Since we started doing these rankings a few weeks back it’s seemingly been an endless rotation of the same guys…over…and over again.  Problem is when it comes to midfielders there’s THE GUYS, and there’s everybody else. The scoring format on PL.com is limited, and it caps the value of players that effect the game in ways that don’t show up on the scoresheet. So, a player like Mile Jedinak, for example, doesn’t have the same sort of value he would in other formats. With this in mind I try and focus on middies that score goals or are premium playmakers. Unfortunately the Michael Carrick‘s, Marouane Fellaini’s and Nemanja Matic‘s have little to no value. It’s not that they aren’t world-class players, they just don’t have the type of roles that are conducive to the format….Sorry guys you always have “Reality”! ….I know much less exciting.

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The back-enders are the key to every fantasy team.  The only problem is they are so tied to the clean sheet, that it makes it hard to commit to guys on a week-in and week-out basis.  Best strategy I have learned for this is that you should really pay for four starters and hope three have great match-ups and use the other as your first sub.  It’s not concrete, but gives you the insurance that you need when you can only transfer once a week.  Especially this week, when fantasy defensive stalwarts like Ryan Bertrand and Nathaniel Clyne face a rough patch in their schedule.  So stay ahead of the game, add one now and make sure you have the one in reserve.  This is breought to you by the learning is half the battle campaign, sponsored by Kung Fu grip.   Enjoy this week’s defender ranking, questions, comments and curse words are always welcomed.

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Another week in the books and the rankings are upon us. We have a normal game week schedule this week, followed by a day off next Monday, and then our first mid-week game week, on Tuesday and Wednesday. So there’s a lot of upcoming action for the month of December, and even more to discuss. Until then, let’s focus on Matchweek 13, and the outlook for keepers in our little thing. Last week we saw another low priced option, on a relegation team, post the biggest week among net-minders. This just goes to show, you don’t need to pay for clean sheets, just focus on the matchups. To steal a phrase from the Baseball site and rework it, C-SAGNOF! Clean Sheets Ain’t Got No Face. To those not familiar with the concept it’s easy, don’t pay for the sexy names just focus on the production and matchups. In that tenor we begin our week 13 keeper rankings…

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Is it just me or are the forward rankings the funnest part of anyone else’s week?  The overall depth and value at the position is so diverse and from week-to-week you can go with any of a multitude of directions.  Those directions are neither wrong nor right, but are fun to debate because of the diversity between top flight options in Aguero and Costa and the cost friendly versions on lesser clubs Austin and Perez.  There is no wrong way to build your club.  Scratch that.  There is but you obviously know what you are doing well enough that you don’t need to wear a helmet while making your team or transfers for the week.  So my best advice for a starting forward set this week is start Aguero, then mix in two guys that no one else is rostering up front.  This works for two reasons, points that they might not receive and points that you catch up on.  If Aguero does his job, then the other two just need to make some noise and boom point differential.  So have at the forward rankings for Week 12.  Cheers!

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Alexis Sánchez is an animal, a goal scoring beast that feasts on the blood and weaknesses of his opponent’s back lines. The Chilean superhero has now scored 6 goals in the last 4 match weeks, and it’s safe to say he’s carrying Arsenal at the moment. Will it continue against the rival Red Devils this week? Well, with teenagers and midfielders once again making up the back line for the Manchester squad, it’s hard not to rate Sánchez numero uno. I’m expecting a wide open game this week between the two giants of European football, and it wouldn’t shock me to see the goal total approach 5+. In a match like that, the Gunners attacker should be in his element. And hey, he hasn’t done me wrong ranking him first in consecutive weeks. So yeah, he’s the number one middie once again. Who knows maybe one of these days I’ll rank someone else number one. But for now that just sounds stupid.

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This week’s defender rankings are brought to you by the graciousness of the scheduling and to load up on Southampton defenders.  It’s that plain and simple this week my friends. They play at Villa, who have 4 points out of a possible 15 at Villa Park.  Add to that they only have 2 goals on their home pitch, to go along with only 5 all year.  You know why that number 5 is special? It’s the number of consecutive clean sheets the Saint’s have coming out of this game if all goes well.  So do yourself a favor and stack it up, drop Tadic and/or any other Southampton player you may have rostered, and invest the £11.0 to at least roster a pair.  You will thank me later, or curse at me, both terms of endearment in my neck of the woods.  Here’s the Week 12 Defender Rankings… enjoy!

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Well, it’s been two weeks, anyone remember who I ranked first in our Keeper Rankings way back on November 5th? No!?!? Good me either!!! If only it were that simple. The truth hurts and when it’s a gooberish keeper who’s name rhymes with Snow Cart, it hurts more. That’s right it’s Manchester City Keeper and certified fantasy puddle Joe Hart! Way to go Joe! Nothing like watching your top ranked player give up two against a team you pegged for clean sheet fodder. Truth be told, Hart is not to blame. City’s defensive corps are bruised, battered, and bad. Gael Clichy shouldn’t be started by any title contending squad anywhere, even in MLS. While the injuries pile up it seems avoiding Hart for the time being is growing more and more prudent. Too bad too, he’s typically been one of the most consistent performers at the keeper position the last three plus years. I’m sure he’ll come around again, once City gets hot. Well onward and upward,  this week we’re looking at another great slate of matches, and some good plays for keepers at lower price points. As always we’ll rank the top 11, list the rest, and finish with last game-week’s comparison between my rankings and reality.

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Pardon me as I do the shmoney dance….okay good to go. Why am I doing the Shmoney dance you ask? Well, pull up a stool and I’ll tell you… last week we nailed 5 of the top 11 midfielders. Including the top two scorers in Alexis Sánchez and Stewart Downing. We also had two huge misfires in the top 11. One that was a bad call on Christian Eriksen, and another that was dead on arrival in David Silva. (Bravo City! Way to injury your best playmaker in a meaningless Cup game.) Silva will be out for a bit, so he won’t see the inside of these rankings for a few months. It’s really too bad to, because he was rounding into solid form. As for Eriksen he can kick rocks. There are too many good midfield options to wait for the Dane to catch up. Sparkeplader Klipper Fodboldspiller! That means kick rocks footballer in Danish.

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Well, hello there footie fans.  We conclude this week’s rankings, and the EPL fantasy for two weeks because of the international break stuff going down with the fantasy forwards.  So after this week, prices will be mellowed like yellow for a bit.  So if you have the loot to buy and sit on guys for the time being, then go do it.  Go look at schedules, find the match-ups that are in your favor, and give your roster some surplus energy or flair.  Or come here everyday and get all the vital information that you will need for transfers, rankings, and daily strategy.  Yes, that’s a praying Pelle below, because we all who owns him wants a goal, so special novenas aside, put one in the net.   He is aggressively ranked because I have faith in the higher power that it will happen… that a good point will occur.  So go check out the other forward’s rankings and stay for a comment or some virtual tea.

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Each and every week, we will be ranking the positions for the fantasy EPL.  These rankings are based on the week of play for that week and aren’t for the ROS.  The rest of season posts will be coming in a few weeks, so don’t get all antsy and wanna jump ahead.  This week’s defender rankings are becoming a usual who’s who.  But I would like to focus on the trio of defenders that man the back line for Southampton.  Nathaniel Clyne, Jose Fonte and Ryan Bertrand each individually would be a solid starting option for your fantasy team.  The trio has amassed such a great stranglehold on 3 of the top 5 spots, that they are hard not to rank collectively from week to week in the top XI.  The schedule for Southampton has been in their favor, but garnering 6 clean sheets is no easy task for anyone.   Note that their schedule takes an uptick with upcoming fixtures vs. Man City, @Arsenal and vs. Man United.  I am not going to say they are benchable from this point on, because we still have two weeks until then.  I am just saying keep it on the back burner and a potential swap in swap out for your transfer.  So have at the Week 11 Fantasy EPL Defender Rankings

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