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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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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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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Back-enders on a holy week.  On a short kinda-double holy week to boot.  As always, it’s all about the cleans.  No matter what else happens, that is what augments the scoring for you.  So a brief but thorough look at this week’s fixtures leads me to believe that the best bets for a clean sheet result are: West Ham @ Villa, Sunderland @ Man City, and Norwich @ Spurs.  These three, especially with special emphasis on several other matches that pit struggling offenses and poor defenses.  Add that with the usual smattering of stout keepers and defenseman, it should litter the ranks with tons of ideas and transfer tidbits for you to munch on in the Christmas/Boxing day aftermath.  So here’s the rankings for the keepers and defence for the first game of the quick turn around before week 19.

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When you walk into a club, any club we don’t care what side of the line you are on here at Razzbol FC, the first thing you do is check the surroundings.  You don’t just walk in and take the first place available. Nope you must take it all in.  That is my motto that I am embossing on all my t-shirts for the keeper and defence of things for fantasy footie.  Because once you’re in there you need to find out who is the guy going to keep you out of trouble, and who are the girls who are going to be your safety net.  They all can’t be winners, hell even some Razzball writers on the oft chance occasionally get laid and procreate.  They are not unlike most people in the industry…trolls is a good word.  Me and Ralph handsome as all get out, that’s why we are the face of this store front. So this week is fairly similar to last, several evenly contested matches, and the likelihood of clean-sheetedness is as about as good as hanging with fantasy insiders and not actually talking about anything but fantasy inside stuff.  Lame is the best way to describe it, captains of our industry my eye. More like captains of the AV club.  Anyway rant over, rankings ahead, so hoist the sails, put on some Chaka Khan and lets get down tonight or day (Stupid time zones).

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So every week, I review all the games…yeah, I do it running on high-test caffeinated drinks, squeezing as much of the game info as I can, and then form a sort of “dream team” of my very own.  I do it differently, and I use the best players, but at a shrunken budget, because we all can’t be high rollers.  Why the shrunken budget you may ask? Because it’s more fun and challenging for me, and I can’t just look at the top scorers and do fifty-two card pick up.  So with Week 22 now officially closed, lets take a look at my formidable Starting XI.  Keep in mind that I limit myself to a £70.0m budget, and I will conform to the standard 4-4-2 form.  Enjoy! Comments, quips or the occasional curse word are always welcomed here at Razzbol FC… (Points scored for the week are in parenthesis.)

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So, as we do every match day, we’re giving you our loves and hates for this week in a segment called Start ‘Em and Sit ‘Em.  You should know the drill but if you don’t, we each pick one option from each position, and then, for a bonus, we show you our genius line-ups for the week.  Pretty cut and dry, and quite simply… basic.  The best part is, you get two opinions for the price of one.  We do this as a tandem, it’s the Smokey and Ralph show.  It’s like musical chairs, without all the screaming kids and regretful feeling of loss. So sit back, relax, and have a look at who we would start and sit based on match-ups and value. It’s Start’ Em, Sit’ Em, Week 20. 10 Games One Day!!!!

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