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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If you enjoyed yesterday’s salad and appetizer courses, then you will love today’s main course and dessert.  I realize you can’t get anywheres in the official game without having a nodded on choice at keeper and a stellar yet filled with differential based defense.  But the real fun in building your roster is comprising it with as many affordable stars through the middle of the pitch and up top.   So just like yesterday’s rankings I mix in price, match and some good ole common sense.  The form comes later because after all this is just week one of a long journey my friends.  Some great matches are on the table for a lot of star players, so here’s hoping you can squeeze as many of them in as possible.  So just in case you needed a guiding hand here is week 1 of the FPL season rankings for Middies and Strikers.  Cheers!

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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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Wednesday’s from now on are the day when we let nothing hide between friends.  It is fairly simple: I will show you my team for the next three Wednesday’s leading up to the start of the season.  I do expect that if you read this that, you do the exact same thing because two heads are better than one, and 10 is even better.  Get it?  Cool.  So this is draft number six on the year for me so far, the others were more fiddling out of boredom, but now that we are starting to see news out and about pertaining to certain teams formations, transfers and injury updates.  So enjoy this early look at Smokey’s team and critique away, because I prolly deserve to be slandered for my thoughts and team selection.  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.  Pretty cut and dry, and quite simply… basic.  It is more based on my feelings and gut approach for the week’S upcoming and changes from week-to-week.  I look at match-ups and form to formulate my craziness.  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 34 (plus a sleeper/under-owned fella that should be owned and isn’t).

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So now that we all have our eyes set on some transfer prizes and the midweek cup games have come to a head we can rank the players for Week 6.  I gave it one extra day for injuries and such to show themselves, but alas, rankings you still have.  I went over the transfer ideas in Tuesday of who to set your eyes on this week, it includes Kun because he is being brought back in at an incredible rate.  On the same measure, the Ibra love is falling off as he is becoming a casualty for the Aguero train.  It is the easiest move to make with the closest salary.  Sometimes a quick fix isn’t always the best solution but it will work for the short term.  So rankings wise as always it’s form. mixed with fixture, mixed with me drinking some of grandpa’s cough syrup.  So in theory it is a lot of sense and a whole bunch of non-sense.  I completely kidd, as I would never steer anyone astray as this game is meant to be enjoyable and fun.  Plus I think we all get participation trophies and will definitely go for ice cream regardless of result.  So sit back get comfy and enjoy the Week 6 all position rankings for the FPL. Cheers!

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I was half waiting for all midweek competitions to be completed, half completely wrapped up in my own life of jet setting.  The third half is currently here typing this weeks rankings for all y’all.   So with the midweek fixtures that I mentioned, teams like Man United, Leicester, Spurs, Southampton, Arsenal, Man City teams starting XI all come into question. The poor Hammers were already bounced, so sad. Add in the fact that we patiently wait for fitness info on some in game niggles and injuries.  So by taking all that in and now factoring it into this weeks FPL match-ups, we have a big ole conundrum of fantasy proportion.  Now I would normally just go with my gut and list the usual starting XI as they should appear, but that is laziness and I am way better than that.  So sit back, relax, find a comfy porcelain place that you do all your fantasy research and enjoy the Week 5 rankings for all positions.  BTW, this is your reminder that there is a Friday game so rosters lock at 1400 PM EST.

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It’s funny, I never go into a week thinking it is a complete watch-and-observe week, but this week feels like it with the fixtures on the docket.  We have players on the shelf who are questionable to play, making them hard to rank.  Then on the opposite end, we have players that have been hurt and playing for first with the first team and see how they fit.  Add in yet another level of ranking difficulty, we have new players on new teams via the transfer that could make their first experience.  Head explodes!  So the midfield and forward rankings are a conundrum of Week 3 proportions.  We can say that Yannick Bolasie is going to play, but will he really?  Same for Christian Benteke, Dimitri Payet and the list of others that are in one of the three categories I just mentioned.  So like I said, it is a week of observation as this is the last game week before international duties.  So with that all out there and on the table here’s the goal-scorers and facilitators for week three of the FPL.

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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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So after what appeared to be a week and forever of us waiting for the return of the game, it didn’t end up disappearing, it actually started again.  All fit with new stats, a new skin, and some new looks but no real rule changes.  Which is good, we all fear change.  I have to change on a daily basis to my excessive sweat glands that pump out FPL and baseball knowledge all day, everyday.  So here is what to expect out of the one man band here at Razzball FC this year.  We have a crisp three weeks up until the season starts, so I will have positional breakdowns, good rotations to target for the early season schedule, and basic FPL fodder that only I can deliver.  I will also be running a RCL similar FPL game on the official site. 93785-32556 is the code go and join up while I try and hit up the powers that be for prizes of a magnitude that would make others join.  If not, just join up anyways and be a competitive footie.  So as you roster and re-roster your team 200 ways to Sunday, stand at comfort that Smokey has your back and will be dropping posts usually on the daily up until the first games start on August 13th.  So for now, lets get started shall we?  Everyone loves a sleeper or a bargain, and I am no different.  I feel that finding a bargain now to squeeze in your roster saves the day later for when you can add a big ticket item.  So here are some of my favorite cheap items from some guys that were playing in the EPL last year that should outperform their value from day one.  Cheers!

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