After the slosh and ragged display that we just witnessed from Week 16 to 17, I am certainly glad for a new week and a fresh start.  Unfortunately for you, me, and the man hiding around the corner, it isn’t a fresh start.  It is only two days and then we are back in the slog again.  Transfers are not only killing my personal team, but I know that it is affecting everyone else. Injured players, rotations, and just awful guess work and play are the ruination of this funny game we play called FPL.  So if today was a normal Tuesday, which it’s not, where would you be looking for values and non-head scratching options?  Well, you look to take advantage of 4-5 teams who look to be the cement of the EPL table.

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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.  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 17 (plus a sleeper/under-owned fella that should be owned and isn’t.)

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Another week, another Champions league conundrum weighing over our ranking/transfer heads.  Have no fear though, as this is the end of UCL for a few weeks so we can now get down to brass tacks.  The FPL money is made with getting the right captain right, and getting lucky with your front 6,7, or even 8.  We all can’t be lucky every week that all our players strike gold and find the net, but it would be nice and fantastic if they did.  The December slate is a tough one to gauge for some middling teams and we can start to see what fixtures are ripe for the picking as we set up for the first DGW in Week 22.  Stay in the here and now though and use those transfers wisely, taking a -4 isn’t the end of the world if it is a move for a differential.  Don’t chase points on the most transferred in guys…stay the course basically.  To help you with your course here are the week 16 FPL rankings for Forwards and Midfielders.  Cheers!

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The DGW makes rankings seem like a person who has a stutter.  Every third guy is from the same team, and are basically only enticing because of the extra fixture.  This week, that is not the case.  The fixtures are bordering on blah and the options to gain fantasy aptitude are limited.  Yea the Palace players seem interesting and then you realize their opponents.  Then you move onto United and realize that, who do you really trust there?  Then you have Middlesbrough who’s favorite soccer stylings seems to be stuck in neutral.  Not very appealing my friends, like I said.  The best case scenario for the week is to take a minimum hit transfer wise and bring in the usual DGW faces that you hear about all over the inter-webs, and of course use some of that good ole common sense. So good luck with transfer ideas and enjoy some DGW rankings for week 34 of the FPL.  Cheers!

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This is it my friends.  I know that I am being semi-presumptuous that we are mates, but for the sense of suspense, let’s just pretend that we are.  And I promise to stop stalking you on social media.  Fair?  Yeah, I thought so, DM canceled. So week 37 is here and the differentials that exist are different than the previous week of doubles in 34.  By differentials, I mean that the dispersion of talent is very broad-based here.  There are a ton more lesser names to be rostered this week than the star power that previously existed in the double of days gone by.  Transfer ideas this week, start and end with guys on doubles.  End sentence.  I know the Villa and Newcastle fixture is so tempting, but where does that leave you for next week when the Toons play the Spurs?  All about the doubles.  I just want to keep instilling that into your minds.  Rankings this week reflect the doubles, as they should with only two weeks remaining.  Two pieces of advice this week…  First don’t be afraid of the minus, as it doesn’t hurt you as much as you think with guys on two games.  Secondly, if you are rostering Kane, Sanchez, and Aguero, you need to get rid of one and only one as all three have favorable fixtures in week 38.  So here is this week’s rankings.  Good luck and cheers!

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This week’s rankings are condensed like soup.  Add the double week, and you have yourself a meal.  There are a ton of one game options that could make sense to try and squeeze out some value.  And by ton, I mean maybe a handful.  Doubling up this week is all the fad, its like the regular Oreo good, but with double the filling.  So twice the sugar, adrenaline, and hype of regular game weeks.  Whether you choose to maximize your roster via the WC or one of the chips at your disposal, you need to have a minimum of 8 DGW guys playing this week in order to keep up with the Jones’s.  United, Arsenal, and Liverpool look like the best three options to max out your roster to three from each squad.  Whether or not all players play both fixtures, well… I am not the Amazin’ Kreskin and not the best guesser on the planet, second best maybe. So transfer wisely, use good judgement and if you need to take a minus to get points back in your chase now is not the time to be all scared of the repercussions.  You will make it up just on minimal returns of a guy playing two games.  So the minus is not a deterrent for success this week and Doubles rule all!  Cheers!

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Even in real life, a good set-up is sometimes a helpful tool.  Imagine a joke with just a punchline…  A date that ends in casual coitus…  Okay, one out of two examples is probably enough for your imagination to run a muck. So now that the double-game weeks have been announced and the plan is tentatively drawn out in your head in pencil, I have to ask, do rankings really matter right now?  That is an honest to goodness question, because the set up for the DGW is far more important than the here and now.  Unfortunately for you, and in all honesty me, I am doing the rankings for here and now.  Because the double is three weeks away still and we have plenty of time and wits to get our teams in tip top shape for then.  So now let’s concentrate on the match-ups for this week and turn our gaze to the prolific scorers and helpers of goals that propel your fantasy team from week to week.  Yes, I am talking about middies and forwards, not the Cadbury Bunny and his merry band of marshmallow peeps.  So here are the Week 31 FPL Rankings for the front seven fellas.  Cheers!

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Strike first, strike hard, no mercy for an abbreviated week.  If I had a hammer to pound out the urgency, I implore you to not use your wildcard this week, oh wait… I do have a hammer.  You remember that scene from Casino where the guys got caught cheating and got the ball-peen treatment?  Well, picture that, but with a more vital part of your anatomy.  All you need this week is to have a full team and one sub.  Don’t go crazy building a nest egg, or a condominium of talent for the one week, then in three weeks, having to do it all again.  You don’t have enough transfers or time to ship everyone out.  I just looked.  So for now, concentrate on having 12 players… playing.  It is totally like that song from Christmas, but with footie gifts.  So the week of 27 gives a very abbreviated slew of fantasy options.  I wish I had better truth to it, but a lot of great, majority owned options are off the board and blanking. So for those of you in the perusing mood and have the curiosity of seeing who ranks where, here are the Midfielders and Forward rankings for Week 27 of the FPL.  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 lineups for the week.  Pretty cut and dry, and quite simply… basic.  We used to do this in tandem, but since I am flying solo while Ralph explores all the tallest mountains in the world, you are stuck with my and only my opine.  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).

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The meat and potatoes of Week 26 is finally here.  I know the temptation to use the transfer for this week is burning a hole in your pocket, but if you can help it, hold off.  If you are just itching to change it up and go full Caitlyn on your team, then by all means you have my blessing.  With Week 27 looming, the best options that aren’t on my current roster are screaming my name from the midfield to add this week, and I am trying to resist adding them to the “Smoke Show”.  Those names are mostly Ross Barkley and Bobby Digital himself, Roberto Firmino.  Both chaps have a blank in Week 27, so adding them for one week is a risk for points a now and later when they catch up on the double up, but filling that void is a tough matter to do because they are basically giving you secondary returns in fantasy points.  Choices, choices.  Well, while I mull that over and figure out what’s what with my own team, here’s the weekly FPL rankings for Forwards and Middies for the upcoming week of 26.  Cheers!

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