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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.

    Son, KdB, Diaz & The Final Gameweek

    Son, KdB, Diaz & The Final Gameweek

    The General looks ahead to the final Gameweek of the season, as he tries to push into the overall top 10k, and details various strategies to help you triumph in your mini-leagues...
    Plus answers to the following:

    Are hits in the final Gameweek worth it?

    Would you swap out Salah for Son or Mane as a punt? 

    Is it worth doing a -4 for Salah to Son, or just do a straight swap of Salah to KDB?

    Best Coutinho replacement?

    Differential players to consider for the final gameweek of the season if you are chasing? 

    Probably going to transfer Salah to Son, but also tempted to do either Saka to Bowen or Mount to Diaz for a -4. Should I just play safe with the one transfer?

    Still have the triple captain chip left, should I place it on Son or KDB? 

    Do you think there will be any changes to the game (chips, etc) next season?

    Any tips that we should do to prepare for a new season ahead?

    • 30 min
    Stick or twist with Salah?

    Stick or twist with Salah?

    The FPL General previews the penultimate gameweek of the season and comes armed with plenty of advice for those of you who are still in with a chance of moving up your mini-leagues...

    Stick or twist with Salah?

    I'm chasing down a 40-point deficit in my mini-league. We both have Salah. Should I get rid and gamble?

    Who's the best Saka replacement at around £6.5 after his poor double gameweek?  

    Cash or Digne?

    Best 3 or 4 premium assets to own on a Free Hit?

    Your top 3 free hit differential picks this week?

    Does it make sense to get a Villa defender on FH if you have Zaha?

    Is Vardy a worthwhile punt for 120+mins? 

    Any Wolves player on FH?

    • 29 min
    Deciding which teams to big on for double gameweek 36

    Deciding which teams to big on for double gameweek 36

    FPL General is here to look ahead to double gameweek 36 as we approach the business end of the FPL season. He's got an update on his watchlist, transfer advice and captaincy picks, plus these questions answered:

    With the rotation risk ahead of the cup final, should we transfer out our Chelsea assets for other DGW starters?

    Hold James? Or move to Dias for double city defence?

    Keep or sell Mount?

    Are there any Chelsea players you’d include on a free hit this week based on current form?

    Should we move Chelsea assets to Man City ones even if it’s for a hit?

    Is Mount to Foden worth a hit?

    Is KDB the best differential captain this week and is it better to go for Foden or Laporte on a Free Hit?

    For those of us that went Dewsbury-Hall in recent weeks, is it worth a -4 to move to Gordon due to security of starts in the upcoming doubles?  

    Is it worth removing Kulusevski for another mid-price option with better fixtures but less certainty of minutes such as Foden or Maddison? 

    Depending on minutes and fitness tomorrow I really like a punt on Vardy. Is he forgotten?

    Is it worth transferring Ramsdale for any other keeper at this stage of the season?

    Is free hit a given even if you have 9 players playing twice?

    • 31 min
    FPL Friday - time to replace Reece James?

    FPL Friday - time to replace Reece James?

    FPL General is here ahead of Saturday's gameweek 35 deadline with some last minute advice to help you push on record a strong end to the FPL season as we enter the closings stages.

    Do I sell James for Cancelo?

    Replace Reece James with Laporte or Alonso and is Matty Cash a good buy for upcoming fixtures?

    Which Chelsea players are most likely to be rotated against Everton? Worth selling Werner and Havertz/Mount for Watkins and Coutinho?

    Is Ramsey a good Villa asset to bring in to attack their upcoming fixtures, if you're tight on funds? Him or Dewsbury-Hall as a cheap midfielder?

    Who is the better buy for the rest of the season... Foden or Coutinho? Or, hold Havertz and re-evaluate next week with two FT's before the double?

    Sell Sterling for Son or go without Spurs players for the run-in?

    Is a triple up on Arsenal attackers a viable option with the players being Saka, Odegaard and Nketiah?

    Would you consider Zaha? Playing the worst defence in Southampton next followed by another poor defence in Watford followed by a decent double in 37?

    Best Broja replacements? Need a striker for bench boost on DGW36?

    Would it be safe to double up on Man City and Liverpool defenders?

    • 25 min
    Should we hold misfiring Son/Kane or move to KDB?

    Should we hold misfiring Son/Kane or move to KDB?

    With just five gameweeks left until the end of the season the FPL General is here to help you try and eek out that last bit of improvement that could see you rise up the mini-leagues. He's got a review of gw34, a watchlist update, captaincy advice and answers to these questions:

    What should we do with Reece James?

    Who are the best Man City assets to have for the rest of the season?

    Raheem Sterling - Should we keep the faith?

    Would you move Havertz/Mount to Foden for GW35?

    No shot on target for Spurs in the last two games. Should we hold Son/Kane or move to a KDB?

    Best differentials to catch up in mini-leagues as well as getting to desired rank at the end of the season?

    Who are the best budget striker options for the upcoming DGW36 if you are on a Bench Boost?

    If I have to drop one of Trent or Robertson to make my bench boost work, which one should it be?

    What’s your preferred gameweek to Free Hit - 36 or 37?

    • 29 min
    Chelsea players for double gameweek 34 - gamble with Werner or play safe with Mount?

    Chelsea players for double gameweek 34 - gamble with Werner or play safe with Mount?

    FPL General looks ahead to gameweek 34, reflects on a mixed bag for many managers in gw33, and answers these questions:

    Is it safe to transfer out Saka for a Chelsea midfielder?

    Should we chase the next possible haul by getting Werner or go safe with Havertz and Mount?

    Would Reece James playing as a right sided centre back put you off bringing him in on wildcard?

    Rate the Top 3 assets from Chelsea please?

    Is it worth selling Coutinho for Mount?

    Are Leicester midfielders a sell despite their double/double in gw36/37?

    Would you be tempted by Sadio Mane over a City attacker?

    Ederson or Mendy?

    Who is the best sub 5m midfielder from now until the end of the season?

    If planning to WC35, what one-week punts to go for?

    • 26 min

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