Always Cheating: A Fantasy Premier League Podcast (FPL)

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Always Cheating is the award-winning weekly Fantasy Premier League podcast hosted by Josh Landon and Brandon Kelley. We aim to provide equal parts of strategy and community for every type of FPL player. Join our listener mini league: dtz277

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

August 19th, 2019


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 …

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

August 12th, 2019


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 …

A Few Lingering Questions (GW1 Preview)

August 5th, 2019


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 …

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

July 24th, 2019


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 …

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

July 18th, 2019


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 …

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

July 12th, 2019


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, …

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

July 6th, 2019


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 …

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

July 1st, 2019


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 …

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

June 24th, 2019


We are kicking off Always Cheating's 2019-20 season preview coverage with an episode devoted entirely to player price predictions. From Andrew …

FIFA 2019 Women's World Cup: A Primer

June 4th, 2019


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 …

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

May 14th, 2019


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 …

Bonus Pod: FBA Award Winners!

May 10th, 2019


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 …

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

May 7th, 2019


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 …

Ep 171: The Weakest Link (GW36-37)

April 30th, 2019


The upcoming GW37 brings us plenty of FPL form-over-fixtures debates. Can Manchester United overcome their woeful recent performances and capitalize …

Ep 170: One for Fun (GW35-36)

April 21st, 2019


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 …

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

April 16th, 2019


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 …

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

April 9th, 2019


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 …

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

March 31st, 2019


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 …

Ep 166: Free Hits Unleashed (Break-GW32)

March 25th, 2019


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 …

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

March 19th, 2019


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 …

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

March 11th, 2019


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 …

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

March 4th, 2019


Tom Campbell ( 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 …

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

February 25th, 2019


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 …

Ep 161: On Beauty and Chip Season (GW27)

February 18th, 2019


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, …

Ep 160: More Than Words (GW26-27)

February 14th, 2019


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 …

Ep 159: Oh the Humanity (GW25-26)

February 5th, 2019


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, …

Ep 158: Double Trouble (GW24-GW25)

January 27th, 2019


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 …

Ep 157: Template Tectonics (GW23-24)

January 22nd, 2019


A mid-season FPL template is undeniably taking hold. But how locked-in is it, really? Are certain players like Salah, Robertson, Pogba, Rashford, …

Ep 156: Midterm Report Card (GW22-23)

January 15th, 2019


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 …

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

January 7th, 2019


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 …

Ep 154: We Go Again (GW20-21)

December 30th, 2018


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 …

Ep 153: Island of Misfits (GW17-19)

December 17th, 2018


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 …

Ep 152: Bull Market (GW16-17)

December 11th, 2018


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 …

Ep 151: Kill Your Darlings (GW14-16)

December 2nd, 2018


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 …

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

November 26th, 2018


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 …

Ep 149: Pinball Wizard (Break-GW13)

November 20th, 2018


France may have failed to qualify for the UEFA Nations League semifinal, but Frenchmen still dominate this international break's FPL chat: Mendy's …

Ep 148: A Bigger Six (GW12-Break)

November 12th, 2018


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 …

Ep 147: The Differential Special (GW11-12)

November 5th, 2018


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 …

Ep 146: The Kenedy Family (GW10-11)

October 30th, 2018


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 …

Ep 145: Random Access Memory (GW9-10)

October 23rd, 2018


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 …

Ep 144: London Parts Unknown (GW8-9)

October 15th, 2018


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 …

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

October 2nd, 2018


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 …

Ep 142: Playground Legend (GW6-7)

September 23rd, 2018


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 …

Ep 141: Midfield Titans (GW5-6)

September 18th, 2018


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 …

Ep 140: League of Nations (Break-GW5)

September 10th, 2018


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 …

Ep 139: Fighting Shadows (GW4-Break)

September 3rd, 2018


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 …

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

August 28th, 2018


Guest co-host David Weigner-Lodahl ( 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 …

Ep 137: Guardian-Gate (GW2-3)

August 20th, 2018


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 …

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

August 13th, 2018


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 …

Ep 135: Unanswered Questions (GW1)

August 6th, 2018


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 …

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

August 2nd, 2018


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 …

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

July 27th, 2018


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. …

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

July 17th, 2018


Continuing with Always Cheating's pre-season FPL coverage, Josh and Brandon are scouting all twenty Premier League clubs. This week features the …

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

July 13th, 2018


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, …

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

July 6th, 2018


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. …

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

June 29th, 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 …

Ep 129: Big Business (World Cup 2018)

June 20th, 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. …

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

June 12th, 2018


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 …

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

June 8th, 2018


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 …

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

May 16th, 2018


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 …

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

May 8th, 2018


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' …

Ep 124: Driftwood (GW36-37)

May 1st, 2018


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 …

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

April 23rd, 2018


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 …

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

April 18th, 2018


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 …

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

April 9th, 2018


The Cheaters are joined this week by special guest FPL Stag (, writer at NBC's Rotoworld, to preview the upcoming doubles in GW34. We take a closer look at Manchester United attacking assets …

Ep 120: The Forgotten Gameweek (GW32-33)

April 2nd, 2018


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, …

Ep 119: A Wildcard Revisited (Break-GW32)

March 26th, 2018


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 …

Ep 118: A Serious Manager (GW31-Break)

March 20th, 2018


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 …

Ep 117: Loot Crate (GW30-31)

March 13th, 2018


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 …

Ep 116: Black Hole (GW29-30)

March 6th, 2018


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 …

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

February 27th, 2018


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 …

Ep 114: Blowing It Up (Break-GW28)

February 20th, 2018


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 …

Ep 113: Alpha Dog (GW27-Break)

February 13th, 2018


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 …

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

February 6th, 2018


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 …

Ep 111: Lord Sørloth (GW25-26)

February 1st, 2018


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 …

Ep 110: Hashtag Sports (GW24-25)

January 24th, 2018


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 …

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

January 16th, 2018


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 …

Ep 108: Boys of Summer (GW22-23)

January 9th, 2018


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 …

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

December 28th, 2017


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, …

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

December 19th, 2017


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 …

Ep 105: Big Fish (GW16-18)

December 11th, 2017


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 …

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

December 4th, 2017


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 …

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

November 27th, 2017


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 …

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

November 21st, 2017


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 …

Ep 101: Champion Lurker (Break-GW12)

November 13th, 2017


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 …

Ep 100: The Great Gazoo (GW11-Break)

November 6th, 2017


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 …

Ep 99: Moving Day (GW10-11)

October 31st, 2017


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 …

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

October 23rd, 2017


Manchester City giveth, and then they taketh away. This week we discuss Pep Guardiola's painful yet entirely predictable player rotation. And we're …

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

October 17th, 2017


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 …

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

October 9th, 2017


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 …

Sneak Peek: FPL Stats with Peter Blake

October 3rd, 2017


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 …

Ep 95: Unremarkable Hughes (GW6-7)

September 26th, 2017


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 …

Ep 94: Open Road (GW5-6)

September 18th, 2017


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 …

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

September 12th, 2017


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 …

Ep 92: Crushin Fools (Break-GW4)

September 5th, 2017


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, …

Ep 91: The Wildcard Diaries (GW3-Break)

August 28th, 2017


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 …

Ep 90: Jesé's Girl (GW2-3)

August 19th, 2017


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 …

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

August 14th, 2017


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 …

Bonus Pod: Introducing Starting 11 Daily Fantasy

August 10th, 2017


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 …

Ep 88: Friendly Thoughts (GW1)

August 7th, 2017


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 …

Ep 87: Scouting Man City to West Ham (2017/18 Preview)

August 1st, 2017


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 …

Ep 86: Scouting Arsenal to Liverpool (2017/18 Preview)

July 27th, 2017


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, …

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

July 23rd, 2017


In this special bonus episode of Always Cheating, Josh and Brandon are testing out the new #FPL draft game. In frenzied fashion, battling countdown …

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

July 19th, 2017


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 …

Ep 83: First Impressions (2017/18 Preview)

July 13th, 2017


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 …

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

July 6th, 2017


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 …

Ep 81: Ragnarok (2016/17 Season Recap)

May 23rd, 2017


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 …

Ep 80: Micro Troll (GW37-38)

May 19th, 2017


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 …

Ep 79: Electric Sheep (GW36-37)

May 11th, 2017


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 …

Ep 78: The Dining Car (GW35-36)

May 2nd, 2017


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 …

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

April 27th, 2017


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 …

Ep 76: The Gambler (GW33-34)

April 17th, 2017


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 …

Ep 75: Real Fun (GW32-33)

April 11th, 2017


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 …

Ep 74: The Blame Game (GW30-31)

April 3rd, 2017


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 …

Ep 73: Sunglass Hut (GW29-30)

March 26th, 2017


The season's final international break has had its fair share of casualties, most notably Seamus Coleman. Always Cheating hosts Josh and Brandon …

Ep 72: Chariots of Fire (GW28-29)

March 15th, 2017


For the record, this episode of Always Cheating lasts approximately 02:42 longer than Coutinho did against Burnley. Josh and Brandon discuss the …

Ep 71: Profligate (GW27-28)

March 9th, 2017


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 …

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

February 28th, 2017


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 …

Ep 69: Detective Maloney (Break-GW26)

February 23rd, 2017


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 …

Ep 68: Uatu the Watcher (GW25-Break)

February 15th, 2017


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 …

Ep 67: One in One Million (GW24-25)

February 9th, 2017


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 …

Ep 66: Hail Cheevers (GW23-24)

February 3rd, 2017


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 …

Ep 65: Scottish Payet (GW22-23)

January 27th, 2017


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 …

Ep 64: Just Eat It (GW21-22)

January 18th, 2017


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 …

Ep 63: The Game Genie (GW20-21)

January 10th, 2017


Buy? Sell? Hold? After surviving the onslaught of holiday fixtures, Josh and Brandon return to discuss the current crop of FPL standouts: from …

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

December 28th, 2016


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 …

Ep 61: I Believe (GW17-18)

December 21st, 2016


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 …

Ep 60: That's Okaka (GW15-17)

December 13th, 2016


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 …

Ep 59: Weird Science (GW13-14)

November 29th, 2016


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 …

Ep 58: Sewer Dwelling (GW12-13)

November 23rd, 2016


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 …

Ep 57: All Out Chaos (Break-GW12)

November 16th, 2016


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 …

Ep 56: Green Arrows, Gray Dots (GW11-Break)

November 9th, 2016


It's FPL midfield madness heading into the international break. With Liverpool's entire attacking arsenal wreaking havoc, and now Eden Hazard is back …

Ep 55: Fire and Ice (GW10-11)

November 1st, 2016


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? …

Ep 54: Small Time BPS (GW9-10)

October 26th, 2016


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 …

Ep 53: Buy Sell Hold (GW8-9)

October 18th, 2016


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 …

Ep 52: Horsehead Nebula (Break-GW8)

October 11th, 2016


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 …

Ep 51: The Burnley Constrictor (GW7-Break)

October 4th, 2016


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 …

Ep 50: The Futures Market (GW6-7)

September 27th, 2016


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 …

Ep 49: Brocktoon Army (GW5-6)

September 20th, 2016


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 …

Ep 48: Middlesburger (GW4-5)

September 13th, 2016


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 …

Ep 47: One Thing We Know (Break-GW4)

September 7th, 2016


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 …

Ep 46: The Heartbreak Kid (GW3-Break)

August 30th, 2016


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 …

Ep 45: Vocal Folks for Vokes (GW2-3)

August 22nd, 2016


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, …

Ep 44: Always Captain Snodgrass (GW1-2)

August 13th, 2016


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 …

Ep 43: Team Talk, Man United to West Ham (2016/17 Preview, Part 4)

August 9th, 2016


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, …

Ep 42: Team Talk, Arsenal to Man City (2016/17 Preview, Part 3)

August 4th, 2016


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 …

Ep 41: Ten Tips for FPL Success (2016/17 Preview, Part 2)

July 26th, 2016


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 …

Ep 40: Twilight of the Idols (2016/17 Preview, Part 1)

July 17th, 2016


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 …

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

May 16th, 2016


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 …

Ep 38: Infinite Mbokani (GW37-38)

May 10th, 2016


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 …

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

May 1st, 2016


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 …

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

April 25th, 2016


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 …

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

April 18th, 2016


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 …

Ep 34: The Tuddy (GW33-34)

April 11th, 2016


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 …

Ep 33: Shopping Spree (GW32-33)

April 2nd, 2016


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. …

Ep 32: Green Sheets (GW31-32)

March 19th, 2016


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 …

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

March 12th, 2016


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 …

Ep 30: El Nino (GW29-30)

March 6th, 2016


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 …

Ep 29: On the Aisle (GW27-29)

February 29th, 2016


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 …

Ep 28: Emo Pellegrini (Break-GW27)

February 20th, 2016


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 …

Ep 27: In Hot Water (GW26-Break)

February 13th, 2016


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 …

Ep 26: Continental Breakfast (GW25-26)

February 7th, 2016


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, …

Ep 25: Everybody Blanks (GW24-25)

January 31st, 2016


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 …

Ep 24: November Rain (GW23-24)

January 24th, 2016


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 …

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

January 16th, 2016


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, …

Ep 22: Team Brad (GW21-22)

January 7th, 2016


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 …

Ep 21: Multiplicity (Festive Period)

January 3rd, 2016


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? …

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

December 19th, 2015


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 …

Ep 19: Bag of Bones (GW16-17)

December 13th, 2015


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, …

Ep 18: The Great Pumpkin (GW15-16)

December 6th, 2015


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 …

Ep 17: Eye Water (GW14-15)

November 29th, 2015


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, …

Ep 16: Cargo Pants (GW13-14)

November 21st, 2015


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 …

Ep 15: Poll Results (Break-GW13)

November 15th, 2015


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 …

Ep 14: Perth Amboy (GW12-Break)

November 8th, 2015


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 …

Ep 13: Kone Gyrating (GW11-12)

November 1st, 2015


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. …

Ep 12: Best New Poku (GW10-11)

October 24th, 2015


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 …

Always Cheating: Episode 11

October 19th, 2015


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: Episode 10

October 11th, 2015


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 …

Always Cheating: Episode 9

October 2nd, 2015


After each jumping about one millions places in the Fantasy Premier League rankings, Brandon and Josh manage to sound ungrateful for Sergio Agüero's …

Always Cheating: Episode 8

September 26th, 2015


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 …

Always Cheating: Episode 7

September 19th, 2015


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 …

Always Cheating: Episode 6

September 10th, 2015


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 …

Always Cheating: Episode 5

August 28th, 2015


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? …

Always Cheating: Episode 4

August 22nd, 2015


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 …

Always Cheating: Episode 3

August 9th, 2015


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 …

Always Cheating: Episode 2

August 3rd, 2015


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 …

Always Cheating: Episode 1

July 20th, 2015


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 …

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