The DGW makes rankings seem like a person who has a stutter.  Every third guy is from the same team, and are basically only enticing because of the extra fixture.  This week, that is not the case.  The fixtures are bordering on blah and the options to gain fantasy aptitude are limited.  Yea the Palace players seem interesting and then you realize their opponents.  Then you move onto United and realize that, who do you really trust there?  Then you have Middlesbrough who’s favorite soccer stylings seems to be stuck in neutral.  Not very appealing my friends, like I said.  The best case scenario for the week is to take a minimum hit transfer wise and bring in the usual DGW faces that you hear about all over the inter-webs, and of course use some of that good ole common sense. So good luck with transfer ideas and enjoy some DGW rankings for week 34 of the FPL.  Cheers!

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Whether you’re on the other side of the earth or here at the top of Mount Vesuvius, it’s the time of the week that you’ve all been waiting for. Its the men who bulge the bag and make the  stadiums get loud. They’re the lads you use your transfers on, and they can make you look good or really bad. It’s the Forwards and Midfielder rankings for Week 12.

Well we’re on the cusp of another two weeks of misery as we’re relegated to watching International footie. Some may contend that they love to watch the Euro qualifiers etc, which is fine, but give me some club games any day of the week. Taking a look at matchday 12 there’s a whole lot of lopsided affairs with only the West Ham vs Everton contest and the North London derby generating any real buzz. Pffft we don’t care about quality of games though, we care about our boys racking up the points, boosting our team scores and gaining value. If lopsided affairs benefit me then I’m rooting for lopsided affairs. From a strategy standpoint the best part is the bevy of captainable options at your disposal.

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Boy I didn’t see that coming…. who knew that Georginio Wijnaldum was going to be the perfect replacement for Sergio Aguero in your FPL squads. His 4 goal outburst against Norwich on Sunday tied Kun’s gameweek 8 for the highest single game total of the season, and by far the most surprising of performances to date. So the question on all the cool kids minds is “Ahhhhh Ralph, do I pick him up?”. And in the tradition of any good fence sitter I’ll say, it depends. The next five fixtures look pretty, pretty, preeeettty good for the Magpie ace, and his price stands at a discounted £6.8 at the moment. So yeah he’s worth an add, maybe to replace a Nathan Redmond at the end of your bench. But can we really consider any Newcastle player to be a dependable option week in and week out? There in lies the problem, though Wijnaldum is an established player with a decent goal scoring record during his time in Holland. Do you trust him? Will he be a week in and week out performer? Or is he a player to consider when he has a good run of fixtures? Time will tell, but for the next few weeks he’s worth a flier. Here’s what else I saw in matchweek 9.

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This is how Sunday went; I woke up watched a really boring Spurs – Sunderland match, went for a run, took a shower, turned on Leicester City – Villa. The Lions surprise the crap out of me, go up 2-0, and I immediately start writing about how Leicester has peaked and that they’ve been figured out. The Foxes then proceed to score three goals in the final 18 minutes and win the game on a beautiful ball from Riyad Mahrez, headed by Nathan Dyer. The six minutes of added time that follow can only be best described as the Riyad Mahrez show. Every time this guy has the ball under his control Leicester could score. I wouldn’t even  hesitate to say he’s better than Eden Hazard right now. Not just in fantasy but real life too. So another week will come and pass and another Mahrez price increase will occur. It’s just the natural order of things, the sun rises in the east, sets in the west, and Riyad Mahrez and Leicester rack up fantasy point and price increases. If you don’t own Mahrez just get him. He’s still cheap and the return is too great. Think Harry Kane November of last year. Here’s what else went down on the FPL scene.

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I know you were all sitting on the end of your seat waiting, pining for the scores and facilitators to come out.  Well you ask we provide.  That’s what we do here at Razzball we are givers.  We are the Unicef of fantasy knowledge that we give away for free to all the peeps.  So the Forwards and Midfielder rankings were much tougher to rank for Ralph and myself.  The diversity of the midfielder rankings is what makes it by far the most important position in fantasy.  The price between top and bottom and the talent that fills in the gooey core is vital to contstructing a championship caliber team.  From a personal not when constructing a midfielder group I like to put guys into 4 categories and make sure I have at least one guy from each group.  I do these usually by price, with a side of my own mental capacity and some luck.  So here’s the Middies and glory hound forward rankings for the 2015/16 season.

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Welcome back my loyal dozen readers to Razzball’s coverage of the Barclay’s Premier League. I hope you’ve enjoyed your time off as much as I have. I’ve spent the better part of two months living in the clubs of Ibiza partying with your favorite footballers and drinking the finest champagne. And by partying in Ibiza with your favorite footballers and drinking the finest champagne, I really mean drinking kool aid in the backyard with my kids. Though my son has better touch around the net than Raheem Sterling but no matter. Truth is Sir Smokey Prince of Hoboken and I have been monitoring the news from the Fantasy Footballing world. Waiting for the right time to strike with a load of good content to help you navigate the initial selection of your FPL squad. Today I’m going to just go over some of my thoughts on the transfers, pricing, and general happenings of the past few months. Lots to talk about so enough with the introduction lets get into it.

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Is anyone else even a little disappointed that Daniel Sturridge is temporarily “healthy”? No not even a little? I say temporarily, because we all know a blade of grass might brush across his hamstring on Monday night, and send him to the physio table for an extended period. My hope for an extended Sturridge injury has nothing to do with my United fandom, or even a healthy dislike of Sturridge. It’s because there’s nothing better for Sterling and Coutinho’s value then a Sturridge on the sidelines. When either of them slips into the top position in the false nine formation employed so many times by Brendan Rodgers in Sturridge’s absence, the results have been good. In the weeks where Sturridge has played 45 minutes or less the pair have combined for 8 goals and 13 assists. Each has provided top value as a second or third midfield option in these weeks. Unfortunately Sturridge returned last week, dashing any and all hopes of a 7 week stretch to end the season without the Electric Worm in the lineup. Oh well, doesn’t mean he won’t get hurt 10 minutes in. Does England have any training sessions scheduled between now and Monday? Those are always good for a soft tissue injury for old Danny. Midfield rankings Week 32 ahead.

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This is by far my second funnest post of the week.  It’s all about spoken word and speculation.  Sorta like listening to guys spit daily fantasy advice, and you telling yourself that guy sounds legit.  I bet he totally doesn’t have a special seat on his mom’s old couch in the basement.  The point I am saying is you can’t trust everyone, hell I am untrustworthy, I always leave the toilet seat up and never, ever prevent forest fires.  I am just Smokey.  Plain and simple.  You can listen to dudes we affectionately call the Cumulus Nimbus or the Kool Aid guy. But that will only get you in a pickle.  No one want’s that.  So this week is the wake after the double but before the tsunami.  Next week is the abyss we call roster damnation with 4 clubs on hiatus and filling a roster without getting that dreaded minus 4 points starts this week.  Whether you like to hear that or not it’s the truth.  The rest of the season if you wanna really play starts this week, and here’s your first prep of week 32.  It’s Transfer Tuesday, go tell your friends.

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It’s that time again my friends the first, well honestly it’s the early middle and late transfer ideas for the week.  It is my one shot to sway you on a guy.  This week the swaying is kinda tricky as 4 clubs don’t play this week, but two of them play twice in Week 28.  Basically making them the first girl in your grade to “blossom” and get everyone’s attention on that first day back from school.  It has happened to all of us.  Lot’s of decisons this week, lots and lots.  Do you transfer out to only transfer in or do you maintain for a week and hope you don’t get your doors blown off completely.  These questions are easily answered, if you are losing more than £.4m of value on a player you stand pat and fill in where you can, except if they are Chelsea players than dump away.  Use that money to but something nice and shiny.  Speaking of shiny here’s some gems for this week in the Fantasy Premier League transfer idea department.

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Finally the second International break has come to an end. With fixtures on the docket for this coming weekend. We’re back to our regularly scheduled broadcast. Don’t get me wrong it was a lot of fun doing Overrated, Underrated, and other posts over the last week, but it’s nice to have some games to talk about. Well sort of……..before we return to all that, we have something a bit in the middle of both. Today we’re taking a look at the EPL players of note over the Euro Qualifiers this past weekend. Who knows maybe these guys are building some momentum for the next couple of gameweeks. Always good to take note of good form in football. Especially when we have our leagues kicking off in just a few weeks. Yeah that’s right sign up for our RCL’s. Do it now!

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