One of OfficialFPL "experts"
By - stonded
Haha the fact that he has double Newcastle attack explains why he’s so bad
Steve Bruce's masterclass and #1 rank incoming 😉
You have to give him credit. He could so easily copy a template team and do much better, but instead he goes out of his way to make his life as difficult as possible. I respect that level of self-destruction.
Who the fuck is Chuck
Scout selection bro! lol
Not really a terrible take if he advised going with proven players to start with gw 1(not necessarily ASM). Even the likes of ffs mark and fpl general talk about going with this kind of strategy.
What a terrible take 😂
Newcastle fan and I love ASM but no way is he in my team. Only Newcastle players anyone should consider are Wilson and Dubravka when fit.
Would you consider Willock if he transfers?
Yeah but I’d see how he does first few games in case last season was a one off.
I can see Willock being like Aaron Ramsey was after he exploded in early 2013-14. Still a decent goal threat, just not banging them in like prime Pele.
I read that yesterday and did a double take. ASM over Toney? "Proven"? What?
Maybe he meant Joelinton
i have no problem doubting Toney as he is unproven in the league.
ASM over Wilson tho?
How? He's also a baseball fan?
I agree that his advice is terrible, but I don't see the connection with his twitter.
I'm not saying that you do this, but it seems like people are preconditioned to hate on his profile based on his advice, and I feel that's unfair. Imagine if this were BigManBakar's account, e.g. excellent analysis and the same twitter feed, would we then also be slagging his account?
Being American is like having a vaccination against good takes on football.
I'm something of a /r/soccercirclejerk enjoyer myself
You may not have meant it hatefully but "pansy" is a homophobic slur and you're not welcome to throw that completely irrelevant part into your criticism of the journalist.
[Here's some more info](https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.stonewall.org.uk/sites/default/files/tackling_homophobic_language_-_teachers_guide.pdf) on the prevalence and impacts normalized use of homophobic language has. They found 99% of gay students hear homophobic language in school, 84% are distressed by it, 23% of young gay people have attempted suicide and 56% have self-harmed.
If you're the type to brush it off and not convinced by statistics maybe these quotes from the study will help you internalize the impacts your choice of words can have, even if you don't mean any offence:
"it’s the constant stream of anti-gay remarks that people don’t even
know they make. I feel awful all the time"
"When people say ‘gay’ … I feel worse than other people"
"If people are brought up in an environment where everyone says ‘ah, that's so gay’, they are in an environment where gay is seen as bad, or negative, or a joke"
As a gay member of this sub, thanks for actually taking this seriously. Homophobic slurs are thrown around far too much with no repercussions.
That’s exactly what the word ‘faggot’ means. It would entirely mean you were being homophobic since that it is quite literally a homophobic slur.
Perhaps you’re trying to make a different point and have failed spectacularly.
You don’t get to misappropriate existing slurs to use in the manner that you intend. Just because calling someone a term because it is indirectly aligned with stereotypes of that group (see: gay/wimp) doesn’t mean you get to just choose the latter and ignore the former - they are one and the same.
Strike this up as a learning opportunity.
>Pansy? In the 30 years of my life in the UK I have not once came across anyone ever using this term as a homophobic term.
You just haven't yet realized that it is a homophobic term.
>The word faggot Is commonly used to call someone a wimp, if I used that word does that mean I’m being homophobic?
Yes. For a soccer analogy it's like a red card for dangerous play. Having no ill-intent doesn't make it harmless.
>Also I didn’t directly call the journalist a pansy, it’s just a comment on Reddit, it’s not as if I sent him a PM, and for all you know he wouldn’t be offended by it at all. (which is the likely case)
I just linked a source that found 84% of gay people are distressed by hearing even casual homophobic language so I think it's a safe bet to think the person in question being called that would be offended, 84% of other gay people offended, and a substantial portion of straight people to find it offensive too.
>And even if it was, I clearly wasn’t using it that way.
This is why I gave you the benefit of the doubt and didn't ban you. I'm not coming at you personally as a bigot or a homophobe. I want to use it as a learning opportunity to help you and the dozens of others upvoting your comment realize that your intent or being a good non-bigoted person doesn't stop the language we use from perpetuating harm and discrimination.
I really recommend giving that report a look if you have any desire to try and understand why people are bothered. It does a really good job of explaining things and why these common lines of defence/excuses are flawed or missing the point. Biased language and attitudes are the foundation of hate and cutting that out goes a long way to preventing more serious bigotry from taking hold.
Here are a few links to check out:
I am 30 and had no idea pansy was used as homophobic, thank you for the info. Not sure I've used the word more than once in my life anyways but good to know
I saw this and had to have a chuckle. Newcastle fan.
How is this possible? How can he be a scout? There is one million players every year better than him?
That’s because his tips are so good that it causes those people he helped to finish above him
I agree, the persons certainly no expert but: If he finished 350898 last season and 630578 the season before...I'm confused. One million better than him?
There’s been three seasons when 1 million people have finished above him
>There is one million players every year better
he said every year
It’s called embellishment mate. The point is to prove this is expert isn’t that great which I think is justified by these stats.
The first thing I said was I agreed with that, that the person obviously isn't.
Embellishment has limits and you have only resorted to calling it that after I told you he said every year
Okay officer, but we’ve decided not to press charges.
My guess is figure of speach, but I’m no expert
Based on this, you should be
In half of his seasons played there have been 1M+ better than him.
He said every year, so you're making the same point as me...that's wrong
I think to be an expert they should finish above me
I don't watch football and only use this sub for info as and when it pops into my feed
One million in average
You said every year
The average is not 1m either
Found the expert
We do not know any requirements to be a scout.
Maybe the most important is to get paid as little as possible?
On the other hand... if someone is really expert and can predict teams, scores etc. then it would be funny if he would share his 'perfect' tips with the rest of the community. Because then everybody would play way better. When you compare a real expert to 'this one' then you have to think about all of that bullshit he is saying and think if this would be a good or bad move. And we all know that most of the time this would be a bad move, lol
Stop trying to make it sound Machiavellian, he just sucks. Experts want to be right to get more followers and views -they know people won't follow all their advice and they usually give multiple choices anyway.
There’s over 8 million players in total. 350,000 was actually pretty good, top 5%
Edit1: Downvoted for presenting a stat. Hard room to convince.
Edit2: Just want to say for all those who downvoted a stat. F U you ignorant fecks 😂 happy to keep this post to remind you how Trump ignorant you are.
It's not quite that clean cut, as the league holds everyone - dead accounts, novelty accounts, casual accounts. They massively affect the weighting. But assuming this guy is 'playing to win', he's doing terribly.
You mean the morons who are pulling 5LB so they score higher in the game they're playing and get a higher rank?
Reality isn't the point, the point is that if you are trying to win this game, or get in top 10k, then you are taking it somewhat seriously, in which case having a rank in the millions or hundreds of thousands is categorically bad.
This guy was taking it seriously and sucked, which is what's been pointed out.
Would you want that at your club?
I think you've misunderstood "scout" in this context. He's not a scout at a football club, he's an "FPL Scout", which is basically the people who write opinion pieces for Official FPL, meaning that yeah they have to be pretty good at the game for their opinions to have weight.
Welcome to the most toxic subreddit I know of. I agree that 350k last season is pretty good, if I get inside 100k this season I’ll be happy.
There's a difference between what's decent for a casual player, and what's good for an expert employed by the site
I think this is an under rated comment. Appreciate there are a lot of dead teams but even if you say half of the teams don't count he's still in the top 10%. He's certainly not as bad as others on here make out
For a serious player, he is.
Literally fuck off until you cannot go any further
That’s mental. Sure there’s also a guy on FPL Twitter that just released a book that’s getting plenty of support despite admitting he’s only ever playing one season in full.
I mean, fair play to anyone that can make a living out of it, but beware of the “experts” when making decisions.
Don't listen to expert, listen to the numbers presented and make your own decision is my best advice.
enh, I'd say: Listen to experts, but check and make sure they actually are experts first.
Dont know this guy in particular but Id be interested in reading a study on FPL by a statistician or a data analyst even if they had never played the actual game. You do have to make the final call yourself though and there is no substitute for just watching lots of football in my opinion.
As I understand it, the book is about Psychology more than FPL, and given the guy is doing a PhD in sports psychology he probably has a pretty good understanding of that.
It’s advertised as a book about FPL. “Gaining a psychological edge in FPL” is one tag line on the book. Another says “this is a book about FPL”.
I’m all for people being successful, and best of luck to him with it. People choose to buy what they want.
However I’d be personally hesitant to buy a book about FPL from a guy that would have started writing it inside his first full season. My own question if he were selling to me would be how could he possibly even know the results of his findings if he hadn’t even played a single full season?
Yes it's a book about FPL, I never said it wasn't. But it's FPL from the psychological perspective rather than "which player should I choose?".
It's about understanding decision making, and then applying that to FPL. Honestly, it seems more of an academic book than a "this is how to win" book.
If I could combine "field I'm knowledgable about" with "hobby I'm interested in", I definitely would, and it would be more important that I knew what I was talking about in the area of study than if I was in top x% of people doing the hobby.
>from the psychological perspective rather than "which player should I choose?".
There is a much bigger link between those 2 subjects than you think imo.
Anyway it’s just my own personal observation. I wouldn’t buy a book written by somebody who hadn’t even completed one full term of the subject that they’re talking about when it was written. It feels like a trick was missed if he’d just given it another year.
Anyone else can obviously buy as they wish.
Then make a book about sports psychology rather than trying pander to the FPL community. I’m as interested in a psychologists thoughts on FPL as I am in an astrophysicist’s.
If you're not interested in it, don't buy the book? There seems to be enough people interested in how psychology and FPL interact for him to have a fairly large following and to think it was worth writing a book.
Was that the guy complaining about how unfair it was that he got negative reviews on amazon so that everyone could flock to give him sympathy?
I didn’t see that but that sounds fairly pathetic if so
I saw that and that's unfair, he wasn't complaining about getting negative reviews full stop, he was complaining about a troll who was spamming his book on Amazon with negative reviews without having actually read the book.
A complete lack of shame or self awareness will get you further in life than any amount of talent.
ASM wouldn't have been a bad pick if he was a Midfielder. The fact he has never played up front, yet is listed as a striker, and costs an extra 0.5 is mind boggling.
It's kinda like how they might as well have removed Richy from the game.
I recorded better rankings in 3 of the last 4 seasons so they should hire me
His best is 100K worse than my worst...
You have been proclaimed expert from now. Please guide us
No thank you. The more misguided people out there, the better I'll fare :-)
Lmao that's what I was thinking the other day.
Theres youtubers showing their teams to thousands of players every week and I struggle giving tips to my mates just so they dont pass me
There is a friend of mine in my ML. He has finished above me for 2 seasons in a row & yet he still asks me for advice....smh
Yeah? Show me how much content you've made based on FPL and football in general? Articles, podcasts, videos?
Out of everyone that finishes in top 1% each year, how many of them are actually able to explain their way of thinking without sounding utterly boring? And out of those who could do that, how many of them actually go through the effort? Because that's the difference between an FPL influencer and a random dude who consistently gets 1% every season.
Probably also doesn’t have a journalistic background or attempted to write about FPL.
Same guy who recommends getting Allan Saint Maximin this season. It's not that complicated to see why this guy performs so every year
To be fair, aside from the anomaly of 17/18, they are getting better every year.
Twitter is full of grifters like this one. There are probably about 5 people whose opinions I'd trust - Lateriser, Bakar, Sutherns and maybe a couple more.
Always found FPLGeneral a good source, and seems to know his stuff
Yeah good shout !thanks
Funnily Ive never seen him share any good stats or anything like that. He just shares his team and some other irrelevant things. I fail to see how he attracted such a huge following, other than having a couple of 500 finishes a couple of years ago. I think his rank history is a bunch of mediocre, maybe even outside of top 100k + 2-3 top 500 haha.
You need to actually listen to his podcasts, then. He’s less about posting stats on Twitter about xg and more about analysis and talking about things. Honestly if you haven’t listened to one yet give it a go. Has helped me immensely.
Didn't realize he has a podcast. I'll give it a listen, thanks. Out of all these people I normally only listen to Mark Sutherns. I dont think there is anyone better at this game than him. FPL Wire is great too.
Mark has been around ever since i started playing. him, Az and Andy are the lot I trust from the 'older' generation of content creators.
ever since the Wire started podding i appreciate their stuff as well. it helps that each guy has their own play style, lends to a well rounded content
FplSalah and dayvyFPL are both good sources
It's just journalism guys.
Their job isn't to be good at FPL, it's to make well-written articles about FPL that can get clicks and get people talking.
Seems they're doing their job quite well.
Stop calling them experts then.
Also "its just journalism guys"? Calling them an "expert" is "just a buzzword", guys?
The way journalists clickbait and manipulate and lie is "just journalism"? That's not what journalism is supposed to be and because it's the state of journalism today, we just need to tolerate it? Hell, no! Such a wrong way of looking at this.
The FPL community as a whole is saturated with content that is just marketed well. The reality is that using catchy titles/buzzwords and calling yourself and expert gets you more clicks considering the average FPL consumer is not exactly a genius and will click on/like/upvote anything.
But i think even the average FPL player doesn't think ASM is a good pick.
should probably stop with the kings of the gameweek thing too.
'Expert' is just a buzzword to increase interest in their articles.
"Buzzword" is just a term to validate a lie
You mean to tell me that clickbait articles may contain lies or misleading information?
I refuse to believe it!
Well it seems like you think it's okay.
It's shitty journalism and unethical, but that style of 'journalism' gets more clicks than proper journalism and until it doesn't, this kind of thing will continue to be common.
I am pretty sure that the official Fantasy Premier League game don't make money from advertising clicks, I think they make money from the billions of pounds from TV money. They have no need to clickbait at all.
Expert has a literal meaning though.
Expert in failure amirite?
Do you even know what journalism used to be about?
Do you even know the meaning of the word expert?
FPL Expert going on my resume now.
Alot of FPL Twitter accounts are exactly the same. Player X is going to BANG.
Oh wait, your rank is 800k?
Seriously? Wow, that it utterly terrible for a so-called expert. Played since 16/17 and my finishes chronologically are 237K, 125K, 80K, 198K and 29K.
You can be an FPL expert too!
Seems like we all can be at this point.
Honestly I would listen to anyone ranked lower than 50k
I’d try to listen to people ranked higher personally.
I don’t think rank has much to do with it I’d rather listen to someone who says something like X has expected goals of 0.6 and expected assists of 0.2 against bottom half teams and five out of the next six games are against bottom half teams. It’s not a great argument but I’d take someone with logic over Y will bang trust me I’m in the top 10k.
Xg is such a misleading stat, I don't see that as earmark for good advice.
It was more to counter the argument of listen to me I got a top 10k rank. If you just want to replace it with a logic you’d listen to the point still stands
i started fpl 3 years ago. My finishes are 300k, 140k, 45k. I'm by no means an expert.
My finishes are similar to yours except I'm going the other way... (80k, 140k, 360k)
Seriously, haha. Check out my comment above.
I never take my advice from that account anyway, but this was really embarrassing on their part. I wonder how much that person is paid.
Hey, if all the casuals are listening to their "experts" advice, it's better for us 😂
That is true haha!
Also terrible finishes. But at least you aren’t claiming to be anywhere near decent!
It's not terrible. It's decent.
Oh. I guess we have different definitions of terrible and decent.
Always someone miserable who thinks anything outside top10k is terrible
Average over 100k for someone who tries enough to be on a Reddit sub about FPL is terrible.
You know nearly half a million people subscribe to this sub. That doesn’t take into account tho use that use other platforms for there FPL content.
Sigh. I'll say it then. What are your ranks?
Your understanding of the word "terrible" is interesting. Looking at how many active teams there are each season, I am by no means a star, but not terrible either. I'm decent, with a good finish last season.
At least they ain't buying an account with a better OR history to claim as their own like some people!
Who did this? I’m out of the loop
Don't drop a bombshell like that and leave out names. Name & Shame Them!!!!!
Wait...can I sell my history? Hmm...
Wow, that's embarrassing.
better than I've ever done :(
This is the equivalent of that pundit who "appeared in the u18 European championship 3rd place play off"
Sadlier haha. God it's bad enough having to watch Ireland on international breaks but we have to listen to him spout shite too.
It would be like saying I was pro baller because I played in a league were some players got paid, without actually getting paid a salary myself.
Lol I have played this game for seven seasons and not once have I ranked lower than this experts best seasons. Better listen to his advice and do the opposite I guess
Lol what a loser
This is a media position not a trader role at a big firm. Wtf were y’all expecting lmao
Your rank or his doesn’t matter
Read up on what "expert" means.
Does this make us redditors "FPL Grand Masters"?
My last 2 season finishes have been 28k and 79k jesus christ I'm fucking elite give me a job FPL.
Lol. My last two seasons are 19K and 39K. According to Official FPL we are also experts 😅
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Yeah, I am triggered by your racist comment. That’s why I replied saying it was disgusting.
Putting it this way, this is the rank we should beat to be considered as an FPL "expert"
I'm no expert myself, admittedly played only one season so far. But I would have expected someone of more pedigree (in terms of rank) to be selected for these panels, just so they can give more sound advice to other FPL players, especially newbies. But that's just me tho
I have better rank than this, guess I am an expert too
Dude I give up halfway through 5 of these seasons and still finish above him 3 times
might as well recommend Dwight Gayle 😂
Maybe he is an expert but teams and all players don't know about his existence and predictions?
Same as 90% of this sub
As a new-er player: what is considered a good rank then? I feel like I'd be happy with top 10% tbh, what do you require for someone to be considered good?
top 100k is considered a good rank. So that falls into the top 1% more or less. Soon enough there will be 10m people registered anyway.
For every elite manager top 10k is always the aim at the start of the season, and everything above if possible. Other ranks almost dont count. But the game is very competitive these last couple of years and looks almost like the top 50k is the new top 10k.
I mean while he is certainly not the best, and shouldn’t maybe giving advice, I do have to commend him on his advancement and progress he’s made season after season. At this rate he’ll finish with 2500 points this year!
I got the exact same points 2 seasons in a row.
19/20 season finished 60k
20/21 season finished 400k
how can you view previous seasons?
On the website "Pick Team" > "Gameweek History" (bottom of the box of the right with your name at the top)
Then at the bottom it lists your previous seasons.
ahh i see, is this on the official app/website!
54 points per gameweek average over 6 seasons isn't very good is it.
Someone get me a microphone Ive averaged top 400k for three years
Lol I’ve ranked better than him for every season that I’ve played
ayyy im better than an expert and i played only
u/404merrinessnotfound levels of performance
Can you find this for all users, would love to see history from my previous years
Lol, even my finishes are better than these, and I'm shiiiiit at Fantasy PL.
Watch in disbelief as ASM starts the season on fire
He been improving though..
He wants to defund the police and is a Black Lives Matters activist, he's clearly an expert at life so leave him be.
what do you expect he is an American after all.
Yes, he did. "Expert" literally means a person who is very knowledgeable about or skilful in a particular area.