It is a proven fact that the third of anything is always the best.  Hence, why they added a third yodel to pack, and why the third rail is always talked about while the other two are neglected. 3-D is all the rage for just about every pictorial display… and now?  Midfielders.  Once again I am joined by the ambiguously-ranking duo of Kevin Devries and John Wallin.  Both titans in their fields, even if that field is a farmers market and they are the foremost zucchini experts.  Nonetheless, they are my boys and mad props for doing these rankings with me for the preseason.  Midfield is by far the hardest group to rank for me because one man’s opine about a player is sometimes vastly different than the others.  Parity makes the world go round, and at least this year it looks like we don’t have a set template team that we did for most of last year.  So on with the show, and let’s look at the fantasy stalwarts that are middies.  Cheers!

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The second phase of our weekly ranking experiment and the controversy of our rankings which weren’t premeditated in anyway rages on.  Three separate minds, all warped, yet sharp in their own special way.  Or that’s what my grandma told me anyways.  Defense to me is all about the secret thing that make your team great from week to week and is my main point of gambling and using my free transfer.  I like to gamble, because the allure of that clean sheet is like fantasy crack and I like it.  Intervention to follow.  Look two games ahead only, I get a kick out of people looking farther then that down the schedule, by that time I will have had 2-3 transfers at my discretion to fix what I thought was broken.  Second key thing is find a stud any fantasy defensive stud and ride him for almost ever.  Last find a rotation that you like to start the year and stick with it for at least 4-5 games.  Like I just said, you can tinker here and there and the dreaded -4 looks better in the beginning of the year a rather then the end.  Here are the rankings, commentary brought by myself and Kevin Devries as well John Wallin of playtogga, the hippest and coolest draft style fantasy footie out there today…

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It doesn’t make the whole earth rotate, but I hear it has some lasting effect on the gravity of the FPL universe (but the defensive rotation game is alive and well this year like every other).  There are several options to choose from and the one you like best is, well, probably the best.  I will explain my normal tactic when trying to engage in the defense selection of my team to at least start the year, and then divest that into some rotational team that match-up well enough that they can be used as that 3-4th defender based on what you think is necessary for you fantasy team.  FPL is like a hike, I am your walking stick.  You are the motor, I am the map.  So what I say has been said by dozens of other smart people who analyze fantasy footie from numerous sites.  None of us are wrong, well, they are, but just use this as a guide.  Common sense is the best advice FPL players should use.  So here are some defense rotational ideas for the beginning of the year for the first six games or so.  After that, all things can sometimes go in the crapper and that first wildcard is like having a free lap dance card in your pocket. Cheers!

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Promoted players/teams often are overlooked, but not because of value.  Mostly because they aren’t that proven commodity, or don’t have that name power that others with similar price tags offer.  For soothe, I shout from the balcony!  Everyone wants to roster five or more guys over the 7.5 price tag.  In order to do that, you have to cut corners… it’s like that special lunch from grade school.  PB on white Wonder bread with no crust.  So don’t be oft put by the promoted players because they have to play the same amount of games as everyone else, granted they are usually the unfavorable part of the match-up.  They still will score goals, they will still get assists and they still will get clean sheets.  So grab one, hell grab three, one from each team and fill out your roster and make mom and me proud.  The likes of Hull, Burnley, and Middlesbrough have some retread options that have had previous success in the premier league and have done fairly well in the championship prior to their promotion.  So let’s get in the Razzball spirit of things and look at some of the promoted players that could be a swoon to your opening day roster consideration.  Cheers!

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The final transfer idea thread of the year is a tough one to translate via the typed word.  If we were sitting in a pub, on your dime of course, we could converse for a good 8-10 minutes about what to do.  But alas, all I have is my home row keys of fantasy goodness to guide you.  This week is not a time to be cute and be all: “I am going to change the world with my transfers.”  Because it is honestly too late.  You want the most points possible.  It is no different than any other week, just that you have to be a little different to do it.  I am specifically talking about people playing for pride in climbing the ladder of overall standings, and the guys you are chasing in your mini leagues.  This is the best advice I can give you, grab as many stars as you can, that may be different then the guy/girl you are trailing.  That dynamite piece of fantasy analysis is brought to you by sleep deprivation and a steady supply of marshmallows.  So with that your roster should consist of Alexis Sanchez, KDB, Kane, Kun and Payet.  After that, the world is your oyster.  All those names that I just mentioned have decent enough match-ups that the are sit proof and at this point in the season you have to play them.  To fill in the blanks for your team let’s check out the transfer ideas I could see falling your way for week 38 in 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.  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 37 (plus a sleeper/under-owned fella that should be owned and isn’t).

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This is it my friends.  I know that I am being semi-presumptuous that we are mates, but for the sense of suspense, let’s just pretend that we are.  And I promise to stop stalking you on social media.  Fair?  Yeah, I thought so, DM canceled. So week 37 is here and the differentials that exist are different than the previous week of doubles in 34.  By differentials, I mean that the dispersion of talent is very broad-based here.  There are a ton more lesser names to be rostered this week than the star power that previously existed in the double of days gone by.  Transfer ideas this week, start and end with guys on doubles.  End sentence.  I know the Villa and Newcastle fixture is so tempting, but where does that leave you for next week when the Toons play the Spurs?  All about the doubles.  I just want to keep instilling that into your minds.  Rankings this week reflect the doubles, as they should with only two weeks remaining.  Two pieces of advice this week…  First don’t be afraid of the minus, as it doesn’t hurt you as much as you think with guys on two games.  Secondly, if you are rostering Kane, Sanchez, and Aguero, you need to get rid of one and only one as all three have favorable fixtures in week 38.  So here is this week’s rankings.  Good luck and cheers!

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The only moves you are allowed to make this week are ones that get you to the most DGW players as possible.  I don’t want any back talk or guff mister/misses.  You can go right to your room with no supper, or hell air for all I care.  There are two weeks remaining in the season and if you are still holding any chips or cards up your sleeves, then… well, I don’t know what to tell ya.  Week 37 is all about the chips and boosts and triple captains.  It is also about the maximizing of your roster to have no less than 10 double guys.  Regardless of what the point deduction is, you need to get 10.  I will take nine if you are not chasing points in your mini league, but 10 seems like a nice round number.  It gives 20 plus games for which to score, or not score with the way the rotations may unfold.  Listen, I can sit here and tell you the real good reason to come out on Friday, but people seem to think it’s a great idea to write what I said three weeks ago today.  Not everyone is fast on the upkeep, or original with the turn of phrase.  But I digress, I have been here for years pumping out piles of knowledge and it doesn’t change from day to day.  The transfer advice is no different.  All original, often imitated never duplicated.  Here are some transfer ideas for the double week 37 that you should probably use all, add two more and then throw in one for good luck…

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

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The calm before the double week storm is never an easy decision making process.  There are so many factors to figure out.  Who plays whom?  Who is in good form?  Who is in a rotation?  All good questions, that, unless you are privy to the managerial decision process you are at the mercy of guessing unfortunately.  I, as a keen-witted and sharp as I may be, can only right so many times.  Hell, I try to shoot for 50%, and I fail at that in most cases.  Nonetheless I come every day, week in and week out to give you the ideas that many like me put out.  It may not be precise but it is at least a guide for you to give the last decision process, your own opinion, too.  So Week 36 has some really tasty matches for the top flight lads and then the rotation guys (Liverpool) rear there ugly heads.  All we can do is hope and pray that we guess right, or avoid the situation all together and look for differentials elsewheres.  So here’s Week 36 final rankings of the scorers and heartbreakers and shakers.  Cheers!

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