New season, same ole Smokey goodness. 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 1 (plus a sleeper/under-owned fella that should be owned and isn’t.)
Well my friends that time of the year is here. The time where better judgment and guessing when and how to use your chips. There is no right/wrong way to use them and anyone who says you are doing it wrong is a doo-doo head. Tell 'em Smokey said so. Game week 31 is the elite of the elite, and by elite I mean Liverpool and 7 other teams that are a fantasy cesspool of blah. But unfortunately you can only use the utensils that are on the table, so we will call them the sorta-magnificent eight. Eight is also a special number for roster building. It is the number you should shoot for if you don't have or want to use your chips. getting to eight non-blanking players allows you to hide injured stars (Aguero and Kane) and one other player that the investment value for your team makes the most sense. Having three players that don't even take pitch in week 31 isn't the worst thing after burying your investment pieces on the bench. the answer to that last part is tw f0old. How much value is someone going to get by fielding 11 players, which is basically 8 because we all will have three liverpool players? Zero. the match-ups and teams are not there from a team building to risk using a free-hit and using a wildcard with this lot is just not in the cards. Keep it simple. Get to 8 and call it a day. So here are the best three options of the seven other teams this week. Liverpool is completely up to your discretion. Cheers and good luck on transfers.
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...