The Hammers are one of the hardest teams to peg coming into the 2017/18 campaign. They currently have 7 players injured – Aaron Cresswell, Manuel Lanzini, Andy Carroll, Michael Antonio, Diafra Sakho, Sofiane Feghouli, Chekhou Kouyate – but have transferred in a few playmakers that should help them get through a pretty tough schedule to start the season. Marko Arnautovic and Javier “Chicharito” Hernández are the two big names here, and both could provide great value for a number of FPL managers this season.

Hammers start the season away to Manchester United, but have great fixtures immediate after, facing Southampton (A), Newcastle (A), Huddersfield (H) and West Brom (A) from weeks 2-5. That stretch is followed with a tough home match versus Spurs in Gameweek 6, and then back into the green fixtures with Swansea (H), Burnley (A), Brighton (H) and Crystal Palace (A).  While starting the season with three road starts might prove difficult, keep in mind that they do not possess too much of a “home field” advantage going into just their second season playing home matches at the London Stadium.

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Anyone remember the days of yore when the uproar and hoot-nannying was out of control over his transfer fee.  Well if you are a footie fan the Neymar deal with PSG has put that monster under your bed to rest.  this year seemed like a perpetual record transfer fee for each team in the Premier…and likely so the market has gone past us and the money with TV and such rules the world.  Lost in all of this fuss is that Paul Pogba is a good football player, and a growing to be a better fantasy asset for the Red Devils this year.  And they Aren’t even done spending on talent to surround the superstars on their team with more superstars.  So what can Paul Pogba do for you this year in the official game that he didn’t do last year at the glorified nature of his being with all the hype and none of the fantasy booty.  His price is cheaper than last year’s end price and I am here to learn you something about him for the official game this year.  Stay tuned, your midfield will have one locked in starter for week one after the bump.  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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As the season fast approaches, I’ve honestly found myself scrambling to learn about the new entries into the Premier League (and consequently, FPL) this year. As an American follower of the game, I find it easy enough to keep up with the big clubs and their transfers and gossip, but digging into the under covered bottom half of the table is an entirely different story.

With that, this article helps to at the very least set some broad guidelines for what to expect from each of the newly promoted teams. I’ve written in the somewhat familiar Love/Hate/Surprise format, but it’s important to qualify those categories when talking about teams that might be headed right back down to the Championship (looking at you Huddersfield). Think of the categories more specifically like Not Terrible/Terrible/Maybe Not Terrible? and you’ll be much better off…

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A good defense, is the best offense.  I wish I was the brilliance behind that statement, but it was definitely said by someone smarter than me, well… not smarter, just older.  So they had the chance to say it first, there, that makes my OCD feel better.  Setting yourself up for the first 6-8 weeks of the year is always a keen thing to do.  The chart in this feature will give you the tool to look at the match-ups as they sit now and how they are favorable or not.  It works in the stop light fashion. Green means go for it, Yellow means caution, and red is obviously a warning sign.  It is still preseason though, so making presumptions is always a dangerous game.  By game week 3, we should know who is nodded on and who isn’t.  Also, that is when the summer transfer window shuts so it is a what you see is what you get kinda deal.  So enjoy the chart and I hope it helps in your selection process.  Cheers!

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So do you like Fantasy Sports? Do you like soccer? Have you ever made a drunken bar bet and then been asked to not only justify your unjustifiable hubris, and then asked to actually come through and perform your favorite Nicki Minaj song in public?  Well, two outta three ain’t bad. … So, if you’re still with me, let’s see how a Novice fairs playing EPL fantasy soccer this season.  The pricing value scale will be as follows:

  • Buy. Just like with every new generation of the iPhone, you’re willing to wait in line to overnight to get this.  Full price be damned, this is worth it.
  • Grab. Lightning deal online. Get it now, the price won’t get better and it’s a good investment.
  • Avoid. This is that van that pulls up next to you at the gas station and says, ”Hey, wanna buy some speakers?” The answer is always no.     
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The FPL value system has been skewed this year.  Defense is up a cool 15% of what prices were last year.  The forwards are a huge step off between the haves and the have nots.  Now on to the midfielders…  Where this year it seems the starting point for fantasy fertility is that £7.0 precipice.  It isn’t an awful place to find value though, when you see the names that are littered either at that mark or a million below.  Value is in the eye of the beholder… or that is what dollar stores have been preaching for years as their business model.  Is buying a dollar spatula better than buying an 11 dollar one that has an ergonomic handle and does back-hand springs while you flip flap jacks?  I mean in theory, a spatula that could do that would be more coveted then a fake fish on the wall that sings, amirite?  Where was I?  Oh yeah, midfielders on the bargain train to FPLville.  The medium point this year for value this year doesn’t start at £5.5 like last years it is now £7.0.  Argue all you want, but just look at the names that surround that value point, or minus a buck.  Or just stay right here and I will break it down like the real G that I am.  Cheers!

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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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Anyone with a reading comprehension level above the fifth grade knows what Brexit is.  I am just putting my own Razzball spin on it and building a team based solely from teams not in any European tournaments. For the people that aren’t getting the concept, it is teams not in the Europa or Champions league tournaments.  Fairly simple, just playing on the whole Brexit idea as a gaffe.  So building a team without the top-7 teams this year is quite the horrorfest, as all those teams are fully investable in the standard fantasy team.  With not being able to choose players from Chelsea, Spurs, Man city, Liverpool, Man United, Arsenal and Everton, it takes away arguably the top 60% of fantasy assets.  Do I recommend this as a final draft, sure.  It has it’s benefits and fallbacks.  Benefits being the previous two league winners didn’t participate in either Europe based tournament and both managed to finish in the top-3 defensively the subsequent year.  Those two teams being Leicester and Chelsea, and we all know how good the fantasy assets on those teams were in the years that they won. Negatives?  You don’t get to use a ton of the most-owned, viable fantasy assets from those seven teams. It is going to be fun regardless.  So here is a draft idea for the no Europe based tournament players. I am using price this year, ownership this year, and point return from last year to guide my hand, since I am sans service dog here.  Cheers!

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