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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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, and then, for a bonus, we show you our genius lineups for the week.  Pretty cut and dry, and quite simply… basic.  We used to do this in tandem, but since I am flying solo while Ralph explores all the tallest mountains in the world, you are stuck with my and only my opine.  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 23 (plus a sleeper/under-owned fella that should be owned and isn’t).

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I have a hypothetical for y’all, is a midfielder rankings really a midfielder rankings with no Gunners or Reds? At least 2 middies from each club have been featured in the rankings every week for almost the entire season. So I have to put in some extra work this week. To describe how this makes me feel I’ll borrow the words of an angry Teamster I once met named Butch. “STINK-O!!” So who’s sneaking into the rankings this week? Especially when arguably the two best clubs in action, Chelsea and Man United, face-off against each other. Who will be our heroes of the short schedule week? I feel like Bonnie Tyler looking for someone to unlock my secret dreams and forbidden fire. I’ll tell you who it’s a young priest and an old priest who bear striking resemblances to one Telly Savalas. It’s a boy named Jonjo and an old man named Esteban. That’s right it’s all about the bald and beautiful in M-dub 33. Each follically challenged midfielder has me buying their current form and hitching myself to the hairless wagon. I look at it this way with Jonjo Shelvey, Gylfi just doesn’t look like the same guy and Jonjo has been in the best current form of the Swansea mids. Don’t get me wrong you could go Ki and I wouldn’t kick you in the mouth for being stupid. But I have a feeling way down in my plums about Jonjo, and I don’t think it has anything to do with my scrotum’s resemblance to his head. TMI? Don’t care you read me willingly. As for Esteban Cambiasso, he’s been playing well and Leicester is peaking. This should be a fun match to watch on Saturday. Well enough of the small talk let’s get down to business.

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Week 23 was an all around win for us here at Razzból FC. With this in mind I’m hoping to bring some more of that same expert advice to the table here. Forgive me for being cocky but United is playing well, the Pats won the Super Bowl, and I overtook Smokey at the top of the FPL-RCL standings. I’m also very excited for some great potential matchups here in Week 24. We kick things off with the North London Derby, follow that up with the Merseyside derby and finish the week with United traveling to London to face West Ham. Potential for lots of FPL fireworks if I do say so myself. So crack a cold one find a barstool, couch, or Barca Lounger and prepare to be entertained. Friends, Romans, FPL Countrymen, Matchweek Preview, Week 24.

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