I was going to write the day of the transfer window, but beer and holiday weekend gets in the way of productivity.  So if you have been waiting with baited breathe for the transfer Tuesday news then, well, breath again my friends.  We are now at a what you see is what you get roster situation until the January window.  In between that is a plate full of 18 games that stretch out to the new year.  If you started out blah and haven’t wild-carded yet… what are you waiting for?  Setting up your team for the next four-five games is important and will make or break your attention span of your team from the later part of the year.  Take advantage of the next few days, build the value of your team and get that accumulated value of your team close to 101.5.  Transfer Tuesday is about fun with some views on what’s what so take what I have to say not as scripture but more as a holding your hand as we cross the FPL street.  Happy transferring!  Cheers!

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Well, we are back my friends after what seems like an endless array of breaks. No pun intended. Okay, well maybe slightly. The unfortunate thing already is the season ending injury to Seamus Coleman, who before breaking his leg for country, was the second highest scoring defender in the official game. Sucks, but that is what the one free transfer is for, or the minus 4, 8, or even 12 are for. So losing a staple defender isn’t the best news to start the FPL Week 30 with, but there is good news on the horizon. The DGW fixtures have sorta of been set for Week 34. With United, Boro, and Palace getting the doubles. Which if you are setting up for Week 37 and beyond, will be awfully delicious from a double up standpoint and wildcard usage rate. So my advice for now is build for this week with an eye on 34, but a binocular type view on Week 37 (unless you have your WC, because it don’t matter really). So best of luck filling the injury flagged spots on your rosters my lads. Comments, suggestions are always welcomed. Cheers!

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I hate the build-up and then let down of the one week play, and then the following week off for International duty. The only thing the extra time creates is itchy trigger fingers, injuries and usually more questions left unanswered then answered. So with Week 29 upon us now, the advice of this advocate is to stay firm, bring in the minimum transfers and go to battle with what you have. The week after is when we attack the WC consideration. We will have a better idea of who plays where and when. So rest on your laurels good friends, and just enjoy this week’s rankings for FPL Week 29. Cheers!

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This week’s rankings are condensed like soup.  Add the double week, and you have yourself a meal.  There are a ton of one game options that could make sense to try and squeeze out some value.  And by ton, I mean maybe a handful.  Doubling up this week is all the fad, its like the regular Oreo good, but with double the filling.  So twice the sugar, adrenaline, and hype of regular game weeks.  Whether you choose to maximize your roster via the WC or one of the chips at your disposal, you need to have a minimum of 8 DGW guys playing this week in order to keep up with the Jones’s.  United, Arsenal, and Liverpool look like the best three options to max out your roster to three from each squad.  Whether or not all players play both fixtures, well… I am not the Amazin’ Kreskin and not the best guesser on the planet, second best maybe. So transfer wisely, use good judgement and if you need to take a minus to get points back in your chase now is not the time to be all scared of the repercussions.  You will make it up just on minimal returns of a guy playing two games.  So the minus is not a deterrent for success this week and Doubles rule all!  Cheers!

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Boy I didn’t see that coming…. who knew that Georginio Wijnaldum was going to be the perfect replacement for Sergio Aguero in your FPL squads. His 4 goal outburst against Norwich on Sunday tied Kun’s gameweek 8 for the highest single game total of the season, and by far the most surprising of performances to date. So the question on all the cool kids minds is “Ahhhhh Ralph, do I pick him up?”. And in the tradition of any good fence sitter I’ll say, it depends. The next five fixtures look pretty, pretty, preeeettty good for the Magpie ace, and his price stands at a discounted £6.8 at the moment. So yeah he’s worth an add, maybe to replace a Nathan Redmond at the end of your bench. But can we really consider any Newcastle player to be a dependable option week in and week out? There in lies the problem, though Wijnaldum is an established player with a decent goal scoring record during his time in Holland. Do you trust him? Will he be a week in and week out performer? Or is he a player to consider when he has a good run of fixtures? Time will tell, but for the next few weeks he’s worth a flier. Here’s what else I saw in matchweek 9.

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The keepers of the back end are here.  When I used to have money I had armed guards protecting my back end.  Now since I lost all my money in the frozen concentrated orange juice market, I am resolved to preaching the world of fantasy-inomics to all of y’all. So technically it’s a windfall for all of us because where would I be with out you and versa visa.  This week has some really delicious fixtures that will line-up nicely with the stretch run of games.  Funny that 3 of the top 5 teams over the last six games face off against 3 of the bottom five this week.  That is like walking down the street and having the master key to all the parking meters.  Quarter after quarter.  You get richer step by step, just don’t get caught because you get thrown in the clinker and Big Bob gets first dibs.  Here’s the defender rankings for the week of 32, which if you subtract the digits you get one so that’s where I will start the rankings…at one.  Makes total sense now go get your helmets on so you don’t get hurt.

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This is by far my second funnest post of the week.  It’s all about spoken word and speculation.  Sorta like listening to guys spit daily fantasy advice, and you telling yourself that guy sounds legit.  I bet he totally doesn’t have a special seat on his mom’s old couch in the basement.  The point I am saying is you can’t trust everyone, hell I am untrustworthy, I always leave the toilet seat up and never, ever prevent forest fires.  I am just Smokey.  Plain and simple.  You can listen to dudes we affectionately call the Cumulus Nimbus or the Kool Aid guy. But that will only get you in a pickle.  No one want’s that.  So this week is the wake after the double but before the tsunami.  Next week is the abyss we call roster damnation with 4 clubs on hiatus and filling a roster without getting that dreaded minus 4 points starts this week.  Whether you like to hear that or not it’s the truth.  The rest of the season if you wanna really play starts this week, and here’s your first prep of week 32.  It’s Transfer Tuesday, go tell your friends.

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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.  Pretty cut and dry, and quite simply… basic.  The best part is, you get two opinions for the price of one.  We do this as a tandem, it’s the Smokey and Ralph show.  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 Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em, Week 24.

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One week is down in the whole “transfer burning a hole in your pocket”, with two more to go as we start to reach now or get off the crapper.  Listen, I get how tempting it is to just go crazy and set yourself up for the one week fix, but you need to look ahead longer than just week 22.  There are still 18 weeks to go, and after this free one, you only get one transfer per week. And no, I do not recommend giving away the four points unless desperate, on drugs, or desperately on drugs.  So sit tight, that’s an order!  In another week, the folks (that’s me and Ralph) will be holding your hand and breaking down the remaining schedule and give you our view of the who’s, the what’s, and the guys that you wanna roster for the duration of your run to the title in your respective leagues.  This week, we have some decent gambles from the one and done perspective of transfers.  Some return from injury, some are new to the league and then there is Andy Carroll.  In a league all to himself, ponytail and all. So good luck this week and as always, cheers!

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