It was the best of times, it was the worst of times… from an FPL perspective.  You either own the goods that is Man City, are partially involved, or are completely ignoring the problem, like a leak in the ceiling.  Well, if you aren’t fully invested into the City involvement in midfield and forward,s then I don’t know how you play this game.  Because you are playing Tiddlywinks and we are playing Mah-Jong.  Yeah I said it, Mah-Jong.  While searching my vast array of board games, I settled on Mah-Jong.  I also lost a bet and had to include the term Mah-Jong five times in this post.  C’est la vie.  There are worst terms though.  I basically threw five obtusely unrelated names of games or people into a hat and drew the one that I have said previously. So deal with it.  If you came for fantasy footie ideas and shakes patience, it is coming.  The City attack is just lethal.  The only problem is there is too many players to choose from.  With Raheem, Jesus, Leroy, Silva, KDB and the return of Aguero imminent, the choice is almost like Sophie’s choice but with six kids instead of just two.  The best part of the whole thing is that there doesn’t seem to be a bad combo of the six-headed monster, except if you want to own both Jesus or Sergio.  That just don’t make sense, it’s like to left shoes.  So while you look at your team, the time to punt down on defense is now.  Save that money for the goal scorers and forward players especially from the City-zens.  In case you wanted more ideas on transfers and FPL goodness click the button for more stuff, Mah-Jong.  Got that last one in there.  Cheers!

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Hey campers, I’ve decided to change the format this week because I’m not sure how informative any of my past takes have truly been. While the tables below are literally just the top scoring players by position per last round, I feel like giving it a try.  The MF list this week was pretty long, so I’ve left out players that didn’t score above 3 points (90 min + 1 CS for those of you scoring at home). It may not be waxing prose, but who scored the points is as relevant as it gets to our lovely pocket of the football universe, since the currency we deal in is indeed FPL points and not effort points or gold stars.

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If yesterday was Thanksgiving, then today is Black Friday with all the goodies in store for you. From a fantasy perspective obviously.  The Defenders and Keeper rankings are nice and are the biggest differential to be had in the game.  The midfielders and forwards are def the staple items.  You need to have a City player, you need to have an investment in a certain grouping of strikers. These are just great rules of thumb as it relates to FPL.  I don’t claim to be the shelter from a rain storm, but I do sell some of the best umbrellas.  Ya dig?  With the returns of some key players and the departure of some others from the international break period it is making the front 8 selection process a muddled up beast.  The biggest crunch that I am noticing right now is the move away from the power three forwards to more of a power two and then finding the funds to have coverage from the key players and the under-owned ones…cough…Alexis. So one week at a time my friends and one or maybe two transfers at a time as well.  Good luck this week and here are the rankings for the middies and strikers.  Cheers!

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Away: Manchester City (1) – Home: Chelsea (0)

The marquee match played at Stamford Bridge on Saturday felt like an away game for Chelsea, as Man City came out relentless from the start pressuring up top and pushing Chelsea back. Chelsea never looked comfortable playing out of the back, and Man City dominated early and often. Alvaro Morata picked up a hamstring injury in the 34th minute, and was replaced by Willian who saw little opportunity to attack alongside Eden Hazard.

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Rankings are fun to do in general.  Add in the flavor of this week’s fixtures and you have yourself some fantasy gumbo.  I get that the City/Chelsea fixture is the premium this week but don’t let that steer you clear of playing top options.  Yes, they will steal value from each other, but that is more from the defensive side of the ball.  It is full bore on the offensive end and that is where we invest our fantasy goodies.  we want goals and i think this slate will have plenty.  The Leicester/Bournemouth match will be fun to watch as both teams are taking on a mini Liverpool defensive minded approach and will have the way with each other.  So if you are waiting to make your transfers now that the UCL is over by all means use my rankings as a guide to FPL futility.  Enjoy the week and good luck.  Cheers!

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Away: Bournemouth (1) – Home: Niasse (2)

Oumar Niasse doubled the Toffees goal total on the season with his 35 minutes of heroics, saving Everton from embarrissing defeat to Bournemouth. Niasse bagged his brace after coming in as a sub for the battered and bloodied Wayne Rooney, scoring his first goal with 13 minutes to go in the 2nd half. The game winner was the ultimate scrappy goal, as he corralled his own blocked header from 6 yards out and buried it home past Begovic. His efforts gave Everton their first two goals in the Premier League since August 21st, when their other top goal scorer on the season, Wayne Rooney, scored his 2nd on the season and remains on 2 in now 497 minutes.

While it would be something special for a magical 5.0m forward to emerge like a phoenix from the ruins that Lukaku left bare at Goodison Park, especially in a season currently defined by the plethora of marquee, expensive forward options, there is nothing here to make me truly believe we are witnessing the first roots of fantasy glory. Nobody knows, nay, not even Niasse, if he is suddenly going to supplant Wayne Rooney or Calvert-Lewin up top in the Toffee’s attack. What I do know, however, is that performances like his on Saturday are what make the Premier League worth watching. This is a player that Ronald Koeman (clearly not a football savant) had played a grand total of 0 matches prior to the weekend’s game. Rather than play a single minute during the first half of last season – playing time is slim pickings behind Lukaku – he was loaned last January to Hull City, where in 19 appearances and 1213 minutes under Marco Silva (definitely possibly a football savant), he scored 5 goals and made 1 assist, averaging just over 60 minutes a match. Koeman has never wanted to play him, but was forced to put him on for a clearly tired, ailing, aging and ineffective Rooney in a match that Everton did not really deserve to win.

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Rankings make the right turns seem to make sense. That is why we keep doing them every single week.  The information super-highway of FPL goodness.  Week 6 is coming to you on the heels of the Carabao Cup games and once again we are left with the questions of rotations that surround our teams.  With the deadline before we actually know it becomes a trust game.  Do we trust Pep?  Do we trust Jose?  Hell to the no.  The FPL game is using your best guess against the 5 million other best guessers.  Some are just better guessers than others at the right time.  So with other hub-bub here are the FPl rankings for all positions for Week 6.  Good luck and Cheers!Rankings make the right turns seem to make sense. That is why we keep doing them every single week.  The information super-highway of FPL goodness.  Week 6 is coming to you on the heels of the Carabao Cup games and once again we are left with the questions of rotations that surround our teams.  With the deadline before we actually know it becomes a trust game.  Do we trust Pep?  Do we trust Jose?  Hell to the no.  The FPL game is using your best guess against the 5 million other best guessers.  Some are just better guessers than others at the right time.  So with other hub-bub here are the FPl rankings for all positions for Week 6.  Good luck and Cheers!

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Well the “week that was” is a tale of “if and don’t”.  You either invested in, bought in from the beginning of the year and held steady, or your team is dead and you just randomly have Sergio Aguero still on your team.  Better question for those dead teams, why are you hear reading my inspirational words of motivational FPL speaking?  But I digress.  This past week saw the usual Sergio jump up and make a mockery of the Watford defense.  Milk, eggs, bread… Sergio freaking Aguero.  FPL staples to live by.  So if you were on the train earlier and had more trust than the 89% of owners who didn’t own him last week…  He is now close to 20% with over 400,000 transfers in.  Crazy it’s only Tuesday, technically it’s Monday because I have a life to lead, and it takes time for magic to flow out of my fingers.  It’s not really magic, it is more like dried skin, but whatevs.  Transfer Tuesday is about motivation and what jumps out to me for the upcoming week.  So that is what you are going to get.  Transfers, transfers… okay one more transfer.  Quota met.  Cheers!

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Away: Man City (6) – Home: Watford (0)

Man City is flying through the early portion of the prem – through 5 games, 16 goals scored and only 2 against (1 by Everton and 1 by Bournemouth). Aguero dominated the attack with a hat trick, Jesus netted a goal, Otamendi burried a header and Sterling scored on a late penalty. So many points to miss out on when you don’t have any of these players, which begs the question, why don’t we have any of these players? Clearly it’s time to reevaluate who you like the most between Jesus and Aguero, allocate funds and bring one of them – my advice would be to trust your gut and don’t ever look back, as they will both return points and hopping back and forth will make you lose out on consistent returns, which they will provide throughout the season as long as that attacking midfield and defense remain healthy.

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Now that the Champions League is finished for the week we can jump back on the FPL wagon and take a look at the match-ups that are more pressing in the official game.   Unfortunately rotations are going to be a major factor.  That and the injury to Paul Pogba.  His ownership is too much to look beyond.  My advice for him is this.  If you have owned him from week one then you can bench for the 2 weeks he most likely misses and not lose anything to your accrued team value.  If you only just bought him in the past 2 weeks then you can transfer out and look for some kind of reprieve for fantasy points.  But back to the rotation risks.  All of Chelsea, Spurs, Liverpool, Man City, Man United, Arsenal and Everton are all at risk and the rankings will shy away from a few players that either played full 90’s or that didn’t see the pitch as much.  So be heady and keep your ear to the gossip for who will sit and who will play before making a atransfer this week in a trivial yet pivotal game week 5.  Enjoy the rankings and good luck.  Cheers!

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