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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Queue the John Cena entrance music.  But in all seriousness, in terms of the FPL, the part that doesn’t have to deal with hustle, loyalty and respect, the Champions league is here and that spells doom for the five teams in it.  On a side note, it also affects the two other teams in the Europa tournament as well, but they don’t count because who cares about Arsenal or Everton.  Only slightly kidding.  So with this the first week where mid-week games affect the weekend fixtures what to do.  Panic!  Run to the window scream and say screw you rotation we don’t wanna think about you or your ugly sister.  Transfer Tuesday is happening today but that doesn’t mean squat to you, because you should wait.  Even at the expense of losing a few tenths of a cent.  The rotations and line-ups for the seven teams that are affected send ripples through your team that can not be fixed, except at the expense of a -4.  No one likes them things unnecessarily.  So be heady, be patient and resist the temptations of transferring until we get a square idea of who and what will be included for the Week 5 fixtures of the FPL.  Cheers!

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So I saw It over the weekend, and while I didn’t even come close to crapping my pants in fear (thanks hangover!), I’m about 99% sure that Harry Kane’s fear of August shares a creepy amount of commonalities with that homicidal crazed clown creature; both of them enjoy floating through open space (Kane on the pitch; the clown in a mind-altering expanse of sewer pipe only Mario would be jealous of), speaking in weird accents (seriously, listen to Harry Kane give an interview sometime), have an affinity for the color white (duh), and lastly, they both enjoy making red balloons go POP! (metaphorically speaking, that would be the hopes/dreams of all Gunner fans everywhere; FFS that’s not a spoiler! he’s a clown, he owns balloons!) Whether or not the fear of August (Augustamphobia?) has an actual effect on Kane’s past performances (it doesn’t), it’s good to see him conquering his “fears” and getting on the board with a brace, a very important and necessary step as he looks to become only the third player in Premier League history to win three consecutive Golden Boots. The other two are Prem Legends Alan Shearer and Thierry Henry, who were 24 and 26, respectively, when they won the first of their three Botas Doradas. Kane just turned 24 this past July and has two under the belt. To paraphrase another mildy entertaining movie, you’re [once again] a wizard, Harryyyy!

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I was going to write the day of the transfer window, but beer and holiday weekend gets in the way of productivity.  So if you have been waiting with baited breathe for the transfer Tuesday news then, well, breath again my friends.  We are now at a what you see is what you get roster situation until the January window.  In between that is a plate full of 18 games that stretch out to the new year.  If you started out blah and haven’t wild-carded yet… what are you waiting for?  Setting up your team for the next four-five games is important and will make or break your attention span of your team from the later part of the year.  Take advantage of the next few days, build the value of your team and get that accumulated value of your team close to 101.5.  Transfer Tuesday is about fun with some views on what’s what so take what I have to say not as scripture but more as a holding your hand as we cross the FPL street.  Happy transferring!  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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A stout defense is never a passing phrase.  Your fantasy differentials are all there.  The ownership levels are so wide open at the back seven roster spots, as compared to the other eight spots on your roster.  This is where your bread is buttered.  Yeah, I am all for swimming in the same direction on some of the same guys, as there should be a Chelsea defender on every competitive team.  After that, it is all up for debate where or who you wanna invest your funds.  After all, it is your team.  Currently I’m extremely tight in the back and probably over-invested in that regard as I currently have rostered: Alonso, Cesar, Baines, Charlie Daniels and Erik Pieters.  Maybe not the best strategy, but it’s my freaking team so I smite you fantasy style for hatin’.  I no longer will have to make a roster move on defense until I am ready to utilize the new Wildcard.  Which is already burning a hole in most people’s pocket.  Wait for the double week’s or at least until the injury bug takes a big chomp out of your fantasy tukas.  So without further hoopla, here is the Week 21 FPL rankings for defenders and keepers.  Cheers!

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It isn’t a matter or who, it is a matter of how many.  Indulging in a salary cap league is the hardest itch to scratch.  It is almost like you have constant Alopecia rashes and are fiending for a longer stick to scratch your back.  The strain of contention I am basically going over here is the striker combination or combinations.  To me, it is a three-headed beast comprised of Zlatan, Diego, and Aguero.  The latter of the two coming back from their retrospective suspensions and are now on the docket for ownership.  The Aguero one has been gone over dozens of time by hundreds of fantasy experts. he is a must own player who offers what most can not.  The problem now is that the other two, Zlatan and Diego, may be the best bang for your buck combo going.  That is who I am advising you to go with… There is no wrong answer here because we all manage our own teams and have history with such and such a player and go by our own instincts.  But the numbers and form are completely in Costa and Iobra’s favor, over bring in the 12.8 Kun.  Goals in quantity are there and the run of games are in their favor.  So go with the European duo instead of dipping into the warm waters of the South American.  Now that the forwards are out of the way, let’s get to the other musings and stylings of the FPL transfer world.

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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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Short weeks lead to an abbreviated schedule… Everything feels rushed and out of sorts.  But rankings are rankings, they gotta be done.  So this week, I called in some helper elves, because why not?  Tis’ the season for FPL cheer.  So I brought in my PIC to give me his perspective for the Week 16 rankings.  Kevin DeVries (@Kevrov) handles basically everything fantasy-wise that I do, and is my co-host on two separate podcasts we do together.  So if I trust him, you should as well.  He will handle the Keepers and Middies below, and I will tackle the Defense and Strikers.  A collaborative effort amongst the masses.  Here are the Week 16 FPL rankings for all positions!

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I’m going back to full bundling-mode for this week.  I wanted to see what kind of sitters we saw midweek from the YCL line-ups, and I was right… they were zero-point “none” help.  So I do apologize if it completely messed up your OCD schedule of FPL goodies for the week.  Now go wash your hands again, and again, and one more time.  Cool?  Cool.  So Week 15 is upon us and it brings up a rampant schedule of three games in basically eight days.  What that means is mass hysteria, but in a good way.  For me, it just means from a constant standpoint: the next few days will be basically me typing, podcasting, and then retyping again.  No worries, I didn’t really have a life anyways.  I am a man of the people and you my fellow readers are my people.  So a couple bits of advice for the first three fixtures we have, just in case I forget.  First, don’t go super crazy with transfers to get a minus 8 or 12.  You get a free one in basically two days from lock.  Second, watch the yellow card situations of some players, kinda the Costa affect, but if a guy you are thinking about has 3 or 4 yellows and you are worried about the accumulation factor, downshift and transfer into someone else.  Third, enjoy your riches from Aguero.  You do not have to spend them all in one place.  Though I think it’s impossible.  Save some for later, because he will be back.  Onto the ranks of the lads for Week 15 in the FPL, cheers and good luck!

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