Welcome back several friends and the guy who doesn’t take no for an answer.  The FPl is back this week with fervert news and scheduling…finally, for the DGW. We all knew it was coming, but were a little leery on the who’s and where’s.  No worry here we are three weeks before the double in full set-up mode.  Whether you are using your assortment of alloted transfers every week, or using those valuable chips that you have been hoarding like that guy on Hoarding.  It makes sense just a slice bit redundant.   So this week you are either setting up for the DGW or you are setting up for the DGW, theres zero in between ground.  the double teams for week 34 are Burnley, Chelsea, Leicester, Bournemouth, Brighton, Man United, Spurs and Southampton. I know that you knew them already but healthy reminders are the preemptive set-up to the whole entire writing thing.  The best thing about this week in comparison to the last double week is that there are actually more than one team with reliable FPL options that we can bank on.  Also, just because the DGW is in three weeks the next week thereafter is a blank week for a few teams than that is followed up to game weeks later by another blank. Cafune went over strategy yesterday, so now we are firmly entrenched in week 32 transfers.  So sit back relax, grab some cool ranch Doritos and listen up.  Cheers!

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Last week gave us a little taste of what have waiting for us as the 2017/18 FPL Season comes to a close. Blank and Double Game Weeks are upon us, and how best to approach them is highly dependent on which chips you have left at your disposal. GW34 is our first confirmed double of the season, and while the second DGW has yet to be officially confirmed, it will almost certainly be GW37. (Note: the second set of fixtures should be confirmed before the official start of GW33) It’s important to have an idea of the overall schedule for the Blank Game Weeks and Double Game Weeks in order to maximize your points through the chips provided by the FPL gods, and playing them well can often lead to dramatic gains in competitive mini-leagues. While it takes a lot of effort to navigate the labyrinthian schedule on one’s own, all of this information is much easier to process thanks to the ridiculously good intel provided by Ben Crellin’s hard work.  His most up-to-date table with all of the upcoming fixtures is featured here below:

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

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The things associated with this week all have curious ties to the number seven …and Liverpool.  So if Liverpool is Snow White than the other dudes this week are the feeble dwarfs.  Seventh seal, Seven deadly sins, Un-Magnificent seven… you get the point yet?  Good cause I was running out of cliche things with 7 in them.  The talk around the FPL universe is whether or not it is advisable to using the free hit chp in order to have a fighting roster of 11 players.  With another blank game week, with better teams to pick and choose from, my answer would be no.  Plus with two doubles on the horizon saving all your chips til a later date seems like the best advice I can give.  Rankings, is the other thing I can do for ya.  Mow your lawn maybe. It is all ‘Pool all week this week as they face a Watford squad that is going to give up some goals whether they like it or not.  So from a only have to choose from 8 teams approach, get to 8 players and concentrate on teh front 5-7 players as the clean sheet looks bleak in most cases.  Here are the week 31 blank week rankings for FPL, happy hunting on transfers.  Cheers!

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Well my friends that time of the year is here.  The time where better judgment and guessing when and how to use your chips.  There is no right/wrong way to use them and anyone who says you are doing it wrong is a doo-doo head.  Tell ’em Smokey said so.  Game week 31 is the elite of the elite, and by elite I mean Liverpool and 7 other teams that are a fantasy cesspool of blah.  But unfortunately you can only use the utensils that are on the table, so we will call them the sorta-magnificent eight.   Eight is also a special number for roster building.  It is the number you should shoot for if you don’t have or want to use your chips.  getting to eight non-blanking players allows you to hide injured stars (Aguero and Kane) and one other player that the investment value for your team makes the most sense.  Having three players that don’t even take pitch in week 31 isn’t the worst thing after burying your investment pieces on the bench.  the answer to that last part is tw f0old.  How much value is someone going to get by fielding 11 players, which is basically 8 because we all will have three liverpool players?  Zero.  the match-ups and teams are not there from a team building to risk using a free-hit and using a wildcard with this lot is just not in the cards.  Keep it simple.  Get to 8 and call it a day.  So here are the best three options of the seven other teams this week.  Liverpool is completely up to your discretion.  Cheers and good luck on transfers.

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We are gathered here to discuss only the finest captain choices and disregard those that will not lead us to FPL glory. At the end of the day, your weekly captaincy choice plays a huge difference in your ranking, as it basically can guarantee a green arrow if/when you choose correctly. While nailing the pick each and every week would be splendid, the reality is you ain’t gonna get it right every time, so just trust your gut when picking the right captain and pray to the FPL gods that we will be a’stackin’ some point doublin’ over the course of the season.

Here are zee captain picks for GW 30:

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Similar to taking a piss straight into a headwind, there is futility in guessing which player will rise above the rest week-in and week-out. Rankings are damn near impossible to completely nail, and the top four forwards from GW29 were no exception: Aubameyang, Tosun, Deeney and King (aka Aubametosu and The Deeney Kings). Of them, Aubayameng was the highest owned at 4.4%. That’s the type of odds FPL stacks you against in any given week, and these rankings are based as much on fixtures as they are gut feel. Week 30 ends our sense of normal that we’ve mostly had since the Christmas fixtures, and if you’ve been following along at home then you’ve heard of FPL’s upcoming booze snooze on St. Paddy’s Day, which will provide us a wee-smattering of Premier Leauge with just 4 fixtures. Now week 30’s rankings do not factor in the blank, but it should be taken into consideration for transfer purposes as we focus on finding players that shore up a hole for this week and the following. Try looking at a cheap starter that could help shift funds in GW 31 to your missing higher priced item from Liverpool or Everton. Taking a chance on a lesser-owned, cheaper asset with starting credentials in GW31 carries an automatic 2 point “bonus” points you otherwise wouldn’t have. So go get some free FPL currency and cheers!

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It’s your sometimes weekly, mostly when I’m not lazy, update for Gameweek 29. If you haven’t already prepared for GW31’s upcoming slate of 4 games, well then at least spend your next two free transfers towards getting a player or two that might be useful to you from GW31 until you wildcard. If you’ve already wild carded, then it’s best you just ignore bringing in “non-blanking” players this week or the next, as you need to keep your team strong for the Double Game Weeks coming up shortly after. The two scheduled DGWs are where huge point hauls and mini-league swings can happen, as opposed to a short-slated GW31. Don’t despair if you’ve fallen behind, as the most exciting part of the FPL season is nearly upon us!

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A funny thing happened on the way to this week’s title, I went to school growing up with an Eve Blank. If I could make that stuff up i would but unfortunately tis true. We used sh are the big pack of 64 crayons you know the one with the built in sharpener.  we were high rolling in the ‘burbs of Jersey. I wonder where she is now…hmmm.  Not that it matters because Eve won’t help you prepare for the week 31 blank fest and only 8 games on the slate.  i will.  So if you have a multi-pack of crayons you and I can be friends.  If not shove off.  This week is pivotal.  It is a time where you look at your team and say “direction, I am going that way.”  For better or worse this course of action will dictate how you maneuver through the chip minefield and when to use that all so valuable second WC.  I am not driving the bus to use it in week, 34, 355 or 37, because I just don’t know everyone’s team that well or what you have already used etc, etc.  But if you wanna ask i am always here for ya.  Transfers this week should be made with the course of action in place that you know when you are wildcarding, using the your free hit and the bench boost.  Multiple double gameweeks to strive for and to use every available asset that you have at your disposal.  So be smart, transfer with your head and for god sake stop thinking about Evelyn Blank. Good luck and Cheers!

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