This is the start of one of my weekly features highlighting possible captain’s plays for the week. Besides the obvious research in suggesting potential captaincy choices, including sleepers, triple players, and matchup players, the real difficulty in this column is clearly making sure I pick a snazzy title. Captain’s Call?  Too on-the-nose.  In the Captain’s Chair?  No pop to it. Oh Captain My Captain? Too obscure. I’m losing readers already!

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If you enjoyed yesterday’s salad and appetizer courses, then you will love today’s main course and dessert.  I realize you can’t get anywheres in the official game without having a nodded on choice at keeper and a stellar yet filled with differential based defense.  But the real fun in building your roster is comprising it with as many affordable stars through the middle of the pitch and up top.   So just like yesterday’s rankings I mix in price, match and some good ole common sense.  The form comes later because after all this is just week one of a long journey my friends.  Some great matches are on the table for a lot of star players, so here’s hoping you can squeeze as many of them in as possible.  So just in case you needed a guiding hand here is week 1 of the FPL season rankings for Middies and Strikers.  Cheers!

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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.

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So do you like Fantasy Sports? Do you like soccer? Have you ever made a drunken bar bet and then been asked to not only justify your unjustifiable hubris, and then asked to actually come through and perform your favorite Nicki Minaj song in public?  Well, two outta three ain’t bad. … So, if you’re still with me, let’s see how a Novice fairs playing EPL fantasy soccer this season.  The pricing value scale will be as follows:

  • Buy. Just like with every new generation of the iPhone, you’re willing to wait in line to overnight to get this.  Full price be damned, this is worth it.
  • Grab. Lightning deal online. Get it now, the price won’t get better and it’s a good investment.
  • Avoid. This is that van that pulls up next to you at the gas station and says, ”Hey, wanna buy some speakers?” The answer is always no.     
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This is it folks, last round-up. Finish your pints and kindly please put your stools on top of the tables when you leave. In all seriousness though, it has been a pleasure to drop knowledge on you week in and week out for the FPL. I do it for the love of the beautiful game, you hopefully come for the fresh cold cuts and stay for the light sided humor. Either way you get me, and I hope I at least helped you at least once this year. So cheers for the read. On to the last week, plenty of fixtures that look tasty but how many transfers do we use post DGW and in most cases bench boost. I personally still have my all out attack chip and am on the fence if losing one defender is actually worth the extra attacker. Crazy, but defense is shifty consistent. My advice for this week would be to bring in as viable attackers as possible and let the scoring and the results of what could be a wild Sunday of fixtures. Go down with your guns out, shirt off and get that last yellow card for celebrating. So last and probably not least here are the week 38 FPL rankings. Enjoy!

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The last and final installment is here.  These guys are the goods, the bulgers of nets and fantasy pants.  We try to cram as many of the big names into our rosters as possible, and unfortunately it makes the rest of our team look inferior.  To me, the best scenario is to choose your high priced weapon, whether that be Kun or Ibra, and go from there.  The true value of a team in my opinion is loading up on the best midfielders possible and mixing and matching with the hot hand up top.  Now that doesn’t mean to completely punt the forward position.  It means go take a look at the price of the forwards currently, now look at the players who rank in the top-10 in ownership five of the 10 are priced at £6.5 or lower.  There is a huge gap in what we want and what we can afford, and the names in between the likes of say the rosterable £6.5 lads and the pedestal guys above £10, the names do nothing for me right now from a fantasy perspective.  Yeah, they will be owned, because most of the 420 players in the player universe will have a fan, family member, or some guy who mimics his life after Buffalo Bill and listens to Wild horses on repeat all day.  So enough with all the jibber jabber and hullabaloo, let’s get to the ranks and commentary fit for legends and mimicked by haters.

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The meat and potatoes of Week 26 is finally here.  I know the temptation to use the transfer for this week is burning a hole in your pocket, but if you can help it, hold off.  If you are just itching to change it up and go full Caitlyn on your team, then by all means you have my blessing.  With Week 27 looming, the best options that aren’t on my current roster are screaming my name from the midfield to add this week, and I am trying to resist adding them to the “Smoke Show”.  Those names are mostly Ross Barkley and Bobby Digital himself, Roberto Firmino.  Both chaps have a blank in Week 27, so adding them for one week is a risk for points a now and later when they catch up on the double up, but filling that void is a tough matter to do because they are basically giving you secondary returns in fantasy points.  Choices, choices.  Well, while I mull that over and figure out what’s what with my own team, here’s the weekly FPL rankings for Forwards and Middies for the upcoming week of 26.  Cheers!

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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 lineups for the week.  Pretty cut and dry, and quite simply… basic.  We used to do this in tandem, but since I am flying solo while Ralph explores all the tallest mountains in the world, you are stuck with my and only my opine.  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 24 (plus a sleeper/under-owned fella that should be owned and isn’t).

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The cream of the crop… The guys you want to bulge the ‘ole onion bag and optimize your fantasy output. Why, of course, it’s the middies and forward rankings for week 24. The FA cup games over the weekend gave some glimpses of who will play, how long they will play and what to expect. When making transfers keep a keen eye on the injury reports that will be published to see who picked up a little niggle and will be in jeopardy for the Tuesday/Wednesday slates. Lots of good fixtures and the big names look like roster locks as the top scoring players are on teams that have favorable fixtures. So if you roster the chalk, stick with it. It seems to be the best way to maintain the norm and keep pace in points. So good luck this week and happy point hunting. Cheers.

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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 lineups for the week.  Pretty cut and dry, and quite simply… basic.  We used to do this in tandem, but since I am flying solo while Ralph explores all the tallest mountains in the world, you are stuck with my and only my opine.  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 23 (plus a sleeper/under-owned fella that should be owned and isn’t).

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