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).
Start – Vincent Kompany, Man City – The proof is in the pudding when he plays/doesn’t in the City returns on CS investments. Late season goals last year are a reminder that he is special. The forehead that you have to look at quickly erases that memory.
Sit – James Milner, Liverpool – Do we even know if he plays the first game or it’s Robertson. Is that a 6.5 gamble you wanna take when there are proven commodities out there for cheaper.
Contrarian Play – Frederico fernandez, Swansea – All the Swans love is on Olsson for defenders, but the world needs 4.5 defenders. so go with an uglier duckling instead of a chalk favorite.
Start – Tom Carroll, Swansea – Quick name someone besides Tammy Abraham that you may want on your team with no Llorente or Siggy. Carroll at 4.5 is the midfielder waste that really isn’t all that wasteful. He is this year’s Capoue, bold statement out of the way week 1.
Sit – Raheem Sterling, Man City – Remember that invisible man movie starring Kevin bacon. Of course you do it’s the one where he danced like a maniac when no one was looking while invisible. Hollow foot? I think was the name. Sterling is that guy incarnated into real life.
Punt Play –Ramadan Sobhi, Stoke – the toffees defense looks good but is it really? Look at how they fared when they didn’t have Seamus on the pitch, not tantalizing at all. Sobhi sounds like a holiday for noodles and you know what goes better with noodles….fantasy points.
Start – Christian Benteke, Crystal Palace – For my money the Palace/Huddersfield game could be entertaining. new skipper in CP, and a new promoted team just learning the ropes of when to lay down and take it or go out and attack. Going to be goals in this one, don’t chase the cleans for either defense.
Sit – Alvaro Morata, Chelsea – Match-up be damned, is the form there that is what is important. I wanna see him in some kind of shape first. Going to be a lot of unowned goals from Chelsea this week I think.
Lucky Strike – Stefano Okaka, Watford – The artist formerly known as god knows what is the only real option for the Hornets in terms of Health. He did have a miraculous one week out of nowhere last season, so anything is possible really. Look an open window, bet I can fly.