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
It's episode 1 of the Always Cheating podcast! Again! We've revamped the podcast ahead of the 2015/2016 Premier League season and give a warm welcome to new co-host Josh. Within, we discuss a few of our rules of thumb for those of you just getting started with the FPL game or any of you looking to hone techniques. We also run through this season's three newly promoted teams: Bournemouth, Watford, and Norwich City.
Game week 1 was a confounding disaster for most Fantasy Premier League managers. But how did it impact Brandon and Josh? And how much was Mezut Özil's prodigious speed walking to blame? We focus in on three big fixtures from last week, write a song of praise for Jefferson Montero, and, naturally, consider our longterm plans to fold Sergio Agüero into the lineup.
After game week 2, could it be? A wildcard? Listen in on how Josh experienced possibly his worst FPL game week in 154 weeks of playing. And why is Brandon so miffed at Christian Benteke? Is he justified, or simply greedy? Always Cheating runs through the big fixtures of game week 2 and takes a look at the weekend ahead.
Wildcard action abounds in game week 3 as Brandon and Josh run through what worked or didn't work in their revamped FPL squads. We go bandwagon jumping with Riyad Mahrez and various Manchester City assets, take a detour into mascot controversy, and look ahead to the game week 4 fixture list.
All your bandwagon are belong to us as we let Callum Wilson bicycle kick us through the summer's closing transfer window. What, if any, good deals were made? And how much will they cost to fit into your FPL lineup? Brandon and Josh then review the results of game week 4, preview the upcoming fixture list, and commission a painting of Ashley Williams' game-saving tackle on Wayne Rooney.
The Premier League is back from the international break and Josh's FPL squad is still in crisis. Can we save it? In search of some new high-value assets, we review the action from game week 5 and discuss exactly where Brandon's wife was the moment Benteke scored his unholy overhead kick. We also calibrate our strategies for Champions League rest and rotation and consider the fixtures for game week 6.
As Chelsea's season turns, so do our FPL teams after an illuminating game week 6. Brandon and Josh parse the Martial goals, Payet assists, Dawson clean sheets, and Costa neck scratches as only they can—by mispronouncing the names of every player in the Premier League. And before we preview game week 7, the new feature "Unpopular Opinions" is unveiled, in which our hosts go with their guts and dismantle a few player bandwagons.
With Josh's FPL team kinda, sorta saved from the brink, it's Brandon's turn to hit the panic button. Could transfer penalties be the answer? The hosts perform some surgery as they look at Swansea's diminishing returns, Manchester City's hovering assets, and the Callum Wilson sized hole left in many managers' squads. And what about this West Ham team Brandon keeps hearing so much about? Then it's a look ahead—in our newly patented FPL Optimizer—to game week 8 and how best to prepare your lineup.
After each jumping about one millions places in the Fantasy Premier League rankings, Brandon and Josh manage to sound ungrateful for Sergio Agüero's record-tying game week. But before recapping a weekend of madness featuring star turns by Pellè, Cabaye, Eriksen, and De Bruyne—among others—the hosts take a few questions from you listeners: Walcott over Alexis? Is team value even valuable? Then it's over to the stats tables for a deep data dive into the large pool of FPL defenders as we consider how to best shore up our back lines.
This international break has been filled with more than just Klopp puns, though 'Kindergarten Klopp' does weigh heavily on our minds. More immediately, FPL managers must wrestle with the striker stats and who exactly will replace Agüero—and then what to do with all of that extra cash-flow? Looking at a long list of injuries and lineup doubts popping up during the break, we recap the international play of some main FPL targets, measure their distance traveled, and then bring it all into focus with a preview of game week 9.