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Good afternoon my Razzbol FC clan, and welcome to the first installment of the weekly Midfielder rankings. Just so we’re all clear on the format here, we will be using Premierleague.com scoring and values for all of our rankings posts. It’s the most common format for EPL and the standard bearer for the fantasy game. Keep in mind, when reading these rankings, that it’s a one week snapshot, similar to the ones done by Jay on the Fútbol Americano site. So try not to focus on rest of season value when reading these. This would also explain why I’ve chosen to exclude Ángel Di María. I, unfortunately, do not expect the anchor of my fantasy teams midfield to be active due to a thigh injury sustained in Monday’s match. If by the grace of Eric Cantona (he’s god okay!) Di Maria plays, he’d be wedged between Cesc Fábregas and Eden Hazard. Are we clear? Okay good! Now onto the rankings!

1. Cesc Fábregas, Chelsea: £9.6 – He’a the highest scoring midfield in the fantasy game at the moment, and it only gets better this week. As Cesc and his Chelsea brethren travel to Old Trafford to take on the defensively challenged Red Devils. Fábregas played 60 minutes of Chelsea’s mid week schlacking of NK Maribor, so I’d expect him to be in the lineup and fresh for Sunday’s clash. Here’s my final selling point: he’s been involved in 8 goals (1 goal & 7 assists) in 8 League games.

2. Eden Hazard, Chelsea: £9.9 – Pretty much everything I said about Fábregas applies to Hazard. His returns thus far have been some what disappointing, then again he’s currently the 7th ranked Midfielder overall. So maybe I just expect too much. He had a brace in the mid-week Champions League game, can he do it again Sunday?

3. Raheem Sterling, Liverpool: £9.0 – With 47 points to his name, Sterling is in the running for the top Midfielder in the game. He’s been as consistent as anyone this season providing production week in and week out. Liverpool faces Hull City at Anfield on Saturday. While the Tigers aren’t QPR bad when it comes to defending they certainly aren’t Southampton either. Look for Sterling to find his way onto the scoresheet again this week.

4. Christian Eriksen, Tottenham: £7.8 – In back to back weeks Eriksen has found the net against the two stingiest defenses in the EPL. This week Spurs takes on Newcastle at White Hart Lane and it could get ugly for the Toon’s. Alan Pardew’s men will have their hands full trying to control Eriksen. I’d expect the Dane and his Tottenham teammates to come out firing after last week’s debacle at the Etihad.

5. David Silva, Manchester City, £9.1 – The Canary Islands’ favorite son is still one of the best playmakers in the world when he’s on. With Sergio Aguero back in peak form it’s time to take advantage of the Spain international while they’re both healthy.

6. Gylfi Sigurðsson, Swansea: £6.8 – For the Icelandic set piece ace, a return to Wales was just what the doctor ordered. 8 weeks into the season and he seems to have recaptured the form that inspired Tottenham to drop £8.8 million for the midfielder’s services back in 2012. The Swans take on a Leicester team this week that’s winless since their big victory against Manchester United in late September. I like Sigurdsson to be at the middle of “The Welsh Galácticos” attack.

7. Alexis Sánchez, Arsenal: £10.3 – After a goal and an assist against Hull City last week, Sánchez will be looking to exploit a weak Sunderland back line. The problem with the Chilean is the same as it’s always been, some days he’s the best player on the pitch other days he’s barely there. I can’t promise he’ll play this week with Arsenal taking on RSC Anderlecht in their Champions League match, but if he does the results could be delicious. Well if you eat fantasy results, if you don’t they’ll just be good, like really good.

8. Dušan Tadić, Southampton: £7.6 – The Serbian midfielder is in the running for Razzbol FC’s favorite player. This is his third appearance in 3 days, and with good reason. He’s an excellent playmaker so much so, that he’s tied with Cesc Fábregas for the lead league in assists. After Saturday’s four point performance, the former Twente man is hotter than Ebola jokes. (But far more tasteful) With the Saints taking on Stoke City at St.Mary’s on Saturday, Tadić should be patrolling the left side and looking to setup Graziano Pellè once again. The Saints have never ever ever ever seen a striker and midfielder combo like this before. Who are Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana again? Never heard of them!

9. Juan Mata, Manchester United: £8.6 – Does anyone else think that Mata has the perfect head for a Centaur? Nope! By myself on that one….anyway REVENGE! REVENGE! REVENGE! Wayne Rooney is still suspended for Sunday’s clash, so expect to see Mata in the 10 role against his former club.

10. Steven Gerrard, Liverpool: £8.9 – I have a sneaking suspicion that “The Captian” is going to get on the score sheet against the Tigers. It never hurts to target midfielders who take penalties, corners, direct, and indirect kicks. At least 7 of the players I named do.

11. Nacer Chadli, Tottenham: £6.4 – He’s got 4 goals and hasn’t found the net in two weeks. I’m expecting a Spurs route against Newcastle, certainly a worthwhile stack in daily formats.

 

Handy Subs – Players Under £5.5

Chris Brunt, West Bromwich Albion: £5.4

Victor Wanyama, Southampton: £4.5

Mile Jedinak, Crystal Palace: £5.0

  1. Jesmond Tutu says:
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    Not too much to disagree with here, although I’m a little surprised you’re so bullish on Chelsea’s midfield – Mourinho’s not exactly known for his wild, reckless abandon when it comes to fixtures away at top sides. Yes, United are in a bit of a mess (and we’re all finding that incredibly amusing), but I don’t expect him to come out all guns blazing. They were just as much of an average side when the two met last year at Old Trafford, and he was content to stifle them completely and come away with a pretty sterile 0-0.

    I’d be expecting more from the likes of Sterling, Sanchez or Tadic (or at least from Liverpool, Arsenal and Southampton) this weekend than Fabregas or Hazard. I’d also be looking at a cheeky punt on Sadio Mané, who should be back in the starting line-up having been rested after coming back from international duty last time, and Jordan Henderson, in the slightly more ‘budget’ bracket.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Jesmond Tutu: Yes I can see your point but here’s why I’m so bullish on Chelsea’s Midfield this week.
      1. They’ve been so good thus far it’s tough to rank them any lower.
      2. United’s defensive ranks are pretty rancid looking right now.
      3. I think Jose has a little extra motivation facing his mentor Van Gaal for the first time in the Premier League. Mourinho is a man that takes his own legacy seriously, and I’m sure there’s nithing he’d like more than to wipe the floor with Van Gaal at Old Trafford.

      • Jesmond Tutu says:
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        Fair enough, it’s all about opinions. I’ll be happy if your optimism is well-founded as I’ve been enjoying the bounty of Cesc throughout the season so far. Costa’s going to be a big miss for them, though, and I’m not expecting a glut of points in GW9.

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