The answers are truly limitless and its is basically like an argument over which flavor of Slushie is best.  But since today is an off day and game day is tomorrow I thought it would be fun to see who everyone’s preference is for midfielder pairings.  So you have £15.1m to spend on a midfield pairing.  I am using £15.1 because it takes Alexis Sanchez/ Eden Hazard out of the equation.  So given the salary constraints of that idea who would you pair together?

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Raise of hands, who panicked after last week when you scored a whopping 30 or under points?  Well I am not shy to admit it, I did and I am not ashamed.  I am also not ashamed of my Scott Baio poster that resides in my man den.  He is a man and he should get to chill with the guys.  Joanie is not welcome, I stand up and scream it like that scene from American History X.  The inflection not the topic.  Ralph touched on it yesterday with the back-enders, what have we learned from 2 games that will make us think there is actually a pattern to all this?  There is a semi pattern it’s almost like a crop circle, and it’s indecipherable.  With the midfielders this week it’s quantity guys over quality for me. Especially with no Chelsea love, personally they are all unownable for me until after the International break.  They may do something but I would rather roll with some other cats at mid and striker spots.  Here are the play rankings for week of 3.

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The question that fills the FPL air at present is “How much stock do you put in the first two weeks?” Are we to believe that Chelsea is a truly lackluster defensive unit after being the standard bearer a year ago? Is Vincent Kompany’s resurgence for real or are we putting too much stock in two suburb scoring games from the City skipper? Over the next 500 words or so I’m going to attempt to answer these questions and more. The truth is we’re all reactionary especially when it comes to performance in the early part of the year. Keep in mind this is a game of patience and long term strategy. Sure that’s not nearly as true this term as it has been in past years. You know with the whole introduction of the first half wild card thing. Either way, my point is stay strong don’t wavier and be patient, and let your observations guide you from week to week. Now time for Keepers and Defence rankings week 3.

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It’s fairly simple this week and fairly obvious based on the first 2 weeks of fixtures.  If you didn’t start with Sergio Aguero, you need to get him.  Whether that takes 2 moves or three to get there he needs to be rostered.  Period.  All the rest of your roster doesn’t matter as much.  He is the keystone.  The roster building block, that everyone should have, own, hold, hug.  Whatever it is get him.  Sell your first born daughter.  For the teams that already have been rolling with the Kun already this post is basically for you.  Because everyone else is downsizing there roster to get Aguero in while you are basically in the driver seat and can bring in anyone you want.  So here’s some transfer ideas for the third week of the year. It’s Transfer Tuesday Week 3!

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Well that wasn’t what I expected at all. The dismantling of Chelsea’s Big Blue Bus continued. As Sergio Aguero and his City teammates gashed the champions for 3 goals at the Ethiad. This was a big statement game for both Aguero and the Citizens and it’s now clear the Kun is hands down the best forward option available in our game. If it wasn’t for a few brillant saves by Asmir Begovic in the early going, Sergio easily could have had two + goals. But instead he finished with one, and assurances that he’s worth the dollars you’re spending to keep him in your squad. I was skeptikal coming into the season if Aguero was indeed worth the £13.0 price tag.  My thoughts were a healthy Diego Costa at £1.5 less could provide similar if not better returns. We’re just two weeks in but my feeling has completely flipped. Aguero’s been the best finisher in the Premiership for the better part of his time here in England, and in our game where goal scoring is the be all and end all. Having a player of his caliber is quite the advantage. So anyone else ready to panic and use their first wildcard yet? I am….

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It’s about that time that we show you ours, and by ours I mean just mine because Ralph is shy.  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 each pick one option from each position (except keepers cause they’re…..zzzzzzzzz….sorry I went to sleep), and then, for a bonus, we show you our genius line-ups for the week.  Pretty cut and dry, and quite simply… basic.  The best part is, you get two opinions for the price of one.  We do this as a tandem, it’s the Smokey and Ralph show.  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 Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em Week 2 Fantasy Premier League.

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Peanut butter, yoga pants, fireworks, unicorns, Forward/Midfielders rankings, caviar, champagne, and makeup sex. These are the best things in life, you’re going to have to find the other 7 things on your own, but as far as the rankings go. I got you covered. For our first weekly ranking post of the year you’ll see I didn’t get overly adventurous. Sticking to the top options is a smart move even if the top options were collectively nowhere to be found in week one. These are the cream of the crop lads in FPL for a reason and one week ain’t changing my outlook. Ya heard? As Smokey said yesterday and as I’ll reiterate today we’re staring at 37 weeks remaining. No need to panic and over-react. You have some time to read the league and the specific situation for each player. Take that time and use your free transfers to move out overpriced/overrated assets (cough, cough Memphis…), and bring in underpriced performers before the price jumps. With two wildcard chips this year it’s important to maximize team value prior to using your WC. But that’s enough with the strategy let’s look at the chaps I expect to earn you the big points this week.

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So the week after the kick-off weekend is usually filled with wonderment and knee jerk reactions.  Folks we have 37 more of these to go.  Patience is the name of the game.  So this week like every week we feature rankings for all FPL worthy positions.  First up this week is Keepers and defenders.  Keepers and defenders are in theory an easy bunch to rank, the goals and assists are wonky or not existent for goalies.  We are looking at match-ups here and seeing who has the best odds at a clean sheet.  That is where you get your bread buttered from the back end scoring for fantasy purposes.  Some will argue that it’s based on talent and such, and yes the cream does rise to the top eventually, but it’s early enough in the go that you can start to see some offensive and defensive patterns.  So be patient, look at the fixtures, the favorable match-ups and by all means trust your gut.  Here are the Keeper/Defence rankings for the games of week 2.

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Welp, that happened.  It is an inevitable thing you know that first week.  The one where you were already to make transfers half way through the Aston Villa game just out of boredom.  You don’t have to hide it, you’re not alone by any stretch of Ralph’s imagination.  The first week had some pleasant surprises, some of which I will discuss here because in reality we want the meat and potatoes of fantasy and who to transfer in not who did what and why.  This is a traditional post here at Razzbol FC that I try to roll out on a weekly basis to look at guys who are either in a role that might be fantasy relevant or one that has a good match-up for next week.  So if you’re into those type of things and can spare ten minutes from swiping left on that dating site that you have queued up, then cool.  If not stay anyways for the quippy calamities that may ensue.   After all it’s Transfer Tuesday, get that itchy finger ready and by no capacity lose 4 points already…psycho.

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So, as we did every match day last term, 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 each pick one option from each position (except keepers cause they’re…..zzzzzzzzz….sorry I went to sleep), and then, for a bonus, we show you our genius line-ups for the week.  Pretty cut and dry, and quite simply… basic.  The best part is, you get two opinions for the price of one.  We do this as a tandem, it’s the Smokey and Ralph show.  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 Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em Week 1 Fantasy Premier League.

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