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

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Now that the Champions League is finished for the week we can jump back on the FPL wagon and take a look at the match-ups that are more pressing in the official game.   Unfortunately rotations are going to be a major factor.  That and the injury to Paul Pogba.  His ownership is too much to look beyond.  My advice for him is this.  If you have owned him from week one then you can bench for the 2 weeks he most likely misses and not lose anything to your accrued team value.  If you only just bought him in the past 2 weeks then you can transfer out and look for some kind of reprieve for fantasy points.  But back to the rotation risks.  All of Chelsea, Spurs, Liverpool, Man City, Man United, Arsenal and Everton are all at risk and the rankings will shy away from a few players that either played full 90’s or that didn’t see the pitch as much.  So be heady and keep your ear to the gossip for who will sit and who will play before making a atransfer this week in a trivial yet pivotal game week 5.  Enjoy the rankings and good luck.  Cheers!

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The highest scoring matches this week both ended up being shutouts, and GW 3 ended with 9 teams acquring  clean sheets, almost 10 after Burnley’s late equalizer to tie it. Certainly, all of those defensive clean sheets must have given some FPL managers a huge boost if their attacking returns over the weekend were less than imagined. If you didn’t manage to pick up any clean sheets, then you defensive options may not be the best moving forward, but I wouldn’t burn your wild card trying to sort them out. Why? Clean sheets are litterally a crap shoot to predict, so wild carding just because your defense let you down doesn’t make any sense – save it for the higher priced forwards and midfielders you’d like to bring in over the next few weeks.

Here are some notes on players I like/dislike from Game Week 3:

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Strike first, strike hard, no mercy for an abbreviated week.  If I had a hammer to pound out the urgency, I implore you to not use your wildcard this week, oh wait… I do have a hammer.  You remember that scene from Casino where the guys got caught cheating and got the ball-peen treatment?  Well, picture that, but with a more vital part of your anatomy.  All you need this week is to have a full team and one sub.  Don’t go crazy building a nest egg, or a condominium of talent for the one week, then in three weeks, having to do it all again.  You don’t have enough transfers or time to ship everyone out.  I just looked.  So for now, concentrate on having 12 players… playing.  It is totally like that song from Christmas, but with footie gifts.  So the week of 27 gives a very abbreviated slew of fantasy options.  I wish I had better truth to it, but a lot of great, majority owned options are off the board and blanking. So for those of you in the perusing mood and have the curiosity of seeing who ranks where, here are the Midfielders and Forward rankings for Week 27 of the FPL.  Cheers!

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