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  (plus a sleeper/under-owned fella that should be owned and isn’t.)

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If yesterday was Thanksgiving, then today is Black Friday with all the goodies in store for you. From a fantasy perspective obviously.  The Defenders and Keeper rankings are nice and are the biggest differential to be had in the game.  The midfielders and forwards are def the staple items.  You need to have a City player, you need to have an investment in a certain grouping of strikers. These are just great rules of thumb as it relates to FPL.  I don’t claim to be the shelter from a rain storm, but I do sell some of the best umbrellas.  Ya dig?  With the returns of some key players and the departure of some others from the international break period it is making the front 8 selection process a muddled up beast.  The biggest crunch that I am noticing right now is the move away from the power three forwards to more of a power two and then finding the funds to have coverage from the key players and the under-owned ones…cough…Alexis. So one week at a time my friends and one or maybe two transfers at a time as well.  Good luck this week and here are the rankings for the middies and strikers.  Cheers!

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The Hammers are one of the hardest teams to peg coming into the 2017/18 campaign. They currently have 7 players injured – Aaron Cresswell, Manuel Lanzini, Andy Carroll, Michael Antonio, Diafra Sakho, Sofiane Feghouli, Chekhou Kouyate – but have transferred in a few playmakers that should help them get through a pretty tough schedule to start the season. Marko Arnautovic and Javier “Chicharito” Hernández are the two big names here, and both could provide great value for a number of FPL managers this season.

Hammers start the season away to Manchester United, but have great fixtures immediate after, facing Southampton (A), Newcastle (A), Huddersfield (H) and West Brom (A) from weeks 2-5. That stretch is followed with a tough home match versus Spurs in Gameweek 6, and then back into the green fixtures with Swansea (H), Burnley (A), Brighton (H) and Crystal Palace (A).  While starting the season with three road starts might prove difficult, keep in mind that they do not possess too much of a “home field” advantage going into just their second season playing home matches at the London Stadium.

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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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In a perfect world, I could drop these on you last minute, right before gametime kick-off,s and have them be just as effective.  Unfortunately, we can’t do that because the FA Cup fixtures get in the way and mess things.  So posting the rankings pre-FA Cup is a dangerous and possibly a worthless venture, but I am doing it anyways.  Take in mind that the games over this weekend will impact what happens in the FPL fixture on Tuesday and Wednesday.  Injuries, new transfers and just plain bad luck do happen.  I mean, I just finished my weather controlling device, so now my attention will turn to the prediction of all things fantasy.  So take these with a grain of salt, and use some common sense when it comes time to use your transfers.  Waiting is usually the best advice.  Cheers!

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As we all know, this week is passing us by with tons of cup games to turn the screw into our fantasy rosters.  It’s not awesome.  Not going to sugarcoat it one iota.  Too many caveats can occur.  Injuries and fatigue are the two that jump out.  Food poisoning, attitude adjustment sickness, and if traveling by submarine, possibly the bends.  I know the later three are a gaff and just for people that are of the like mind as me and hate the FA/EFL cups.  I get this have to exist, doesn’t mean we have to like it.  So the schedule this week was pushed back a bit to adjust to the Cup schedule, again being inconvenienced, and will start today as you are reading this.  So welcome aboard another Transfer based post with ideas and fruition’s laden with smarts, wit and just general buffoonery.  Also take not that these games this week will affect the upcoming weeks as some teams may be blanking in weeks 26 and 28.  More un-fun things.  So those sitting on your wildcard, continue to sit as it is going to be a fun next 6-8 weeks of fun once the double game weeks and blanks sort themselves out.  Take a look around the inter-webs, lots of great research abounds about scheduling.  I am here for the personal basis of players and when.  So if I am not talking about it, then it might not have happened.  Happy transferring and please, by all that is holy, wait until after Sunday’s FA cup fixtures before doing anything.  Cheers!

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When is being too offensive too offensive? This is fantasy, so anything goes really. I mean, the term fantasy and play goes as far as to include Magic the Gathering and D&D. So with loose terms come loose terminology. I read that on a fortune cookie the other day. So make fun of the machine that wrote that, not me. But is stacking your offense too much off a good thing? I say hell no! However, if you wanna spend your allotted money, be my guest. This week sees four of the top fantasy producing teams; Arsenal, United, Chelsea and Liverpool, all with favorable fixtures that are most certainly (or we hope) to give some fantasy goodness. So with thinking positive thoughts and some luck for all, here are the Week 22 Fantasy Premier League Rankings. Cheers!

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This month is like a whirlwind covered in toasted almonds. Three match weeks in 8 days, and it only gets worse here after for the Smoke Dawg. With matches upcoming for Boxing Day and thereafter, there won’t be a day off starting that game week until January 4th. That;s right that is like 9 days of consecutive football. So let’s not get ahead of ourselves and concentrate on 17 and let 18-20 figure it out. As always, the rankings are based on the metric of form, fixture, and sense. So for you following at home, that would be FFS. And when something goes wrong, that is what we can blame and then shout what FFS actually means at someone close to you. Not at me, though I probably deserve it. Here are some rankings for FPL Week 17. Cheers!

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This is the first reminder that lineups lock on Friday.  So now that you have looked to make sure I am not tripping face and actually am spitting truth.   How did everyone do with their week one results?  I personally got a tiny bit screwed, but such is life.  This fantasy season is a marathon not a sprint.  So points to be made up every week.  It is way too early to panic and jump in and use your wildcard, I would much rather advise you to take a -4 this week and get the pieces in your line-up that you covet.  One thing to also remember is that since the season is still young the fixtures and the teams may not be the way we assume so be smart with your transfers and think longer term then just this week.  Here are the week 2 FPL rankings.

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