Always Cheating: A Fantasy Premier League Podcast (FPL)

Always Cheating: A Fantasy Premier League Podcast (FPL)

By Blue Wire

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

Episodes

FPL Player Price Predictions

As we wait for the Fantasy Premier League site to relaunch, we take this moment to predict a handful of key player prices. From Ziyech and Werner to Mitrovic and Jiménez, along with the likes of Alexander-Arnold and De Bruyne, we discuss new signings, returning favorites, and those players who are ready to make that leap into the elite echelon of fantasy price tags. Stay tuned for much more pre-season podcast content in the coming weeks. Hail Cheaters!Always Cheating listeners can now enjoy a 30% discount on memberships at Fantasy Football Hub. To learn all about the Hub's powerful FPL tools and features, and to secure your membership, visit: https://fantasyfootballhub.co.uk/always30/
11/08/201h 30m

Bonus Episode: Golden Goal

If you find yourself with more time on your hands during the Premier League off-season, then let us present to you "Golden Goal: Stories of Soccer Legends," the new podcast narrated by Always Cheating's own Brandon Kelley. Blue Wire Studios has crafted this wholly original show that devotes each episode to one soccer/football legend and the moment that made them. From Messi to Zidane to Maradona to Marta to Zlatan, along with Pelé's film career, the Dortmund Finishing School, and Megan Rapinoe's on- and off-the-field heroics, each compact Golden Goal delivers a custom soundtrack, archival match commentary, and player interviews.Subscribe to Golden Goal wherever you get your podcasts. And, if you like what you hear, please consider rating and reviewing the show.
05/08/207m 27s

End of Season Review (Look for the Helpers)

Heartbreak! Triumph! Chaos! The 2019–20 Premier League season has finally reached its conclusion, and with it one of the longest and most challenging FPL campaigns in memory. So, what lessons did we learn that might help fantasy mangers in the future? What did we make of all of the recent controversy surrounding leaked team sheets? And, looking ahead to next season, which players will be nailed in our squads or flagged as rising stars, exciting new signings, and worthy punts?Thanks to all of our listeners for yet another amazing year of podcasts. The show will be back, as usual, in a few weeks, ahead of the launch of the new FPL game. We'll talk to you then! Hail Cheaters!This week's episode of the Always Cheating Podcast is presented by Manscaped. For precision-engineered male grooming tools, visit Manscaped.com and use the code CHEATING for 20% off plus free shipping.
28/07/201h 26m

The Final Countdown (GW38+ & Free Hit Preview)

At last, the final gameweek of this long, strange Premier League season is upon us. So, what can we expect from GW38? We know that some teams will have nothing to play for, while others will have European football on the line. Will matches between Chelsea & Wolves and Leicester & Manchester United be tight, cagey affairs, or wide-open goal fests? With Brandon using his Free Hit chip, we also discuss the best strategies for building a full fifteen-man roster and where players from Manchester City, Liverpool, and Arsenal should fall in your list of priorities. Good luck to all and Hail Cheaters!This week's episode of the Always Cheating Podcast is presented by Manscaped. For precision-engineered male grooming tools, visit Manscaped.com and use the code CHEATING for 20% off plus free shipping.
21/07/2052m 41s

Big Questions for the Rest of the Season (Featuring Tom Campbell)

We're joined this week by the FPL Mayor, Tom Campbell, to discuss the season's remaining big questions. Who are the top captain picks for the final three gameweeks? Is there an optimal time to activate your Free Hit chip? How are we recalibrating our personal fantasy goals as this season finally comes to an end? Plus, we take a closer look at GW36+ and the optimal Free Hit squad and captaincy favorites for the upcoming deadline. Hail Cheaters!Presented by BetOnline.ag. Set up an account today and use promo code BLUEWIRE for a welcome bonus.
13/07/201h 23m

GW34+ Day-By-Day Preview

This weekend's Premier League fixtures wrap up with a Monday night match-up between Spurs and Everton, but then GW34+ immediately kicks off with three games on Tuesday. To help get FPL managers prepared for yet more fantasy football, we're taking a day-by-day look—from Tuesday to Wednesday to Thursday—at this midweek slate, debating all of the best transfer targets and captaincy favorites. Hail Cheaters!Presented by BetOnline.ag. Set up an account today and use promo code BLUEWIRE for a welcome bonus.
06/07/201h 16m

Buy Sell Hold & GW33+ Preview

As we make our way through the rest of GW32+, we take some time to look at the remaining fixtures for all twenty Premier League clubs. Based on what we've learned thus far from the league's restart, which teams are likely to be the best fantasy prospects? That is, which teams have players that FPL managers should to look to buy, sell, or hold? Plus, we preview the GW33+ match-ups and discuss our preferred captain picks. Hail Cheaters!Please complete this audience survey to help us learn about the podcast content that most interests you and for your chance to win a Blue Wire t-shirt, hoodie, or a pair of AirPods:https://bit.ly/2Ybr18VPresented by BetOnline.ag. Set up an account today and use promo code BLUEWIRE for a welcome bonus.
29/06/201h 25m

The Real FPL Restart (GW31+ Preview)

We rejoice this week—it's the return of Premier League action! Nearing the end of GW30+ and this first round of fixtures, what have been the key FPL takeaways? Which teams and players impressed? Which were clearly abject and fantasy stay-aways? Tune in as we preview GW31+ and discuss some specific team issues, as well as highlights across each player position, from forward and midfielder to defender and goalkeeper. Hail Cheaters!Please complete this audience survey to help us learn about the podcast content that most interests you and for your chance to win a Blue Wire t-shirt, hoodie, or a pair of AirPods: https://bit.ly/2Ybr18VPresented by BetOnline.ag. Set up an account today and use promo code BLUEWIRE for a welcome bonus.
22/06/201h 4m

GW30+ Gambits, Chip Strategies, and Bold Predictions

The Premier League restart is only a few days away and this episode focuses on the opening FPL fixtures, which happen to be a double gameweek. So, what are the best approaches for playing the double? Just how good, from the jump, do we expect Manchester City to be? Are Arsenal even worth the trouble? And in what ways can we mitigate the risk of inevitable team rotation? We delve into some chip theory with free hit and bench boost discussions, and also touch upon single-gameweek players that are worth transferring in. Plus, stay tuned for some bold predictions from our listeners on how they envision the next nine fantasy gameweeks shaking out. Good luck this week! Hail Cheaters!Presented by BetOnline.ag. Set up an account today and use promo code BLUEWIRE for a welcome bonus.
15/06/201h 4m

Checking In on All Twenty Premier League Clubs

In anticipation of the June 17 restart, this week we're checking in on all twenty Premier League clubs. Among them, who has the most to play for? How do their remaining fixtures look? Have any of their key players recently returned from injury? As we discuss the teams, we zero in on the top performers and differentials that will fit into our updated fantasy line-ups. Hail Cheaters!Presented by BetOnline.ag. Set up an account today and use promo code BLUEWIRE for a welcome bonus.
08/06/201h 55m

Ten Questions About the Return of FPL

The Premier League is returning to action on June 17, and it's also been confirmed that FPL is along for the ride! To help get us back into the fantasy mindset, this week we're asking ten unique questions about what we can expect from a rebooted season: How do the opening fixtures look and what are the implications of a double game-week kicking things off? Have we given more thought to the prospect of a round of unlimited transfers? And will line-up rotation and five in-game substitutions upset the norms of building a reliable fantasy squad? We discuss these issues and more and look at what our recent experiences with Fantasy Bundesliga have taught us fantasy in an uncertain era. Hail Cheaters!Presented by BetOnline.ag. Set up an account today and use promo code BLUEWIRE for a welcome bonus.
01/06/201h 15m

Catching Up with the Premier League

While the German Bundesliga entered its second match-week back from quarantine, the big news this week was Premier League clubs finally returning to small team training. What does this mean for FPL? And what are our expectations for how the rest of this season, behind closed doors, will unfold? Plus, we check in on our Fantasy Bundesliga scores and answer listener questions on Virtual FPL and sports in America. Hail Cheaters!Presented by BetOnline.ag. Set up an account today and use promo code BLUEWIRE for a welcome bonus.
25/05/201h 6m

Bundesliga Chat with Ronan Murphy of Goal.com

Germany’s Bundesliga returned to action this weekend, spurring many football fans around the world to tune in for their first glimpse of live sports in months. So, did Borussia Dortmund vs Schalke 04 or Eintracht Frankfurt vs Mönchengladbach deliver on the excitement we craved? Was it strange watching football broadcast from empty stadiums? And how was our first experience with Germany's fantasy game? This week, we are joined by guest Ronan Murphy (social producer and journalist for Goal) to discuss the Bundesliga's narrative threads, notable clubs, and key players that novice fans like us are missing. Hail Cheaters!Please consider supporting our beloved Black Horse Pub in Brooklyn: https://www.gofundme.com/f/support-the-black-horse-staffPresented by BetOnline.ag. Set up an account today and use promo code BLUEWIRE for a welcome bonus.
18/05/201h 5m

Getting to Know the Bundesliga

It looks as though Germany’s Bundesliga will be the first major European league to return to action when their 2019–20 season resumes on May 16. In anticipation of next weekend’s action, we’re dedicating this episode to getting to know some of the teams, players, and stories currently dominating the German top division. We discuss everything from Robert Lewandowski and the modern Bayern Munich dynasty to Timo Werner and RB Leipzig’s divisive business practices, along with hipster club Borussia Dortmund’s young phenoms Jadon Sancho and Erling Håland. Plus, we spell Mönchengladbach. Hail Cheaters!Please consider supporting our beloved Black Horse Pub in Brooklyn: https://www.gofundme.com/f/support-the-black-horse-staffPresented by BetOnline.ag. Set up an account today and use promo code BLUEWIRE for a welcome bonus.
11/05/201h 24m

Football Mailbag Time!

Without any concrete news to report from the Premier League and FPL, we’ve turned to our listeners for topics. In this week’s “mailbag” episode, we answer questions about the state of football in quarantine. How can this season be salvaged? Will FPL ever come back? And, well, here’s an easy one: How do we define money and measure the cost of late-stage capitalism? Plus, in the most cheerful way possible, we reveal which clubs we’d most like to buy and/or destroy. Hail Cheaters!Please consider supporting our beloved Black Horse Pub in Brooklyn: https://www.gofundme.com/f/support-the-black-horse-staffPresented by BetOnline.ag. Set up an account today and use promo code BLUEWIRE for a welcome bonus.
04/05/2056m 32s

Little Things We Miss the Most

Sure, the Premier League and FPL have all but vanished. But what else do we miss? From the solitude of a morning commute and the taste of movie theater popcorn to that tactile, emotional feeling of hugging your friends, in this episode of Always Cheating we're drafting our favorite little things that we never knew we'd struggle to live without. Hail Cheaters!Please consider supporting our beloved Black Horse Pub in Brooklyn: https://www.gofundme.com/f/support-the-black-horse-staffPresented by BetOnline.ag. Set up an account today and use promo code BLUEWIRE for a welcome bonus.
27/04/2057m 43s

How We (and You) Are Getting By

In the midst of a global crisis, there's a lot to get stressed about. So, this week, we set out to record a "feel good" (or "feel less bad") episode filled with ideas on how to get by during the coming weeks and possibly months. From virtual FPL and analog board games to bread baking and binging sci-fi novels, we and our listeners have come up with some great hacks for passing the time. Hail Cheaters!Presented by BetOnline.ag. Set up an account today and use promo code BLUEWIRE for a welcome bonus.You can sign up for the Virtual FPL game at LiveFPL.net.
20/04/201h 5m

The Ultimate Draft of Things We Miss

The Premier League and the fantasy game have very particular places in our weekly and daily lives. But, given our current crisis, virtually every aspect of sport has vanished. So we at Always Cheating decided to have an old fashioned draft to call out and draw in those specific players and teams, cherished moments of the average sports week, and other elements of following the league and our clubs that we truly miss the most. Hail Cheaters!Presented by BetOnline.ag. Set up an account today and use promo code BLUEWIRE for a 100% welcome bonus.
13/04/201h 6m

The Best Sports Movies, Football or Otherwise

Sports are still on hiatus, but while everyone's in social isolation, movies have become a pretty good way to get our sports fix. So, while we're all looking for content to stream at home, we thought it was a good week to reflect our favorite sports movies of all time. From 'The Damned United' and 'Rocky IV,' to 'Major League' and 'Hoop Dreams,' our discussion hits on virtually every sport, every genre, and every mood. Let us know which of your favorite films we might have missed. Hail Cheaters!Presented by BetOnline.ag. Set up an account today and use promo code BLUEWIRE for a 100% welcome bonus.
06/04/201h 19m

New Rules for FPL

Listen, we love the Fantasy Premier League game. We truly do. We love it so much that we dedicated a weekly podcast to it. But, as a thought experiment during this surreal down-time, we at Always Cheating decided to take a shot and inventing some new rules for FPL. What does the fantasy game already have that can be improved? What does it not have that can be introduced? From chips and team formations to transfer deadlines and bonus point systems, we're tweaking and perfecting virtually every aspect of FPL for its eventual and triumphant return. Hail Cheaters!Presented by BetOnline.ag. Set up an account today and use promo code BLUEWIRE for a 100% welcome bonus.
30/03/201h 15m

All-Time Favorite FPL Players

With no new Premier League action or fantasy happenings, Josh and Brandon set their sights on the past and list their favorite FPL assets from recent history. And as we run through the best goalkeepers, defenders, midfielders, and forwards, we find that "favorite" doesn't always mean what you think it means. Along the way, we reminisce about our own greatest moments playing the FPL game since we began back in 2011. Hail Cheaters!Presented by BetOnline.ag. Set up an account today and use promo code BLUEWIRE for a 100% welcome bonus.
23/03/201h 14m

FPL Quarantine & Our UK Travel Diary

While the coronavirus continues to upend life as we know it, Josh and Brandon assess what this means for Premier League fans and FPL managers. Is there a chance that the season might eventually resume? Or is it over? And, if it's truly over, what are our thoughts on approaching mini-league winner payouts for a season that never truly ended? Plus, we offer up a detailed travel diary for our recent tour of England, including GW29 visits to the Emirates, Old Trafford, and the King Power, as well as appearances on the Official FPL Show with Jules Breach and James Richardson.A quick programming note during this uncertain time: Despite a lack of FPL, we'll continue to produce the Always Cheating podcast on a weekly basis with the hope of preserving a bit of joy and normalcy for our listeners.Presented by BetOnline.ag. Set up an account today and use promo code BLUEWIRE for a 50% welcome bonus.
16/03/201h 15m

Cheaters in the UK (GW29 Review, GW30 Preview)

Josh and Brandon are in the UK this week, enjoying some live match day experiences. But we're finding time in this episode to highlight key FPL issues facing managers ahead of the big blank GW31, as well as the "Forgotten Gameweek" GW30. Join us for player picks, captaincy favorites, and a few stories from our recent travels to the Emirates, Old Trafford, and King Power. Hail Cheaters!As mentioned, look for us on this week's FPL Show and FPL FYI.Presented by BetOnline.ag. Set up an account today and use promo code BLUEWIRE for a 50% welcome bonus.
09/03/201h 7m

Brandon's Wildcard (GW28 Review, GW29 Preview)

The action from GW28 was chaotic, to say the least, but players like Bruno Fernandes, Diogo Jota, and Dominic Calvert-Lewin continue to rack up FPL points. We're digesting all of this in the context of Brandon's wildcard, which is active during this transfer window. So, who will make the cut? And who are the differentials that will help this wildcard really climb the ranks? Plus we preview GW29 fixtures and captaincy options, along with our upcoming trip to the UK. Hail Cheaters!Presented by BetOnline.ag. 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.
02/03/201h 12m

FPL True or FPL False? (GW27 Review, GW28 Preview)

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 BetOnline.ag. 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.
24/02/201h 16m

Who's Worth a Transfer? (GW26 Review, GW27 Preview)

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 BetOnline.ag. 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.
17/02/201h 11m

Ask Us Anything & GW26 Check-In

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!
10/02/201h 6m

Honest Answers to Difficult Questions (GW25 Review, GW26 Preview)

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!
03/02/201h 17m

The Perfect Squad? (GW25 Preview)

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!
27/01/201h 15m

Double Gameweek Season Is Here (GW24 Preview)

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!
20/01/201h 3m

Revenge of the Overlooked Player (GW22 Review, GW23 Preview)

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!
13/01/201h 24m

Mid-Season Report Card & GW22 Preview

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!
07/01/201h 50m

New Year's Resolutions (GW20 Review, GW21 Preview)

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!
30/12/191h 15m

Boxing Day Bonanza (GW19 Preview)

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!
22/12/191h 10m

Managing the Liverpool Blank (GW17 Review, GW18 Preview)

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!
16/12/191h 18m

Climbing Up the Ranks (GW16 Review, GW17 Preview)

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!
09/12/191h 27m

Fresh Players & New Managers (GW14 Review, GW15 Preview)

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!
02/12/191h 18m

Premium Problems & Solutions (GW13 Review, GW14 Preview)

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!
26/11/191h 23m

The Art of Looking Ahead (GW13 Preview)

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!
18/11/191h 20m

Sword & Shield, Liverpool & Manchester City (GW12 Review)

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!
11/11/191h 15m

The FPL Appreciation Society (GW11 Review, GW12 Preview)

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!
04/11/191h 17m

Passing the Eye Test (GW10 Review, GW11 Preview)

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!
28/10/191h 32m

How Does a Bad Season Happen? (GW9 Review, GW10 Preview)

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!
21/10/191h 6m

Short-term Planning with Ian Stimson (GW9 Preview)

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 shipstation.com and entering promo code Blue and visit roman.com/bluewire to receive a free online visit and free two-day shipping.
14/10/191h 37m

International Break Syndrome (GW8 Review)

Entering another international break, we take time this week to discuss, in an FPL sense, what we like and dislike about all twenty Premier League teams. Along the way, we touch upon our biggest priorities going into GW9, from the urgency of transferring in Aubameyang to the urgency of transferring out Teemu Pukki. Plus, we dig into struggling premium attackers on Manchester City and Liverpool, as well as the high-flying Chelsea duo of Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham. Tune in next week for a full preview of GW9 fixtures, captaincy favorites, and transfer targets. Hail Cheaters!Thanks to our partners Axios and Harrys. Sign-up at Sports.Axios.com for your daily newsletter and Harrys.com/bluewire for a free trial on a delivery razor.
08/10/191h 27m

Phase Two of the FPL Season (GW7 Review, GW8 Preview)

We're now seven weeks into the FPL season and some of our widely-held assumptions are being challenged. For example, are out-of-form midfield powerhouses like Mohammed Salah and Raheem Sterling becoming legitimately dispensable? Is Manchester City rotation and playing time finally too much to anticipate? And have the lights officially gone out on the Pukki party? It seems as though we're heading into the next "phase" of the season—we'll call it Phase Two—so, this week, we evaluate what (if anything) is actually changing and how FPL managers can plan to address it. Will players like Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez, Andriy Yarmolenko, or Callum Wilson be important factors in Phase Two? Plus, we answer listener questions in our patented Lightning Round and preview transfer targets and captaincy favorites for Game Week 8. Hail Cheaters!
30/09/191h 24m

Are We Sure of Anything Yet? (GW6 Review, GW7 Preview)

Six weeks into the Premier League season, is anything certain when it comes to FPL? Are we sure we know what to do with Manchester City? Are we sure we know who the best forwards and defenders are? Are we sure we know who to captain week to week? We tackle these questions, look back on a frantic and oddly explosive Game Week 6, and define some short-term overall ranking goals, before previewing the fixtures and captaincy favorites ahead of this weekend's GW7. Hail Cheaters!
23/09/191h 11m

What Is Working Well for FPL Managers? (GW5 Review, GW6 Preview)

Coming out of Game Week 5, it seems like everything is going wrong for FPL managers. So, this week, we put the call out to those who have actually had a good start to their season, asking them what exactly is working so well. Are managers finding success in certain players or formations? The answers may surprise you. We also review the highlights of this weekend's matches before setting our sights on Game Week 6, which kicks off on Friday. Hail Cheaters!
16/09/191h 15m

Wildcard Strategies & What Would You Do? (GW5 Preview)

As FPL managers continue to wait out this international break, Brandon gives an update on his wildcard team and the current dilemmas in its selection. Does Mohammed Salah get the nod over Sadio Mané? Will Raheem Sterling be paired with Kevin De Bruyne or Sergio Agüero? And which budget strikers are the best bet for the next month? Josh and Brandon also tackle listener questions on Manchester City' defense, Roberto Firmino's form, and Watford's managerial change. Plus, we preview the fixtures, captain picks, and transfer targets for Game Week 5. Hail Cheaters!
09/09/191h 26m

Twenty FPL Questions for Twenty Premier League Teams (International Break)

The first international break of the season is suddenly here, so we're using the lull to take stock, asking one important FPL question of each of the Premier League's twenty clubs. We also recap our own team performances from GW4 and address concerns over Harry Kane, the most-likely-overblown feud between Mohammed Salah and Sadio Mané, and the push and pull between Manchester City's soaring attack and hobbled defense. Plus, Brandon reveals that he's now on his wildcard! Tune in early next week for our full GW5 preview with captaincy talk, transfer targets, and fixture assessments. Hail Cheaters!
04/09/191h 29m

Clean Sheet Crisis & Buy-Sell-Hold (GW3 Review, GW4 Preview)

The FPL results from GW3 provided an early-season gut-check: wildcard strategies are foundering, Harry Kane is blanking, and defensive fantasy returns have all but disappeared. In this week's episode, Josh and Brandon examine a misfired wildcard and then dig deeper into the Premier League's current clean sheet crisis. Plus, in a game of buy-sell-hold featuring a raft of attacking players, the hosts consider what to do with emerging stars like Sebastien Haller, steady performers like Ashley Barnes, young upstarts like Daniel James and Mason Mount, and disappointments like Ayoze Pérez. Stay tuned for for the GW4 preview, highlighting key fixtures, captaincy favorites, and transfer targets. Hail Cheaters!
26/08/191h 18m

Pukki & Players We Overlooked (GW2 Review, GW3 Preview)

Norwich City striker Teemu Pukki stole the show in GW2 with his hat trick against Newcastle. Is the Finnish phenom suddenly a must-own for everyone's fantasy team? Plus, we discuss our list of players that were overlooked in FPL pre-season coverage, but are now exciting prospects—strikers like Ashley Barnes, midfielders like Daniel Ceballos, and defenders like Çaglar Söyüncü. Which of these emerging assets will be key in breaking away from the current template? Other topics include Mané versus Salah and the inevitable early wildcard temptation. Stay tuned for our GW3 fixture preview, along with prime transfer targets and captaincy picks. Hail Cheaters!
19/08/191h 21m

Things We Think We Think (GW1 Review, GW2 Preview)

The first FPL game week of the 2019-20 season is over and there's a lot of information to digest. Don't panic! Before you commit to any knee-jerk moves, why not give this episode a listen? Josh and Brandon take listener questions and give our thoughts on key issues, including Alisson's injury (and the ongoing saga of double Liverpool defense), Manchester United's unexpected demolition of Chelsea, Bournemouth's worrying start, and the infallibility of premium assets like Sterling, Salah, and Kane. In preparation for GW2, we line up transfers for emerging budget attackers (on such teams as Aston Villa, Burnley, and Brighton) and consider the captaincy options. Hail Cheaters!
12/08/191h 24m

A Few Lingering Questions (GW1 Preview)

The new FPL season is less than a week away, and Josh and Brandon are here to explore a handful of this pre-season's great unanswered questions. We debate the opposing viewpoints of the "big at the back" defensive strategy versus a more balanced approach, share our thoughts on Everton's strange summer, run through the updated list of budget forward options, and talk one more time about Harry Kane. Plus, we consider the performances of Manchester City and Liverpool in Sunday's Community Shield and how both Salah and Sterling have strengthened their potential heading into this weekend's GW1 fixtures. Hail Cheaters!
05/08/191h 29m

Ep 179: Ten Tips for FPL Success (2019-20 Edition)

Hail Cheaters and welcome to the 4th Edition of our “10 Tips for FPL Success.” Completely revised and updated for the 2019/20 Fantasy Premier League season, topics discussed by Brandon and Josh include: Avoiding the common player traps Fantasy sources to read (and possibly avoid) Making your mini-league fun for all 38 GWs Why you always set your “bus team” And much more, including time-tested tips for being more patient, avoiding the trap of being too stubborn about certain players, and more. Join our mini-league with code dtz277 at: fantasy.premierleague.com/leagues/join/private Become a Patreon supporter: www.patreon.com/alwayscheating Twitter: twitter.com/hailcheaters Instagram: www.instagram.com/hailcheaters/ Facebook: www.facebook.com/alwayscheating Music by Zach Curd: zachcurd.bandcamp.com This episode is sponsored by Fantasy Football Hub, a one-stop-shop for every Fantasy Premier League need. Receive a 10% discount on new memberships by visiting: fantasyfootballhub.co.uk/always/
24/07/191h 8m

Ep 178: Team-by-Team Previews 2019-20, Part 3 of 3

Hail Cheaters and welcome to the final episode of our three-part FPL team-by-team previews. In this week's podcast we discuss Norwich City, Sheffield United, Southampton, Tottenham Hotspur, Watford, West Ham, and Wolves. It's an odd group of teams - with probably only one Champions League contender among them in Spurs - but finding the gems are on tricky-to-evaluate teams like these is often where a fantasy mini-league is won and lost. We guide you through the players to buy, monitor and avoid. Join our mini-league with code dtz277 at: https://fantasy.premierleague.com/leagues/join/private Become a Patreon supporter: https://www.patreon.com/alwayscheating Twitter: https://twitter.com/hailcheaters Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hailcheaters/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alwayscheating Music by Zach Curd: https://zachcurd.bandcamp.com This episode is sponsored by Fantasy Football Hub, a one-stop-shop for every Fantasy Premier League need. Receive a 10% discount on new memberships by visiting: https://fantasyfootballhub.co.uk/always/
18/07/191h 16m

Ep 177: Team-by-Team Previews 2019-20, Part 2 of 3

In the second of our three-part series previewing all twenty teams for the 2019–20 Fantasy Premier League season, we discuss Everton, Leicester City, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, and Newcastle. Considerations include the viability of each team’s opening five or six fixtures; key players, new players, and new managers on those teams; and which players might be poised to out-perform their FPL price (based upon what we know in the pre-season). And, sure, we also point out players that FPL managers should simply avoid altogether. Stay tuned for our continuing team-by-team preview episodes, along with other exciting pre-season content. Hail Cheaters! Join our mini-league with code dtz277 at: https://fantasy.premierleague.com/leagues/join/private Become a Patreon supporter: https://www.patreon.com/alwayscheating Twitter: https://twitter.com/hailcheaters Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hailcheaters/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alwayscheating Music by Zach Curd: https://zachcurd.bandcamp.com This episode is sponsored by Fantasy Football Hub, a one-stop-shop for every Fantasy Premier League need. Receive a 10% discount on new memberships by visiting: https://fantasyfootballhub.co.uk/always/
12/07/191h 32m

Ep 176: Team-by-Team Previews 2019-20, Part 1 of 3

In the first of our three-part series previewing all twenty teams for the 2019–20 Fantasy Premier League season, we discuss Arsenal, Aston Villa, Bournemouth, Brighton & Hove Albion, Burnley, Chelsea, and Crystal Palace. Considerations include the viability of each team’s opening five or six fixtures; key players, new players, and new managers on those teams; and which players might be poised to out-perform their FPL price (based upon what we know in the pre-season). And, sure, we also point out players that FPL managers should simply avoid altogether. Stay tuned for our continuing team-by-team preview episodes, along with other exciting pre-season content. Hail Cheaters! Join our mini-league with code dtz277 at: https://fantasy.premierleague.com/leagues/join/private Become a Patreon supporter: https://www.patreon.com/alwayscheating Twitter: https://twitter.com/hailcheaters Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hailcheaters/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alwayscheating Music by Zach Curd: https://zachcurd.bandcamp.com This episode is sponsored by Fantasy Football Hub, a one-stop-shop for every Fantasy Premier League need. Receive a 10% discount on new memberships by visiting: https://fantasyfootballhub.co.uk/always/
06/07/1955m 23s

Ep 175: Ten Questions for the 2019-20 FPL Season

The FPL site for the 2019-20 season has officially launched and fantasy managers everywhere are already tinkering with their gameweek 1 lineups. At the outset, a new FPL season always presents unexpected challenges, so Always Cheating is here to confront the biggest questions: Given their prices, which players are most likely to present the best and worst value? How many premium strikers should we budget for? Is this the year to go for four at the back? Why are goalkeepers so expensive? Which players or teams are poised to break out? And so much more. Josh & Brandon will be with you throughout the pre-season, with team-by-team previews and tips for general FPL success still to come. Hail Cheaters! Become a Patreon supporter: https://www.patreon.com/alwayscheating Join our mini-league with code dtz277 at: https://fantasy.premierleague.com/leagues/join/private Twitter: https://twitter.com/hailcheaters Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hailcheaters/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alwayscheating Music by Zach Curd: https://zachcurd.bandcamp.com
01/07/191h 15m

Ep 174: Player Price Predictions (2019-20 Preview)

We are kicking off Always Cheating's 2019-20 season preview coverage with an episode devoted entirely to player price predictions. From Andrew Robertson and Raheem Sterling to James Maddison, Christian Pulisic, and even Sheffield United's Billy Sharp, these are our best guesses as to what some of the FPL game's biggest and newest players will be valued at once the new site officially launches. Stay tuned for more pre-season podcast content, including team-by-team previews and our annual tips for FPL success. Hail Cheaters! Become a Patreon supporter: https://www.patreon.com/alwayscheating Website: http://www.alwayscheating.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/hailcheaters Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hailcheaters/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alwayscheating Music by Zach Curd: https://zachcurd.bandcamp.com
24/06/191h 19m

FIFA 2019 Women's World Cup: A Primer

Excitement reigns as the FIFA 2019 Women's World Cup kicks off in France this Friday, June 7. For a preview of the action, we're joined by Jeff Kassouf, author of the new book The Making of the Women's World Cup and founder of https://equalizersoccer.com. Our conversation runs from tournament favorites and dark horses to the general state of play with women's football around the world. Jeff also fill us in on specific players to watch and which match this weekend might be a great place to start for fans who are new to the women's game. Hail Cheaters! For more information on Jeff Kassouf's new book: Amazon U.S. - https://www.amazon.com/Making-Womens-World-Cup-Defining/dp/1472143329/ref=sr_1_5 Amazon U.K. - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Making-Womens-World-Cup-Defining/dp/1472143329/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1J50G8EEXJGOW&keywords=the+making+of+the+womens+world+cup&qid=1559623175&s=gateway&sprefix=the+making+of+the+wome%2Caps%2C202&sr=8-1 Become a Patreon supporter: https://www.patreon.com/alwayscheating Join our mini-league: https://fantasy.premierleague.com/?autojoin-code=513-448 Twitter: https://twitter.com/hailcheaters Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hailcheaters/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alwayscheating Music by Zach Curd: https://zachcurd.bandcamp.com
04/06/1952m 32s

Ep 173: Systems and Moments (2018-19 Season Recap)

Another season is now behind us. This week, we take some time to reflect on our own FPL finishes and to celebrate the winners of the numerous Always Cheating mini leagues. We also debate fantasy MVP picks from all twenty clubs, revisit this season's highs and lows, and discuss the key lessons we learned throughout the last 38 gameweeks. The podcast will be taking a few weeks off, but, rest assured, Josh and Brandon will return in July to start previewing the 2019-20 season. Until then, enjoy the summer and Hail Cheaters! Become a Patreon supporter: https://www.patreon.com/alwayscheating Join our mini-league: https://fantasy.premierleague.com/?autojoin-code=513-448 Twitter: https://twitter.com/hailcheaters Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hailcheaters/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alwayscheating Music by Zach Curd: https://zachcurd.bandcamp.com The Always Cheating Podcast is sponsored by Starting 11, the newest way to play Daily Fantasy Premier League. The app for iOS and Android features a beautiful interface, no budget constraints, and live in-game substitutions. Cash games are now available in the U.K., U.S., Germany, and Canada. For more information visit: https://starting11.io
14/05/191h 12m

Bonus Pod: FBA Award Winners!

We're so excited to announce that the Always Cheating FPL Podcast has won the Football Blogging Awards 2019 Judges Choice for Best Fantasy Football Content Creator. This is a quick bonus pod to celebrate and thank our listeners who have supported us through the years. Whether you're a Patreon supporter, a social media follower, a fellow content creator, a real-life friend, or an FPL player who simply pushes play during their morning commute: Thank you, sincerely, for making our podcast truly special. More great things to come. Hail Cheaters! For a full list of the 2019 Football Blogging Awards visit: https://www.footballbloggingawards.co.uk/blog/2019-winners-football-blogging-awards/ Become a Patreon supporter: https://www.patreon.com/alwayscheating Join our mini-league: https://fantasy.premierleague.com/?autojoin-code=513-448 Twitter: https://twitter.com/hailcheaters Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hailcheaters/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alwayscheating Music by Zach Curd: https://zachcurd.bandcamp.com
10/05/1914m 7s

Ep 172: Pride Before the Fall (GW37-38)

With just one gameweek remaining before we close this FPL season, big questions still remain: Who's the best replacement for the suspended Heung-min Son? Which teams are likely to rotate in their final fixture? What do we make of Manchester United and Arsenal's woeful form? And, perhaps most importantly, where are we looking for that last-ditch differential punt? Plus, we discuss GW38 captaincy favorites and start thinking about this season's big lessons learned. Good luck to everyone for a strong finish and Hail Cheaters! Become a Patreon supporter: https://www.patreon.com/alwayscheating Join our mini-league: https://fantasy.premierleague.com/?autojoin-code=513-448 Twitter: https://twitter.com/hailcheaters Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hailcheaters/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alwayscheating Music by Zach Curd: https://zachcurd.bandcamp.com The Always Cheating Podcast is sponsored by Starting 11, the newest way to play Daily Fantasy Premier League. The app for iOS and Android features a beautiful interface, no budget constraints, and live in-game substitutions. Cash games are now available in the U.K., U.S., Germany, and Canada. For more information visit: https://starting11.io
07/05/191h 10m

Ep 171: The Weakest Link (GW36-37)

The upcoming GW37 brings us plenty of FPL form-over-fixtures debates. Can Manchester United overcome their woeful recent performances and capitalize on an enticing run-in? Is Jamie Vardy still valuable with Manchester City up next? And what, if anything, can we take from Fulham's recent post-relegation results? Plus, we're recapping our GW36 scores (including Brandon's blockbuster Triple Captain maneuver), picking GW37 captaincy favorites, and discussing macro strategies for defending or chasing mini-league positions at the end of the season. Hail Cheaters! Become a Patreon supporter: https://www.patreon.com/alwayscheating Join our mini-league: https://fantasy.premierleague.com/?autojoin-code=513-448 Twitter: https://twitter.com/hailcheaters Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hailcheaters/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alwayscheating Music by Zach Curd: https://zachcurd.bandcamp.com The Always Cheating Podcast is sponsored by Starting 11, the newest way to play Daily Fantasy Premier League. The app for iOS and Android features a beautiful interface, no budget constraints, and live in-game substitutions. Cash games are now available in the U.K., U.S., Germany, and Canada. For more information visit: https://starting11.io
30/04/191h 6m

Ep 170: One for Fun (GW35-36)

We're checking in on GW35 to see how things are going with the Bench Boost and this season's biggest double gameweek. Gerard Deulofeu's miracle brace and Duffy's masterful troll job are the stories so far, but the Manchester Derby and other key fixtures are yet to come. Later, we set our sights on GW36 and the make-or-break decisions between Liverpool and Manchester City attacking assets. Plus, we go in depth on our strategies for playing the Triple Captain chip at some point during the remaining three weeks. Hail Cheaters! Become a Patreon supporter: https://www.patreon.com/alwayscheating Join our mini-league: https://fantasy.premierleague.com/?autojoin-code=513-448 Twitter: https://twitter.com/hailcheaters Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hailcheaters/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alwayscheating Music by Zach Curd: https://zachcurd.bandcamp.com The Always Cheating Podcast is sponsored by Starting 11, the newest way to play Daily Fantasy Premier League. The app for iOS and Android features a beautiful interface, no budget constraints, and live in-game substitutions. Cash games are now available in the U.K., U.S., Germany, and Canada. For more information visit: https://starting11.io
21/04/191h 8m

Ep 169: Awesome Players for Awesome Fixtures (GW34-35)

This weekend was meant to be the triumphant debut of so many FPL wildcard teams, but instead it's been a strange and polarizing handful of match days. The Brighton defense was woeful, Lacazette was benched, and Deeney was red carded, all while old stalwarts Pogba, Wilson, and Fraser were having a points party. So, where do we focus our efforts ahead of the massive GW35 doubles? Josh and Brandon discuss budget striker replacements, the viability of Liverpool's single gameweek players, and what could be the toughest captaincy decision of the season. Hail Cheaters! Vote for Always Cheating in the Football Blogging Awards! We're finalists in the "Best Fantasy Football Content Creator" category: https://footballbloggingawards.co.uk/vote-now/ Become a Patreon supporter: https://www.patreon.com/alwayscheating Join our mini-league: https://fantasy.premierleague.com/?autojoin-code=513-448 Twitter: https://twitter.com/hailcheaters Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hailcheaters/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alwayscheating Music by Zach Curd: https://zachcurd.bandcamp.com The Always Cheating Podcast is sponsored by Starting 11, the newest way to play Daily Fantasy Premier League. The app for iOS and Android features a beautiful interface, no budget constraints, and live in-game substitutions. Cash games are now available in the U.K., U.S., Germany, and Canada. For more information visit: https://starting11.io
16/04/191h 14m

Ep 168: Wildcards and the FPL Endgame (GW33-34)

After recapping our scores from GW33, and celebrating Josh's dizzying new overall rank, we turn our attention to active FPL wildcards, running through all eight teams with a double in GW35. (And, yeah, we didn't forget about Cardiff, who have a double GW34, along with Brighton.) Are there any truly essential players for your wildcard? Should you consider teams without a double? Will squad rotation amidst European competitions spoil the party? Plus, we answer listener questions in our lightning round before a closer look at the fixtures and captaincy options for GW34. Hail Cheaters! Become a Patreon supporter: https://www.patreon.com/alwayscheating Join our mini-league: https://fantasy.premierleague.com/?autojoin-code=513-448 Twitter: https://twitter.com/hailcheaters Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hailcheaters/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alwayscheating Music by Zach Curd: https://zachcurd.bandcamp.com The Always Cheating Podcast is sponsored by Starting 11, the newest way to play Daily Fantasy Premier League. The app for iOS and Android features a beautiful interface, no budget constraints, and live in-game substitutions. Cash games are now available in the U.K., U.S., Germany, and Canada. For more information visit: https://starting11.io
09/04/191h 23m

Ep 167: No Meetings, No Bosses (GW32-33)

This week, we find ourselves in media res with six GW32 fixtures yet to play. We quickly assess the status of our Free Hit squads, each with their high and low points. Then we move our attention to this season's remaining unanswered questions, examining the status of the golden boot race, top four, and relegation places. We touch upon some Triple Captain chip strategy and then it's our GW33 preview, looking at transfer targets and captaincy picks ahead of yet another big blank game week. Plus, stay tuned near the end for our new xG illustration contest! Hail Cheaters! Become a Patreon supporter: https://www.patreon.com/alwayscheating Join our mini-league: https://fantasy.premierleague.com/?autojoin-code=513-448 Twitter: https://twitter.com/hailcheaters Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hailcheaters/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alwayscheating Music by Zach Curd: https://zachcurd.bandcamp.com The Always Cheating Podcast is sponsored by Starting 11, the newest way to play Daily Fantasy Premier League. The app for iOS and Android features a beautiful interface, no budget constraints, and live in-game substitutions. Cash games are now available in the U.K., U.S., Germany, and Canada. For more information visit: https://starting11.io
31/03/191h 2m

Ep 166: Free Hits Unleashed (Break-GW32)

This week, we're full-on tinkering with the Free Hit chip ahead of the massive double GW32 fixtures. While not every manager is on a Free Hit this week, it's an interesting way to frame a gameweek that holds so much attacking appeal. So, who are the essential FPL assets going to be? Is Hazard getting yet another opportunity to prove his value? Are there any other Manchester City players to consider beyond Sterling and Agüero? Which goalkeepers stand out? Will Kane explode at Spurs new stadium? Josh and Brandon also try to pinpoint the cheaper differentials and answer some listener questions before revealing their own active Free Hit squads. Hail Cheaters! Become a Patreon supporter: https://www.patreon.com/alwayscheating Join our mini-league: https://fantasy.premierleague.com/?autojoin-code=513-448 Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hailcheaters Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alwayscheating Music by Zach Curd: https://zachcurd.bandcamp.com The Always Cheating Podcast is sponsored by Starting 11, the newest way to play Daily Fantasy Premier League. The app for iOS and Android features a beautiful interface, no budget constraints, and live in-game substitutions. Cash games are now available in the U.K., U.S., Germany, and Canada. For more information visit: https://starting11.io
25/03/191h 13m

Ep 165: Late Season Power Rankings (GW31-Break)

It's time to take stock after a challenging GW31, which saw some unexpected results and extremely unlikely FPL heroes. Looking ahead to GW32 and beyond, we're creating an Always Cheating Power Ranking for all twenty Premier League clubs: Which clubs have upcoming double or blank gameweeks? From the Champions League to the FA Cup, who is still fighting on multiple fronts, and how might that impact squad rotation? And we try to identify those clubs with appealing run-ins versus those that are already dreaming of the beach. We'll return next week with a deep dive into the GW32 doubles, along with our Free Hit strategies. Hail Cheaters! Become a Patreon supporter: https://www.patreon.com/alwayscheating Join our mini-league: https://fantasy.premierleague.com/?autojoin-code=513-448 Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hailcheaters Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alwayscheating Music by Zach Curd: https://zachcurd.bandcamp.com The Always Cheating Podcast is sponsored by Starting 11, the newest way to play Daily Fantasy Premier League. The app for iOS and Android features a beautiful interface, no budget constraints, and live in-game substitutions. Cash games are now available in the U.K., U.S., Germany, and Canada. For more information visit: https://starting11.io
19/03/191h 36m

Ep 164: Just In Time Delivery (GW30-31)

Raheem Sterling gets most of the GW30 headlines with his lightning-fast hat trick against Watford, but who will be the hero in next weekend's blank bonanza? Josh and Brandon examine the available fixtures and construct an ideal GW31 squad, discussing the benefits of attack versus defense with the two biggest sides in Liverpool and Chelsea. Can Hazard be trusted? Has Mané's form finally placed him above Salah in the FPL pecking order? Is Callum Wilson a viable captaincy pick? And where do all of the intriguing Leicester City, Newcastle, Burnley, West Ham, and Everton assets fit in? We also answer a few listener questions and touch upon GW32 and GW33 in the process. Hail Cheaters! Become a Patreon supporter: https://www.patreon.com/alwayscheating Join our mini-league: https://fantasy.premierleague.com/?autojoin-code=513-448 Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hailcheaters Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alwayscheating Music by Zach Curd: https://zachcurd.bandcamp.com The Always Cheating Podcast is sponsored by Starting 11, the newest way to play Daily Fantasy Premier League. The app for iOS and Android features a beautiful interface, no budget constraints, and live in-game substitutions. Cash games are now available in the U.K., U.S., Germany, and Canada. For more information visit: https://starting11.io
11/03/191h 2m

Ep 163: Vacation Planning with Tom Campbell (GW29-30)

Tom Campbell (https://twitter.com/UtterlyTC) joins the podcast this week as our special guest co-host. Tom and Brandon recap the action of GW29, including the numerous captaincy fails that have further frayed FPL managers' edges. Then we get into an extensive discussion on GW31 transfer targets as we approach GW30 with the upcoming blanks weighing heavily on our minds. Plus, a lightning round with listener questions and a look at our bus teams for this coming weekend. Hail Cheaters! Become a Patreon supporter: https://www.patreon.com/alwayscheating Join our mini-league: https://fantasy.premierleague.com/?autojoin-code=513-448 Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hailcheaters Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alwayscheating Music by Zach Curd: https://zachcurd.bandcamp.com The Always Cheating Podcast is sponsored by Starting 11, the newest way to play Daily Fantasy Premier League. The app for iOS and Android features a beautiful interface, no budget constraints, and live in-game substitutions. Cash games are now available in the U.K., U.S., Germany, and Canada. For more information visit: https://starting11.io
04/03/191h 36m

Ep 162: Players to Buy from Teams We Don't Like (GW27-28)

We quickly recap a relatively low-scoring GW27 before moving on to more strategizing for the upcoming blank game weeks. Among the handful of teams who play in GW31, which have affordable or overlooked players worth targeting in the coming transfer windows? Plus, we discuss Sarri's League Cup meltdown, Liverpool's sluggish form, and where we currently stand with each Manchester club. Stick around for a preview of GW28's midweek fixtures, including our bus team lineups, transfers, and captaincy picks. Hail Cheaters! Become a Patreon supporter: https://www.patreon.com/alwayscheating Join our mini-league: https://fantasy.premierleague.com/?autojoin-code=513-448 Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hailcheaters Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alwayscheating Music by Zach Curd: https://zachcurd.bandcamp.com The Always Cheating Podcast is sponsored by Starting 11, the newest way to play Daily Fantasy Premier League. The app for iOS and Android features a beautiful interface, no budget constraints, and live in-game substitutions. Cash games are now available in the U.K., U.S., Germany, and Canada. For more information visit: https://starting11.io
25/02/191h 15m

Ep 161: On Beauty and Chip Season (GW27)

Chip season on Always Cheating is officially kicking off! With the fifth round of the FA Cup now complete, Josh and Brandon discuss the various emerging strategies for playing your Free Hit, Bench Boost, Triple Captain, and Wildcard chips. We focus most acutely on the blank GW31 and double GW32, but there's much more theorizing to come on GW33 and GW35. Stay tuned for our interview with Pierre Moossa, the Coordinating Producer for NBC Sports Group's Premier League coverage in the United States, recorded at this month's Yale Soccer Conference. Hail Cheaters! Become a Patreon supporter: https://www.patreon.com/alwayscheating Join our mini-league: https://fantasy.premierleague.com/?autojoin-code=513-448 Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hailcheaters Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alwayscheating Music by Zach Curd: https://zachcurd.bandcamp.com The Always Cheating Podcast is sponsored by Starting 11, the newest way to play Daily Fantasy Premier League. The app for iOS and Android features a beautiful interface, no budget constraints, and live in-game substitutions. Cash games are now available in the U.K., U.S., Germany, and Canada. For more information visit: https://starting11.io
18/02/191h 30m

Ep 160: More Than Words (GW26-27)

Agüero scored his third hat trick of the season in GW26, adding insult to injury for Aubameyang owners. But it wasn't all sunshine and rainbows at Manchester City, as Leroy Sané blanked yet again. How do these narratives impact our GW27 planning? With City, Chelsea, Everton, and Brighton all to blank next weekend, some tricky FPL decision will need to be made. Plus, we chat about in-form Liverpool and Manchester United assets, as well as differential picks popping up at Newcastle, Leicester, and Burnley. We'll return next week, after the FA Cup fifth round, with more GW27 discussion, including our transfer targets and captaincy favorites. And stay tuned until the end of this episode for a special beer tasting of Stephen Toumi's (https://twitter.com/6thGoal) "Two Cheaters Ale," brewed exclusively for our podcast. Hail Cheaters! Become a Patreon supporter: https://www.patreon.com/alwayscheating Join our mini-league: https://fantasy.premierleague.com/?autojoin-code=513-448 Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hailcheaters Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alwayscheating Music by Zach Curd: https://zachcurd.bandcamp.com The Always Cheating Podcast is sponsored by Starting 11, the newest way to play Daily Fantasy Premier League. The app for iOS and Android features a beautiful interface, no budget constraints, and live in-game substitutions. Cash games are now available in the U.K., U.S., Germany, and Canada. For more information visit: https://starting11.io
14/02/191h 24m

Ep 159: Oh the Humanity (GW25-26)

Sunday's Manchester City team sheet was a massive disappointment for many FPL managers. But some others profited from Sergio Agüero's tenth Premier League hat trick. With Wednesday's match at Goodison Park yet to come, there's a small glimmer of hope for Leroy Sané captainers, but this episode was always primed for rants, rage, and despair. We attempt to let off some of that steam, but also get back to business with listener questions: Is Aubameyang straight back into our teams ahead of the Huddersfield match? Is Heung-Min Son essential? And what are the plans for moving or benching Chelsea and Manchester City assets ahead of the GW27 blank? Plus, we preview the fixtures and captaincy favorites for GW26. Hail Cheaters! Become a Patreon supporter: https://www.patreon.com/alwayscheating Join our mini-league: https://fantasy.premierleague.com/?autojoin-code=513-448 Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hailcheaters Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alwayscheating Music by Zach Curd: https://zachcurd.bandcamp.com The Always Cheating Podcast is sponsored by Starting 11, the newest way to play Daily Fantasy Premier League. The app for iOS and Android features a beautiful interface, no budget constraints, and live in-game substitutions. Cash games are now available in the U.K., U.S., Germany, and Canada. For more information visit: https://starting11.io
05/02/191h 9m

Ep 158: Double Trouble (GW24-GW25)

This weekend's FA Cup results were a mixed bag for Premier League sides, but they've also generated a massive opportunity for FPL managers: a newly-announced double gameweek in GW25. Manchester City and Everton will both play twice, but what's the best way to approach it? Can we pinpoint the less rotation-prone City players? Are Everton worthy of investment regardless of the double? Much of the episode's discussion and strategy feeds into the GW24 midweek fixtures, which will be quickly upon us. Later, we're joined by the president and founder of the Yale Soccer Conference, Thairo Arruda, who explains the origins of this first-ever gathering of global football experts. If you'd like to attend the Yale Soccer Conference in New Haven on February 9-10, we're giving away some free passes. Email Always Cheating at hailcheaters@gmail.com for details or visit http://www.soccerconference.org to learn more about the event. Become a Patreon supporter: https://www.patreon.com/alwayscheating Join our mini-league: https://fantasy.premierleague.com/?autojoin-code=513-448 Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hailcheaters Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alwayscheating Music by Zach Curd: https://zachcurd.bandcamp.com The Always Cheating Podcast is sponsored by Starting 11, the newest way to play Daily Fantasy Premier League. The app for iOS and Android features a beautiful interface, no budget constraints, and live in-game substitutions. Cash games are now available in the U.K., U.S., Germany, and Canada. For more information visit: https://starting11.io
27/01/191h 13m

Ep 157: Template Tectonics (GW23-24)

A mid-season FPL template is undeniably taking hold. But how locked-in is it, really? Are certain players like Salah, Robertson, Pogba, Rashford, Digne, Doherty, or even Jimenez simply unavoidable? This week, we discuss how to use the template to your advantage and to anticipate the changes that are always just around the corner. Plus, we evaluate Hazard's recent blanks and whether Gonzalo Higuain's imminent arrival alters our thinking. We'll return with a new episode prior to GW24, including transfer talk and captaincy picks for the upcoming midweek fixtures. Hail Cheaters! Become a Patreon supporter: https://www.patreon.com/alwayscheating Join our mini-league: https://fantasy.premierleague.com/?autojoin-code=513-448 Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hailcheaters Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alwayscheating Music by Zach Curd: https://zachcurd.bandcamp.com The Always Cheating Podcast is sponsored by Starting 11, the newest way to play Daily Fantasy Premier League. The app for iOS and Android features a beautiful interface, no budget constraints, and live in-game substitutions. Cash games are now available in the U.K, U.S., Germany, and Canada. For more information visit: https://starting11.io
22/01/191h 25m

Ep 156: Midterm Report Card (GW22-23)

This biggest talking point from GW22 is undoubtedly the injury to Harry Kane. While we await the inevitably bad news on Spurs' star striker, let's discuss potential FPL replacements. Plus, with roughly half the season now behind us, we run through each Premier League club and highlight their MVPs, biggest surprises, and most disappointing FPL assets. From Arsenal to Wolverhampton, an Always Cheating midterm report card could help managers refocus for the home stretch. Finally, we preview the GW23 captaincy dilemma, also known as previewing Mo Salah's next fixture. Hail Cheaters! Become a Patreon supporter: https://www.patreon.com/alwayscheating Join our mini-league: https://fantasy.premierleague.com/?autojoin-code=513-448 Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hailcheaters Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alwayscheating Music by Zach Curd: https://zachcurd.bandcamp.com The Always Cheating Podcast is sponsored by Starting 11, the newest way to play Daily Fantasy Premier League. The app for iOS and Android features a beautiful interface, no budget constraints, and live in-game substitutions. Cash games are now available in the U.K, U.S., Germany, and Canada. For more information visit: https://starting11.io
15/01/191h 48m

Ep 155: Attack! Attack! Attack! (GW21-22)

After a quick break for FA Cup action, our attention has returned to FPL. The big questions for the moment revolve around major attacking assets, and the inevitable budget headaches that come with high-priced watch lists. So how many premium strikers do we need? Rather, are Kane and Aubameyang both essential? After a blip of bad form, have we moved away from Manchester City's midfield too quickly? And is it time for an attacking double-up with Liverpool, or is their defense still the main attraction? Plus, we answer more listener questions on Everton and budget strikers before getting to a preview of GW22 captaincy options. Hail Cheaters! Become a Patreon supporter: https://www.patreon.com/alwayscheating Join our mini-league: https://fantasy.premierleague.com/?autojoin-code=513-448 Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hailcheaters Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alwayscheating Music by Zach Curd: https://zachcurd.bandcamp.com The Always Cheating Podcast is sponsored by Starting 11, the newest way to play Daily Fantasy Premier League. The app for iOS and Android features a beautiful interface, no budget constraints, and live in-game substitutions. Cash games are now available in the U.K, U.S., Germany, and Canada. For more information visit: https://starting11.io
07/01/191h 23m

Ep 154: We Go Again (GW20-21)

We're popping up in your podcast feed to check in on all of the festive Premier League madness that's happened since our GW19 preview. And, well, a lot has happened. Liverpool are cruising, Manchester City are wobbling, Kane is firing, and Manchester United are suddenly the new FPL darlings. In other fantasy news, the second wildcard chip is now available to all managers. Surely it's too early to trigger it? Surely? Plus, we discuss ways to handle rage resulting from bad game weeks and obsessive behavior before, finally, we get to our big GW21 preview with key fixtures, captaincy options, and transfer targets. Happy New Year and Hail Cheaters! Become a Patreon supporter: https://www.patreon.com/alwayscheating Join our mini-league: https://fantasy.premierleague.com/?autojoin-code=513-448 Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hailcheaters Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alwayscheating Music by Zach Curd: https://zachcurd.bandcamp.com The Always Cheating Podcast is sponsored by Starting 11, the newest way to play Daily Fantasy Premier League. The app for iOS and Android features a beautiful interface, no budget constraints, and live in-game substitutions. Cash games are now available in the U.K, U.S., Germany, and Canada. For more information visit: https://starting11.io
30/12/181h 11m

Ep 153: Island of Misfits (GW17-19)

The current heavy hitters in Kane, Aubameyang, Sterling, Salah, and Sané have all been identified. But GW17 has seen the emergence of a ragtag group of misfits who can hardly be identified by underlying stats or historical FPL returns. What do we make of the likes of Shaqiri, Deulofeu, Rondon, Ings, or Snodgrass? Who has longterm prospects or even just the likelihood of points during the festive period? Plus we have an extensive preview GW18 and GW19 fixtures, including captaincy options and transfer targets. Happy Holidays and Hail Cheaters! Become a Patreon supporter: https://www.patreon.com/alwayscheating Join our mini-league: https://fantasy.premierleague.com/?autojoin-code=513-448 Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hailcheaters Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alwayscheating Music by Zach Curd: https://zachcurd.bandcamp.com The Always Cheating Podcast is sponsored by Starting 11, the newest way to play Daily Fantasy Premier League. The app for iOS and Android features a beautiful interface, no budget constraints, and live in-game substitutions. Cash games are now available in the U.K, U.S., Germany, and Canada. For more information visit: https://starting11.io
17/12/181h 29m

Ep 152: Bull Market (GW16-17)

Mo Salah's GW16 hat-trick was either a sweet reward to patient FPL managers or a bitter punishment to those who recently sold him for scrap. The Egyptian's resurgence puts him in the company of other premium attacking assets that we're now frantically trying to fit into our teams: from Kane and Aubameyang to Sterling and Hazard. So how many of these players should we have? And how many can we afford to have? Plus, we take your listener questions in a Q&A lightning round and then preview GW17 captains, cleans sheets, and transfers. Hail Cheaters! Become a Patreon supporter: https://www.patreon.com/alwayscheating Join our mini-league: https://fantasy.premierleague.com/?autojoin-code=513-448 Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hailcheaters Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alwayscheating Music by Zach Curd: https://zachcurd.bandcamp.com The Always Cheating Podcast is sponsored by Starting 11, the newest way to play Daily Fantasy Premier League. The app for iOS and Android features a beautiful interface, no budget constraints, and live in-game substitutions. Cash games are now available in the U.K, U.S., Germany, and Canada. For more information visit: https://starting11.io
11/12/181h 31m

Ep 151: Kill Your Darlings (GW14-16)

This past Sunday offered a uniquely thrilling Derby Day, but the FPL results were mixed and now we're left with a major dilemma choosing our premium strikers. We must decide between Agüero, Kane, and Aubameyang, or face major team surgery to fit two of the three. Comparing form and fixtures, who's actually worth the trouble amidst the festive fixtures? Plus, we discuss Liverpool's attack versus its defense, West Ham's brilliant schedule, and the turmoil suddenly surrounding Wolves. The episode finishes with a preview of the midweek GW15 fixtures, as well as GW16, and our thoughts on captaincy options. Hail Cheaters! Become a Patreon supporter: https://www.patreon.com/alwayscheating Join our mini-league: https://fantasy.premierleague.com/?autojoin-code=513-448 Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hailcheaters Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alwayscheating Music by Zach Curd: https://zachcurd.bandcamp.com The Always Cheating Podcast is sponsored by Starting 11, the newest way to play Daily Fantasy Premier League. The app for iOS and Android features a beautiful interface, no budget constraints, and live in-game substitutions. Cash games are now available in the U.K, U.S., Germany, and Canada. For more information visit: https://starting11.io
02/12/181h 11m

Ep 150: Nothing More, Nothing Less (GW13-14)

Coming off of this calendar year's final international break, GW13 landed with a bit of a thud. And, with that, the epic festive period is suddenly upon us! We're devoting this episode to five key questions ahead of the holiday fixture glut: Can we rank the Manchester City midfielders? Do we finally trust Spurs attacking assets? Where are the bargain clean sheets? Who are the in-form strikers? And how might we best play the captaincy for the next eight weeks? Plus, we preview GW14 and the exciting Derby Sunday. Hail Cheaters! Become a Patreon supporter: https://www.patreon.com/alwayscheating Join our mini-league: https://fantasy.premierleague.com/?autojoin-code=513-448 Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hailcheaters Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alwayscheating Music by Zach Curd: https://zachcurd.bandcamp.com The Always Cheating Podcast is sponsored by Starting 11, the newest way to play Daily Fantasy Premier League. The app for iOS and Android features a beautiful interface, no budget constraints, and live in-game substitutions. Cash games are now available in the U.K, U.S., Germany, and Canada. For more information visit: https://starting11.io
26/11/181h 15m

Ep 149: Pinball Wizard (Break-GW13)

France may have failed to qualify for the UEFA Nations League semifinal, but Frenchmen still dominate this international break's FPL chat: Mendy's injury could mean a sideways move to Laporte, or downgrading to Everton's Lucas Digne. And nervous excitement surrounds Martial as he looks to continue his scoring form this weekend at home to Crystal Palace. We also cover some longer-term strategy questions ahead of the holiday fixture pile-up and discuss when top managers should consider breaking the template. Stay tuned for our GW13 preview with bus teams, captaincy favorites, and standout matches. Hail Cheaters! Become a Patreon supporter: https://www.patreon.com/alwayscheating Join our mini-league: https://fantasy.premierleague.com/?autojoin-code=513-448 Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hailcheaters Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alwayscheating Music by Zach Curd: https://zachcurd.bandcamp.com The Always Cheating Podcast is sponsored by Starting 11, the newest way to play Daily Fantasy Premier League. The app for iOS and Android features a beautiful interface, no budget constraints, and live in-game substitutions. Cash games are now available in the U.K, U.S., Germany, and Canada. For more information visit: https://starting11.io
20/11/181h 12m

Ep 148: A Bigger Six (GW12-Break)

First off, in this episode, we recap our scores and the main events from GW12. Second, we focus our attention on the FPL assets from the Premier League's "big six" clubs: Are we going all-out-attack with three Manchester City players? Who's feeling hot, cold, or simply anxious with Mo Salah and/or Hazard? Is anyone still considering a move for Kane in the next few weeks? Have Arsenal officially gone off the boil? And, well, it would seem we always have to talk about Anthony Martial these days. Tune in next week for our full GW13 preview. Hail Cheaters! Become a Patreon supporter: https://www.patreon.com/alwayscheating Join our mini-league: https://fantasy.premierleague.com/?autojoin-code=513-448 Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hailcheaters Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alwayscheating Find us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hailcheaters/ Music by Zach Curd: https://zachcurd.bandcamp.com The Always Cheating Podcast is sponsored by Starting 11, the newest way to play Daily Fantasy Premier League. The app for iOS and Android features a beautiful interface, no budget constraints, and live in-game substitutions. Cash games are now available in the U.K, U.S., Germany, and Canada. For more information visit: https://starting11.io
12/11/181h 29m

Ep 147: The Differential Special (GW11-12)

Some transfer choices require more courage than others and can lead to big season-defining differentials. But what does it really mean for an FPL asset to be classed as a differential? Where do we find them? And where in our standard lineups do they fit best? This week's podcast is devoted entirely to those low-ownership, high-upside players, including the likes of Sterling, Martial, Eriksen, Murray, Felipe Anderson, and more. Plus we preview GW12 fixtures, bus teams, and captaincy favorites. Hail Cheaters! Become a Patreon supporter: https://www.patreon.com/alwayscheating Join our mini-league: https://fantasy.premierleague.com/?autojoin-code=513-448 Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hailcheaters Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alwayscheating Music by Zach Curd: https://zachcurd.bandcamp.com The Always Cheating Podcast is sponsored by Starting 11, the newest way to play Daily Fantasy Premier League. The app for iOS and Android features a beautiful interface, no budget constraints, and live in-game substitutions. Cash games are now available in the U.K, U.S., Germany, and Canada. For more information visit: https://starting11.io
05/11/181h 26m

Ep 146: The Kenedy Family (GW10-11)

The carnage of GW10 included numerous FPL absentees in Hazard, Robertson, and Arnautovic. But, in their place, players like Ross Barkley and Anthony Martial emerged. Are they for real? Or, if they aren't, who are the other mid-priced midfielders to consider buying, selling, and holding as the current template starts to wobble? We also examine Mitrovic's difficult situation on a team in free-fall, Agüero's managed minutes, and the tricky turning point for Arsenal. Plus, we preview GW11 fixtures and captaincy favorites. Hail Cheaters! Become a Patreon supporter: https://www.patreon.com/alwayscheating Join our mini-league: https://fantasy.premierleague.com/?autojoin-code=513-448 Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hailcheaters Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alwayscheating Music by Zach Curd: https://zachcurd.bandcamp.com The Always Cheating Podcast is sponsored by Starting 11, the newest way to play Daily Fantasy Premier League. The app for iOS and Android features a beautiful interface, no budget constraints, and live in-game substitutions. Cash games are now available in the U.K, U.S., Germany, and Canada. For more information visit: https://starting11.io
30/10/181h 20m

Ep 145: Random Access Memory (GW9-10)

As we look to put the excruciatingly average GW9 behind us, it's time for another edition of the FPL world's favorite game: "Buy! Sell! Hold!" Among the biggest players under our microscope this week are the defensive holy trinity of Robertson, Alonso, and Mendy. We consider Klopp's recent rotation and if there's a cheaper way into Liverpool's back line. It's probably time to sell Kane, if you still have him, but are Agüero's managed minutes a reason to also look at dropping the Argentinian striker? Plus, Josh does a pretty good British accent and Brandon throws quite a bit of shade at Fulham before we get into our GW10 preview and captaincy discussion. Hail Cheaters! Become a Patreon supporter: https://www.patreon.com/alwayscheating Join our mini-league: https://fantasy.premierleague.com/?autojoin-code=513-448 Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hailcheaters Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alwayscheating Music by Zach Curd: https://zachcurd.bandcamp.com The Always Cheating Podcast is sponsored by Starting 11, the newest way to play Daily Fantasy Premier League. The app for iOS and Android features a beautiful interface, no budget constraints, and live in-game substitutions. Cash games are now available in the U.K, U.S., Germany, and Canada. For more information visit: https://starting11.io
23/10/181h 14m

Ep 144: London Parts Unknown (GW8-9)

Dark forces are at work during this international break, with concerns over a possible Mohamed Salah injury and other mysterious FPL questions emerging. How believable is Arsenal's form and that of Lacazette? Will Kevin de Bruyne's return immediately upend the midfield template? And how far into this season can mid-priced players like Maddison, Mitro, Fraser, and Doherty actually take us? Josh and Brandon also share thoughts on their recent UK trip where they took in four matches in four days, from Stamford Bridge and the Amex to Wembley and Craven Cottage. Finally, there is a quick preview of the GW9 fixtures and captaincy options. Hail Cheaters! Become a Patreon supporter: https://www.patreon.com/alwayscheating Join our mini-league: https://fantasy.premierleague.com/?autojoin-code=513-448 Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hailcheaters Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alwayscheating Music by Zach Curd: https://zachcurd.bandcamp.com The Always Cheating Podcast is sponsored by Starting 11, the newest way to play Daily Fantasy Premier League. The app for iOS and Android features a beautiful interface, no budget constraints, and live in-game substitutions. Cash games are now available in the U.K, U.S., Germany, and Canada. For more information visit: https://starting11.io
15/10/181h 29m

Ep 143: She's So Heavy (GW7-8)

Heavy hitters are the main FPL talking point this week, with Hazard, Kane, Agüero, Salah, and Sterling all vying for our attention in different ways. Which of these players do we really need, and who can we live without? Plus, we review Josh's successful "surprise" wildcard from GW7, along with Brandon's first big blunder of the season. Attention U.K. friends: Get ready for an American invasion! Josh and Brandon will be in London for GW8. Check out our social channels for more details. Hail Cheaters! Become a Patreon supporter: https://www.patreon.com/alwayscheating Join our mini-league: https://fantasy.premierleague.com/?autojoin-code=513-448 Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hailcheaters Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alwayscheating Music by Zach Curd: https://zachcurd.bandcamp.com The Always Cheating Podcast is sponsored by Starting 11, the newest way to play Daily Fantasy Premier League. The app for iOS and Android features a beautiful interface, no budget constraints, and live in-game substitutions. Cash games are now available in the U.K, U.S., Germany, and Canada. For more information visit: https://starting11.io
02/10/181h 16m

Ep 142: Playground Legend (GW6-7)

This week's big theme: Strikers. We're looking through the majority of FPL forward options and determining who is overrated, underrated, and perhaps properly rated. Is Aguero essential, or is it viable to swap him for a premium differential like Kane or Lukaku? Are Vardy and Lacazette worth fitting into your side at such an awkward price point? And what to do about all of these really compelling budget options? Plus we review our GW6 scores and preview the fixtures and captaincy choices for GW7. Hail Cheaters! Become a Patreon supporter: https://www.patreon.com/alwayscheating Join our mini-league: https://fantasy.premierleague.com/?autojoin-code=513-448 Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hailcheaters Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alwayscheating Music by Zach Curd: https://zachcurd.bandcamp.com The Always Cheating Podcast is sponsored by Starting 11, the newest way to play Daily Fantasy Premier League. The app for iOS and Android features a beautiful interface, no budget constraints, and live in-game substitutions. Cash games are now available in the U.K, U.S., Germany, and Canada. For more information visit: https://starting11.io
23/09/181h 13m

Ep 141: Midfield Titans (GW5-6)

This week is all about the midfield. Salah, the most expensive player in the FPL game, is testing the patience of many managers, while Hazard continues to explode into peak form under Maurizio Sarri's new regime. So what do we do? Are cheaper bandwagon midfielders like Fraser, Maddison, and Richarlison the key to unlocking more funds for those heavy-hitters? If so, who's the best bet? We also prep for Tuesday's start of UEFA Champions League group play, run through some lightning round questions from listeners, and preview the fixtures and captaincy options for GW6. Hail Cheaters! Become a Patreon supporter: https://www.patreon.com/alwayscheating Join our mini-league: https://fantasy.premierleague.com/?autojoin-code=513-448 Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hailcheaters Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alwayscheating Music by Zach Curd: https://zachcurd.bandcamp.com The Always Cheating Podcast is sponsored by Starting 11, the newest way to play Daily Fantasy Premier League. The app for iOS and Android features a beautiful interface, no budget constraints, and live in-game substitutions. Cash games are now available in the U.K, U.S., Germany, and Canada. For more information visit: https://starting11.io
18/09/181h 19m

Ep 140: League of Nations (Break-GW5)

As the international break winds down, we take an opportunity to review the status of all twenty Premier League clubs. What do we really know ten percent of the way through the season? And, looking at key FPL assets and upcoming fixtures, where do we think each club will find itself in another month? We also check the status of Brandon's active wildcard (is Salah in or out?) and poll our listeners for bold FPL predictions for the next four game weeks. Stick around for a quick interview with Jeremiah Johnson, who finished 2017-18 with a world rank of 221 after sitting at around 1.6 million at this exact time last season. Maybe there's hope for us all yet. Hail Cheaters! Become a Patreon supporter: https://www.patreon.com/alwayscheating Join our mini-league: https://fantasy.premierleague.com/?autojoin-code=513-448 Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hailcheaters Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alwayscheating Music by Zach Curd: https://zachcurd.bandcamp.com The Always Cheating Podcast is sponsored by Starting 11, the newest way to play Daily Fantasy Premier League. The app for iOS and Android features a beautiful interface, no budget constraints, and live in-game substitutions. Cash games are now available in the U.K, U.S., Germany, and Canada. For more information visit: https://starting11.io
10/09/181h 39m

Ep 139: Fighting Shadows (GW4-Break)

Josh returns to the pod this week, just in time for this FPL season's first international break. We review the action from GW4 and then it's panic stations for Brandon as he's triggered his wildcard. We set the table for some serious tinkering over the break, running through our favorite options and potential must-haves for goalkeeper, defense, midfield, and forward. Stick around for a special interview with Thomas Braun, the co-founder of the Starting 11 Daily Fantasy app, at the tail end of the episode. We'll be back next week for a full preview of GW5 fixtures and captaincy options. Hail Cheaters! Become a Patreon supporter: https://www.patreon.com/alwayscheating Join our mini-league: https://fantasy.premierleague.com/?autojoin-code=513-448 Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hailcheaters Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alwayscheating Music by Zach Curd: https://zachcurd.bandcamp.com The Always Cheating Podcast is sponsored by Starting 11, the newest way to play Daily Fantasy Premier League. The app for iOS and Android features a beautiful interface, no budget constraints, and live in-game substitutions. Cash games are now available in the U.K, U.S., Germany, and Canada. For more information visit: https://starting11.io
03/09/181h 34m

Ep 138: You Know It When You See It (GW3-4)

Guest co-host David Weigner-Lodahl (https://twitter.com/dweigner) joins us this week to sift through the nuclear fallout of GW3 - red cards, injuries, and bandwagons with Alonso and Lucas Moura. We also discuss what to do with the suspended Richarlison, how strictly to adhere to the emerging premium defensive template, and where to look for short and longterm attacking players. Hazard, anyone? Plus we respond to listener questions and preview the fixtures and captaincy debate ahead of GW4. Hail Cheaters! Become a Patreon supporter: https://www.patreon.com/alwayscheating Join our mini-league: https://fantasy.premierleague.com/?autojoin-code=513-448 Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hailcheaters Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alwayscheating Music by Zach Curd: https://zachcurd.bandcamp.com The Always Cheating Podcast is sponsored by Starting 11, the newest way to play Daily Fantasy Premier League. The app for iOS and Android features a beautiful interface, no budget constraints, and live in-game substitutions. Cash games are now available in the U.K, U.S., Germany, and Canada. For more information visit: https://starting11.io
28/08/181h 30m

Ep 137: Guardian-Gate (GW2-3)

We're into only the second game week of the season and there's already a massive season-defining talking point with Guardian-Gate: the hotly debated GW2 captaincy decision between Agüero and Salah. This episode drops just before the Crystal Place vs Liverpool fixture, but how did we fair with the armband? We also take a closer look at Manchester City's main FPL prospects moving forward and discuss expensive flops thus far, including Aubameyang and Eriksen. There are questions, too, on Chelsea's good form, the bargain bandwagon with Danny Ings, and a preview of the GW3 schedule. Hail Cheaters! Become a Patreon supporter: https://www.patreon.com/alwayscheating Join our mini-league: https://fantasy.premierleague.com/?autojoin-code=513-448 Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hailcheaters Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alwayscheating Music by Zach Curd: https://zachcurd.bandcamp.com The Always Cheating Podcast is sponsored by Starting 11, the newest way to play Daily Fantasy Premier League. The app for iOS and Android features a beautiful interface, no budget constraints, and live in-game substitutions. Cash games are now available in the U.K, U.S., Germany, and Canada. For more information visit: https://starting11.io
20/08/181h 16m

Ep 136: Things We Think We Think (GW1-2)

The first FPL game week of the 2018-19 season is over and there's a lot of information to digest. Before you commit to any knee-jerk moves, why not give this episode a listen? We take listener questions and give our thoughts on key issues: The potential of premium defenders (should we double-up anywhere?), emerging mid-priced midfielders (Neves or Jota?), striker dilemmas (no major returns up front), and the early return to action for some big Wold Cup stars (how urgently are we targeting Kane or Sterling?). In preparation for GW2, we also touch upon Liverpool's attacking firepower, the trouble with Alexis, and the miracle that is Aaron Wan-Bissaka. Hail Cheaters! Become a Patreon supporter: https://www.patreon.com/alwayscheating Join our mini-league: https://fantasy.premierleague.com/?autojoin-code=513-448 Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hailcheaters Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alwayscheating Music by Zach Curd: https://zachcurd.bandcamp.com The Always Cheating Podcast is sponsored by Starting 11, the newest way to play Daily Fantasy Premier League. The app for iOS and Android features a beautiful interface, no budget constraints, and live in-game substitutions. Cash games are now available in the U.K, U.S., Germany, and Canada. For more information visit: https://starting11.io
13/08/181h 36m

Ep 135: Unanswered Questions (GW1)

It's our last season preview episode before hitting the GW1 deadline. So how are we feeling? We run through our current FPL squads and tackle any unanswered questions that could impact our lineups ahead of Friday's kickoff at Old Trafford. Did the Charity Shield cement Agüero as a must-own? Is Man City's midfield still on the table? Are there legitimate alternatives to Aubameyang? Where are we looking for the real bargain players? Which defenses look good for investment? Is Alexis Sanchez a punt worth taking? The Always Cheating podcast will be here all season with banter, guidance, and general enthusiasm for FPL, so be sure to subscribe wherever you get your podcasts. Hail Cheaters! Become a Patreon supporter: https://www.patreon.com/alwayscheating Join our mini-league: https://fantasy.premierleague.com/?autojoin-code=513-448 Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hailcheaters Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alwayscheating Music by Zach Curd: https://zachcurd.bandcamp.com The Always Cheating Podcast is sponsored by Starting 11, the newest way to play Daily Fantasy Premier League. The app for iOS and Android features a beautiful interface, no budget constraints, and live in-game substitutions. Cash games are now available in the U.K, U.S., Germany, and Canada. For more information visit: https://starting11.io
06/08/181h 31m

Bonus Pod: Wasting Your Wildcard (Interview with David Wardale)

In this bonus episode, we interview David Wardale, a contributor to Fantasy Football Scout and the author of Wasting Your Wildcard: The Method and Madness of Fantasy Football, which is on sale now in paperback and ebook. David spoke to us about the process of writing such an immense book about the game (IRL and FPL) that we all love so dearly, as well as what he learned about community, methodology, addiction, stats, Norwegians, mini-league punishments, and everything in between. We're confident that our listeners will enjoy this book as much as we did. Hail Cheaters! Buy your copy of Wasting Your Wildcard now: Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1787290166 Amason US: https://www.amazon.com/Wasting-Your-Wildcard-Madness-Football-ebook/dp/B076VXSWX1/ iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/book/wasting-your-wildcard/id1373055152?mt=11 Waterstones: https://www.waterstones.com/book/wasting-your-wildcard/david-wardale/9781787290167 Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/wasting-your-wildcard-david-wardale/1129202284?ean=9781473549753 Penguin UK: https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/1114612/wasting-your-wildcard/9781787290167/ Follow David Wardale on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Davvawavva And here are your customary Always Cheating links: Become a Patreon supporter: https://www.patreon.com/alwayscheating Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hailcheaters Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alwayscheating Join our mini-league: https://fantasy.premierleague.com/?autojoin-code=513-448
02/08/1842m 48s

Ep 134: Ten Tips for FPL Success, 3rd Ed (2018-19 Preview)

A new FPL season is just around the corner, which means that it's time for our annual "Ten Tips for FPL Success" extravaganza. This is a gut check to ensure we haven't forgotten the big picture lessons from last year. These tips are also a useful roadmap for any rookie fantasy manager looking to avoid typical pitfalls and traps. Thanks to all of our listeners who helped to shape this season's tips via their feedback on Slack, Twitter, and elsewhere. Hail Cheaters! Become a Patreon supporter: https://www.patreon.com/alwayscheating Join our mini-league: https://fantasy.premierleague.com/?autojoin-code=513-448 Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hailcheaters Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alwayscheating The Always Cheating Podcast is sponsored by Starting 11, the newest way to play Daily Fantasy Premier League. The app for iOS and Android features a beautiful interface, no budget constraints, and live in-game substitutions. Cash games are now available in the U.K, U.S., Germany, and Canada. For more information visit: https://starting11.io
27/07/181h 36m

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: https://www.patreon.com/alwayscheating Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hailcheaters Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alwayscheating Join our mini-league: https://fantasy.premierleague.com/?autojoin-code=513-448 The Always Cheating Podcast is sponsored by Starting 11, the newest way to play Daily Fantasy Premier League. The app for iOS and Android features a beautiful interface, no budget constraints, and live in-game substitutions. Cash games are now available in the U.K, U.S., Germany, and Canada. For more information visit: https://starting11.io
17/07/181h 42m

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: https://www.patreon.com/alwayscheating Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hailcheaters Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alwayscheating Join our mini-league: https://fantasy.premierleague.com/?autojoin-code=513-448 The Always Cheating Podcast is sponsored by Starting 11, the newest way to play Daily Fantasy Premier League. The app for iOS and Android features a beautiful interface, no budget constraints, and live in-game substitutions. Cash games are now available in the U.K, U.S., Germany, and Canada. For more information visit: https://starting11.io
13/07/181h 41m

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 you, the Always Cheating listener. Thanks for tuning in and please subscribe and keep and eye out for many more in-depth previews in the coming weeks. Hail Cheaters! Become a Patreon supporter: https://www.patreon.com/alwayscheating Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hailcheaters Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alwayscheating Join our mini-league: https://fantasy.premierleague.com/?autojoin-code=513-448 The Always Cheating Podcast is sponsored by Starting 11, the newest way to play Daily Fantasy Premier League. The app for iOS and Android features a beautiful interface, no budget constraints, and live in-game substitutions. Cash games are now available in the U.K, U.S., Germany, and Canada. For more information visit: https://starting11.io
06/07/181h 21m

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 Always Cheating FIFA McDonald's league here: t.co/L7xBY5WHyd Play daily World Cup fantasy on the Starting 11 app with cash games now available in the U.S., U.K., Canada, and Germany: https://starting11.io Become a Patreon supporter: https://www.patreon.com/alwayscheating Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hailcheaters Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alwayscheating
29/06/181h 8m

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 as some of the recent transfer news. Hail Cheaters! Playing World Cup fantasy? Join the Always Cheating FIFA McDonald's league: t.co/L7xBY5WHyd Become a Patreon supporter: https://www.patreon.com/alwayscheating Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hailcheaters Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alwayscheating
20/06/181h 10m

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: Keep things simple with the Always Cheating "Set & Forget" Patreon game: https://www.patreon.com/posts/always-cheating-18983691 Replicate the FPL experience and join Always Cheating's FIFA McDonald's league: t.co/L7xBY5WHyd Play daily World Cup fantasy on the Starting 11 app with cash games now available in the U.S., U.K., Canada, and Germany: https://starting11.io Become a Patreon supporter: https://www.patreon.com/alwayscheating Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hailcheaters Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alwayscheating
12/06/181h 22m

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: Keep things simple with the Always Cheating "Set & Forget" Patreon game: https://www.patreon.com/posts/always-cheating-18983691 Replicate the FPL experience and join Always Cheating's FIFA McDonald's league: https://t.co/L7xBY5WHyd Play daily World Cup fantasy on the Starting 11 app with cash games now available in the U.S., U.K., Canada, and Germany: https://starting11.io Become a Patreon supporter: https://www.patreon.com/alwayscheating Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hailcheaters Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alwayscheating
08/06/181h 25m

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 from podding, thanks to everyone for a tremendous season - we are truly indebted to to the generous spirit of the FPL community. We'll be back next month for some World Cup episodes, and then back again when the new FPL game launches in late July/early August. Until then, Hail Cheaters! Become a Patreon supporter: https://www.patreon.com/alwayscheating Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hailcheaters Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alwayscheating Join our mini-league: https://fantasy.premierleague.com/?autojoin-code=12865-4358 The Always Cheating Podcast is sponsored by Starting 11, the newest way to play Daily Fantasy Premier League. The app for iOS and Android features a beautiful interface, no budget constraints, and live in-game substitutions. Cash games are now available in the U.K, U.S., and Canada. For more information visit: https://starting11.io
16/05/181h 5m

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 make us drop him ahead of Leicester? And what about Salah, who looked tired and distant against Chelsea? Can he still be the standout captain choice for mini league chasers and leaders alike? Plus we're reading of some epic listener rants and answering your questions. Don't forget to come back next week for our special season recap. Hail Cheaters! Become a Patreon supporter: https://www.patreon.com/alwayscheating Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hailcheaters Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alwayscheating Join our mini-league: https://fantasy.premierleague.com/?autojoin-code=12865-4358 The Always Cheating Podcast is sponsored by Starting 11, the newest way to play Daily Fantasy Premier League. The app for iOS and Android features a beautiful interface, no budget constraints, and live in-game substitutions. Cash games are now available in the U.K, U.S., and Canada. For more information visit: https://starting11.io
08/05/181h 7m

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 supporter: https://www.patreon.com/alwayscheating Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hailcheaters Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alwayscheating Join our mini-league: https://fantasy.premierleague.com/?autojoin-code=12865-4358 The Always Cheating Podcast is sponsored by Starting 11, the newest way to play Daily Fantasy Premier League. The app for iOS and Android features a beautiful interface, no budget constraints, and live in-game substitutions. Cash games are now available in the U.K, U.S., and Canada. For more information visit: https://starting11.io
01/05/181h 21m

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 an inevitable Chip Theory question, and maybe make a few good points along the way. Hail Cheaters! Become a Patreon supporter: https://www.patreon.com/alwayscheating Subscribe to our weekly email newsletter: http://www.alwayscheating.com/newsletter/ Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hailcheaters Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alwayscheating Join our mini-league: https://fantasy.premierleague.com/?autojoin-code=12865-4358 The Always Cheating Podcast is sponsored by Starting 11, the newest way to play Daily Fantasy Premier League. The app for iOS and Android features a beautiful interface, no budget constraints, and live in-game substitutions. Cash games are now available in the U.K, U.S., and Canada. For more information visit: https://starting11.io
23/04/181h 8m

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 Hit punts. We also work through the inevitable rotation headaches for Liverpool, Arsenal, and newly-crowned Premier League champions Manchester City. Hail Cheaters! Become a Patreon supporter: https://www.patreon.com/alwayscheating Subscribe to our weekly email newsletter: http://www.alwayscheating.com/newsletter/ Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hailcheaters Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alwayscheating Join our mini-league: https://fantasy.premierleague.com/?autojoin-code=12865-4358 The Always Cheating Podcast is sponsored by Starting 11, the newest way to play Daily Fantasy Premier League. The app for iOS and Android features a beautiful interface, no budget constraints, and live in-game substitutions. Cash games are now available in the U.K, U.S., and Canada. For more information visit: https://starting11.io
18/04/181h 17m

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

The Cheaters are joined this week by special guest FPL Stag (https://twitter.com/FPLStag), 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. Hail Cheaters! Become a Patreon supporter: https://www.patreon.com/alwayscheating Subscribe to our weekly email newsletter: http://www.alwayscheating.com/newsletter/ Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hailcheaters Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alwayscheating Join our mini-league: https://fantasy.premierleague.com/?autojoin-code=12865-4358 The Always Cheating Podcast is sponsored by Starting 11, the newest way to play Daily Fantasy Premier League. The app for iOS and Android features a beautiful interface, no budget constraints, and live in-game substitutions. Cash games are now available in the U.K, U.S., and Canada. For more information visit: https://starting11.io
09/04/181h 25m

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? Amid all of the frantic longterm planning, we still make sure to preview GW33 fixtures and captain options, and Brandon explains how his new wildcard team came together. Hail Cheaters! Become a Patreon supporter: https://www.patreon.com/alwayscheating Subscribe to our weekly email newsletter: http://www.alwayscheating.com/newsletter/ Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hailcheaters Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alwayscheating Join our mini-league: https://fantasy.premierleague.com/?autojoin-code=12865-4358 The Always Cheating Podcast is sponsored by Starting 11, the newest way to play Daily Fantasy Premier League. The app for iOS and Android features a beautiful interface, no budget constraints, and live in-game substitutions. Cash games are now available in the U.K, U.S., and Canada. For more information visit: https://starting11.io
02/04/181h 21m

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? Who are the must-have strikers for the home stretch? Plus, miraculously, we find time to shoehorn in a GW32 preview with a tricky captaincy discussion. Hail Cheaters! Become a Patreon supporter: https://www.patreon.com/alwayscheating Subscribe to our weekly email newsletter: http://www.alwayscheating.com/newsletter/ Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hailcheaters Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alwayscheating Join our mini-league: https://fantasy.premierleague.com/?autojoin-code=12865-4358 The Always Cheating Podcast is sponsored by Starting 11, the newest way to play Daily Fantasy Premier League. The app for iOS and Android features a beautiful interface, no budget constraints, and live in-game substitutions. Cash games are now available in the U.K. For more information visit: https://starting11.io
26/03/181h 27m

Ep 118: A Serious Manager (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 out his refreshed squad. We'll be back next week for a full GW32 preview. Hail Cheaters! Become a Patreon supporter: https://www.patreon.com/alwayscheating Subscribe to our weekly email newsletter: http://www.alwayscheating.com/newsletter/ Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hailcheaters Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alwayscheating Join our mini-league: https://fantasy.premierleague.com/?autojoin-code=12865-4358 The Always Cheating Podcast is sponsored by Starting 11, the newest way to play Daily Fantasy Premier League. The app for iOS and Android features a beautiful interface, no budget constraints, and live in-game substitutions. Cash games are now available in the U.K. For more information visit: https://starting11.io
20/03/181h 12m

Ep 117: Loot Crate (GW30-31)

After a low-scoring, rant-heavy GW30 recap, Josh and Brandon look ahead to one of the weirdest game weeks in recent memory: four fixtures, with twelve teams blanking, and featuring some of the most underwhelming FPL assets of the season. So what's the plan? We consider who the must-have players and cheeky punts are for GW31, whether you're on a Free Hit chip or not. Are their any clean sheets? Is Salah the only captaincy choice? What will the GW32 fallout be? Stay tuned for a lightning round with listener questions and much more. Hail Cheaters! Become a Patreon supporter: https://www.patreon.com/alwayscheating Subscribe to our weekly email newsletter: http://www.alwayscheating.com/newsletter/ Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hailcheaters Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alwayscheating Join our mini-league: https://fantasy.premierleague.com/?autojoin-code=12865-4358 The Always Cheating Podcast is sponsored by Starting 11, the newest way to play Daily Fantasy Premier League. The app for iOS and Android features a beautiful interface, no budget constraints, and live in-game substitutions. Cash games are now available in the U.K. For more information visit: https://starting11.io
13/03/181h 31m

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 a GW31 slot? Plus we take on listener questions and work through some angst about the "pretentious" bonus points system. Hail Cheaters! Become a Patreon supporter: https://www.patreon.com/alwayscheating Subscribe to our weekly email newsletter: http://www.alwayscheating.com/newsletter/ Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hailcheaters Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alwayscheating Join our mini-league: https://fantasy.premierleague.com/?autojoin-code=12865-4358 The Always Cheating Podcast is sponsored by Starting 11, the newest way to play Daily Fantasy Premier League. The app for iOS and Android features a beautiful interface, no budget constraints, and live in-game substitutions. For more information visit: https://starting11.io
06/03/181h 9m

Ep 115: A Thousand Points of Light (GW28-29)

While there's still one fixture left to go in GW28, we have little time to dwell. Josh and Brandon jump straight into a preview of GW29 fixtures, hunting for yet more differentials. Do oddball in-form players like Deeney and van La Parra stand a chance in our squads? Can Walcott and Wilson survive? And where do we stand with Arsenal after their Carabao Cup meltdown, given their enticing run of fixtures? Stay tuned for the inevitable digressions into blank game weeks and chip strategy. Hail Cheaters! Become a Patreon supporter: https://www.patreon.com/alwayscheating Subscribe to our weekly email newsletter: http://www.alwayscheating.com/newsletter/ Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hailcheaters Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alwayscheating Join our mini-league: https://fantasy.premierleague.com/?autojoin-code=12865-4358 The Always Cheating Podcast is sponsored by Starting 11, the newest way to play Daily Fantasy Premier League. The app for iOS and Android features a beautiful interface, no budget constraints, and live in-game substitutions. For more information visit: https://starting11.io
27/02/181h 11m

Ep 114: Blowing It Up (Break-GW28)

After this weekend's round of FA Cup matches, we now have a pretty full picture of the blanks that await us in GW31, and it's not pretty. Sure, the planning for those blanks starts now, but in this episode Josh and Brandon first offer up a substantial preview for GW28 fixtures, clean sheets, and captaincy picks. Second, we feature a mega lightning round of listener questions to kick our FPL strategy gears into motion ahead of the blanks. Hail Cheaters! Become a Patreon supporter: https://www.patreon.com/alwayscheating Subscribe to our weekly email newsletter: http://www.alwayscheating.com/newsletter/ Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hailcheaters Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alwayscheating Join our mini-league: https://fantasy.premierleague.com/?autojoin-code=12865-4358 The Always Cheating Podcast is sponsored by Starting 11, the newest way to play Daily Fantasy Premier League. The app for iOS and Android features a beautiful interface, no budget constraints, and live in-game substitutions. For more information visit: https://starting11.io
20/02/181h 5m

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 attacking assets and the current state of cheap forwards and defenders. We'll be back next week, after the FA Cup fixtures, to preview GW28 transfers, captains, and clean sheets. Hail Cheaters! Become a Patreon supporter: https://www.patreon.com/alwayscheating Subscribe to our weekly email newsletter: http://www.alwayscheating.com/newsletter/ Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hailcheaters Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alwayscheating Join our mini-league: https://fantasy.premierleague.com/?autojoin-code=12865-4358 The Always Cheating Podcast is sponsored by Starting 11, the newest way to play Daily Fantasy Premier League. The app for iOS and Android features a beautiful interface, no budget constraints, and live in-game substitutions. For more information visit: https://starting11.io
13/02/1859m 18s

Ep 112: Running Down Van Dijk (GW26-27)

A fairly disappointing GW26 will be remembered for captaincy fails, disappearing defenders, and a few crazy moments at Anfield. And based on his performance on Sunday, there's seriously no debating that Salah is this season's FPL Points King. (However, Brandon decides to debate that point anyway.) In their GW27 preview, Josh and Brandon discuss Arsenal's alluring new look, go in search of reliable defensive alternatives, and dive deeper into chip strategy as the GW31 blanks approach. Hail Cheaters! Become a Patreon supporter: https://www.patreon.com/alwayscheating Subscribe to our weekly email newsletter: http://www.alwayscheating.com/newsletter/ Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hailcheaters Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alwayscheating Join our mini-league: https://fantasy.premierleague.com/?autojoin-code=12865-4358 The Always Cheating Podcast is sponsored by Starting 11, the newest way to play Daily Fantasy Premier League. The app for iOS and Android features a beautiful interface, no budget constraints, and live in-game substitutions. For more information visit: https://starting11.io
06/02/181h 20m

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: https://www.patreon.com/alwayscheating Subscribe to our weekly email newsletter: http://www.alwayscheating.com/newsletter/ Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hailcheaters Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alwayscheating Join our mini-league: https://fantasy.premierleague.com/?autojoin-code=12865-4358 The Always Cheating Podcast is sponsored by Starting 11, the newest way to play Daily Fantasy Premier League. The app for iOS and Android features a beautiful interface, no budget constraints, and live in-game substitutions. For more information visit: https://starting11.io
01/02/181h 31m

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 North London. We're also lining up midfield replacements for an injured Arnautovic and a mercurial Lingard, hashing out Free Hit and Wildcard strategies, and walking through the GW25 fixtures. Hail Cheaters! Become a Patreon supporter: https://www.patreon.com/alwayscheating Subscribe to our weekly email newsletter: http://www.alwayscheating.com/newsletter/ Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hailcheaters Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alwayscheating Join our mini-league: https://fantasy.premierleague.com/?autojoin-code=12865-4358 The Always Cheating Podcast is sponsored by Starting 11, the newest way to play Daily Fantasy Premier League. The app for iOS and Android features a beautiful interface, no budget constraints, and live in-game substitutions. For more information visit: https://starting11.io
24/01/181h 16m

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 Arnautovic 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 options. Hail Cheaters! Become a Patreon supporter: https://www.patreon.com/alwayscheating Subscribe to our weekly email newsletter: http://www.alwayscheating.com/newsletter/ Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hailcheaters Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alwayscheating Join our mini-league: https://fantasy.premierleague.com/?autojoin-code=12865-4358 The Always Cheating Podcast is sponsored by Starting 11, the newest way to play Daily Fantasy Premier League. The app for iOS and Android features a beautiful interface, no budget constraints, and live in-game substitutions. For more information visit: https://starting11.io
16/01/181h 39m

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 questions, and preview captains and transfer targets for GW23. Hail Cheaters! Become a Patreon supporter: https://www.patreon.com/alwayscheating Subscribe to our weekly email newsletter: http://www.alwayscheating.com/newsletter/ Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hailcheaters Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alwayscheating Join our mini-league: https://fantasy.premierleague.com/?autojoin-code=12865-4358 The Always Cheating Podcast is sponsored by Starting 11, the newest way to play Daily Fantasy Premier League. The app for iOS and Android features a beautiful interface, no budget constraints, and live in-game substitutions. For more information visit: https://starting11.io
09/01/181h 16m

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, and Van Dijk. Hail Cheaters! Become a Patreon supporter: https://www.patreon.com/alwayscheating Subscribe to our weekly email newsletter: http://www.alwayscheating.com/newsletter/ Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hailcheaters Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alwayscheating Join our mini-league: https://fantasy.premierleague.com/?autojoin-code=12865-4358 The Always Cheating Podcast is sponsored by Starting 11, the newest way to play Daily Fantasy Premier League. The app for iOS and Android features a beautiful interface, no budget constraints, and live in-game substitutions. For more information visit: https://starting11.io
28/12/171h 3m

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 and clean sheet picks. Hail Cheaters! Become a Patreon supporter: https://www.patreon.com/alwayscheating Subscribe to our weekly email newsletter: http://www.alwayscheating.com/newsletter/ Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hailcheaters Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alwayscheating Join our mini-league: https://fantasy.premierleague.com/?autojoin-code=12865-4358 The Always Cheating Podcast is sponsored by Starting 11, the newest way to play Daily Fantasy Premier League. The app for iOS and Android features a beautiful interface, no budget constraints, and live in-game substitutions. For more information visit: https://starting11.io
19/12/171h 12m

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, Mounie, and Calvert-Lewin? There's a lot to consider with these midweek fixtures and then GW18 immediately following at the weekend. Good luck and Hail Cheaters! Become a Patreon supporter: https://www.patreon.com/alwayscheating Subscribe to our weekly email newsletter: http://www.alwayscheating.com/newsletter/ Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hailcheaters Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alwayscheating Join our mini-league: https://fantasy.premierleague.com/?autojoin-code=12865-4358 The Always Cheating Podcast is sponsored by Starting 11, the newest way to play Daily Fantasy Premier League. The app for iOS and Android features a beautiful interface, no budget constraints, and live in-game substitutions. For more information visit: https://starting11.io
11/12/171h 26m

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 GW16. Plus, we have a very special announcement for our Patreon supporters. Hail Cheaters! Become a Patreon supporter: https://www.patreon.com/alwayscheating Subscribe to our weekly email newsletter: http://www.alwayscheating.com/newsletter/ Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hailcheaters Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alwayscheating Join our mini-league: https://fantasy.premierleague.com/?autojoin-code=12865-4358 The Always Cheating Podcast is sponsored by Starting 11, the newest way to play Daily Fantasy Premier League. The app for iOS and Android features a beautiful interface, no budget constraints, and live in-game substitutions. For more information visit: https://starting11.io
04/12/171h 19m

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 we've all been waiting for? Plus we answer your listener questions and outline our captain picks for the next two game weeks. Hail Cheaters! Become a Patreon supporter: https://www.patreon.com/alwayscheating Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hailcheaters Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alwayscheating Join our mini-league: https://fantasy.premierleague.com/?autojoin-code=12865-4358 The Always Cheating Podcast is sponsored by Starting 11, the newest way to play Daily Fantasy Premier League. The app for iOS and Android features a beautiful interface, no budget constraints, and live in-game substitutions. For more information visit: https://starting11.io
27/11/171h 14m

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 mid-priced stars like Richarlison and Groß, what "essential" might really mean for FPL managers. Plus, we answer your listener questions before detailing GW13 transfer targets and captain picks. Hail Cheaters! Become a Patreon supporter: https://www.patreon.com/alwayscheating Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hailcheaters Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alwayscheating Join our mini-league: https://fantasy.premierleague.com/?autojoin-code=12865-4358 The Always Cheating Podcast is sponsored by Starting 11, the newest way to play Daily Fantasy Premier League. The app for iOS and Android features a beautiful interface, no budget constraints, and live in-game substitutions. For more information visit: https://starting11.io
21/11/171h 15m

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 Patreon supporter: https://www.patreon.com/alwayscheating Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hailcheaters Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alwayscheating/ Join our mini-league: https://fantasy.premierleague.com/?autojoin-code=12865-4358 The Always Cheating Podcast is sponsored by Starting 11, the newest way to play Daily Fantasy Premier League. The app for iOS and Android features a beautiful interface, no budget constraints, and live in-game substitutions. For more information visit: https://starting11.io
13/11/171h 12m

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 will help inform our transfer planning heading into the international break. Hail Cheaters! Become a Patreon supporter: https://www.patreon.com/alwayscheating Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hailcheaters Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alwayscheating/ Join our mini-league: https://fantasy.premierleague.com/?autojoin-code=12865-4358 The Always Cheating Podcast is sponsored by Starting 11, the newest way to play Daily Fantasy Premier League. The app for iOS and Android features a beautiful interface, no budget constraints, and live in-game substitutions. For more information visit: https://starting11.io
06/11/171h 17m

Ep 99: Moving Day (GW10-11)

From Glenn Murray to Aaron Ramsey, we're devoting some time this week to recent FPL lucky streaks. Doucouré? Mahrez? Diouf? Who's just a flash in the pan? And who's a viable longterm asset for your squad? We're also talking about David De Gea and breaking typical FPL goalkeeper conventions, the theories behind banking two free transfers, and a ton of quick-fire questions from our listeners. Of course, there is obligatory Manchester City and Harry Kane chat, as well as our GW11 preview. Hail Cheaters! Become a Patreon supporter: https://www.patreon.com/alwayscheating Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hailcheaters Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alwayscheating/ Join our mini-league: https://fantasy.premierleague.com/?autojoin-code=12865-4358 The Always Cheating Podcast is sponsored by Starting 11, the newest way to play Daily Fantasy Premier League. The app for iOS and Android features a beautiful interface, no budget constraints, and live in-game substitutions. For more information visit: https://starting11.io
31/10/171h 16m

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 among those picks is best suited for a late October wildcard. Stick around for our preview of #GW10 fixtures, including picks for captains and clean sheets. Hail Cheaters! Become a Patreon supporter: https://www.patreon.com/alwayscheating Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hailcheaters Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alwayscheating Join our mini-league: https://fantasy.premierleague.com/?autojoin-code=12865-4358 The Always Cheating Podcast is sponsored by Starting 11, the newest way to play Daily Fantasy Premier League. The app for iOS and Android features a beautiful interface, no budget constraints, and live in-game substitutions. For more information visit: https://starting11.io
23/10/171h 16m

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 #GW9 fixtures. Hail Cheaters! Become a Patreon supporter: https://www.patreon.com/alwayscheating Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hailcheaters Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alwayscheating Join our mini-league: https://fantasy.premierleague.com/?autojoin-code=12865-4358 The Always Cheating Podcast is sponsored by Starting 11, the newest way to play Daily Fantasy Premier League. The app for iOS and Android features a beautiful interface, no budget constraints, and live in-game substitutions. For more information visit: https://starting11.io
17/10/171h 14m

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 has or hasn't impressed through these first seven weeks of the FPL season. Plus we preview captains and clean sheets for #GW8. Hail Cheaters! Become a Patreon supporter: https://www.patreon.com/alwayscheating Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hailcheaters Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alwayscheating Join our mini-league: https://fantasy.premierleague.com/?autojoin-code=12865-4358
09/10/171h 26m

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 featuring Peter Blake, head over to our Patreon page for more information on how you can help support the Always Cheating podcast and keep us running strong. Our special knockout "survivor" league kicks off in GW8, so now is as good a time as any to become a patron. Of course the main Always Cheating feed will remain free every week, so we ask that you only contribute your hard-earned cash if the spirit of Poku moves you to do so. We really appreciate any support - from a Patreon pledge to a friendly tweet. Visit our Patreon page here: https://www.patreon.com/alwayscheating Always Cheating is back next week with a full #GW8 preview and a recap of all of the international break fallout. Hail Cheaters! Visit Peter Blake's blog "Mathematically Safe" here: https://mathematicallysafe.wordpress.com
03/10/1715m 48s

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! Become a Patreon supporter: https://www.patreon.com/alwayscheating Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hailcheaters Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alwayscheating/ Join our mini-league: https://fantasy.premierleague.com/?autojoin-code=12865-4358
26/09/171h 15m

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 at the curious match-up between Chelsea and Arsenal and what that might teach us for the coming weeks. We conclude with a #GW6 preview including captaincy and clean sheet picks. Hail Cheaters! Become a Patreon supporter: https://www.patreon.com/alwayscheating Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hailcheaters Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alwayscheating Join our mini-league: https://fantasy.premierleague.com/?autojoin-code=12865-4358
18/09/171h 16m

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 captains and clean sheet picks for #GW5. Hail Cheaters! Become a Patreon supporter: https://www.patreon.com/alwayscheating Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hailcheaters Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alwayscheating/ Join our mini-league: https://fantasy.premierleague.com/?autojoin-code=12865-4358
12/09/171h 17m

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. Hail Cheaters! Become a Patreon supporter: https://www.patreon.com/alwayscheating Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hailcheaters Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alwayscheating/ Join our mini-league: https://fantasy.premierleague.com/?autojoin-code=12865-4358
05/09/171h 20m

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 (@FPLThunshot) 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 Huddersfield Town (still yet to concede a league goal). And it's already that time to start triggering early wildcards, so sit tight for a quick chat on the pros and cons of playing your wildcard heading into the break. Josh and Brandon will return next week for a full #GW4 preview and international break recap, but, in the meantime, Hail Cheaters! Become a Patreon supporter: https://www.patreon.com/alwayscheating Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hailcheaters Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alwayscheating Join our mini-league: https://fantasy.premierleague.com/?autojoin-code=12865-4358
28/08/171h 14m

Ep 90: Jesé's Girl (GW2-3)

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 Cheaters! Become a Patreon supporter: www.patreon.com/alwayscheating Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/hailcheaters Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/alwayscheating Join our mini-league: fantasy.premierleague.com/?autojoin-co…e=12865-4358
19/08/171h 11m

Ep 89: Hegazi's World (GW1-2)

The new #FPL season has finally kicked off. So what did we learn from GW1 apart from the fact that it was a pretty insane game week? Always Cheating hosts Josh and Brandon take a look at the key players and events from the opening round and discuss where their teams went right and where they went completely pear-shaped. Are we knee-jerking anyone in or out of our squads? Which midfielders in the £5.0-7.0 range might work for an emergency team surgery? Plus we're looking ahead to the GW2 fixtures, including potential clean sheet picks and captaincy options. Hail Cheaters! Become a Patreon supporter: https://www.patreon.com/alwayscheating Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hailcheaters Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alwayscheating Join our mini-league: https://fantasy.premierleague.com/?autojoin-code=12865-4358
14/08/171h 15m

Bonus Pod: Introducing Starting 11 Daily Fantasy

In a special bonus episode, we welcome Thomas Braun, co-founder of the new Starting 11 daily fantasy app. Starting 11 offers a new mobile fantasy experience in which you can challenge your friends, fans at your local bar, or other managers around the world. Utilizing a unique scoring system and organic, real-time player substitutions, the app will change the way fantasy managers watch live Premier League matches. Download the Starting 11 app to your iOS or Android phone and then, starting this weekend, send Always Cheating a message via Twitter, Facebook, or email to challenge hosts Josh and Brandon to a duel. For more information and to download the app, visit: https://starting11.io/
10/08/1735m 44s

Ep 88: Friendly Thoughts (GW1)

We are now a few short days away from the 2017/18 #FPL season kick-off and Always Cheating is here for one last preview episode. Josh and Brandon reveal their own team sheets, which will surely go through many more changes before the deadline. We tackle some big questions about must-have strikers and expensive wing backs, as well as some lingering feelings about recent pre-season results. Finally, we look at the clean sheet and captaincy potential in all #GW1 fixtures. Good luck to all of our listeners this season and Hail Cheaters! Become a Patreon supporter: www.patreon.com/alwayscheating Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/hailcheaters Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/alwayscheating/ Join our mini-league: https://fantasy.premierleague.com/?autojoin-code=12865-4358
07/08/171h 10m

Ep 87: Scouting Man City to West Ham (2017/18 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 Manchester City, Manchester United, Newcastle, Southampton, Stoke City, Swansea, Tottenham, Watford, West Brom, and West Ham. Stay tuned for our next episode when we will be going in depth on #GW1 and our team lineups. Hail Cheaters! Become a Patreon supporter: www.patreon.com/alwayscheating Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/hailcheaters Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/alwayscheating/ Join our mini-league: fantasy.premierleague.com/?autojoin-co…e=12865-4358
01/08/171h 26m

Ep 86: Scouting Arsenal to Liverpool (2017/18 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, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Everton, Huddersfield, Leicester, and Liverpool. Stay tuned for our next episode in which we'll discuss the remaining teams. Hail Cheaters! Become a Patreon supporter: https://www.patreon.com/alwayscheating Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hailcheaters Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alwayscheating/ Join our mini-league: https://fantasy.premierleague.com/?autojoin-code=12865-4358
27/07/171h 25m

Ep 85: Live FPL Draft Team Selection (2017/18 Preview)

In this special bonus episode of Always Cheating, Josh and Brandon are testing out the new #FPL draft game. In frenzied fashion, battling countdown clocks and each other's indulgent banter, the hosts draft their own 15-player squads live on the podcast and describe everything you need to know to conduct your own FPL draft session. Always Cheating will be back later this week with more 2017/18 season preview episodes focused on the regular FPL game—which, of course, will continue to be the primary focus of the podcast. Hail Cheaters! Become a Patreon supporter: https://www.patreon.com/alwayscheating Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hailcheaters Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alwayscheating/ Join our mini-league: https://fantasy.premierleague.com/?autojoin-code=12865-4358
23/07/1755m 21s

Ep 84: Ten Rules for FPL Success (2017/18 Preview)

Ahead of the new Fantasy Premier League season, there are some rookie managers that could use a road map. And, let's face it, many of us veteran #FPL managers are in need of a tune-up when it comes to broader strategies for the game. In this episode, Josh and Brandon outline ten baseline rules (from statistical awareness and the herd mentality to squad depth and the role of luck) to help guide you through a successful season. Hail Cheaters! Become a Patreon supporter: https://www.patreon.com/alwayscheating Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hailcheaters Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alwayscheating/ Join our mini-league: https://fantasy.premierleague.com/?autojoin-code=12865-4358
19/07/1759m 18s

Ep 83: First Impressions (2017/18 Preview)

The #FPL site for 2017/18 has officially launched and Always Cheating is jumping in with initial impressions, including some of our listeners' reactions. We discuss the new "Free Hit" chip, some overpriced and underpriced players, and provide a quick rundown of first thoughts on all 20 teams in the Premier League. Stay tuned for more preview podcasts and content in the weeks to come. Hail Cheaters! Become a Patreon supporter: https://www.patreon.com/alwayscheating Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hailcheaters Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alwayscheating/ Join our mini-league: https://fantasy.premierleague.com/?autojoin-code=12865-4358
13/07/171h 25m

Ep 82: Pre-Season Price Predictions (2017/18 Preview)

Always Cheating is back for a special mid-summer episode. With Premier League transfer news pouring in, we decided to review some of the key new arrivals (including Bernardo, Lindelof, Sandro, Salah, Lacazette, and more) and then predict what their starting #FPL prices could be. Josh and Brandon also look back at the top five players in each position from last season (the likes of Heaton, Alonso, Dele, and Lukaku) and guess the size of their price tags ahead of the new FPL site launch, which is meant to occur sometime next week. Send us your own price predictions and we'll check back to see how close we all were. Hail Cheaters! Become a Patreon supporter: https://www.patreon.com/alwayscheating Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hailcheaters Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alwayscheating/ Join our mini-league: https://fantasy.premierleague.com/?autojoin-code=12865-4358
06/07/171h 0m

Ep 81: Ragnarok (2016/17 Season Recap)

Here's to another FPL season in the history books. Always Cheating hosts Josh and Brandon take a look back at personal highs and lows, our best transfers, the most frustrating players, and what valuable lessons were learned. Thanks to all of our listeners for sticking with us through an incredible year. We'll be back later in the summer to preview next season and do this all over again. Hail Cheaters! We're offering a special 25% discount on print subscriptions to Fantasy Football Magazine. Only a limited number of these discounts are available. To take advantage, and for more information, visit: http://fantasyfootballmag.com/alwayscheating
23/05/171h 2m

Ep 80: Micro Troll (GW37-38)

With fifteen fixtures played and a billion goals between Alexis, Kane, and Jesus, GW37 was truly one for the ages. Josh and Brandon recap the high scores and memorable moments before moving on to strategies for this season's final round. We look at differential budget picks and captain options, determining which approach will help you overtake your mini league leader in GW38 or, conversely, hold off the chasing competition. Good luck and Hail Cheaters! We're offering a special 25% discount on print subscriptions to Fantasy Football Magazine. Only ten of these discounts are available. To take advantage, and for more information, visit: http://fantasyfootballmag.com/alwayscheating
19/05/171h 1m

Ep 79: Electric Sheep (GW36-37)

Goals change games and goals change gameweeks. So how did Alexis Sanchez's goal against Southampton change our outlook on GW37? Always Cheating hosts Josh and Brandon make their final preparations ahead of the biggest week of the season, discussing potential Chelsea rotation, the need for Manchester City players, and how Spurs might respond to their loss at West Ham. We also hunt around for worthwhile punts and talk about how your captaincy choice might be more crucial than ever. Hail Cheaters!
11/05/171h 4m

Ep 78: The Dining Car (GW35-36)

Heading into GW36, Brandon has an active wildcard and Josh is sweating the Showstoppers playoffs. The Always Cheating hosts are together this week to discuss late-season mini league strategies, priority players for managers without a wildcard, and what to do about Gabriel Jesus. And, yes, we do ponder triple captaining Alexis Sanchez and explore the alternatives. Special guest Dave Weigner-Lodahl joins to talk about winning the Always Cheating "knockout" league and how he's approaching the FPL home stretch. Hail Cheaters!
02/05/171h 7m

Ep 77: The Monkey's Paw (GW34-35)

With just the Manchester derby left to play, we're almost through another divisive double game week. The Always Cheating hosts recap some of GW34's action and argue a bit on whether it was a true or false binary between strikers Benteke and Negredo. Then it's quickly on to key questions ahead of this season's home stretch as Brandon starts tinkering with—but still hasn't triggered—his wildcard. We also run through captaincy options and clean sheet likelihoods for GW35 in a weekend that will soon be upon us. Hail Cheaters!
27/04/1757m 22s

Ep 76: The Gambler (GW33-34)

Just in case you didn't have enough to worry about heading into the double GW34, Jose Mourinho has gone and rotated the Big Swede Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Always Cheating hosts Josh and Brandon are on hand to make sense of it all. We're breaking down Manchester United's decisive victory over Chelsea, another rampant win for Spurs, and the fact that a Premier League title race is officially back on! How does this impact your FPL squad? We take your listener questions, preview GW34's captains and clean sheets, and much more. Hail Cheaters!
17/04/1759m 1s

Ep 75: Real Fun (GW32-33)

Always Cheating hosts Josh and Brandon recap the events of GW32, leading us to two major questions: First, how quickly (if at all) should we get rid of Alexis Sanchez? And second, how quickly should we pick up Harry Kane? Other heavy hitters like Hazard, Ibrahimovic, and Lukaku are in contention as we prepare for GW33. Our preview of the weekend fixtures includes captains and clean sheet predictions. Hail Cheaters!
11/04/171h 5m

Ep 74: The Blame Game (GW30-31)

It's a lightning quick turnaround between GW30 and GW31, but the Always Cheating hosts are still here for you. Josh and Brandon recap this weekend's highlights and Josh describes how his freshly wild-carded team performed. Then we run through all ten midweek fixtures and pick out potential clean sheets and captaincy options. Hail Cheaters!
03/04/1759m 40s

Ep 73: Sunglass Hut (GW29-30)

The season's final international break has had its fair share of casualties, most notably Seamus Coleman. Always Cheating hosts Josh and Brandon discuss how best to deal with these injuries, also with an eye toward the newly announced doubles in GW34. And we're talking about Josh's active wildcard and how to strategize your own wildcard, whether it's active now or in a few more game weeks. Plus we take your listener questions, preview GW30 fixtures, and debate what could be a very difficult captaincy decision. Hail Cheaters!
26/03/171h 15m

Ep 72: Chariots of Fire (GW28-29)

For the record, this episode of Always Cheating lasts approximately 02:42 longer than Coutinho did against Burnley. Josh and Brandon discuss the continually unpredictable Liverpool midfield and a GW28 dominated by Lukaku and Joshua King. There's talk of how Tottenham's FPL prospects could be impacted by Kane's ankle injury, the absolute necessity of Alexis Sanchez going forward, and what the stats can tell us about Chelsea's attack. Stay tuned for a preview of GW29 fixtures, clean sheets, and captaincy options. Hail Cheaters!
15/03/171h 2m

Ep 71: Profligate (GW27-28)

On the eve of Manchester City vs Stoke, the Always Cheating hosts reflect on their GW27 transfer decisions and the potential payoff of an Aguero triple captaincy. Josh and Brandon also touch upon Kane's unstoppable form and Ibra's disastrous Bournemouth encounter before they head into a preview of the anemic GW28 fixture list. Doubling up on Liverpool mids or Everton defenders? Burning points for Llorente or Carroll? Are we settling for Lanzini or King? Plus armband picks, clean sheet guesses, and your listener questions. Hail Cheaters.
09/03/171h 2m

Ep 70: Dann in Real Life (GW26-27)

From a Kane hat trick to a Liverpool clunker, Always Cheating hosts Josh and Brandon return to recap the highs and lows of GW26. But, let's be honest, we're here this week to talk about only one thing: the presumptive Manchester City double in GW27. Is there a way to field City assets without completely blowing up your GW28 squad? And which City players are the best bets, given Pep's penchant for rotation? We answer your listener questions and give a full preview of the GW27 fixtures with potential captains and clean sheets. Hail Cheaters!
28/02/171h 8m

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!
23/02/171h 9m

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!
15/02/1755m 52s

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!
09/02/171h 5m

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!
03/02/1756m 47s

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!
27/01/171h 10m

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!
18/01/171h 10m

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!
10/01/171h 24m

Ep 62: Eye of the Storm (GW18-20)

We find ourselves right smack dab in the middle of this season's festive period, 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 www.patreon.com/alwayscheating - 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!)
28/12/161h 0m

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 https://www.patreon.com/alwayscheating to learn more about how you can help Josh and Brandon offset the cost of running this show. Thanks!)
21/12/161h 13m

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.
13/12/161h 16m

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.
29/11/161h 15m

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.
23/11/161h 16m

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.
16/11/161h 14m

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.
09/11/161h 6m

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.
01/11/161h 14m

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!
26/10/161h 13m

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.
18/10/161h 7m

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!
11/10/161h 20m

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!
04/10/161h 44m

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!
27/09/161h 22m

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.
20/09/161h 26m

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!
13/09/161h 21m

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!
07/09/161h 33m

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!
30/08/161h 31m

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!
22/08/161h 37m

Ep 44: Always Captain Snodgrass (GW1-2)

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.
13/08/161h 24m

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!
09/08/161h 44m

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!
04/08/161h 50m

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!
26/07/161h 27m

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!
17/07/161h 33m

Ep 39: Championship Charlie (2015/16 Season Recap)

The truly remarkable and often painful 2015/2016 #FPL season is finally over. Brandon and Josh take a look back at what worked and what didn't. Were the new chips worth it? Did Chris Smalling spoil your party? What would you have done differently? Thanks to everyone who has listened to Always Cheating this season and we'll see you back here in August to preview the next. Hail Cheaters!
16/05/161h 10m

Ep 38: Infinite Mbokani (GW37-38)

Having endured 37 weeks of madness, can the Always Cheating hosts keep it together for one last stand in #GW38? Brandon and Josh discuss what's left to compete for, who's left to compete for it, and how influential a role Dieumerci Mbokani will play. (Spoiler alert: For Mbokani, there are no small parts.) We take your listener questions along the way. Hail Cheaters!
10/05/161h 12m

Ep 37: Plato's Cave (GW36-37)

Leicester City have finally clinched the title, but how many #FPL mini leagues are still up for grabs? The Always Cheating hosts are here to help you see the season through, most crucially heading into the doubles of #GW37. Captains? Triple captains? Quadruple captains? Brandon and Josh sort out the best transfer options from Chelsea, West Ham, Manchester United, and the like, and respond to your listener questions. Hail Cheaters.
01/05/161h 10m

Ep 36: A Hologram for Joshua King (GW35-36)

With three weeks to go in this FPL season, is there anything left to play for? From glory to pride to cash, Brandon and Josh find plenty to urge managers on into GW36. The Always Cheating hosts discuss the hot topics and myriad suspensions that stemmed from GW35 and how to plan accordingly (must-haves, punts, Hail Marys) for the final strategic gambit of GW37. Hail Cheaters.
25/04/161h 10m

Ep 35: It's a Trap! (GW34-35)

Checking in midway through the bloodbath that is #GW34, the Always Cheating hosts examine the outcomes of triple captains, bench boosts, and those brave enough to stick with their Spurs lineup. Has squad rotation hurt you? Has Agüero helped you? And will Alexis swoop in and save the day? We take listener questions and complaints as we head into the final flurry of midweek matches, followed by #GW35. Hail Cheaters.
18/04/161h 17m

Ep 34: The Tuddy (GW33-34)

Does your wildcard team have you feeling depressed? Did Lukaku's blank in #GW33 send you to a dark place? Well, the Always Cheating hosts are here to help put the past behind you. Cheer up! This season's biggest game week #GW34 is nigh and we need to be ready. From squad rotations to "triple captain" threats, Brandon and Josh look at the key FPL talking points and answer your listener questions. Hail Cheaters!
11/04/161h 25m

Ep 33: Shopping Spree (GW32-33)

With so many wildcards now activated (including Josh's and Brandon's), this week's episode is less a recap of #GW32 and more a list of thing's we've learned and need to know going into the big #GW34 and #GW37 doubles. We talk about keeper rotations, triple captain choices, and who might get to stay in our squads from Spurs and Leicester City. For good measure, we judge the double for Everton and Crystal in #GW33 and respond to your listener questions. Hail Cheaters!
02/04/161h 19m

Ep 32: Green Sheets (GW31-32)

The Always Cheating hosts dig into the results from #GW31. But, more importantly, we begin laying the groundwork of logic for our double game week and wildcard strategies. Who? When? Why? And for what greater purpose? We tackle these lofty questions, questions from our listeners, and more. Hail Cheaters.
19/03/161h 19m

Ep 31: Gonna Make You Sweat (GW30-31)

The Always Cheating hosts discuss going to bed with Kane and waking up with Agüero and other bizarre #FPL decisions associated with the lean but rewarding #GW30. Speaking of, where do we currently stand with the underperforming Argentinian striker? And which attacker might make way for Lukaku or other differentials as we head into a sea of double game weeks? Plus we answer your listener questions and prep for #GW31 in the patented Optimizer. Hail Cheaters.
12/03/161h 22m

Ep 30: El Nino (GW29-30)

From the North London Derby to a continued Swansea renaissance, Brandon and Josh recap the rare blockbuster #FPL point haul that was #GW29. And then it's time to prepare for the lean, blank-filled weekend of #GW30: We discuss potential Manchester City defender and midfielder options, how to focus our Spurs game plan, and selecting the right captain between Aguero, Kane, and Vardy. Hail Cheaters!
06/03/161h 20m

Ep 29: On the Aisle (GW27-29)

After two wild game weeks, the #FPL deck seems to be reshuffled, but has anything really changed? From goalkeepers and defenders to the almighty need for a midfield differential, the Always Cheating hosts look at which players to buy or sell as the blanks of GW30 loom large. We take your listener questions and then optimize our squads for #GW29. Hail Cheaters.
29/02/161h 11m

Ep 28: Emo Pellegrini (Break-GW27)

It's time to unveil the exciting results of the Always Cheating 2/3 Season Awards—from the most valuable #FPL asset, to the least, and from the most underrated player to the one most likely to mount a comeback in the final third of the season. We've also surveyed how many of you have yet to play your chips, who you think is sure to be relegated, and which Premier League manager is likely to ruin the rest of your season. Plus your listener questions and a preview of #GW27. Hail Cheaters.
20/02/161h 12m

Ep 27: In Hot Water (GW26-Break)

From Özil's assist to Agüero's blank, we recap all of the major #FPL happenings from the action-packed #GW26. And as we head into an FA Cup break, the discussion turns heavily to differentials and how managers can beat the template and climb the ranks in this season's home stretch. We're also preparing our 2/3-season online poll for listeners to vote on the major hits and misses through the first 26 weeks. Follow us online for more details. Hail Cheaters.
13/02/161h 4m

Ep 26: Continental Breakfast (GW25-26)

The Always Cheating hosts revisit the infamous "Huth Game" and Leicester's complete annihilation of Manchester City, along with the other major events of #GW25. And still more blockbuster fixtures are to come in #GW26, so we discuss how to set up our #FPL squads ahead of the two top-four showdowns. Along with your listener questions, we cover Chelsea and Southampton defenses, midfield rotations, and a possibly ascendant Manchester United team. Hail Cheaters.
07/02/161h 16m

Ep 25: Everybody Blanks (GW24-25)

Leicester City leaves Game Week 24 in their dust, and so it is with the Always Cheating #FPL podcast. Brandon and Josh turn their immediate attention to this weekend's #GW25 match-ups and discuss the trouble with Arsenal, Lukaku's continued disappearing act, a new love affair with the Southampton defense, and playing the waiting game with Dimitri Payet. Hail Cheaters!
31/01/161h 11m

Ep 24: November Rain (GW23-24)

The Always Cheating hosts put Game Week 23 into perspective and give what may be their final thoughts on the greatest guitar soloist in the entire FPL. From there, they discuss midfield replacements for an injured Kevin De Bruyne, the predictably swooning Arsenal, surging defenses, and fixture blanks ahead in Game Week 27. And then it's time to optimize for Game Week 24 and our first-ever "dirty watch." Hail Cheaters.
24/01/161h 15m

Ep 23: School for the Blind (GW22-23)

Heading into Game Week 23, the Always Cheating hosts hail the Return of the Heavy Hitters! Brandon and Josh rank the current luxury-priced FPL strikers in light of recent attention-getting performances from Agüero, Rooney, Kane, Costa, and Giroud. There's also a lot of debate over Liverpool assets, affordable defenders, and the demise of FPL folk hero Riyad Mahrez. Poku Forever!
16/01/161h 42m

Ep 22: Team Brad (GW21-22)

The Always Cheating hosts talk through all twenty of the fixtures from Game Week 21 and 22, which hit in quick succession. Sifting through clean sheets and captaincy options, and answering all of your listener questions, Brandon and Josh discuss cheap defensive options, mid-priced midfielders, and team spines.
07/01/161h 20m

Ep 21: Multiplicity (Festive Period)

The Always Cheating hosts recap all (or most) of the events from the recent festive period featuring three weird and wild game weeks. Is Leicester City really falling away for good? Has Dimitri Payet been resurrected? Does one headed goal against Watford now make Agüero a must-own? And where does Chelsea's pummeling of Crystal Palace factor into the rest of these knee-jerk reactions? We cover these issues along with your listener questions. Happy New Year, Cheaters!
03/01/161h 35m

Ep 20: Allan-Romeo (GW17-Festive Period)

Always Cheating dives headlong into the Festive Period fixtures with our first-ever guide to surviving the FPL holidays. The hosts look to pack your squad's bench with budget performers likely to play 270 minutes and they formulate an armchair strategy of rotation risks, likely defenders, and who to sensibly captain from Game Week 18 through Game Week 20.
19/12/151h 33m

Ep 19: Bag of Bones (GW16-17)

Form players reign supreme in this episode of Always Cheating, but who to get into you FPL squad, and for how long? Before we optimize for Game Week 17, Brandon and Josh weigh in on a high-flying Bournemouth, league-leading Leicester City, and recently-revived Newcastle. And, yes, it may finally be time for us to bury our Chelsea assets in a shoebox in the backyard. Hail Cheaters.
13/12/151h 24m

Ep 18: The Great Pumpkin (GW15-16)

Fire up the Stoke City bandwagon as Game Week 15 made complete converts of the Always Cheating hosts. But which Potter will best fit your FPL needs? And what have we learned, if anything, from Sunday's oddball fixture at St. James' Park? Optimizing for Game Week 16, Brandon and Josh discuss where to go with Liverpool assets, how to reset our thinking with Hazard, and juggling Leicester, Everton, and Spurs.
06/12/151h 13m

Ep 17: Eye Water (GW14-15)

The head-to-head rivalry between Brandon and Josh is really starting to hit its boiling point, so who was the one left wounded after Game Week 14? Speaking of wounded, we discuss who will replace Alexis Sanchez—and, yeah, we're looking at options beyond Özil and De Bruyne. Optimizing for Game Week 15, how much more juice is left in this Watford attack? Will your Everton clean sheets finally come good? Is Josh joking about Chelsea's prospects? And how close is Vardy to evolving into a beam of pure, clean energy? Hail Cheaters!
29/11/151h 24m

Ep 16: Cargo Pants (GW13-14)

Agüero is back! Liverpool is back? Spurs probably haven't gone anywhere, but we'll check on that. So where does that leave United, Arsenal, and Leicester City? Brandon and Josh review all of the happenings from Game Week 13 and then take a look ahead to the clean sheets and captaincies that await us in Game Week 14. Plus we have a Rate My Team and take listener questions.
21/11/151h 22m

Ep 15: Poll Results (Break-GW13)

Before we optimize our FPL squads for Game Week 13, Brandon and Josh reveal the results of the First Annual Always Cheating Awards, 1/3 Season Edition. Our listeners vote on best new players, biggest disappointments, most improbable moments, and which manager is next to be sacked, among others. The hosts take a few listener questions and also relive some moments from last weekend's #BlazerCon event in Brooklyn.
15/11/151h 35m

Ep 14: Perth Amboy (GW12-Break)

Game Week 12 gave us more Vardy, more Lukaku, and more punching! (Thank you, Rob Elliot, for punching absolutely every ball that comes into your area.) The Always Cheating hosts also discuss everyone's favorite Stoke enigma, Marko Arnautovic; what to do with poor old Dimitri Payet; and the grander FPL philosophy of playing form over fixtures. Be sure to tune in next week for our First Annual One-Third Season Awards.
08/11/151h 18m

Ep 13: Kone Gyrating (GW11-12)

Game Week 11 gave us plenty of goals (and that beautiful Arouna Koné smile), but there were still some FPL headaches for the Always Cheating hosts. Brandon and Josh get to it by talking about defender rotations, differential strategies, and the impact of filling an Ashley Westwood sized hole on our benches. There's also a new Rate My Team feature and we fire up the Optimizer for a Game Week 12 preview.
01/11/151h 43m

Ep 12: Best New Poku (GW10-11)

Brandon and Josh look back at the Game Week 10 fixtures, giving their FPL assessments of the derby results, Arsenal's continuing form, and Klopp's second consecutive draw. Key transfer targets for both Everton and Manchester United are highlighted, Game Week 11 gets the Optimizer treatment, and our hosts present their first-ever "rate my team" review. Submit your RMT requests to @hailcheaters on Twitter.
24/10/151h 18m

Always Cheating: Episode 11

Is Wijnaldum's windfall in Game Week 9 enough to convince Brandon and Josh to bring a Newcastle midfielder into their FPL squads? To compare, the Always Cheating hosts try to pinpoint this season's truly essential players. There's a quick review of last weekend's action and then it's into the Optimizer for a look ahead to Game Week 10 and the difficult choices therein.
19/10/151h 18m

Always Cheating: Episode 10

This international break has been filled with more than just Klopp puns, though 'Kindergarten Klopp' does weigh heavily on our minds. More immediately, FPL managers must wrestle with the striker stats and who exactly will replace Agüero—and then what to do with all of that extra cash-flow? Looking at a long list of injuries and lineup doubts popping up during the break, we recap the international play of some main FPL targets, measure their distance traveled, and then bring it all into focus with a preview of game week 9.
11/10/151h 7m

Always Cheating: Episode 9

After each jumping about one millions places in the Fantasy Premier League rankings, Brandon and Josh manage to sound ungrateful for Sergio Agüero's record-tying game week. But before recapping a weekend of madness featuring star turns by Pellè, Cabaye, Eriksen, and De Bruyne—among others—the hosts take a few questions from you listeners: Walcott over Alexis? Is team value even valuable? Then it's over to the stats tables for a deep data dive into the large pool of FPL defenders as we consider how to best shore up our back lines.
02/10/151h 6m

Always Cheating: Episode 8

With Josh's FPL team kinda, sorta saved from the brink, it's Brandon's turn to hit the panic button. Could transfer penalties be the answer? The hosts perform some surgery as they look at Swansea's diminishing returns, Manchester City's hovering assets, and the Callum Wilson sized hole left in many managers' squads. And what about this West Ham team Brandon keeps hearing so much about? Then it's a look ahead—in our newly patented FPL Optimizer—to game week 8 and how best to prepare your lineup.
26/09/151h 14m

Always Cheating: Episode 7

As Chelsea's season turns, so do our FPL teams after an illuminating game week 6. Brandon and Josh parse the Martial goals, Payet assists, Dawson clean sheets, and Costa neck scratches as only they can—by mispronouncing the names of every player in the Premier League. And before we preview game week 7, the new feature "Unpopular Opinions" is unveiled, in which our hosts go with their guts and dismantle a few player bandwagons.
19/09/151h 8m

Always Cheating: Episode 6

The Premier League is back from the international break and Josh's FPL squad is still in crisis. Can we save it? In search of some new high-value assets, we review the action from game week 5 and discuss exactly where Brandon's wife was the moment Benteke scored his unholy overhead kick. We also calibrate our strategies for Champions League rest and rotation and consider the fixtures for game week 6.
10/09/151h 9m

Always Cheating: Episode 5

All your bandwagon are belong to us as we let Callum Wilson bicycle kick us through the summer's closing transfer window. What, if any, good deals were made? And how much will they cost to fit into your FPL lineup? Brandon and Josh then review the results of game week 4, preview the upcoming fixture list, and commission a painting of Ashley Williams' game-saving tackle on Wayne Rooney.
28/08/151h 9m

Always Cheating: Episode 4

Wildcard action abounds in game week 3 as Brandon and Josh run through what worked or didn't work in their revamped FPL squads. We go bandwagon jumping with Riyad Mahrez and various Manchester City assets, take a detour into mascot controversy, and look ahead to the game week 4 fixture list.
22/08/151h 4m

Always Cheating: Episode 3

After game week 2, could it be? A wildcard? Listen in on how Josh experienced possibly his worst FPL game week in 154 weeks of playing. And why is Brandon so miffed at Christian Benteke? Is he justified, or simply greedy? Always Cheating runs through the big fixtures of game week 2 and takes a look at the weekend ahead.
09/08/151h 3m

Always Cheating: Episode 2

Game week 1 was a confounding disaster for most Fantasy Premier League managers. But how did it impact Brandon and Josh? And how much was Mezut Özil's prodigious speed walking to blame? We focus in on three big fixtures from last week, write a song of praise for Jefferson Montero, and, naturally, consider our longterm plans to fold Sergio Agüero into the lineup.
03/08/1559m 55s

Always Cheating: Episode 1

It's episode 1 of the Always Cheating podcast! Again! We've revamped the podcast ahead of the 2015/2016 Premier League season and give a warm welcome to new co-host Josh. Within, we discuss a few of our rules of thumb for those of you just getting started with the FPL game or any of you looking to hone techniques. We also run through this season's three newly promoted teams: Bournemouth, Watford, and Norwich City.
20/07/1550m 27s
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