The Hammers are one of the hardest teams to peg coming into the 2017/18 campaign. They currently have 7 players injured – Aaron Cresswell, Manuel Lanzini, Andy Carroll, Michael Antonio, Diafra Sakho, Sofiane Feghouli, Chekhou Kouyate – but have transferred in a few playmakers that should help them get through a pretty tough schedule to start the season. Marko Arnautovic and Javier “Chicharito” Hernández are the two big names here, and both could provide great value for a number of FPL managers this season. Hammers start the season away to Manchester United, but have great fixtures immediate after, facing Southampton (A), Newcastle (A), Huddersfield (H) and West Brom (A) from weeks 2-5. That stretch is followed with a tough home match versus Spurs in Gameweek 6, and then back into the green fixtures with Swansea (H), Burnley (A), Brighton (H) and Crystal Palace (A). While starting the season with three road starts might prove difficult, keep in mind that they do not possess too much of a “home field” advantage going into just their second season playing home matches at the London Stadium.
The whole hub-bub this week will be to take a minus or not. I don't care what other research of quadratic jargon that you peruse on a daily basis, that is the only question that matters. The quick answer here is do what you think is right by your team in setting yourself up to compete in Week 29. That is the more important question. This week is basically a wash and everyone, and I mean everyone is either working at a disadvantage to get a starting XI, or will take a minus to get there. The run out is more important than a four game slate that features a less then attractive depth solution to this week's problem. Get your team to 9 and then if you want 10 at a minus 4, go for it. If not, relax, be on top of your team for Week 29 so you can bring in Kane or Costa. You can think about midfield with Hazard and Sanchez and defensively you should be all set and gambling with the guys who get you through Week 28 until you are ready to wildcard. I am no genius in this, it is all common sense. Don't play follow the leader, play the I own my own FPL team game. Here are the sexy rankings for Week 28. Cheers!
Well, the result that we all were waiting for, City over Huddersfield, now adds to an already strategic plan onto an already over-strategized plan. So the transfer ideas this week are all City front six players, and stay away from the defense because they aren't the most stoic bunch of clean sheet artists. Or you can go with the cost savings group and invest in Stoke players who also double thanks to the City victory yesterday. Regardless of what you do to your team, taking a minus this week on players that double up is a good idea because even if they get bare minimum returns of two points, you break even just on minutes played. The payoff is if the actually do anything or actually play. So with the DGW in mind here are the rankings for Week 27 in the FPL. Cheers!
I know it's Tuesday, but my first piece of advice is to wait til the City/Huddersfield match on Wednesday to make a transfer this week. A day early worth of knowledge is never a bad thing, hell a thank you wouldn't be awful now and again. The transfer market hinges on one replay game, as pathetic as it sounds, two-thirds of the way through the season we wait to see what happens in an FA Cup game. Why do we wait? Because it basically is going to set up everything from now until the DGW that are being scheduled for the future. Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling and KDB become relevant again because two games in one week is better then one I am told. Unfortunately they blank the week after with a win so that throws a funny hat on the idea, but it is still worth it to get a City player in if they do indeed win. So hold your horses or wagons or whatever colloquialism that may suit your fancy. So if City is the recipient of a DGW in Week 27, then all transfers are in that direction. But just in case for the curious of mind, I decided to give you some different options to look at rostering for the upcoming week fixtures. Cheers!
Well, now that we have gone over the back-liners, let us move to the sassy portion of the rankings. Those, of course, are the managers and physios. I mean who doesn't love a guy who is the minister of fitness for their club. I know I do. But in all seriousness, middies and forwards are where the fantasy bread is buttered. And now that the possible DGW is possibly in play for next week, it does change some things around. City and Stoke players now have some attention staring at them for next week, and it does throw a blanket over some transfer ideas that we may have concocted. Regardless, this is Week 26 and for now, let's just try and take our ADHD medicine and worry about today rather then tomorrow. So with a lot of star power on blank this week, we get a few newer names to the rankings then normal. As Arsenal, City, United and Southampton all blank it eliminates a few staples from the rankings that would otherwise normally appear. so avoid the blanks, and may your points be fruitful. Cheers!
It is a proven fact that the third of anything is always the best. Hence, why they added a third yodel to pack, and why the third rail is always talked about while the other two are neglected. 3-D is all the rage for just about every pictorial display... and now? Midfielders. Once again I am joined by the ambiguously-ranking duo of Kevin Devries and John Wallin. Both titans in their fields, even if that field is a farmers market and they are the foremost zucchini experts. Nonetheless, they are my boys and mad props for doing these rankings with me for the preseason. Midfield is by far the hardest group to rank for me because one man's opine about a player is sometimes vastly different than the others. Parity makes the world go round, and at least this year it looks like we don't have a set template team that we did for most of last year. So on with the show, and let's look at the fantasy stalwarts that are middies. Cheers!