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 19 (plus a sleeper/under-owned fella that should be owned and isn’t.)
Start – Arthur Masuaku, West Ham – You ever touch a carpenter’s hot Hammer. Well think like that but with uniforms and boots on. Way out of position and West ham will be looking for offense with no Lanzini to push the pace.
Sit – Matthew Lowton, Burnley – I could deal with losing Ward and the unit staying cohesive enough to hold true against a spiteful attack in Spurs. Losing Tark the Shark is too much to handle though. We have seen it before where cohesive units collapse when losing a vital part of the wall of defense. It happens here again. Only takes one goal to ruin the Burnley defense party.
Contrarian Play – Jonny Evans, West Brom – Call me crazy but I like the Baggies defense this week against a Stoke team that has struggled to score more than 1 goal a game for like the last month. Two cleans and an assist in his last 4 played so he is giving returns for a bottom feeder.
Start – Michail Antonio, West Ham – I would love him this week even if he had a three-head. Lucky for him he has a six-head. West ham are going to mix it up a little bit from what we have seen the last two fixtures without Lanzini guiding the skill wagon. Mikey may lead the front line.
Sit – Eden Hazard, Chelsea – The most over-hyped, best real life footballer who isn’t consistently a fantasy asset in the EPL.
Punt Play – Bakary Sako, Crystal Palace – Rumors are good from the practice pitch and with the health of Teke and Connor Wickham (LOL) in question Sako has been shining out in practice as a 9. I will believe it when I see it correlate to goodness. Regardless I love me some OOP guys and anyone playing next to the stud know as Zaha is good enough for me.
Start – Marcus Rashford, Man United – We just witnessed Leicester’s defense get dismantled by speed by Palace. United with a healthy Pogba in tow should be offensively offensive. Just don’t tell Bristol City.
Sit – Wayne Rooney, Everton – Cool Wayne now do it against an actual defense. And not aided by a PK. I am not saying that Wayne isn’t great value at his current price, i just think we need to settle down a bit with the must own stuff. Five of his last 6 goals have come against bottom 5 defenses.
Lucky Strike – Glenn Murray, Brighton – I mean if nothing else Watford may get a red card and allow him to take a penalty spot kick.