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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’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 26 (plus a sleeper/under-owned fella that should be owned and isn’t.)

Defense:

Start – Antonio Valencia, Manchester United – Yeah, the Red Devils dropped the ball versus Spurs. United probably are going to come back ok after that historically quick goal by Eriksen during the week put their defense to the test. I would have recommended Phil Jones here but Valencia is just a sexier pick that can also put in goals.

Sit – Ben Davies, Spurs – Yes, Spurs have 3 straight clean sheets, and have kept 4 out of the last 5. But on the road versus Liverpool at Anfield? Can’t say I like that fixture, pass another week for me. I picked Davies because he has the highest ownership of Spurs defenders, but hold if you have them and wait for news on Toby Alderweireld.

Contrarian Play – Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Crystal Palace – Palace kept cleans their last two home matches versus Burnley and Manchester City. Newcastle is not a scary matchup, and Fosu-Mensah has too great a name to not get a return. His 1.1% ownership makes him a differential if I ever saw one.

Midfielders:

Start – Wilfried Zaha, Crystal Palace – I think Palace will have a big game versus Newcastle, and Zaha is their little enginge that could. Although he hasn’t returned points since week 18, Wilf is due a goal or assist.

Sit – Riyad Mahrez, Leicester – Dude is literally AWOL and is listed to be at least out their upcoming match versus Swansea. The apparent premadonna didn’t get the transfer he dreamed of and now might jeopardize his current team’s odds of pushing for a Europa or Champions league qualifying position. Bench until further notice.

Punt Play – Jordan Ibe, Bournemouth – Two assists and a goal in his last 4 matches, Ibe is owned by just 1.2% of teams and could stay hot as the Cherries host Stoke this weekend.

Forwards:

Start – Callum Wilson, Bournemouth – He scored last week, so he can’t score again. Wait, the Cherries just put up 3 on Chelsea and face Stoke at home? Sign me up! Wilson is notorious for ghosting, but Bournemouth should be playing with good confidence and goals may come through.

Sit – Alexandre Lacazette, Arsenal  – No one has any idea what is going to go down with Arsenal from a week to week basis. Don’t be the one caught waiting to find out. If you invest in Arsenal, invest in a MF or Defender, but Lacazette (£10.3) and new boy Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£10.5) are not viable assets at the moment.

Lucky Strike  Troy Deeney, Watford – Chelsea are vulnerable and downtrodden! Get ’em and kick ’em while they’re down, Deeney!