          24 days, 21 hours ago

          Your team could outdo mine. How does she look?

          1. WhatWouldYourZlatanSay
            • 5 Years
            24 days, 21 hours ago

            Martinez

            TAA Azpi Dias Mee
            Salah Jota Son Lingard
            Kane Nacho

            So just focusing on the differences...still think I'm going to outdo you 🙂

            Consolation is it's WC time next week.

    9. Van der Faart
      • 9 Years
      24 days, 22 hours ago

      Need to replace Neto, possible Vardy as well.

      A) Bowen and Vardy
      B) Lingard and Nacho (-4)
      C) Lingard and Laca (-4)

      1. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        24 days, 22 hours ago

        B or C

      2. RamaJama
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        24 days, 22 hours ago

        B

      3. Kloppcorn
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        24 days, 22 hours ago

        I’d deffo bring in lingard unsure, but hold vardy due to good fixtures

    10. DavidBadWillie
        24 days, 22 hours ago

        My back 3.

        Phillips (leeds a) Dias (villa a) Shaw (BURN H)

        Keane and Burn on the bench. It's silly doing a -4 to bring in an Arsenal/Chelsea defender right.

        Also.

        Play Mane (leeds a) or Smith Rowe (Fulham H)

        Not joking, Mane in poor form and a terrible punt last week. Smith Rowe was great in Europe and came off at 60 mins.

      • jimbobmij
        • 6 Years
        24 days, 22 hours ago

        Is Rodon going to play both?

      • Evasivo
        • 10 Years
        24 days, 22 hours ago

        Help with bench order:

        A) Maupay
        B) Coufal
        C) Dallas

      • Tom
        • 9 Years
        24 days, 22 hours ago

        Am I mad to part ways with Bruno? It means I could do;

        Bruno --> Son
        Gundo --> Lingard
        Dias --> Pereira

      • Gabhini Gupini
        • 7 Years
        24 days, 22 hours ago

        Forster, Sanchez, Coufal, Jorginhno
        good enough bench for BB?

        1. WhatWouldYourZlatanSay
          • 5 Years
          24 days, 22 hours ago

          Personally, I'd say no. A real possibility of 2 not playing.

          1. Gabhini Gupini
            • 7 Years
            24 days, 21 hours ago

            I know. Really wasted my BB chip this season by not playing early

      • WhatWouldYourZlatanSay
        • 5 Years
        24 days, 22 hours ago

        Bottomed...

        Lost a little ground in ML but can still overhaul leader, who used his WC last week. I'll do mine for GW33 just through lack of time this week.

        Question is - should I TC this week (Kane or Son)? He also has TC left.

        Thanks guys!

        1. tomasjj
          • 6 Years
          24 days, 21 hours ago

          Kane is a decent option.
          Will you get a better chance for TC?

          1. WhatWouldYourZlatanSay
            • 5 Years
            24 days, 21 hours ago

            Can only think of a Grealish or DCL type when other DGWs are announced. I would have full confidence in such players starting both in a DGW (not quite the case with kane before a final) and they are both fighting for Europe and for a Euro place. But I'm still leaning towards doing it today.

      • camarozz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        24 days, 22 hours ago

        Would u stick with Maddison or swap to Lingard??

        (only got Madd in last wk)

        1. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          24 days, 21 hours ago

          Is it just a 1 week punishment?
          But regardless, I don’t see a reason for anyone not having Lingard.

      • noob101
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        24 days, 22 hours ago

        Any chance of Bale playing in either of the games this DGW..?

        1. No Professionals
          • 3 Years
          24 days, 22 hours ago

          from the bench, don't see him starting

        2. FourLokoLeipzig
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          24 days, 21 hours ago

          Personally think he’ll play one, but who knows with Jose?

          1. noob101
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            24 days, 21 hours ago

            I have him but think I'll transfer out for Son, probably a safer bet. But I'll be gutted if comes out and scores now!

      • Jässi
        • 4 Years
        24 days, 22 hours ago

        Who is the most likely Spurs defender to start both DGW matches? Lloris not an option.

        1. No Professionals
          • 3 Years
          24 days, 22 hours ago

          Reguilon?

        2. Silecro
          • 3 Years
          24 days, 21 hours ago

          hm...maybe Reguilon

      • No Professionals
        • 3 Years
        24 days, 22 hours ago

        Hi all, would you take a hit for any of the below?

        Martinez
        Shaw Stones Digne
        Salah Bruno Jota Lingard Gundogan
        Kane(c) Iheanacho

        Areola Dallas Watkins Burn
        1.3m 0ft

        A) Digne to Trent
        B) Burn to Reguilon
        C) Gundogan to Lucas Moura

        1. kysersosa
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          24 days, 22 hours ago

          B I think is a decent option.

          1. No Professionals
            • 3 Years
            24 days, 21 hours ago

            it helps that i have bench boost still, so gives me full playing squad (barring city rotation). only issue is the blank and giving myself 4 spurs and city.

      • janlu0
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        24 days, 22 hours ago

        0.4 itb. Saving WC for DGW.
        How do I bring in Son? Any other suggestions most welcome.

        Martinez McCarthy
        Digne Maguire Stones Dallas Dunk
        Salah Bruno Lingard Gundo Raphina
        Kane DCL Nacho

        1. tomasjj
          • 6 Years
          24 days, 21 hours ago

          Without major surgery, you need to move Salah or Bruno.

          DCL to fodder, and Dunk to fodder could maybe make Gundo/Lingard - Son possible?

      • kysersosa
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        24 days, 22 hours ago

        Bowen to outscore Jesse this week.

        1. tomasjj
          • 6 Years
          24 days, 21 hours ago

          Bowen is in form .- could happen.

        2. pingissimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          24 days, 21 hours ago

          Bowen Is a really neat call

          Great points per minute anyway and clearly in form and starting up top is unlikely to hurt either. Matching Lingard returns must be plausible - he's not far behind in the last 3 despite fewer minutes

          1. kysersosa
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            24 days, 21 hours ago

            With Cresswell out I expect his set piece involvement to be higher too.

            Im not actually planning to won him! Quite happy withy team and keeping my FT to reduce spurs assets next week. Juts think he has a good opportunity to do well this week.

      • Silecro
        • 3 Years
        24 days, 22 hours ago

        Reguilon worth a -4 as a one week punt? would WC next week

        1. No Professionals
          • 3 Years
          24 days, 21 hours ago

          2 games mean surely so. especially with WC in tact.

      • tomasjj
        • 6 Years
        24 days, 21 hours ago

        GTG?

        Mendy
        Rudi, TAA, Dias
        Saka, Bruno, Lingard, Jota, Havertz
        Vardy, Kane (c)

        Subs: Vydra, Keane, Phillips, Forster

        No FT.

        1. Twisted Saltergater
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          24 days, 21 hours ago

          My only worry would be Vardy playing in the cup and Iheanacho vs West Brom. Not sure Vardy can play two games in a week right now.

          1. tomasjj
            • 6 Years
            24 days, 21 hours ago

            Hmm. Hadn't thought about that.
            Thought Vardy was nailed on.

            Thanks!

          2. Silecro
            • 3 Years
            24 days, 21 hours ago

            Iheanacho also surely starts in the cup, no way he is rested with current form

            1. Twisted Saltergater
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              24 days, 21 hours ago

              My point is that Tomas has Vardy and I’m not sure he’ll be fit to play both matches.

              1. Silecro
                • 3 Years
                24 days, 21 hours ago

                I may be wrong, but Sunday-Thursday is plenty of rest, I can see him starting both easily. And Leicester is far from having secured champions league spots so they need all of their best players to play every game, unless they get injured. Simply put, there is no non-important game for them until end of the season

                1. Twisted Saltergater
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  24 days, 21 hours ago

                  Yeah possibly, mate. Fingers crossed for Vardy owners.

                  1. Silecro
                    • 3 Years
                    24 days, 21 hours ago

                    It's my last week of having him before WC, so only care about WBA game to be honest xD

                    1. tomasjj
                      • 6 Years
                      24 days, 19 hours ago

                      Thanks for the input here, both of you!

      • humar816
          24 days, 21 hours ago

          Is it worth using my TC on Kane this week? Or will there be better opportunities towards the ends of the season..

          1. No Professionals
            • 3 Years
            24 days, 21 hours ago

            if i had mine, i would use it.

          2. tomasjj
            • 6 Years
            24 days, 21 hours ago

            I would.

          3. Twisted Saltergater
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            24 days, 21 hours ago

            Think I’m going to splash it this week. We put so much into planning for the chips, then we see Dallas score a brace against Man City, so a DGW and Kane is as good as any for the TC.

        • Twisted Saltergater
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          24 days, 21 hours ago

          “How I am coping with football fatigue...”. Seriously?!

          Choose which games you want to watch. Don’t blame the PL or broadcasters for giving us more content. Frankly, the fans of smaller PL clubs must be loving getting to see their team on TV most weeks.

          Any causation between having a bad season and football fatigue, maybe?

          I have a mate who’s having his best ever season. He’s in the top 200 overall, chooses the usual Scout Picks favs and doesn’t go off piste. It’s been working a charm this season.

          1. Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            24 days, 21 hours ago

            How many games are you watching a week?

            1. Twisted Saltergater
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              24 days, 21 hours ago

              I’ve just moved house so not many, although I know that’s relative. I’d say 3 at the weekend and the odd CL game.

              1. Rupert The Horse
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                24 days, 21 hours ago

                You shouldn’t be too fatigued from 3 games.

                1. Twisted Saltergater
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  24 days, 21 hours ago

                  precisely.

        • b91jh
          • 3 Years
          24 days, 21 hours ago

          Start 2:

          A) Alonso
          B) Holding
          C) Coady
          D) Cresswell

          1. tomasjj
            • 6 Years
            24 days, 21 hours ago

            A, C.

            1. Twisted Saltergater
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              24 days, 21 hours ago

              this

          2. Gearoid
            • 6 Years
            24 days, 21 hours ago

            BC

        • Gearoid
          • 6 Years
          24 days, 21 hours ago

          GTG? 1FT, 1.3ITB

          Lloris
          Shaw Azpi Stones
          Lingard Son(VC) Bruno Jota
          Iheanacho Lacazette Kane(C)

          McCarthy Soucek Dallas Mitchell

          1. tomasjj
            • 6 Years
            24 days, 21 hours ago

            Looks good!

            Roll transfer.

        • NoThomasNoPartey18
            24 days, 21 hours ago

            start two:
            a) dias
            b) shaw
            c) rudiger
            d) holding

          • Silecro
            • 3 Years
            24 days, 21 hours ago

            Start:

            A) Dias (Dallas first on bench)
            B) Dallas

            1. Miguel Sanchez
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              24 days, 21 hours ago

              A

          • humar816
              24 days, 21 hours ago

              Areola (Martinez)
              Coufal Dias Phillips (White, Elmo)
              Salah Bruno Jota Lingard Raphinha
              Kane (TC) Iheanacho (Watkins)

              Considering a 4 point hit for either -
              White -> Reguilon (Drop Phillips)
              Raphinha -> Son

              Thoughts ?

            • pjomara
              • 10 Years
              24 days, 21 hours ago

              Would you WC this team?
              Martinez
              Shaw, Azpi, Alonso
              Bruno, kdb, Mount, Jota,
              Kane, Richarlison, Bamford
              subs: 4.0GK, Philips, Cresswell, Raphinha

              Have BB left so tempted to wait until DGW fixtures are announced.
              But only scored 27 pts last week, so feel like I could be out of the my minileague contention if I don't change things radically immediately.

              1. tomasjj
                • 6 Years
                24 days, 21 hours ago

                Wait for DGW, like you say.

            • Miguel Sanchez
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              24 days, 21 hours ago

              Locking this in (Antonio and Gundogan to Ihenacho and Greenwood -4), GTG? Bench order OK?

              Martinez
              TAA Alonso Dallas
              Salah Son Greenwood Lingard
              Kane(c) Ihenacho Bamford

              Pope Raphinha* Coufal Konsa

              1. Twisted Saltergater
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                24 days, 21 hours ago

                Is Greenwood worth the -4? Think I’d start Gundo.

                1. Miguel Sanchez
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  24 days, 21 hours ago

                  Not confident Gundogan starts to be honest

                  1. Twisted Saltergater
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 11 Years
                    24 days, 21 hours ago

                    Didn’t he sit out last weekend? He’ll be fine for this week.