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 9 (plus a sleeper/under-owned fella that should be owned and isn’t.)
Start – Kieran Trippier, Spurs – The fourth most owned Spurs defender and the 5th highest overall score amongst defenseman. Somewhere in that sentence something doesn’t make sense. Poch like to toil with rotation and Danny rose is close to being in the mix again….but that’s on the other side. Davies owners punt, punt, punt!
Sit – Marcos Alonso, Chelsea – You know the old expression “it’s not you, it’s me” expression. well it is totally him. Game flow is not dictating him bossing the wide side play, for those who are new. That is bad because that is his whole game. Really hasn’t returned on investment in 6 weeks. I can think of a better way to spend 7 bucks…borrow 13 more and get a lap dance.
Contrarian Play – Mamadou Sakho, Crystal Palace – Got an assist and gives the Eagles some solid defense if not some breathtaking stupidity. A clean sheet may not be such an awful thing to gamble on as Palace are riding high. Don’t forget to puff, puff give.
Start – Michail Antonio, West Ham – The forward line for the Hammers is minus a man bun. Whispers of him playing up front scream awesomeness, regardless of his 5-head. Still a maestro in the air and decent enough on the ground that the Gulls may cede a goal.
Sit – Leroy Sane, Man City – There is only so much goal love to go around in manchester. Burnley are no slouch on the road and the Etihad is just as big as Chelsea, Spurs and Liverpool where they have a grand total of 4 goals. Don’t get me wrong the Light Blues score but it’s not going to be the touchdown game we just witnessed versus the Potters.
Punt Play – Ashley Young, Man United – Obtuse as all get out. herrera, Mata and maybe even Lindgard may get more love from everyone this week but someone is going to push the tempo from the wide side. My guess is it’s this dude.
Start – Mame Biram Diuof, Stoke -Though he qualifies as a Lucky Strike you are going to be lucky this week and get two, so smoke ’em if you got em. Owned less the Tammy and scoring on par with him over the last 4. Despite all the transfer love, maybe it’s because he is OOP. look at the upcoming fixtures of the two and you tell me who is the better long term play.
Sit – Roberto Firmino, Liverpool – Two weeks in a row you say, well you can’t fix what’s broken sometimes. better off going out and buying something new. Spurs may concede but it ain’t going to be multiples. Pivot, swivel, twist…whatever you want to do.
Lucky Strike – Joselu, Newcastle – I told ya two strikes, if I gave you one more it would be a turkey. Super unlucky, but shot percentages and accuracy are coming down to unusable. Not this week versus the Eagles.