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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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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In a perfect world, I could drop these on you last minute, right before gametime kick-off,s and have them be just as effective.  Unfortunately, we can’t do that because the FA Cup fixtures get in the way and mess things.  So posting the rankings pre-FA Cup is a dangerous and possibly a worthless venture, but I am doing it anyways.  Take in mind that the games over this weekend will impact what happens in the FPL fixture on Tuesday and Wednesday.  Injuries, new transfers and just plain bad luck do happen.  I mean, I just finished my weather controlling device, so now my attention will turn to the prediction of all things fantasy.  So take these with a grain of salt, and use some common sense when it comes time to use your transfers.  Waiting is usually the best advice.  Cheers!

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Sometimes the best defense is having a good offense.  That reigns true when Alonso goes double-dipping last week, or if you take a look at some of the tastier fixtures for the upper-echelon defenses this week.  Look no further than the fixtures of Chelsea, Arsenal, and Liverpool and you can see why the ownership rates of some of their players is on the rise or is in the top tiers of pricing. There is always a reason for the price tags that accompany the players.  It is because they usually earned them, sad but true.  In some cases, they don’t but we can all determine the haves and the have nots by now.  So don’t go chasing defensive waterfalls, stick to the rivers and the lakes that you’re used to.  And remember, a good defense is the best differential going in this game. So be heady and smart.  Good luck and 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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Can you imaging playing any sport, real or fake, without a stout backbone?  No, you just can’t.  It would be impossible and your team would just fall to the ground like a pile of gelatinous goo.  The Keepers and Defense ranks are no different.  Without some semblance of structure, promise, and talent, you will be a pile of fantasy goo at the bottom of the ranks.  Take a look at the transfers in and out this week.  The must have defenders are starting to shine, and from my vantage point you should start your back five with a Liverpool, a Chelsea, and a Southampton defender of your equitable suiting.  There is no wrong answer here just what ever fits into your budget and common sense choice.  So think about that next time you go to make a transfer in or out to pump up your last line of defense.  So with that and all the other hullabaloo here is the Week 14 FPL rankings for Keepers and Defense.  Cheers!

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This is the first reminder that lineups lock on Friday.  So now that you have looked to make sure I am not tripping face and actually am spitting truth.   How did everyone do with their week one results?  I personally got a tiny bit screwed, but such is life.  This fantasy season is a marathon not a sprint.  So points to be made up every week.  It is way too early to panic and jump in and use your wildcard, I would much rather advise you to take a -4 this week and get the pieces in your line-up that you covet.  One thing to also remember is that since the season is still young the fixtures and the teams may not be the way we assume so be smart with your transfers and think longer term then just this week.  Here are the week 2 FPL rankings.

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Last week’s ranks and this week’s are completely different animals. Last week was basically the entire evolution of an FPL species, this week is just one sub-genus of that animal. It will be broken into 38 parts, this being the first. Biology humor is only funny to about 8-10 people in the entire universe that this post reaches. So if it wasn’t your cup of tea, good I am not a science guy by nature. This week the rankings will be lumped into one segment, on a normal week it will be segmented into 2 parts keepers and defence and midfielders and forwards. Quick week, last minute team building stuff to formulate your final drafts. Which in all honesty, is about 25 for me. You will notice a lot of names missing because some guys are suspended, injured, or just don’t have enough sway for me to take notice in the abbreviated rankings. So limiting them to what the playable minimums are is probably best. Short and simple: we’ll put it to bed and take on Week 2 in due form. So cheers for the read, and spread the word as Razzball FC is in your cranium on a daily basis.

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And so it begins…  People can write hundreds of articles prepping you and singing the praises of dozens of players.  To me, they all scream the same thing: “We are all guessing.”  Fantasy footie is one of the true sports that scream beauty and fantasy worthiness is in the eyes of the beholder… that’s you lads.  So this week at Razzball, I will be giving you positional breakdowns, starting with keepers today and Forwards by weeks end.  I am basing my rankings on a few factors: job security, team as a whole, and value.  Match-ups come and go with every changing week, that’s why I give you individually ranked positions every week for the next 40 weeks or so.  So get comfy, litter it with your opinion, and here are the preseason rankings as I see it for the upcoming FPL season.  Cheers! Oh, and for giggles, I called in some of the industry elite in Kevin Devries @Kevrov ,and usual draft style specialist John Wallin, @Fantasy Gaffer of Togga.

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Promoted players/teams often are overlooked, but not because of value.  Mostly because they aren’t that proven commodity, or don’t have that name power that others with similar price tags offer.  For soothe, I shout from the balcony!  Everyone wants to roster five or more guys over the 7.5 price tag.  In order to do that, you have to cut corners… it’s like that special lunch from grade school.  PB on white Wonder bread with no crust.  So don’t be oft put by the promoted players because they have to play the same amount of games as everyone else, granted they are usually the unfavorable part of the match-up.  They still will score goals, they will still get assists and they still will get clean sheets.  So grab one, hell grab three, one from each team and fill out your roster and make mom and me proud.  The likes of Hull, Burnley, and Middlesbrough have some retread options that have had previous success in the premier league and have done fairly well in the championship prior to their promotion.  So let’s get in the Razzball spirit of things and look at some of the promoted players that could be a swoon to your opening day roster consideration.  Cheers!

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