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.
It feels like the week before black Friday around holiday time. All these useful pieces staring us in the face and we are firmly looking beyond that to when we can get two for one sales. So with only 10 shopping days left til the double transferring smart rather than with your gut is the best strategy. Now that the possibility exists of a Mo Salah injury it throws a monkey wrench in to the best laid plans of FPL men. Do you stick or twist? As we wait for the news to come out the rankings here reflect a tentative idea of who will do well this week, the not so well aren't listed because we are only interested in the cream of the crop. The Derby weekend is here so get ready for some preemptive double game week love as we jump two feet into game week 33 of the FPL. Cheers!
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!
Just that real sh*t...
- I'm El Presidente, I Run Tings: Coutinho, Liverpool - Young Philippe just dropped a hat trick on Spartak Moscow midweek on the heels of his Steve Nash reverse hatty versus Brighton, and threw in a goal for good measure. Side note: Steve Nash is a huuuuge footie fan, and actually looks tall as shit on the soccer pitch! Anyway, Sunday is the Merseyside derby, and while Everton are off two straight clean sheets, they are not going to stand a chance at Anfield. Philippe will wreck havoc on this Everton side that is mess at the back. Oh, and let's not forget that Coutinho is just turning up so FC Barcelona will fork up whatever it takes to get him come July. Salah's form has been nothing short of legendary, but Coutinho is feeling it. Meu Filho Phillipinho is the top captain pick for the week.
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 14, and we have one hell of a first fixture, a legendary midweek derby!
Sorry for the late post today, I've been combatting the interwebz quite delicately since Friday night and as a result missed almost every Prem game this weekend (hurray for replays!)
In now over a decade of competing a ton of different fantasy sports, the dubious task of ranking a bunch of dudes chasing after a ball/puck for the sheer shake of scoring points has never rested on my shoulders. This week, I'm gonna try my best to step up and tell you which players are gonna shit on the competition and give you the big returns that fuel your green arrows of eternal joy. This is not about value, but who will get you points this gameweek. I seriously have no idea how this is done, but I'll be using a mixture of form, fixtures and gut feel - for the record, I have a case of the bubbleguts right now as I write this, so that's probably the X factor in all of this. TMI? Nah, just tryna be transparent, yo!
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.
- Note: please feel free to provide me with any suggestions on this article. Readers, however many you are, let me know if you want to see anything done with it.
Rankings make the world go round. They dictate the flow and structure for almost every fantasy sport...except the direct ramifications of the official game. Rankings are great but when the relate to the beautiful game of footie they don't always translate completely because of the limits that exist in with the transfers system in place. I get it, I type this stuff every week and it is to be used as a guide for just what I said, gauging transfers. These ranks are all based on match-ups, form and a whole bunch of common sense. Mixed with a little of nonsense that spews from my cranium. FPL rankings are hard because line-ups lock an hour before the first game kicks off so the exact science of this is strictly guess work, and now that the 11 teams that played midweek in the Carabao Cup have played we can get a more ideal look at the possibilities that will exist in the realm of fantasy FPL for Week 10. So enjoy the ranks, use them, trade them with your friends (if you have any) and best of luck. Cheers!
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times... from an FPL perspective. You either own the goods that is Man City, are partially involved, or are completely ignoring the problem, like a leak in the ceiling. Well, if you aren't fully invested into the City involvement in midfield and forward,s then I don't know how you play this game. Because you are playing Tiddlywinks and we are playing Mah-Jong. Yeah I said it, Mah-Jong. While searching my vast array of board games, I settled on Mah-Jong. I also lost a bet and had to include the term Mah-Jong five times in this post. C'est la vie. There are worst terms though. I basically threw five obtusely unrelated names of games or people into a hat and drew the one that I have said previously. So deal with it. If you came for fantasy footie ideas and shakes patience, it is coming. The City attack is just lethal. The only problem is there is too many players to choose from. With Raheem, Jesus, Leroy, Silva, KDB and the return of Aguero imminent, the choice is almost like Sophie's choice but with six kids instead of just two. The best part of the whole thing is that there doesn't seem to be a bad combo of the six-headed monster, except if you want to own both Jesus or Sergio. That just don't make sense, it's like to left shoes. So while you look at your team, the time to punt down on defense is now. Save that money for the goal scorers and forward players especially from the City-zens. In case you wanted more ideas on transfers and FPL goodness click the button for more stuff, Mah-Jong. Got that last one in there. Cheers!