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?
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!
The thing that is the puzzler for strategy in FPL that is unlike the other fantasy worlds is the international break and navigating them. American Football, Baseball, Hockey and Basketball have All-Star breaks and that is about it. The beautiful game magnifies that and says "We are going to break completely, go play for other teams, run the risk of injury and possibly create a huge ginormous run-on sentence." All that is true except for some of it. The Int'l break is not something to take lightly and with its conclusion on Wednesday of this week, the injury and fitness woes will be abounding. We are already nervously pressing buttons with heavyweight fantasy options like Romelu Lukaku, now over-owned N'Golo Kante is on the mend joining Alvaro Morata as blue Blue's. The best advice is to make transfers for today or at least wait til Friday when the news of who is wha and when are frothed from the mouths of the respective team's skippers. For giggles, like every Tuesday here are my early strikes at the transfer market in the FPL for Week 8...
The Prem is here, and we can all now rejoice. Now that the season has kicked off, I will be doing my best to fill your Mondays with sweet, fond memories from the games from over the weekend. I also ask for some patience as I work through how to best provide both a summation and meaningful outlook on the matches. I was hoping to write about all 20 teams for this post, but it started to become lengthy and I started to get sleepy. So, here are my notes over the weekend on Arsenal to Liverpool (alpha order because why not?)...I will hopefully have Man City to West Ham by tomorrow.
Transfers come in and transfers go out. The only difference between the real world and FPL is: how does it help you. Not every move is of fantasy relevance, and if I touched on them, all I would be long-winded and be completely useless the rest of the day. So for now, I am going to concentrate on some guys with familiar names in new situations and some guys of lesser known relevance previously that now seem to be at the forefront of possible fantasy usefulness. Teams run different formations and bringing in new lads to fit their formation is a key point to finding cheap fantasy sleepers and values. After all, we all get the same starting loot for the first week as everyone else, the key is listening to the right voices inside your head, or maybe get out a little more and find some trusty FPL experts to befriend. Just a heads up... that would be me. So here are some guys with new teams but with previous FPL tenure that I can see flourishing, not flourishing, or being a complete waste of time and basically being unrosterable. 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, 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 16 (plus a sleeper/under-owned fella that should be owned and isn’t).
Usually these intro-things write themselves. Usually there's a top performer from the week that calls for an intro to the review, a standout so to speak. BTW using so to speak at the end of sentences boosts your perceived intelligence by at least 15 IQ points, but no matter. You're here to learn of the happenings in Matchday 12 of fantasy footie, and not about how to trick people into thinking you're smart. Think of it as a two for one, you come here for the FPL gems, and leave with life lessons to boot. So really what changed here in week 12? To put it bluntly.....NOTHING. Chelsea still finds new and more baffling ways to lose, Jamie Vardy is a goal machine that could only be stopped by a team of aliens that practice witchcraft, and Jesse Lingard is a blossoming superstar of the highest degree. So maybe that last part is new and completely false, but I wanted to make sure you were still paying attention. So snap out of your coma, stop worrying about that growth behind your ear, and tune into some Fantasy Premier League goodness. Here's what I saw in Week 12.....
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.