Yeah, I'm bored and reading through all of these weird cricket terms. Leave a comment if you're a cricket fan and you have some comments on these terms or any other bizarre and funny as hell sounding vocab.
It's your sometimes weekly, mostly when I'm not too exhausted from work update for Gameweek 23. Feel free to leave questions, comments and criticisms below...
Clear Choice: Mohamed Salah, Liverpool - The King of Motown faces off with Manchester City at Anfield, and despite currently recovering from injury, since it feels like forever since we last saw Salah, let's just pretend taht he's extra rested. City are nothing to laugh about on defense, especially now that they have John Stones fit for matches playing alongside Otamendi and Kyle Walker. Furthermore, Liverpool lost Coutinho since their last league match, but I think that means Mo Opportunities for Mo Salah. City's defense is good, but an early goal either way will open the play up and both offenses will be trying to one-up the other. I predict Salah to come up on top.
Our first Double Gameweek of the season promised big scoring from both Hammers and Spurs, but managers were rewarded by 3 goals each by both clubs. That's a goal and a half a match, hardly enough to validate any big roster shakeups that occured by many managers. Beyond the ultimate lack in offensive output, December Darling Harry Kane fell ill to sickness and played in a limited capacity as a sub., failing to score versus Hammers. For a shit ton of owners that triple captained Kane (yours truly included) and were frusted by a single digit "haul." It sucks, but it doesn't end your season. Guess what does make or break the second half of your season? Picking healthy players with good upcoming fixture stretches, while also taking into consideration the changing dynamics of starting XI's as more players are transferred in and out throughout January. Captaincy choices remain the biggest way to increase your single season rank, but don't let it cloud your transfer process.
Nothing is more frustrating and exciting as picking a captain for any given gameweek, and I am glad to be able to bid farewell to my 2017 selections. On to the final gut feels of the year...
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 21 (plus a sleeper/under-owned fella that should be owned and isn’t.)
Smokey is sick from all of the extra el-bees he packed on over the holidays, or maybe he's just sick from the very spirit of Christmas itself. Regardless, I'm taking a stab at the transfer biznass, or so they say. Before all else, happy everything! Hope you celebrated with as much football as I did, and if you didn't then shame on you and may the January transfer window epically smash your fantasy prem team to bits and pieces. We had some high scoring matches featuring 28 total goals in 9 matches - with just one from Manchester City! - and we still have Arsenal v Crystal Palace to go as of Thursday morning. That's an awful lot with the league leading attack only netting 1.