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Always Cheating is the award-winning weekly Fantasy Premier League podcast hosted by Josh Landon and Brandon Kelley, providing equal parts of strategy and community for every type of fantasy player. We are the recipients of the Judges' Choice for Best Fantasy Football Creator from the Football Blogg…

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    January Transfers, Emerging FPL Stars, and Our GW23 Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 17, 2022 83:26

    While superstars like Kevin De Bruyne and Bruno Fernandes owned this weekend's Premier League action, the FPL narrative belongs to new January transfers like Aston Villa's Philippe Coutinho and Lucas Digne. Yeah, Chris Wood, too . . . sure. So, what do actually make of the upcoming fantasy prospects for these new signings? Is one performance enough to cement our faith? We also pick the bones of GW22 and it's mess of doubles, postponements, and hidden gems—like the weirdly under-the-fantasy-radar Andy Robertson. Then it's all eyes on GW23 and our transfer and captaincy plans, including a potential wildcard. Hail Cheaters! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Double GW22: Everything You Need to Know

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 10, 2022 80:10

    With the magic of the FA Cup subsiding, we must now turn our attention to the impending doubles of GW22. Preparing our fantasy squads won't be easy, though, as injuries, COVID cases, and fixture postponements continue to complicate matters. Join Josh and Brandon as they discuss the teams and players who'll benefit most from a double gameweek, and then assess the pros and cons of certain chip strategies, including the Free Hit and Wildcard. Hail Cheaters! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Previewing the Second Half of the FPL Season

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 3, 2022 91:37

    As we emerge from the hectic festive period, it's a good time to assess exactly where we are and where we're headed in this FPL season. Fixture postponements, COVID-positive players, and the upcoming African Cup of Nations all present obstacles and uncertainty, but there is still opportunity to be had in the New Year. This week we're previewing the teams and players poised to benefit from double gameweeks and also discuss our strategy for the Egypt–bound Mohamed Salah. Plus, there's a debate on chip strategy with new wildcards and free hits at our disposal. Hail Cheaters! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Rapid-Fire GW20 Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 27, 2021 64:26

    Boxing Day delivered on exciting football and high-flying Free Hit squads, but also presented more of the same challenges for FPL managers with match postponements and unpredictable lineups. Alas, there's not much time to dwell as the festive fixtures continue on with the midweek round of GW20. Arsenal-Wolves and Aston Villa-Leeds are already off the menu, so in this episode Josh and Brandon are zeroing in on team and player priorities to get us through January. Are Spurs assets about to replace the diminishing fantasy returns of Chelsea? How big a priority is Manchester United at the moment? Plus, we rank our captaincy picks and discuss our own plans. Hail Cheaters! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Mid-Season Review: Taking Stock of All 20 Premier League Teams

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 20, 2021 106:24

    With nearly half the season now behind us, Always Cheating proudly presents our annual mid-season review of 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—best and worst—and how those assessments might influence our fantasy decisions down the home stretch. We also rate clubs on the all-important Make Fantasy Fun Again (xMFFA) scale. Hail Cheaters! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    The 5 Biggest FPL Dilemmas Ahead of GW17

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 13, 2021 76:24

    GW17 kicks off this Tuesday, so we have precious little time to preview the matches and sharpen our FPL strategy. On this episode we discuss our biggest dilemmas including: COVID-19 infections and rumors surging through the Premier League, an underperforming Chelsea defense, the allure of Ollie Watkins, the price tag of Cristiano Ronaldo, and the quickly developing pool of emerging midfielders. Hail Cheaters! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Blank Slate: Reconsidering the FPL Assets We've Ignored

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 6, 2021 77:27

    As midfielders like Bernardo Silva, Mason Mount, and Son Heung-min emerge from GW14 with incredible fantasy returns, it's the perfect moment for us to wipe the slate clean and reconsider some assets who we've unjustly pushed aside. And is this refresh of midfield options going to push FPL managers from "big at the back" to five across the middle? The Cheaters also preview GW15 and the impact of intervening midweek Champions League matches before discussing the enticing fixture turn for Manchester United, now under Ralf Rangnick. Is it time to move back to Ronaldo or even bring in a United defender? Plus, we chat Chelsea defense, Ivan Toney's COVID-19 test, and the ongoing Harry Kane saga. Hail Cheaters! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    GW14 FPL Preview & Listener Mailbag

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 29, 2021 83:09

    The GW14 deadline is just hours away, so there's precious little time to dwell on the ups and downs of this weekend's blizzard-filled events. Spurs assets? What Spurs assets? We're now looking ahead to the midweek fixtures and debating which budget-priced forwards between Teemu Pukki, Allan Saint-Maximin, and Emmanuel Dennis are most appealing. As it turns out, some of these players have better runs than others through the congested festive period. We also discuss the constantly revolving cast of midfield options, as well as the prospects of captaining someone other than Mohamed Salah. Hail Cheaters! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    GW13 Preview: Commonsense Answers to the Biggest FPL Dilemmas

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2021 88:58

    As we now hurtle toward the festive period, Premier League fixtures are about to start piling up. Rotation and fatigue are worries and its time to look seriously at the quality of our FPL benches. This week, we're attempting a commonsense approach in tackling some major fantasy dilemmas: We estimate the shelf-life of the current preferred "big at the back" defense—how long can fullbacks like Reece James, Ben Chilwell, Trent Alexander-Arnold, and João Cancelo keep up this rate of return? Antonio Conte's project at Spurs is also up for debate as we look at the new manager's impact on Harry Kane and Heung-min Son. Are they transfers to watch or to avoid? Plus, we assess the state of our meager forward lines and look for new striker talent ahead of GW13. Hail Cheaters! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    GW12 FPL Preview: Key Players, Who to Avoid, and Bold Predictions

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2021 92:23

    Who are the key FPL assets heading into GW12? And which players should we be avoiding? Josh and Brandon check in on all of the international break news—from Sadio Mané's possible injury with Senegal to Harry Kane's hat trick for England—and then make some bold predictions on how the matches will unfold this coming weekend. We also discuss the managerial changes at Aston Villa (Steven Gerrard), Newcastle (Eddie Howe), and Norwich City (Dean Smith) and wonder when the Antonio Conté's influence at Spurs will truly take hold. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Kings of the Gameweek (FPL GW1–11 Review)

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2021 96:08

    On the eve of another international break, we review the first eleven gameweeks of this FPL season through the lens of each week's dream team. That's right—it's time for the Kings of the Gameweek. What lessons can we learn and what patterns can we discern from the teams, players, and positions that appear in the FPL site's often overlooked feature? We also discuss the ongoing points draught for fantasy forwards, the continued excellence of fantasy defenders, and an urge to try new fantasy formations. Hail Cheaters! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Pep Talks, Points-Chasing, and "Making the Leap" in FPL with Eric Freeman

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 1, 2021 77:52

    We're joined by special guest Eric Freeman to review the action from GW10 and give a pep talk to some FPL managers who have had a rough time of it. After cracking the world's top 10,000 rankings for the first time in his fantasy career, Eric also discusses how he thinks he has succeeded so far this season. What can others do to "make the leap" to that next level? Plus, we debate player differentials, Ivan Toney's usefulness (or lack thereof), and Ronaldo's potential FPL comeback, as well as our transfer and captaincy thoughts ahead of GW11. Hail Cheaters! A big thank-you to Always Cheating supporter John Reynolds for this week's outro music! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Salah, Gameweek 10, and Celebrating 300 Episodes!

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2021 87:37

    After a GW9 full of hat tricks—from Mason Mount, Mohamed Salah, and Josh King (huh?)—the Always Cheating podcast is celebrating its own hat trick of centuries with our 300th episode. Join Josh and Brandon as they review the weekend's highs and lows, including a hugely disappointing Kai Havertz performance. How can FPL managers who put their faith in the German forward now shake off the Norwich blank? We also marvel at Salah's scorching hot form and wonder if we ever won't captain him for the rest of the season. Looking ahead to GW10, we consider the fallout of injuries to Raphinha, Jamie Vardy, and Bryan Mbeumo and debate the benefits of shifting yet more budget to our already big-at-the-back squads. Hail Cheaters! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    FPL Fill-in-the-Blank Ahead of GW9

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 86:48

    After a turbulent return from the international break in GW8, we found that premium FPL forwards are still blanking, premium defenders are still being rotated, and points from mid-price midfielders are harder than ever to predict. In this week's episode, we seek to answer these key questions with a fun game of "Fill in the Blank." We talk Ronaldo and Lukaku, Chelsea fullbacks, and Mbeumo's prolific woodwork record. Plus, there's consideration given to under-the-radar premium assets like Mané, Kane, and De Bruyne. Stick around for our GW9 transfer targets and captaincy favorites. Hail Cheaters! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Thinking Ahead: Planning for GW8–GW11 in FPL

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2021 88:44

    This international break has given us some time to think ahead and in this episode we're planning not just for the upcoming GW8, but for the next four week through GW11. Whether you're on a wildcard or not, we help listeners identify both teams and players who look primed to benefit from the upcoming month's fixtures—and some who you might want to avoid. We also discuss news from around the Premier League, including injury news, Claudio Ranieri's appointment at Watford, and the new ownership at Newcastle United. Hail Cheaters! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    What's the Story of the FPL Season So Far? (GW1–7 Review)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2021 87:45

    After seven weeks of Fantasy Premier League madness, we try to construct a cohesive narrative that accounts for what we've seen so far. We take a closer look at this season's top fantasy scores in all positions, from goalkeeper to defender, midfielder to forward. What are the trends that appear? Are certain patterns real, imagined, or simply the product of kind fixtures? As we head into another international break, many managers still with their wildcard in hand, it's a good time to look for the story that FPL is telling us. Hail Cheaters! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    The FPL Assets We Aren't Talking About

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2021 84:03

    Players like Jamie Vardy and Abdoulaye Doucouré have started this Premier League season in great form, yet they still haven't emerged as popular fantasy picks. Should they emerge, though? In this week's episode, we debate the merits of these rogue selections and predict whether their form might continue. We also consider the likes of Ederson, Neal Maupay, Emile Smith Rowe, and . . . Gabriel Jesus. Seriously. Stick around for our GW7 preview of key fixtures, transfer targets, and captain favorites. We consider what impact the Liverpool-Manchester City match will have on the weekend—and on wildcarders—and also attempt to pick the better armband option between Ronaldo, Lukaku, Antonio, and more. Hail Cheaters! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Who Are We Buying, Selling, and Holding in FPL?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2021 81:28

    A wild GW5 taught many FPL managers about the importance of bench depth. But, hey, didn't we all know Tino Livramento would save the day? This weekend was also a useful mile-marker in assessing popular fantasy assets—players who we can now say with confidence that we should either buy, sell, or hold. We debate the pros and cons of playing hokey cokey with Ronaldo and Lukaku, assess the urgency of getting Michail Antonio back into our lineups, and give a stress test to under-performers like Diogo Jota and Mason Greenwood. We also evaluate defensive options at Chelsea, Manchester United, and Manchester City before looking ahead to our transfers and captain picks for GW6. Hail Cheaters! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Josh's Wildcard Is Active & GW5 FPL Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2021 86:50

    Ronaldo's explosive GW4 debut was matched by a brace from Lukaku, making the choice of premium forwards that much more challenging for FPL managers. Josh enters this week's episode with an active wildcard and this question of Ronaldo vs Lukaku is key to his strategy as he and Brandon debate the merits of fitting both into one fantasy squad. Will it work? Or does it strain the budget too much? We also discuss standout mid-price forwards and look at the current crop of budget forwards that might help free up some cash before we preview the fixtures and captaincy options for GW5. Hail Cheaters! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Mailbag Time: Your FPL Questions Answered & GW4 Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 6, 2021 72:08

    This international break has offered drama and intrigue of all sorts, but we at Always Cheating won't allow ourselves to be too distracted from the GW4 deadline that's quickly approaching. So, has any of the news from World Cup qualifying changed our views on what to do with our FPL teams? We dig into the listener mailbag to answer major concerns over Ronaldo hype, Bruno doubt, Lukaku thigh scans, and the relevance of the still-delivering mid-price forwards like Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Michail Antonio, and Patrick Bamford. And what do we make of the impending Champions League schedule and its impact on Premier League squad rotation? Plus, we rank the current midfield options and take a long look at obvious and not-so-obvious captaincy choices for the weekend. Hail Cheaters! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Wildcard Time?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 30, 2021 80:01

    With GW3 behind us, and an international break ahead, is now the right time to play a wildcard and reset your FPL fortunes? Josh and Brandon look at the pros and cons of triggering the powerful wildcard button, debating whether it's too early in the season or conversely the perfect opportunity to get out ahead of the competition by bringing in exciting new options in Lukaku and Ronaldo. Manchester United looms large with Bruno coming off of two drab performances, while Mason Greenwood shows he could be a season-keeper. Will their fortunes—along with ours—change with the arrival of the Portuguese superstar? Thanks for tuning in, enjoy the break, and we'll return next week with a proper GW4 preview. Hail Cheaters! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    10 Things We Think We Think Ahead of GW3

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 23, 2021 77:47

    So early into a new FPL season, it's very difficult to say what any of us know for sure. What we can identify, though, are things that we think—or at least think we think—about certain clubs, players, and fantasy strategies. This week, we're debating the options among cheap defenders and Tsimikas replacements. We also wax lyrical about Chelsea's deep squad and the awe-inducing reintroduction of Romelu Lukaku to the Premier League. How quickly will we be ripping up our teams to squeeze the Belgian striker in? Plus, we break down Manchester City's predictable hammering of Norwich City, the renewed influence of home supporters on numerous recent results, and the curious choice of an FPL captain ahead of GW3. Hail Cheaters! Receive a 25% discount on your Fantasy Football Hub membership: fantasyfootballhub.co.uk/always Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    FPL GW2 Preview: Overperformers, Underperformers, and Head-Scratchers

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 16, 2021 80:45

    This season's opening fantasy gameweek saw some standout performances and big scores, especially from popular picks Mohamed Salah and Bruno Fernandes. What does this mean for those maverick FPL managers who attempted to go against the grain? Looking ahead to our GW2 squad selections and captaincy picks, we review last weekend's notable over-performers, under-performers, and players and clubs that simply left us scratching our heads. Were Aston Villa and Arsenal really that bad? Were Spurs and Everton really that good? Is it already time to consider dumping Jack Grealish or Ivan Toney? Plus, we debate the bandwagons now building around Paul Pogba, Saïd Benrahma, and Watford stars Ismaïla Sarr and Emmanuel Dennis. Hail Cheaters! Receive a 25% discount on your Fantasy Football Hub membership: fantasyfootballhub.co.uk/always Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    FPL Is Back - Building Your Final Squad for GW1

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2021 82:56

    There's less than one week to prepare for the start of the new FPL season and we still have a number of unanswered questions. Join Josh and Brandon as they discuss their final team selection dilemmas—which positions and players are locks and where will there be some last-minute GW1 deadline decisions? We also look at how recent transfers—like Grealish to Manchester City, Ings to Aston Villa, and Lukaku to Chelsea—impact our fantasy drafts and if we've pinpointed any assets flying under the radar. Thank you for joining Always Cheating during our pre-season coverage and we're wishing all of our listeners the best of luck for the 2021/22 campaign. Hail Cheaters! Receive a 25% discount on your Fantasy Football Hub membership: fantasyfootballhub.co.uk/always Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    FPL Forwards: Everything You Need to Know

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2021 96:09

    The trickiest position to fill at the start of this FPL season could very well be the forwards, mostly due to the large pool of very qualified candidates. So, before a ball is kicked, what's the best way for us to determine which strikers have the best potential? This week, Josh and Brandon break all of the options into three categories, based on price, and then compare the data and statistics for each player against various intangible qualities. Will we go big with the premium-priced Harry Kane? Or is it more appealing to field three forwards in the lower price brackets? Regardless of the approach, we have some serious decisions to make. Hail Cheaters! Receive a 25% discount on your Fantasy Football Hub membership: fantasyfootballhub.co.uk/always Join Always Cheating at the Wynn Las Vegas for Fútbolfest 2021 happening August 20–22. This three-day event will include live football content in the Wynn's podcast studio, club quizzes, cocktail hours, FIFA tournaments, watch parties for the weekend's GW2 fixtures, and a whole lot more. For information visit: futbolfest2021.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Predicting the Premier League Table: Previewing Teams 10 to 11

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 26, 2021 123:14

    Instead of the usual team-by-team previews in alphabetical order, this season we're trying something new by predicting the Premier League table and discussing each team's FPL prospects as we go. Which clubs have we predicted to finish in the Champions League positions? And which ones have those "must own" fantasy assets? In part two of two, we look at who we believe will comprise the top half of the table, spots 10 to 1. Hail Cheaters! Receive a 25% discount on your Fantasy Football Hub membership: fantasyfootballhub.co.uk/always Join Always Cheating at the Wynn Las Vegas for Fútbolfest 2021 happening August 20–22. This three-day event will include live football content in the Wynn's podcast studio, club quizzes, cocktail hours, FIFA tournaments, watch parties for the weekend's GW2 fixtures, and a whole lot more. For information visit: futbolfest2021.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Predicting the Premier League Table: Previewing Teams 20 to 11

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 19, 2021 103:06

    Instead of the usual team-by-team previews in alphabetical order, this season we're trying something new by predicting the Premier League table and discussing each team's FPL prospects as we go. Which clubs have we predicted to go down? And which ones might surprise us with marginal fantasy value? In part one of two, we look at who we believe will comprise the bottom half of the table, spots 20 to 11. Tune in next week for part two and spots 10 to the champions. Hail Cheaters! Receive a 25% discount on your Fantasy Football Hub membership: fantasyfootballhub.co.uk/always Join Always Cheating at the Wynn Las Vegas for Fútbolfest 2021 happening August 20–22. This three-day event will include live football content in the Wynn's podcast studio, club quizzes, cocktail hours, FIFA tournaments, watch parties for the weekend's GW2 fixtures, and a whole lot more. For information visit: futbolfest2021.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    31 Tips for Winning FPL and Making Fantasy Fun Again

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 12, 2021 108:58

    What will it take to win the Fantasy Premier League this season? How can you more easily hit your goals or beat your mini league rivals? And, perhaps most importantly, what does it mean to simply enjoy the upcoming 38 gameweeks? In this pre-season episode, we welcome friend-of-the-podcast Eric Freeman to outline our best tips for FPL success and making the fantasy experience more fun and rewarding. We recognize that doing well in the fantasy game can mean different things to different people, often depending on your style of play and level of competitiveness, so these 31 key principles offer something for every type of manager at every level of engagement. Hail Cheaters! Receive 25% your Fantasy Football Hub membership at the tier of your choosing by visiting fantasyfootballhub.co.uk/always. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    FPL Team Previews, Part 1: Brentford, Norwich City, Watford

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 5, 2021 81:32

    Each season, three new clubs join the top division and they can often be the hardest to predict in terms of FPL value. So, in this week's show, Josh and Brandon are taking a closer look at Norwich City, Watford, and Brentford and discuss their potential impact on the 2021–22 Premier League season. Who are the standout attacking players? Are there any intriguing new signings? How do we expect each team to set up? We tackle all of this and hit upon recent transfer headlines and new managerial appointments across the league. Hail Cheaters! Special thanks to Gaffr.io for supplying EFL Championship data used in this episode. Learn more about the Gaffr.io fantasy football game here: https://www.gaffr.io Receive 50% your Fantasy Football Hub membership at the tier of your choosing by visiting fantasyfootballhub.co.uk/always. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    An Introduction to the 2021/22 FPL Season

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2021 100:26

    And, just like that, a new fantasy season has arrived. The FPL site relaunched for 2021/22 on Tuesday of this week, amidst the noise of the European Championship, but it didn't go unnoticed among the fantasy faithful. Josh and Brandon return to their podcasting chairs to discuss the new player prices, position reclassifications, and fixture difficulty ratings, as well as their own strategies for the opening few gameweeks. Hail Cheaters!

    Greenroom Live Chat: FPL Player Price Reveals

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 20, 2021 46:21

    Josh and Brandon hop on Spotify Greenroom this week to chat with listeners about this weekend's sudden FPL player price reveals, from Kane and Son to the entire rosters of Liverpool and Leeds. Of course, some key teams and players—notably Manchester City and Chelsea—are yet to be revealed, but there is still much to discuss as the new FPL season is seemingly already underway. So which player prices caught our eye? Is Raphinha at £6.5 a lock for everyone's GW1 squad? Is Bamford's increase to £8.0 simply too rich? And is the slight £0.5 difference between Salah and Mané at all justified or even tempting? All eyes could be on Jota, as the Portuguese midfielder lands at a very appealing £7.5. Join us each week on the Spotify Greenroom app for real-time conversations Follow @hailcheaters for exact dates/times and download the Spotify Greenroom app here: https://www.spotify.com/greenroom/

    Locker Room: Euro 2020 Weekend in Review

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 14, 2021 29:52

    Josh and Brandon hop on Locker Room this week to chat with listeners about the European Championship and debate key takeaways from the tournament's first weekend. We discuss the horrifying scenes surrounding Christian Eriksen and the intensity of athletes living out the such nightmares on a globally televised stage. We also get into performance ratings of of standout teams including England, Italy, and Belgium. Join us each week on the Locker Room app for real-time conversations Follow @hailcheaters for exact dates/times and download the Locker Room app for iOS here: https://joinlockerroom.com

    Locker Room: USMNT v Mexico & Premier League Off-Season Chat

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 7, 2021 31:29

    Josh and Brandon hop on Locker Room this week to chat with listeners about the CONCACAF Nations League Final between the U.S. and Mexico. How are we feeling at the moment about Gregg Berhalter's talented young squad now with a fair amount of European experience? Plus, we get into some of the Premier League off-season gossip, including transfer rumors and promoted club prospects. Join us each week on the Locker Room app for real-time conversations Follow @hailcheaters for exact dates/times and download the Locker Room app for iOS here: https://joinlockerroom.com

    Locker Room: Champions League Final Reaction

    Play Episode Listen Later May 30, 2021 40:47

    Chelsea are crowned European champions after Thomas Tuchel again out-smarts Pep Guardiola. The Cheaters Josh and Brandon take to the Locker Room app to discuss their thoughts on an engaging Champions League final and also get reactions from listeners. Did Pep predictably overthink his tactics? Just how good was Mason Mount's assist on Kai Havertz's match-winning goal? And what does this final tell us about next season's Premier League title race? Join us each week on the Locker Room app for real-time conversations with Josh, Brandon, and other Always Cheating listeners. Follow us on Twitter at @hailcheaters for exact times each week and download the Locker Room app at joinlockerroom.com.

    2020–21 Season In Review

    Play Episode Listen Later May 25, 2021 72:20

    The 2020–21 season was difficult for many reasons, but it was also filled with moments that reflected the Always Cheating mantra of 'Make Fantasy Fun Again.' Now that this campaign is finally behind us, this episode is dedicated to reflecting on what went right, what went wrong, and what takeaways there out that can help us once the next Premier League race kicks off.Thank you to everyone who has tuned in throughout this strange year. We're grateful for our place in this community and have enjoyed interacting with so many of you—from Twitter threads and rate-my-teams to hundreds of therapeutic GIFs. Enjoy the summer and we'll see you all soon enough! Hail Cheaters!

    Seven Key Questions for GW37 & GW38

    Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2021 80:28

    We're nearly at the end of one of the wildest FPL seasons in recent memory, but the job isn't done yet. This episode, Josh and Brandon are looking ahead to the final two gameweeks and debating the strategies for either holding your ground or moving up the ranks. We try to make sense of squad rotation for Manchester City, Manchester United, and Chelsea ahead of their major European finals—if, indeed, there's any sense to make. Plus, we look at mid-priced midfielders to replace the injured Diogo Jota, scrutinize the form of some top forward picks, and identify our favorite captaincy options. Good luck this week, finish strong, and Hail Cheaters!

    The MFFA All Stars & GW36 Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later May 10, 2021 73:58

    We're only just midway through the massive GW35, so this week we check in on how our FPL squads have faired and if any performances have caught our eye. The Cheaters then look ahead to a tricky GW36 in which four key teams have blanks fixtures. Namely among Liverpool and Spurs, we debate the standout transfer strategies and captaincy options. Finally, in our continuing mission this season to "Make Fantasy Fun Again," we look through all twenty Premier League clubs and draft a roster for the MFFA All Stars for 2020/21. Hail Cheaters!

    Your GW35 Questions Asked and Answered

    Play Episode Listen Later May 4, 2021 62:02

    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!

    Preparing for the Run-In with a Clean Slate

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 26, 2021 75:03

    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!

    European Super League Discussion & Debate

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 19, 2021 70:03

    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!

    On Being Wrong & GW32 Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 12, 2021 67:48

    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!

    Is It Wildcard Time?

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 5, 2021 71:58

    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!

    Nine Questions for the Final Nine Weeks of the FPL Season

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 29, 2021 67:21

    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

    What We Now Know About This FPL Season

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 22, 2021 61:47

    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!

    Five Key Questions for the Big Blank GW29

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 15, 2021 59:56

    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!

    The Forgotten GW28

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 8, 2021 69:33

    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!

    FPL Mailbag & GW27 Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 1, 2021 76:31

    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

    True or False GW26 Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 22, 2021 77:21

    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

    GW25 Preview & Double Gameweek Talk

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 15, 2021 72:15

    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!

    Mini Double Gameweek Madness & GW24 Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 8, 2021 70:11

    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!

    GW22 Preview & Favorite FPL Moments

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 1, 2021 81:19

    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!

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