New season, same ole Smokey goodness. 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 1 (plus a sleeper/under-owned fella that should be owned and isn’t.)
For those of us familiar with a certain store that sells cheap wine, the title makes complete sense.  For those that don't, I basically just told you that it is a cheap wine sold at a store, so now you are caught up.  Keywords being wine and especially in conjunction with FPL defenders being cheap.  This is the last part of the three-part positional series talking about cheap options, and defender is where the biggest price pinching goes on.  Every year the search for the sexiest starting option happens in the preseason and with 4.0 the stepping off point, why not start there and shed some light on the guys that re being bandied about as not complete throw away fellas as they looked to be semi nailed on?  Since the strategy for defenders is to basically either get 3 or 5, the sense to me is that you either want to spend on them for the full five players or spend on three great options and save for the rest of your roster.  Best part about FPL is there is never a wrong answer because it is your team, your favorites, and your attention.  So avoiding the noise and flow of everyone else is a good and bad thing, but always in your own favor.  So here are some 4 and possibly some 4.5 buck chucks to start the FPL season.  Cheers!
When the top three scoring forwards for a gameweek are a combined £16.4m in value and put up 25 total points, well then we gotta reevaluate how we are structuring our teams. Clearly goals are coming from more diverse sources, but the likelihood of picking the right one in any given week remains a difficult proposition. Pick your favorite color and run with it, I don't know - the point is to strengthen your team elsewhere if you are like me and are in shambles in the back and the midfield.
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.
This month is like a whirlwind covered in toasted almonds. Three match weeks in 8 days, and it only gets worse here after for the Smoke Dawg. With matches upcoming for Boxing Day and thereafter, there won't be a day off starting that game week until January 4th. That;s right that is like 9 days of consecutive football. So let's not get ahead of ourselves and concentrate on 17 and let 18-20 figure it out. As always, the rankings are based on the metric of form, fixture, and sense. So for you following at home, that would be FFS. And when something goes wrong, that is what we can blame and then shout what FFS actually means at someone close to you. Not at me, though I probably deserve it. Here are some rankings for FPL Week 17. Cheers!
The second phase of our weekly ranking experiment and the controversy of our rankings which weren't premeditated in anyway rages on.  Three separate minds, all warped, yet sharp in their own special way.  Or that's what my grandma told me anyways.  Defense to me is all about the secret thing that make your team great from week to week and is my main point of gambling and using my free transfer.  I like to gamble, because the allure of that clean sheet is like fantasy crack and I like it.  Intervention to follow.  Look two games ahead only, I get a kick out of people looking farther then that down the schedule, by that time I will have had 2-3 transfers at my discretion to fix what I thought was broken.  Second key thing is find a stud any fantasy defensive stud and ride him for almost ever.  Last find a rotation that you like to start the year and stick with it for at least 4-5 games.  Like I just said, you can tinker here and there and the dreaded -4 looks better in the beginning of the year a rather then the end.  Here are the rankings, commentary brought by myself and Kevin Devries as well John Wallin of playtogga, the hippest and coolest draft style fantasy footie out there today...
Short week for info, but still, none the less, you get rankings.   With Week 34 doubles over and everyone basking in the hondo or above, you scored.  And yes, you should have scored a 100 or more.  If you didn't, you either can't read what I write from week in and week out or your team is dead and it totally reverts back to point number one.  This week's transfer ideas are blah-squared, as you are most likely stuck with what you have or you have to make an emergency transfer or two to either use one of your chips or to just field a roster.  Most teams this week will be doing one of two things using their wildcard to fill out their team that they sold out weeks in advance to field a competitive double team, or they will be holding fast and pocketing their transfer for next weeks broader schedule.  Either way there is no wrong answer here, because you still have to field a competitive team regardless of how you get there.  So stay strong with your three gunners, three Liverpool (though there may be a rotation again) and try and field the best XI possible. So here is the Week 35 rankings, good luck and Cheers!
If you are reading this and Fantasy Footie is suddenly secondary, then welcome to the first week of the Fantasy Baseball season.  Our attention spans are stretched to the brink of sports tolerance.  Add in the fact that there are UCL and Europa games this week, and it's on full on fantasy fleeck.  That is officially the first time that I have ever used that word in any typeof opinionated word document to be read by someone other than my Me-Ma.  So as I slide down the vocabulary hill and start looking up words for better usage in the Urban Dictionary, let's dive into this weeks keeps and defenders of the clean.  The most poignant question I have for all the users at home is: is having two day past ripe potatoes better than having a beautiful potato with a nice cushy match-up?  Yes, I can dig that potatoes don't have matches, hell, they don't have fixtures.  But they do have eyes.  So use yours here and look at Everton and Palace's form to date, or even over their last six...  Everton has two games where they scored three goals (vs. Villa and Stoke... whoopie) and then have given up seven goals in the other four.  Palace is winless in their last six and have conceded 12 goals in six.  Defensively or goalkeeper wise, this point of view is not a place to be dipping into the differential well.  Informative piece over, rankings to follow.  Good luck and cheers!
This stretch of games is like an O.C.D. paradise. Games two days off, then repeat.  Three sets of games in no time flat is fun as hell if you love the fantasy footie game.  Thing with this week's games are there are a few games that feature really good teams that are struggling to give good fantasy returns (Man City and Leicester), and then there are a few matches that are fitting clubs that are mutually beneficial fantasy-wise that are seeming to sap the fantasy thunder (Everton/West Ham and Spurs/Arsenal).  So no worries, we trudge along and rank guys accordingly and see how they fit with your roster.  Remember that next week is a worse blank than Week 27 so transfer smart and don't get all greedy.  There are eight teams off next week, with 23 players owned over 10% on those teams.  That is a huge obstacle to overcome, so don't compound that by bringing in another guy that you will need to remedy with next week.  As always good luck and 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 line-ups for the week.  Pretty cut and dry, and quite simply… basic.  The best part is, you get two opinions for the price of one.  We do this as a tandem, it’s the Smokey and Ralph show.  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 8....