If this is your first time here, then welcome.  But for those of you that know the gist of this intro, skip down and add your comments.  Every week I run down the weekly match-ups of all the matches on the slate and rank them based on price, ownership, and matches.  I then coagulate those in a high powered juice-maker of FPL proportions and come up with rankings for the week.  Sounds pretty cut and dry, and with this being Week 1, it becomes harder to rank because we only know what we know. And don’t know what we know, besides knowing what we don’t know.  There is no pattern, and it is all speculation.  So this separates the guessers from the experts in some form.  So feel free to critique, give me guff, or just stop on in to pat me on the back.  The season is here, and here starts the first rankings of Week 1.  Cheers!

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Wednesdays 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 and that, you’ll 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 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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Building a defense is the keystone to a good fantasy team.  The only problem is getting the right ones from the right teams at the right time.  Sound easy enough… wrong!  With so many names and rotation risks for so many teams, how do we know who will do what and when?  We don’t, but it never hurts to start with a team that has the makings of a top-3 defensive unit for the upcoming year.  I introduce you to Victor Lindelof.  the new signee for the Red Devils that looks like a key piece for a Mourinho defense that can be the makings of a solid United squad.  His only fall back is that he doesn’t have the year after year pedigree that we can say makes us sleep better at night.  With only one season to his credit with over 1000 minutes, the neophyte to the Premier may be viewed as a wait and see proposition. Though we will have to see how he is utilized in the defensive scheme of things.  As of now, he looks to have a starting spot based on what United has in the cupboard.  So should Victor be part of your initial squad?

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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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The long drawn out week is going to bring out the dreaded “R” word.  That word is: rotation… maybe.  With two teams playing three games in a weeks time and some playing two in 4 or 5, fitness is going to be tested this week as we steam towards the end of the Premier league season.  Trust me, I don’t want the rotation stuff to even be a remote possibility, but in some sense of reality, it is going to happen. With nagging injuries, formation switches, and the bottom teams fighting for relegation, it just seems way to obvious of a stitch that some strange names may rear their faces and ruin the fantasy party.  Writing the lede for the rankings is the hardest post, because it is all cut and dry stuff… look up a guy see where he is ranked.  So if you made it this far into the opening, good on ya.  If you skipped it, don’t really matter and don’t let me waste anymore of your time.  So without further adieu, here are the Week 35 FPL rankings.  Good luck on the DGW setup and with this week’s transfers.  Cheers!

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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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The conclusion of the third match-week in less than 10 days is always fun for me because it actually allows me to do nothing with my life but rank, write, and then write some more. I do it all for the love people. So the one thing that jumped out to me for this week is that there might be a bit of rotation coming up for a few teams. Most notably Chelsea, and at least for this week, Leicester. Chelsea is basically 2-3 wins away from clinching the league title outright and may just start tinkering with their roster just enough to make it fantasy hell for everyone. So don’t be all surprised when it happens, Uncle Smokey told ya so. The second team is Leicester, who have a more important game in the Champions League coming midweek. Now they seem to be sorta safe from relegation and that tournament is way more important to them right now. Once again, I hope they don’t take Vardy or any useful pieces away, but anything can happen in FPL. Enjoy the Week 32 rankings and comments are always solicited. 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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International duty, or doodie if you have a three-year-old’s sense of humor like me, is going to make some of the rankings this week a bit fun.  Yeah, I will use fun because it’s really not going to be because speculating on stuff only makes me look bad and invites you to point the finger of your choosing at me. The news on Antonio Valencia and other South American based players returning on time for Saturday? Sunday duty is sketchy to say the least.  So if you own or have any inklings of going that route with your roster, I would strongly encourage you to look elsewheres.  So with that, we get into the clean sheet crapshoot purveyors, the defenders of both the box and goal line and like any game played it is tied to both luck and skill… unfortunately.  It is still a little early to completely rely on form of fixture, and I would still use my gut on the form thing.  If it look’s like a duck and doesn’t score like a duck, then it probably is a duck.  So keep that in mind as there are some interesting clean sheet options this week with Arsenal, Chelsea, and West Ham looking like stronger clean options, but others still exist like Burnley.  So good luck this week, Cheers!

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Just when things start to get rolling and we are just learning to tie our FPL shoelaces, the international break comes along.  Brace yourselves, I am going to use that same joke in three more weeks, because there’s another one coming.  I always say things come better as twins, think about that for a minute and answer it yourself to prove me right.  The big debate I have been reading on the webs is: when is it the perfect time to use the first wildcard?  Here’s the best advice I or anyone can give you…  It is your team, do with it whatever you want, there are no wrong answers when the thing is yours.  So with the jokes and the wildcard thing implanted in your head, let’s all keep our fingers crossed for a clean bill of health for all our transfer targets.  Because nothing ruins your raisin bran cereal more then reading that Diego Costa pulled an ear lobe and won’t be around for ya.  So we start the Week 4 barrage with the usual transfer ideas and dreams I have concocted.  Cheers!

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