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This month is like a whirlwind covered in toasted almonds.  Three match weeks in 8 days, and it only gets worse here after for the Smoke Dawg. With matches upcoming for Boxing Day and thereafter, there won’t be a day off starting that game week until January 4th.  That;s right that is like 9 days of consecutive football.  So let’s not get ahead of ourselves and concentrate on 17 and let 18-20 figure it out.  As always, the rankings are based on the metric of form, fixture, and sense.  So for you following at home, that would be FFS.  And when something goes wrong, that is what we can blame and then shout what FFS actually means at someone close to you.  Not at me, though I probably deserve it.  Here are some rankings for FPL Week 17.  Cheers!

Keepers:

  1. Thibaut Courtois, Chelsea
  2. Hugo Lloris, Spurs
  3. Fraser Forster, Southampton
  4. Artur Boruc, Bournemouth
  5. David De Gea, Man United
  6. Lee Grant, Stoke
  7. Jordan Pickford, Sunderland
  8. Darren Randolph, West Ham
  9. Victor Valdes, Middlesbrough
  10. Tom Heaton, Burnley
  11. Heurelho Gomes, Watford
  • The lovefest for Chelsea continues as it should.
  • Lot’s of really good options this week with Bournemouth, Southampton, Spurs Stoke and Man United all looking strong for a un-messy game.
  • Heaton is buoyed by saves, that is all.

Defence:

  1. Marcos Alonso, Chelsea
  2. Virgil Van Dijk, Southampton
  3. Toby Alderweireld, Spurs
  4. Cesar Azpilicueta, Chelsea
  5. Charlie Daniels, Bournemouth
  6. Jose Holebas, Watfrod
  7. Chris Brunt, West Brom
  8. Aaron Cresswell, West Ham
  9. Gary Cahill, Chelsea
  10. Jan Vertonghen, Spurs
  11. Steve Cook, Bournemouth
  12. Ben Gibson, Middlesbrough
  13. Hector Bellerin, Arsenal
  14. Ryan Bertrand, Southampton
  15. Phil Jones, Man United
  16. Erik Pieters, Stoke
  17. David Luiz, Chelsea
  18. Winston Reid. West Ham
  19. Natahan Ake, Bournemouth
  20. Kieran Trippier, Spurs
  • I think Rose and Walker take a breather.  If looking to bring in a Spurs defender look for Vertonghen or Toby.  Rotations suck.
  • Chelsea 4 again.  I don’t see much rotation there and my Zouma shout from a few weeks ago looks dumb now.
  • Bournemouth and Southampton has the makings of who wants to peddle more defenders out on the pitch.  Can they score negatives?
  • Fade the Gunners and Citizen game tons of goals.

Midfielders:

  1. Alexis Sanchez, Arsenal
  2. Christian Eriksen, Spurs
  3. Adam Lallana, Liverpool
  4. Kevin de Bruyne, Man City
  5. Mesut Ozil, Arsenal
  6. Eden Hazard, Chelsea
  7. Dimitri Payet, West Ham
  8. Gylfi Sigurdsson, Swansea
  9. Riyad Mahrez, Leicester
  10. Roberto Firmino, Liverpool
  11. Paul Pogba, Man United
  12. Dele Alli, Spurs
  13. Michail Antonio, West Ham
  14. Raheem Sterling, Man City
  15. Cesc Fabregas, Chelsea
  16. Sadio Mane, Liverpool
  17. Wilfried Zaha, Crystal Palace
  18. Theo Walcott, Arsenal
  19. James Milner, Liverpool
  20. Matt Phillips, West Brom
  • Stack the Gunners and City guys.  Record is not skipping.
  • Anyone absolutely positive that Hazard sees the pitch?
  • Pogba playing more advanced is a sexy thing.  His price is based on his name which is unfortunate.
  • Mane and Firmino are fading badly.

Forwards:

  1. Diego Costa, Chelsea
  2. Divock Origi, Liverpool
  3. Harry Kane, Spurs
  4. Kelechi Iheanacho, Man City
  5. Andy Carroll, West Ham
  6. Jermaine Defoe, Sunderland
  7. Romelu Lukaku, Everton
  8. Alvaro Negredo, Middlesbrough
  9. Christian Benteke, Crystal Palace
  10. Jamie Vardy, Leicester
  11. Salomon Rondon, West Brom
  • The last three matches between Arsenal and City have netted 15 goals.  I wish Lucas Perez was actually usable because it should have some goals.  No cleans in last 7 for Arsenal and City are no choir boy when it comes to clean sheets.
  • I feel Origi is going on a run comparable to what we saw last year from Ighalo or two years ago with Kane.  Invest now!
  • Negredo seems like he is an outlier this week, and I favor him scoring.
  • Avoiding Bournemouth/Southampton guys as there aren’t any worth committing to in what should be a defensive battle.