As much as some fantasy premier league managers complain about how the game has changed season to season, one truth has remained steadfast: the right captain pick will one hundred percent make or break your gameweek score. My own personal record of picking correctly has been pretty piss-poor in 2017, but I keep reminding myself that you have to play the best choice with the information at hand and not beat yourself up too much for getting it wrong. I’m hoping to improve and see green arrows again, and if not, then I will ask for support from this week’s theme and everyone’s favorite household object, whiskey! Best of luck!

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Injury and mystique.  Rotation and differentials.  That’s what the FPL does.  The attacking-type players that I am speaking of are becoming fewer and farther between as we get more nodded on with a template-type format for the front 8 players.  Yes, I said 8.  Because you have to roster 8.  Those two punts that you casually stroll out as Midfielders are dying as you walk in the door, so go to coat check with your Carroll’s and RLC’s.  The week 13-15 schedule is going to take a firm bite out of everyone’s lineups and no one is a tad bit nervous at all.  The fact of the matter is that the 3 games in eight days thing is a real conundrum.  Now add in the most rostered type players, who some have rotation issues.  Some are already injured… Sadio.  Then add in the battle ground of playing 3 fixtures in that 8 day period.  If you are picking up what I am spitting then you need to start figuring out those bench spots and think for the future instead of looking at how good one fixture looks for week 12.  So for the short-sighted… here are the week 12 FPL rankings for Middies and Forwards.  Cheers!

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When the top three scoring forwards for a gameweek are a combined £16.4m in value and put up 25 total points, well then we gotta reevaluate how we are structuring our teams. Clearly goals are coming from more diverse sources, but the likelihood of picking the right one in any given week remains a difficult proposition. Pick your favorite color and run with it, I don’t know – the point is to strengthen your team elsewhere if you are like me and are in shambles in the back and the midfield.

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For those of you affected by the late scratches of Kane and Coutinho (or any other player I’m unaware of getting scratched), I feel for you. The good news was that we didn’t have a moronic Friday fixture to make things go completely nuts, and there was time to take a hit or two if needed. While I wish the hits I took were that sweet cess, these hits are at times necessary and are less painful when everyone’s taking a hit at the same time. It’s like a second-hand cloud of negative points toward everyone’s season total.

This week was low-scoring overall, with the average being just 46 points. Keep that in mind as you see some red arrows, that they might have been just a point or two away from being a green arrow. Hopefully these red arrows come with the caveat of having made your team deeper (to prevent last-minute benchings/injuries from giving  you a zero) or helped you shift around your funds in a more logical manner.

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GW 9 Highest Scoring Forwards

Player Goals Assists Bonus Points, Cards, PK, CS  Total Score (Week/Season)
Kane, TOT 2 1 3 BP 16/63
Murray, BHA 2  3 BP, 1 CS 13/20
Batshuayi, CHE 2  –  3 BP 12/15
Depoitre, HUD 1 3 BP, 1 CS 9/25
Okazaki, LEI 1 1 3 BP 9/31
Aguero, MCI 1  – 1 BP, 1 CS 7/59
Rashford, MUN 1  2 BP, 1 YC 7/41
Diouf, STK 1 1 BP 7/38
Lacazette, ARS 1  – 6/40
Rooney, EVE 1 6/38
Afobe, BOU 1 5/12
Niasse, EVE 1  – 5/19
Lukaku, MUN 1 5/57
Ayew, SWA 1 5/28
  • Kane scoring goals at home now? Wooooooooooooooooo! He’s going to finish as the top goal scorer, again. Yes, that means you should have him on your side.
  • Bill Murray gets on the board in his first premier appearance of the season.

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Every year, the hype wagon and subtle love affair for the promoted teams players happens.  It happens, sorry not sorry, but it does.  They come in with their Championship league stats all shiny and got the fantasy world by the tail.  I get it, they did great things in a league that is below the Premier.  For the official game, they have an additional appeal because we have seen it in the past that they can rise to be a useful cheap piece.  Deeney years ago, Andre Gray after that, and now we are hit with the influx of familiar names that have played in the Premier and are now back… at a discount now.  The fantasy attributes that Brighton, Huddersfield, and Newcastle boast have some usefulness as salary fillers or just a plain dump in some cases.  Because the four-buck defender still happens. So today we are focusing on some of the better fantasy options from the promoted squads and how they can aide in your quest to build the perfect XI or XV if we are being completely honest.  Because those four bench spots still matter when you are comprising your roster with a 100m budget.  So enjoy the kind words about this years crop of promoted players, you may or may not hear their names again this year so get a pad and pencil ready or since we have technology earmark this page with a cool bookmark that you got from the school library.  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, and then, for a bonus, we show you our genius line-ups for the week.  Pretty cut and dry, and quite simply… basic.  The best part is, you get two opinions for the price of one.  We do this as a tandem, it’s the Smokey and Ralph show.  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 10….

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It’s back again, everybody’s favorite time of the week. No, not Pizza Friday. No, not Saturday morning either. Okay so maybe it’s “one” of the favorite times of the week, at least for me. It’s the Forward and Midfield rankings, for matchweek 10! Not only is it another week of Premier League action, it’s also Manchester derby week. So break out the good scotch and your cleanest under-roos, we got plans this weekend. Those plans involve early drinking, watching TV in “clean” underwear, and a vat of humus. Hey, I like to keep it healthy with the snacks, don’t want to blow up like Steve Bruce. Ya feel me? This week presents an unusual challenge as we have most of the top of the table clubs matched up against each other. Oh, and West Ham faces Chelsea. In fact if the Blues win this week, they could jump Stoke! Seriously don’t get too excited, but Europa is within reach. You’ll notice that some of the high end names have dropped off off the ranks this week, as injuries, concerns about the grueling schedule for Champions League clubs, and Claudio Ranieri have thrown a wrench in our squads. So sit back, stick a hand down the front of your khakis, and get ready for the Forward and Midfield, Fantasy Premier League rankings, week 10! Cheers…

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Boy I didn’t see that coming…. who knew that Georginio Wijnaldum was going to be the perfect replacement for Sergio Aguero in your FPL squads. His 4 goal outburst against Norwich on Sunday tied Kun’s gameweek 8 for the highest single game total of the season, and by far the most surprising of performances to date. So the question on all the cool kids minds is “Ahhhhh Ralph, do I pick him up?”. And in the tradition of any good fence sitter I’ll say, it depends. The next five fixtures look pretty, pretty, preeeettty good for the Magpie ace, and his price stands at a discounted £6.8 at the moment. So yeah he’s worth an add, maybe to replace a Nathan Redmond at the end of your bench. But can we really consider any Newcastle player to be a dependable option week in and week out? There in lies the problem, though Wijnaldum is an established player with a decent goal scoring record during his time in Holland. Do you trust him? Will he be a week in and week out performer? Or is he a player to consider when he has a good run of fixtures? Time will tell, but for the next few weeks he’s worth a flier. Here’s what else I saw in matchweek 9.

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Well we all knew that was coming, and we should have known it was this week too. Hmmmm am I talking about Kun’s Kaboom or Brendan Rodgers sacking? Could be either right? Well Liverpool’s newly vacant managerial position is certainly of less interest than the rebirth of the FPL’s best player, but to each his own. It was a welcomed development now that City has jumped back to the top of the table, and in even better news Sergio Aguero has once again reminded us why he’s priced at £13.2. I mean 5 goals in 20 minutes is quite the feat, unless you’re Robert Lewandowski, and it’s tough to not be excited by what we saw from the triumvirate of Sergio Aguero, Kevin De Bruyne, and David Silva. I want to own them all and if I hadn’t been so hasty in my use of the wild card I just might. We’re almost a quarter of the way through the the season and it’s probably just about the perfect time to use your wild card. You’ll have the entirety of the international break to pick and choose your players and the knowledge of who’s hurt and who’s healthy coming out of the qualifiers. Now back to our regularly scheduled Kun-stonishment! I’d like to see how many squads implemented the triple captain on Aguero this week. No chance there’s a higher scoring performance in FPL the rest of the term, unless it’s from Kun himself. As previously mentioned Kevin De Bruyne should not be forgotten in all of this. He was fabulous, and I’d happily buy him at the expense of Pedro or Hazard. He’s just a tick below Alexis right now in the overall midfield rankings, but it’s closer than one might think. Same goes for Silva. Funny how in the matter of a few weeks, we’ve gone from wanting City defenders over attackers, to City attackers over defenders. Honestly the later is probably what it’s supposed to be. Here’s what else I saw in Matchweek 8.

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