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 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 8 (plus a sleeper/under-owned fella that should be owned and isn’t).
Start – Pablo Zabaleta, Man City – Here is a fact that everyone may like… he is cheaper than John Stones. Add in the fact that he has played 300 less minutes roughly, and has only scored four less points than the aforementioned Stones. If you are bad at subtleties, John Stones is poop.
Sit – Seamus Coleman, Everton – Sorry there fella, keep enjoying your first goal for country this past break, because although your team is top-5 defensively, you still face City. I will take the City side in them scoring at least one here and ruining the Toffee party, which in hind sight sounds delicious.
Contrarian Play – Cuco Martina, Southampton – No Cedric possibly, no Bertrand, no Mattie Targett. Three straight cleans and a cookie at home versus Burnley. I mean no game is a cookie, but a sugary treat perhaps.
Start – Marko Arnautovic, Stoke – I am more going on the fact that he played well for country during the break here. Add in the fact that if you were to point fingers for a team like Stoke to exploit they would all or most be pointing at Sunderland. For as boring as this game appears from a fantasy standpoint, it could be a good zag game for the template teams.
Sit – Riyad Mahrez, Leicester – The ownership does not match the outcome one iota. 14% of the FPL universe still has the £9.2 invested in the Fox midfielder. Chelsea isn’t the greatest defensive unit, but are getting better. How many more blank games does he get before a Liverpool midfielder becomes a better option, any of them.
Punt Play – Junior Stanislas, Bournemouth – Has a tally in back to back games and I think it continues this week against a Hull team that looks leaky as of late. I like Josh King in this fixture as well and this may be a better DFS play but he is owned in 0.1% of all leagues so the differential is gigantic.
Start – Troy Deeney, Watford – The motivation of sitting one goal shy of the century mark for club is too much to ignore for a player as passionate as Troy. Boro isn’t awesome and does get caught in transition so the opportunity is there, plus he will 1000% be on PK duty in this game.
Sit – Salomon Rondon, West Brom – No thanks Sally. Spurs is too stout defensively to risk the play. Chadli has basically revitalized the Baggies attack, not enough this week though I am afraid.
Lucky Strike – Madou Barrow, Swansea – The lucky strike column is getting tougher and tougher to fill with low owned, under the radar guys. check the underlying stats about Madou and it shows that he is peppering the box with good stuff. He is second in the FPl in successful crosses behind only Andros Townsend.