I know it’s an extra week away with the week off in between, but it can not be ignored.  The Week 27 game slate is in full affect now.  It has to be with such fantasy stalwart teams like Everton and Man City involved.  Add in Newcastle and Liverpool, and it will be a crap-nado of fantasy craptitude.  Now, it’s okay if you own one or two total guys from the four teams that have the week off, but at worst you own three.  Barkley, a Man City defender and Sergio Aguero.  That is a huge hole to try and climb out of.  I don’t care if your dad is a rope connoisseur and you have an abundance of rope for no other apparent reason then to have rope.  You are not rolling into a week with no double week scheduled yet with three or more players not slated to play.  Have no fear, follow me this week as I hold your hand an guide you through the fantasy mine field that is three-plus weeks away.  Here’s the first installment of the helpful insight for that upcoming doomsday of Week 27, but only useful now in Week 25.

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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, and then, for a bonus, we show you our genius lineups for the week.  Pretty cut and dry, and quite simply… basic.  We used to do this in tandem, but since I am flying solo while Ralph explores all the tallest mountains in the world, you are stuck with my and only my opine.  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 24 (plus a sleeper/under-owned fella that should be owned and isn’t).

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If you know or even listen to me at all, and know how hard it was to write, admit or even pursue the fact that Odion Ighalo is becoming a “maybe” option, then you will know it was hard.  But after so many meh weeks in a row, at what point to we go on a futile journey to find someone with his point total to date, and the key factor in all this his price tag.  The answer is: you aren’t.  The options in his price range are retreads and one-week band-aids.  So my advice is that he does nothing to hurt you by being your third striker.  Going to a five midfielder set-up and reaping the benefits that way.  You have Aguero and then insert your brand of choice for the second guy. and then stack up your middies with a fruitful bunch of studs. and by happenstance. if one of them doesn’t start Iggy on the bench, it isn’t the worst thing going.  So patience is the name of the game.  Plan your WC for when we actually know the double weeks, don’t freak out and make rash decisions. as there are tons of weeks to make up a minimal point difference.  Here are some other transfer ideas for the upcoming week.  Cheers!

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The only thing good about a quick week is the faster return of a free transfer. You use it, and then boom, it’s there again. Week 21 was a fantastic midweek affair that broke up the week nicely and added to the running total of beers consumed by me. It’s tough, getting older and drinking midday during a shortened week for a return of the following week… This week should just be called “Ahh, my liver just healed and now I am back to doing it again!” Not so catchy after I typed it out, as I thought it would be in my head. Digression, and back on topic. Week 22 is a mere two days away. It seemed farther, but then I put my spectacles on and realized it to be true. Some tasty fantasy fixtures are forthcoming, as people are starting to get that itchy, burning a hole in their pocket feeling after a relatively small return for the past week. Hold firm me lads, as the wild card is to be paired in collaboration with the Chips. Patience is the name of the game, and we should all be doctors of the craft not OCD jump out the window assasins. Relax put your feet up, watch the telly and read some transfer ideas I got all cooked up in my broth of knowledge that I am going to spew on ya.

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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, and then, for a bonus, we show you our genius lineups for the week.  Pretty cut and dry, and quite simply… basic.  We used to do this in tandem, but since I am flying solo while Ralph explores all the tallest mountains in the world, you are stuck with my and only my opine.  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).

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Ah the new year, and a new Costa?  It couldn’t be true if you had a paint-by-the-numbers-book guiding you the entire way.  It may actually be true, I am just here to reel you in a little bit.  I am the “Wilfred Wolf” of the FPL.  I am a fixer who analyzes, makes snap judgments, blames someone else, than eventually I point you in the right direction like the scarecrow from the Wizard of Oz.  It’s not the case here though, if you have the funds and the testicular fortitude, then by all means, Diego is your man.  This is on the heels of the sour taste Jamie Vardy has left, and now he is gone for like… forever.  That was my teenage persona filling in for half a tick.  Vardy is out from the latest report, for at least 1 game, but guess what there is? A FA cup game in between for us to all look at the goods around the Premier to augment your roster.  So with Vardy comes a roster spot. In steps Diego.  That same Diego who has 3 goals in his last 2.  The only problem is the upcoming fixture list (vs. West Brom, vs. Everton and @Arsenal), but Diego gets hot in spurts and now might be that time.  It wasn’t sooooo long ago that he did Everton Dirty and West Brom is well West Brom.  So for those of you getting that WC itch, settle down a little.  Free piece of advice, wait until the Cup games are over before doing anything drastic.  For those of you that are in need of a good forward for a spell, then Diego is by all intents and purposes that dude.  Which Dude though? You can pick from his kindergarten photo, current or in 5 years…

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When the dust settles around the forward spot on Liverpool, will anyone be usable for fantasy?  It’s an interesting question to ask, because there was a lot of love spread across the fantasy universe for Christian Benteke.  Now that he has scored in back-to-back affairs, does he inch closer to a trustworthy piece in the limited roster space that the FPL gives us?  Besides the ownership for Coutinho, there isn’t another Liverpool player (besides Clyne) in the top-25 in ownership besides Benteke.  So their is either a lot of love for Liverpool players who have been underwhelming to date, or just a ton of zombie teams with him in their ranks.  His next seven fixtures lead me to believe that his ownership is going to differ on weeks when games are in his favor.  He has @West Ham, vs. Arsenal, vs. Man United, A Norwich, @ Leicester, vs. Sunderland, and @Villa.  Those warrant, at the very least, a look for a team that is looking to change things up from the template teams that they are most likely chasing.  It’s food for thought, but for those more in a buffet frame of mind, here are some other transfer ideas for the shortened week of 2o…

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It’s like the way of the world: hurry up and wait… until this week, and the week to follow.  So this week’s posts will encompass a mass of fantasy knowledge and then will be shrunken down into a pocket-sized encyclopedia of usefulness.  So the Transfer Tuesday post usually is to steer you in the right direction for the upcoming week, but with the second game only 2-3 days after, there is no time to waste.  Rankings and such are easy and will be posted over the weekend, I may even give you an updated transfer post based on injury, fitness and basically my penchant for laziness.  So this week’s advice is fairly simple as one guy is linked to another.  It’s like fantasy hop-scotch, with an emphasis on the scotch.  I will give you one guy, then will immediately give you the guy you wanna use for the following week.  So you basically get two for the price, without actually paying for anything to begin with.  Also, it is starting to get to be an important part of the season for everyone on your bench to be a useful entity, no more salary dumps.  Sound good?  Well, it sounds just ducky to me.  Here are the adds for Week 18 followed by the immediate guy I would hop to for Week 19 on a transfer basis.

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The return of the Pudlian skipper makes the midfield ranks for me a little more muddled.  Liverpool is a team where you want to own someone.  Not everyone is sold on the Brazilian dreamboat in Coutinho, while the rest of the world has completely soured on remaining midfield options like Firmino.  What are you looking for from a midfielder, who would slide into your rotational status as a 4th or 5th middie?  Well let’s look.  The upcoming fixtures are @Watford, vs. Leicester, @Sunderland and @ West Ham.  Okay, so it’s not the greatest, but it’s not the worst.  I mean, he could be facing Chelsea.  Fit with the team?  Well, he just really returned from injury and was without question thrust into Klopp system and seemed to do well in it.  Price, well, he falls sweetly into that ever-rising last midfielder price tag, which, by my estimation with everyone’s abundance of cash, is in the £5.8 – £6.8 range.  Well, he sits at £6.5 currently and is a sure-fire to go up (either this week with an increase of transfers in or a follow up to a goal and an assist week like we just saw).  Lastly… ownership.  The true differential.  He is owned in less than 4% of leagues as he sits right now, and that number will be closer to 5% by game time this week.  Is he a better fit for your team (and rotate better than a struggling to find points Dusan Tadic or even Andre Ayew)?  Absolutely.  As long as he can stay on the pitch, the captain of the Pool attack will be Hendo.  Let’s see what else I see through my purple haze for this week’s transfer ideas…

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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, and then, for a bonus, we show you our genius lineups for the week.  Pretty cut and dry, and quite simply… basic.  We used to do this in tandem, but since I am flying solo while Ralph explores all the tallest mountains in the world, you are stuck with my and only my opine.  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 16 (plus a sleeper/under-owned fella that should be owned and isn’t).

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