It’s like Tuesdays with Morrie, but with Fantasy Soccer stuff involved.  All dressed up in cool kits, and sparkly boots.  The transfer time is always an important day of the week.  It’s the first day that we preemptively get you geared up for the upcoming fantasy footsie week with some notes on early guys to look at.  Yeah, I know, it’s too early in the week to be thinking about transfers, but this is a beginner stage to the week where we go through positional rankings, and the build-up to holding hands.  Baby steps. Remember what my pappy always said: “Spooning leads to forking.” He was referencing a four-course meal, but secretly I was picking up what he was laying down.  So some interesting top-tiered teams take on some bottom dwellers this week and that to me screams fantasy goodies.  I am particularly looking for an underwhelming Arsenal side to date, hosting Burnley and Liverpool, then traveling to Newcastle.  Both Arsenal and Liverpool have some overpriced guys based on year-to-date production, the key is finding the ones that will feature and who will improve play this week.  So keep on doing what you are doing, that would be reading and checking out my early diatribe on who to keep an eye on this week for your transfer…

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On a Sunday where the former class of the Premiership faced the new class of the Premiership, there was plenty to talk about leading up to kickoff. Now that the games are in the books there’s even more to discuss. I’ll take a look at what I observed, how it affected FPL play, and what implications these games may have on fantasy teams going forward. Let’s rehash, shall we?

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So, week in and week out, we will be giving you our loves and hates for this week in a segment called Start/Sit.  We will each pick one option from each position, and then for a bonus, we show you our genius line-ups for the week.  Pretty cut and dry and 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 Start/Sit show.  It’s like musical chairs, without all the screaming kids and regretful feeling of loss.  So, Week 9 has a few excellent match-ups, and some that look lopsided to me. Fear not though, as there are no lopsided matches in Fantasy EPL.  Well, there is if you don’t have the foggiest idea of what you are doing, or just don’t listen to us. So have a look at who we would start and sit based on match-ups and value.

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Gentleman and ladies, and by ladies I mean my Mom, let’s talk a little strategy today shall we? Success in Fantasy Premier League, as much as any of the other fantasy games out there, is predicated on good strategy and planning. There are numerous approaches and styles when it comes to roster building. Much of your focus, regardless of your team’s formation, needs to be on buying players with opportunity, and the ability for those players to make the most of those opportunities as they present themselves. Let’s not forget with a limit of one transfer per week, and two wild cards over the course of 38 weeks, you need to buy for the long haul. With this in mind, it’s important to target players involved in their club’s set pieces. It’s pretty easy to see why. Players who take penalties, directs, in-directs, and corners score more. Shocking! Earth-shattering! I know, basic as plain oatmeal, but you’d be shocked by how many players miss the boat when it comes to this. So, to help everyone out I’ve provided a handy chart below to guide you in your buys and sells in the next few days. I’ll continue to update these charts on a weekly basis. One important side note: If a club’s important set piece taker goes down (i.e Mesut Ozil) I won’t remove them from the chart but simply push them back a spot in the pecking order. Capiche? Capiche!

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Ever upward…  That’s the state motto of New York.  (Although it’s done in Latin, and I’m only fluent in Sanskrit.)  The forward position is the sexiest, highest scoring, most Captained position in fantasy EPL.  That’s why they are so expensively sexy.  This isn’t where you lose it, but it sure doesn’t help when you don’t have the right combo in the for the fixtures that week.  Have no fear, Ralph and Smokey are here.  We break down every position for the week, and give you the dynamite insight of why we do what we do.  We use the theory of fantasyitivity… it factors in value, match-up, and a good ole educated guess.  It sure seems to work with the ladies, as they are all flocking to Razzball Soccer site thinking this was a dating site.  Seriously, we have eclipsed all the other fantasy sites combined already, and only been live a week.  So if you’re a fella, looking for a lass, let Razzball be your eHarmony of fantasy.  Oh, by the way, by girls, I mean big husky guys.  Still interested in staying around?  Good, read about our Week 9 best forward options in EPL…

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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!

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So, we continue on with this week’s rankings by looking at the guys who man the box.  No, it’s not the top XI UPS workers, or porn stars for that matter, but rather the top XI defenders.  Can you feel the excitement? I know you can.  Don’t make me get the Razzball T-shirt cannon (that may or may not malfunction at a moments notice).  Just in case, look at the bright side… you get a t-shirt and a nice welt.  So the defender rankings are basically like this: You own Leighton Baines, you own Branislav Ivanovic, and then you fill in where you think the value is.  If this isn’t your strategy, then I’m confused.  The defender’s prices and scoring capabilities are so clean-sheet dependent, minus those two guys, that it’s a hunt and peck system, like when you don’t use the home row keys.  Leighton Baines, week-in-and-week-out is the stud, and it’s easy, because he is involved on so many set pieces as the man over the ball.  That right there is all you need to know.  That, and it’s illegal in Utah to curse at a dead person. So my rankings are multi-faceted. I use form, price, weekly opponents, and a little thing I call a hunch to determine my top-11 playable options every week.  So keep on keeping on to find out more about the men who guard the box.

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