I orignally thought that the USMNT missing the World Cup was going to make me mad, but now that I am a few days removed from it, it may have actually set me free. I will now enjoy the World Cup in 2018. I will watch it with the fervor and joy of all participating nations’ fans. I will pick a side in every match. I will never worry about how my side stacks up against the big boys, because quite frankly, we don’t. The USA may one day soon have the talent to compete – side note and shoutout to Christian Pulisic, homie now has 7 goals and 6 assists in 11 WCQ matches, INSANE! and a shame he won’t have the chance to play in as many World Cups as humanly possible – but sometimes it takes an event like what just transpired to get the best out of the collective. Next time around, the desire and urgency to improve throughout the World Cup Qualifying process must be there. If not, the right combination of coach and captain better be in place to deliver an even stronger kick in the nuts.

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

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If yesterday was Thanksgiving, then today is Black Friday with all the goodies in store for you. From a fantasy perspective obviously.  The Defenders and Keeper rankings are nice and are the biggest differential to be had in the game.  The midfielders and forwards are def the staple items.  You need to have a City player, you need to have an investment in a certain grouping of strikers. These are just great rules of thumb as it relates to FPL.  I don’t claim to be the shelter from a rain storm, but I do sell some of the best umbrellas.  Ya dig?  With the returns of some key players and the departure of some others from the international break period it is making the front 8 selection process a muddled up beast.  The biggest crunch that I am noticing right now is the move away from the power three forwards to more of a power two and then finding the funds to have coverage from the key players and the under-owned ones…cough…Alexis. So one week at a time my friends and one or maybe two transfers at a time as well.  Good luck this week and here are the rankings for the middies and strikers.  Cheers!

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Welcome back all! We have two weeks down in the books, and I’ve provided some insight below into what I saw from a handful players, for better or for worse. Although I wish I could write about every player, remember that while we would to amass all of the players in the Fantasy Premier League universe, we are obligated to field a starting XI from your fifteen-man squad within the constraints of our budget. Hopefully some of these players below will at least be on your radar as you move forward with transfers and potential Wild Cards.

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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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This is it folks, last round-up. Finish your pints and kindly please put your stools on top of the tables when you leave. In all seriousness though, it has been a pleasure to drop knowledge on you week in and week out for the FPL. I do it for the love of the beautiful game, you hopefully come for the fresh cold cuts and stay for the light sided humor. Either way you get me, and I hope I at least helped you at least once this year. So cheers for the read. On to the last week, plenty of fixtures that look tasty but how many transfers do we use post DGW and in most cases bench boost. I personally still have my all out attack chip and am on the fence if losing one defender is actually worth the extra attacker. Crazy, but defense is shifty consistent. My advice for this week would be to bring in as viable attackers as possible and let the scoring and the results of what could be a wild Sunday of fixtures. Go down with your guns out, shirt off and get that last yellow card for celebrating. So last and probably not least here are the week 38 FPL rankings. Enjoy!

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It’s funny, I never go into a week thinking it is a complete watch-and-observe week, but this week feels like it with the fixtures on the docket.  We have players on the shelf who are questionable to play, making them hard to rank.  Then on the opposite end, we have players that have been hurt and playing for first with the first team and see how they fit.  Add in yet another level of ranking difficulty, we have new players on new teams via the transfer that could make their first experience.  Head explodes!  So the midfield and forward rankings are a conundrum of Week 3 proportions.  We can say that Yannick Bolasie is going to play, but will he really?  Same for Christian Benteke, Dimitri Payet and the list of others that are in one of the three categories I just mentioned.  So like I said, it is a week of observation as this is the last game week before international duties.  So with that all out there and on the table here’s the goal-scorers and facilitators for week three of the FPL.

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The last and final installment is here.  These guys are the goods, the bulgers of nets and fantasy pants.  We try to cram as many of the big names into our rosters as possible, and unfortunately it makes the rest of our team look inferior.  To me, the best scenario is to choose your high priced weapon, whether that be Kun or Ibra, and go from there.  The true value of a team in my opinion is loading up on the best midfielders possible and mixing and matching with the hot hand up top.  Now that doesn’t mean to completely punt the forward position.  It means go take a look at the price of the forwards currently, now look at the players who rank in the top-10 in ownership five of the 10 are priced at £6.5 or lower.  There is a huge gap in what we want and what we can afford, and the names in between the likes of say the rosterable £6.5 lads and the pedestal guys above £10, the names do nothing for me right now from a fantasy perspective.  Yeah, they will be owned, because most of the 420 players in the player universe will have a fan, family member, or some guy who mimics his life after Buffalo Bill and listens to Wild horses on repeat all day.  So enough with all the jibber jabber and hullabaloo, let’s get to the ranks and commentary fit for legends and mimicked by haters.

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