As we all know, this week is passing us by with tons of cup games to turn the screw into our fantasy rosters.  It’s not awesome.  Not going to sugarcoat it one iota.  Too many caveats can occur.  Injuries and fatigue are the two that jump out.  Food poisoning, attitude adjustment sickness, and if traveling by submarine, possibly the bends.  I know the later three are a gaff and just for people that are of the like mind as me and hate the FA/EFL cups.  I get this have to exist, doesn’t mean we have to like it.  So the schedule this week was pushed back a bit to adjust to the Cup schedule, again being inconvenienced, and will start today as you are reading this.  So welcome aboard another Transfer based post with ideas and fruition’s laden with smarts, wit and just general buffoonery.  Also take not that these games this week will affect the upcoming weeks as some teams may be blanking in weeks 26 and 28.  More un-fun things.  So those sitting on your wildcard, continue to sit as it is going to be a fun next 6-8 weeks of fun once the double game weeks and blanks sort themselves out.  Take a look around the inter-webs, lots of great research abounds about scheduling.  I am here for the personal basis of players and when.  So if I am not talking about it, then it might not have happened.  Happy transferring and please, by all that is holy, wait until after Sunday’s FA cup fixtures before doing anything.  Cheers!

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Sometimes the best defense is having a good offense.  That reigns true when Alonso goes double-dipping last week, or if you take a look at some of the tastier fixtures for the upper-echelon defenses this week.  Look no further than the fixtures of Chelsea, Arsenal, and Liverpool and you can see why the ownership rates of some of their players is on the rise or is in the top tiers of pricing. There is always a reason for the price tags that accompany the players.  It is because they usually earned them, sad but true.  In some cases, they don’t but we can all determine the haves and the have nots by now.  So don’t go chasing defensive waterfalls, stick to the rivers and the lakes that you’re used to.  And remember, a good defense is the best differential going in this game. So be heady and smart.  Good luck and Cheers!

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When does a player’s complaining and attitude go too far and start messing up your fantasy Cherrios?  I know real life tells different tales of a player, but this isn’t real life, it is far more important than that.  It is Fantasy.  We need players like Diego Costa to just shut up and play as the coach sees fit.  I am sorta kidding here because I love football as it stands, but am intrinsically linked to the fantasy side of it also and as a a former Costa owner (only just recently) he is a need for fantasy.  It opens the door for a ton of transfer possibilities because his salary is basically that of Kane, and everyone under them is worth a partial side-eyed look based on match-ups and obviously price.  They just don’t bring that “it” factor that Diego brings.  He checks all the boxes needed for a stud fantasy asset.  Plays for a high scoring team, scores often that his price isn’t a burden and that team is a first place team. The good thing for owners right now is that players like Lukaku and Rondon have favorable schedules for the foreseeable and can be options to pair with Kane, Ibra, or if you so trust him Aguero.  For the Diego believers and holders of him still (32%), his price is now stopped at 10.3 so you can possibly roll the dice with him making amends in the interim.  But impatient point-chasers can you really afford to wait, my answer is no.  Move on and come back.  Let’s see what else is happening in the world of the transfer market and some suggestions to boot. Cheers!

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International duty, or doodie if you have a three-year-old’s sense of humor like me, is going to make some of the rankings this week a bit fun.  Yeah, I will use fun because it’s really not going to be because speculating on stuff only makes me look bad and invites you to point the finger of your choosing at me. The news on Antonio Valencia and other South American based players returning on time for Saturday? Sunday duty is sketchy to say the least.  So if you own or have any inklings of going that route with your roster, I would strongly encourage you to look elsewheres.  So with that, we get into the clean sheet crapshoot purveyors, the defenders of both the box and goal line and like any game played it is tied to both luck and skill… unfortunately.  It is still a little early to completely rely on form of fixture, and I would still use my gut on the form thing.  If it look’s like a duck and doesn’t score like a duck, then it probably is a duck.  So keep that in mind as there are some interesting clean sheet options this week with Arsenal, Chelsea, and West Ham looking like stronger clean options, but others still exist like Burnley.  So good luck this week, 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.  Pretty cut and dry, and quite simply… basic.  It is more based on my feelings and gut approach for the week 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 3 (plus a sleeper/under-owned fella that should be owned and isn’t).

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The whole point of this ranking exercise is to get you, me, and the strange guy eating a portobello sandwich at the bus stop on the same page. The techniques for ranking teams, keepers, and defense is narrowed down to two key factors: Those factors aren’t new by any stretch of the imagination and haven’t changed in the years that I have been partaking in this fabulous game. The things to hone your skills on every week are form, and clean sheet predictability. Yeah, other things matter, like their favorite color… mine is Robin’s egg blue if you were wondering, but for the official game, it’s like making the same breakfast everyday for 38 weeks and enjoying the outcomes. So when you are analyzing who to roster or transfer in/out; look for those two things. So with Week 3 upon us and some mid-week cup action to either give us light or make it completely shaded we take you to the rankings for keepers and defense.

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I understand if it is frustrating this early in the season to be discussing templates and must-own players, but we kinda do. The first two pieces are in place, the two most expensive pieces. Last year, it was the cheap pieces that fit around the heavy hitters. This year, it is Sergio Aguero, and like last year, and now the omnipotent, one Zlatan Ibrahimovich. I wish it were more fun because a lot of people and if you check the leaderboard of overall leaders or lads in your mini-league they were probably going with them from the jump. Good on ya lads, no go to hell and gloat somewhere’s else. I kid of course. So with one more week to play and then an international break to follow, I, myself am wondering how many teams are shuffling things around to fit the almost 25 million in to their respective rosters. Well, that’s why you came here… I am the man with the ideas and will help as best as I could. That is what Transfer Tuesday is all about, getting you from here to there with me basically being your fantasy crossing guard. So without further hub-bub, here are Week 3’s transfer ideas, that should start with getting to Aguero/Ibra and then taking your roster from there…

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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 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).

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