Well, now that we have gone over the back-liners, let us move to the sassy portion of the rankings. Those, of course, are the managers and physios. I mean who doesn’t love a guy who is the minister of fitness for their club. I know I do. But in all seriousness, middies and forwards are where the fantasy bread is buttered. And now that the possible DGW is possibly in play for next week, it does change some things around. City and Stoke players now have some attention staring at them for next week, and it does throw a blanket over some transfer ideas that we may have concocted. Regardless, this is Week 26 and for now, let’s just try and take our ADHD medicine and worry about today rather then tomorrow. So with a lot of star power on blank this week, we get a few newer names to the rankings then normal. As Arsenal, City, United and Southampton all blank it eliminates a few staples from the rankings that would otherwise normally appear. so avoid the blanks, and may your points be fruitful. Cheers!

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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 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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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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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 does a player’s complaining and attitude go too far and start messing up your fantasy Cherrios?  I know real life tells different tales of a player, but this isn’t real life, it is far more important than that.  It is Fantasy.  We need players like Diego Costa to just shut up and play as the coach sees fit.  I am sorta kidding here because I love football as it stands, but am intrinsically linked to the fantasy side of it also and as a a former Costa owner (only just recently) he is a need for fantasy.  It opens the door for a ton of transfer possibilities because his salary is basically that of Kane, and everyone under them is worth a partial side-eyed look based on match-ups and obviously price.  They just don’t bring that “it” factor that Diego brings.  He checks all the boxes needed for a stud fantasy asset.  Plays for a high scoring team, scores often that his price isn’t a burden and that team is a first place team. The good thing for owners right now is that players like Lukaku and Rondon have favorable schedules for the foreseeable and can be options to pair with Kane, Ibra, or if you so trust him Aguero.  For the Diego believers and holders of him still (32%), his price is now stopped at 10.3 so you can possibly roll the dice with him making amends in the interim.  But impatient point-chasers can you really afford to wait, my answer is no.  Move on and come back.  Let’s see what else is happening in the world of the transfer market and some suggestions to boot. Cheers!

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If you are stuck trying to either hum the tune or figure out who in the heck I am jabbering about, then you also probably didn’t get a holiday greetings card.  The return of Philippe Coutinho is just in time for Red’s fans, and more in time for fantasy owners and Sadio-mane boosters.  One comes in, the other is playing with his feet on another continent.  Philly returns after a seven week layoff, and to our approval a .6m cheaper price tag.  Both fantastic for you as an 8.2 option rather than a 8.8 one.  Where he fits into the hierarchy of midfielders for the week will be more determined as Klopp let’s out more info then that he is fit and practicing.  So my advice in the matter is if you are cash poor and need the high scoring Liverpool midfielder affect then by all means grab him at a discount.  I personally would wait a week and see how he is deployed and used with the other pieces on the pitch.  I think a lot of people are disregarding how much Sadio Mane opens up that offense with his speed and skill.  He is going to be missed and some shifting of tactics are sure to follow.  Coutinho’s ownership currently is also a factor for him to be grabbed now for the opportunity, his ownership is stated at 14% on the official site, but in reality if we use all the tools of great internet sites it actually sits at 2% and rising slightly.  So the differential is there.  Price is there. Time and match fitness may not be. Besides one week isn’t going to break ya.  Happy transferring this week, cheers!

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It isn’t a matter or who, it is a matter of how many.  Indulging in a salary cap league is the hardest itch to scratch.  It is almost like you have constant Alopecia rashes and are fiending for a longer stick to scratch your back.  The strain of contention I am basically going over here is the striker combination or combinations.  To me, it is a three-headed beast comprised of Zlatan, Diego, and Aguero.  The latter of the two coming back from their retrospective suspensions and are now on the docket for ownership.  The Aguero one has been gone over dozens of time by hundreds of fantasy experts. he is a must own player who offers what most can not.  The problem now is that the other two, Zlatan and Diego, may be the best bang for your buck combo going.  That is who I am advising you to go with… There is no wrong answer here because we all manage our own teams and have history with such and such a player and go by our own instincts.  But the numbers and form are completely in Costa and Iobra’s favor, over bring in the 12.8 Kun.  Goals in quantity are there and the run of games are in their favor.  So go with the European duo instead of dipping into the warm waters of the South American.  Now that the forwards are out of the way, let’s get to the other musings and stylings of the FPL transfer world.

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Boxing Day Rankings!  That alone should be all that you need, but I have the gift of gab.  That and I think I am funnier when I am being all didactic.  The Monday slate is the goods, and then two solo games to follow.   Then a day of rest and then back at it again.  So the action in the FPL is fast paced, and not for the casual fan.  Which, if anyone is paying attention to the words around the Twitter speak, the zombie teams number (39%) is a staggering number compared to the number of teams.  I think that number is skewed by the number of teams who started bad and set the reset button, but whatever.  To each their own, I believe the expression is.  Regardless, we are in the here and now of Week 18 and here comes the FPL rankings for all positions.  Good luck with your transfer choices and Happy Holidays!

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