With Blanks draw contempt. A brilliant man once said that, and that man was Wayne Shaw’s brother Bernard Shaw. Smart guy, wandering transfer fingers though. So with week 26 here, and as I have so elaborately explained in the transfer post, don’t be a lemming! Unless being a lemming in the transfer market is to defend your throne. If you are chasing points in your money leagues or mini-leagues, think differently. You kinda have to with the blank weeks and soon-to-be double game weeks. Going with the flow wasn’t cool for the Fonz, so it shouldn’t be cool with you. You think Pinky Tuscadero would have paid him any attention if he was boring? Hell nah. Where was I, oh that’s right, week 26 rankings. So this week is broken down into basically defense and attack with midfielders and forwards coming your way manana, so stay tuned. But stay in the here and now and concentrate on the keepers and defense. Rostering too many blank players leaves you with a blank expression when Monday rolls around and you are sitting 10 points below the average score. So sit back, relax and enjoy week 26 because the roller coaster that is the FPL is now in full effect. Cheers!

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Now that the FA cup is about where we need it to be for future foresight on roster configuration, we can start attacking the blank weeks appropriately.  The only bad thing is that the Week 28 blank is basically taking away every expensive option that we have piggy-backed this year.  Enter the ‘Pudlians.  No blank, a seemingly in-form Sadio Mane and possible retread differentials abound.  Now I can’t say with the utmost confidence that Liverpool is the route to go, but star power-wise, they look like the smartest dumb kid in the class.  With fixtures upcoming of @Leicester, vs. Arsenal and vs. Burnley, the transfer budget is definitely being burned on the Scousers.  So with 12 game weeks left, two blanks and a possible 2-3 double weeks ahead, the best advice is zig when others are zagging.  Points to make up will appear but you may have to make the second choice, instead of the primary lemming choice.  Transfer wisely my friends, and here are some names that I am looking at for the upcoming weeks.  Cheers!

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The calm before the blank week storm is upon us. Soon after this week we will determine most of our course for the next few weeks, as the FA cup will dictate the upcoming fixtures in Week 28 and so on. Let us not get too far ahead of ourselves and concentrate on this week’s tasty fixtures and the fantasy appeal that they offer. Week 25 is a key point in the yearm and if you don’t have to make a transfer and can go into Week 26 with two, then by all means, do so. Keep that WC in your top pocket and trudge forward into fantasy glory. Here are the Week 25 rankings for the official game. Cheers!

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The transfer market is set by what a player just did. Lukaku was the “sexy pick with questions add” last week. He came through with a four sack of goodies. Now add in the second coming of Jesus with his brace and benching of Kun again. Is he Pep’s dude? It’s starting to look like it isn’t. Two straight starts and results to show for it. The only thing is the price and the possibility of another blank in Week 28. Do you maximize the two games for sure this week and 27 and forego worrying about him as a rotational striker with a hefty price tag? I would like to say yes, but 9.2 million on the bench when three other teams, all fantasy stalwart teams for fantasy are on break at the same time, is tough. I asks the question, since Arsenal is blanking in Week 26, do you keep Alexis and bench him given the same set of circumstances? Questions and second guessing is what this fantasy game is all about. It is easier to say sure is my friend and move on, but then they play the game you get zero results and throw fruit at me. Nonetheless, I try and parlay what I say into helping rosters even at the behest of my own team. Still, I have fun talking footie, especially transfers. Speaking of transfers, with 13 weeks to go and several blanks and doubles on the way, here are some looks down the road for production in an otherwise empty room. Cheers!

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Another quick turn around and a slew of news, injuries, and new players on new teams.  It is a great day to be alive when the rankings come out for the Premier League set for game week 24.  Why, you may ask?  Because I slave over a hot stove, day in and day out to stay on top of things so you don’t.  And yes, if you wanna cheat and skip ahead by all means, Sergio Aguero is my top ranked forward after missing last game week with a niggle.  Lot’s of games to love this week with Liverpool, Spurs and believe or not I like the fantasy output for Palace this week.  Unfortunately, Chelsea face off against Arsenal and it takes some fantasy luster off the game, shucks.  Oh well, on to Week 24 rankings.  Cheers!

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It is going to be the talk of all the inter-webs, so I might as well be a joiner in that department.  The injury sit of Sergio led to Gabriel Jesus shining like a lighthouse this past game-week.  Unfortunately the unknowns of basically everything are scary as hell. Please, blog, may I have some more?

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In a perfect world, I could drop these on you last minute, right before gametime kick-off,s and have them be just as effective.  Unfortunately, we can’t do that because the FA Cup fixtures get in the way and mess things.  So posting the rankings pre-FA Cup is a dangerous and possibly a worthless venture, but I am doing it anyways.  Take in mind that the games over this weekend will impact what happens in the FPL fixture on Tuesday and Wednesday.  Injuries, new transfers and just plain bad luck do happen.  I mean, I just finished my weather controlling device, so now my attention will turn to the prediction of all things fantasy.  So take these with a grain of salt, and use some common sense when it comes time to use your transfers.  Waiting is usually the best advice.  Cheers!

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As we all know, this week is passing us by with tons of cup games to turn the screw into our fantasy rosters.  It’s not awesome.  Not going to sugarcoat it one iota.  Too many caveats can occur.  Injuries and fatigue are the two that jump out.  Food poisoning, attitude adjustment sickness, and if traveling by submarine, possibly the bends.  I know the later three are a gaff and just for people that are of the like mind as me and hate the FA/EFL cups.  I get this have to exist, doesn’t mean we have to like it.  So the schedule this week was pushed back a bit to adjust to the Cup schedule, again being inconvenienced, and will start today as you are reading this.  So welcome aboard another Transfer based post with ideas and fruition’s laden with smarts, wit and just general buffoonery.  Also take not that these games this week will affect the upcoming weeks as some teams may be blanking in weeks 26 and 28.  More un-fun things.  So those sitting on your wildcard, continue to sit as it is going to be a fun next 6-8 weeks of fun once the double game weeks and blanks sort themselves out.  Take a look around the inter-webs, lots of great research abounds about scheduling.  I am here for the personal basis of players and when.  So if I am not talking about it, then it might not have happened.  Happy transferring and please, by all that is holy, wait until after Sunday’s FA cup fixtures before doing anything.  Cheers!

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When is being too offensive too offensive? This is fantasy, so anything goes really. I mean, the term fantasy and play goes as far as to include Magic the Gathering and D&D. So with loose terms come loose terminology. I read that on a fortune cookie the other day. So make fun of the machine that wrote that, not me. But is stacking your offense too much off a good thing? I say hell no! However, if you wanna spend your allotted money, be my guest. This week sees four of the top fantasy producing teams; Arsenal, United, Chelsea and Liverpool, all with favorable fixtures that are most certainly (or we hope) to give some fantasy goodness. So with thinking positive thoughts and some luck for all, here are the Week 22 Fantasy Premier League Rankings. Cheers!

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Sometimes the best defense is having a good offense.  That reigns true when Alonso goes double-dipping last week, or if you take a look at some of the tastier fixtures for the upper-echelon defenses this week.  Look no further than the fixtures of Chelsea, Arsenal, and Liverpool and you can see why the ownership rates of some of their players is on the rise or is in the top tiers of pricing. There is always a reason for the price tags that accompany the players.  It is because they usually earned them, sad but true.  In some cases, they don’t but we can all determine the haves and the have nots by now.  So don’t go chasing defensive waterfalls, stick to the rivers and the lakes that you’re used to.  And remember, a good defense is the best differential going in this game. So be heady and smart.  Good luck and Cheers!

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