Don’t look now, but time’s almost up for you to keep tinkering away at your FPL team. Roster’s lock on Friday at 7pm (BST), 2PM (ET) and 11AM (PT), so don’t get caught with any players you aren’t entirely certain will be back GW1 – especially those high-priced assets. There is no point having an expensive, double figure player riding the bench when you are literally starting on a level playing field with everyone else. While there will certainly be players you long to have on your squad from day one, if they are not yet training with the team due to World Cup action, just wait to wildcard them in after a few weeks of play and rotations/starting XIs are mostly settled.

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Making captain picks before the gaffers give their pressers is an exercise in futility. You can reallistically assume certain players will be ruled out, but often we are left with more cryptic knowledge than firm answers once the Friday pressers have come and gone. That being said, decisions must be made and this post has the intention of providing you some insight into the best captain picks for the forgotten week, the week before the double game week. Don’t stress the press, just go with the flow and pick your best!

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Everyone remember that old Nintendo game, Double Dribble.  Well that is what the FPL is offering up this week the Doubles that are causing us to all dribble with drool.  The options are abundant, and set up nicely for chips…granted you have set yourself up that way. Rankings for double game weeks are fairly easy and I will explain my thinking on this process.  If a double game week player plays the minimum amount of minutes and gets the basic 2 point return (no clean sheet, no cards etc) he will get two games of that for a total of 4 points.  Stupid math explanations are awful i reading but stay with me.  The single gameweek player will get only 2 pints for just minimal returns in his single match.  So from a gambling standpoint would you rather have a player who plays two games to actually give you fantasy returns as compared to just one?  the answer is only the two match player.  The further you get down in the rankings the better the return odds for the star players but for the most part the two match player always wins.  it’s like old maid but with football boots and kits instead.  So here are the FPl rankings for matchweek 34, the week we have been pining for since we started to know that doubles existed.  Good luck and happy chipping and transferring. Cheers!

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For the first time in over 10 weeks, a decision must be made on who to captain in place of the recently knocked Mo Salah. GW33 is a great opportunity to take a chance on a player that your mini-league rival doesn’t have rostered and thereby giving you the best opportunity to make up points. Don’t be afraid to gamble, especially as a lot of managers have their eyes fixated on the double next week. This is a GW to really make up ground, as there are lots of juicy fixtures that should produce many many goals. Here are the captain picks for GW 33:

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Arsenal – The Arsene Wenger experience host Southampton on Sunday, and the squad is flying high after beating CSKA Moscow 4-1 in Europa League. The best option in the Gunners attack is close relative and dedicated guzzler of the PF Chang sauce, PE Aubameyang! With 4 goals in his last 3 prem matches, Auba is in fantastic form and Southampton have not been good for quite some time. Arsenal always seem to run riot on any team outside of the top 6, and the bookies odds have Soton at a 14% chance of keeping a clean, which all points towards a likely gaggle of goals being shipped over the weekend. Gimme that PE Auba special sauce!

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Last week gave us a little taste of what have waiting for us as the 2017/18 FPL Season comes to a close. Blank and Double Game Weeks are upon us, and how best to approach them is highly dependent on which chips you have left at your disposal. GW34 is our first confirmed double of the season, and while the second DGW has yet to be officially confirmed, it will almost certainly be GW37. (Note: the second set of fixtures should be confirmed before the official start of GW33) It’s important to have an idea of the overall schedule for the Blank Game Weeks and Double Game Weeks in order to maximize your points through the chips provided by the FPL gods, and playing them well can often lead to dramatic gains in competitive mini-leagues. While it takes a lot of effort to navigate the labyrinthian schedule on one’s own, all of this information is much easier to process thanks to the ridiculously good intel provided by Ben Crellin’s hard work.  His most up-to-date table with all of the upcoming fixtures is featured here below:

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We are gathered here to discuss only the finest captain choices and disregard those that will not lead us to FPL glory. At the end of the day, your weekly captaincy choice plays a huge difference in your ranking, as it basically can guarantee a green arrow if/when you choose correctly. While nailing the pick each and every week would be splendid, the reality is you ain’t gonna get it right every time, so just trust your gut when picking the right captain and pray to the FPL gods that we will be a’stackin’ some point doublin’ over the course of the season.

Here are zee captain picks for GW 30:

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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!

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It’s your sometimes weekly, mostly when I’m not lazy, update for Gameweek 29. If you haven’t already prepared for GW31’s upcoming slate of 4 games, well then at least spend your next two free transfers towards getting a player or two that might be useful to you from GW31 until you wildcard. If you’ve already wild carded, then it’s best you just ignore bringing in “non-blanking” players this week or the next, as you need to keep your team strong for the Double Game Weeks coming up shortly after. The two scheduled DGWs are where huge point hauls and mini-league swings can happen, as opposed to a short-slated GW31. Don’t despair if you’ve fallen behind, as the most exciting part of the FPL season is nearly upon us!

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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!

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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!

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