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 2 (plus a sleeper/under-owned fella that should be owned and isn’t.)
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 36 (plus a sleeper/under-owned fella that should be owned and isn’t.)
Week 36 comes rolling in the fantasy door like a kitten with soundproof shoes on. Seriously it is so quiet in here and the noise is all surrounding the 2 goals that were conceded in another tournament that really don't matter until Liverpool give up 3 more. Run-on sentences are fun, especially when the point you wanna prove falls on deaf 'Pudlian ears. So moving on in the museum tour of rankings for the FPL week 36. This is a severe set-up week, almost like an awful blind date setup by someone who doesn't really know your personality. You appreciate the fixtures but don't really ever plan to call or text or use this people again because you are dating twins next week. Twins! And not of the Minnesota variety. I always forget that not all the baseball jokes transfer correctly, but if you are into that sorta thing click on the baseball thing on monday's and Friday's as I continue my journey to the middle of popularity there. So transfer wisely this week, only bring in players that have a double next week. I mean it don't be stupid. Cheers!
As a Blues fan it pains me to type in a sentence that I am waiting for the Pudlians to determine the fantasy forecast of the FPL universe for the upcoming week 36. But alas here we are 5-2 later. Wondering is that enough for the commitment level needed to buy into a Liverpool side this week, or is it not enough to rest on your laurels and say I am rolling with the Joneses' of the fantasy world and standing pat. I wish I was more of a devout mind and had a simple answer to that question. You are damned if you do and damned if you don't. the ownership and ownership levels on the Salah's. Mane's and insert third name Liverpool player are astronomical right now. especially if you are chasing points. but is the chase the thing that may help you in your endeavors. I think it just may. It brings into play what5 we touched a few weeks ago is the games remaining more valuable for less games given the known returns or gambling on he bonus games to be played at the questionable return. Questions as long as the day is long my friends. Many a fantasy pundit will climb the tree of knowledge saying they have the best umbrella for a rainy day, bit I am here to tell you taht they are simply guessing. And guessing is sometimes a legitimate FPL strategy. so before you start to guess, let's get some logic in your noggin head into the pivotal week 36 no blank/no double fixture week. Transfer insight upcoming, strap up. 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!
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!
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!
This is shaping up to be a week with no clear captain favorite, but certainly necessary to consider all of your options (however few they may actually be). Spurs vs United removes your Harold, Lukaku and Pogba/Son/Eriksen/Sanchez/Martial or any of their teammates from the logical reality that ManU will probably try to park a bus to beat Spurs. Arsenal and Chelsea seem like too much a mess to bother to put the captain band on their boys, although with them playing Swansea and Bournemouth respectively, it could end up being an Ozil or Alonso that steals the day. The players below are the most clear-cut choices for captaincy, but we can all agree that both my pedigree and decision-making for this season is average at best. So here's to celebrating what little I know and what even less remains of my gut feel...cheers!