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What the Slackers Say – IB Special

It’s been a few weeks but we’re back with What the Slackers Say. This week the slackers will be reviewing the special Patreon pod where the Surgery guys interviewed Stephen Helm. Known to the Slackers as Helmo, he achieved an incredible overall ranking of 4th place in the season of 2011/12. The surgeons interview Helmo and find out what he did to achieve that amazing overall rank.

Alan Duffin
Current Rank: 260k | Highest FPL rank: 3k

@Iceman@Bully and @HelmoI got the chance to listen to the Patreon pod whilst driving home from work today and found it very refreshing seeing as we’re currently in an international break. I haven’t been playing FPL seriously for anything like the number of years you guys have so I really wasn’t aware of all the changes there have been, especially in regard to there used to being 1 transfer per week. I throughly enjoyed all of it. I’m a form and fixtures man like yourself Helmo and as you know have my own data analysis into transfer selections. I agree with the every changing circumstances therefore I rarely plan greater than 4 weeks ahead but it’s just simply great to get different insights into people’s thinking. Shame about the RvP Week 37 haul but your 4th place is truly magnificent. The final part regarding mental health was excellent. FPL can be the devil at times as it saps so much out of us and therefore tensions can run high but you’re right this slack channel is a haven and some are on a lot, some not so much and some sporadic. @Iceman accepts all sorts :rolling_on_the_floor_laughing::rolling_on_the_floor_laughing::rolling_on_the_floor_laughing:.

Thanks for the pod fellas, you all put so much effort into what you do and it’s just a pleasure to be a part of it all as a listener and to have the ability to respond and give credit where it’s due.I look forward to more surprises over the season. Once the International Break is over we really head into an intense period of FPL during the silly season, it’s back to back all the way till January so a wee bit of rest now is just what’s required. Thanks again Helmo – great insight :blush:

Alex Ball

Current Rank: 712k | Highest FPL rank: 3k

Helmo absolutely loved your podcast appearance with Bully and Iceman. I really related to what you talked about; similar age and length of time playing the game (although you kick my arse best rank wise!) Really enjoyed the trip down FPL memory lane; brought back memories. I’m a bit of a purist so enjoyed it pre chips and even vice-captains! Really interested to hear your take on mindfulness. As I was a teacher for 15 years and I now work with children aged 5 to 15 with learning and behaviour needs. Some of them come from a background involving trauma which is really hard for all concerned. I’ll often incorporate mindfulness into the classroom to support that child but also the rest of the class. I also find I’m someone who spends a lot of time taking in FPL noise and I think it has showed in a downturn in form over the last few season. I really liked your call on copying @Nick (Triggerlips)’s idea of going old-school with pen and paper. How do you filter the noise and choose where and when to listen? Final point, I was very surprised to hear your accent as I’d assumed you where Scandinavia with your name :joy:Thanks again!

And of course a massive thank you and well done to Iceman and Bully


Really enjoyed the pod Helmo :raised_hands::raised_hands::raised_hands: never heard Bully & Iceman so quiet before…. great stuff!Some great advice on switching off and being in the moment. Will you be my life coach?!

Current Rank: 156k | Highest FPL rank: 92,638

10/10 for that pod. Perfect for the IB. Part 3 and 4 could be on every pod imo. Great job guys!

Current Rank: 68k | Highest FPL rank: 2k

Smashed it guys. Really really interesting and lots of nostalgia. It’s weird as once Helmo started talking through it you realise how crazy coming 4th is… FOURTH!

The Hitman
Current Rank: 2.3m | Highest FPL rank: 11k

Great pod Helmo, Iceman, Bully. I just got around to listening to it today. That was probably the most enjoyable pod of the season for me as I was able to relate to a lot of it. The discussion around how the game affects your mental health I very much appreciated as it is something I have been thinking myself the past few weeks because I’ve been doing so badly and have let this game affect my mood at times. It’s very important as you say to take a step back whether it’s going for a walk, staying away from screens or other mediums such as yoga or meditation or exercise in general. I also have taken on board your advice this season of not listening to too many podcasts because as you say too many opinions and overinformation can move you away from your instincts and it always feels better if you go with your instincts as you are more comfortable with the decision yourself.  Great job Helmo!


Excellent pod Helmo, Iceman, Bully. :+1::clap:
Yeah spying on other teams’ transfers made was a thing till very recently, glad they took that away haha
I second that advice re switching off for the weekend / focusing on one thing at a time! Tried the MOTD challenge a couple of times but I either am impatient and check scores during the weekend, or my mate trolls me each time CHO makes a cameo off the bench :expressionless: maybe I need to switch off Whatsapp or find better mates :laughing:
Great advice re the end of the season, if I understood correctly, triple captaining Robin van Persie will be key!

What the Slackers Say – GW9

Well that was a long two weeks! Fret not, FPL is back and here is what the slackers are saying about the FPL Surgery Podcast.


Alan Duffin
Current Rank: 59k | Highest FPL rank: 3k

What the Slackers Say – GW7

What’s up FPL fans! This week we have FPL Surgery podcast reviews from Alex Ball, Bard, Helmo and Stephan Haugsrud. Hoping all your FPL dreams come true this week, and remember to change your FPL account passwords.

What the Slackers Say – GW6

We’re back! After a couple of weeks break we have great pod and gameweek summaries from the Bard and Captain Kingpin.

Rank last season: 478,189  |  Highest rank: 92,638

First of all, thank you so much @Bully and @Iceman for another great episode. @FPL Houghts is such a great addition to the pod, but also the entertainment that comes with him. Really enjoyed this one. Thanks guys!

Selected notes:

Big at the back is dead…
…at least until Laporte or Alisson are back. Budget options mentioned on the pod: Tomori (4.5m) and Soyuncu (4.6m). It’s important to monitor Chelsea’s defense rotation before picking Tomori. Other options are AMN, Vertonghen Pieters, AWB, Maguire and Rico (at a neatly 4.0m). Spurs’ fullbacks are also interesting, but more information regarding rotation is needed.

Chill out fpl mates!
Iceman gave a calming, almost paternal, chillout speech. Speaking for myself, it was heavily needed. Houghts added a pointer of sticking to one’s plan. Review notes and your thinking. Don’t go overboard chasing points. In addition to his calming words, Iceman also pointed out how close the rankings are at the moment. Green arrows are coming..

The 90 second debate: Son vs. Kane
Loved this segment, although @FPL Houghts kind of rhetorically bullied @Iceman there 🙂 it’s Son for me as well.

Iceman is moving out of double LFC defense
I did long ago, so I guess now I can sell TAA as well, or…

Captain Kingpin
Rank last season: 119k  |  Highest rank: 21k

Another excellent podcast from the surgery guys and regular guest FPL Houghts. FPL Houghts mixes his in depth football knowledge with passion and enthusiasm to deliver a very listenable pod. His Son-Kane debate with the @Iceman was great to hear and I look forward to more debates in the future.

I’m going to be keeping hold of my premium assets and keeping faith in Sterling who has hit the woodwork twice in the last week. #heisdue

Up the pod!

What the Slackers Say – GW4

This week we have pod summaries and gameweek plans from Alan Duffin, Alex Ball, Helmo and Romfrosk.

Alan Duffin
Rank last season: 19,248  |  Highest rank: 19,248

The pod just gets better. Everyone gives an objective view and really makes you think and consider any decisions you are yet to make on transfers. Don’t make any transfers – unless you absolutely have to – without listening to these guys 🎧 👍 .Great to hear @Banana Nose Maldonado – Matt on, excellent stuff and smoother than Shaggy. Much love to Bret up in Coffs Harbour 💓

Alex Ball
Rank last season: 500k  |  Best rank: 3k

Simply stunning. From the excellent advice of @Banana Nose Maldonado – Matt @Stephan @Iceman @Bully to @fpl_sexy’s sad reflection on his best mate to @MadHatter’s comedy ending. Seriously what’s not to love? 💓

Rank Last season: 58,788  |  Best rank: 4

Excellent pod guys, appreciate your efforts, happy,sad, insightful, informative and funny. @Banana Nose Maldonado – Matt was a brilliant addition to crowd and I definitely think the 4 surgeon pod panel dynamic works really well. Especially pleased to have my 3rd related food question (favorite crisp flavor, preferred sandwich and now the condiment debate) asked on the pod and impressed with @Bully’s enthusiasm for the great chip debate. I’ve got another one lined up but I don’t want you greedy guts gorging too much on the food related questions so I’ll hold it back for a couple of pods time.

A lovely bittersweet ending to the pod – deepest sympathies to both @fpl_sexy and the wife of @MadHatter in equal measures 💓 UP THE POD 💓

Rank last season (1st season): 800k  |  Highest rank: 800k

Another week with a great pod.

Serious discussions between all of you. and all had their own reasons backing up their opinions.

The guests are just supreme quality with both @Stephan and @Banana Nose Maldonado – Matt. Keep em coming. @fpl_sexy “Sexy Thoughts” certainly gave me a tear or two as well; all the best for you and your family. Sending lots of love your way. I did for a little while think you’d agree on the “longest” question there 😛 Maybe next week 😃 beeeeeeep Beeeep *BEEEEEP

What the Slackers Say – GW3

This week we have pod summaries and gameweek plans from Alan Duffin, Stephan Haugsrud and Romfrosk.

Alan Duffin
Rank last season: 19,248  |  Highest rank: 19,248

Excellent pod fellas, confirmed my thoughts in that with an already strong squad I don’t need to wildcard right now. Tor Mikkel Tokvam’s algorithm saying that really only Pukki and Martial are the boats I’ve missed is good to hear (and concerning to hear). A little surprised that Tor Mikkel Tokvam doesn’t see Harry Kane as much of a worry if you don’t have him as he is my biggest concern at not owning.Interestingly enough it was GW3 last season that prices exploded and the panel believe Team Value could play big part this season, the flip side being they also say the best managers don’t really worry about team value. 👌 All over it guys #UpThePod

Stephan Haugsrud
Rank last season: 1,710  |  Highest rank: 1,710

Great pod. Tor Mikkel Tokvam was a great guest. Confident in his assessments and very polite in shooting down the Iceman’s transfers. After listening to this I should worry more about pulling the WC early, but at the same time, team value = points and at least there’s that. I like that we finally have a number we can put on team value. Extra selling value of 0.1 = 2 points.

And what the hell was that MadHatter segment? Had me laughing 😂 #UpThePod


Another week, another great pod.

@Tor Mikkel Tokvam will be a great partner for the pod with loads of stats behind his selections and talking points. I enjoyed the talk about template becoming so diverse. with loads of options in most positions.

Making me more happy about my choices during my early WC. The Salah/Mané talk has swayed me to use Salah instead, which was surprising; can’t argue against solid stats over time.

But how is the question I like that new names get thrown into the mix on the pod, with a little bitter taste, as I know have more players to “worry” about. The quality for both the hosts and guests on this post is just so superior to other pods I used to listen to. FPL Surgery is now the only “Must listen” pod in my opinion.

Great work! #UpThePod

What the Slackers Say – GW2

It was good to be reminded that scorelines don’t always tell the whole story and the surgeons plus guest provided excellent analysis.

David Munday was great guest who is clearly very knowledgable about football and FPL but is also able to verbalise his thoughts in a concise and easily digestible way.
I’ll be holding my transfer this week as by the end of GW2 we’ll know a little more about player form.


Gameweek 1 Reviews

From time to time we will be posting gameweek reviews from the FPL Surgery Slackers. This week we have reviews from Luke Jerdy (18/19 rank: 9,009), Stephan Haugsrud (18/19 rank: 1,710) and the Iceman (18/19 rank: 2,243).

Jerdy’s Watchlist

Here is a list of players that have caught Luke’s eye from GW1.

Pukki – great first touch and finish, caused the best defence for clean sheets last season lots of problems. Could he be the best option at £6.5m? More time to assess as they play Chelsea and City in the next 4.

Buendia – lovely pass for the Pukki goal, he looks confident on the ball, decent price but would prefer him at £5.5

KdB – one of the best players on the pitch, looks well up for this season and wants to make up for lost time. Firmly in my thoughts.

Trezeguet – got in the right areas for Villa and had a few chances. Remains to be seen if he is clinical enough. Subbed off at 58 mins, will earn him a shout out on the General’s pod.

McGinn – lovely run and finish, he was everywhere. Could be a great £5.5 enabler.

Kane – Harry doing what Harry does, primarily causing me a headache. Took his goals well, he’s fresh, he’s hungry. 25-30 goals looks to be a good bet. Can we fit him in with Sterling and Salah? Sacrifices would have to be made elsewhere, at the moment I don’t fancy playing Lundstram!

Femenia – will be interested to see his stats, looked lively at RB for Watford. Can’t see them keeping CS though.

Zaha – is he better than Siggy for a £1.0 saving? He is the type of player that will want to force someone into paying £80m+ for him in the next window. Very interested in Wilf.

Rico – nice option at £4.0? Took some set-pieces. Won’t be interested until first wildcard if he can hold down a place in their team.

Barnes – he has improved his goal tally every year and from this evidence he could get more than 12 this season. Really good finisher, could become the best £6.5 option quite quickly. From GW5-14 Burnley only play Chelsea from the top-6. Oosh!

Stephan’s GW1 Saturday Review

What the Slackers Say – GW1

Welcome to a brand new feature on the FPL Surgery Podcast website. What the Slackers Say will be a weekly article of comments and summaries from FPL Surgery Slack members about that week’s podcast. These will include individual highlights from the podcast and will help FPL players make their team decisions. There is wealth of knowledge and talent in the FPL Slack and a number of players who have consistently achieved ranks inside the top 1% in FPL.

Here’s what some of the Slackers have got to say leading up to GW1…

Alan Duffin

Rank last season: 19,248  |  Highest rank: 19,248

Excellent pod which will turn heads, Stephan has a very similar mindset to Stephen Toumi. 🙂

Alex Ball
Rank last season: 500k  |  Best rank: 3k

I liked the calm rationale given to each position as they talked through their current drafts and alternative options. I’ve listened to a lot of pods pre-season and this kept me interested right to the end. An excellent listen.


Rank last season: 478,189  |  Highest rank: 92,638

The idea of a King and Wilson double up, made my week, or at least made my team make sense. In addition I like Stephan‘s eye for greedy players like Jota.

Captain Kingpin
Rank last season: 119,513Highest rank: 21,777 (2017/18)

My main takeaway from the pod was to put out a team that was flexible so that I can jump on to in-form players easily. I had too much invested in defence and have shifted some cash into midfield/ up front.


Rank Last season: 58,788  |  Best rank: 4 🙂 (2011/2012)

An all encompassing pod this week, essential pre GW1 listening.Specific key messages – which stats to look at (something I’ve rarely used previously but is become part and parcel of the game) and how using that information alongside the eye test is integral to choosing players. Avoiding too many punts in GW1 and to a certain extent aligning with highly owned players that fit into your structure will allow a solid start – as both said you can’t win FPL in the first few GWs but being too maverick early on can be really damaging. Finally the Wilson/King approach was a really innovative solution to a tricky issue which I don’t think many people would have considered previously. Great work and good luck to all for the forthcoming FPL season.

Luke Jerdy

Rank last season: 9,009  |  Highest rank: 9,009

Latest pod was GREAT. Very happy to be convinced on Ayoze Perez and the Wilson/King double up. I don’t see Siggy as a risk he was one of the first to be nailed in my team, I think Everton will start well. Up the pod!

Last Season Rank 25,217  |  Best Rank 25,217

First season I’ve played all year and not given up a couple of months in. Now fully addicted! Still sore about triple captain on Sane last year :'(. I think eye tests and being patient for players in form to haul is important.

Rank last season: 8,726  |  Highest rank: 8,414

Hugely useful pod this week. You can get people on pods telling you certain players are must-haves. Only the surgery will tell you why, backed up with credible evidence. They forgot the mighty Benteke this week, though 😉
Edit: don’t publish the Benteke bit unless he gets a brace

Rank last season (1st season): 800k  |  Highest rank: 800k

The discussions and clarification of why you should be aware of highly owned fodder was informative. were following it for def, but not fwds.
as mentioned by others this is by far the most informative, and thought through pod. with evidence, stats, eye-tests ++ to support your choices of players both on your team(s) as well as on the watchlist. Also “The Algorithm” part will be very interesting to hear as the season progress. glad you got him in. 🙂


FPL players, start your engines, and strap yourself in for the ride.

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