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Ep 109: A Bit of the Old Ultra-Violence (GW23-24)

If you somehow feel like you missed out on points during the recent double game week, then we sure hope you held onto Aranutovic and Son for big hauls in GW23. The Always Cheating hosts recap the scores and highlights from this past weekend. Then it's a massive team-by-team status report, from Arsenal through to West Ham, as we search the league for new under-the-radar player picks. Stay tuned for a GW24 preview with transfer thoughts and captaincy picks. Hail Cheaters! Become a Patreon...

Duration: 01:39:53

Ep 108: Boys of Summer (GW22-23)

Always Cheating is back after a brief winter break to discuss the January transfer dealings and how they'll impact our FPL lineups. Will Coutinho's departure upset the attacking balance at Liverpool? Is the arrival of Virgil van Dijk finally going to make that defense an appealing option? And should we assume DCL is the odd man out with new Everton striker Cenk Tosun? We also talk about the currently hypothetical moves for Alexis Sanchez and Riyad Mahrez, then tackle a bunch of your listener...

Duration: 01:16:57

Ep 107: Flan in a Cupboard (GW19-22)

Josh and Brandon emerge from their holiday hangovers to recap the key stories and players from GW19 and GW20. But, during this hectic festive period, there's little time for reflection, and this episode quickly turns to strategizing for the big GW22 double with Spurs and West Ham. How many players do we want? Or do we need? And do the free hit and triple captain chips enter into our thinking? Plus, we look more immediately to GW21 and answer listener questions on Coutinho, Lingard, Hazard,...

Duration: 01:03:47

Ep 106: Seven Days of Bad Weeks (GW18-19)

Premium strikers, almost uniformly, aren't performing. All the more reason for us to discuss them on this episode of Always Cheating. Do we have the patience to hold onto Kane until his double in GW22? Is Lukaku making a strong enough case to return to our squads? How blood-thirsty is Morata? It's also time for a regular Hazard heat check, a comparison of Zaha and Richarlison, and assessing an Arsenal defense dilemma. Stay tuned for listener questions and our GW19 preview including captain...

Duration: 01:12:47

Ep 105: Big Fish (GW16-18)

While the big players at Chelsea struggled in GW16, Harry Kane finally delivered on a captaincy for many FPL managers. Always Cheating hosts Josh and Brandon review those and other key takeaways from the weekend as we quickly head into GW17. From defense to strikers, the burning questions in this episode revolve, for the most part, around budget players who we can use to plug holes: Quick-fix, nailed-on cheap defender? Replacing an injured Ramsey with Shaqiri? Choosing between Austin,...

Duration: 01:26:50

Ep 104: How's Your Team? (GW15-16)

In GW15, it was certainly "No Hazard, No Party." So it's now looking more like a matter of when and not if we get Chelsea's Belgian midfielder into our FPL lineups. Will Harry Kane make way for the necessary transfer funds? Probably not, but Josh and Brandon are judging whether other expensive players like Jesus, Agüero, Morata, Sané, and de Gea are worth their price tags. Stay tuned for listener questions on emerging transfer targets like Aaron Ramsey, as well as our fixture previews for...

Duration: 01:19:48

Ep 103: Don't Get Clever (GW13-15)

As weirdly fun and excruciating as GW13 was for many FPL managers, we have precious little time to dwell upon it - not with two more game weeks mere hours away. Always Cheating hosts, Josh and Brandon, are already sizing up almost every conceivable transfer option ahead of the GW14 midweek and GW15 weekend fixtures. How essential do Chelsea assets like Hazard and Morata look now? Is it time to part ways with big strikers like Lukaku and Jesus? And is Charlie Austin the budget forward that...

Duration: 01:14:58

Ep 102: Personal Kane-guish (GW12-13)

The Premier League returned from its most recent international break with a massive GW12 filled with goals, clean sheets, and a single dark cloud in the shape of Harry Kane. In this episode, we're looking at the Spurs lineup in the aftermath of their loss to Arsenal, compounded by a frustrating run of FPL results for their star striker. We also discuss the awaited and long-awaited returns of Pogba and Ibra, Chelsea's scintillating team display at the Hawthorns, and, when it comes to...

Duration: 01:15:58

Ep 101: Champion Lurker (Break-GW12)

Why does it feel like this international break is going on forever? To help pass the time, we're looking ahead to the GW12 fixtures and reviewing captains and clean sheet options match by match. Is Salah a better bet against Southampton than a flat-track bully Lukaku at home to Newcastle? And might we overlook Kane who regularly delivers in the North London derby? We also take some listener questions on wildcarding, preferred formations, and must-have defenders. Hail Cheaters! Become a...

Duration: 01:12:43

Ep 100: The Great Gazoo (GW11-Break)

We're celebrating 100 episodes of Always Cheating! To commemorate this milestone, we invited some top FPL managers and influencers, along with a few of our favorite listeners through the years, to contribute a piece of their favorite solid fantasy advice. With their combined wisdom, we've ended up with a captivating hour of FPL higher education: from battle-tested rules of thumb and proven pitfalls, to that fine line between having fun and winning. Plus, we answer a few GW11 questions that...

Duration: 01:17:07

Ep 98: President of the World (GW9-10)

Manchester City giveth, and then they taketh away. This week we discuss Pep Guardiola's painful yet entirely predictable player rotation. And we're obliged to talk about Harry Kane's big #GW9 Wembley performance, right? Or the lack of any performance whatsoever from Manchester United? Then, for something completely different, we review top performing budget picks (£7.5M and under for midfielders and forwards, £5.0M and under for defenders) through the first quarter of the season and who...

Duration: 01:16:18

Ep 97: A War of Attrition (GW8-9)

Undoubtedly, the biggest takeaway from #GW8 is that Manchester City is irresistible. Josh and Brandon examine the Sky Blues, from strikers to midfielders to defenders, and how best to approach their #FPL assets. We're also reassessing the recent fad of the "Power 3" up front and whether it still holds much interest amid the chaos of injuries and blanks with Lukaku, Kane, Agüero, and Morata, among others. Stay tuned for heat checks on Zaha, Gabbiadini, and Abraham, as well as a preview of...

Duration: 01:15:29

Ep 96: Forest for the Trees (Break-GW8)

Emerging from another international break hibernation, Josh and Brandon are ready to get back to the business of #FPL. With injuries to both Agüero and Morata, there are lingering questions on how to best structure a robust front three lineup. There is also the matter the growing Raheem Sterling bandwagon and we compare his potential against the other Manchester City mids: Sané and David Silva. Later, we run team by team through the league table and give a status report on how each club...

Duration: 01:26:23

Sneak Peek: FPL Stats with Peter Blake

This week, heading into another international break, we're offering a sneak peek at our recent Patreon Supporters exclusive podcast featuring FPL stats analyst Peter Blake. The author of the Mathematically Safe blog joins us to discuss everything you wanted to know about FPL stats but were afraid to ask, including the data behind trending team formations, knowing how to interpret big chances, and the real justifications for a certain must-have Belgian striker. To hear the full episode...

Duration: 00:15:47

Ep 95: Unremarkable Hughes (GW6-7)

After a weekend full of goals from the #FPL's most expensive strikers, Josh and Brandon step in to discuss how best to select and squeeze in three heavy-hitting forwards. Kane, Lukaku, Morata, Lukaku, and Lacazette all have compelling cases for inclusion, but first we'll need to inspect fixtures and form. We also take a closer look at a range of Chelsea and Liverpool players before getting to our #GW7 preview with transfer targets, captaincy options, and nailed clean sheets. Hail Cheaters!...

Duration: 01:15:15

Ep 94: Open Road (GW5-6)

To summarize: Agüero Good, Davies Bad. After a wild #GW5 in which Manchester City poured it on and Spurs pulled the rug out from under many #FPL managers, now is a good time to pause and reflect. Always Cheating hosts Josh and Brandon seek to find a way to capitalize on City's form, while still not giving up on the likes of Kane and Lukaku. Do we have some genuine flops on our hands, or are managers knee-jerking some of these big-name players out of their squads too quickly? We also look...

Duration: 01:16:33

Ep 93: Man in the Mirror (GW4-5)

With GW4 goals from Kane, Lukaku, Agüero, Jesus, Morata, and Lacazette, it's high time Josh and Brandon discuss the ideal heavy hitting strikers for our #FPL squads. How do we choose both the best players and the best formation to suit an abundance of forward talent, but perhaps a dearth of mid-price midfield selections? We also examine Liverpool's prospects following Mané's red card, buying into Tottenham's epic run of fixtures, and Abdoulaye Doucouré vs. Pascal Groß. Stay tuned for...

Duration: 01:17:08

Ep 92: Crushin Fools (Break-GW4)

As we come out of the international break and prepare for the return of Premier League action, Josh and Brandon are discussing Deadline Day dealings and how those moves might impact your #FPL squad. From Bony, the Ox, and Renato Sanchez to Aurier, Zappacosta, and Gibbs, among others, who's straight in and who's a wait and see? And in preparation for #GW4, we debate the immediate potential of Hazard and Alexis, the standout mid-price midfielders, and other key questions from the listeners....

Duration: 01:20:23

Ep 91: The Wildcard Diaries (GW3-Break)

As #FPL heads into its first international break of the season, Always Cheating co-host Josh was also in need of a break. While he's on vacation, Brandon is joined by guest Luke Thunberg to recap a thrilling, if complex #GW3. We discuss the continuing August curse of Harry Kane and how he compares to emerging strikers like Firmino and Morata. Liverpool and Manchester United predictably dominate the midfield discussion, but we're also taking time to discuss the exploits of promoted...

Duration: 01:14:44

Ep 90: Jesé's Girl (Gw 2 Review/Gw 3 Preview)

In this week's episode, return guest David Weigner-Lodalh fills in for a Barbados-bound Brandon to discuss the week that was in FPL. What to do with Harry Kane and Manchester United's assets? When is too early to play your wildcard? We discuss those topics and everything else that happened in the Fantasy Premier League universe in this episode. We also look ahead to the Gameweek 3 fixtures, including captaincy options, score predictions, and a full slate of "pure watches" on Saturday. Hail...

Duration: 01:11:15

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