We’re once again giving you our loves and hates for each week in a segment called “Start ‘Em and Sit ‘Em”.  You should know the drill, but if you don’t, we pick one option from each position.  Pretty cut and dry, and quite simply… basic.  It is more based on my feelings and gut approach for the week’S upcoming and changes from week-to-week.  I look at match-ups and form to formulate my craziness.  It’s like musical chairs, without all the screaming kids and regretful feeling of loss. So sit back, relax, and have a look at who we would start and sit based on match-ups and value. It’s Fantasy Premier League Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em, Week 28 (plus a sleeper/under-owned fella that should be owned and isn’t).

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Now that the back-enders are out of the way for Week 29, we can get down to the meat, potatoes and goal scorers. The quintessential fantasy meal. Getting the right set-up for midfielders is a lot harder than getting the forward ones correct right now. The options are seemingly endless, and given the shape, health and suspension levels going on in the forward ranks it is hard to get that right set for now and for the upcoming weeks. So play for now, grab for form, screw fixture through the middle. As far as the strikers go, it is kinda of weeded out for you through attrition really. With Kane and Ibra gone, it makes the forward ranks Lukaku, Costa, Manolo and maybe a roll of the dice with Sergio. Well, if you came for advice and ranks you came to the right place. Keep reading for the Week 29 Middies and Forward ranks. Cheers!

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The blanks are gone, Week 29 is here. Then an unfortunate week off… then the stretch run. That sums it up completely my friends. The bad news is we all sit here hitting F5 to refresh the injury news on the beloved Harry Kane. The injury news will shape teams for the immediate and the distant future. Because he is a nailed-on fantasy asset, and with his timetable for return yet to be determined, it leaves us in a guessing limbo. Then if you add in the two-week ban to Ibra, the forward position narrows itself down by attrition almost. No fear my friends, that is why we all should have the wildcard in hand to attack the next 10 game weeks. I am not saying to use it now, I am saying that if you have it and with the FA Cup coming up after this week, it will be ample time to build your roster for the multiple DGW that are going to be available for several teams and opening up the player universe to basically everyone. Well, everyone with a double that is, and some have two in the future. So build wisely, but stay in the here and now and work for Week 29 first, future later. Here are some immediate transfer options to use for the FPL this week.

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We’re once again giving you our loves and hates for each week in a segment called “Start ‘Em and Sit ‘Em”. You should know the drill, but if you don’t, we pick one option from each position. Pretty cut and dry, and quite simply… basic. It is more based on my feelings and gut approach for the week’S upcoming and changes from week-to-week. I look at match-ups and form to formulate my craziness. It’s like musical chairs, without all the screaming kids and regretful feeling of loss. So sit back, relax, and have a look at who we would start and sit based on match-ups and value. It’s Fantasy Premier League Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em, Week 28 (plus a sleeper/under-owned fella that should be owned and isn’t).

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The whole hub-bub this week will be to take a minus or not. I don’t care what other research of quadratic jargon that you peruse on a daily basis, that is the only question that matters. The quick answer here is do what you think is right by your team in setting yourself up to compete in Week 29. That is the more important question. This week is basically a wash and everyone, and I mean everyone is either working at a disadvantage to get a starting XI, or will take a minus to get there. The run out is more important than a four game slate that features a less then attractive depth solution to this week’s problem. Get your team to 9 and then if you want 10 at a minus 4, go for it. If not, relax, be on top of your team for Week 29 so you can bring in Kane or Costa. You can think about midfield with Hazard and Sanchez and defensively you should be all set and gambling with the guys who get you through Week 28 until you are ready to wildcard. I am no genius in this, it is all common sense. Don’t play follow the leader, play the I own my own FPL team game. Here are the sexy rankings for Week 28. Cheers!

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Last week’s sort of impromptu DGW by City and Stoke basically trashed the best laid plans of men. So this week with only four fixtures on the slate, it opens up the question of: Is it better to take a minus to roster a full team or just get the bare minimum and go at it as a unit of ten (or less)? The prospects of clean sheets eliminates the chase for defensive points, and with the amount of usable talent remaining on some of the other teams, maybe taking a minus in the full squad department isn’t such a bad idea. Taking minus to get yourself a full squad is not my recommendation, because there will be more teams in your predicament then not. So rest on your rostered laurels, make the minimum transfers you need to get yourself to a roster of nine or greater, and then attack Week 29 like it’s a brand new day. For those who are not in the same mind set here are some transfer ideas for the limited slate of Week 28. Cheers!

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Well, the result that we all were waiting for, City over Huddersfield, now adds to an already strategic plan onto an already over-strategized plan. So the transfer ideas this week are all City front six players, and stay away from the defense because they aren’t the most stoic bunch of clean sheet artists. Or you can go with the cost savings group and invest in Stoke players who also double thanks to the City victory yesterday. Regardless of what you do to your team, taking a minus this week on players that double up is a good idea because even if they get bare minimum returns of two points, you break even just on minutes played. The payoff is if the actually do anything or actually play. So with the DGW in mind here are the rankings for Week 27 in the FPL. Cheers!

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I know it’s Tuesday, but my first piece of advice is to wait til the City/Huddersfield match on Wednesday to make a transfer this week. A day early worth of knowledge is never a bad thing, hell a thank you wouldn’t be awful now and again. The transfer market hinges on one replay game, as pathetic as it sounds, two-thirds of the way through the season we wait to see what happens in an FA Cup game. Why do we wait? Because it basically is going to set up everything from now until the DGW that are being scheduled for the future. Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling and KDB become relevant again because two games in one week is better then one I am told. Unfortunately they blank the week after with a win so that throws a funny hat on the idea, but it is still worth it to get a City player in if they do indeed win. So hold your horses or wagons or whatever colloquialism that may suit your fancy. So if City is the recipient of a DGW in Week 27, then all transfers are in that direction. But just in case for the curious of mind, I decided to give you some different options to look at rostering for the upcoming week fixtures. Cheers!

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Well, now that we have gone over the back-liners, let us move to the sassy portion of the rankings. Those, of course, are the managers and physios. I mean who doesn’t love a guy who is the minister of fitness for their club. I know I do. But in all seriousness, middies and forwards are where the fantasy bread is buttered. And now that the possible DGW is possibly in play for next week, it does change some things around. City and Stoke players now have some attention staring at them for next week, and it does throw a blanket over some transfer ideas that we may have concocted. Regardless, this is Week 26 and for now, let’s just try and take our ADHD medicine and worry about today rather then tomorrow. So with a lot of star power on blank this week, we get a few newer names to the rankings then normal. As Arsenal, City, United and Southampton all blank it eliminates a few staples from the rankings that would otherwise normally appear. so avoid the blanks, and may your points be fruitful. Cheers!

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With Blanks draw contempt. A brilliant man once said that, and that man was Wayne Shaw’s brother Bernard Shaw. Smart guy, wandering transfer fingers though. So with week 26 here, and as I have so elaborately explained in the transfer post, don’t be a lemming! Unless being a lemming in the transfer market is to defend your throne. If you are chasing points in your money leagues or mini-leagues, think differently. You kinda have to with the blank weeks and soon-to-be double game weeks. Going with the flow wasn’t cool for the Fonz, so it shouldn’t be cool with you. You think Pinky Tuscadero would have paid him any attention if he was boring? Hell nah. Where was I, oh that’s right, week 26 rankings. So this week is broken down into basically defense and attack with midfielders and forwards coming your way manana, so stay tuned. But stay in the here and now and concentrate on the keepers and defense. Rostering too many blank players leaves you with a blank expression when Monday rolls around and you are sitting 10 points below the average score. So sit back, relax and enjoy week 26 because the roller coaster that is the FPL is now in full effect. Cheers!

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