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Always Cheating: A Fantasy Premier League Podcast (FPL)

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The award-winning weekly Fantasy Premier League podcast hosted by Josh Landon and Brandon Kelley providing equal parts strategy and community for every type of FPL player. Join our 2021/22 listener mini league: 2bnf4u

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FPL Fill-in-the-Blank Ahead of GW9

October 18th, 2021


After a turbulent return from the international break in GW8, we found that premium FPL forwards are still blanking, premium defenders are still …

Thinking Ahead: Planning for GW8–GW11 in FPL

October 11th, 2021


This international break has given us some time to think ahead and in this episode we're planning not just for the upcoming GW8, but for the next four week through GW11. Whether you're on a wildcard or not, we help …

What’s the Story of the FPL Season So Far? (GW1–7 Review)

October 4th, 2021


After seven weeks of Fantasy Premier League madness, we try to construct a cohesive narrative that accounts for what we've seen so far. We take a closer look at this season's top fantasy scores in all positions, from …

The FPL Assets We Aren’t Talking About

September 28th, 2021


Players like Jamie Vardy and Abdoulaye Doucouré have started this Premier League season in great form, yet they still haven't emerged as popular …

Who Are We Buying, Selling, and Holding in FPL?

September 20th, 2021


A wild GW5 taught many FPL managers about the importance of bench depth. But, hey, didn't we all know Tino Livramento would save the day? This …

Josh's Wildcard Is Active & GW5 FPL Preview

September 13th, 2021


Ronaldo's explosive GW4 debut was matched by a brace from Lukaku, making the choice of premium forwards that much more challenging for FPL managers. Josh enters this week's episode with an active wildcard and this …

Mailbag Time: Your FPL Questions Answered & GW4 Preview

September 6th, 2021


This international break has offered drama and intrigue of all sorts, but we at Always Cheating won't allow ourselves to be too distracted from the GW4 deadline that's quickly approaching. So, has any of the news from …

Wildcard Time?

August 30th, 2021


With GW3 behind us, and an international break ahead, is now the right time to play a wildcard and reset your FPL fortunes? Josh and Brandon look at …

10 Things We Think We Think Ahead of GW3

August 23rd, 2021


So early into a new FPL season, it's very difficult to say what any of us know for sure. What we can identify, though, are things that we think—or at …

FPL GW2 Preview: Overperformers, Underperformers, and Head-Scratchers

August 16th, 2021


This season's opening fantasy gameweek saw some standout performances and big scores, especially from popular picks Mohamed Salah and Bruno …

FPL Is Back - Building Your Final Squad for GW1

August 9th, 2021


There's less than one week to prepare for the start of the new FPL season and we still have a number of unanswered questions. Join Josh and Brandon as they discuss their final team selection dilemmas—which positions and …

FPL Forwards: Everything You Need to Know

August 2nd, 2021


The trickiest position to fill at the start of this FPL season could very well be the forwards, mostly due to the large pool of very qualified …

FPL Team Previews, Part 3: Predicting the Premier League Table - Teams 10 to 1

July 26th, 2021


Instead of the usual team-by-team previews in alphabetical order, this season we're trying something new by predicting the Premier League table and discussing each team's FPL prospects as we go. Which clubs have we …

FPL Team Previews, Part 2: Predicting the Premier League Table - Teams 20 to 11

July 19th, 2021


Instead of the usual team-by-team previews in alphabetical order, this season we're trying something new by predicting the Premier League table and discussing each team's FPL prospects as we go. Which clubs have we …

31 Tips for Winning FPL and Making Fantasy Fun Again

July 12th, 2021


What will it take to win the Fantasy Premier League this season? How can you more easily hit your goals or beat your mini league rivals? And, perhaps most importantly, what does it mean to simply enjoy the upcoming 38 …

FPL Team Previews, Part 1: Brentford, Norwich City, Watford

July 5th, 2021


Each season, three new clubs join the top division and they can often be the hardest to predict in terms of FPL value. So, in this week's show, Josh and Brandon are taking a closer look at Norwich City, Watford, and …

An Introduction to the 2021/22 FPL Season

June 24th, 2021


And, just like that, a new fantasy season has arrived. The FPL site relaunched for 2021/22 on Tuesday of this week, amidst the noise of the European …

Greenroom Live Chat: FPL Player Price Reveals

June 20th, 2021


Josh and Brandon hop on Spotify Greenroom this week to chat with listeners about this weekend's sudden FPL player price reveals, from Kane and Son to …

Locker Room: Euro 2020 Weekend in Review

June 14th, 2021


Josh and Brandon hop on Locker Room this week to chat with listeners about the European Championship and debate key takeaways from the tournament's first weekend. We discuss the horrifying scenes surrounding Christian …

Locker Room: USMNT v Mexico & Premier League Off-Season Chat

June 7th, 2021


Josh and Brandon hop on Locker Room this week to chat with listeners about the CONCACAF Nations League Final between the U.S. and Mexico. How are we feeling at the moment about Gregg Berhalter's talented young squad now …

Locker Room: Champions League Final Reaction

May 30th, 2021


Chelsea are crowned European champions after Thomas Tuchel again out-smarts Pep Guardiola. The Cheaters Josh and Brandon take to the Locker Room app …

2020–21 Season In Review

May 25th, 2021


The 2020–21 season was difficult for many reasons, but it was also filled with moments that reflected the Always Cheating mantra of 'Make Fantasy Fun …

Seven Key Questions for GW37 & GW38

May 17th, 2021


We're nearly at the end of one of the wildest FPL seasons in recent memory, but the job isn't done yet. This episode, Josh and Brandon are looking ahead to the final two gameweeks and debating the strategies for either …

The MFFA All Stars & GW36 Preview

May 10th, 2021


We're only just midway through the massive GW35, so this week we check in on how our FPL squads have faired and if any performances have caught our eye. The Cheaters then look ahead to a tricky GW36 in which four key …

Your GW35 Questions Asked and Answered

May 4th, 2021


This week we take in the dramatic scenes from Old Trafford and then consider the implications on the upcoming Fantasy Premier League calendar. It …

Preparing for the Run-In with a Clean Slate

April 26th, 2021


As news of the European Super League dries up, Josh and Brandon have to refocus on their FPL goals for the remainder of the season. First up, what have the hosts learned from their respective GW33 wildcards? There were …

European Super League Discussion & Debate

April 19th, 2021


This weekend's football offered a mix of Premier League and FA Cup action, but all of the sports oxygen was immediately consumed by the surprise …

On Being Wrong & GW32 Preview

April 12th, 2021


In FPL, sometimes you get it right. Other weeks, well, you simply get it all wrong—from your transfers, to your captains, and then your bench spots. If getting your fantasy decisions wrong is an inevitability, what's …

Is It Wildcard Time?

April 5th, 2021


Heading into GW31, many FPL managers are wondering whether it's too early to wildcard, too late to make a maverick move, or just too confusing to navigate around the maze of fixture blanks and doubles. So, what do the …

Nine Questions for the Final Nine Weeks of the FPL Season

March 29th, 2021


Nine gameweeks remain, so in this episode we're tackling nine key questions on preparing for the FPL season's final stretch. Among those dilemmas …

What We Now Know About This FPL Season

March 22nd, 2021


The final international break of this Premier League season is here to provide some much-needed distance from what has been a brutal and exhausting run of gameweeks. So, as we briefly step away from the nonstop …

Five Key Questions for the Big Blank GW29

March 15th, 2021


Some FPL gameweeks are defined by players who blank points, but GW29 is defined by teams that blank fixtures. The upcoming slate features just eight …

The Forgotten GW28

March 8th, 2021


With all of the chaos surrounding recent double gameweeks, and a blank-riddled GW29 on the horizon, relatively little attention has been paid to next weekend's GW28. In this episode, we seek to correct that oversight …

FPL Mailbag & GW27 Preview

March 1st, 2021


We're checking in on the action—or lack there of, in many cases—from GW26 as the massive double gameweek rolls on. Then, we open up the Always …

True or False GW26 Preview

February 22nd, 2021


If you thought the GW25 doubles were tricky, just wait until you get a look at the epic fixtures list for GW26. Fourteen Premier League teams will double next gameweek, presenting near limitless possibilities for …

GW25 Preview & Double Gameweek Talk

February 15th, 2021


With a few GW24 matches still to play, Josh and Brandon check in on their scores and the state of their squads. Have the injuries, team rotation, and …

Mini Double Gameweek Madness & GW24 Preview

February 8th, 2021


Dodgy VAR decisions and a widely-benched 12-pointer from Dominic Calvert-Lewin were the big stories from GW23. But that's nothing compared to the excitement in store for FPL managers in GW24 after double fixtures were …

GW22 Preview & Favorite FPL Moments

February 1st, 2021


Positives performances from the likes of Mo Salah, Patrick Bamford, and Emi Martinez gave GW21 a magical shine. The results have us reflecting on our …

GW20 Preview & What We Learned from the Double Gameweek

January 25th, 2021


With the pivotal GW19 now behind us, let's take a moment to survey to pros and cons of the double gameweek that was. Did anything during the last few days change our thinking about this Premier League season or how …

Binge This Podcast - American Prodigy: The Freddy Adu Story

January 23rd, 2021


He was an American prodigy. The next Pelé. The savior of U.S. soccer. But he wasn’t even old enough to drive. In 2004, Freddy Adu joined MLS at 14 …

Mid-Season Report Card on All Twenty Premier League Clubs

January 18th, 2021


With nearly half the season now behind us, Always Cheating proudly presents our annual mid-season report card on all twenty Premier League clubs. …

Navigating GW18 with FPL Nymfria

January 11th, 2021


This week we're joined by fantasy veteran and YouTube legend FPL Nymfria to preview a tricky GW18. First, we have to catch up on this weekend's FA Cup action and any happenings relevant to our FPL plans. Then, it's on …

Building the Perfect GW18 Squad (With or Without a Free Hit)

January 4th, 2021


The intense run of festive fixtures is finally in the rearview mirror, but there's precious little time to dwell on what lessons were learned along the way. We quickly turn our attention to the tricky GW18, which …

The Impact of COVID-19 on FPL & GW17 Preview

December 30th, 2020


With this week's cancelation of Everton-Man City and the threat of more fixture postponements on the horizon, we start off this week's episode with a discussion of COVID-19's impact on the fantasy game—both our strategy …

Festive Fixtures Preview & Double GW Strategy

December 22nd, 2020


The festive fixture pile-up is upon us with FPL gameweeks coming fast and furious. In this episode, we're previewing GW15–16 and looking at our preferred captains and transfers targets. Is there any other standout …

Lightning Fast GW13 Preview

December 14th, 2020


We take quick stock of our GW12 scores before moving ahead to transfer targets and captaincy options for the looming midweek GW13 fixtures. Brandon and Josh tackle such questions as: Is it a blessing or a curse that so …

Balancing Your FPL Team & GW12 Preview

December 7th, 2020


Between Salah, De Bruyne, Bruno, Kane, and Son, at the moment it seems there are almost too many premium FPL assets who are delivering big points. So, considering most fantasy managers can't afford them all, how do we …

Gameweek 11 Preview & Tilly Webb Interview

November 30th, 2020


This weekend has brought our FPL focus back to the midfield with premium players like Bruno Fernandes and Kevin de Bruyne leaving their mark. And, with Mo Salah back from his COVID-19 infection, the list of must-have …

The FPL Bounce-Back & GW10 Preview

November 23rd, 2020


With some impressive scores amongst some highly-owned players, was GW9 a big bounce-back week for FPL managers? Josh and Brandon take a look at how their squads are doing, and then discuss the most pressing fantasy …

Preview - American Prodigy: The Freddy Adu Story

November 21st, 2020


He was an American prodigy. The next Pelé. The savior of U.S. soccer. But he wasn’t even old enough to drive. In 2004, Freddy Adu joined MLS at 14 …

Starting Fresh in FPL & GW9 Preview

November 16th, 2020


This recent international break is wreaking havoc on fantasy managers with so many key FPL assets suffering injuries and COVID-19 infections. Do these events make GW9 a good moment to start fresh and reinvigorate our …

The Early-Season FPL Awards

November 9th, 2020


Another international break is upon us, so we're taking this pause in fantasy action to present our first-ever Early-Season FPL Awards. First, we check in on scores and highlights from GW8, and then it's on to the …

The Blank Slate & GW8 Preview

November 2nd, 2020


Some recent Premier League results have been harder to predict than Graham Potter's next starting eleven. Speaking of, is Brighton actually going to …

The Year of the Forward & GW7 Preview

October 26th, 2020


While normal service threatens to resume with this weekend's relatively (and that's a heavily qualified "relatively") predictable score-lines, fantasy managers are seeing some shockingly low points tallies. Is GW6 just …

A New Template & GW 6 Preview

October 19th, 2020


In a Premier League weekend featuring bizarre results and controversial moments, we also saw some massive fantasy returns. Josh and Brandon consider …

Josh's Wildcard & Our GW5 Preview

October 12th, 2020


While FPL managers wait out what remains of the International Break, we take a closer at Josh's active wildcard and discuss what it means to trigger a chip from a position of strength versus out of necessity. This …

Stock Up/Stock Down Through Gameweek 4

October 5th, 2020


The Premier League insanity continues with outrageous shorelines and results occurring throughout GW4. But, with still so much volatility within the …

The Template Blows Up, Wildcard Worries, and GW4 Preview

September 28th, 2020


A wildly unpredictable weekend in the Premier League has provided fantasy managers with far more questions than answers as this new season lurches …

Wildcard Talk & GW3 Preview

September 21st, 2020


After a wild goal-filled weekend, it's become even more difficult for FPL managers to gauge where they stand. It's easy to get caught between two …

Good Transfers or Knee-jerk Moves? (GW2 Preview)

September 14th, 2020


With just one weekend of Premier League fixtures under our belt, there's already plenty to discuss. We're talking in this episode about team and player performances and what we may have gotten right or wrong in our …

Gameweek 1 Mega Preview

September 7th, 2020


The first deadline of the new FPL season is less than a week away and it's time to get serious about our GW1 squads. Josh and Brandon discuss the strategy behind each of their current fantasy drafts and pinpoint which …

Interview with Joe Lepper of Fantasy Football Scout

September 3rd, 2020


In a special bonus episode of the show, we’re joined by writer and podcaster Joe Lepper of Fantasy Football Scout. Joe is a fixture in the fantasy community, but he’s also known for his incredible FPL record, which …

Ten Tips for FPL Success (Fifth Edition)

August 31st, 2020


Next in our series of 2020–21 season preview episodes, we outline our Ten Tips for FPL Success. This is the fifth installment of our regular …

Team by Team FPL Preview, Liverpool to Wolves (Part 2 of 2)

August 24th, 2020


Our pre-season content continues with part two of our team-by-team FPL previews, featuring Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Newcastle, …

Team by Team FPL Preview, Arsenal to Leicester City (Part 1 of 2)

August 22nd, 2020


Our pre-season content continues with part one of our team-by-team FPL previews, featuring Arsenal, Aston Villa, Brighton, Burnley, Chelsea, Crystal …

Ten Big Questions After the FPL Site Launch

August 16th, 2020


Oh my! The new FPL site has just launched for the 2020–21 season! While we still await the fixture announcements, on this episode, we offer up our first impressions and hot takes on the player prices, reclassified …

FPL Player Price Predictions

August 11th, 2020


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 …

Bonus Episode: Golden Goal

August 5th, 2020


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 …

End of Season Review (Look for the Helpers)

July 28th, 2020


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 …

The Final Countdown (GW38+ & Free Hit Preview)

July 21st, 2020


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 …

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

July 13th, 2020


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 …

GW34+ Day-By-Day Preview

July 6th, 2020


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 …

Buy Sell Hold & GW33+ Preview

June 29th, 2020


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 …

The Real FPL Restart (GW31+ Preview)

June 22nd, 2020


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 …

GW30+ Gambits, Chip Strategies, and Bold Predictions

June 15th, 2020


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 …

Checking In on All Twenty Premier League Clubs

June 8th, 2020


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 …

Ten Questions About the Return of FPL

June 1st, 2020


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 …

Catching Up with the Premier League

May 25th, 2020


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 …

Bundesliga Chat with Ronan Murphy of

May 18th, 2020


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 …

Getting to Know the Bundesliga

May 11th, 2020


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 …

Football Mailbag Time!

May 4th, 2020


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 …

Little Things We Miss the Most

April 27th, 2020


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 …

How We (and You) Are Getting By

April 20th, 2020


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 …

The Ultimate Draft of Things We Miss

April 13th, 2020


The Premier League and the fantasy game have very particular places in our weekly and daily lives. But, given our current crisis, virtually every …

The Best Sports Movies, Football or Otherwise

April 6th, 2020


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 …

New Rules for FPL

March 30th, 2020


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 …

All-Time Favorite FPL Players

March 23rd, 2020


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, …

FPL Quarantine & Our UK Travel Diary

March 16th, 2020


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? …

Cheaters in the UK (GW29 Review, GW30 Preview)

March 9th, 2020


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 …

Brandon's Wildcard (GW28 Review, GW29 Preview)

March 2nd, 2020


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 …

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

February 24th, 2020


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 …

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

February 17th, 2020


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 …

Ask Us Anything & GW26 Check-In

February 10th, 2020


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 …

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

February 3rd, 2020


Let's face it: Sometimes, FPL questions can be difficult, or even downright impossible to answer. This week, we are honestly and confidently tackling …

The Perfect Squad? (GW25 Preview)

January 27th, 2020


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 …

Double Gameweek Season Is Here (GW24 Preview)

January 20th, 2020


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) …

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

January 13th, 2020


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 …

Mid-Season Report Card & GW22 Preview

January 7th, 2020


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. …

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

December 30th, 2019


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 …

Boxing Day Bonanza (GW19 Preview)

December 22nd, 2019


This week, we're going match-by-match through the big Boxing Day fixture list, highlighting rest and rotation worries, captaincy favorites, and …

Managing the Liverpool Blank (GW17 Review, GW18 Preview)

December 16th, 2019


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 …

Climbing Up the Ranks (GW16 Review, GW17 Preview)

December 9th, 2019


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 …

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

December 2nd, 2019


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 …

Premium Problems & Solutions (GW13 Review, GW14 Preview)

November 26th, 2019


Between Raheem Sterling's goal drought and Liverpool's clean sheet drought, this FPL season has presented more problems than solutions when it comes …

The Art of Looking Ahead (GW13 Preview)

November 18th, 2019


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 …

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

November 11th, 2019


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 …

The FPL Appreciation Society (GW11 Review, GW12 Preview)

November 4th, 2019


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 …

Passing the Eye Test (GW10 Review, GW11 Preview)

October 28th, 2019


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 …

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

October 21st, 2019


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 …

Short-term Planning with Ian Stimson (GW9 Preview)

October 14th, 2019


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 …

International Break Syndrome (GW8 Review)

October 8th, 2019


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 …

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

September 30th, 2019


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 …

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

September 23rd, 2019


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 …

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

September 16th, 2019


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 …

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

September 9th, 2019


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 …

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

September 4th, 2019


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 …

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

August 26th, 2019


The FPL results from GW3 provided an early-season gut-check: wildcard strategies are foundering, Harry Kane is blanking, and defensive fantasy …

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 …

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 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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