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 line-ups for the week. Pretty cut and dry, and quite simply… basic. The best part is, you get two opinions for the price of one. We do this as a tandem, it’s the Smokey and Ralph show. 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 8….
Start – Steve Cook, Bournemouth £4.4 (vs. Watford) – For all the defensive love that Francis gets the Cook gets nuttin. Owned in less than .6% of leagues and has only tallied 2 less points that Simon. Watford isn’t the scoring giant that others are, but are going to be lulled to sleep.
Sit –Nathaniel Clyne, Liverpool £5.5 (@Everton) – I don’t know why any sane person would wanna start a ‘Pool defender this week or lately. After the first 3 weeks of the year everyone was on the bandwagon of own them all, as a group the starting 4 defenders have averaged less than 2 points per match. Only an assist from Moreno is the shining spot. Look elsewhere as Everton are finding their form to be a team to not play defensive with.
Start – Eric Dier, Spurs £5.1 (@Swansea) – As our colleague Kevin DeVries noted on he and Smokey’s FPL Round Table podcast, Dier is morphing into one of the better defensive midfielders in the Premiership. But here’s the thing, he’s listed as a defender on the official site which means he gets the additional points for clean sheets, goals, and assists. It looks like the general consensus agrees as Dier’s the highest transfered in defender in the game this week. A matchup with a Swans team struggling to score only sweetens the pot.
Sit – Ryan Bertrand, Southampton £5.3 (@Chelsea) – Why people are ranking this man highly this week I do not know. I’m not expecting a lot from the Saints at the bridge especially with a Chelsea team that has so much to prove. Don’t be shocked if the Blues blow their doors off.
Start – Cheikhou Kouyate, West Ham £5.8 (@Sunderland) – When the other team is bad my momma always said pretend you have terrets and scream it loud. Sunderland is f’ing bad. West Ham are a team that has shown they can find the net. Everyone should own Payet through the middle, but why not ad his friend for the assist gamble or goal love.
Sit – Cesc Fabregas, Chelsea £8.7 (vs. Southampton) – At that price you can find 39 players cheaper in salary that have more points on the year. That isn’t some made up number that is me counting one by one until I got to him, that is crazy for a guy who has had a propensity to be a fantasy asset, and the worse thing is it is not just him it’s every Chelsea player.
Start – James Morrison, West Brom £4.9 (@Crystal Palace) – The Lizard King might be the top value play at midfield that nobody is talking about. He’s got more points than Hazard, Silva, and Pedro at a percentage of their price. This week against Palace I love the visiting Baggies. Not many people realize that under Pardew the Eagles have won twice as many away from Selhurst than they have there.
Sit – Jeremain Lens, Sunderland £6.5 (vs. West Ham) – I love the player I just really dislike the team setup. I doubt he finds much room to operate against a West Ham side that’s stifled such clubs as Man City and Arsenal already this term.
Start – Glenn Murray, Bournemouth £5.6 (vs. Watford) – The Hornets def is better than they look, but honestly who is going to play up top for Bournemouth now that Callum is gone. The answer is nobody that will be as efficient as him but Murray has the best chance of doing something. Crappy endorsement finished.
Sit – Harry Kane, Spurs £9.2 (@Swansea) – He has a weirdly almost unownable price tag and I am not buying into him after netting one last week. Watch he will net two this week just to spite me and that damn keep 500 feet jibber jabber the court handed down on me.
Start – Sadio Berahino, West Brom £6.3 (@Crystal Palace) – I’m like the Baggies unofficial mascot this week. As I mentioned in the Forwards and Mids rankings, Sadio has found the net in back to back contests, and it’s been a year since he found it in three straight. So I’m figuring he’s due to continue this run.
Sit – Wayne Rooney, Man United £10.3 (@Arsenal) – With Martial in the mix why would you even bother? I’m pretty sure that even Colleen and Kai have dropped him from their FPL squads.
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Thanks for reading this week and good luck! – Smokey & Ralph
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