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How checklists can help you make better FPL decisions: Part 2

Ex-FPL winner Simon March: How to avoid getting carried away with your GW1 picks

In my previous article, we discussed how checklists have dramatically improved outcomes in areas as diverse as air travel safety and reducing hospital infections and considered how they might also improve decision-making when it comes to Fantasy Premier League (FPL). In particular, I suggested that they might help compensate for our imperfect memories, mitigate our tendency towards overconfidence and help control our impulses.

This week, I’ll be expanding on the topic to address the question of what makes a good decision checklist, how best to use one and, finally, I’ll share the checklist that I’ll be using this season to help steer my transfer decisions.

And, no, I don’t have anything better to do. Nor do you. So let’s begin.

What Makes a Good Decision Checklist

What will make a good checklist will vary depending on the context. If you’re dealing with something particularly complex, such as a shuttle launch, the checklist might necessarily be quite long. 

A good decision checklist, however, will always be as short as possible and only feature important items. The longer a checklist is, the longer it will take to complete and the more likely it will not be used or not be used properly.

Focusing only on what is most important is also vital as this allows you to afford your time to areas where it will be most significantly spent. In addition, if a checklist has too many items, it might go too far in narrowing the options available.

In summary, a good decision checklist is detailed enough to be useful, but judicious with its items, allowing it to be completed easily and be efficient in its scope.

How to Use a Checklist

Now that we’ve established that bigger is not necessarily better when it comes to checklists, we should also acknowledge that it’s how you use them that really counts.

The point of a decision checklist is that it introduces consistency and rigour to the decision process and, as a result, it helps control some of the more negative effects of our cognitive biases. The value of checklists, however, is not necessarily measured by how rigidly or dogmatically their items are followed.

Context is always important and each item should always be considered in relation to where you are in your FPL season at that particular moment. For example, your checklist items might effectively rule out a particular player but, perhaps, this player has a double gameweek or maybe you are about to Wildcard after this Gameweek, meaning you only need the player for one week as a punt.

These and other factors can influence whether the items of your checklist are appropriate for that moment and, while it is important to take them relatively seriously if you want them to work, they are there to guide your decisions, not to dictate them.

Finally, a checklist does not need to be written in stone but, ideally, should evolve and be perfected over time. If it needs additional items, or items to be removed to be effective, go ahead and add or subtract them.

My Transfer Decision Checklist

Because I like to ‘eat my own dog food’ (not literally) I’ve drafted a checklist that I’ll be running all my transfer decisions past this season. Generally, I’m using this after I’ve identified a player I might want as a means of either deciding between multiple options or as a final sense-check before I push the transfer button.

Currently, I use a traffic light system marking each item as Green = Good, Yellow = Caution, Red = Bad based on how well the player fits that particular item. If my checklist is all or mostly green, I’ll go ahead with the transfer. If it’s significantly yellow or red, I’ll either look at other options or any contextual factors that might mitigate them.

Here’s the checklist:

  1. Are they nailed on?
  2. Are their next six fixtures favourable?
  3. If I had to, would I be happy to hold them for the whole season?
  4. Do they negatively impact my team’s flexibility?
  5. Do they play for a good team?
  6. Are they heavily involved for their team (e.g. the ‘talisman’ and/or on set pieces)?
  7. Do they actually improve my team over the player I’m transferring out?
  8. Are there bigger issues to solve first?
  9. Can I make this transfer later in the week?
  10. Could I bank this transfer instead?

Now, I stress, this checklist is not an exhaustive list of the factors I look at when picking a player, I still look at underlying statistics, eye test and all the other things we might use when making decisions and these could, indeed, be checklist items themselves. For me, however, my checklist reflects the principles which, when I stick to them, tend to correlate with me doing better in FPL. Ideally your own checklist will be similarly tailored based on your own experiences.

The added benefit of personalising your decision checklist is that, if it really doesn’t work, you will at least have empirical evidence that your preferred strategy might not be ideal. That doesn’t sound like much of a consolation but, in the long run, it could be an extremely valuable insight, and one that you can only gain through consistency in your style of play.

Finally, checklists need not only be for transfer decisions. They might be used for captaincy decision criteria or deciding when to Wildcard or to play other chips or all sorts of FPL-related decisions you might want to introduce more accountability for.

Summary

A good decision checklist is short but substantial. Too long, and they may be overly restrictive and will probably put you off investing your time in completing them. But, they should include the items that you consider important to your decision process.

Good use of a checklist does not necessarily require dogmatic adherence to its items and the current context will always be important to consider. Checklists are there to make you stop and think and their true value comes from the consistency with which they are used.

Finally, the best checklists will reflect your own experience of the game and the challenges you have faced. We all have our individual strengths and weaknesses and decision checklists not only give us cause to consider what those might be, but they also give us a means of taking account and consistently addressing them whenever we make an FPL decision.

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  1. Live Scoutcast Tuesday 8pm - leave your questions here
    J0E
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 12 Years
    16 days, 10 hours ago

    **SCOUTCAST back Tues, 8pm**

    Previewing GWK 8 and beyond

    Let us know your questions here.

    1. dbeck
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      16 days, 10 hours ago

      With city defence looking impressive, is there any merit in saving money and going for Walker or Laporte? Or is it just clearly Dias or Cancelo (or both)

    2. Vertigo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      16 days, 10 hours ago

      Are Brentford's fixtures just a nasty trap, preying on the weak and the vulnerable to relieve them of their free transfers?

      1. GreennRed
        • 10 Years
        16 days, 10 hours ago

        Brentfird look goid for now. Prwmier League pace coukd catch up with them but they're looking good.

    3. Calum Undisputed
      16 days, 10 hours ago

      any clear cut must have assets for this season?
      only salah? TAA and raphinha?

    4. The Rumour Mill
      • 4 Years
      16 days, 10 hours ago

      On Wildcard so I'd be interested in an appraisal of Hwang and Son.

      1. Pep bites Kun
        • 5 Years
        16 days, 10 hours ago

        Me too.

        1. PartyPooper
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          16 days, 9 hours ago

          Let me add to that: Hwang vs Toney vs A. Armstrong. Who to go for?

    5. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      16 days, 10 hours ago

      Which City and Chelsea players are worth investing in on Wildcard?

      Probably a likely segment but since they'll make up probably 4/11 slots possibly more, it's one of the most important questions this week.

    6. Little Red Lacazette
      • 5 Years
      16 days, 10 hours ago

      Do you reckon that just one of Dias/Cancelo is enough City cover?

    7. HMC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      16 days, 9 hours ago

      with so many wildcards being activated over the IB, how do we avoid having such similar teams to many others.
      defenders won't be much variance with many combos featuring Trent + CHE/CITY defender + White/Livra/Duff.

      who are the players to jump on early BEFORE they hit form

      1. pingissimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        16 days, 9 hours ago

        Try this experiment

        Try deleting one or even two fixtures from the ticker to plan longer. It's one way to jump ahead of the masses. Going this way you'd have had Rudiger for his haul and Cancelo would be in already. The haul was of course chancy but with the right quality of player any one fixture can be a return.

        Another who you could have got this way was Son. There were enough decent fixtures early on to make him a good pick. As chance would have it he scored against City and missed the Palace game. But the principle still stands that uninterrupted runs of fixtures are not necessarily the best measure. A really good asset with a slightly mixed run can still be a banger - especially as the spoon fed will increasingly look elsewhere.

      2. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        16 days, 9 hours ago

        Same question was asked a few weeks ago, that IB has long gone and the next one is coming up soon so the teams will keep changing. Especially now there’s more options than ever this season. I see teams being vastly different.

    8. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      16 days, 9 hours ago

      On a wild card, what should we be thinking now with the tricky potential injuries and missing players? What route would be advised. Ditching all or keeping a couple and hoping they play? For example, I have Rudiger, Raphinha, Lukaku and Jesus.

    9. Ⓙⓐⓡⓥⓘⓢⓗ CMIUK
      • 6 Years
      16 days, 9 hours ago

      More asking for questions!!

    10. The Knights Template
      • 7 Years
      16 days, 9 hours ago

      We’re any of the Scouts actually scouts in their youth? Scouting would be an excellent entry point to becoming a knight.

    11. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      16 days, 9 hours ago

      Many will (well me anyway) be looking to move Sarr and Benhrama on in next week or two … best replacements going forward in that price zone (excluding Raphinha) …?

    12. PartyPooper
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      16 days, 9 hours ago

      Best midpriced mids in the 7-8 mln bracket. And what to do with popular picks in the lower bracket (eg. Benrahma, Sarr, Raphina)?

    13. TheTinman
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      16 days, 8 hours ago

      Foden vs Jota

    14. RedLightning - Top 10k Any …
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      16 days, 8 hours ago

      Is Ronaldo worth holding for one more week?
      Which premium forward or mid should we replace him with?

    15. Federerisgod
      • 3 Years
      16 days, 8 hours ago

      Is KDB worth a 3 week differential punt before easily bringing in Son for his tastey run of fixtures?

      Also is Chilwell a viable option over Rüdiger as a 2nd Chelsea defender (Azpi being the most nailed)

    16. mox81
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      16 days, 6 hours ago

      Who are the best attacking City assets - is there data to suggest that Pep will favour 2nd string (Torres, Mahrez etc) in the kinder upcoming fixtures and save the best footballers (Foden, KdB etc) for Champions League?

    17. TD Jakes
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      16 days, 4 hours ago

      Is Son worth the sacrifice/money over a Foden/Grealish?

      Going Foden/Grealish over Son means e.g. having ESR instead of Saka and having a 5m defender instead of Dias

      1. TD Jakes
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        16 days, 4 hours ago

        *going Son over city mid I mean.

    18. mixology
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      16 days, 3 hours ago

      Are we soon going to realize that premium forwards aren’t worth the money?

      Salah perma-captain with Son as the two premiums allows you to really strengthen elsewhere

      1. Pompel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        16 days, 3 hours ago

        If you pick your remaining team other than Salah based on ppm value, you'll end up with £5-10m budget left. Mathematiclly, team selection is a Mixed Integer Linear Programming problem, so you max out expected points until budget limit is reached. Problem is ofc the coefficients are just extrapolated stats based on expected performance 😉

        1. mixology
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          16 days, 3 hours ago

          English please? Lol

          I reckon Son will outscore the likes of Ronaldo/Lukaku. With having a premium forward (who is more expensive than Son), you’re also taking the armband off Salah, which hasn’t worked to well thus far.

    19. Basil1977
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      15 days, 7 hours ago

      Best City attacking option?

      Is Jesus being over looked?

  2. Calum Undisputed
    16 days, 10 hours ago

    any clear cut undroppable assets for this season?
    Salah TAA maybe Raphinha ?

    1. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      16 days, 10 hours ago

      Salah is the only one so far I think

      Early season antonio as well was pretty essential

      In terms of undroppable - someone like a Dias, can see absolutely no reason why you’d remove him if you started with him, could stay for the season

      1. Calum Undisputed
        16 days, 10 hours ago

        i was hoping westham rotate antonio like leicester do with vardy in europa.
        still Antonio undroppable if have him since gw1

    2. GreennRed
      • 10 Years
      16 days, 10 hours ago

      A long way to go yet.

      Salah, Antonio and Duffy for now.

      1. GreennRed
        • 10 Years
        16 days, 10 hours ago

        Rudiger too.

    3. Little Red Lacazette
      • 5 Years
      16 days, 10 hours ago

      Just Salah thus far.

    4. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      16 days, 9 hours ago

      Salah but not even him

      But he's going to go during Afcon. I very much doubt many would be getting rid of TAA without injury. He was the leading defender after all. Anyone can get injured

    5. Snooze ya lose
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      16 days, 9 hours ago

      Just salah

    6. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      16 days, 8 hours ago

      I’d say only Salah falls into that bracket so far.

  3. Pep bites Kun
    • 5 Years
    16 days, 10 hours ago

    Re: Simon March's checklist - Point 1: Are they nailed on?

    Does this rule out City attack & Che mf? What's your interpretation?

    1. GreennRed
      • 10 Years
      16 days, 10 hours ago

      Yes. And a lot if their defenders too.

    2. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      16 days, 10 hours ago

      It's a checklist that doesn't have to be strictly followed. There's a balance in a squad.

      If you pick a Rudiger it gives you a bit more leeway to pickup a Cancelo or a Chilwell. At least that's how I do it.

    3. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      16 days, 9 hours ago

      This is the traffic light system probs - Mount may not be a green but he'd be an amber anyway not a red.

    4. Vertigo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      16 days, 9 hours ago

      That checklist is brutal. I thought I was conservative.

      Frightened look at the transfer page now.

      1. Vertigo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        16 days, 9 hours ago

        *to

      2. GreennRed
        • 10 Years
        16 days, 9 hours ago

        I agree but I don't take it nearly as seriously as that pundit. Hats off to him though, his FPL record is magic. Plenty of wisdom in his article.

        1. Vertigo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          16 days, 9 hours ago

          Oh definitely, yeah. Copied and saved already.

          Planning on taking zero hits this season, so it's food for thought for sure.

    5. The Knights Template
      • 7 Years
      16 days, 9 hours ago

      Correct

  4. SADIO SANÉ
    • 6 Years
    16 days, 9 hours ago

    surely this guy doesn't ACTUALLY do this?

    1. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      16 days, 9 hours ago

      Why not?

    2. Pep bites Kun
      • 5 Years
      16 days, 9 hours ago

      I reckon he does. He's very systematic.

  5. ratski
    • 10 Years
    16 days, 9 hours ago

    If I want to fit in son I have to do one of the following...
    A. Rudiger to Christensen
    B. Cancelo to walker

    1. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      16 days, 9 hours ago

      B if you must. I had similar thoughts but ended up locking both Cancelo and Rudiger in my draft. They're just the best options.

    2. GreennRed
      • 10 Years
      16 days, 9 hours ago

      C? 😉

    3. TheBiffas
      16 days, 9 hours ago

      A

  6. Maverick 11
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    16 days, 9 hours ago

    Vardy+ Son or Ronaldo + Raph

    1. FOO FIGHTER
      • 2 Years
      16 days, 9 hours ago

      V + S

    2. Maverick 11
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      16 days, 9 hours ago

      My thoughts exactly

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        16 days, 9 hours ago

        Wait, you were thinking what you were thinking.

    3. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      16 days, 9 hours ago

      Vardy and Son.

    4. Maverick 11
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      16 days, 9 hours ago

      Just needed a little reassurance my thoughts were on the right track 😉

    5. Snooze ya lose
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      16 days, 9 hours ago

      V & S

  7. Hansel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    16 days, 9 hours ago

    A) Coufal, Ronaldo -> Cancelo, Lukaku
    B) Coufal, Shaw -> White, Cancelo
    C) Greenwood, Ronaldo -> Son, Vardy

    Sanchez Steele
    TAA Rudiger Shaw Cancelo Omo
    Salah Greenwood Rapinha Benrahma Gilmour
    Ronaldo Antonio Armstrong

    1. drughi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      16 days, 9 hours ago

      A or C, but with that norwich fixture in gw 9 I would lean towards A even though I think C is better long term move.

  8. drughi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    16 days, 9 hours ago

    Vardy gonna have party against united and put the last nail in the coffin for Ole

    1. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      16 days, 9 hours ago

      Nah

    2. GreennRed
      • 10 Years
      16 days, 9 hours ago

      He's well rested anyways.

    3. TheBiffas
      16 days, 9 hours ago

      Yes please. But i hope ole stays. He's doing a great job of handicapping utd

    4. Snooze ya lose
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      16 days, 9 hours ago

      Tend to agree!

    5. Bojack Horseman
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      16 days, 8 hours ago

      Leicester have been worse than United so far. Can see another second half United away recovery and a 3-1 win.

  9. Rupert The Horse
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    16 days, 9 hours ago

    Morning ladies.
    How are you setting up City wise? 2 at the back and 1 mid?

    1. GreennRed
      • 10 Years
      16 days, 9 hours ago

      Prob getting De Bruyne for GW8, depends on how it looks after IB.

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        16 days, 9 hours ago

        Oof. Do you see any value in him?

        1. GreennRed
          • 10 Years
          16 days, 9 hours ago

          Potentially! Selling Gilmour and Lukaku for him and Jimenez.

          https://fantasy.premierleague.com/entry/138679/history

          1. Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            16 days, 9 hours ago

            Any reason you’re selling Lukaku? Is it the injury doubt, lack of form?

            1. GreennRed
              • 10 Years
              16 days, 9 hours ago

              I think he looks tired. Hasn't justified his price yet. A few days rest should do him some good but skipping Brentford and Malmo this week might get him fresher. He's not really had a good break since before last season for Inter as probably a lot of of other players too. That's just my opinion mind.

              1. Rupert The Horse
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                16 days, 9 hours ago

                But appreciated all the same.

    2. FOO FIGHTER
      • 2 Years
      16 days, 9 hours ago

      Only have Cancelo.

      I am still pondering doubling up with Dias after GW8.

      No City attack for me. Points are being spread out between too many players.

      1. Eh, just one more thing ...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        16 days, 9 hours ago

        Yeah holding Dias and Cancelo only … city attack still too much of a minefield

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

        Yeah true.

    3. Gazza2000
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      16 days, 9 hours ago

      2 at the back atm and thinking of getting a mid in.

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

        Who?

    4. Bojack Horseman
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      16 days, 8 hours ago

      I got Días and Cancelo on my wildcard. Thinking I’ll stick with them for a while, unless Cancelo starts getting rotated every other game or something.

      Midfielders I want nothing to do with.

    5. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      16 days, 8 hours ago

      Currently on Cancelo and Foden. Undecided with Azpi vs Dias if TAA is still injured.

    6. mentaculus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      16 days, 8 hours ago

      Just Cancelo at the moment. Interested in but unsure of Foden at the moment

    7. Thomas Magnum
      • 6 Years
      16 days, 7 hours ago

      Tempted with Dias & KDB then downgrading KDB for Son after 3 or so weeks. But also brought in Cancelo on WC before his rise just incase but honestly think I see more value in Ederson or Laporte/Walker than Cancelo. If I could fit him in and he was playing this week then Jesus would be in my side 100% for the next 3 but not worth it now.

  10. RaptorRice86
    • 2 Years
    16 days, 9 hours ago

    Doing my nut in whether to transfer Jota Out to bring Foden In. Thoughts?

    Current set up:
    Mendy
    TAA, Cancelo, Christensen,
    Salah, Townsend, Raph, Jota, ESR
    Rom, Antonio

    Bench:
    Ramsdale, White, Livra, Scarlett

    Ta muchly

    1. GreennRed
      • 10 Years
      16 days, 9 hours ago

      Not for Foden with Bruges in CL away and home. It's Bruges but they'rs not the pushover they used to be.

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        16 days, 9 hours ago

        In other word you think he’ll play both of those games as he’s needed?

        1. GreennRed
          • 10 Years
          16 days, 9 hours ago

          Moreso that I can't second guess Pep and wonder who's nailed on, including but hopefully not including De Bruyne.

    2. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      16 days, 9 hours ago

      Frying pan and fire maybe?

  11. Gazza2000
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    16 days, 9 hours ago

    Early thoughts on this lot?

    1FT and 2.6 ITB

    Ramsdale
    Rudiger Azpi Cancelo Dias
    Salah Raphinha ESR
    Lukaku Antonio Jimenez

    Foster Mbeumo Livra Brownhill

    a) Save
    b) ESR to Foden/Grealish/Jota
    c) Azpi to TAA ( if fit )

    1. Snooze ya lose
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      16 days, 9 hours ago

      B

    2. Snooze ya lose
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      16 days, 9 hours ago

      Foden

    3. GreennRed
      • 10 Years
      16 days, 9 hours ago

      A

    4. Cojones of Destiny
      • 3 Years
      16 days, 8 hours ago

      B

  12. Zinedine Kilbane
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    16 days, 9 hours ago

    Just looking at Newcastles next 8 fixtures- sitting 4th on ticker. With the incentive of players wanting to be kept when the money starts being spent they could climb the table.

    1. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      16 days, 9 hours ago

      That's largely predicated on Norwich and Burnley in 14 and 15 - they're well down the ticker until then They could well be starting from a very low base

      1. Zinedine Kilbane
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        16 days, 9 hours ago

        Always nice to bring in a new manager when there is a nice run of fixtures to ease them in

        1. GreennRed
          • 10 Years
          16 days, 9 hours ago

          They've waited this long they may wait a bit longer to get the right man to take on Newcastle for the long haul.

        2. pingissimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          16 days, 9 hours ago

          I imagine the new manager will be in place for Palace away in 9. Settled perhaps by 12 after the next IB when he's had time to sort out issues.

          The run of Brentford Norwich Burnley at home in the space of 4 game weeks could be defining one way or the other. Looks good timing on the face of it I agree for a new manager to get a run but imo the squad is poor enough that those could go any which way.

  13. MysticMac17
    • 3 Years
    16 days, 9 hours ago

    Tried listening to always cheating podcast and I simply can't. They don't even know how to pronounce the league name lol What in the world is the "Premiere" league my god. Seems like thats an American thing. Also Caesar Azpilcueta lol. Et tu, Brute?

    1. Jeremy Corbyn
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      16 days, 8 hours ago

      You don't butcher foreign names? Get real kid, it's a great podcast.

      1. CL4PTRAP
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        16 days, 8 hours ago

        This.

      2. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
        • 9 Years
        16 days, 8 hours ago

        Maybe if it wasn't Azpilicueta's 10th season in the league.

    2. Bojack Horseman
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      16 days, 8 hours ago

      You should do a pod reviewing pods.

      If there’s one thing this world needs it’s more podcasts.

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

        Ooh that reminds me, I must watch the latest episode of ‘Only murders in the building’.

  14. Cojones of Destiny
    • 3 Years
    16 days, 8 hours ago

    if you had no citeh assets would you:
    Jota to Foden for free Yay or Nay

    thx

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

      Yeigh

    2. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      16 days, 8 hours ago

      Probably yes. Jota missed the last Portugal game due to a muscle injury and Firmino didn't travel with Brazil

    3. Wild Rover
      • 11 Years
      16 days, 8 hours ago

      Hopefully we will get team news as Liverpool is the early kick off

    4. Arteta
      • 6 Years
      16 days, 7 hours ago

      I would.

  15. MGD
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    16 days, 8 hours ago

    Sanchez
    TAA*, Rudiger, Alonso*, White
    Salah, Jota*, Raphina, Benrahma
    Lukaku*, Antonio

    Steele, Coady, Sarr, Obafemi*

    1 FT, 0.7 ITB.

    1) Does this team warrant a WC?
    2) Most pressing concern? Alonso/Jota/TAA?

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

      Rudiger also needs a star. Possibly even Raphina.

      1. MGD
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        16 days, 7 hours ago

        Soooo, yes. Wildcard? 🙂

    2. Malinwa
      • 5 Years
      16 days, 8 hours ago

      Why is Jota a concern?

        1. Pompel
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          16 days, 7 hours ago

          Hopefully an IB injury - could actually make him more likely to start at the weekend

  16. tbos83
    16 days, 8 hours ago

    Seriously thinking of bringing in Laporte for Digne. Worth it?

    1. TheBiffas
      16 days, 7 hours ago

      why's that such an outrageous transfer? 😆

    2. Echoes
      • 1 Year
      16 days, 7 hours ago

      Bringing in some woods in place of Digne is good transfer, let alone Laporte.

  17. Malinwa
    • 5 Years
    16 days, 8 hours ago

    Need some help here.
    Time to use my WC ?

    Sanchez
    Semedo-Rüdiger-Cancelo
    Salah-Raph-Greenwood-Benrahma
    Ronaldo-Toney-Antonio

    Steele-Gilmour-White-Antonio-Ayling*

    1. Tinfoil Deathstar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      16 days, 7 hours ago

      Your team looks decent so no need to WC but would prioritise Greenwood out.

  18. Champions League Varane
    • 2 Years
    16 days, 8 hours ago

    1ft any suggestions please!? 0ITB
    Thanks

    Sa
    Semedo Trent Livra Christensen
    Salah Gallagher Raph
    Lukaku Ronaldo Antonio

    Steer D.Luiz Sissoko Williams.

    1. Malinwa
      • 5 Years
      16 days, 8 hours ago

      save yout FT

  19. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
    • 9 Years
    16 days, 8 hours ago

    G2G? Considered a mini-WC to bulk up on City assets, but just used my FT for Traore > Foden.

    Sanchez

    TAA, Christensen, Coady, Duffy, Dier

    Salah, Jota, Foden

    Lukaku, Jimenez

    Subs: McGovern, Wood, Sarr, Mendy

  20. FCSB
    • 5 Years
    16 days, 8 hours ago

    1. Mbeumo Jimenez
    2. Saka Toney

    Best combo?

    1. PartyPooper
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      16 days, 7 hours ago

      1 for me

  21. Sting in the Tail
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    16 days, 7 hours ago

    Any news on Zinchenko’s fitness? Can see him eating into Cancelo’s minutes if he’s back.

    1. FOO FIGHTER
      • 2 Years
      16 days, 7 hours ago

      Not sure about that. Cancelo is a RB by trade so if anything, Walker will miss out if Zinc gets minutes at LB.

      1. Ruth_NZ
        • 6 Years
        16 days, 7 hours ago

        Apart from the fact that Walker is a better RB than Cancelo. 😆

        You may wish Cancelo to be nailed but that doesn't make it so, neither does arguing that he is on FFS. It won't influence Pep at all, you know.

        1. FOO FIGHTER
          • 2 Years
          16 days, 7 hours ago

          Cancelo has played at RB vs Spurs and RB Leipzig this season.

          Zinc came on for Walker at half time vs Arsenal.

          Cancelo seems to be nailed at this point, irrespective of position.

    2. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      16 days, 7 hours ago

      He could be available for selection after IB. Doubt he will be ready to start though.

  22. HMC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    16 days, 7 hours ago

    Raphinha rising in price but likely to miss out this weekend is a total buzzkill for us non owners

    1. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      16 days, 7 hours ago

      I’ll wait for the rise and sell I think.

      1. Holmes
        • 8 Years
        16 days, 7 hours ago

        not keeping for Southampton and Norwich?

        1. Thomas Magnum
          • 6 Years
          16 days, 7 hours ago

          I own him as right now, but I feel he's a little bit overhyped on here (I know people will hate me for saying that) plus the Southampton fixture may not be as good looking now as it was weeks before

          1. Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            16 days, 7 hours ago

            The whole point of HMC’s post is that it’s very unlikely he’ll play that match.
            Personally I don’t think he’s hyped at all. I got him in a few weeks ago purely because I know how good he is.

            1. Thomas Magnum
              • 6 Years
              16 days, 7 hours ago

              True I just misunderstood the post, I'd have thought him not playing is good for non owners (of course him rising isn't good for if you wanted to pick him up later)

          2. Holmes
            • 8 Years
            16 days, 7 hours ago

            I do agree with you. He is one of those picks which is fine either way. If you have him, great, if you dont, its okay. He is not explosive enough to hurt your rank...

        2. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          16 days, 7 hours ago

          Read his post again. Raphinia won’t play against Southampton in all probability.

          1. Holmes
            • 8 Years
            16 days, 7 hours ago

            Soz, I meant to say Wolves and Norwich.

  23. TheBiffas
    16 days, 7 hours ago

    Ramsdale
    Cresswell Cancelo Rudiger Christensen (Livramento)
    Salah Raphinha Saka (Brownhill Douglas Luiz)
    Antonio Lukaku Vardy

    1ft 2.2itb

    Which to do here? Advice much appreciated

    a) Cresswell -> TAA if confirmed fit
    b) Saka -> Foden
    c) Saka + Cresswell -> Foden + Chilwell
    d) roll transfer

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      16 days, 7 hours ago

      A or D

      1. TheBiffas
        16 days, 7 hours ago

        thoughts on foden?

        1. Tonyawesome69
          • 2 Years
          16 days, 7 hours ago

          He is a good risky pick. Not sure I would use a FT to do Saka to Foden

      2. Thomas Magnum
        • 6 Years
        16 days, 7 hours ago

        This, would lean D slightly more though but gotta wait and see for injury news

    2. Champione
      • 6 Years
      16 days, 7 hours ago

      A

  24. AM9
    16 days, 7 hours ago

    Best mid up to 7.4? Not Chelsea Raph or Gallagher

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      16 days, 7 hours ago

      Mbeumo - long term pick after GW9

    2. Hy liverpool
      • 7 Years
      16 days, 7 hours ago

      Mbuemo
      Saka
      Torres

    3. Thomas Magnum
      • 6 Years
      16 days, 7 hours ago

      Zaha or Mbuemo

    4. Champione
      • 6 Years
      16 days, 7 hours ago

      Saka

  25. Champione
    • 6 Years
    16 days, 7 hours ago

    Guaita
    Cancelo Rudiger James Semedo Livramento
    Salah Saka Gray
    Ronaldo Lukaku

    Steer Raphinha* Gallagher Richardsson, 1 FT, 0.9 ITB. Assuming Raphinha will miss out and doubts over James will continue, would you:

    A) James > Dias
    B) Play Gallagher and save
    C) Ronaldo + Gallagher > Son + Antonio -4
    D) Ronaldo + Gallagher > Foden + Antonio -4

    1. Pep bites Kun
      • 5 Years
      16 days, 6 hours ago

      B Hopefully we'll get some updates on James soon

      1. Champione
        • 6 Years
        16 days, 6 hours ago

        cheers

  26. Arteta
    • 6 Years
    16 days, 7 hours ago

    Shoot me with pros and cons for keeping Ronaldo. I wanna see your way of thinking.

    1. FOO FIGHTER
      • 2 Years
      16 days, 7 hours ago

      He was benched for Cavani should be the biggest concern IMO.

      Cavani will surely get more starts?

      1. Ronnies
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        16 days, 7 hours ago

        He was benched because he played CL 3 days before United played Everton, I think Ole has learned his lesson not to bench again.

        1. FOO FIGHTER
          • 2 Years
          16 days, 7 hours ago

          Cavani will get more games.

    2. Nomar
      • 11 Years
      16 days, 7 hours ago

      He’s effectively fixture proof and I don’t want to WC yet, so have other fires to put out before getting rid of a player who should at least start and potentially get me some returns.

      Other than that, I think most people on WC would look to be getting Lukaku for his run of fixtures instead.

      Or Vardy.

    3. FOO FIGHTER
      • 2 Years
      16 days, 7 hours ago

      Ronaldo is also not guaranteed penalties which is another reason I got rid.

  27. FOO FIGHTER
    • 2 Years
    16 days, 7 hours ago

    Does anyone remember the time 'going no City' was a rank killer?

    I wonder what changed as you can easily go without City now.

    1. Nomar
      • 11 Years
      16 days, 7 hours ago

      It’s always the way.

      People start the season seeing the prices for their players, then remembering Pep roulette and talk themselves out of it. Especially their defenders.

      So, we stock up on £4.5’s or defenders in the £5.5 range.

      Then we start seeing City defenders getting CS while our cheapies are struggling to give us 2 points a game. So, we decide to WC and get a City defender in, who is now more expensive than he was if we’d have just bitten the bullet and got him in for GW1.

      1. FOO FIGHTER
        • 2 Years
        16 days, 7 hours ago

        But the point is, you do not need any City players.

        With Aguero gone and KDB not quite living up to his 251 points season, going no City ain't an issue.

        1. Nomar
          • 11 Years
          16 days, 6 hours ago

          I must have misread your question, sorry about that.

          No one needs any particular player from any single team, but certain players are definitely better to have than not have.

    2. Holmes
      • 8 Years
      16 days, 7 hours ago

      Nothing has changed, just that next 3-5 games are looking good.

      Having a 2nd look at those fixtures, I dont think they are "essential" by any means.

  28. Mr Ozil
    • 6 Years
    16 days, 7 hours ago

    Which is better?

    A- Williams > Cancelo , switch to 4-3-3.
    B- Traore' > Foden, play 3-4-3

    1. Champione
      • 6 Years
      16 days, 7 hours ago

      A

    2. TheBiffas
      16 days, 7 hours ago

      B

    3. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 4 Years
      16 days, 7 hours ago

      A

  29. Totti
    • 5 Years
    16 days, 7 hours ago

    any suggestions here guys?

    need your help

    ramsdale foster
    cancelo dias azpi rudiger livramento
    salah raphinha saka townsend douglas
    lukaku jimenez antonio

    0 FT and 1.5 itb

    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 4 Years
      16 days, 7 hours ago

      Save of course

      1. Totti
        • 5 Years
        16 days, 7 hours ago

        I don't have FT 🙂

        1. Fulchester's New Centr…
          • 4 Years
          16 days, 7 hours ago

          Sorry, I meant do nothing more.

  30. Ronnies
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    16 days, 7 hours ago

    Hard one to answer, but do we think Greenwood will start Vs Leicester?

    Cheers.

    1. Holmes
      • 8 Years
      16 days, 7 hours ago

      Yes

    2. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 4 Years
      16 days, 7 hours ago

      What did Zhou Enlai say about the effects of the French Revolution?