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:

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?

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.
In case the post-World Cup malaise had you down, we have gallantly returned to welcome y'all back to a fresh, new and exciting season of Razzball soccer. Like any other year, the EPL season will welcome three new teams to the ranks of the prem after saying adios to three definitive losers: Wolverhampton Wanderes, Cardiff City and Fulham have climbed the ranks of the EFL Championship to join the big boys at the top of the English footballing pyramid. Below are some quick numbers to give you a quick look of how each team did in the EFL last year:
FacebookTweetGoogle+StumbleUpon We are gathered here to discuss only the finest captain choices and disregard those that will not lead us to FPL glory. At the end of the day, your weekly captaincy choice plays a huge difference in your ranking, as it basically can guarantee a green arrow if/when you choose correctly. While nailing the pick each and every week would be splendid, the reality is you ain’t gonna get it right every time, so just trust your gut when picking the right captain and pray to the FPL gods that we will be a’stackin’ some point doublin’ over the course of the season. Here are your captain picks for DGW37:
Making captain picks before the gaffers give their pressers is an exercise in futility. You can reallistically assume certain players will be ruled out, but often we are left with more cryptic knowledge than firm answers once the Friday pressers have come and gone. That being said, decisions must be made and this post has the intention of providing you some insight into the best captain picks for the forgotten week, the week before the double game week. Don't stress the press, just go with the flow and pick your best!

For the first time in over 10 weeks, a decision must be made on who to captain in place of the recently knocked Mo Salah. GW33 is a great opportunity to take a chance on a player that your mini-league rival doesn't have rostered and thereby giving you the best opportunity to make up points. Don't be afraid to gamble, especially as a lot of managers have their eyes fixated on the double next week. This is a GW to really make up ground, as there are lots of juicy fixtures that should produce many many goals. Here are the captain picks for GW 33:

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Arsenal - The Arsene Wenger experience host Southampton on Sunday, and the squad is flying high after beating CSKA Moscow 4-1 in Europa League. The best option in the Gunners attack is close relative and dedicated guzzler of the PF Chang sauce, PE Aubameyang! With 4 goals in his last 3 prem matches, Auba is in fantastic form and Southampton have not been good for quite some time. Arsenal always seem to run riot on any team outside of the top 6, and the bookies odds have Soton at a 14% chance of keeping a clean, which all points towards a likely gaggle of goals being shipped over the weekend. Gimme that PE Auba special sauce!
Last week gave us a little taste of what have waiting for us as the 2017/18 FPL Season comes to a close. Blank and Double Game Weeks are upon us, and how best to approach them is highly dependent on which chips you have left at your disposal. GW34 is our first confirmed double of the season, and while the second DGW has yet to be officially confirmed, it will almost certainly be GW37. (Note: the second set of fixtures should be confirmed before the official start of GW33) It's important to have an idea of the overall schedule for the Blank Game Weeks and Double Game Weeks in order to maximize your points through the chips provided by the FPL gods, and playing them well can often lead to dramatic gains in competitive mini-leagues. While it takes a lot of effort to navigate the labyrinthian schedule on one's own, all of this information is much easier to process thanks to the ridiculously good intel provided by Ben Crellin's hard work.  His most up-to-date table with all of the upcoming fixtures is featured here below:
We are gathered here to discuss only the finest captain choices and disregard those that will not lead us to FPL glory. At the end of the day, your weekly captaincy choice plays a huge difference in your ranking, as it basically can guarantee a green arrow if/when you choose correctly. While nailing the pick each and every week would be splendid, the reality is you ain't gonna get it right every time, so just trust your gut when picking the right captain and pray to the FPL gods that we will be a'stackin' some point doublin' over the course of the season. Here are zee captain picks for GW 30: