Monday August 3

2015-16 Fantasy Preview - Crystal Palace F.C.

Entering their third straight season in the Premier League, Crystal Palace has the potential to be one of the more exciting teams to follow this upcoming season. After Alan Pardew was brought on as manager halfway through the season, the Eagles caught fire and climbed from 18th to 10th in the table, scoring 29 goals over their final 18 matches. Now that Pardew has had a full offseason to implement his attack-oriented system, we expect Crystal Palace to continue their high-scoring ways this season.

Nickname: The Eagles

Manager: Alan Pardew

2014-15 Finish: 10th (48 points, 13-16-9 record)

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Friday July 31

Rotations in Fantasy Soccer - Part 1

There is no place like home. This ever-present motto which stemmed from the 1939 masterpiece The Wizard of Oz surrounded the film with a common thread to which all of American culture could grab onto. However, it can also be applied to the success of a Fantasy Soccer team with one simple twist in diction; ‘there is no place like the home pitch’.

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Wednesday July 29

2015-16 Fantasy Preview - Everton F.C.

After finishing 5th the prior year and qualifying for the Europa League, the 2014-15 season was step back for Everton F.C. and second-year manager Roberto Martinez. The Toffees finished 11th in the table, with fatigue and lack of depth becoming major issues as the campaign wore on; Everton played a grueling schedule with over 50 matches last season between the EPL, FA Cup, League Cup, and Europa League. With European soccer no longer in the equation this season, Martinez looks to challenge for a top-six finish once again, and he will do so with several familiar faces; many of the same players that were a part of the 5th place finish during the 2013-14 season are still on the team today.

From a fantasy perspective, Everton have an incredibly difficult stretch to start the season, with 8 of their first 10 matches coming against teams that finished in the top 10 last season. Once November rolls around, though, the fixtures become much more favorable for the Toffees - if Everton are able survive the opening stretch and emerge from it as a stronger team, they will be a force to be reckoned with in the EPL, both from a real-life and fantasy perspective.

Nickname: The Toffees / The Blues

Manager: Roberto Martinez

2014-15 Finish: 11th (47 points, 12-15-11 record)

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Tuesday July 28

2015-16 Fantasy Preview - West Ham United F.C

The Hammers of West Ham United are entering their fourth straight season in the EPL, and this one will be their last at the Boleyn Ground before their move to the Olympic Stadium for the 2016-17 campaign. They are now under the guidance of manager Slaven Bilic who joins the team from Beşiktaş J.K. of the Turkish Süper Lig. As one of the more active teams during the current transfer window, West Ham is looking to climb the table into the single digits for the first time in seven years.

Nickname: The Irons / The Hammers

Manager: Slaven Bilić

2014-15 Finish: 12th (47 points, 12-15-11 record)

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