When does a player’s complaining and attitude go too far and start messing up your fantasy Cherrios?  I know real life tells different tales of a player, but this isn’t real life, it is far more important than that.  It is Fantasy.  We need players like Diego Costa to just shut up and play as the coach sees fit.  I am sorta kidding here because I love football as it stands, but am intrinsically linked to the fantasy side of it also and as a a former Costa owner (only just recently) he is a need for fantasy.  It opens the door for a ton of transfer possibilities because his salary is basically that of Kane, and everyone under them is worth a partial side-eyed look based on match-ups and obviously price.  They just don’t bring that “it” factor that Diego brings.  He checks all the boxes needed for a stud fantasy asset.  Plays for a high scoring team, scores often that his price isn’t a burden and that team is a first place team. The good thing for owners right now is that players like Lukaku and Rondon have favorable schedules for the foreseeable and can be options to pair with Kane, Ibra, or if you so trust him Aguero.  For the Diego believers and holders of him still (32%), his price is now stopped at 10.3 so you can possibly roll the dice with him making amends in the interim.  But impatient point-chasers can you really afford to wait, my answer is no.  Move on and come back.  Let’s see what else is happening in the world of the transfer market and some suggestions to boot. Cheers!

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If you are stuck trying to either hum the tune or figure out who in the heck I am jabbering about, then you also probably didn’t get a holiday greetings card.  The return of Philippe Coutinho is just in time for Red’s fans, and more in time for fantasy owners and Sadio-mane boosters.  One comes in, the other is playing with his feet on another continent.  Philly returns after a seven week layoff, and to our approval a .6m cheaper price tag.  Both fantastic for you as an 8.2 option rather than a 8.8 one.  Where he fits into the hierarchy of midfielders for the week will be more determined as Klopp let’s out more info then that he is fit and practicing.  So my advice in the matter is if you are cash poor and need the high scoring Liverpool midfielder affect then by all means grab him at a discount.  I personally would wait a week and see how he is deployed and used with the other pieces on the pitch.  I think a lot of people are disregarding how much Sadio Mane opens up that offense with his speed and skill.  He is going to be missed and some shifting of tactics are sure to follow.  Coutinho’s ownership currently is also a factor for him to be grabbed now for the opportunity, his ownership is stated at 14% on the official site, but in reality if we use all the tools of great internet sites it actually sits at 2% and rising slightly.  So the differential is there.  Price is there. Time and match fitness may not be. Besides one week isn’t going to break ya.  Happy transferring this week, cheers!

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It isn’t a matter or who, it is a matter of how many.  Indulging in a salary cap league is the hardest itch to scratch.  It is almost like you have constant Alopecia rashes and are fiending for a longer stick to scratch your back.  The strain of contention I am basically going over here is the striker combination or combinations.  To me, it is a three-headed beast comprised of Zlatan, Diego, and Aguero.  The latter of the two coming back from their retrospective suspensions and are now on the docket for ownership.  The Aguero one has been gone over dozens of time by hundreds of fantasy experts. he is a must own player who offers what most can not.  The problem now is that the other two, Zlatan and Diego, may be the best bang for your buck combo going.  That is who I am advising you to go with… There is no wrong answer here because we all manage our own teams and have history with such and such a player and go by our own instincts.  But the numbers and form are completely in Costa and Iobra’s favor, over bring in the 12.8 Kun.  Goals in quantity are there and the run of games are in their favor.  So go with the European duo instead of dipping into the warm waters of the South American.  Now that the forwards are out of the way, let’s get to the other musings and stylings of the FPL transfer world.

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Boxing Day Rankings!  That alone should be all that you need, but I have the gift of gab.  That and I think I am funnier when I am being all didactic.  The Monday slate is the goods, and then two solo games to follow.   Then a day of rest and then back at it again.  So the action in the FPL is fast paced, and not for the casual fan.  Which, if anyone is paying attention to the words around the Twitter speak, the zombie teams number (39%) is a staggering number compared to the number of teams.  I think that number is skewed by the number of teams who started bad and set the reset button, but whatever.  To each their own, I believe the expression is.  Regardless, we are in the here and now of Week 18 and here comes the FPL rankings for all positions.  Good luck with your transfer choices and Happy Holidays!

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To transfer, or to not transfer, that is the question. Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or to take arms against a sea of troubles, and by opposing, end them.  Maybe Hamlet was playing Fantasy Premier League back in the day.  You think he would transfer Diego Costa out?  My guess is: it depends.  It depends on your salary commitment to him, your timing in wanting to transfer him out and who you are going to bring in.  These are all the good questions.  Diego is scheduled to go down this morning, and due to his vast ownership, he will most likely go down once again before Monday’s roster lock.  But these are all good things. My advice is drop him, or you should have dropped him immediately.  Wait it out, watch his price go down once or twice, and then re-buy in the next week.  I know it doesn’t seem like a great strategy by using a transfer and then reinvesting it right back into the same asset, but it really does make sense.  He gets a rest for one of the games that he was probably going to get a rest for already so there is no guessing. You also may gain a penny or two and make it easier to transfer a big name like Harry Kane out in exchange for Diego in Week 19.  Because a Kane for Costa swap is easier to swallow than, say, a Kane to Origi swap.  I am only a vessel of interwoven knowledge here to guide your ship, not steer it.  So here are some Diego ideas for transfers and some other tidbits or transfer-ology.  Cheers!

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If you are looking around like you stole something, and you basically haven’t done anything, don’t fret, you are amongst friends and in a safe place.  The week that happened, albeit an outlier based on it being midweek, was a weird and special week for everyone.  We all knew that Adam Lallana was going to go off (because I told you as such).  We even knew that Hazard was going to miss it two days before hand, once again a proclamation made by your’s truly.  I do get more wrong then I do get right though… but we don’t have to bring up old stuff just to make me look stupid.  We are past the sweet sixteen party and now are on to the young season getting it’s driver’s license.  So your insurance rates are going up because kids can’t drive for pooh.  But let’s concentrate your attention on the other side of the analogy, Week 17 of the FPL.  Most importantly, the transfer ideas and some strategy for the upcoming weeks.  It’s fun thinking about more then one week, when they are more then two days apart.  So after this week, it won’t feel like you have fantasy diarrhea and have to go change stuff every other second.  So get comfy as I am about to wax poetic on some stuff.  Cheers!

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The good thing is that the turn around for footie is minute. The bad thing is that the news in-between and the set-up preparation for it is slim. Very little room for error. Especially when it comes to transfers. With all teams basically playing two games in 72 hours time, it sets up for an interesting roster lock on Tuesday at 1:45PM EST. Questions surround almost everyone’s roster. Will Sadio Mane get a ban for his actions, will Man City wake back up without Kun, what defenses do you trust for a clean sheet? All legitimate questions. I usually have all the answers, but for now, I am just like every other average Joe and waiting for news on stuff. But what I do know is who to target transfer-wise based on match-ups, form, and just basic drunken guessing. So hang right here for the rushed FPL Week 16 transfer targets and ideas. Good Luck and cheers!

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With extra money breeds repetition. The allotment of funds and dispersal of them now that the 13m from Aguero is off the table leads to limited amounts of viable directions for FPL owners to go. Some view it as a windfall for their teams now that he is off the payroll, but is it really? His price and the money devoted to him makes owners have to scrimp in other areas like midfield, especially. Now they don’t. Everyone will be owning Harry Kane and Diego Costa for the foreseeable month as they can now fit both players in and maintain a respectable team through the midfield. This is what Transfer Tuesday is all about. Talking stuff out or reading it in this case, to try and formulate the best possible tact for the next match week or weeks. So my first piece of advice is that you sorta have to go the Kane Diego route to keep up with the Fantasy Jonses’ so to speak. You will be at a significant disadvantage if you don’t as they are the best forward options going. So if you don’t already that is your first pawn move of the week. Stay here as we get into the rook and horsey looking piece move in the Week 15 FPL transfer Tuesday chess game. Cheers!

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Welp, the news is smattered across the interwebs and since we were all glued to our computers for Cyber Monday, we all know the news: Philippe Coutinho is set to miss an extended amount of time with a footie, footie injury.  Technically it’s an ankle injury, but the double footie thingy was way too tempting to not at least attempt.  The man who spells his name with one L and two P’s instead of the traditional Norwegian double L and solo P has gone down and taken his 40.3% ownership, and shrinking, down with him.  He will be missed as a total fantasy asset and while some of us, mostly Liverpool fans, think this is the worst thing to happen since unsliced bread, I think this is actually a swoon to everyone who is in the know and down for diversifying.  The best part is that he is in the top-15 overall in price, so from the grabbing anyone you want perspective.  you can grab anyone you want.  Whether that be staying on the Liverpool theme and going to a Firmino or trusting that Lallana will be healthy and fantasy trustworthy.  The second is that we can move into a direction of diversity and add someone who isn’t so widely owned.  Screw this template garbage.  So breathe deep, don’t make rash decisions as there are Cup games today and tomorrow, to help with some perspectives.  But before they kick off, here are some tidbits of delusion from your’s truly…enjoy.

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As per the usual here on Transfer Tuesday, we touch on the buys and to keep in touch with my N-Sync fans, the Bye, Bye, Byes.  Well, the Baggies are the focus this week as they went on a scoring barrage this Monday and netted four goals.  The interesting thing that screams out about those four goals are the values and ownership differentials that are smattered all over their starting XI.  Last week, I discussed Chris Brunt as a solid add, and while he didn’t make the core sheet in any form, he did net you a cool CS and minutes.  The focus this week is mostly on fellow midfielder teammates Matt Phillips and James Morrison.  Every week, a new 5.5 and under target pops up and now it is their turn.  Phillips is on the docket with back-to-back double digit affairs, and after he went down in price last week do to the amount of drops.  Morrrison is just returning to real form after a brief hiatus at the injury fairies Swiss ski chalet.  The Lizard King has goals in consecutive games for the first time since the last time he did it.  At 4.6 price, he allows a further downshift in saved dollars in the inevitable game for everyone to get Kane, Aguero and Costa into their lineups.  Which would be kind of interesting, and if anyone has a team pic of that I would wanna see it.  So both Baggies midfielders are owned in less then 1% of leagues and take on one of the Leagues worst next week in Hull.  So there’s that.  Let’s see what else is hopping on the good foot and doing the bad thing in the transfer department.  Cheers!

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