Clear Choice: Mohamed Salah, Liverpool – The King of Motown faces off with Manchester City at Anfield, and despite currently recovering from injury, since it feels like forever since we last saw Salah, let’s just pretend taht he’s extra rested. City are nothing to laugh about on defense, especially now that they have John Stones fit for matches playing alongside Otamendi and Kyle Walker. Furthermore, Liverpool lost Coutinho since their last league match, but I think that means Mo Opportunities for Mo Salah. City’s defense is good, but an early goal either way will open the play up and both offenses will be trying to one-up the other. I predict Salah to come up on top.

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are more of the subtle yet deadly variety.  Why?  Because of the elite fixture that lies ahead this weekend between Liverpool and City.  It is tough to have tons of faith in two teams that are both FPL stalwarts like they are.  They basically neutralize each other on both ends of the pitch.  Liverpool has the best home defense is the league, and City just score anywhere.  City are a top 5 defensive team on the road and Liverpool score more at home.  It is like one hand washing the other this week.  All are still startable options this week as the money, ownership and transfer fees associated with making a one week move based on match-up just doesn’t make too much sense to this guy.  So be heady this week, don’t compound the DGW fiasco from last game week and make it worse and bury yourself further down the well.  So happy transferring this week and enjoy the next two weeks of transfer rumors.  Here are the week 23 rankings for the FPL. Cheers!

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All the news is centered on one team right now…  whether for the FPL good or the FPL bad.  Addition by subtraction type stuff. Let us first start with the addition of Virgil van Dijk, the phenomenal chimney sweep of a defender.  Looking at the transfer market currently for defenders you have Alonso, Jones, and VVD as the top three additions into the FPL defensive fray.  Alonso, I can understand.  Phil Jones is the luck dragon from Neverending Story, and United is fresh of two cleanies and has 4-out-of-5 winnable matches upcoming.  Now VVd, Liverpool play City this week, which is god awful for a defensive CS wish.  Yes, it is at home where Liverpool is one of the better home defensive squads, but still, this ain’t an ordinary attack here they are facing.  By name value alone I get that the people are falling in love with Virgil.  I mean he is sexy as all get out and moves to a better team with hopes and aspirations of defensive prosperity.  I wonder if we all took a poll on how many Liverpool supporters play this glorious game, if they would outnumber the other clubs handily?  My guess is yes, yes it would.  So with New Jersey and name recognition comes a new FPL romance this week as Virgil tries to hit a homer and gain you some fantasy glory.  Let’s see what else is shakin’ in the transfer tree this week.  Good luck on your transfer decisions, Cheers!

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

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If yesterday was Thanksgiving, then today is Black Friday with all the goodies in store for you. From a fantasy perspective obviously.  The Defenders and Keeper rankings are nice and are the biggest differential to be had in the game.  The midfielders and forwards are def the staple items.  You need to have a City player, you need to have an investment in a certain grouping of strikers. These are just great rules of thumb as it relates to FPL.  I don’t claim to be the shelter from a rain storm, but I do sell some of the best umbrellas.  Ya dig?  With the returns of some key players and the departure of some others from the international break period it is making the front 8 selection process a muddled up beast.  The biggest crunch that I am noticing right now is the move away from the power three forwards to more of a power two and then finding the funds to have coverage from the key players and the under-owned ones…cough…Alexis. So one week at a time my friends and one or maybe two transfers at a time as well.  Good luck this week and here are the rankings for the middies and strikers.  Cheers!

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The Hammers are one of the hardest teams to peg coming into the 2017/18 campaign. They currently have 7 players injured – Aaron Cresswell, Manuel Lanzini, Andy Carroll, Michael Antonio, Diafra Sakho, Sofiane Feghouli, Chekhou Kouyate – but have transferred in a few playmakers that should help them get through a pretty tough schedule to start the season. Marko Arnautovic and Javier “Chicharito” Hernández are the two big names here, and both could provide great value for a number of FPL managers this season.

Hammers start the season away to Manchester United, but have great fixtures immediate after, facing Southampton (A), Newcastle (A), Huddersfield (H) and West Brom (A) from weeks 2-5. That stretch is followed with a tough home match versus Spurs in Gameweek 6, and then back into the green fixtures with Swansea (H), Burnley (A), Brighton (H) and Crystal Palace (A).  While starting the season with three road starts might prove difficult, keep in mind that they do not possess too much of a “home field” advantage going into just their second season playing home matches at the London Stadium.

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Now that the back-enders are out of the way for Week 29, we can get down to the meat, potatoes and goal scorers. The quintessential fantasy meal. Getting the right set-up for midfielders is a lot harder than getting the forward ones correct right now. The options are seemingly endless, and given the shape, health and suspension levels going on in the forward ranks it is hard to get that right set for now and for the upcoming weeks. So play for now, grab for form, screw fixture through the middle. As far as the strikers go, it is kinda of weeded out for you through attrition really. With Kane and Ibra gone, it makes the forward ranks Lukaku, Costa, Manolo and maybe a roll of the dice with Sergio. Well, if you came for advice and ranks you came to the right place. Keep reading for the Week 29 Middies and Forward ranks. Cheers!

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In a perfect world, I could drop these on you last minute, right before gametime kick-off,s and have them be just as effective.  Unfortunately, we can’t do that because the FA Cup fixtures get in the way and mess things.  So posting the rankings pre-FA Cup is a dangerous and possibly a worthless venture, but I am doing it anyways.  Take in mind that the games over this weekend will impact what happens in the FPL fixture on Tuesday and Wednesday.  Injuries, new transfers and just plain bad luck do happen.  I mean, I just finished my weather controlling device, so now my attention will turn to the prediction of all things fantasy.  So take these with a grain of salt, and use some common sense when it comes time to use your transfers.  Waiting is usually the best advice.  Cheers!

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