The Prem is here, and we can all now rejoice. Now that the season has kicked off, I will be doing my best to fill your Mondays with sweet, fond memories from the games from over the weekend. I also ask for some patience as I work through how to best provide both a summation and meaningful outlook on the matches.

I was hoping to write about all 20 teams for this post, but it started to become lengthy and I started to get sleepy. So, here are my notes over the weekend on Arsenal to Liverpool (alpha order because why not?)…I will hopefully have Man City to West Ham by tomorrow.

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

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The metric for team-building has always been to avoid the tippy top of defenders when it comes to price.  That problem is getting a lot harder this year as nine defenders are priced at 6.5 or higher, and another ten over 6.0.  We all like to save a buck here or there, but that is why I am here.  To buck the trend, come up with either really smart or really dumb ideas, or to just be some sort of comic relief in the world of FPL.  All of what I just said is true, it’s just in the eye of the beholder for smart/dumb ideas.  So this year I have seen the same trend and a lot of complaints from the FPL heads that defenders are too high and not worth it as they scour for usefulness in the lower tiers of pricing.  I am going the opposite way currently, and all it will cost you in the end is 2m bucks.  I got last years stats in my pocket, and I know they don’t always correlate. The beautiful thing here is that there are so many options on high priced defense that you aren’t committed to just go with the chalk guys.  Keep on reading… I made a fun chart for you to peruse, and will have more goodies after the jump!

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As expected, the day after is the prize. I touched on it yesterday that the annexation of positions this week was happening. Why? Because it has been too long since I got to gab on about players, transfers, and rankings. Now finally we won’t have a break until March, which is straight cool chillin’ for me. Games every week give me two or possibly three extra days to drink. Not that I need an excuse, but just in case my liver needed a permission slip, I have it handy. The rankings this week are starting to take shape from a standpoint of we know who we can trust, and who we can sorta gamble against. While that sounds good in theory, it sometimes isn’t. Teams become too cookie cutter and the differentials all run together. Don’t fret though, as I am always here to unearth the beauties that lie beneath the radar every week in the Transfer Tuesday/Wednesday posts and then again on Fridays with my Start ’em and Sit ’em. So now that we are formally re-introduced to the schedule, let’s get down to the meat and potatoes of the rankings, compared to the starch of the Keepers and Defense. Good luck on your decisions of transfers in and out. Cheers!

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Was it just me, or was that international house of breaks really long?  For the avid fan it seemed like forever for the contrarian, I mean, who could care less about things footie, you probably aren’t reading this anyways. So nanny, nanny poo-poo.  So welcome back my friends and fellow followers of not only Razzball, but the FPL.  This week’s fixtures are an interesting bruit of the good versus bad, the semi-decent with the semi-decent, and then Sunderland and Stoke.  The Sunderland/Stoke fixture is an interesting one because I can’t think of one player I need to roster on any of the squads, which is weird, but pretty telling of how bad both teams have been defensively and offensively this year.  As always, the rankings are for this week only and factor in form, competition, and of course my own personal opinion.  Which is really the most important factor of them all.  So good luck on the transfers this week and hope the points are bountiful.  Cheers!

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Like I said, it’s never a bad thing to have an investment value in an Arsenal player, namely defense.  The upcoming fixture list is clearly in their favor.  With matches against Swansea, Middlesbrough, and Sunderland on the upcoming list, it has to make your transfer button sweat.  And by sweat, I mean of the jar of pickles in the sun kind of sweat.  For those in the R&B tip and wanted me to reference Keith Sweat, I am sorry this week’s lede is all about the Gunners.  Take a look at the player for Arsenal’s defense of note and regular playing time, Hector Bellerin is the most owned, most expensive and yet the second highest scorer.  The person of value here I believe is that of Laurent Koscielny.  Him of the £.3 variety cheaper, half of the ownership and nearly two more points per game average.  Plus he has more of a chance to score a goal, as he has already nodded in two on the year’s campaign.  So those in the sleepy variety will have Bellerin on their team, those on the come up will look at the Arsenal center man as the key piece and most likely highest priced addition to their squad in the next coming game wees.  So with Week 8 upon all of us, let’s look at some other coming up players that I think could make a transfer darling for your squads.  Cheers!

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Sometimes life and technology get in the way of the genius, or semi-genius, that I convey to you on a weekly basis. It isn’t really genius as much as it is a hazy diatribe of words thrown together in some form of sense. But at the end, it all comes down to one common goal and that is the week at hand with Fantasy Premier League action. So with UCL games yesterday and today, plus with the impending week off for international duty, it suddenly becomes an interesting week as we streak toward Boxing Day. I only say Boxing Day because I use that as the half way post from a fantasy perspective, by no means look that far ahead when it comes to you building your roster. It is way too far away to comprehend, and involves me buying presents for everyone. So this post always starts off the FPL week and with all the info of the UCL injuries/non-injuries, Europa games, the week off upcoming and dealing with current injuries of star players (de Bruyne) we can finally get down to the brass tax of Week 6 in the Premier league. So here are some of my transfer ideas for the upcoming week and as always good luck. Cheers!

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This is it my friends.  I know that I am being semi-presumptuous that we are mates, but for the sense of suspense, let’s just pretend that we are.  And I promise to stop stalking you on social media.  Fair?  Yeah, I thought so, DM canceled. So week 37 is here and the differentials that exist are different than the previous week of doubles in 34.  By differentials, I mean that the dispersion of talent is very broad-based here.  There are a ton more lesser names to be rostered this week than the star power that previously existed in the double of days gone by.  Transfer ideas this week, start and end with guys on doubles.  End sentence.  I know the Villa and Newcastle fixture is so tempting, but where does that leave you for next week when the Toons play the Spurs?  All about the doubles.  I just want to keep instilling that into your minds.  Rankings this week reflect the doubles, as they should with only two weeks remaining.  Two pieces of advice this week…  First don’t be afraid of the minus, as it doesn’t hurt you as much as you think with guys on two games.  Secondly, if you are rostering Kane, Sanchez, and Aguero, you need to get rid of one and only one as all three have favorable fixtures in week 38.  So here is this week’s rankings.  Good luck and cheers!

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The only moves you are allowed to make this week are ones that get you to the most DGW players as possible.  I don’t want any back talk or guff mister/misses.  You can go right to your room with no supper, or hell air for all I care.  There are two weeks remaining in the season and if you are still holding any chips or cards up your sleeves, then… well, I don’t know what to tell ya.  Week 37 is all about the chips and boosts and triple captains.  It is also about the maximizing of your roster to have no less than 10 double guys.  Regardless of what the point deduction is, you need to get 10.  I will take nine if you are not chasing points in your mini league, but 10 seems like a nice round number.  It gives 20 plus games for which to score, or not score with the way the rotations may unfold.  Listen, I can sit here and tell you the real good reason to come out on Friday, but people seem to think it’s a great idea to write what I said three weeks ago today.  Not everyone is fast on the upkeep, or original with the turn of phrase.  But I digress, I have been here for years pumping out piles of knowledge and it doesn’t change from day to day.  The transfer advice is no different.  All original, often imitated never duplicated.  Here are some transfer ideas for the double week 37 that you should probably use all, add two more and then throw in one for good luck…

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Short week for info, but still, none the less, you get rankings.   With Week 34 doubles over and everyone basking in the hondo or above, you scored.  And yes, you should have scored a 100 or more.  If you didn’t, you either can’t read what I write from week in and week out or your team is dead and it totally reverts back to point number one.  This week’s transfer ideas are blah-squared, as you are most likely stuck with what you have or you have to make an emergency transfer or two to either use one of your chips or to just field a roster.  Most teams this week will be doing one of two things using their wildcard to fill out their team that they sold out weeks in advance to field a competitive double team, or they will be holding fast and pocketing their transfer for next weeks broader schedule.  Either way there is no wrong answer here, because you still have to field a competitive team regardless of how you get there.  So stay strong with your three gunners, three Liverpool (though there may be a rotation again) and try and field the best XI possible. So here is the Week 35 rankings, good luck and Cheers!

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