Always Cheating Fantasy Premier League

Always Cheating Fantasy Premier League


2 Fantasy Premier League managers. 38 weeks. 1 weekly podcast. 0 clean sheets. FPL Public League: 21217-8051


Ep 59: Weird Science (GW13-14)  

From the Coutinho captaincy fail to Sergio Aguero's unrelenting relevance, we recap the key FPL takeaways of GW13. Brandon is coming off of a generally successful 8-point transfer hit, and it looks like burning points is contagious as Josh is already on a 4-point hit heading into next weekend. The Always Cheating hosts talk about those transfer strategies, plus they weigh the most compelling options for replacing an injured Coutinho and try to rationalize the height of Troll-kaku mania. Finally, we take a few more of your listener questions and run through our clean sheet and captain picks for GW14. Hail Cheaters.

Ep 58: Sewer Dwelling (GW12-13)  

From West Ham's contest-winning impact sub to Yaya Toure's miracle brace, Josh and Brandon discuss the FPL's strange return from another international break. Pickford and Nyom are among the GW12 highlights, along with big goals from Costa and Kane. And, speaking of top goal scorers, the hosts compare five major prospects: Aguero, Costa, Lukaku, Kane, and Zlatan. Who will be a must-own player before the end of the year? This episode also delves into the rank Premier League sewers to seek out potential value among the three relegation-zone teams. (But did we find anything?) Plus your listener questions and a preview of GW13 with clean sheet and captain picks. Hail Cheaters.

Ep 57: All Out Chaos (Break-GW12)  

While we all wait for the international break to end and for Hazard's injury flag to disappear, let's consider something more productive. The Always Cheating hosts ask a big question: If you could change one thing about the FPL game or site, what would it be? From new chip ideas to rolling lineup deadlines, scoring improvements and faster league updates, we discuss a ton of your listener feedback. Plus Josh and Brandon preview the key fixtures for GW12, pick some choice clean sheet and captaincy options, and round up a few other news items. Hail Cheaters.

Ep 56: Green Arrows, Gray Dots (GW11-Break)  

It's FPL midfield madness heading into the international break. With Liverpool's entire attacking arsenal wreaking havoc, and now Eden Hazard is back to his absolute best, how do we focus our energies so soon after GW11? Josh and Brandon weigh the options and also take listener questions on lower-priced mids, defensive injuries, and the fate of Troy Deeney. We'll be back next week with a full preview of GW12. Hail Cheaters.

Ep 55: Fire and Ice (GW10-11)  

It was a glorious Premier League weekend filled with many goals, assists, and clean sheets. So why are the Always Cheating hosts totally bummed out? Really, what is the exact level of success that can ultimately satisfy an FPL manager? Speaking of success, Josh and Brandon examine all of the in-form assets at Chelsea and Liverpool. Then it's a preview of GW11 while weighing possible Champions League rotation risks, along with your listener questions, and more. Hail Cheaters.

Ep 54: Small Time BPS (GW9-10)  

The Always Cheating hosts recap an oddball GW9 and discuss the growing anxiety over FPL mainstay Sergio Aguero. Josh and Brandon then run through a special section of the podcast examining this season's bonus points system (from successful clearances and crosses to pass completion) and which players are benefiting the most thus far. We also talk about doubling, even tripling up in your midfield, along with clean sheets and captains ahead of GW10. Hail Cheaters!

Ep 53: Buy Sell Hold (GW8-9)  

Unlike all of those missed penalties in GW8, you simply can't afford to miss this episode of Always Cheating. Josh rejoins the podcast after his brief paternity leave and he and Brandon discuss whether to buy, sell, or hold onto such divisive fantasy assets as Capoue, Allen, Ibrahimovic, Costa, Antonio, and Alli. We also pull up the stats on cheap "third striker" options, including the in-form Charlie Austin and more mercurial players like Troy Deeney and Marcus Rashford. Stay tuned for some listener questions, a preview of the #GW9 fixture list, and much more. Hail Cheaters.

Ep 52: Horsehead Nebula (Break-GW8)  

In this episode of Always Cheating, Brandon and special guest co-host Ben Mattison help catch you up on what's happened (so far) during the international break. Who scored? Who played the full ninety? Who has a minor calf complaint? And how does this all impact us heading into #GW8? We also mine the stats behind each Spurs and Arsenal defender, pull the data for top-tier striker options, and even give brief consideration to Joe Allen and Stoke City's intriguing run of fixtures ahead. Hail Cheaters!

Ep 51: The Burnley Constrictor (GW7-Break)  

The Battle of the Captains promised by #GW7 ended up a complete bust with both Aguero and Ibrahimovic blanking. Instead, it's a high-flying Spurs team that gets this week's ticker tape. Brandon and special guest co-host Stephen Schaller break down the essentials of Tottenham's must-have players, from defense to attack. And, speaking of defense, this episode continues what feels like an unending exploration into the Great Clean Sheet Shortage of 2016 (including West Brom's avant garde insistence that games should be played for only 80 minutes). Plus we discuss key investment strategies heading into the international break, assess value for out-of-form luxury players like Zlatan, and respond to your listener questions. Hail Cheaters!

Ep 50: The Futures Market (GW6-7)  

Injuries, disappointments, and disappearing clean sheets. #GW6 presented some challenges for our #FPL squads, but Always Cheating hosts Josh and Brandon are determined to find the fun within this season's fiascos. First off, we look at the underlying Opta stats for the Liverpool and Arsenal midfielders (both teams with a run of enticing fixtures) and pick the best of the bunch. Then it's a discussion of how best to spend in your defense, choosing between budget and premium options. And finally we try to put sell-by dates on some of this week's flops: Zlatan to Hazard, Lamela to Payet. Plus a #GW7 preview and your listener questions. Hail Cheaters!

Ep 49: Brocktoon Army (GW5-6)  

Josh's wildcard is active as we hurtle toward #GW6 and the imminent return of Sergio Aguero. Brandon, distinctly not on his wildcard, is left to parse the approximately one billion different ways he might be able to bring Brocktoon back into his squad. And, in light of everything we've learned from #GW5 performances, the Always Cheating hosts analyze Zlatan's questionable form, Lukaku's momentum, and alternate frontline options. We also debate the optimum FPL team spine, if there even is one, to build a wildcard around and respond to your questions about De Bruyne, Deeney, and the continuing saga of Etienne Capoue. Hail Cheaters.

Ep 48: Middlesburger (GW4-5)  

In recapping the Fantasy Premier League's #GW4, an epic Manchester Derby hardly bears mentioning after the exploits of Diego Costa, Romelu Lukaku, and, yup, you guessed it: Etienne Capoue. Hosts Brandon and Josh do touch upon the two Manchester sides, but the episode largely revolves around our biases toward low-to-mid-priced midfielders, including the likes of Leroy Fer and Robert Snodgrass, and whether you should give in to the hype. We also address the mysterious lack of clean sheets this season and answer listener questions ahead of this weekend's #GW5. Hail Cheaters!

Ep 47: One Thing We Know (Break-GW4)  

The transfer window has closed, the season's first international break is drawing to an end, and countless wildcards are suddenly active: now is the perfect time to assess late-addition key signings and loans that could help your #FPL team heading into #GW4. From Wilshere to Chadli, Bony to Perez, Mustafi to Luiz, Zaza to Slimani, and even the Great Mbokani himself! Always Cheating hosts Josh and Brandon also review the luxury options in Arsenal's midfield and how to strategize for life without (and for the imminent return of) Sergio Aguero. Hail Cheaters!

Ep 46: The Heartbreak Kid (GW3-Break)  

A relatively average GW3 has not filled us with a great deal of confidence heading into the international break. But would Josh or Brandon consider triggering a wildcard this early in the season? In this episode of Always Cheating, we weigh the options, with a particular focus on established and emerging midfielders: from Hazard to Alexis, Antonio to Drinkwater, how do they all rank? We also take a moment to zero in on Manchester City's evolving squad and which of those players will fit into our FPL lineups in the coming weeks. All of that plus your listener questions. Hail Cheaters!

Ep 45: Vocal Folks for Vokes (GW2-3)  

Always Cheating co-hosts Josh and Brandon reunite (after Brandon's brief stint abroad) to recap the happenings in GW2 of the #FPL. Looking ahead, this episode's key topics focus on Everton's promising fixtures, midfielder must-haves versus differentials, and the best options for your cheap third striker—which, of course, means that we are advocating strongly for the Aguero and Ibrahimovic combo. We also field your listener questions and highlight some of the crucial fixtures for success in GW3. Hail Cheaters!

Ep. 44: Always Captain Snodgrass (GW1 Review/GW2 Preview)  

With Gameweek 1 of the Premier League in the books, the Cheaters, minus the vacationing Brandon but featuring #originalcheater Trevor Ingerson as co-host, look at (very) early #FPL trends, mid-priced midfielders to watch, and emerging players to track or transfer at Hull City, Burnley, and Middlesbrough. We also run down the Top 10 of the new Hail Cheaters Super League.

Ep 43: Team Talk, Man United to West Ham (2016/17 Preview, Part 4)  

Our preview of the 2016/17 #FPL season closes out with part two of our team-by-team Premier League analysis. Last week it was Arsenal through Manchester City, and in this episode we break down Manchester United, Middlesbrough, Southampton, Stoke City, Sunderland, Swansea, Tottenham, Watford, West Brom, and West Ham. Hosts Josh and Brandon look at new players, old favorites, sleeper picks, and opening fixture strengths and weaknesses. Plus we take one final moment to answer some listener questions before heading into this weekend's opening round. Good luck this season and Hail Cheaters!

Ep 42: Team Talk, Arsenal to Man City (2016/17 Preview, Part 3)  

Our preview of the 2016/17 #FPL season continues in this episode, the first of a two-part series discussing the prospects of all twenty Premier League clubs. Starting at the top of the alphabet, this week we tackle Arsenal, Bournemouth, Burnley, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Everton, Hull City, Leicester City, Liverpool, and Manchester City. From new players, new prices, and pre-season form to our sleeper picks and opening fixture assessments, there's arguably too much for hosts Josh and Brandon to talk about. Plus we even take some listener questions! Stay tuned next week for a rundown of the remaining ten teams—subscribe on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts. Hail Cheaters!

Ep 41: Ten Tips for FPL Success (2016/17 Preview, Part 2)  

When is the best time to make a weekly transfer? Is it smarter to follow a player's form or fixtures? What is the optimal price distribution for your midfield? In a first for the Always Cheaters, we discuss ten tips for Fantasy Premier League (FPL) success and how to not lose your mind over the course of 38 grueling game weeks. From the risks and rewards of groupthink, to the necessity of keeping a cool head when things just aren't going your way, Josh and Brandon will help you start your FPL season on the right foot. Hail Cheaters!

Ep 40: Twilight of the Idols (2016/17 Preview, Part 1)  

After a quick summer break, the Always Cheating FPL podcast is back and previewing the 2016/17 season! Hosts Josh & Brandon rate the newly designed FPL site, weigh in on player price tags, and answer your listener questions. Our weekly FPL coverage is just getting started, so be sure to subscribe to our podcast feed, rate us on iTunes, and follow us in all the usual places. Hail Cheaters!

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