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Pearson here with a preview of GW2. Every week I’m going to be rounding up the players and fixtures you should be targeting for your FPL sides, along with all the the information you need to set your team up for the weekend’s fixtures.

The Bankers are those teams I believe will be the week’s high scorers. I’ll include a list of the most likely goalscorers here, followed by all the clean sheet odds. Bench Fodder are the teams, and by extension players, unlikely to enjoy a good game week. They’re the ones to avoid or stick on the end of your bench. Finally, the Red Herring is the week’s biggest trap, a player or team I don’t think will deliver, in spite of prevailing opinion.

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With news of the Queen of Soul passing yesterday morning, all universes were put on hold, including the FPL Universe. Aretha Franklin’s unique ability to powerfully belt out a tune from any genre of music truly made her a once in a century talent that has inspired millions of people to sing, dance and enjoy music in its purest form across the globe. This week’s FPL captains rankings will be a musical tribute to her:

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New season, same ole Smokey goodness. 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 2 (plus a sleeper/under-owned fella that should be owned and isn’t.)

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Arsenal have served up an interesting FPL conundrum for the new season, with £100-million worth of striking talent vying it out to lead the line for the north London club – and potentially one of the vital premium striker positions in your FPL side. This is not the time for mistakes, people.

On the face of things, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.0m) is the obvious choice and one of the stand-out picks in FPL: a world-class goal-scorer, proven over many seasons against the meanest defences of the Bundesliga. His arrival at Arsenal, six months after Alexandre Lacazette (£9.5m), blew the Frenchman out of the water. Aubameyang made more starts and scored more goals, including five in his first six appearances. Currently sitting in 21.8% of FPL squads, compared to Lacazette’s 4.4%, going for Aubameyang over Lacazette would seem to be a no brainer… But is it?

I’m going to argue that things might be a lot closer between the pair over the course of the 2018/19 campaign. Lacazette is a penalty-box predator, in his second full season, and a tantalizing FPL prospect at £9.5 million – if new Arsenal boss, Unai Emery, hands starts to both of them regularly.

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Both the start to the Prem and the first game week of the FPL season are an occasion perfectly constructed for both endless optimism and gut wrenching nerves. The constant tinkering prior to the season’s beginning seems tireless and never-ending, and does not satisfy nor provide resounding confidence in predicting what has yet to come in the upcoming 38 weeks. Please, blog, may I have some more?

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The week one flow needs to chill a day.  Hence why we are here on a glorious Tuesday talking about the beautiful, official games.  Sitting a day and reading the news and injury reports… and maybe watch as many of the games as possible is the key.  Don’t look at what just happened and chase points.  Yes, there are some guys that you should add immediately.  That impulse is the reason you should chill.  We just saw what they did, are they going to give the same double-digit return that they just did?  Will all the forwards from last week not score more than 8 points?  The answer to both of those questions is a resounding no.  But that doesn’t mean you should make snap decisions and go to an all out defense and punt on the guys up top.  Yes, the value for defenders per point return is almost 25% better than the priciest forwards but the CS is a tempestuous beast that lures you in with chocolates and roses, then stands you up on Valentine’s day.  Stay the course, as we are literally 2.5% of the way into the season .  If you are trailing already, good, you probably should be.  Not every decision everyone makes will be prosperous every week.  So if you are need of a change for price rise reasons, by all means act on it.  If you aren’t we still have a international break in three weeks and banking the transfer to give yourself another week of +fixtures and stats could lead you to a better idea for a mini wildcard in a few weeks.  Patience wins the race, but don’t miss the obvious.  Here are some of my own transfer ideas and views from what I noticed over the weekend.  Cheers!

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New season, same ole Smokey goodness. 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 1 (plus a sleeper/under-owned fella that should be owned and isn’t.)

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Don’t look now, but time’s almost up for you to keep tinkering away at your FPL team. Roster’s lock on Friday at 7pm (BST), 2PM (ET) and 11AM (PT), so don’t get caught with any players you aren’t entirely certain will be back GW1 – especially those high-priced assets. There is no point having an expensive, double figure player riding the bench when you are literally starting on a level playing field with everyone else. While there will certainly be players you long to have on your squad from day one, if they are not yet training with the team due to World Cup action, just wait to wildcard them in after a few weeks of play and rotations/starting XIs are mostly settled.

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For those of us familiar with a certain store that sells cheap wine, the title makes complete sense.  For those that don’t, I basically just told you that it is a cheap wine sold at a store, so now you are caught up.  Keywords being wine and especially in conjunction with FPL defenders being cheap.  This is the last part of the three-part positional series talking about cheap options, and defender is where the biggest price pinching goes on.  Every year the search for the sexiest starting option happens in the preseason and with 4.0 the stepping off point, why not start there and shed some light on the guys that re being bandied about as not complete throw away fellas as they looked to be semi nailed on?  Since the strategy for defenders is to basically either get 3 or 5, the sense to me is that you either want to spend on them for the full five players or spend on three great options and save for the rest of your roster.  Best part about FPL is there is never a wrong answer because it is your team, your favorites, and your attention.  So avoiding the noise and flow of everyone else is a good and bad thing, but always in your own favor.  So here are some 4 and possibly some 4.5 buck chucks to start the FPL season.  Cheers!

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