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 69: Detective Maloney (Break-GW26)  

The Always Cheating hosts sort the FA Cup fallout and run team-by-team through the key clubs with no blanks, i.e. fixtures in all three upcoming game weeks. Which FPL assets will be key in both GW26 and GW28? Is a Liverpool midfielder essential? And, if so, who? Looking ahead to GW28, Josh and Brandon debate the degree to which managers should corrupt their FPL sides just to field as close to a full eleven as possible, and how soon after might we plan to wildcard out of this mayhem. Plus we respond to your listener questions and more. Hail Cheaters!

Ep 68: Uatu the Watcher (GW25-Break)  

Heading into a weekend of FA Cup fixtures, with the specter of GW28 looming, there's not much to do with our FPL squads but sit back and wait. In the meantime, Always Cheating hosts Josh and Brandon recap the scores from GW25, including the ghost goal from Gareth McAuley. We also discuss what to do with heavy hitters like Alexis and Ibrahimovic who will blank in GW26 (if not GW28, as well) and what the longterm prospects are for new form players Sadio Mané and Manolo Gabbiadini. We take your listener questions and more. Stay tuned next week for a full GW26 preview. Hail Cheaters!

Ep 67: One in One Million (GW24-25)  

Still in the beautiful afterglow of Romelu Lukaku's four-goal bonanza, the Always Cheating hosts recap the results of GW24 and attempt to parse the worrying form of Arsenal and Alexis Sanchez. The question of Gabriel Jesus still lingers, and it's now a mad scramble to work Gylfi Sigurdsson back into our lineups. Josh and Brandon also discuss what is known about the blanks for GW26 and GW28 and which players might play key roles during the next month. We take your listeners questions and preview GW25's fixtures, captaincy options, and potential clean sheets. Hail Cheaters!

Ep 66: Hail Cheevers (GW23-24)  

Buckle up for some quick-fire FPL chat as Always Cheating hosts Josh and Brandon put the brutal midweek fixtures behind them and turn the attention to this weekend's GW24. We're talking about Man City's new weapon Gabriel Jesus, Tom Heaton's bonus point supremacy, and the Curious Case of Romelu Lukaku. Plus we begin preparing for the blanks in GW26 and GW28, take your listener questions, and predict captains and clean sheets. Hail Cheaters!

Ep 65: Scottish Payet (GW22-23)  

It feels like things this season are finally starting to heat up, which makes it hard to believe that we have just 16 game weeks left. (Yeah, we suppose 16 weeks is still quite a ways to go.) Josh and Brandon take a moment to evaluate midseason strategies and how to assess your longterm goals for mini leagues and overall rank. We also discuss must-have midfielders, appealing third strikers, and recent moves in the January transfer window. And then we preview clean sheets, captains, and key players for GW23. Hail Cheaters!

Ep 64: Just Eat It (GW21-22)  

This last weekend provided major point tallies through key Spurs and Chelsea assets (thank you very much, Mr. Alonso), among others. But big weeks like GW21 can often create more questions than answers: Kane on form or Lukaku with fixtures? Is Hazard worth the money? Wait, but where is Costa? Is it already time to bring Coutinho back in? And are we adjusting formations to accommodate the plethora of midfield and defensive options that are now, finally, showing some consistency? Always Cheating hosts Josh and Brandon respond to your tweets and emails and then preview GW22's key fixtures, captaincy options, and likely clean sheets. Hail Cheaters!

Ep 63: The Game Genie (GW20-21)  

Buy? Sell? Hold? After surviving the onslaught of holiday fixtures, Josh and Brandon return to discuss the current crop of FPL standouts: from Giroud, Aguero, and Defore to Ake, Baines, and the entire Spurs lineup. Then it's a look at bulking up your midfield with in-form and low-price midfielders. Do those even exist? Plus we preview the possible clean sheets and captaincy options for GW21, along with taking many of your listener questions. Hail Cheaters!

Ep 62: Eye of the Storm (GW18-20)  

We find ourselves right smack dab in the middle of this season's festive fixtures, and in this episode of Always Cheating, Josh & Brandon are recapping GW18 and looking ahead to the twenty fixtures that'll be hitting us in quick succession. Match by match, we're discussing FPL transfers, captaincy options, and clean sheet potential through GW19 and GW20. Hail Cheaters and Happy New Year! (Always Cheating is nearing the end of its December pledge drive at - for a small reoccurring donation to help offset our costs of creating this weekly podcast, we're offering all sorts of exclusive content, including bonus podcast episodes and new mini leagues for the second half of the season. Thanks for your support!)

Ep 61: I Believe (GW17-18)  

In this episode, we recap an FPL game week defined largely by the Diego Costa yellow card and Harry Kane 'crap-tain' fail. So with the former's one-match suspension and the latter's terrible form, where does that leave us with our already small pool of top strikers? We discuss how the imminent return of Aguero could change all of that. Plus we look at the current state of the 'third' striker category, 'fourth' midfielders, and general thoughts on rotation during the festive period. Our preview of captains, clean sheets, and transfers for GW18 starts at 1:06:13. Hail Cheaters. (Heads up, Cheaters: You can still donate to our Patreon page to gain access to exclusive new mini leagues and other cool stuff. Just visit to learn more about how you can help Josh and Brandon offset the cost of running this show. Thanks!)

Ep 60: That's Okaka (GW15-17)  

After a week away from the FPL fold, the Always Cheating hosts return to recap the events of GW15. With the next two game weeks coming in quick succession, we're previewing both GW16 and GW17 in this one episode. Skip to 0:29:55 for GW16 predictions, clean sheets, and captain picks. For our GW17 preview, skip to 0:57:45. Also, listen up in this episode for a special opportunity to be a part of the Always Cheating community in a whole new way. Hail Cheaters.

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!

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