Peanut butter, yoga pants, fireworks, unicorns, Forward/Midfielders rankings, caviar, champagne, and makeup sex. These are the best things in life, you’re going to have to find the other 7 things on your own, but as far as the rankings go. I got you covered. For our first weekly ranking post of the year you’ll see I didn’t get overly adventurous. Sticking to the top options is a smart move even if the top options were collectively nowhere to be found in week one. These are the cream of the crop lads in FPL for a reason and one week ain’t changing my outlook. Ya heard? As Smokey said yesterday and as I’ll reiterate today we’re staring at 37 weeks remaining. No need to panic and over-react. You have some time to read the league and the specific situation for each player. Take that time and use your free transfers to move out overpriced/overrated assets (cough, cough Memphis…), and bring in underpriced performers before the price jumps. With two wildcard chips this year it’s important to maximize team value prior to using your WC. But that’s enough with the strategy let’s look at the chaps I expect to earn you the big points this week.

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So the week after the kick-off weekend is usually filled with wonderment and knee jerk reactions.  Folks we have 37 more of these to go.  Patience is the name of the game.  So this week like every week we feature rankings for all FPL worthy positions.  First up this week is Keepers and defenders.  Keepers and defenders are in theory an easy bunch to rank, the goals and assists are wonky or not existent for goalies.  We are looking at match-ups here and seeing who has the best odds at a clean sheet.  That is where you get your bread buttered from the back end scoring for fantasy purposes.  Some will argue that it’s based on talent and such, and yes the cream does rise to the top eventually, but it’s early enough in the go that you can start to see some offensive and defensive patterns.  So be patient, look at the fixtures, the favorable match-ups and by all means trust your gut.  Here are the Keeper/Defence rankings for the games of week 2.

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Welp, that happened.  It is an inevitable thing you know that first week.  The one where you were already to make transfers half way through the Aston Villa game just out of boredom.  You don’t have to hide it, you’re not alone by any stretch of Ralph’s imagination.  The first week had some pleasant surprises, some of which I will discuss here because in reality we want the meat and potatoes of fantasy and who to transfer in not who did what and why.  This is a traditional post here at Razzbol FC that I try to roll out on a weekly basis to look at guys who are either in a role that might be fantasy relevant or one that has a good match-up for next week.  So if you’re into those type of things and can spare ten minutes from swiping left on that dating site that you have queued up, then cool.  If not stay anyways for the quippy calamities that may ensue.   After all it’s Transfer Tuesday, get that itchy finger ready and by no capacity lose 4 points already…psycho.

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So, as we did every match day last term, 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 each pick one option from each position (except keepers cause they’re…..zzzzzzzzz….sorry I went to sleep), and then, for a bonus, we show you our genius line-ups for the week.  Pretty cut and dry, and quite simply… basic.  The best part is, you get two opinions for the price of one.  We do this as a tandem, it’s the Smokey and Ralph show.  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 Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em Week 1 Fantasy Premier League.

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There are a variety of ways to approach the build of your FPL squad. None more right than the other, but each a reasonable approach and strategy. I’ll cover a few of the ones I’m partial to and give you my ultimate thoughts on each approach’s strengths and weaknesses. In truth what am I talking about, I really just wanted to make a bunch of lineups and show you them. This is one of the most enjoyable parts of the PremierLeague.com experience. Building your roster, studying the incoming chaps, and guessing the right players, so you gain the most value possible before your first wild card. Today the game starts for the 2015-16 term here are a few approaches that I’ve employed over the years. The First Annual Razzball Guide to Fantasy Premier League Squad Building.

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Okay let’s begin with a bit of full disclosure, I’m a Manchester United fan. So my ability to be impartial when discussing a Liverpool acquisition isn’t exactly easy. Then again I’m a sports journalist of the highest integrity. (Pause for heavy laughter). Okay, so take my perspective on Christian Benteke with a grain of salt but here’s the thing I sort of like the big Belgian’s fit. At first like many EPL fans I thought “here we go again Rodgers trying to fit a square peg in a round hole.” Of course that may not be wrong, I said as much in my Sh*t I’ve thought since the end of last term post a few weeks back. But my point then and it’s my point now is Benteke is a better player than Rodgers previous square peg blunders (Andy Carroll and Rickie Lambert). So let’s take a look at Christian Benteke and what the future hold a for his Fantasy Premier League prospects for 2014-15.

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I know you were all sitting on the end of your seat waiting, pining for the scores and facilitators to come out.  Well you ask we provide.  That’s what we do here at Razzball we are givers.  We are the Unicef of fantasy knowledge that we give away for free to all the peeps.  So the Forwards and Midfielder rankings were much tougher to rank for Ralph and myself.  The diversity of the midfielder rankings is what makes it by far the most important position in fantasy.  The price between top and bottom and the talent that fills in the gooey core is vital to contstructing a championship caliber team.  From a personal not when constructing a midfielder group I like to put guys into 4 categories and make sure I have at least one guy from each group.  I do these usually by price, with a side of my own mental capacity and some luck.  So here’s the Middies and glory hound forward rankings for the 2015/16 season.

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I know you’ve been waiting for it. You’ve been speculating with your friends when it would drop. It seemed like you’d never see the day, but it’s here. That’s right the first annual Razzball Fantasy Premier League rankings are upon us. Just to clarify we will be dropping two sets of rankings one for the official FPL game through the PL.com site and another for draft style formats like Play Togga that utilize Opta scoring. Today’s rankings are for the official formats only, so take note of the corresponding pricing listed. These rankings are not value ranked they are production ranked. So in other words these are the blokes we think will score the most regardless of price. In today’s ranks we’re focusing strictly on defenders and keepers. For tomorrow’s post we’ll dig into our forward and midfielder rankings. If you have any questions, feel we grossly undervalued or overvalued a player, or just plan missed a valuable bloke post it in the comments and we can discuss our thinking.

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137 seconds, that’s all it took for Raheem Sterling to score in his Citizens debut and send the FPL world into a frenzy. In what can be called the biggest transfer of the summer the young English attacker moved from the top-4 aspiring Liverpool to the title contending Ethiad. The real questions are how does he fit into an already potent City attack, how much will he feature, and where does he sit in the hierarchy of Fantasy Premier League options? Before we dig into the meat and potatoes of the matter let’s munch on some bread and discuss our outline for evaluating Sterling. We’ll begin with a look at the production from City’s revolving door of attackers last season and see how that might translate to FPL points this season. Then we’ll examine Sterling’s skill set and general fit within City’s system, and round it out with a good old fashioned projection for the 2015-16 campaign. Sound good chaps? Then let’s begin our first in my series of examining the big Fantasy Premier League Transfers.

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It’s fun to load up your team with multiple guys that are roster stalwarts.  The reason people do well every year is because of the ancillary players, the discount guys, the Dollar General lads.  It’s easy to construct a roster when you have 3 or more top salaried guys, but for fun this week I am going to look at some discount guys in comparison to their counterparts at similar positions.  So here are some sleepers, guys of value and players that I see outperforming their initial salary. In other words Fantasy Premier League value plays. What fun would it be if you and all the other fantasy groupies rostered all the same, that would be like trying to take fantasy baseball advice from guys who don’t even watch actual real baseball. Weird but true and those people actually exist, we will call them fantasy trolls. Also I am building a team with a salary cap of £72m, (yea 72 is an arbitrary number but I calculated the inflation of the US dollar as compared to the Pound, plus it’s my post and 72% of anything is still passing) to show you that there is value in smaller numbers, because the true roster tinkerers know that they will change their roster 20 plus times before the year starts.  We are only 10 days away from the start of the season so tinker away.

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