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Always Cheating: A Fantasy Premier League Podcast (FPL)

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The award-winning weekly Fantasy Premier League podcast hosted by Josh Landon and Brandon Kelley. We aim to provide equal parts strategy and community for every type of FPL player. Join our listener mini league: dtz277
214 Episodes
Is it true that you can close a gap of 100 points in your FPL mini league with just eleven weeks to go? Is it false that form trumps fixtures? Is it true that Manchester United now have to be taken seriously by fantasy managers? Is it false that Kevin de Bruyne is the only Manchester City asset worth owning? Is it true that underlying stats are overrated? Is it false that there are no worthwhile midfielders priced below £6.0? We answer these questions and more, along with a preview of GW28 transfer and captaincy conundrums. Hail Cheaters!Presented by Set up an account today and use promo code BLUEWIRE for a 50% welcome bonus.A reminder that our London, UK, listener meet-up is set for Friday, March 6, 7:00 PM until close at Coin Laundry. We hope to see you there.
As GW26 and our first Premier League winter break come to their eventual conclusions, we're turning our attention to emerging and under-the-radar transfer targets from clubs like Wolverhampton, Spurs, Arsenal, Newcastle, and Leicester City. Which players who have hit recent form are actually knee-jerk fantasy moves versus those savvy picks who will actually help you make headway in the FPL ranks? Plus, we discuss the current situation with Manchester City's potential Champions League ban and how that might impact our fantasy seasons. Stick around for our preview of GW27 captaincy favorites and transfers plans. Hail Cheaters!Presented by Set up an account today and use promo code BLUEWIRE for a 50% welcome bonus.A reminder that our London, UK, listener meet-up is set for Friday, March 6, 7:00 PM until close at Coin Laundry. We hope to see you there.
There's not much in the way of FPL news as we find ourselves only three-tenths of the way through a long GW26. So, we thought, what the heck? Let's just ask our listeners to send in a bunch of random fantasy and non-fantasy questions for us to answer. Listen in as Josh and Brandon critique each other's FPL tactics, talk about how they first met, and debate who of the duo would win in a penalty shootout. Hail Cheaters!Presented by: BetOnline.AGA reminder that our London, UK, listener meet-up is scheduled for Friday, March 6, 7:00 PM until close at Coin Laundry in Farringdon. We hope to see you there!
Let's face it: Sometimes, FPL questions can be difficult, or even downright impossible to answer. This week, we are honestly and confidently tackling all of our listeners' toughest conundrums, from premium striker woes to Championship rotation threat, Leicester City's concerning form, and the prospects of the biggest January signings. Plus, we take a closer look at the GW26 fixture list, which has been spread out due to the Winter Break, and how the staggered schedule might impact our transfers, wildcards, and captaincy picks. Hail Cheaters!
We're still waiting for the final—and extremely fateful—GW24 match to be played. While we wait, Josh and Brandon discuss the possibility, and weigh the pros and cons, of triggering a wildcard ahead of GW25. And, if they were to activate a wildcard now, which players would be in their refreshed fifteen-men squad? Both Josh and Brandon run through their current selections, from goalkeepers and defenders, to midfielders and forwards. Stay tuned for a full GW25 fixtures and captaincy preview. Hail Cheaters!
With Gameweek 24 kicking off in less than 48 hours, Josh and guest co-host Eric Freeman go all in on Liverpool's (and, er, West Ham's) double-gameweek: who to target, who to triple captain, and if there's really any definitive way to pick between Mané, Salah, Trent and more with your (C) pick. We also discuss Greenwood, Martinelli, and other emerging forwards, what to do with Jiménez and Tammy, and players we may be overlooking who could also do well during the midweek fixtures. Hail Cheaters!
While Danny Ings continues his scoring rampage, and after Manchester City's masterclass at Villa Park, many FPL managers are reckoning with key players they've recently overlooked. In this episode, we discuss the likes of Mahrez, Agüero, Richarlison, Sarr, and Lacazette and whether their time in our FPL lineups has come. We also take another look at double GW24 planning and debate the idea of "points chasing" before previewing the GW23 fixtures, along with our captaincy favorites and transfer targets. Hail Cheaters!
With more than half the season now behind us, Always Cheating proudly presents our annual mid-season report card on 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 and how each of those assessments might influence our fantasy decisions down the home stretch. Stick around until the end for our preview of captaincy favorites for the upcoming GW22, which kicks off this Friday. Hail Cheaters!
With the festive fixtures nearly behind us, we're taking a moment to review the last few FPL gameweeks and consider what lessons, if any, were learned. We discuss the Chelsea bubble bursting, the mere existence of a Spurs bubble, and the potential of new Arsenal and Everton managers generating anything even close to resembling a bubble with players worth punting on. Plus, Mané versus Salah remains an contentious debate, and what's with the glut of viable and in-form strikers? Stick around for our GW21 preview highlighting captaincy favorites and transfer targets. Happy New Year and Hail Cheaters!
This week, we're going match-by-match through the big Boxing Day fixture list, highlighting rest and rotation worries, captaincy favorites, and transfer targets. How big of a factor will Liverpool play as they return from their exploits abroad? Is Lundstram an legitimate candidate for the armband? And where are the truly reliable clean sheets? Hail Cheaters and Happy Holidays from the Always Cheating Podcast!
We often take the longview when discussing the FPL season, but next weekend's tricky GW18 requires focused attention. Liverpool will be abroad at the FIFA Club World Cup, resulting in a blank gameweek for both the league leaders and West Ham United. What does this mean for your Liverpool assets? Should FPL managers be benching the likes of Mané, Salah, and Alexander-Arnold, or is there any strategic way of transferring them out and back in again? Josh and Brandon interrogate the options, including differential transfers and captaincy candidates who might give you the advantage. Hail Cheaters!
It's that point in the FPL season when everyone is looking for an opportunity to rise up in the rankings. This week, Brandon and Josh discuss a few strategies for attacking the holiday fixtures, as well as players who might give you a boost. Stars like Marcus Rashford and Dele Alli stand out, but should managers be dropping marque assets like Kevin De Bruyne and Raul Jiménez to make space? We also look at yellow card suspension concerns and how Liverpool's blank GW18 impacts our transfer planning before getting to the GW17 fixture and captaincy preview. Hail Cheaters!
It's a quick turnaround from this weekend's round of Premier League matches to Tuesday's GW15 kickoff. What does this holiday fixture onslaught mean for player rest and rotation? We're taking a closer look at newly emerging fantasy assets that might help us navigate the trickiest part of the league calendar, including those less likely to be benched. Plus, from Mourinho's appointment at Spurs to Emery's sacking at Arsenal, we touch upon how recent managerial managerial changes are shifting our FPL strategies. Stick around for a full frisking of the GW15 match-ups, transfer targets, and captaincy picks. Hail Cheaters!
Between Raheem Sterling's goal drought and Liverpool's clean sheet drought, this FPL season has presented more problems than solutions when it comes to premium assets. Will José Mourinho's invigorated Spurs be the answer to these woes? This week, we discuss the upside of Kane, Son, Dele, and Lucas, and whether they might displace template assets like Mo Salah or Kevin de Bruyne. Plus we preview the GW14 fixtures, along with our planned transfers and captaincy picks. Hail Cheaters!
In this mailbag episode of the podcast, Josh and Brandon answer a wide range of listener questions. First, we focus our attention on key players and fixtures from GW13 through the end of the festive period. Who's is the future template? Who's out of the current one? How does Livepool's GW18 blank factor into our planning? And, of course, what's the current enthusiasm level on Raheem Sterling and other Manchester City assets? Later, we field some broader strategic questions addressing emotional biases, transfer hits, and team value. Hail Cheaters!
Liverpool's victory over Manchester City was one of the defining events of GW12, but how will it impact our FPL lineups going forward? Is Alexander-Arnold still a better pick than Robertson? Is Salah making a case that managers should pick him over Mané? And exactly how committed should you be to either Sterling or De Bruyne? Plus, we discuss the "sword and shield" approach to balancing defensive and aggressive FPL play styles, which could include Pulisic and Martial as the newest swords in the armory. Tune in next week for our full GW13 preview amidst 2019's final international break. Hail Cheaters!
This week, the Always Cheating hosts get positive! Coming off of amazing GW11 performances, we're inducting players like John Lundstram, Andrew Robertson, and Jamie Vardy into our official Appreciation Society—a proper home for beloved FPL assets through the years. We also discuss prioritizing premium midfield assets, considering the current states of Salah, De Bruyne, and Sterling. Which could be ready for a downgrade, if any? Stick around for a preview of GW12 transfer targets and captaincy picks, including our assessment of the massive Liverpool vs Manchester City fixture. Hail Cheaters!
With ten game weeks now behind us in this FPL season, we have a few things to discuss. Mainly, we need to talk about Agüero. But we also need to talk about Sterling. And Salah. And Aubameyang, Pukki, Wilson, Vardy, and more. How do these players stack up when relying upon the 'eye test' method? Which players are we ready to drop from our squads, and which are will still invested in? Josh and Brandon also preview the GW11 fixtures, along with their transfer targets and captaincy favorites. Hail Cheaters!
As the very minuscule returns from GW9 continue to trickle in, Josh and Brandon take some time to discuss exactly how an FPL season can go as poorly as this one has. Points have been hard to come by during the last month or so, but are we being too patient with premium assets? Are we expecting greatness where there is none? Is there anything we can do about FPL other than yell and complain? Listeners chime in with their thoughts and experiences, and we tackle more listener questions in our lightning round before previewing the GW10 fixtures, captaincy favorites, and transfer targets. Hail Cheaters!
This week, we welcome guest co-host Ian Stimson, from the Miles Offside Podcast, who sits in with Brandon to prepare for Gameweek 9. With the Premier League's marque fixture of Liverpool vs Manchester City coming up in Gameweek 12, we take this moment to discuss short-term FPL planning and how we can best calibrate our strategy for a brief four-week window, which will feature great fixtures for Chelsea, Leicester, and Bournemouth, to name a few. How do transfer hits and player punts factor into these small timeframes? We also touch upon current worries over Liverpool and Manchester City premium assets and then rank the current plethora of high-priced striker options. Tune in for all of that plus listener questions and a Gameweek 9 preview with bus teams, transfer targets, and captaincy favorites. Hail Cheaters!Blue Wire thanks our partners for this week: Shipstation and Roman. Try Shipstation free for sixty days by going to and entering promo code Blue and visit to receive a free online visit and free two-day shipping.
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