Keeps and defense don’t need an intro.  It’s the entry-way into every week.  It isn’t everyone’s favorite, but not everyone likes every flavor of ice cream, but in the end… it is still freaking ice cream.  The stuff you get whether you win or lose when you were in little league.  So while you are up getting ice cream, to read this post think about the possibilities of clean sheets.  The clean is what drives the futility and success of the back-enders production.  Some say it’s suave and hair cut preferences.  I say that is non-sense.  It has everything to do with keeping the ball out of the net.  That is a free 4 points for each and every guy, times however many defenders you start.  To me that is a good start to any fantasy team.  I like free stuff and capitalizing on positive fixtures in your defense and keeper’s favor is the way to go.  So with that, have the weekly rankings for the Fantasy Premier League for Week 24.  Just click that little red button 7/8″ of an inch below.  Distance may vary depending on screen size, fishing ability, and your propensity to lie.

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It’s so nice that I have decided to just do it again and just lump all the rankings together.  Everyone hates waiting, so why make them wait? Week 23 seems to be a intricate match of the fantasy variety from the perspective that teams who are struggling face tough must show up.  Will Liverpool continue to struggle at the Canaries?  Will West Ham show enough and do enough defensively to slow the City slurry?  Is Southampton for real or was it just the Baggies? Can the Fox do it against a top defensive, and table climbing Stoke? The highlight game between the Gunners and Chelsea looks better on paper as Arsenal is poop… haha, just kidding.  For that to be the last game of the week, it’s going to be a viewers delight as it precedes the start of American football.  For my money, the best teams for a shot at cleans are Everton and Spurs.  So gulp that down and get ready for some football of all types.  Week 23 rankings are here and they are delightful.

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If you know or even listen to me at all, and know how hard it was to write, admit or even pursue the fact that Odion Ighalo is becoming a “maybe” option, then you will know it was hard.  But after so many meh weeks in a row, at what point to we go on a futile journey to find someone with his point total to date, and the key factor in all this his price tag.  The answer is: you aren’t.  The options in his price range are retreads and one-week band-aids.  So my advice is that he does nothing to hurt you by being your third striker.  Going to a five midfielder set-up and reaping the benefits that way.  You have Aguero and then insert your brand of choice for the second guy. and then stack up your middies with a fruitful bunch of studs. and by happenstance. if one of them doesn’t start Iggy on the bench, it isn’t the worst thing going.  So patience is the name of the game.  Plan your WC for when we actually know the double weeks, don’t freak out and make rash decisions. as there are tons of weeks to make up a minimal point difference.  Here are some other transfer ideas for the upcoming week.  Cheers!

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No need to break ’em up this week, as we are in a hurry.  So you get all the rankings, all in one handy dandy Swiss Army knife type useful thing-a-majiggy.  I know that’s not a word, but spell your ambitions for a bit and just enjoy the rankings as they are.  If you wanted word-smithing, you would go to a more proper site that likes to stick it’s pinky out.  Though in fairness, those are the same guys, who two weeks after I call out a guy, they make a proclamation of their own and endlessly promote themselves as genius.  Well congrats, to them and their vanity.  Pfffft.  So enough with the side-winding talk and the endless barrage of non-information.  Here is the Week 22 Rankings for the FPL.

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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 21 (plus a sleeper/under-owned fella that should be owned and isn’t).

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The New Year brings a flurry of goodness. Or that’s what the fortune cookie I just opened said. It was probably a gimmick set up by the fortune cookie gnomes to sell more cookies. Any-the-way, Keeps and Defense is all the rage this week with lots of tasty match-ups to sink your fantasy sweet tooth into. Especially since, and I am squarely looking at myself, to relinquish the poor showing last game-week that had me put up my lowest point total in three years. Go me. The match-ups that have the best chance of clean sheet goodness are Palace @ Villa, Norwich @ Stoke, Watford @ Southampton and United @ Newcastle. So if any of those or the couple other fixtures wet your whistle from a CS perspective. then have at it. Cleans make this post and the weekly rankings of Keepers and Defenders go round. It’s the truth.

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Weekly rankings are fun, because it’s my opinion versus the rest of y’all. I know that sounds like an insurmountable feat of fantasy justice, but here I am. Each week we analyze the rankings of all positions and factor in salary, form, opponent and ownership in determining the rankings. It’s a totally elaborate process that requires a full-time stenographer, an abacus professional, and my very own cheer-leading squad. Yes, I have that kinda sway here at Razzball. Yet, I don’t have a desk, corner office, or any sense of my fantasy surroundings on a daily basis. I get stuck in the bullpen, so to speak, lumped in with all the other elite writers and wordsmiths here at Razzball. It’s cool though, completely not related to the Week 20 fantasy FPL rankings. More just words on a page to lull you to sleep before we get to the meat and potatoes. So grab a fork and prepare for those meat and potatoes, here’s the keepers and defense rankings for week 20…

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When the dust settles around the forward spot on Liverpool, will anyone be usable for fantasy?  It’s an interesting question to ask, because there was a lot of love spread across the fantasy universe for Christian Benteke.  Now that he has scored in back-to-back affairs, does he inch closer to a trustworthy piece in the limited roster space that the FPL gives us?  Besides the ownership for Coutinho, there isn’t another Liverpool player (besides Clyne) in the top-25 in ownership besides Benteke.  So their is either a lot of love for Liverpool players who have been underwhelming to date, or just a ton of zombie teams with him in their ranks.  His next seven fixtures lead me to believe that his ownership is going to differ on weeks when games are in his favor.  He has @West Ham, vs. Arsenal, vs. Man United, A Norwich, @ Leicester, vs. Sunderland, and @Villa.  Those warrant, at the very least, a look for a team that is looking to change things up from the template teams that they are most likely chasing.  It’s food for thought, but for those more in a buffet frame of mind, here are some other transfer ideas for the shortened week of 2o…

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Short turn around week leads to a mass entry!  It’s like regular soup, but the condensed version.   The biggest questions everyone has are: who… and if the players you rely on week-in-and-week out are going to be in lineups just two days after mostly all were featured.  Its a conundrum that is difficult to counteract because of the limit of transfers that we are allotted.  Hopefully everyone has a nice healthy bench with usable options just in case, that seems like the best defense for this.  Hope everyone enjoyed the Boxing Day festivities and are ready for the next to fixtures which come in quick procession…

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‘Tis the season to be merry, or next to a girl named Mary.  You should find comfort in the fact that regardless of the high holy season, Razznation is there to back you up.  We got ya covered yesterday when they said it couldn’t be done with the Keepers and Defense rankings for Week 18.  Today, it’s the guys that matter.  The goal scorers and breath-takers.  This week is the first week I am truly realizing that the FC template that is all the rage with the Twitter speak is all coming about.  Up top, there are maybe 6 ownable possibilities. Through the middle, maybe 8.  That doesn’t leave a lot of roster differential to go around.  Maybe we should just re-avert our attention to the defensive ranks and have all that matters.  I wish that were true, because I love the defense so.  But alas, it isn’t.  So we must conform to the masses of the front 7 and carve our own way to the FPL future.  Just be a little creative, nobody likes a complete copycat.  Enjoy the ranks, the Christmas cheer or any holiday you see fit, and here’s the ranks for middies and forwards for Week 18.

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