Over the last five years I’ve been playing in a very competitive league with 20 friends, family, and acquaintances. Over that time I’ve won the league twice, once in 11-12, and again in 12-13. Each year I used my first wild card before the January window. I felt as though buying players at their lowest value after a few weeks/months of evaluation, allowed me to construct a team of cost effective options, while also staying ahead of the curb when it came to price increases. Well after falling short in the past two years with consecutive third place finishes I decided to change my wild card strategy. This year I’m determined to be patient and wait until March. I figure A. I just have to make it to the January window B. Any buys right now could turn into long terms losses if injuries and dips in form happen to 3 or 4 players in my lineup. Because that’s what happened last year. After 4 months of reigning a top my league and within the top 2,000 on the Premier League site, I sunk like a stone from January to May. The big problem was A. By January everyone owned Luis Suarez B. I refused to transfer in Daniel Sturridge C. Mesut Özil and several others had significant dips in form. It was a turd tornado of epic proportions, and it’s left me a changed man here in 14-15. So here I am waiting and it’s killing me. Seriously Smokey used his this week and scored 83 points. With so many good low cost options in abundance my ultimate goal of pairing Sergio Agüero with Diego Costa is easily attainable. But no, instead I’m here staying strong. As a fun exercise I’ve played around with my lineup a bit to look at some different combos I could have, if by chance I used my wild card over the international break. See below…

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When it comes to being underrated Charlie Austin is the king. He was born on a Wednesday, a very underrated day of the week. His favorite meal growing up was meatloaf, a very underrated dish. His favorite band? The Happy Monday’s a very underrated band. But most of all Charlie Austin the footballer was very underrated. He was an unwanted bastard of the Reading youth system. So much so that he had to make his way through non-league football in his late teens. Playing semi-pro by night and laying bricks (literally) by day. After a few years he finally began working his way up to the lower dregs of the English football system. Scratching and clawing from Kintbury to Hungerford to Poole to Swindon to his big break with Burnley. He was underrated then and he’s underrated now.

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So yesterday we went over the overrated fellas, so naturally, today, we are doing the underrated guys.  The guys that are getting you value all across the board and allowing you to squeeze 3-4 top players into that £100 budget.  It’s the same assessment theories as yesterday.  We look at value, cost, percent of usage, and value as it’s associated to form.  All of these things are what makes up the current value of the player, and causes those pluses and minuses in value that make your team look good, or really good.  I didn’t include goalies, which are like fantasy football kickers, or fantasy baseball catchers, and you play the one that looks good schedule-wise.  So take a look at the guys where I think the numbers are returning better value then we give them credit for.

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So with the slow week, my colleague and I are going rover.  Not like the “red rover”, well… to be honest, it’s exactly like that. Now send your attention over… So this morning’s post focused on the most overrated crew that currently rosters itself in Fantasy Premier.  We came up with these lads based on season form, value assessment, percent of usage, and a price per point analysis.  This analysis determines the true value of a fantasy player on a point-per-game basis and correlates it to there value as a percentage of your roster’s salary.  So using all that goodness, wrapped in a pretzel roll, I have came to the determination that based on all those things, Yaya Toure is an absolute abomination to your fantasy roster.  Let’s look at what he does on a weekly basis and what it does to your team as a whole if you are rostering him.

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Overrated and underrated, it’s a familiar and possibly overused concept. It’s trotted out by every type of media from fashion magazines to fantasy sports sites like ours. What could be less alike than fashion and fantasy sports media types, amirite? I’m wearing a leather coat from 2006 and an old knit hat with a brim. Post-game Russell Westbrook I am not. Regardless, during the next couple of days we’ll be sharing our overrated and underrated lists with you. Feel free to share yours or passionately disagree with ours. Hey, it’s an international break you don’t want us writing about Brazil’s showdown with Turkey do ya? Just to be clear, I’m defining overrated one of two ways: 1. overpriced on the site 2. over owned by the general population. ONWARD!

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BIG NEWS EVERYBODY! BIG NEWS! If you couldn’t figure it out by the headline then you’re not very good with context clues….Come on it says DraftKings dude….Well regardless of your reading comprehension skills we’re in the DraftKings business! That’s right, just like we do on the other sites, Yours Truly and The Smoke Monster will be covering Weekly EPL every Friday. Here in our first installment I’m going to break down the rules and scoring a bit, alert you of some sweet promotions, and in closing let you know who I’m buying this week. Sound good? Cool then let’s go!

First and foremost, scoring. As with any game in the fantasy universe being 100% aware of the scoring is important. How else are you going to know what to target? Right? This is where you nod. Are you nodding? Alright good! So scoring is as follows…

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So, week in and week out, we will be giving you our loves and hates for this week in a segment called Start ‘Em and Sit ‘Em.  We will each pick one option from each position, and then, for a bonus, we show you our genius line-ups for the week.  Pretty cut and dry, and quite simply… basic.  The best part is, you get two opinions for the price of one.  We do this as a tandem, it’s the Smokey and Ralph show.  It’s like musical chairs, without all the screaming kids and regretful feeling of loss. So, Week 11 has a slew of lopsided match-ups and two intriguing games on each end of the schedule. Fear not though, as there are no lopsided matches in Fantasy EPL. Well, there is if you don’t have the foggiest idea of what you are doing, or just don’t listen to us. So have a look at who we would start and sit based on match-ups and value.

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