Queue the John Cena entrance music.  But in all seriousness, in terms of the FPL, the part that doesn’t have to deal with hustle, loyalty and respect, the Champions league is here and that spells doom for the five teams in it.  On a side note, it also affects the two other teams in the Europa tournament as well, but they don’t count because who cares about Arsenal or Everton.  Only slightly kidding.  So with this the first week where mid-week games affect the weekend fixtures what to do.  Panic!  Run to the window scream and say screw you rotation we don’t wanna think about you or your ugly sister.  Transfer Tuesday is happening today but that doesn’t mean squat to you, because you should wait.  Even at the expense of losing a few tenths of a cent.  The rotations and line-ups for the seven teams that are affected send ripples through your team that can not be fixed, except at the expense of a -4.  No one likes them things unnecessarily.  So be heady, be patient and resist the temptations of transferring until we get a square idea of who and what will be included for the Week 5 fixtures of the FPL.  Cheers!

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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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With time short in both this week and the season, we get right to the meat and potatoes.  Rankings will be fast and furious, as will the fantasy advice.  Two weeks remain in the season and with the double game week this week, it is almost the Mt. Everest of the FPL season.  So my transfer advice will be included in the intro to the rankings this week.  Find a differential if they possibly exist, watch out for possible rotations, and don not bring in anyone with a single game week.  I mean that all sounds simple and well and good from a fan of my writings so heed my advice this week.  Stick to your guns with player favorability, and do not be afraid to take a minus to bring in a DGW player at the expense of a -4.  The rationale behind that is that if a player does nothing but play minute you break even.  So anything they may do, or are expected to do that adds to their point total is money in your bank.  Not really but you get the idea.  So on to the ranks as the games start Friday, and they don’t stop until next Thursday.  Should be fun if you are into the whole soccer/football thing.  Good luck this week.  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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This week’s rankings are condensed like soup.  Add the double week, and you have yourself a meal.  There are a ton of one game options that could make sense to try and squeeze out some value.  And by ton, I mean maybe a handful.  Doubling up this week is all the fad, its like the regular Oreo good, but with double the filling.  So twice the sugar, adrenaline, and hype of regular game weeks.  Whether you choose to maximize your roster via the WC or one of the chips at your disposal, you need to have a minimum of 8 DGW guys playing this week in order to keep up with the Jones’s.  United, Arsenal, and Liverpool look like the best three options to max out your roster to three from each squad.  Whether or not all players play both fixtures, well… I am not the Amazin’ Kreskin and not the best guesser on the planet, second best maybe. So transfer wisely, use good judgement and if you need to take a minus to get points back in your chase now is not the time to be all scared of the repercussions.  You will make it up just on minimal returns of a guy playing two games.  So the minus is not a deterrent for success this week and Doubles rule all!  Cheers!

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The build-up is real.  The scoring and the reality isn’t.  Sorry if that shattered dozens of lives from nerd-land.  This is fantasy sports, but a reality when you win. You win by accumulating points, and dominating from week to week.  The upcoming weeks are the chase down in your mini leagues, so get off your a** and do something about that deficit and make some changes.  The double weeks will prove volumes for your point total.  Some are selling out and going full on WC and bench boost for it. Stratagize your roster, and you can score some points in the lead up to week 33,34 and 37.  Okay, Knute Rockne speech over or penthouse forum your choice. For now, we still have a game to play this week and those players still mean a hill of beans.  The middies and forwards aren’t where it’s won or lost but it’s where the differentials can be made up with some unsung heroes of the fantasy kingdom.  Rankings are here for the front seven or eight of your FPL Week 32 teams.  Enjoy and cheers!

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I am getting antsy with anticipation.  It’s like the countdown to fantasy boxing day from a DGW speak.  Since we last gossiped, Everton now has back-to-back doubles.  Ginger and Bobby broke-up and I got a pedicure foot treatment with the little fish that eat the dry skin from my feet.  Do not knock it until you try it.  I was good with it until I brought my fishing pole and went in search of dinner.  So with the Everton/Palace double-in game during Week 33, it kinda puts a rush job on the prep work for the Week 34 and 37 doubles.  Personally, I think the Toffees are getting more respect with the double/double because they actually have rosterable fantasy options where as the Eagles are looking nuzzled in their nest and Pardew needs a battle cry to awaken them.  So if you are building for Week 34, don’t change too much in the way of Week 33’s games because we are all bringing in Lukaku anyways.  You are not clever, you are a lemming.  Here are some non-lemming options to consider for this week, with an eye on next week and the week there after.  Be patient transfer warriors, wait ’til the International matches are over before making a hasty move. Cheers!

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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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Listen, I get the whole… “ooooh my neighbors just got a new kitten phenomenon” that’s going on in the city of Manchester.  I guarantee by this time tomorrow he is old news and they are onto the sanitation strike, or the problem with the drinking water.  But in all seriousness, Marcus Rashford has burst on the scene so well that I was looking for the saloon style doors to swing open and smack people in the fantasy roster.  The fact that there is a huge “daddy wants” factor with an affordable price tag of the opening price for strikers of £4.5, but please… is now the time to risk it all on a teenager?  If this was Vegas and you were at the Peppermint Rhino and an 18 year old caught your eye, would you risk the wife, kids, house on it?  Okay, bad example.  You get the gist of what I am trying to parlay it here though I hope. He is the bee’s pajamas right now, and everyone is sucking at the fantasy teet of what he could do and the differential that he could offer.  My best piece of expert fantasy advice is if the top-500 teams start gambling like this, they will not be in the top-500 for very long.  Okay, diatribe over.  We all admire the new shiny goal scoring penny that us staring us in the face, but you get to the finish line with proven commodities. So with all the rash ideas and such tumbling around, why not stick around for some other transfer ideas for Week 28 of the FPL?  Remember to keep building up that roster for the major blank in Week 30.  Cheers!

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Strike first, strike hard, no mercy for an abbreviated week.  If I had a hammer to pound out the urgency, I implore you to not use your wildcard this week, oh wait… I do have a hammer.  You remember that scene from Casino where the guys got caught cheating and got the ball-peen treatment?  Well, picture that, but with a more vital part of your anatomy.  All you need this week is to have a full team and one sub.  Don’t go crazy building a nest egg, or a condominium of talent for the one week, then in three weeks, having to do it all again.  You don’t have enough transfers or time to ship everyone out.  I just looked.  So for now, concentrate on having 12 players… playing.  It is totally like that song from Christmas, but with footie gifts.  So the week of 27 gives a very abbreviated slew of fantasy options.  I wish I had better truth to it, but a lot of great, majority owned options are off the board and blanking. So for those of you in the perusing mood and have the curiosity of seeing who ranks where, here are the Midfielders and Forward rankings for Week 27 of the FPL.  Cheers!

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