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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.

    Replacements for injured KDB and out-of-form Salah

    Replacements for injured KDB and out-of-form Salah

    The FPL General reflects on a very hectic double gameweek and gives you all the advice you need ahead of gameweek 20 which gets underway on Tuesday.
    All the usual transfers, captaincy and watchlist updates, as well as these questions answered:

    What advice would you give to managers in the top 10k to maintain their position?

    Is KDB to Son a no-brainer?

    Other replacements for KDB?

    How would you rank Son, Rashford, Maddison as potential Salah replacements?

    Is player price a distraction given the current high-priced flops?

    Which two Man City defenders would you recommend in a double-up?

    Are Trent and Robertson no longer a realistic double-up?

    Give me a differential for each position to hold from now until end of season...

    Are we being too patient with Salah?


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    • 39 min
    How to tackle double gameweek 19 now that the fixtures have changed

    How to tackle double gameweek 19 now that the fixtures have changed

    The FPL General is here to guide you through the ever-changing FPL landscape amidst yet more covid fixture chaos, with all these questions about the massive double gameweek 19 answered:

    How many double GW players would you need to justify using the bench boost?

    If you're not bench boosting in GW19 would triple captain be a good option instead?

    Where do you draw the line at taking a points hit to make bench boost viable for the double GW?

    Is a Manchester City defender now essential?

    Is Michail Antonio worth a punt in the double gameweek?

    Is Fernandes a risky captain now he's a yellow card away from missing a game in the double gameweek?

    Would you still bench boost if you have three Leeds players, who only have a single game in GW19?

    Is Salah a must-have for the double gameweek?

    If we're not using bench boost this week when would be the next best opportunity?

    Is not using bench boost or triple captain this week too risky?

    Does the Villa double gameweek make their assets a stronger option given their run of good fixtures?


    Plus there's plenty of transfer & captaincy advice and the usual watchlist in/out update
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    • 30 min
    Navigating the disruption + best differential options for GW18

    Navigating the disruption + best differential options for GW18

    The FPL General is here to provide guidance on how best to navigate the increasingly disrupted and unpredictable FPL schedule
    Plenty of captaincy & transfer advice, the usual watchlist update, plus these questions answered:

    Should we fill our free-hit squads with differentials?

    Does it make sense to play free-hit if there are only 5 games being played?

    Do you enjoy how chaotic this FPL season has become or long for a return to normality?

    Is it best to save your chips for later in the season when the covid postponements have calmed down?

    If I use two free transfers now and then free-hit a day later will my free transfers remain or be cancelled?

    Lacazette or Martial for free-hit squads?

    Who are the top differentials for GW 18?

    Is it worth taking a points hit to get 9 players for GW18 enabling us to keep our free-hit chip for later in the season?

    With all the postponements is the wildcard becoming more of an option for those of us who used our first wildcard early?

    Are triple-ups too risky this season with all the potential postponements?

    Double gameweek19 - to bench boost or not?

    Is KDB a trap?


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    • 34 min
    Changing plans for double gameweek 19 + is it time to replace Son with Rashford?

    Changing plans for double gameweek 19 + is it time to replace Son with Rashford?

    The FPL General is here to pick up the pieces after a disrupted gameweek 16 that saw two games postponed and some big players left pointless.
    He's got all the usual advice on captaincy picks, transfer plans, watchlist update, plus all your questions answered, a lot with the upcoming blank and double gameweeks in mind...

    Would you say it's better to wait until the last minute to make transfers and ignore price changes?

    Is it still worth planning to bench boost in GW19 given the postponements we saw this week?

    Who's the best 4.4 million or less defender?

    Is it worth taking hits to bring in players for the double gameweek 19?

    Is using our free hit chip in gw18 now a waste with more double gameweeks to come?

    What are your thoughts on Meslier for the double gameweek?

    Would you go double Leeds attack?

    Is Michail Antonio worth a gamble for double gameweek 19?

    Are you scaling back your forward planning and only looking two or three weeks ahead?

    Is the lesson from the last few days to make sure we have a strong bench?

    Is Rashford a better option than Son?


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    • 37 min
    Festive Fixture Preview - It's wildcard season!

    Festive Fixture Preview - It's wildcard season!

    The FPL General previews both of the upcoming gameweeks as the festive football comes at us thick and fast. He's got plenty of advice for those of you playing your wildcards, plus all the usual tips on captaincy choices, transfers, watchlist update, plus these questions answered:

    In order of priority for double gameweek 16, how do you rank KDB, Salah, Son and Bruno?

    Is new info about double gameweek 26 changing your chip strategy?

    Which players are essential on a gameweek 16 wildcard?

    Is now a good time to go for a Robertson and Alexander-Arnold double-up?

    Do the fixtures of Spurs, Liverpool and West Ham lend themselves to a wildcard before gameweek 15?

    Who are the best one-week-punts for those of us wildcarding in gameweek 16?

    Who are the best five players to pick up on a free-hit in gameweek 18?

    Who are the best Chilwell replacements?

    What is the maximum number of single game players holding on to in double gameweek 16?

    Who would you rather own long-term Robertson or Grealish?


    Gameweek 15 deadline is Saturday 26th December 11am
    Gameweek 16 deadline is Monday 28th December 1.30pm

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    • 34 min
    Planning ahead for double gameweek 19

    Planning ahead for double gameweek 19

    The FPL General is here with another update as the games keep coming thick and fast, he's got the usual watchlist updates, transfer & captaincy advice for the weekend.
    The January fixtures have been announced and we now know that we'll have a blank gameweek in gw18 and a double gameweek in gw19 so there are a lot of listener questions to get through...

    Which players should we target on a gw16 wildcard?

    How do we tackle gw18 with only five games?

    Best chip strategy for gw19 if you've already used your wildcard?

    When will the second wildcard of the season be released?

    Can we use wildcards in conjunction with chips?

    Triple captain or bench boost in gw19?

    Which defender to buy for the next five gameweeks?

    Who are your top 5 players to aim for in gw19?

    If you had to transfer out Kane or Son who would you go with?

    Best differential pick for gw14?


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    • 38 min

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