When does a player’s complaining and attitude go too far and start messing up your fantasy Cherrios?  I know real life tells different tales of a player, but this isn’t real life, it is far more important than that.  It is Fantasy.  We need players like Diego Costa to just shut up and play as the coach sees fit.  I am sorta kidding here because I love football as it stands, but am intrinsically linked to the fantasy side of it also and as a a former Costa owner (only just recently) he is a need for fantasy.  It opens the door for a ton of transfer possibilities because his salary is basically that of Kane, and everyone under them is worth a partial side-eyed look based on match-ups and obviously price.  They just don’t bring that “it” factor that Diego brings.  He checks all the boxes needed for a stud fantasy asset.  Plays for a high scoring team, scores often that his price isn’t a burden and that team is a first place team. The good thing for owners right now is that players like Lukaku and Rondon have favorable schedules for the foreseeable and can be options to pair with Kane, Ibra, or if you so trust him Aguero.  For the Diego believers and holders of him still (32%), his price is now stopped at 10.3 so you can possibly roll the dice with him making amends in the interim.  But impatient point-chasers can you really afford to wait, my answer is no.  Move on and come back.  Let’s see what else is happening in the world of the transfer market and some suggestions to boot. Cheers!

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To follow on yesterday’s post of keepers and defense, today’s post is about the guys who stuff the stat-sheet with more frequency.  It is basically like a Sizzler buffet, but imagine your plate is a soccer ball and you can only eat with your feet.  Weird, I know, but in some cultures feet are worshiped more than cows.  Just sayin’, there are some weird and freaky people out there and usually a category on your favorite adult site of preference.  Where was I… Oh, Week 21 midfielders and forward rankings.  I tend to wander in thoughts, it is a mix of ADHD and my propensity to just be bored to death with normal conversation.  So, now that we are back on course this week has some tasty fixtures for the big guns of fantasy.  Yeah, I am staring at the Gunners squarely in the face as they face a lowly Swansea team that is last in the FPL world in defense.  The only bad thing this week is when two big guns face off in United and Liverpool.  A big game by stature, but it usually casts a strange shadow over the fantasy world.  It is unfortunate, but it’s the truth.  The trust level in guys tends to wane a bit and it stinks because both teams are the goods from a tally for stars standpoint.  So with all that in mind let’s jump into the rankings.  Cheers!

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A stout defense is never a passing phrase.  Your fantasy differentials are all there.  The ownership levels are so wide open at the back seven roster spots, as compared to the other eight spots on your roster.  This is where your bread is buttered.  Yeah, I am all for swimming in the same direction on some of the same guys, as there should be a Chelsea defender on every competitive team.  After that, it is all up for debate where or who you wanna invest your funds.  After all, it is your team.  Currently I’m extremely tight in the back and probably over-invested in that regard as I currently have rostered: Alonso, Cesar, Baines, Charlie Daniels and Erik Pieters.  Maybe not the best strategy, but it’s my freaking team so I smite you fantasy style for hatin’.  I no longer will have to make a roster move on defense until I am ready to utilize the new Wildcard.  Which is already burning a hole in most people’s pocket.  Wait for the double week’s or at least until the injury bug takes a big chomp out of your fantasy tukas.  So without further hoopla, here is the Week 21 FPL rankings for defenders and keepers.  Cheers!

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If you are stuck trying to either hum the tune or figure out who in the heck I am jabbering about, then you also probably didn’t get a holiday greetings card.  The return of Philippe Coutinho is just in time for Red’s fans, and more in time for fantasy owners and Sadio-mane boosters.  One comes in, the other is playing with his feet on another continent.  Philly returns after a seven week layoff, and to our approval a .6m cheaper price tag.  Both fantastic for you as an 8.2 option rather than a 8.8 one.  Where he fits into the hierarchy of midfielders for the week will be more determined as Klopp let’s out more info then that he is fit and practicing.  So my advice in the matter is if you are cash poor and need the high scoring Liverpool midfielder affect then by all means grab him at a discount.  I personally would wait a week and see how he is deployed and used with the other pieces on the pitch.  I think a lot of people are disregarding how much Sadio Mane opens up that offense with his speed and skill.  He is going to be missed and some shifting of tactics are sure to follow.  Coutinho’s ownership currently is also a factor for him to be grabbed now for the opportunity, his ownership is stated at 14% on the official site, but in reality if we use all the tools of great internet sites it actually sits at 2% and rising slightly.  So the differential is there.  Price is there. Time and match fitness may not be. Besides one week isn’t going to break ya.  Happy transferring this week, cheers!

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It isn’t a matter or who, it is a matter of how many.  Indulging in a salary cap league is the hardest itch to scratch.  It is almost like you have constant Alopecia rashes and are fiending for a longer stick to scratch your back.  The strain of contention I am basically going over here is the striker combination or combinations.  To me, it is a three-headed beast comprised of Zlatan, Diego, and Aguero.  The latter of the two coming back from their retrospective suspensions and are now on the docket for ownership.  The Aguero one has been gone over dozens of time by hundreds of fantasy experts. he is a must own player who offers what most can not.  The problem now is that the other two, Zlatan and Diego, may be the best bang for your buck combo going.  That is who I am advising you to go with… There is no wrong answer here because we all manage our own teams and have history with such and such a player and go by our own instincts.  But the numbers and form are completely in Costa and Iobra’s favor, over bring in the 12.8 Kun.  Goals in quantity are there and the run of games are in their favor.  So go with the European duo instead of dipping into the warm waters of the South American.  Now that the forwards are out of the way, let’s get to the other musings and stylings of the FPL transfer world.

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Boxing Day Rankings!  That alone should be all that you need, but I have the gift of gab.  That and I think I am funnier when I am being all didactic.  The Monday slate is the goods, and then two solo games to follow.   Then a day of rest and then back at it again.  So the action in the FPL is fast paced, and not for the casual fan.  Which, if anyone is paying attention to the words around the Twitter speak, the zombie teams number (39%) is a staggering number compared to the number of teams.  I think that number is skewed by the number of teams who started bad and set the reset button, but whatever.  To each their own, I believe the expression is.  Regardless, we are in the here and now of Week 18 and here comes the FPL rankings for all positions.  Good luck with your transfer choices and Happy Holidays!

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To transfer, or to not transfer, that is the question. Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or to take arms against a sea of troubles, and by opposing, end them.  Maybe Hamlet was playing Fantasy Premier League back in the day.  You think he would transfer Diego Costa out?  My guess is: it depends.  It depends on your salary commitment to him, your timing in wanting to transfer him out and who you are going to bring in.  These are all the good questions.  Diego is scheduled to go down this morning, and due to his vast ownership, he will most likely go down once again before Monday’s roster lock.  But these are all good things. My advice is drop him, or you should have dropped him immediately.  Wait it out, watch his price go down once or twice, and then re-buy in the next week.  I know it doesn’t seem like a great strategy by using a transfer and then reinvesting it right back into the same asset, but it really does make sense.  He gets a rest for one of the games that he was probably going to get a rest for already so there is no guessing. You also may gain a penny or two and make it easier to transfer a big name like Harry Kane out in exchange for Diego in Week 19.  Because a Kane for Costa swap is easier to swallow than, say, a Kane to Origi swap.  I am only a vessel of interwoven knowledge here to guide your ship, not steer it.  So here are some Diego ideas for transfers and some other tidbits or transfer-ology.  Cheers!

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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!

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If you are looking around like you stole something, and you basically haven’t done anything, don’t fret, you are amongst friends and in a safe place.  The week that happened, albeit an outlier based on it being midweek, was a weird and special week for everyone.  We all knew that Adam Lallana was going to go off (because I told you as such).  We even knew that Hazard was going to miss it two days before hand, once again a proclamation made by your’s truly.  I do get more wrong then I do get right though… but we don’t have to bring up old stuff just to make me look stupid.  We are past the sweet sixteen party and now are on to the young season getting it’s driver’s license.  So your insurance rates are going up because kids can’t drive for pooh.  But let’s concentrate your attention on the other side of the analogy, Week 17 of the FPL.  Most importantly, the transfer ideas and some strategy for the upcoming weeks.  It’s fun thinking about more then one week, when they are more then two days apart.  So after this week, it won’t feel like you have fantasy diarrhea and have to go change stuff every other second.  So get comfy as I am about to wax poetic on some stuff.  Cheers!

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