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Fantasy football managers: beware the deadline – this is not a drill!

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If you’re one of over three million players of the Premier League’s fantasy football competition, you’ll be well aware of the importance of the weekly deadline.

The #FPL deadline is gone. All we can do now is sit back and weep as it all comes crashing down around us.

— Game of Throw-Ins (@GameofThrowIns) August 13, 2016

The usual routine is that by Saturday morning, managers must have made their transfers, selected captains and benched the appropriate players to maximise their chances.

MOST TRANSFERRED IN (last 24hrs)
1 – Coutinho
2 – Negredo
3 – Barkley
4 – Lallana
5 – Lamela#FPL pic.twitter.com/zcH0p5tU5t

— FPL (@OfficialFPL) August 19, 2016

But with the re-introduction of Friday Night Football last season, the modern fantasy football manager needs to be aware of the banana skin that is the Friday evening deadline.

⏰ GAMEWEEK 2 DEADLINE IS TODAY. YES, FRIDAY! ⏰
Don't forget, you have until 1900 BST to pick your #FPL team pic.twitter.com/6vfKT8uygC

— FPL (@OfficialFPL) August 19, 2016

Social media has been quick to react though, with a handful of managers well aware of the situation.

fantasy football deadline is this evening to make changes, dont think Shane Long will be my captain again this week

— Jay Stewart (@JasonJaystew7) August 19, 2016

Thinking Shaqiri in for Feghouli before tonight's deadline. Stoke to get a result tomorrow. #FPL #GW2

— de FPL (@TotalFootballR9) August 19, 2016

Meanwhile, others are providing a valuable public service, doing their best to alert as many managers as possible.

Remember! The Fantasy Football deadline is 7pm tonight! You're welcome. No need to thank us. pic.twitter.com/bxfX5L5VTG

— CLICKON Soccer (@CLICKONSoccer) August 19, 2016

Let’s hope nobody gets an unwelcome surprise when they try to make that vital transfer tomorrow morning…

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