Welp, the news is smattered across the interwebs and since we were all glued to our computers for Cyber Monday, we all know the news: Philippe Coutinho is set to miss an extended amount of time with a footie, footie injury.  Technically it’s an ankle injury, but the double footie thingy was way too tempting to not at least attempt.  The man who spells his name with one L and two P’s instead of the traditional Norwegian double L and solo P has gone down and taken his 40.3% ownership, and shrinking, down with him.  He will be missed as a total fantasy asset and while some of us, mostly Liverpool fans, think this is the worst thing to happen since unsliced bread, I think this is actually a swoon to everyone who is in the know and down for diversifying.  The best part is that he is in the top-15 overall in price, so from the grabbing anyone you want perspective.  you can grab anyone you want.  Whether that be staying on the Liverpool theme and going to a Firmino or trusting that Lallana will be healthy and fantasy trustworthy.  The second is that we can move into a direction of diversity and add someone who isn’t so widely owned.  Screw this template garbage.  So breathe deep, don’t make rash decisions as there are Cup games today and tomorrow, to help with some perspectives.  But before they kick off, here are some tidbits of delusion from your’s truly…enjoy.

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As per the usual here on Transfer Tuesday, we touch on the buys and to keep in touch with my N-Sync fans, the Bye, Bye, Byes.  Well, the Baggies are the focus this week as they went on a scoring barrage this Monday and netted four goals.  The interesting thing that screams out about those four goals are the values and ownership differentials that are smattered all over their starting XI.  Last week, I discussed Chris Brunt as a solid add, and while he didn’t make the core sheet in any form, he did net you a cool CS and minutes.  The focus this week is mostly on fellow midfielder teammates Matt Phillips and James Morrison.  Every week, a new 5.5 and under target pops up and now it is their turn.  Phillips is on the docket with back-to-back double digit affairs, and after he went down in price last week do to the amount of drops.  Morrrison is just returning to real form after a brief hiatus at the injury fairies Swiss ski chalet.  The Lizard King has goals in consecutive games for the first time since the last time he did it.  At 4.6 price, he allows a further downshift in saved dollars in the inevitable game for everyone to get Kane, Aguero and Costa into their lineups.  Which would be kind of interesting, and if anyone has a team pic of that I would wanna see it.  So both Baggies midfielders are owned in less then 1% of leagues and take on one of the Leagues worst next week in Hull.  So there’s that.  Let’s see what else is hopping on the good foot and doing the bad thing in the transfer department.  Cheers!

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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.  Pretty cut and dry, and quite simply… basic.  It is more based on my feelings and gut approach for the week 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 12 (plus a sleeper/under-owned fella that should be owned and isn’t).

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Well that’s it folks, no more breaks until the New Year. With all the injury nail biting that has gone on during this break, I think it is actually easier to have a player get injured during play in the FPL than away from it. With the scary news of Alexis, Eden, and Diego (at some point over the last 10 days) being injured, I am just sick and tired of trying to read updates of it being a few weeks to a few days of missed time, to ehh, his shoes were just untied, all is well. With transfers at a premium right now and people digging in for the long haul, any disparaging news turns the toughest of stomachs. So with all the international hoot-nanny finally over, let’s get down to the brass tacks as we steam toward Boxing Day and New Years. If anyone is counting, that’s basically six whole weeks of matches and a few mid-week matches mixed in. It is going to be a fine ride into the midpoint of the season, and remember the phrase of the day is “short term”. Think two-to-three weeks and not the whole Magilla. So to get you back off your hiatus and away from the pub, here are some transfers, some for now and some with the next few weeks in mind. Happy transferring and good luck. Cheers!

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I wanted to pause a day and reflect on the past week and the UCL games that were played on Tuesday, to at least get halfthe goods on FPL teams and it’s players.  I am glad I waited, because I changed the focus of my opening paragraph from The Dukes of Hazard to Ilkay Gundogan.  A wise and more cost-friendly move for the FPL universe.  While bringing in Hazard is probably the mainstream move. it doesn’t parlay into what the hidden gems and bargain-bin discounts of the Transfer post is all about.  So by waiting the day, we got to see another example of the blossom that is Gundogan, netting 2 goals today in City’s defeat of Barca.  At his current price of 5.5 and improved form and contribution to the City build-up, he is now in the category of Etienne CapWho?  Yeah, exactly. He shouldn’t be rostered anymore, and funds should be shifted anymore, or anyone else in that comparative 5.5 and down price point, minus Joe Allen.  So if you don’t or haven’t even looked at Ilkay this week and are considering a bolder named move, by all means be my guest.  I myself am flying on the low-end theory and taking a ride on the Gundo train.  They have Middlesbrough, Palace and Burnley in the next three.  Yeah, looks like the post Halloween candy sale at the Walgreen’s with some fantasy flair.  So here are the other ideas this week for transfers or baking recipes, good luck. Cheers!

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Double digits already, holy hell. Time flies when you have imaginary friends who you try and steer down the path of fantasy enlightenment. The only thing I like about it being Week 10 already is that it’s only got 28 weeks to go. But seriously, the things I really like about it is we are starting to see the burn and flash points of building an admirable FPL team. We are seeing who plays well with each other on their weekend play dates, and who has the look of fantasy pretenders. What I mean there is, that no one is trusting anyone from Hull or even Sunderland at this point and obviously feel comfortable enough to admit it to their friends. Well, the Transfer Tuesday post is all about making you comfy in your own skin and show off the fat girl, scooter or whatever your personal catching point for social awkwardness may be. So get comfy as your ole pal Smokey takes you down the relaxing aisle of FPL start of the week goodness. It’s transfer Tuesday, jump up and yell like Ric Flair at random strangers, WOOOOOOOO. Cheers!

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Not since the four horsemen of the apocalypse has the FPL universe been so turned upside down by a group since last week. The names aren’t as owned as they should be.  The names aren’t as popular as they should be either… But that will all end this week as their ownership is about to spike for all three.  Since I covered Junior and the Welsh Pirlo recently, I will focus on the Arsenal middie Theo Walcott.  His goal total and minutes over the last three seasons prior have not warranted anything special from a fantasy-usefulness perspective.  Last year’s 5 goals/3 assists in 1300 minutes played was good for a mere 85 points.  The year before that, 5 goals, 1 assist in 447 minutes good for 51.  The year before that? 5 goals, 5 assists in 860 minutes for a paltry 72 points.  The point I am getting at is the year before those is when he exploded for 14 goals, 13 assists, and a massive total of 194 points and a top-8 finish in the position that year.  He is on pace for roughly 20 goals and 10 assistsm which would push him into the elite performers of all time in the FPL.  I will even be so bold that for the bang for the buck, his current ownership and potential what the Gunners could score this year and his involvement he is arguably the most valuable Arsenal midfielder.  Take the 3 million in saving from Alexis and put that at a Forward spot and what do you get.  Roster diversity and huge differential play owned in less than half of what the roster stalwart in Sanchez.  So ponder that awhile and get back to me, in the mean time let’s look at some other roster moves and transfers for Week 8,  Cheers!

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Like I said, it’s never a bad thing to have an investment value in an Arsenal player, namely defense.  The upcoming fixture list is clearly in their favor.  With matches against Swansea, Middlesbrough, and Sunderland on the upcoming list, it has to make your transfer button sweat.  And by sweat, I mean of the jar of pickles in the sun kind of sweat.  For those in the R&B tip and wanted me to reference Keith Sweat, I am sorry this week’s lede is all about the Gunners.  Take a look at the player for Arsenal’s defense of note and regular playing time, Hector Bellerin is the most owned, most expensive and yet the second highest scorer.  The person of value here I believe is that of Laurent Koscielny.  Him of the £.3 variety cheaper, half of the ownership and nearly two more points per game average.  Plus he has more of a chance to score a goal, as he has already nodded in two on the year’s campaign.  So those in the sleepy variety will have Bellerin on their team, those on the come up will look at the Arsenal center man as the key piece and most likely highest priced addition to their squad in the next coming game wees.  So with Week 8 upon all of us, let’s look at some other coming up players that I think could make a transfer darling for your squads.  Cheers!

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Sometimes life and technology get in the way of the genius, or semi-genius, that I convey to you on a weekly basis. It isn’t really genius as much as it is a hazy diatribe of words thrown together in some form of sense. But at the end, it all comes down to one common goal and that is the week at hand with Fantasy Premier League action. So with UCL games yesterday and today, plus with the impending week off for international duty, it suddenly becomes an interesting week as we streak toward Boxing Day. I only say Boxing Day because I use that as the half way post from a fantasy perspective, by no means look that far ahead when it comes to you building your roster. It is way too far away to comprehend, and involves me buying presents for everyone. So this post always starts off the FPL week and with all the info of the UCL injuries/non-injuries, Europa games, the week off upcoming and dealing with current injuries of star players (de Bruyne) we can finally get down to the brass tax of Week 6 in the Premier league. So here are some of my transfer ideas for the upcoming week and as always good luck. Cheers!

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It is blatantly obvious this week who we should be targeting with our one free transfer…  If there was ever a week to take a minus to augment your FPL team, this is the week.  Sergio Aguero returns from banishment and his price is only going to rise from here.  Sacrifices have to be made unfortunately, but in the end game folks, it is worth it to have the best fantasy player in the game wearing your chain.  His price comes at the sacrifice of a second or third high priced midfielder most likely, but I am here to tell you that the midfield ranks are littered with moderate value plays up and down the FPL roster.  So say good bye to the Ozil’s, the Payet’s or the Hazard’s and make way for the difference maker that should be by next week the most owned player in the game.  It’s sorta funny, he was on the money before his ban and wasn’t the most owned but since he hasn’t been around for three weeks, we are all coveting his services.  The fantasy world is a strange and funny place.  Stick around for some other fantasy goodies and transfer ideas and targets after the bump.  Cheers!

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