If yesterday was Thanksgiving, then today is Black Friday with all the goodies in store for you. From a fantasy perspective obviously.  The Defenders and Keeper rankings are nice and are the biggest differential to be had in the game.  The midfielders and forwards are def the staple items.  You need to have a City player, you need to have an investment in a certain grouping of strikers. These are just great rules of thumb as it relates to FPL.  I don’t claim to be the shelter from a rain storm, but I do sell some of the best umbrellas.  Ya dig?  With the returns of some key players and the departure of some others from the international break period it is making the front 8 selection process a muddled up beast.  The biggest crunch that I am noticing right now is the move away from the power three forwards to more of a power two and then finding the funds to have coverage from the key players and the under-owned ones…cough…Alexis. So one week at a time my friends and one or maybe two transfers at a time as well.  Good luck this week and here are the rankings for the middies and strikers.  Cheers!

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Away: Bournemouth (1) – Home: Niasse (2)

Oumar Niasse doubled the Toffees goal total on the season with his 35 minutes of heroics, saving Everton from embarrissing defeat to Bournemouth. Niasse bagged his brace after coming in as a sub for the battered and bloodied Wayne Rooney, scoring his first goal with 13 minutes to go in the 2nd half. The game winner was the ultimate scrappy goal, as he corralled his own blocked header from 6 yards out and buried it home past Begovic. His efforts gave Everton their first two goals in the Premier League since August 21st, when their other top goal scorer on the season, Wayne Rooney, scored his 2nd on the season and remains on 2 in now 497 minutes.

While it would be something special for a magical 5.0m forward to emerge like a phoenix from the ruins that Lukaku left bare at Goodison Park, especially in a season currently defined by the plethora of marquee, expensive forward options, there is nothing here to make me truly believe we are witnessing the first roots of fantasy glory. Nobody knows, nay, not even Niasse, if he is suddenly going to supplant Wayne Rooney or Calvert-Lewin up top in the Toffee’s attack. What I do know, however, is that performances like his on Saturday are what make the Premier League worth watching. This is a player that Ronald Koeman (clearly not a football savant) had played a grand total of 0 matches prior to the weekend’s game. Rather than play a single minute during the first half of last season – playing time is slim pickings behind Lukaku – he was loaned last January to Hull City, where in 19 appearances and 1213 minutes under Marco Silva (definitely possibly a football savant), he scored 5 goals and made 1 assist, averaging just over 60 minutes a match. Koeman has never wanted to play him, but was forced to put him on for a clearly tired, ailing, aging and ineffective Rooney in a match that Everton did not really deserve to win.

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The Prem is here, and we can all now rejoice. Now that the season has kicked off, I will be doing my best to fill your Mondays with sweet, fond memories from the games from over the weekend. I also ask for some patience as I work through how to best provide both a summation and meaningful outlook on the matches.

I was hoping to write about all 20 teams for this post, but it started to become lengthy and I started to get sleepy. So, here are my notes over the weekend on Arsenal to Liverpool (alpha order because why not?)…I will hopefully have Man City to West Ham by tomorrow.

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The FPL value system has been skewed this year.  Defense is up a cool 15% of what prices were last year.  The forwards are a huge step off between the haves and the have nots.  Now on to the midfielders…  Where this year it seems the starting point for fantasy fertility is that £7.0 precipice.  It isn’t an awful place to find value though, when you see the names that are littered either at that mark or a million below.  Value is in the eye of the beholder… or that is what dollar stores have been preaching for years as their business model.  Is buying a dollar spatula better than buying an 11 dollar one that has an ergonomic handle and does back-hand springs while you flip flap jacks?  I mean in theory, a spatula that could do that would be more coveted then a fake fish on the wall that sings, amirite?  Where was I?  Oh yeah, midfielders on the bargain train to FPLville.  The medium point this year for value this year doesn’t start at £5.5 like last years it is now £7.0.  Argue all you want, but just look at the names that surround that value point, or minus a buck.  Or just stay right here and I will break it down like the real G that I am.  Cheers!

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Last week’s ranks and this week’s are completely different animals. Last week was basically the entire evolution of an FPL species, this week is just one sub-genus of that animal. It will be broken into 38 parts, this being the first. Biology humor is only funny to about 8-10 people in the entire universe that this post reaches. So if it wasn’t your cup of tea, good I am not a science guy by nature. This week the rankings will be lumped into one segment, on a normal week it will be segmented into 2 parts keepers and defence and midfielders and forwards. Quick week, last minute team building stuff to formulate your final drafts. Which in all honesty, is about 25 for me. You will notice a lot of names missing because some guys are suspended, injured, or just don’t have enough sway for me to take notice in the abbreviated rankings. So limiting them to what the playable minimums are is probably best. Short and simple: we’ll put it to bed and take on Week 2 in due form. So cheers for the read, and spread the word as Razzball FC is in your cranium on a daily basis.

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It is a proven fact that the third of anything is always the best.  Hence, why they added a third yodel to pack, and why the third rail is always talked about while the other two are neglected. 3-D is all the rage for just about every pictorial display… and now?  Midfielders.  Once again I am joined by the ambiguously-ranking duo of Kevin Devries and John Wallin.  Both titans in their fields, even if that field is a farmers market and they are the foremost zucchini experts.  Nonetheless, they are my boys and mad props for doing these rankings with me for the preseason.  Midfield is by far the hardest group to rank for me because one man’s opine about a player is sometimes vastly different than the others.  Parity makes the world go round, and at least this year it looks like we don’t have a set template team that we did for most of last year.  So on with the show, and let’s look at the fantasy stalwarts that are middies.  Cheers!

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This is it folks.  The whole magilla.  The end of the road and the close to a spectacular season of fantasy soccer here at Razzball.  I want to express my gratitude to all the readers, commentators and the powers that be at Razzball, a special shout to Jay, for giving me this opportunity to bring you quality advice from a fun approach in the Razzball tradition.  So here we have the finale to the rankings for the 2015/2016 FPL season.  I would say it’s now or never but that would be cliche and extremely too late. The best advice this week is don’t go crazy taking minuses, don’t make extreme gambles and go chalk with the rankings.  The high priced guys are high priced for a reason and this week the match-ups are in your favor and if you own them good.  Now go own more or as many as possible that can fit into your roster budget.  So here are the rankings for the final week of the season, I hope you all win your mini leagues or achieve the highest overall rank to date.  Cheers!

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The calm before the double week storm is never an easy decision making process.  There are so many factors to figure out.  Who plays whom?  Who is in good form?  Who is in a rotation?  All good questions, that, unless you are privy to the managerial decision process you are at the mercy of guessing unfortunately.  I, as a keen-witted and sharp as I may be, can only right so many times.  Hell, I try to shoot for 50%, and I fail at that in most cases.  Nonetheless I come every day, week in and week out to give you the ideas that many like me put out.  It may not be precise but it is at least a guide for you to give the last decision process, your own opinion, too.  So Week 36 has some really tasty matches for the top flight lads and then the rotation guys (Liverpool) rear there ugly heads.  All we can do is hope and pray that we guess right, or avoid the situation all together and look for differentials elsewheres.  So here’s Week 36 final rankings of the scorers and heartbreakers and shakers.  Cheers!

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Short week for info, but still, none the less, you get rankings.   With Week 34 doubles over and everyone basking in the hondo or above, you scored.  And yes, you should have scored a 100 or more.  If you didn’t, you either can’t read what I write from week in and week out or your team is dead and it totally reverts back to point number one.  This week’s transfer ideas are blah-squared, as you are most likely stuck with what you have or you have to make an emergency transfer or two to either use one of your chips or to just field a roster.  Most teams this week will be doing one of two things using their wildcard to fill out their team that they sold out weeks in advance to field a competitive double team, or they will be holding fast and pocketing their transfer for next weeks broader schedule.  Either way there is no wrong answer here, because you still have to field a competitive team regardless of how you get there.  So stay strong with your three gunners, three Liverpool (though there may be a rotation again) and try and field the best XI possible. So here is the Week 35 rankings, good luck and Cheers!

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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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