Welcome to Week 2 of your new favorite fantasy footy analysis, Tapping Your Captain. As a quick, obvious recap, I’ll be suggesting captain’s picks in the official FPL game that you should possibly consider to get a leg (ha, soccer pun!) up on your competitors. I will make those suggestions in categories of obvious, weekly match up based, and subversive hipster pick to make everyone think you know more about soccer than they do.  Guess which category is my favorite?

Before we get into the picks, I’m also going to take a weekly and a cumulative tally of how brilliant or idiotic my picks have been.  What’s good analysis to you if you can’t track how helpful it is anyway? To get a little more specific, I’ll be reviewing picks with specific objectives in mind. For example, I’ll be okay with my Captain Chaos picks varying wildly, so long as every couple of weeks I hit a big winner.  Conversely, my Captain Clear-cut better not throw up too many stinkers.

So with that said, let’s review Week 1.

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As always, the second post is usually the more awaited of the week.  Why?  It’s the same reason that people love the home run, the touchdown, or the over.  It is no different when we start talking about the middies and strikers for the week.  We fall in love with the goals and the tallies that come along with them.  All just facts.  Also a fact is that like always the rankings are always based on price, match-up, form and common sense.  So if you disagree… say so.  I am here for your service in this FPL game that we all love so much.  So enjoy the rankings, long intro’s are for squares and for people who don’t really have much to say so they make it long winded.  Cheers!

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This is the start of one of my weekly features highlighting possible captain’s plays for the week. Besides the obvious research in suggesting potential captaincy choices, including sleepers, triple players, and matchup players, the real difficulty in this column is clearly making sure I pick a snazzy title. Captain’s Call?  Too on-the-nose.  In the Captain’s Chair?  No pop to it. Oh Captain My Captain? Too obscure. I’m losing readers already!

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If you enjoyed yesterday’s salad and appetizer courses, then you will love today’s main course and dessert.  I realize you can’t get anywheres in the official game without having a nodded on choice at keeper and a stellar yet filled with differential based defense.  But the real fun in building your roster is comprising it with as many affordable stars through the middle of the pitch and up top.   So just like yesterday’s rankings I mix in price, match and some good ole common sense.  The form comes later because after all this is just week one of a long journey my friends.  Some great matches are on the table for a lot of star players, so here’s hoping you can squeeze as many of them in as possible.  So just in case you needed a guiding hand here is week 1 of the FPL season rankings for Middies and Strikers.  Cheers!

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When perusing the the list and prices of forwards, it is easy to wanna shop exclusively at the posh department stores.  But the prices of them will limit the ability to have more than two.  Is two enough, sure, but when isn’t three the magic number?  They allow you to roster three, so why not take full advantage of what they are giving you and add that to your fantasy tool belt?  With the entire world rostering or having their hand in on Lukaku (48% owned) at £11.5,  Kane (35% owned) at £11.5, and Lacazette (17.6% owned) at £10.5.  Those are the three highest-priced and owned strikers in the official game. With the numbers of fantasy entries into the fantasy jambalaya where do we find differentials and better yet where do we find players on a budget.  So where are the extras shekels being scraped together for a useful yet intrinsically awesome third striker with differential appeal.  I will tell you where you can find some ideas on this.  This post.  You got this far into the intro to quit now, so you might as well sit back relax and enjoy the bellowing words of usefulness. Cheers!

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Wednesdays from now on are the day when we let nothing hide between friends. It is fairly simple: I will show you my team for the next three Wednesday’s leading up to the start of the season. I do expect that if you read this and that, you’ll do the exact same thing, because two heads are better than one, and 10 is even better. Get it? Cool. So this is draft number six on the year for me so far, the others were more fiddling out of boredom, but now we are starting to see news out and about pertaining to certain teams formations, transfers, and injury updates. So enjoy this early look at Smokey’s team and critique away, because I prolly deserve to be slandered for my thoughts and team selection. Cheers!

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The biggest thing I always hear around the inter-webs is: will Davy Klaassen’s skill on the pitch translate to something of a fantasy commodity?  The best answer people never give is: we will see. Listen, I get that he is a well-hyped player coming over from the Eredivisie, but how will his skill be a good thing for Everton?  The Toffees have a bigger hole to fill with the departure of Romelu Lukaku, but that post will be coming in the next week or so… let’s stay with the guy who are going to be the facilitators of goals for himself and others.  Klaassen had 14 goals and 8 assists last year in 2800 minutes played in the play-making/attacking role for Ajax last year.  Now, the League is not on par defensively with what the Premier brings, but has it’s pluses and minuses to help it match-up a bit.  So we can say that Davy is going to be used in a similar fashion as he was previous and play behind the front two of Rooney/Sandro or both in some sets.  That is a good thing because I think both of those top players offer up different things that will unlock the midfield for the Dutchman.

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Wednesday’s from now on are the day when we let nothing hide between friends.  It is fairly simple: I will show you my team for the next three Wednesday’s leading up to the start of the season.  I do expect that if you read this that, you do the exact same thing because two heads are better than one, and 10 is even better.  Get it?  Cool.  So this is draft number six on the year for me so far, the others were more fiddling out of boredom, but now that we are starting to see news out and about pertaining to certain teams formations, transfers and injury updates.  So enjoy this early look at Smokey’s team and critique away, because I prolly deserve to be slandered for my thoughts and team selection.  Cheers!

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Alexandre Lacazette has the big club factor.  He has the talent surrounding him to make him look shinier.  He has a previous scoring history that makes him look like a phenomenal asset to your FPL team.  But does he pass the eye test for you as a fantasy must-have to start the year?  Arsenal are buoyed by a high-scoring, big market club, but does that translate into a Ligue One striker finding success?  I am leery to roster him at the beginning of the year just solely based on two premises.  First, his price is 10.5 and is the fourth highest priced forward, just under the likes of proven commodities of Kane, Lukaku, and Sergio Aguero.  So with that kind of investment of basically 10% of your allotted salary is Alexandre your striker 1 or 2 to start the year?

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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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