If you enjoyed yesterday’s salad and appetizer courses, then you will love today’s main course and dessert.  I realize you can’t get anywheres in the official game without having a nodded on choice at keeper and a stellar yet filled with differential based defense.  But the real fun in building your roster is comprising it with as many affordable stars through the middle of the pitch and up top.   So just like yesterday’s rankings I mix in price, match and some good ole common sense.  The form comes later because after all this is just week one of a long journey my friends.  Some great matches are on the table for a lot of star players, so here’s hoping you can squeeze as many of them in as possible.  So just in case you needed a guiding hand here is week 1 of the FPL season rankings for Middies and Strikers.  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!

It’s also not to late to join and compete against me and others in FPL’s season long game,  of course you do its a rhetorical question.  Join the Razzball FPL league  188358-66431 and join me and your fellow Razzballians.

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Anyone remember the days of yore when the uproar and hoot-nannying was out of control over his transfer fee.  Well if you are a footie fan the Neymar deal with PSG has put that monster under your bed to rest.  this year seemed like a perpetual record transfer fee for each team in the Premier…and likely so the market has gone past us and the money with TV and such rules the world.  Lost in all of this fuss is that Paul Pogba is a good football player, and a growing to be a better fantasy asset for the Red Devils this year.  And they Aren’t even done spending on talent to surround the superstars on their team with more superstars.  So what can Paul Pogba do for you this year in the official game that he didn’t do last year at the glorified nature of his being with all the hype and none of the fantasy booty.  His price is cheaper than last year’s end price and I am here to learn you something about him for the official game this year.  Stay tuned, your midfield will have one locked in starter for week one after the bump.  Cheers!

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When perusing the the list and prices of forwards, it is easy to wanna shop exclusively at the posh department stores.  But the prices of them will limit the ability to have more than two.  Is two enough, sure, but when isn’t three the magic number?  They allow you to roster three, so why not take full advantage of what they are giving you and add that to your fantasy tool belt?  With the entire world rostering or having their hand in on Lukaku (48% owned) at £11.5,  Kane (35% owned) at £11.5, and Lacazette (17.6% owned) at £10.5.  Those are the three highest-priced and owned strikers in the official game. With the numbers of fantasy entries into the fantasy jambalaya where do we find differentials and better yet where do we find players on a budget.  So where are the extras shekels being scraped together for a useful yet intrinsically awesome third striker with differential appeal.  I will tell you where you can find some ideas on this.  This post.  You got this far into the intro to quit now, so you might as well sit back relax and enjoy the bellowing words of usefulness. Cheers!

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Wednesdays from now on are the day when we let nothing hide between friends. It is fairly simple: I will show you my team for the next three Wednesday’s leading up to the start of the season. I do expect that if you read this and that, you’ll do the exact same thing, because two heads are better than one, and 10 is even better. Get it? Cool. So this is draft number six on the year for me so far, the others were more fiddling out of boredom, but now we are starting to see news out and about pertaining to certain teams formations, transfers, and injury updates. So enjoy this early look at Smokey’s team and critique away, because I prolly deserve to be slandered for my thoughts and team selection. Cheers!

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The biggest thing I always hear around the inter-webs is: will Davy Klaassen’s skill on the pitch translate to something of a fantasy commodity?  The best answer people never give is: we will see. Listen, I get that he is a well-hyped player coming over from the Eredivisie, but how will his skill be a good thing for Everton?  The Toffees have a bigger hole to fill with the departure of Romelu Lukaku, but that post will be coming in the next week or so… let’s stay with the guy who are going to be the facilitators of goals for himself and others.  Klaassen had 14 goals and 8 assists last year in 2800 minutes played in the play-making/attacking role for Ajax last year.  Now, the League is not on par defensively with what the Premier brings, but has it’s pluses and minuses to help it match-up a bit.  So we can say that Davy is going to be used in a similar fashion as he was previous and play behind the front two of Rooney/Sandro or both in some sets.  That is a good thing because I think both of those top players offer up different things that will unlock the midfield for the Dutchman.

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A good defense, is the best offense.  I wish I was the brilliance behind that statement, but it was definitely said by someone smarter than me, well… not smarter, just older.  So they had the chance to say it first, there, that makes my OCD feel better.  Setting yourself up for the first 6-8 weeks of the year is always a keen thing to do.  The chart in this feature will give you the tool to look at the match-ups as they sit now and how they are favorable or not.  It works in the stop light fashion. Green means go for it, Yellow means caution, and red is obviously a warning sign.  It is still preseason though, so making presumptions is always a dangerous game.  By game week 3, we should know who is nodded on and who isn’t.  Also, that is when the summer transfer window shuts so it is a what you see is what you get kinda deal.  So enjoy the chart and I hope it helps in your selection process.  Cheers!

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When is excess a bad thing?  Welp, when you only have a limited number of spots at your disposal for fantasy goodies (that being 11 starting spots), and then narrow that down even further because of the three-max per team, it becomes interesting.  Next thing you do is add-in the prices of the ridiculously expensive players that City has at it’s disposal…  They have 5 midfielders over 8.0.  I will repeat that: 8.0!  Just for comparison’s sake, there are nine teams that don’t have one player with an 8.0 price tag.  I am not going to repeat myself again there though.  The worst part is, those are just the entry point to the starters for the Sky Blues.  I am not even here to discuss the cheap players who aren’t cheap anyways,  I am hear to talk about Kevin de Bruyne, Gabriel Jesus, and Sergio Aguero.  The over 10.0 super club.  I have seen in the preseason that they all have coexisted at some point or another on the pitch.  The problem is that if you wanna diversify your team, which one do you roster?  I am not going to climb to the mountain top and say you need a Man City offensive player, but I will whisper it carelessly.  Wham!

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The FPL value system has been skewed this year.  Defense is up a cool 15% of what prices were last year.  The forwards are a huge step off between the haves and the have nots.  Now on to the midfielders…  Where this year it seems the starting point for fantasy fertility is that £7.0 precipice.  It isn’t an awful place to find value though, when you see the names that are littered either at that mark or a million below.  Value is in the eye of the beholder… or that is what dollar stores have been preaching for years as their business model.  Is buying a dollar spatula better than buying an 11 dollar one that has an ergonomic handle and does back-hand springs while you flip flap jacks?  I mean in theory, a spatula that could do that would be more coveted then a fake fish on the wall that sings, amirite?  Where was I?  Oh yeah, midfielders on the bargain train to FPLville.  The medium point this year for value this year doesn’t start at £5.5 like last years it is now £7.0.  Argue all you want, but just look at the names that surround that value point, or minus a buck.  Or just stay right here and I will break it down like the real G that I am.  Cheers!

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Wednesday’s from now on are the day when we let nothing hide between friends.  It is fairly simple: I will show you my team for the next three Wednesday’s leading up to the start of the season.  I do expect that if you read this that, you do the exact same thing because two heads are better than one, and 10 is even better.  Get it?  Cool.  So this is draft number six on the year for me so far, the others were more fiddling out of boredom, but now that we are starting to see news out and about pertaining to certain teams formations, transfers and injury updates.  So enjoy this early look at Smokey’s team and critique away, because I prolly deserve to be slandered for my thoughts and team selection.  Cheers!

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