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.)

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?

The week one flow needs to chill a day.  Hence why we are here on a glorious Tuesday talking about the beautiful, official games.  Sitting a day and reading the news and injury reports... and maybe watch as many of the games as possible is the key.  Don't look at what just happened and chase points.  Yes, there are some guys that you should add immediately.  That impulse is the reason you should chill.  We just saw what they did, are they going to give the same double-digit return that they just did?  Will all the forwards from last week not score more than 8 points?  The answer to both of those questions is a resounding no.  But that doesn't mean you should make snap decisions and go to an all out defense and punt on the guys up top.  Yes, the value for defenders per point return is almost 25% better than the priciest forwards but the CS is a tempestuous beast that lures you in with chocolates and roses, then stands you up on Valentine's day.  Stay the course, as we are literally 2.5% of the way into the season .  If you are trailing already, good, you probably should be.  Not every decision everyone makes will be prosperous every week.  So if you are need of a change for price rise reasons, by all means act on it.  If you aren't we still have a international break in three weeks and banking the transfer to give yourself another week of +fixtures and stats could lead you to a better idea for a mini wildcard in a few weeks.  Patience wins the race, but don't miss the obvious.  Here are some of my own transfer ideas and views from what I noticed over the weekend.  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!
Well my friends that time of the year is here.  The time where better judgment and guessing when and how to use your chips.  There is no right/wrong way to use them and anyone who says you are doing it wrong is a doo-doo head.  Tell 'em Smokey said so.  Game week 31 is the elite of the elite, and by elite I mean Liverpool and 7 other teams that are a fantasy cesspool of blah.  But unfortunately you can only use the utensils that are on the table, so we will call them the sorta-magnificent eight.   Eight is also a special number for roster building.  It is the number you should shoot for if you don't have or want to use your chips.  getting to eight non-blanking players allows you to hide injured stars (Aguero and Kane) and one other player that the investment value for your team makes the most sense.  Having three players that don't even take pitch in week 31 isn't the worst thing after burying your investment pieces on the bench.  the answer to that last part is tw f0old.  How much value is someone going to get by fielding 11 players, which is basically 8 because we all will have three liverpool players?  Zero.  the match-ups and teams are not there from a team building to risk using a free-hit and using a wildcard with this lot is just not in the cards.  Keep it simple.  Get to 8 and call it a day.  So here are the best three options of the seven other teams this week.  Liverpool is completely up to your discretion.  Cheers and good luck on transfers.
You hear that drumming in  the distance? That is the upcoming schedule.  Rearing its slow and steady beat and invading your every thought.  Every transfer decision you make from here on out should be with the biggest four weeks on your mind. With 2 blank weeks and 2 doubles in the remainder of the calender, rankings mean only so much to the clearer bigger picture.  Think long and hard about your preparation for those weeks as every player thank blanks that you may own or transfer in reverberates to gameweeks 34, 35 and 37.  So be smart and slow the pace of play a bit and instead of hitting confirm transfer think again about it.  get yourself on a plan of attack for the final 11 weeks of play.  Chips in hand, wildcards to play.  Stack them up against players in your mini league and dominate.  But for those playing it by the seat of their pants here are the week 28 rankings for the FPL.  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!
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 26 (plus a sleeper/under-owned fella that should be owned and isn’t.)
Short week means a robust, yet fast approach to FPL week 26.  Condensed into two days, we give you all the same content, just at the expense of sleep and in all actuality some news that is ahead for the next game week of 26.  With Riyad still MIA and the United and Chelsea attack's stalling last week it should be an interesting week of gambling from a transfer perspective.  Teams like Stoke and Bournemouth have decent upcoming fixtures and are the source of some really cheap and affordable differential type players. Don't forget about the looming blank, and double game weeks that are on the horizon.  If you have transfers that will help you now and later than look at the blank percentages for those upcoming weeks and invest wisely in those.  The blanks and DGW are where we all make up differences in mini leagues if you are into that type of thing... you know actually competing.  I am not one to really talk in that department as I continue to guess wrong on my transfers, but steer everyone who asks in the right.  Cie la vie.  Still having a blast reporting everything possible FPl for the Razzball universe.  Good luck on the transfers and think for yourself not with the masses.  13 weeks too!
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 24 (plus a sleeper/under-owned fella that should be owned and isn’t.)