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?
You ever sit inside on a rainy day and put together a puzzle? Well, that is what the official game is all about. Filling in a puzzle. Now take a heavy heaping off the top with owning Mo Salah at 13.o. That is 13% of your opening day budget. It is actually more when you factor in that you need four bench players that will take another 13-15% of you salary depending on how much of a bench commitment you are willing to run out. So finding bargains and undermined pieces that fit your puzzle is key. Currently there are 26 players that are being owned in over 10% of leagues, for this time of the year that is pretty template-y. So after the 7.0 striker post the other day, this is the second in the line of budget players that fit more into a budget rather than a spending spree. Because owning Mo and maybe a City middie commits you to well over 20% of your budget to be sprayed around the rest of the 13 players. Not that much star power in that at every position if you think about the ownership rates of other players floating around. Bargains are out there in undiscovered places or even in newer players to the Premier. So unearthing them is a fun game that you can do on any day... doesn't have to be in the rain with your Grandma. So here are the budget options that have caught my eye through the meat of your lineup. Cheers!
You hear that drumming in the distance? That is the upcoming schedule. Rearing its slow and steady beat and invading your every thought. Every transfer decision you make from here on out should be with the biggest four weeks on your mind. With 2 blank weeks and 2 doubles in the remainder of the calender, rankings mean only so much to the clearer bigger picture. Think long and hard about your preparation for those weeks as every player thank blanks that you may own or transfer in reverberates to gameweeks 34, 35 and 37. So be smart and slow the pace of play a bit and instead of hitting confirm transfer think again about it. get yourself on a plan of attack for the final 11 weeks of play. Chips in hand, wildcards to play. Stack them up against players in your mini league and dominate. But for those playing it by the seat of their pants here are the week 28 rankings for the FPL. Good luck and 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!
I wish there were no FA Cup games this week. It would make rankings so much easier and cut and dry. But no! They had to exist on top of the swamp donkey Cup and push everything off by two days. Rankings alone are hard enough. Now mix in another game of fixtures, wrapped in a rotational brioche bun. Also, there are major implications happening with the transfer window and the additions and subtractions that are sending ripple like affects through the FPL universe. I don't sound too bitter though, so there is at least that. None the less we soldier on and bring to you the second part of this week's rankings in the Middies and Forwards. the stud muffins of the ball. The guys who have to give the chicks away because they score all the goals and make the music in the FPL world. I am partially kidding because half of them prolly can't play an instrument. so less rambling, more rankings. Week 25's sexy front 7's are right after the bumb. Good luck with transfers and enjoy watching the FA Cup. Cheers!
This week's fixtures have all the makings for one of two things. It is either going to be an offensive juggernaut that produces lots of goal from all the usual suspects and teams. Or it is a huge trap week and Liverpool and City all shat the bed and leave us holding our heads in despair. Either way it will cause a panic at not only the disco, but through the transfer adds/drops for week 25. My advice to that is, screw week 25. We still have this week to play before we get all crazy britches about speculation of next week. the only thing you should be looking forward to schedule wise is the DGW, blank weeks and who will or won't. So until than let us gaze upon the beautiful fixtures that are here now. It almost appears that the top 6 teams are all playing the bottom six teams and all the middle teams are playing each other. It is a bizarre state of scheduling that from my expert lifeguard chair is going to be another fabulous week of fantasy output for all. So here's to you, your team and fingers-crossed for a bountiful week. Week 24 rankings for middies and forwards is right after the bump. 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. 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 18 (plus a sleeper/under-owned fella that should be owned and isn’t.)
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.
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!
Happy Thanksgiving and all that jazz! This writer is very thankful that 'Merican Football had it's time in the sun yesterday (or rain/sleet/snow if you don't live on the West Coast like me) and now we can get back to the good stuff, PREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEM FOOOTIE! WOOOOOO! The fixture feast is upon us, we will try our best to provide you with excellent recommendations as we dash through 3 FPL game weeks in 1 Gregorian calendar week. Breath easy, don't stress, and just remember that even your worst point total in this stretch will be gone and in the rearview mirror in the blink of an eye.