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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The game has been open for two weeks now.  So it is a good exercise to take a look at the growing number of FPL players are doing with their funds.  Because the 20-plus drafts that they have done during that time aren’t enough, we need hard numbers.  Facts in hand.  Because the FPL universe, especially in the preseason, is a giant lemming fest of FPL experts spitting the same info… just repackaged into something new.  The best advice you get isn’t from me, which it usually is, but from building your own team and using common sense.  The ownership of guys has never dictated anything to me.  Form (which we don’t have right now) and schedule (which we most certainly do have are the best tools in your tool belt).  Watch your preseason games.  Get a feel for the starting XI that are developing in interesting circumstances for position battles. With two more weeks until the season starts we still have more incoming transfers in the summer window, injuries, and manager dissatisfaction of their players to come.  So yes, look at the ownership of players and use that to your advantage to not sway your decision, but to help make it yourself.  Here’s a look at the FPL most owned 15 players that are currently swaying the market.  Cheers!

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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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I hate the build-up and then let down of the one week play, and then the following week off for International duty. The only thing the extra time creates is itchy trigger fingers, injuries and usually more questions left unanswered then answered. So with Week 29 upon us now, the advice of this advocate is to stay firm, bring in the minimum transfers and go to battle with what you have. The week after is when we attack the WC consideration. We will have a better idea of who plays where and when. So rest on your laurels good friends, and just enjoy this week’s rankings for FPL Week 29. Cheers!

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With Blanks draw contempt. A brilliant man once said that, and that man was Wayne Shaw’s brother Bernard Shaw. Smart guy, wandering transfer fingers though. So with week 26 here, and as I have so elaborately explained in the transfer post, don’t be a lemming! Unless being a lemming in the transfer market is to defend your throne. If you are chasing points in your money leagues or mini-leagues, think differently. You kinda have to with the blank weeks and soon-to-be double game weeks. Going with the flow wasn’t cool for the Fonz, so it shouldn’t be cool with you. You think Pinky Tuscadero would have paid him any attention if he was boring? Hell nah. Where was I, oh that’s right, week 26 rankings. So this week is broken down into basically defense and attack with midfielders and forwards coming your way manana, so stay tuned. But stay in the here and now and concentrate on the keepers and defense. Rostering too many blank players leaves you with a blank expression when Monday rolls around and you are sitting 10 points below the average score. So sit back, relax and enjoy week 26 because the roller coaster that is the FPL is now in full effect. Cheers!

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Another quick turn around and a slew of news, injuries, and new players on new teams.  It is a great day to be alive when the rankings come out for the Premier League set for game week 24.  Why, you may ask?  Because I slave over a hot stove, day in and day out to stay on top of things so you don’t.  And yes, if you wanna cheat and skip ahead by all means, Sergio Aguero is my top ranked forward after missing last game week with a niggle.  Lot’s of games to love this week with Liverpool, Spurs and believe or not I like the fantasy output for Palace this week.  Unfortunately, Chelsea face off against Arsenal and it takes some fantasy luster off the game, shucks.  Oh well, on to Week 24 rankings.  Cheers!

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This month is like a whirlwind covered in toasted almonds. Three match weeks in 8 days, and it only gets worse here after for the Smoke Dawg. With matches upcoming for Boxing Day and thereafter, there won’t be a day off starting that game week until January 4th. That;s right that is like 9 days of consecutive football. So let’s not get ahead of ourselves and concentrate on 17 and let 18-20 figure it out. As always, the rankings are based on the metric of form, fixture, and sense. So for you following at home, that would be FFS. And when something goes wrong, that is what we can blame and then shout what FFS actually means at someone close to you. Not at me, though I probably deserve it. Here are some rankings for FPL Week 17. Cheers!

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Typing the lede into any story is always the hardest. I mean, I wanna sound interesting but not cliche. Cheeky but not corny, and just witty enough to gain your trust. Listen, if I haven’t gained, earned, or warranted your trust after basically ten years in this game, then someone needs to tell me. I mean seriously, an intervention of fantasy proportions is definitely way overdue. So with all that cheeky, witty and interesting stuff out of the way, what else needs to be said besides this weeks rankings? Week 10 rankings for the FPL are here. Enjoy the reads, ranks and wits of wisdom my friends. Good luck in your transfers and thanks for the read. Cheers!

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Was it just me, or was that international house of breaks really long?  For the avid fan it seemed like forever for the contrarian, I mean, who could care less about things footie, you probably aren’t reading this anyways. So nanny, nanny poo-poo.  So welcome back my friends and fellow followers of not only Razzball, but the FPL.  This week’s fixtures are an interesting bruit of the good versus bad, the semi-decent with the semi-decent, and then Sunderland and Stoke.  The Sunderland/Stoke fixture is an interesting one because I can’t think of one player I need to roster on any of the squads, which is weird, but pretty telling of how bad both teams have been defensively and offensively this year.  As always, the rankings are for this week only and factor in form, competition, and of course my own personal opinion.  Which is really the most important factor of them all.  So good luck on the transfers this week and hope the points are bountiful.  Cheers!

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