You ever sit inside on a rainy day and put together a puzzle?  Well, that is what the official game is all about.  Filling in a puzzle.  Now take a heavy heaping off the top with owning Mo Salah at 13.o.  That is 13% of your opening day budget.  It is actually more when you factor in that you need four bench players that will take another 13-15% of you salary depending on how much of a bench commitment you are willing to run out.  So finding bargains and undermined pieces that fit your puzzle is key.  Currently there are 26 players that are being owned in over 10% of leagues, for this time of the year that is pretty template-y. So after the 7.0 striker post the other day, this is the second in the line of budget players that fit more into a budget rather than a spending spree.  Because owning Mo and maybe a City middie commits you to well over 20% of your budget to be sprayed around the rest of the 13 players. Not that much star power in that at every position if you think about the ownership rates of other players floating around.  Bargains are out there in undiscovered places or even in newer players to the Premier.  So unearthing them is a fun game that you can do on any day... doesn't have to be in the rain with your Grandma.  So here are the budget options that have caught my eye through the meat of your lineup.  Cheers!
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!
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!
The Prem is here, and we can all now rejoice. Now that the season has kicked off, I will be doing my best to fill your Mondays with sweet, fond memories from the games from over the weekend. I also ask for some patience as I work through how to best provide both a summation and meaningful outlook on the matches. I was hoping to write about all 20 teams for this post, but it started to become lengthy and I started to get sleepy. So, here are my notes over the weekend on Arsenal to Liverpool (alpha order because why not?)...I will hopefully have Man City to West Ham by tomorrow.
If you enjoyed yesterday's salad and appetizer courses, then you will love today's main course and dessert.  I realize you can't get anywheres in the official game without having a nodded on choice at keeper and a stellar yet filled with differential based defense.  But the real fun in building your roster is comprising it with as many affordable stars through the middle of the pitch and up top.   So just like yesterday's rankings I mix in price, match and some good ole common sense.  The form comes later because after all this is just week one of a long journey my friends.  Some great matches are on the table for a lot of star players, so here's hoping you can squeeze as many of them in as possible.  So just in case you needed a guiding hand here is week 1 of the FPL season rankings for Middies and Strikers.  Cheers!
The FPL value system has been skewed this year.  Defense is up a cool 15% of what prices were last year.  The forwards are a huge step off between the haves and the have nots.  Now on to the midfielders...  Where this year it seems the starting point for fantasy fertility is that £7.0 precipice.  It isn't an awful place to find value though, when you see the names that are littered either at that mark or a million below.  Value is in the eye of the beholder... or that is what dollar stores have been preaching for years as their business model.  Is buying a dollar spatula better than buying an 11 dollar one that has an ergonomic handle and does back-hand springs while you flip flap jacks?  I mean in theory, a spatula that could do that would be more coveted then a fake fish on the wall that sings, amirite?  Where was I?  Oh yeah, midfielders on the bargain train to FPLville.  The medium point this year for value this year doesn't start at £5.5 like last years it is now £7.0.  Argue all you want, but just look at the names that surround that value point, or minus a buck.  Or just stay right here and I will break it down like the real G that I am.  Cheers!
Wednesday's from now on are the day when we let nothing hide between friends.  It is fairly simple: I will show you my team for the next three Wednesday's leading up to the start of the season.  I do expect that if you read this that, you do the exact same thing because two heads are better than one, and 10 is even better.  Get it?  Cool.  So this is draft number six on the year for me so far, the others were more fiddling out of boredom, but now that we are starting to see news out and about pertaining to certain teams formations, transfers and injury updates.  So enjoy this early look at Smokey's team and critique away, because I prolly deserve to be slandered for my thoughts and team selection.  Cheers!
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 34 (plus a sleeper/under-owned fella that should be owned and isn’t).
So now that we all have our eyes set on some transfer prizes and the midweek cup games have come to a head we can rank the players for Week 6.  I gave it one extra day for injuries and such to show themselves, but alas, rankings you still have.  I went over the transfer ideas in Tuesday of who to set your eyes on this week, it includes Kun because he is being brought back in at an incredible rate.  On the same measure, the Ibra love is falling off as he is becoming a casualty for the Aguero train.  It is the easiest move to make with the closest salary.  Sometimes a quick fix isn't always the best solution but it will work for the short term.  So rankings wise as always it's form. mixed with fixture, mixed with me drinking some of grandpa's cough syrup.  So in theory it is a lot of sense and a whole bunch of non-sense.  I completely kidd, as I would never steer anyone astray as this game is meant to be enjoyable and fun.  Plus I think we all get participation trophies and will definitely go for ice cream regardless of result.  So sit back get comfy and enjoy the Week 6 all position rankings for the FPL. Cheers!
I was half waiting for all midweek competitions to be completed, half completely wrapped up in my own life of jet setting.  The third half is currently here typing this weeks rankings for all y'all.   So with the midweek fixtures that I mentioned, teams like Man United, Leicester, Spurs, Southampton, Arsenal, Man City teams starting XI all come into question. The poor Hammers were already bounced, so sad. Add in the fact that we patiently wait for fitness info on some in game niggles and injuries.  So by taking all that in and now factoring it into this weeks FPL match-ups, we have a big ole conundrum of fantasy proportion.  Now I would normally just go with my gut and list the usual starting XI as they should appear, but that is laziness and I am way better than that.  So sit back, relax, find a comfy porcelain place that you do all your fantasy research and enjoy the Week 5 rankings for all positions.  BTW, this is your reminder that there is a Friday game so rosters lock at 1400 PM EST.