As the season fast approaches, I’ve honestly found myself scrambling to learn about the new entries into the Premier League (and consequently, FPL) this year. As an American follower of the game, I find it easy enough to keep up with the big clubs and their transfers and gossip, but digging into the under covered bottom half of the table is an entirely different story.

With that, this article helps to at the very least set some broad guidelines for what to expect from each of the newly promoted teams. I’ve written in the somewhat familiar Love/Hate/Surprise format, but it’s important to qualify those categories when talking about teams that might be headed right back down to the Championship (looking at you Huddersfield). Think of the categories more specifically like Not Terrible/Terrible/Maybe Not Terrible? and you’ll be much better off…

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Every year, the hype wagon and subtle love affair for the promoted teams players happens.  It happens, sorry not sorry, but it does.  They come in with their Championship league stats all shiny and got the fantasy world by the tail.  I get it, they did great things in a league that is below the Premier.  For the official game, they have an additional appeal because we have seen it in the past that they can rise to be a useful cheap piece.  Deeney years ago, Andre Gray after that, and now we are hit with the influx of familiar names that have played in the Premier and are now back… at a discount now.  The fantasy attributes that Brighton, Huddersfield, and Newcastle boast have some usefulness as salary fillers or just a plain dump in some cases.  Because the four-buck defender still happens. So today we are focusing on some of the better fantasy options from the promoted squads and how they can aide in your quest to build the perfect XI or XV if we are being completely honest.  Because those four bench spots still matter when you are comprising your roster with a 100m budget.  So enjoy the kind words about this years crop of promoted players, you may or may not hear their names again this year so get a pad and pencil ready or since we have technology earmark this page with a cool bookmark that you got from the school library.  Cheers!

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I did enough talking for the both of us yesterday so I’ll keep this intro short and sweet. We had a classic match between Liverpool and Spurs yesterday with the most unlikely of heros (Mario Balotelli) scoring the deciding goal. Today we have 6 more fixtures to discuss and a ton of FPL stars in action. Enough with the hellos and how do you dos, let’s get on to it. Matchweek Preview, Week 25, Wednesday Edition.

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1. Sergio Aguero, Man City £12.7 (vs. Hull) – If I could rank him higher this week, I would.  The laws of physics and the Justice League fan club of America strongly forebode it though.  So we are stuck at one, which really isn’t bad because it’s where he belongs.  See we have come full circle and we are still sort of friends.  Hull has only 4 points taken in last 6 matches and allowed 11 goals in that period, and captain band starts here this week.

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So, as we do every match day, we’re giving you our loves and hates for this week in a segment called Start ‘Em and Sit ‘Em.  You should know the drill but if you don’t, we each pick one option from each position, and then, for a bonus, we show you our genius line-ups for the week.  Please, blog, may I have some more?

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The rankings this week were supposed to be nice and easy. Diego Costa on top, because he hates being a power-bottom type fantasy option.  Then he has to go all stomp on Emre Can, and will be facing most likely be facing a three game ban.  Way to go!  I mean, what goes through the players minds that they aren’t on camera at all times when on the pitch?  He must not think of all of us when he is doing this, as we all count on and rely on his goal scoring prowess.  I for one am more let down by everyone else because I preached about how he is to own in the Wildcard post.  Just sad.  So in three games, we will start over and figure out what’s what, but until then, the show must go on as we enter Week 23 of the FPL down a man.  So peruse my rankings and let me know what you think.  Cheers and good luck!

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The Transfer window is still open and there’s sure to be some sparks come deadline day. We can’t predict the future, well unless you’re me..but that’s besides the point. There’s some new imports to FPL previously unavailable. So let’s review the best of the new additions to the game, and talk about what impact I think they’ll have. There’s plenty more to come before the end of the month but let’s take it as it comes. Yeah we’ll review those at the end of the window, and Ralph already covered the big rumors in his 4-Part team by team mammoth. So let’s get into the new additions to fantasy premier league via transfers. Sit back homie relax, in fact grab a six pack, and kick back while I kick facts.

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So every week, I review all the games…yeah, I do it running on high-test caffeinated drinks, squeezing as much of the game info as I can, and then form a sort of “dream team” of my very own.  I do it differently, and I use the best players, but at a shrunken budget, because we all can’t be high rollers.  Why the shrunken budget you may ask? Because it’s more fun and challenging for me, and I can’t just look at the top scorers and do fifty-two card pick up.  So with Week 22 now officially closed, lets take a look at my formidable Starting XI.  Keep in mind that I limit myself to a £70.0m budget, and I will conform to the standard 4-4-2 form.  Enjoy! Comments, quips or the occasional curse word are always welcomed here at Razzbol FC… (Points scored for the week are in parenthesis.)

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Over the next few days we’ll take a look team by team at the January transfer needs around the league. We’ll discuss potential targets, some rumors, and mostly my opinion of each club’s shortcomings. We’re going to break this up into four parts, five teams each post, four posts total. Today we look at the first five teams in alphabetical order, this means we’ll cover Arsenal to Crystal Palace. It’s tough to tell if all of these moves will have FPL implications, but it’s important to know the layout of the league and what players could be worth targeting with your wildcard. Unfortunately few major splashes are ever made in January, and of late it’s become more notorious for it’s thumps. If you have updates, news, or rumors to add, post them in the comments and we can discuss.

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