Away: Manchester City (1) – Home: Chelsea (0)

The marquee match played at Stamford Bridge on Saturday felt like an away game for Chelsea, as Man City came out relentless from the start pressuring up top and pushing Chelsea back. Chelsea never looked comfortable playing out of the back, and Man City dominated early and often. Alvaro Morata picked up a hamstring injury in the 34th minute, and was replaced by Willian who saw little opportunity to attack alongside Eden Hazard.

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Away: Man City (6) – Home: Watford (0)

Man City is flying through the early portion of the prem – through 5 games, 16 goals scored and only 2 against (1 by Everton and 1 by Bournemouth). Aguero dominated the attack with a hat trick, Jesus netted a goal, Otamendi burried a header and Sterling scored on a late penalty. So many points to miss out on when you don’t have any of these players, which begs the question, why don’t we have any of these players? Clearly it’s time to reevaluate who you like the most between Jesus and Aguero, allocate funds and bring one of them – my advice would be to trust your gut and don’t ever look back, as they will both return points and hopping back and forth will make you lose out on consistent returns, which they will provide throughout the season as long as that attacking midfield and defense remain healthy.

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Yesterday we touched on the east end girls and back end boys, today it is the guys who make the fantasy box scores swoon like a seal at the fish market.  That’s right, if you said it inside your head, it’s the middies and forward ranks.  Much like the clean sheet prowess, the same can sorta be said for the offensive weapons.  In most cases, the clean sheet possibility is linked because the opposing team isn’t very good, ergo the offense should do some fantasy things.  The midfield ranks should stack with and contain the template option of Eden Hazard.  He is, for my money and slight homerism of being a Chelsea fan, the most spot-on Middie in the FPL game right now.  So if you are reading this and play fantasy premiere, then obviously make sure he is on your squad.  It should be a lot easier this week to bring in not one, but multiple big priced players as the reallocation of the bank of Kun allows a lot of extra cash in the fantasy kitty.  So my advice this week is if you own Aguero currently, you need to shift him out.  To me it makes no sense to have his 13.0 price tag, coupled with the three other bench players which at minimum combined for the four is 25% of your roster sit idle by.  Not having Sergio Aguero in your team is bad enough, but don’t hamstring yourself further by not diversifying your funds.  Good luck and cheers!

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International duty, or doodie if you have a three-year-old’s sense of humor like me, is going to make some of the rankings this week a bit fun.  Yeah, I will use fun because it’s really not going to be because speculating on stuff only makes me look bad and invites you to point the finger of your choosing at me. The news on Antonio Valencia and other South American based players returning on time for Saturday? Sunday duty is sketchy to say the least.  So if you own or have any inklings of going that route with your roster, I would strongly encourage you to look elsewheres.  So with that, we get into the clean sheet crapshoot purveyors, the defenders of both the box and goal line and like any game played it is tied to both luck and skill… unfortunately.  It is still a little early to completely rely on form of fixture, and I would still use my gut on the form thing.  If it look’s like a duck and doesn’t score like a duck, then it probably is a duck.  So keep that in mind as there are some interesting clean sheet options this week with Arsenal, Chelsea, and West Ham looking like stronger clean options, but others still exist like Burnley.  So good luck this week, 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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And so it begins…  People can write hundreds of articles prepping you and singing the praises of dozens of players.  To me, they all scream the same thing: “We are all guessing.”  Fantasy footie is one of the true sports that scream beauty and fantasy worthiness is in the eyes of the beholder… that’s you lads.  So this week at Razzball, I will be giving you positional breakdowns, starting with keepers today and Forwards by weeks end.  I am basing my rankings on a few factors: job security, team as a whole, and value.  Match-ups come and go with every changing week, that’s why I give you individually ranked positions every week for the next 40 weeks or so.  So get comfy, litter it with your opinion, and here are the preseason rankings as I see it for the upcoming FPL season.  Cheers! Oh, and for giggles, I called in some of the industry elite in Kevin Devries @Kevrov ,and usual draft style specialist John Wallin, @Fantasy Gaffer of Togga.

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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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This is it folks.  The whole magilla.  The end of the road and the close to a spectacular season of fantasy soccer here at Razzball.  I want to express my gratitude to all the readers, commentators and the powers that be at Razzball, a special shout to Jay, for giving me this opportunity to bring you quality advice from a fun approach in the Razzball tradition.  So here we have the finale to the rankings for the 2015/2016 FPL season.  I would say it’s now or never but that would be cliche and extremely too late. The best advice this week is don’t go crazy taking minuses, don’t make extreme gambles and go chalk with the rankings.  The high priced guys are high priced for a reason and this week the match-ups are in your favor and if you own them good.  Now go own more or as many as possible that can fit into your roster budget.  So here are the rankings for the final week of the season, I hope you all win your mini leagues or achieve the highest overall rank to date.  Cheers!

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Strike first, strike hard, no mercy for an abbreviated week.  If I had a hammer to pound out the urgency, I implore you to not use your wildcard this week, oh wait… I do have a hammer.  You remember that scene from Casino where the guys got caught cheating and got the ball-peen treatment?  Well, picture that, but with a more vital part of your anatomy.  All you need this week is to have a full team and one sub.  Don’t go crazy building a nest egg, or a condominium of talent for the one week, then in three weeks, having to do it all again.  You don’t have enough transfers or time to ship everyone out.  I just looked.  So for now, concentrate on having 12 players… playing.  It is totally like that song from Christmas, but with footie gifts.  So the week of 27 gives a very abbreviated slew of fantasy options.  I wish I had better truth to it, but a lot of great, majority owned options are off the board and blanking. So for those of you in the perusing mood and have the curiosity of seeing who ranks where, here are the Midfielders and Forward rankings for Week 27 of the FPL.  Cheers!

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Advantages are what you take in your favor, and with two weeks to go you should be looking for anything possibly.  Trends, injuries to key players and most importantly its no time to be a Johnny Cheapskate.  By that I mean those dreaded minus 4 points.  They look like a lot, but if you are bringing in someone and they score 5 by my math your are still one for the good.  The advantage this week start and well actually it continues with the train wreck that is Newcastle.  They are playing a team that has clean sheeted the last three opponents and they are known on the streets as West Brom.  So if you are looking for a cheap alternative that most aren’t going to roster than that’s the first place you should look.  So keep looking and explore the rest of my week 36 defender rankings.

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