Both the start to the Prem and the first game week of the FPL season are an occasion perfectly constructed for both endless optimism and gut wrenching nerves. The constant tinkering prior to the season’s beginning seems tireless and never-ending, and does not satisfy nor provide resounding confidence in predicting what has yet to come in the upcoming 38 weeks. Please, blog, may I have some more?
New season, same ole Smokey goodness. 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 1 (plus a sleeper/under-owned fella that should be owned and isn’t.)
Don't look now, but time's almost up for you to keep tinkering away at your FPL team. Roster's lock on Friday at 7pm (BST), 2PM (ET) and 11AM (PT), so don't get caught with any players you aren't entirely certain will be back GW1 - especially those high-priced assets. There is no point having an expensive, double figure player riding the bench when you are literally starting on a level playing field with everyone else. While there will certainly be players you long to have on your squad from day one, if they are not yet training with the team due to World Cup action, just wait to wildcard them in after a few weeks of play and rotations/starting XIs are mostly settled.
The last rankings round-up. The unfortunate things that are really fun and annoying is that they have to come to an unfortunate end. Way too many unfortunate things there, but for the gist of spitting at soccer it makes last week look like heaven's sent. I am still trying to forget it and GW 37 just ended yesterday. too many negatives don't equal a positive. That is why i am thankful that week 38 is finally here so we can move on from our woes and set the record straight with one more good week to go out on a top note. There is no need to be wordy with an intro this week, we have done this 37 times previous. To wax poetic would just not be my style as I like it short, sweet, brunette and with a great personality. Wait, we're still talking about FPL players...right? So with out further adieu here are my views on the rankings for week 38. Good luck, it has been a pleasure bringing you fantasy output this year and I have one more post of usefulness this year. Cheers!
Doubles rule the FPL world, just like O'Doyle rules the Billy Madison world. We are here at the ultimate in fantasy weeks, the last double of the year. Last chance to but through that ton score threshold and capitalize on those chip (whichever you are using). With 12 teams doubling up it gives us some tough decisions transfer wise. Who do we use in the forward position/ How many single game week players do I trust? If one or two, whom? All tough questions because there are so many great in form single game week players, but two is still greater than one and 180 minutes trumps 90. So transfer wisely when it comes to committing to single game week guys, no more than 2 should be gracing your entire roster and one of them is the back-up keeper. This week's rankings much like other double game week affairs will be littered with twice the flavor for my love towards weekly returns. So if you are torn between one guy or the other use my rankings to steer you to the promised land of fantasy points. Enjoy the week's games and I'll see ya tomorrow with the start's and sit's. Cheers!
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!
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!
Oh the weather outside is FPL frightful. Dum, de dum delightful. The weather is definitely a blind pimple on the face of the FPL heading into this weekend’s slate of fixtures. Hell it is going to affect today’s Arsenal/City clash. So if and a big if that they do play rankings are the pivot point to a transfer strategy. Please, blog, may I have some more?
Welcome to the world of mid-February Fantasy Premier League decisionmaking. Should it be any different than it's been all year? Well, that depends. If you have been dragging ass and dropping red arrow after red arrow without any hope in sight, well than yeah, it's time to be bold. If you are absoulely demolishing your mini-league(s), then stay the course and bring in quality transfers and captain the smartest choice possible each and every week. At the end of the day, your weekly captaincy choice does play a huge difference in your weekly status, but nailing the pick each and every week isn't as big of a deal as picking the right players and having them serve up consistent point totals over the length of the season.
Without any more rambling, I've decided that this week to provide you a few choices at each "category" for captaincy. The thinking behind this is that I don't know who the hell you have on your damned squad, so it means jack shit to you if my recommendation is nowhere to be found near your actual squad.
In a week built to attack the lower level squads, I am advising everyone to treat this as a one off week. Pick guys that help you now. Whether that be defensive matchups in your favor like Stoke or Swansea. Or even on the offensive end with Bournemouth and crazy as it may seem Brighton. The lower level clubs for me are getting a ton of my fantasy eye as we steam roll toward week 28 and the potential for fixture shuffle. The best part of that is that we will have a full two weeks before the next game week to totally overthink our teams and mess with it six ways til Sunday. So if you are having a debate in your head for transfers this week, pick the better matchup as you see it on paper. In form teams right now aren't the ones you may expect. If at all possible to go into week 28 with a second free transfer by all means do it because Arsenal and City may be blanking there. One extra in the bank is better for the heart, mind and fantasy soul. Enjoy the week 27 fixtures and happy transferring. Cheers!