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Always Cheating: A Fantasy Premier League Podcast (FPL)
62 minutes | 2 days ago
Your GW35 Questions Asked and Answered
This week we take in the dramatic scenes from Old Trafford and then consider the implications on the upcoming Fantasy Premier League calendar. It looks possible that Liverpool could end up with a double gameweek in GW35, which opens up a new world of possibilities with our FPL squad management. So, as we strategize for the coming weekend, we weigh the benefits of loading up on more Manchester United or Liverpool players or sticking with an earlier plan of targeting mid-tier assets at Everton. How does Lucas Digne actually stack up against Luke Shaw or Trent Alexander-Arnold for the run-in? We also debate the optimal captain picks as Salah, Bruno, and Leicester strikers all boast an enticing double. Hail Cheaters!
75 minutes | 10 days ago
Preparing for the Run-In with a Clean Slate
As news of the European Super League dries up, Josh and Brandon have to refocus on their FPL goals for the remainder of the season. First up, what have the hosts learned from their respective GW33 wildcards? There were some definite ups and downs this week with wildcard darlings like Alexander-Arnold and Romain Saïss, while Chris Wood ran away with all the glory. How can fantasy managers legislate for these kinds of seemingly random swings? Or are we simply too blindly devoted to marquee players like Bruno Fernandes? Now that we're preparing for the season's home stretch, let's consider a clean slate of FPL options. Hail Cheaters!
70 minutes | 17 days ago
European Super League Discussion & Debate
This weekend's football offered a mix of Premier League and FA Cup action, but all of the sports oxygen was immediately consumed by the surprise announcement of the new European Super League, which will potently involve (or fully absorb) six English clubs. We devote this entire episode to a sprawling discussion and debate of the implications of the new league and what it means for both FPL and domestic football in England and around Europe. Hail Cheaters!
68 minutes | 24 days ago
On Being Wrong & GW32 Preview
In FPL, sometimes you get it right. Other weeks, well, you simply get it all wrong—from your transfers, to your captains, and then your bench spots. If getting your fantasy decisions wrong is an inevitability, what's the most productive way of shaking it off? Josh and Brandon discuss where their GW31 went wrong (and, in some places, went right) and what that means for their next moves. Is a wildcard decision any closer for either host? Plus, as we head into the Spurs double in GW32, there's some worry about team form and rotation ahead of their EFL Cup final against Manchester City. Is a Tottenham triple-up off the table? There's much to discuss this week, so please join us! Hail Cheaters!
72 minutes | a month ago
Is It Wildcard Time?
Heading into GW31, many FPL managers are wondering whether it's too early to wildcard, too late to make a maverick move, or just too confusing to navigate around the maze of fixture blanks and doubles. So, what do the Cheaters think? Josh and Brandon touch upon their own plans for an end-of-season wildcard and which teams and players will be key in triggering that decision. Is Chelsea's defense worth the headache? Can Liverpool turn the corner with their form and make players like Alexander-Arnold relevant again? And what about teams like Leicester City and Leeds who present a complex combination of pros and cons? Amidst our wildcard ramblings, we also cover more immediate GW31 dilemmas and preview our transfer targets for the upcoming matches. Hail Cheaters!
67 minutes | a month ago
Nine Questions for the Final Nine Weeks of the FPL Season
Nine gameweeks remain, so in this episode we're tackling nine key questions on preparing for the FPL season's final stretch. Among those dilemmas are: Which teams have the easiest or most difficult fixture run-ins? What do we know about the remaining blank and double gameweeks? Which premium assets most demand our attention? Will Liverpool and Mo Salah reemerge as options? And which players have we overlooked until now? And, of course, how can we continue to make fantasy fun? Best of luck this weekend and Hail Cheaters!Submit your Blue Wire Hustle application here: http://bwhustle.com/join
62 minutes | a month ago
What We Now Know About This FPL Season
The final international break of this Premier League season is here to provide some much-needed distance from what has been a brutal and exhausting run of gameweeks. So, as we briefly step away from the nonstop strategizing and transfer planning, this episode is the perfect moment to reassess what we actually know to be true about the 2020–2021 fantasy season, and how we can use that knowledge to approach (or simply enjoy) the final stretch. We consider the diminished importance of premium FPL assets, the greater variety of mid-priced options, and the relentless pursuit of form players over merely chasing last week's points. Just how abnormal has this season been? Plus, we gauge how successful our "Make Fantasy Fun Again" approach has been during an otherwise chaotic year around the world.The Cheaters will return next week with a full GW30 preview, complete with injury news, transfer targets, and captaincy favorites. Poku Forever!
60 minutes | 2 months ago
Five Key Questions for the Big Blank GW29
Some FPL gameweeks are defined by players who blank points, but GW29 is defined by teams that blank fixtures. The upcoming slate features just eight teams and four matches, which will make it incredibly difficult to put together both a competitive and a full squad. In this week's episode, Josh and Brandon prepare their own teams and debate strategies for managers who are in various other situations, whether on a Free Hit chip or simply struggling to decide how may transfer hits to take. Have the performances and results in GW28 changed previous assumptions? Injuries to key players like Son Heung-min and Patrick Bamford also present an unexpected challenge, so the Cheaters consider some overlooked options from Arsenal, West Ham, Brighton, and Fulham. Good luck and Hail Cheaters!
70 minutes | 2 months ago
The Forgotten GW28
With all of the chaos surrounding recent double gameweeks, and a blank-riddled GW29 on the horizon, relatively little attention has been paid to next weekend's GW28. In this episode, we seek to correct that oversight and zero in on key transfer and captaincy strategies for the round of FPL fixtures that's right in front of us. We also discuss Gareth Bale's exploding form, the worrying decline of Mo Salah, and key takeaways from the Manchester Derby. Hail Cheaters!
77 minutes | 2 months ago
FPL Mailbag & GW27 Preview
We're checking in on the action—or lack there of, in many cases—from GW26 as the massive double gameweek rolls on. Then, we open up the Always Cheating listener mailbag and answer some of your questions regarding big-picture FPL strategy, preferred fantasy news sources, and how hosting an FPL podcast impacts the managing of our own squads. Plus, even though it may feel lightyears away, we look ahead to GW27, which is yet another double gameweek for in-form Manchester City, and debate captain picks and replacements for the injured Harvey Barnes. Hail Cheaters!Submit your Blue Wire Hustle application here: http://bwhustle.com/join
77 minutes | 2 months ago
True or False GW26 Preview
If you thought the GW25 doubles were tricky, just wait until you get a look at the epic fixtures list for GW26. Fourteen Premier League teams will double next gameweek, presenting near limitless possibilities for transfers, points hits, chip (nay, favor) usage, and captaincy picks. To help managers sort through and simplify the numerous complications, Josh and Brandon are using their favorite "true or false" methodology and clarifying their own strategies for the upcoming week. Hail Cheaters!Submit your Blue Wire Hustle application here: http://bwhustle.com/join
72 minutes | 3 months ago
GW25 Preview & Double Gameweek Talk
With a few GW24 matches still to play, Josh and Brandon check in on their scores and the state of their squads. Have the injuries, team rotation, and unexpected results been kind to us? Then we shift our focus to the Leeds and Southampton double in GW25 and debate giving the captaincy to either Bamford or Ings. Who looks better? Or could Raphinha be a curveball differential for the armband? We also discuss our plans for the lead-up to a pivotal blank GW29, with other major doubles popping up between now and then. Hail Cheaters!
70 minutes | 3 months ago
Mini Double Gameweek Madness & GW24 Preview
Dodgy VAR decisions and a widely-benched 12-pointer from Dominic Calvert-Lewin were the big stories from GW23. But that's nothing compared to the excitement in store for FPL managers in GW24 after double fixtures were announced for Manchester City (TOT, eve), Everton (FUL, MCI), Burnley (cpl, FUL), and Fulham (eve, bur). So, how are we setting up to best take advantage of the doubles? We look at the main transfer targets and then debate the captaincy favorites and whether a single-gameweeker like Bruno Fernandes could challenge for the armband. We also touch upon the doubles in GW25 for Leeds (wol, SOT) and Southampton (CHE, lee). Hail Cheaters!
81 minutes | 3 months ago
GW22 Preview & Favorite FPL Moments
Positives performances from the likes of Mo Salah, Patrick Bamford, and Emi Martinez gave GW21 a magical shine. The results have us reflecting on our favorite FPL moments and the role of luck in a particularly good fantasy run. Then, it's over to the midweek fixtures of GW22, and a discussion of our current dilemmas: How badly do we regret investing in mid-season Dominic Calvert-Lewin? What are the latest odds on Manchester City defensive roulette? And are Spurs really that bad without Harry Kane? Plus, we debate an unconventional captaincy pick and reveal our own transfer plans. Hail Cheaters!
71 minutes | 3 months ago
GW20 Preview & What We Learned from the Double Gameweek
With the pivotal GW19 now behind us, let's take a moment to survey to pros and cons of the double gameweek that was. Did anything during the last few days change our thinking about this Premier League season or how we're approaching the FPL game? Then it's over to Tuesday's GW20 deadline as we preview the key fixtures, transfer targets, and captaincy options—it's Bruno time! Key injuries to Kevin de Bruyne and Jamie Vardy present a few dilemmas, but, with so many premium fantasy assets out of form, we discuss what's missing from our typical sword/shield approach. Plus, we chat about Mohammed Salah, Manchester City defense, and the optimal forward line. Hail Cheaters!
3 minutes | 3 months ago
Binge This Podcast - American Prodigy: The Freddy Adu Story
He was an American prodigy. The next Pelé. The savior of U.S. soccer. But he wasn’t even old enough to drive. In 2004, Freddy Adu joined MLS at 14 years old becoming the youngest pro athlete in America in 100 years. His story is a tale of talent, money, fame, and football. Soccer journalist Grant Wahl retraces the legend of Freddy as he went from superstar to one of the biggest "what ifs," asking, what determines who "makes it," who "doesn't," and what does all of it say about us?American Prodigy is now available. Listen here.
110 minutes | 4 months ago
Mid-Season Report Card on All Twenty Premier League Clubs
With nearly half the season now behind us, Always Cheating proudly presents our annual mid-season report card on all twenty Premier League clubs. Yep, that's Arsenal to Wolves, and everyone in between. We discuss both FPL and real-life player and team performances and how each of those assessments might influence our fantasy decisions down the home stretch. We also check in our our GW19 scores, including a regrettable transfer and successful Bench Boost chip. Hail Cheaters!
79 minutes | 4 months ago
Navigating GW18 with FPL Nymfria
This week we're joined by fantasy veteran and YouTube legend FPL Nymfria to preview a tricky GW18. First, we have to catch up on this weekend's FA Cup action and any happenings relevant to our FPL plans. Then, it's on to the myriad decisions that managers must make ahead of Tuesday's deadline: Are we ready for a Manchester City triple-up? How seriously do we have to take Arsenal now that they've strung together some decent results? Do we know what to expect from the Wolves-Everton fixture? And who will the captaincy debate between Kevin de Bruyne and Bruno Fernandes? We're also forced to consider the possibility that Aston Villa-Spurs will be canceled due to Villa's ongoing COVID-19 concerns. What then? Whether or not you're using your Free Hit chip, this week's strategy discussion is one you won't want to miss. Hail Cheaters!Submit your Blue Wire Hustle application here: http://bwhustle.com/join
92 minutes | 4 months ago
Building the Perfect GW18 Squad (With or Without a Free Hit)
The intense run of festive fixtures is finally in the rearview mirror, but there's precious little time to dwell on what lessons were learned along the way. We quickly turn our attention to the tricky GW18, which features only six fixtures and notable blanks from fantasy staples Liverpool, Leeds, Leicester, West Ham, and Chelsea. Is it time to trigger our Free Hit chips? And how many players is too few, or just enough, to tip those Free Hit scales? Regardless of your strategy, we take a look at each GW18 match-up and examine the obvious hits and misses and not-so-obvious differentials that will form the perfect FPL squad. Hail Cheaters!Submit your Blue Wire Hustle application here: http://bwhustle.com/join
81 minutes | 4 months ago
The Impact of COVID-19 on FPL & GW17 Preview
With this week's cancelation of Everton-Man City and the threat of more fixture postponements on the horizon, we start off this week's episode with a discussion of COVID-19's impact on the fantasy game—both our strategy in handling such uncertainty and the emotional toll of following the news. Have recent events caused us to alter our chip and transfer plans for GW18–19? Then, it's back to normality with GW17 chat (assuming there is one) and the fixture and captaincy dilemmas therein. We consider Leeds players—like Stuart Dallas—who are on the ascendency, as well as other budget options such as Aston Villa's Anwar El Ghazi and Arsenal's Bukayo Saka. Which bandwagons are worth jumping on? Plus, we take a moment to look ahead to 2021 and our hopes and expectations for the New Year. Hail Cheaters!
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