This stretch of games is like an O.C.D. paradise. Games two days off, then repeat.  Three sets of games in no time flat is fun as hell if you love the fantasy footie game.  Thing with this week’s games are there are a few games that feature really good teams that are struggling to give good fantasy returns (Man City and Leicester), and then there are a few matches that are fitting clubs that are mutually beneficial fantasy-wise that are seeming to sap the fantasy thunder (Everton/West Ham and Spurs/Arsenal).  So no worries, we trudge along and rank guys accordingly and see how they fit with your roster.  Remember that next week is a worse blank than Week 27 so transfer smart and don’t get all greedy.  There are eight teams off next week, with 23 players owned over 10% on those teams.  That is a huge obstacle to overcome, so don’t compound that by bringing in another guy that you will need to remedy with next week.  As always good luck and cheers!

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Abbreviated schedules leads to a short week, which leads to less time for all my nine children.  No worries though, as I don’t actually think fish qualify as children, just don’t tell the IRS.  This week has all the teams in action and none to soon.  Last week was a rough scramble with just four teams on the blank.  This week, transfer-wise, is all about setting yourself up for Week 30 and the future of the double game weeks.  First things first though, there are games to be played today and the rankings are here for you to do some last minute ins and outs and buys and sells.  Short weeks are fun, it just pains my liver more because it goes from early morning beers on Saturday and Sunday to midday beers on Tuesday and Wednesday.  That is why the best way to describe Fantasy Footie is tasty, served in a glass and multiple times during the day.  So go get a brew, a comfy chair or porcelain throne and enjoy the rankings for Week 28 of the FPL.  Cheers!

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Listen, I get the whole… “ooooh my neighbors just got a new kitten phenomenon” that’s going on in the city of Manchester.  I guarantee by this time tomorrow he is old news and they are onto the sanitation strike, or the problem with the drinking water.  But in all seriousness, Marcus Rashford has burst on the scene so well that I was looking for the saloon style doors to swing open and smack people in the fantasy roster.  The fact that there is a huge “daddy wants” factor with an affordable price tag of the opening price for strikers of £4.5, but please… is now the time to risk it all on a teenager?  If this was Vegas and you were at the Peppermint Rhino and an 18 year old caught your eye, would you risk the wife, kids, house on it?  Okay, bad example.  You get the gist of what I am trying to parlay it here though I hope. He is the bee’s pajamas right now, and everyone is sucking at the fantasy teet of what he could do and the differential that he could offer.  My best piece of expert fantasy advice is if the top-500 teams start gambling like this, they will not be in the top-500 for very long.  Okay, diatribe over.  We all admire the new shiny goal scoring penny that us staring us in the face, but you get to the finish line with proven commodities. So with all the rash ideas and such tumbling around, why not stick around for some other transfer ideas for Week 28 of the FPL?  Remember to keep building up that roster for the major blank in Week 30.  Cheers!

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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, and then, for a bonus, we show you our genius lineups for the week.  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 27 (plus a sleeper/under-owned fella that should be owned and isn’t).

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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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With a truncated schedule, one would think that we here at Razzball would give you like three names from each position for rankings.  I say: hell to the that!  I put in massive amounts of O.T. so I can take a whole two-and-a-half days off every year.  It’s okay, I enjoy wearing an ankle bracelet tied to a desk and given enough leniency to use the pisser.  So looking at the schedule, we should all have planned ahead… slightly.  With four teams on the side this week, it makes for interesting rankings because, and most importantly, Sergio is off.  We all know the earth, moon, and our rosters revolve around that man.  We will get to that position tomorrow, but for today, we focus on the back-enders.  The clean sheet gambles.  They aren’t as sexy as usual with the likes of Everton, Man City, Newcastle and Liverpool off the lists.  Actually I lied, who has many fantasy assets ties up in them from a defence standpoint?  The answer is none.  So with those names scratched off the list lets look at the other defenders and keepers that will be manning the pitch for Week 27 of the FPL.

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I can dig that we are 26 games deep into the season.  I can also understand if the remaining 12 weeks are just another thing for ya.  I am here to tell ya that it’s different.  The final 12 weeks, with what is going to happen to the scheduling, is going to be fun.  Fun in a way that people are going to be scrambling all over the place to actually put out a complete roster.  It starts this week with four teams blanking, then in three weeks eight teams come up with a “zero” week.  That is almost an impossible thing to tackle by not using your wildcard.  Using your wildcard for that week would be an extreme panic move.  You want to save that WC for the weeks prior to the double weeks, which are going to be a bevy of fantasy points there for the taking.  The benefit of you keeping your wildcard is that you can set yourself up for both double game weeks in one fell swoop. I will get into that when the scheduling comes out, and we have a better grip on who plays what and when.  So for now let’s tackle Week 27 transfer targets for the FPL.  Here are some ideas of guys on form or under-owned for the upcoming week and moving forward…

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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, and then, for a bonus, we show you our genius lineups for the week.  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 26 (plus a sleeper/under-owned fella that should be owned and isn’t).

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The meat and potatoes of Week 26 is finally here.  I know the temptation to use the transfer for this week is burning a hole in your pocket, but if you can help it, hold off.  If you are just itching to change it up and go full Caitlyn on your team, then by all means you have my blessing.  With Week 27 looming, the best options that aren’t on my current roster are screaming my name from the midfield to add this week, and I am trying to resist adding them to the “Smoke Show”.  Those names are mostly Ross Barkley and Bobby Digital himself, Roberto Firmino.  Both chaps have a blank in Week 27, so adding them for one week is a risk for points a now and later when they catch up on the double up, but filling that void is a tough matter to do because they are basically giving you secondary returns in fantasy points.  Choices, choices.  Well, while I mull that over and figure out what’s what with my own team, here’s the weekly FPL rankings for Forwards and Middies for the upcoming week of 26.  Cheers!

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I very rarely take the whole opening montage to discuss one player, especially a goalkeeper.  But is what Fraser Forster doing unparalleled (with what the Southampton team was doing before his return or what).  Never in my days of remembering stuff… which is usually pretty short.  Hell, my name is Smokey after all, but seriously.  Five games and five cleans for a team that couldn’t keep themselves clean in a bubble designed to inhibit disease and other toxins from being around a body.  Think E.T., but not scary and really, really, ashy.  Larry-quality ash. Look at the Saints record pre-Fraser.  They had five cleans all year and one in the ten before he re-entered the fray.  To quote a great song… “that sh*t cray”. So, as you can expect, the rankings are going to reflect Fraser’s huge pimp-hand into the keeper game, and how everyone else is left to bow down to the Saints as a defensive force for the foreseeable future.  So without all the angst and hullabaloo here are the FPL rankings for Week 26…

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