So we attack the long first break of the year with some Week 4 goodies. As we all know, the basis of any good team is a good defense.  Without it, the goal would just be pummeled with shots and no goalie to stop them, making the score infinite.  That for the sake of all that is holy doesn’t actually happen, so much like reality, fantasy has to have keepers and defense.  they round out every nutritious fantasy breakfast, and if played right can be more prosperous than some striker combinations.  For the sake of this week’s match-ups though, the teams with some normal fantasy usefulness are turned into just fodder.  I am staring glaringly obviously at the City/Liverpool match which kicks of this week’s action bright an early on Saturday morning.  So to start the week yesterday was Transfer ideas and targets and now come the cavalcade of rankings for your viewing pleasure.  Cheers!

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Titles are the window to the articles soul.  So unless you are incapable of seeing an actual soul it is fairly cut and dry here.  Every week I look at the match-up, form and ownership of players, mix that with some common sense and a sprinkle of my own general “expertedness” and formulate a ranking system for you to use at home to help you build your FPL team from a week-to-week basis.  Sounds pretty simple, I mean the hardest thing you have to do is argue with them and actually read it.  So without further hullabaloo, here are the Week 3 rankings for the FPL, keepers and defense!

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Abbreviated schedules leads to a short week, which leads to less time for all my nine children.  No worries though, as I don’t actually think fish qualify as children, just don’t tell the IRS.  This week has all the teams in action and none to soon.  Last week was a rough scramble with just four teams on the blank.  This week, transfer-wise, is all about setting yourself up for Week 30 and the future of the double game weeks.  First things first though, there are games to be played today and the rankings are here for you to do some last minute ins and outs and buys and sells.  Short weeks are fun, it just pains my liver more because it goes from early morning beers on Saturday and Sunday to midday beers on Tuesday and Wednesday.  That is why the best way to describe Fantasy Footie is tasty, served in a glass and multiple times during the day.  So go get a brew, a comfy chair or porcelain throne and enjoy the rankings for Week 28 of the FPL.  Cheers!

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I very rarely take the whole opening montage to discuss one player, especially a goalkeeper.  But is what Fraser Forster doing unparalleled (with what the Southampton team was doing before his return or what).  Never in my days of remembering stuff… which is usually pretty short.  Hell, my name is Smokey after all, but seriously.  Five games and five cleans for a team that couldn’t keep themselves clean in a bubble designed to inhibit disease and other toxins from being around a body.  Think E.T., but not scary and really, really, ashy.  Larry-quality ash. Look at the Saints record pre-Fraser.  They had five cleans all year and one in the ten before he re-entered the fray.  To quote a great song… “that sh*t cray”. So, as you can expect, the rankings are going to reflect Fraser’s huge pimp-hand into the keeper game, and how everyone else is left to bow down to the Saints as a defensive force for the foreseeable future.  So without all the angst and hullabaloo here are the FPL rankings for Week 26…

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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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Players that can come into a squad, fill an immediate starting spot on that club which previously was filled by a useful commodity of fantasy goodness is an awesome thing.  It is good for you, me, the mailman and possibly any arthropod on the planet that participates in Fantasy Premier League.  Last year the Arsenal keeper, The Southampton defenders, the West Ham attacking middie all were fantasy assets.  How much you ask?  Arsenal keeper’s scored 123 points combined last year good enough for 6th and tied with all world David de Gea.  The Saints collectively had the third most clean sheets in the Premier. All that Stewart Downing did was be a top 15 scoring midfielder.  So if you are picking up what I am slamming down take a look at some of the guys straight off the transfer front that are jumping right into the foray of fantasy fortitude.

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