So instead of the whole rigmarole of writing about every single game and having us look at the same fantasy relevant players every week, we are doing something new. It’s so new, I couldn’t even think of a great name, so if you have something better please say so.  We all can watch the games and see who does what, but at the end of the day, from a fantasy perspective, all that matters is the point total  next to their name.  Well, in soccer, like every other sport, there are unspoken subtleties that make up a good roster.  So I am featuring the best starting XI.  It will be my opinion, and to make it fun and hard, I will be using a £70m cap and using a standard 4-4-2 .  So from my standpoint, it’s fun and adventurous to make up a new roster from the week-to-week shining stars.  So have a look at my own featured XI…

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If you haven’t noticed, I completely have retired the transfer day theory.  This week’s accelerated schedule has landed your regularly scheduled program in a caffeine induced comma.  It’s doctor has recommended continuous karaoke sessions, and a wrist band that entitles it to unlimited rides at the local carnival.  So this week’s transfers come with alot of questions, because if you are reading this there are still games today.  Games to drink to, games to stagger home from.  So read responsibly is basically what I am saying.  Friends don’t let friends transfer drunk, and yes smart guy buzzed transferring still counts.  Enjoy the fixtures today and we will see you tomorrow as the shortened week continues and we roll toward the weekend fixtures of Week 15.

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Short week, and the rankings need to be rushed.  So instead of two long drawn out days of you sitting on your computer hitting refresh, you get them all in one gigantic list, plus some word of genius for each group.  Free of charge, naturally.  So get your transfers in, because the games start in 24 hours.  Go do it now!  Wait, you might as well finish reading this and then compare and contrast like the vision test you take at the optometrist.  So with the short week, we give you an all in one look at this week’s rankings.  Stay tuned because this roller coaster goes around again in three days.

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Feeling a little rushed? Well, the accelerated schedule this week give us three games in eight days for all clubs.  That makes me happy, not only does it turns soccer into basketball or hockey, but even better, it’s the beautiful game and we should as much as possible.  Just be heady that the short week will cause all type of physio nightmares for your projected line-ups, and we all know how close to the vest they keep these line-ups.  So make sure you have viable bench options with zero injury concerns as filler for your starters, cause ya never can have enough playable talent.  This week I am fully vested in taking advantage of plays against Hull and Leicester as both teams are scraping to get by and look nothing short of teams to get relegated right now. Enjoy the quick turn around and I will see you all tomorrow with Week 14 rankings.

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Ah, the day after eating way too much and the day before Week 13 starts…  I mean I know I couldn’t think of another way to rejoice in my over-carbed out body then to sleep, grab a pint and chill.  It’s kinda like waiting for the great pumpkin bit a week too late, and it’s the 13th week.  Okay, that literally made no sense, but sounded funny when aided by sangria and some sort of schnapps. So this week we have some tasty match-ups for some of the top league scorers. Costa and his whoop-stick take on Sunderland as the Blues try to take revenge on the last time Mourinho was undefeated and the Black Cats ended it.  It isn’t gling to be pretty, as this is one time I see Mourinho not so much parking the bus but driving it over the cats and circling the bus to do it again.  Line-ups without Costa or your max three Chelsea players tis week are at a disadvantage in my book.  So here are the Week 13 Forward Rankings, enjoy!

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The back-enders are the key to every fantasy team.  The only problem is they are so tied to the clean sheet, that it makes it hard to commit to guys on a week-in and week-out basis.  Best strategy I have learned for this is that you should really pay for four starters and hope three have great match-ups and use the other as your first sub.  It’s not concrete, but gives you the insurance that you need when you can only transfer once a week.  Especially this week, when fantasy defensive stalwarts like Ryan Bertrand and Nathaniel Clyne face a rough patch in their schedule.  So stay ahead of the game, add one now and make sure you have the one in reserve.  This is breought to you by the learning is half the battle campaign, sponsored by Kung Fu grip.   Enjoy this week’s defender ranking, questions, comments and curse words are always welcomed.

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Today is the first day of a busy stretch for anyone who plays FPL.  3 games in 8 days time, and it all starts with this week.  Are you ready?  No, me either.  I am going to wear out the home row keys this week, invest in some cases of RockStar and just type goodness for you.  Whether you like it or not you are going to be barraged with info, so much info that it will be coming out of your keyster.  That’s the first time I have ever typed the word keyster, so if it isn’t spell-corrected, you know where to stick it.  So enjoy the new week’s first fantasy pipe bomb of knowledge that we are dropping on you with the Week 13 transfer targets.

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Is it just me or are the forward rankings the funnest part of anyone else’s week?  The overall depth and value at the position is so diverse and from week-to-week you can go with any of a multitude of directions.  Those directions are neither wrong nor right, but are fun to debate because of the diversity between top flight options in Aguero and Costa and the cost friendly versions on lesser clubs Austin and Perez.  There is no wrong way to build your club.  Scratch that.  There is but you obviously know what you are doing well enough that you don’t need to wear a helmet while making your team or transfers for the week.  So my best advice for a starting forward set this week is start Aguero, then mix in two guys that no one else is rostering up front.  This works for two reasons, points that they might not receive and points that you catch up on.  If Aguero does his job, then the other two just need to make some noise and boom point differential.  So have at the forward rankings for Week 12.  Cheers!

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This week’s defender rankings are brought to you by the graciousness of the scheduling and to load up on Southampton defenders.  It’s that plain and simple this week my friends. They play at Villa, who have 4 points out of a possible 15 at Villa Park.  Add to that they only have 2 goals on their home pitch, to go along with only 5 all year.  You know why that number 5 is special? It’s the number of consecutive clean sheets the Saint’s have coming out of this game if all goes well.  So do yourself a favor and stack it up, drop Tadic and/or any other Southampton player you may have rostered, and invest the £11.0 to at least roster a pair.  You will thank me later, or curse at me, both terms of endearment in my neck of the woods.  Here’s the Week 12 Defender Rankings… enjoy!

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