Welcome back all! We have two weeks down in the books, and I've provided some insight below into what I saw from a handful players, for better or for worse. Although I wish I could write about every player, remember that while we would to amass all of the players in the Fantasy Premier League universe, we are obligated to field a starting XI from your fifteen-man squad within the constraints of our budget. Hopefully some of these players below will at least be on your radar as you move forward with transfers and potential Wild Cards.
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.
The long drawn out week is going to bring out the dreaded "R" word. That word is: rotation... maybe. With two teams playing three games in a weeks time and some playing two in 4 or 5, fitness is going to be tested this week as we steam towards the end of the Premier league season. Trust me, I don't want the rotation stuff to even be a remote possibility, but in some sense of reality, it is going to happen. With nagging injuries, formation switches, and the bottom teams fighting for relegation, it just seems way to obvious of a stitch that some strange names may rear their faces and ruin the fantasy party. Writing the lede for the rankings is the hardest post, because it is all cut and dry stuff... look up a guy see where he is ranked. So if you made it this far into the opening, good on ya. If you skipped it, don't really matter and don't let me waste anymore of your time. So without further adieu, here are the Week 35 FPL rankings. Good luck on the DGW setup and with this week's transfers. Cheers!
I get it. I am a realist, the temptations that are flirting with you on the waiver wire or transfer market is a temptious beast. She will lure you in with promises and form, and leave you disappointed like Alvaro Negredo on a DGW. That is not the case this week my peeps. It is thew final stretch. The set-up before the Tim Horton special, the double-double. With Arsenal and Southampton doubling in back to back weeks I can see if you don't have a wildcard at your disposal that all your transfers this week will be in a set-up for that capacity. But unfortunately there is a week to play before that cluster F rears its ugly head. So let us attack the week 35 slate before we get ahead of ourselves and stay in the here and now. Here are some present day transfer ideas for week 35 of the FPL season. Only 4 more weeks to go and then I go into hibernation. Cheers!
The conclusion of the third match-week in less than 10 days is always fun for me because it actually allows me to do nothing with my life but rank, write, and then write some more. I do it all for the love people. So the one thing that jumped out to me for this week is that there might be a bit of rotation coming up for a few teams. Most notably Chelsea, and at least for this week, Leicester. Chelsea is basically 2-3 wins away from clinching the league title outright and may just start tinkering with their roster just enough to make it fantasy hell for everyone. So don't be all surprised when it happens, Uncle Smokey told ya so. The second team is Leicester, who have a more important game in the Champions League coming midweek. Now they seem to be sorta safe from relegation and that tournament is way more important to them right now. Once again, I hope they don't take Vardy or any useful pieces away, but anything can happen in FPL. Enjoy the Week 32 rankings and comments are always solicited. Cheers!
The whole hub-bub this week will be to take a minus or not. I don't care what other research of quadratic jargon that you peruse on a daily basis, that is the only question that matters. The quick answer here is do what you think is right by your team in setting yourself up to compete in Week 29. That is the more important question. This week is basically a wash and everyone, and I mean everyone is either working at a disadvantage to get a starting XI, or will take a minus to get there. The run out is more important than a four game slate that features a less then attractive depth solution to this week's problem. Get your team to 9 and then if you want 10 at a minus 4, go for it. If not, relax, be on top of your team for Week 29 so you can bring in Kane or Costa. You can think about midfield with Hazard and Sanchez and defensively you should be all set and gambling with the guys who get you through Week 28 until you are ready to wildcard. I am no genius in this, it is all common sense. Don't play follow the leader, play the I own my own FPL team game. Here are the sexy rankings for Week 28. Cheers!
If you are looking around like you stole something, and you basically haven't done anything, don't fret, you are amongst friends and in a safe place. The week that happened, albeit an outlier based on it being midweek, was a weird and special week for everyone. We all knew that Adam Lallana was going to go off (because I told you as such). We even knew that Hazard was going to miss it two days before hand, once again a proclamation made by your's truly. I do get more wrong then I do get right though... but we don't have to bring up old stuff just to make me look stupid. We are past the sweet sixteen party and now are on to the young season getting it's driver's license. So your insurance rates are going up because kids can't drive for pooh. But let's concentrate your attention on the other side of the analogy, Week 17 of the FPL. Most importantly, the transfer ideas and some strategy for the upcoming weeks. It's fun thinking about more then one week, when they are more then two days apart. So after this week, it won't feel like you have fantasy diarrhea and have to go change stuff every other second. So get comfy as I am about to wax poetic on some stuff. 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 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 12 (plus a sleeper/under-owned fella that should be owned and isn’t).
The last and final installment is here. These guys are the goods, the bulgers of nets and fantasy pants. We try to cram as many of the big names into our rosters as possible, and unfortunately it makes the rest of our team look inferior. To me, the best scenario is to choose your high priced weapon, whether that be Kun or Ibra, and go from there. The true value of a team in my opinion is loading up on the best midfielders possible and mixing and matching with the hot hand up top. Now that doesn't mean to completely punt the forward position. It means go take a look at the price of the forwards currently, now look at the players who rank in the top-10 in ownership five of the 10 are priced at £6.5 or lower. There is a huge gap in what we want and what we can afford, and the names in between the likes of say the rosterable £6.5 lads and the pedestal guys above £10, the names do nothing for me right now from a fantasy perspective. Yeah, they will be owned, because most of the 420 players in the player universe will have a fan, family member, or some guy who mimics his life after Buffalo Bill and listens to Wild horses on repeat all day. So enough with all the jibber jabber and hullabaloo, let's get to the ranks and commentary fit for legends and mimicked by haters.
Listen, I can say there are thousands upon thousands of options this week. I would then have to apologize to the tens of you for being a freaking liar. The mantra this week should be: getting to 11. That is all you need. With all of five fixtures to choose from and a limited transfer base to choose from, it can either be hard or it will be a lot of minus points taken. There will be a lot of template-type teams this week, as the options are so limited. It isn't even funny. The rankings which you are about to peruse are extremley truncated. It is not done because I am being lazy or just don't care. If there were more options, I would list them and gladly say go ahead and start this lad, but there just isn't. Blame me, it is all my fault that this blank disaster happens now, right after the week we all scored so well. So without further adieu, here are the abbreviated, yet pungent FPL rankings for the week of 30. Cheers!