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Ep 133: Team Previews Pt 2, Leicester City to Wolves (2018-19 Preview)

Continuing with Always Cheating's pre-season FPL coverage, Josh and Brandon are scouting all twenty Premier League clubs. This week features the second half of the alphabet, previewing Leicester City, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Newcastle, Southampton, Spurs, Watford, West Ham, and Wolves. Be sure to check out Ep 132 for a discussion of the other ten teams. Hail Cheaters! Become a Patreon supporter: Follow us on Twitter:...


Ep 132: Team Previews Pt 1, Arsenal to Huddersfield (2018-19 Preview)

Continuing with Always Cheating's pre-season FPL coverage, Josh and Brandon are scouting all twenty Premier League clubs. This week features the first half of the alphabet, previewing Arsenal, Bournemouth, Brighton, Burnley, Cardiff City, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Everton, Fulham, and Huddersfield. Stay tuned for our next episode in which we'll discuss the remaining teams. Hail Cheaters! Become a Patreon supporter: Follow us on Twitter:...


Ep 131: FPL Site Goes Live (2018-19 Preview)

The updated Fantasy Premier League site has officially (and suddenly) launched, so Josh and Brandon jump onto this emergency pod with their first impressions of the new player pricing and dynamics of the 2018-19 season. Who's too expensive? Who's undervalued? Who's position has been reclassified? Who's straight into our FPL lineups? And who's in danger missing the first few weeks of the season due to World Cup obligations? We're tackling these questions, and a few others, as sent in by...


Ep 130: It's So Beautiful (World Cup 2018)

World Cup 2018 continues to be great. But how are the Cheaters choosing to soak up all the excitement? Josh has ventured out to the pub to meet fellow fans and make new friends, while Brandon is still stuck in the office trying to explain Ronaldo to many of his coworkers. We give a quick rundown of key matchups and fantasy assets in the Round of 16 knockout stage, and also catch you up on the latest Premier League transfers in and out. Hail Cheaters! Playing World Cup fantasy? Join the...


Ep 129: Big Business (World Cup 2018)

The World Cup is pretty great, right? Josh and Brandon highlight their favorite players and team performances from Round 1 of Russia 2018 and consider who might be fun to see playing in the Premier League next season. We also chat briefly about what we like or dislike about FIFA's approach to fantasy football gaming (click the link below to join our FIFA league) and how it might translate to FPL. Finally, we take a cursory look at the Premier League's just-announced fixture list, as well...


Ep 128: World Cup 2018 Preview (Groups E to H)

Welcome to the second half of our 2018 FIFA World Cup preview. We're concluding with in-depth looks at each team in groups E through H, including such high-profile nations as Brazil, Germany, Belgium, and England. Check out episode #127 from last week for a preview of groups A through D. If you're looking for ways to play fantasy during the World Cup, consider these three great options: 1. Keep things simple with the Always Cheating "Set & Forget" Patreon game:...


Ep 127: World Cup 2018 Preview (Groups A to D)

Josh and Brandon are back from a brief Premier League hiatus and they're previewing Groups A through D for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. We'll return in a few days to preview the remaining groups and to answer more listener questions. If you're looking for ways to play fantasy during the World Cup, consider these three great options: 1. Keep things simple with the Always Cheating "Set & Forget" Patreon game: 2. Replicate the FPL experience and...


Ep 126: Tell It Like It Is (2017/18 Season Recap)

One of the most confounding FPL seasons in modern memory is now behind us. With the help of our listeners, Josh and Brandon discuss what important lessons were learned during the last 38 weeks, and how managers can apply those lessons next year. We're also debating the much-maligned bonus point system, evaluating the rules surrounding chips and wildcards, and suggesting other changes that might improve the FPL site or just make the game more fun. Before we head off for a quick little break...


Ep 125: Masters of the Universe (GW37-38)

We're hoping for a big midweek turnaround with Kane, Jesus, and Sterling after having endured a GW37 opening salvo that tested most FPL managers' pain threshold. While we wait for a rescue, let's look ahead to GW38 and our final push for glory. With Aubameyang stepping up against Burnley, does he now enter into the realm of essential for Sunday, or does he remain a punt? Though woefully out of form, can Kane do anything at home to Newcastle, apart from getting another injury, that would...


Ep 124: Driftwood (GW36-37)

No pressure, but we're heading into what could be, for many FPL managers, the season's most decisive gameweek. So, how are we setting up ahead of these big doubles? And, for the GW32/33 wildcard crowd, how are we magically turning so much dead weight into the best attacking assets from Manchester City and Spurs? Triple Captain and Bench Boost chips are still in play, plus we pinpoint which teams are now on the beach and solve a few of your listener dilemmas. Hail Cheaters! Become a Patreon...


Ep 123: Are We There Yet with FPL General (GW35-36)

Special guest Mark McGettigan (@FPLGeneral) joins us to preview GW36 and discuss must-have players for the remaining three game weeks. Is Harry Kane a lock for our Triple Captain chips, even after a few questionable eye-tests? How stable is the Manchester City team sheet, given Pep's side overall looks to be the most steady supply for goals? And will Arsenal's Europa League adventures continue to leave Aubameyang out in the cold? Along the way, we hit upon budget defensive options, tackle...


Ep 122: Pass Me the Rock (GW34-35)

While there are still a handful of key matches to be played in GW34, the Always Cheating hosts are already on to GW35 planning. Brandon has triggered his Free Hit chip, while Josh just spent his during the doubles, so this episode features both perspectives on how to approach the blanks in GW35 and how transfers now will impact your FPL squad down the home stretch. From Jesus and Aubameyang to Zaha and Arnautovic, and even Ayoze Pérez, we cover essential players, differentials, and Free...


Ep 121: City of Glass with FPL Stag (GW33-34)

The Cheaters are joined this week by special guest FPL Stag (, writer at NBC's Rotoworld, to preview the upcoming doubles in GW34. We take a closer look at Manchester United attacking assets in light of their rousing second-half display at the Etihad. Could we possibly be tempted by Alexis or Pogba? We also discuss Chelsea and Spurs, Mahrez versus Vardy, cheap defenders, potential differentials, and ways to work around GW35 if you're without the Free Hit chip....


Ep 120: The Forgotten Gameweek (GW32-33)

Salah kept up his blistering scoring pace against Crystal Palace, but, with Kane already back from his ankle injury, GW32 opened the door for a number of other FPL attacking threats. Entering the season's home stretch, how quickly are we thinking we need to fit Kane back into our squads? Can Alexis actually find some form that's worthy of his price? Are we holding Aubameyang for good, or is there a worthwhile "hokey cokey" strategy for bringing heavy-hitters in, out, and then in again?...


Ep 119: A Wildcard Revisited (Break-GW32)

The official announcement of GW34 rescheduled fixtures, which came late last week, was a bit of a curveball. Now we're reconsidering some of the FPL strategy we outlined in our last episode, especially how active wildcards are impacted by the new predicted season ticker. The Always Cheating hosts are answering a boatload of listener questions, like: Is the bench boost chip only viable in GW37? If so, who and when are we triple captaining? Where does Arsenal fall on the list of priorities?...


Ep 118: A Serious Manager, Wildcard Special (GW31-Break)

Wildcards are now activating across the FPL community. But before we delve into strategy going forward, we have a quick review of the crazy blank GW31 that just passed. Did Salah's incredible points haul devalue all of our careful planning? What lessons did we learn from the first major Free Hit appearance? Looking ahead, Josh lays out the chip options for managers who've already played their wildcard, while Brandon is wildcard-active and looking for must-haves and differentials to fill...


Ep 116: Black Hole (GW29-30)

An average scoring GW29 was disappointing for most managers, but also kind of befitting the calm before the FPL storm that kicks off in GW31. In this episode, we're previewing what could be the last "normal" game week of the season in GW30. Do we dare break away from a Salah captaincy as Liverpool head to Old Trafford? Can Kane finally manage to explode for points after a demanding midweek Champions League match? Is Sterling ripe for the transfer, freeing up some needed midfield funds and...


Ep 113: Alpha Dog (GW27-Break)

Goals, goals, goals, and more goals. GW27 was epic for Agüero owners, and it also brought with it substantial tallies for highly-owned players like Salah, Firmino, and Hazard. So what are the action items for FPL managers after a week like this when we are so close to the home stretch? Is Hazard still a troll? Is Agüero becoming a risk with the imminent return of Gabriel Jesus? Will we ever not put the armband on Salah? Josh and Brandon also discuss the disappearance of Manchester United...


Ep 111: Lord Sørloth (GW25-26)

As GW25 comes to a close, so does the January transfer window. Josh and Brandon run down a fairly complete list of player moves (Aubameyang to Moura, Laporte to Kenedy, Walcott to Alexis, and...sure, we'll mention Sturridge) and how new setups might impact our FPL squads. We take a moment to review Josh's recent wildcard restructure, and then it's a match-by-match preview of GW26 along with our own captaincy picks and transfer targets. Hail Cheaters! Become a Patreon supporter:...


Ep 110: Hashtag Sports (GW24-25)

Live by Agüero. Die by Agüero. GW24 was a good week for those restoring faith in the City striker, along with those who kept faith in a particular Chelsea midfielder. So where does that leave us heading into the next round? Always Cheating hosts Josh and Brandon are joined by special guest Mike DePietro (winner of our Patreon Supporters Survivor League) to discuss Alexis Sanchez, whose move to Old Trafford could rip up the existing FPL template, as well as Henrikh Mkhitaryan's jump to...