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The Athletic's Fantasy Premier League expert Mark McGettigan - aka FPL General - gives you his considered view on the players to watch, who to make captain and answers your burning FPL questions. Mark has played the game for more than ten seasons and in three of the the last five campaigns, he has finished in the Top 500 in the world rankings.

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The Athletic's Fantasy Premier League expert Mark McGettigan - aka FPL General - gives you his considered view on the players to watch, who to make captain and answers your burning FPL questions. Mark has played the game for more than ten seasons and in three of the the last five campaigns, he has finished in the Top 500 in the world rankings.

    How to cope with no Man Utd, Chelsea or Leicester players in gameweek 36

    How to cope with no Man Utd, Chelsea or Leicester players in gameweek 36

    The FPL General is back with his usual words of wisdom as we approach the final three gameweeks of a gruelling FPL season.
    Transfers and captaincy advice plus these questions answered:

    Are Man Utd assets worth holding for the rest of the season?

    Who are the alternatives to Bruno Fernandes for the run-in?

    Bamford or Antonio as an Iheanacho replacement?

    Is it worth taking a hit to replace the Mendy/Forster tandem?

    Is doubling up on the Southampton keepers an option?

    Is Stuart Dallas a must-have for the remaining fixtures?

    Is Benrahma over Lingard over-thinking it?

    Who are the essential players for GW36 if you don't have a free-hit?

    If you're on a wildcard who would be the first names on your team sheet?

    Which new chip would you like to see introduced next season?


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    Strategies to save your season & plan for double gameweek 35

    Strategies to save your season & plan for double gameweek 35

    The FPL General is here to assess the damage after a disastrous gameweek 34, with the Man Utd v Liverpool postponement causing havoc for managers everywhere
    He'll share his thoughts on how to save your season if you're struggling plus answer all these questions:

    With Leno and Remy rotation risks, would you consider moving to a goalkeeper that plays twice in GW36?

    What to do with Diogo Jota?

    What's the best way to make use of a wildcard this week?

    Who makes way out of Iheanacho, Kane or Wood if I want to bring in Antonio?

    Is it time to replace Kane for a striker with a double gameweek if we've got Son?

    Is Gareth Bale a trap? I feel like I've fallen for it too many times this season already...

    Who is the best defender to consider until the end of the season?

    Who are the triple captain options this weekend?

    Is Zaha a good option or should we avoid Crystal Palace?

    Should we sell Lingard?

    Who are the best 5 million defenders for the rest of the season?


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    Gameweek 34 & A Nostalgic Bid For Sigurdsson?

    Gameweek 34 & A Nostalgic Bid For Sigurdsson?

    In advance of GW34, The General reflects on Bruno Fernandes' downturn in recent form and answers the following questions:

    Is this a good week to bank a transfer?

    Is Diogo Jota worth holding onto?

    Given Everton's promising fixtures - which Blues defender, midfielder & attacker would you pick with an unlimited budget?

    How do you get over a disappointing week, when you know you have a good squad?

    Should I get Harry Kane back? Even for a -4?

    Has Illan Meslier become a legitimate GK option for the run-in?

    What's the best advice you'd give to managers who still have a wildcard left to play!?


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    The General & A Prince

    The General & A Prince

    In this special bonus episode, Mark sits down with Prince Abdullah Bin Mosaad - The Sheffield United owner with four Top 10K FPL finishes - to discuss a shared love of fantasy football, tips for aspiring FPL bosses, lessons learned & how the game impacted his decision to actually buy a Premier League club!
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    Gameweek 33 Preview: Shackles Off For Mourinho-Less Spurs?

    Gameweek 33 Preview: Shackles Off For Mourinho-Less Spurs?

    The General returns, with a green arrow in sight, to help us navigate Gameweek 33, The EFL Cup Final and beyond. Will he resist the urge to pick up Lingard AGAIN this week and answers to the following:

    Is it time to return to Emi Martinez with our tails between our legs?

    Who is the best replacement for the injured Lacazette?

    Should you hold onto Son now that Mourinho is gone?

    Should you play your free hit this weekend if you still have it?

    Which disposable template players and which differentials could replace them to make up ground in mini-leagues?

    Who should our 3rd striker be, presuming Iheanacho and Kane are everyone's other two!

    Who are the top 5 defenders to own right now?

    What's the strategy for potential upcoming double and blank gameweeks?


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    The Long Gameweek 32 & Eye-Catching Kai Havertz

    The Long Gameweek 32 & Eye-Catching Kai Havertz

    The General is back to preview an extended gameweek 32, still haunted by wildcard sales of the recent past, as Jesse Lingard becomes officially impossible to ignore and Kai Havertz starts to show his class at Chelsea... Mark reveals his plan to break into the top 10k by the end of the season... And of course, answers to the following:

    Is Kane a good triple captain option for this week & Is Son essential for the Spurs double?

    Is it worth bringing in Iheanacho before his FA Cup tie?

    Were the last couple of Chelsea matches just defensive blips?

    Is Edinson Cavani worth it?

    Emi Martinez over Edouard Mendy?

    How best to use your free hit if you still have one?

    And, will The General revert to a more conservative strategy from now until the end of the season after breaking some of his own golden rules?


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Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
178 Ratings

178 Ratings

Hickofahack ,

Best FPL podcast

This is IMO essential listening for any FPL player looking to improve their rank. The tone is a bit more serious than other pods out there but the content is well researched and to the point. If you only listen to one FPL podcast a week then this is the go to.

Turbo1987 ,

Thoughtful and great FPL strategist

I love Mark’s articles on The Athletic and supplements them well on this podcast. I follow both The Official FPL Podcast (who doesn’t love AC Jimbo) and this one. Great Saturday morning listening just before the regular 11am Saturday deadlines - very granular and meticulous in his approach and conveys his thoughts very well. During the pandemic he makes it abundantly clear also that FPL is just a game and players too are suffering from Covid this season so he is just wonderfully considered and thoughtful - which should be acknowledged.

Doofus7981 ,

Timing of podcast

I really like the podcast, I think Mark does a great job and it’s now my go to pod for FPL. However why oh why do you release a podcast before the GW has ended. Last week the podcast came out before the Spurs v Liverpool game. Mark’s strategy was to bring Kane in, obviously with Kane getting injured that didn’t happen!!! Had he released the pod on Friday morning AFTER the LFC game, he could have addressed this.
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE stop recording the podcast with games left in the GW. I get with so many games it’s difficult but it ruins the podcast when big issues happen in the final game.

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