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?
The week one flow needs to chill a day. Hence why we are here on a glorious Tuesday talking about the beautiful, official games. Sitting a day and reading the news and injury reports... and maybe watch as many of the games as possible is the key. Don't look at what just happened and chase points. Yes, there are some guys that you should add immediately. That impulse is the reason you should chill. We just saw what they did, are they going to give the same double-digit return that they just did? Will all the forwards from last week not score more than 8 points? The answer to both of those questions is a resounding no. But that doesn't mean you should make snap decisions and go to an all out defense and punt on the guys up top. Yes, the value for defenders per point return is almost 25% better than the priciest forwards but the CS is a tempestuous beast that lures you in with chocolates and roses, then stands you up on Valentine's day. Stay the course, as we are literally 2.5% of the way into the season . If you are trailing already, good, you probably should be. Not every decision everyone makes will be prosperous every week. So if you are need of a change for price rise reasons, by all means act on it. If you aren't we still have a international break in three weeks and banking the transfer to give yourself another week of +fixtures and stats could lead you to a better idea for a mini wildcard in a few weeks. Patience wins the race, but don't miss the obvious. Here are some of my own transfer ideas and views from what I noticed over the weekend. Cheers!
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!
Well my friends that time of the year is here. The time where better judgment and guessing when and how to use your chips. There is no right/wrong way to use them and anyone who says you are doing it wrong is a doo-doo head. Tell 'em Smokey said so. Game week 31 is the elite of the elite, and by elite I mean Liverpool and 7 other teams that are a fantasy cesspool of blah. But unfortunately you can only use the utensils that are on the table, so we will call them the sorta-magnificent eight. Eight is also a special number for roster building. It is the number you should shoot for if you don't have or want to use your chips. getting to eight non-blanking players allows you to hide injured stars (Aguero and Kane) and one other player that the investment value for your team makes the most sense. Having three players that don't even take pitch in week 31 isn't the worst thing after burying your investment pieces on the bench. the answer to that last part is tw f0old. How much value is someone going to get by fielding 11 players, which is basically 8 because we all will have three liverpool players? Zero. the match-ups and teams are not there from a team building to risk using a free-hit and using a wildcard with this lot is just not in the cards. Keep it simple. Get to 8 and call it a day. So here are the best three options of the seven other teams this week. Liverpool is completely up to your discretion. Cheers and good luck on transfers.
So now that we all have our eyes set on some transfer prizes and the midweek cup games have come to a head we can rank the players for Week 6. I gave it one extra day for injuries and such to show themselves, but alas, rankings you still have. I went over the transfer ideas in Tuesday of who to set your eyes on this week, it includes Kun because he is being brought back in at an incredible rate. On the same measure, the Ibra love is falling off as he is becoming a casualty for the Aguero train. It is the easiest move to make with the closest salary. Sometimes a quick fix isn't always the best solution but it will work for the short term. So rankings wise as always it's form. mixed with fixture, mixed with me drinking some of grandpa's cough syrup. So in theory it is a lot of sense and a whole bunch of non-sense. I completely kidd, as I would never steer anyone astray as this game is meant to be enjoyable and fun. Plus I think we all get participation trophies and will definitely go for ice cream regardless of result. So sit back get comfy and enjoy the Week 6 all position rankings for the FPL. 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 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 4 (plus a sleeper/under-owned fella that should be owned and isn’t).
Yesterday we touched on the east end girls and back end boys, today it is the guys who make the fantasy box scores swoon like a seal at the fish market. That's right, if you said it inside your head, it's the middies and forward ranks. Much like the clean sheet prowess, the same can sorta be said for the offensive weapons. In most cases, the clean sheet possibility is linked because the opposing team isn't very good, ergo the offense should do some fantasy things. The midfield ranks should stack with and contain the template option of Eden Hazard. He is, for my money and slight homerism of being a Chelsea fan, the most spot-on Middie in the FPL game right now. So if you are reading this and play fantasy premiere, then obviously make sure he is on your squad. It should be a lot easier this week to bring in not one, but multiple big priced players as the reallocation of the bank of Kun allows a lot of extra cash in the fantasy kitty. So my advice this week is if you own Aguero currently, you need to shift him out. To me it makes no sense to have his 13.0 price tag, coupled with the three other bench players which at minimum combined for the four is 25% of your roster sit idle by. Not having Sergio Aguero in your team is bad enough, but don't hamstring yourself further by not diversifying your funds. Good luck and cheers!