When the dust settles around the forward spot on Liverpool, will anyone be usable for fantasy?  It's an interesting question to ask, because there was a lot of love spread across the fantasy universe for Christian Benteke.  Now that he has scored in back-to-back affairs, does he inch closer to a trustworthy piece in the limited roster space that the FPL gives us?  Besides the ownership for Coutinho, there isn't another Liverpool player (besides Clyne) in the top-25 in ownership besides Benteke.  So their is either a lot of love for Liverpool players who have been underwhelming to date, or just a ton of zombie teams with him in their ranks.  His next seven fixtures lead me to believe that his ownership is going to differ on weeks when games are in his favor.  He has @West Ham, vs. Arsenal, vs. Man United, A Norwich, @ Leicester, vs. Sunderland, and @Villa.  Those warrant, at the very least, a look for a team that is looking to change things up from the template teams that they are most likely chasing.  It's food for thought, but for those more in a buffet frame of mind, here are some other transfer ideas for the shortened week of 2o...
Short turn around week leads to a mass entry!  It's like regular soup, but the condensed version.   The biggest questions everyone has are: who... and if the players you rely on week-in-and-week out are going to be in lineups just two days after mostly all were featured.  Its a conundrum that is difficult to counteract because of the limit of transfers that we are allotted.  Hopefully everyone has a nice healthy bench with usable options just in case, that seems like the best defense for this.  Hope everyone enjoyed the Boxing Day festivities and are ready for the next to fixtures which come in quick procession...
'Tis the season to be merry, or next to a girl named Mary.  You should find comfort in the fact that regardless of the high holy season, Razznation is there to back you up.  We got ya covered yesterday when they said it couldn't be done with the Keepers and Defense rankings for Week 18.  Today, it's the guys that matter.  The goal scorers and breath-takers.  This week is the first week I am truly realizing that the FC template that is all the rage with the Twitter speak is all coming about.  Up top, there are maybe 6 ownable possibilities. Through the middle, maybe 8.  That doesn't leave a lot of roster differential to go around.  Maybe we should just re-avert our attention to the defensive ranks and have all that matters.  I wish that were true, because I love the defense so.  But alas, it isn't.  So we must conform to the masses of the front 7 and carve our own way to the FPL future.  Just be a little creative, nobody likes a complete copycat.  Enjoy the ranks, the Christmas cheer or any holiday you see fit, and here's the ranks for middies and forwards for Week 18.
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.
It's like the way of the world: hurry up and wait... until this week, and the week to follow.  So this week's posts will encompass a mass of fantasy knowledge and then will be shrunken down into a pocket-sized encyclopedia of usefulness.  So the Transfer Tuesday post usually is to steer you in the right direction for the upcoming week, but with the second game only 2-3 days after, there is no time to waste.  Rankings and such are easy and will be posted over the weekend, I may even give you an updated transfer post based on injury, fitness and basically my penchant for laziness.  So this week's advice is fairly simple as one guy is linked to another.  It's like fantasy hop-scotch, with an emphasis on the scotch.  I will give you one guy, then will immediately give you the guy you wanna use for the following week.  So you basically get two for the price, without actually paying for anything to begin with.  Also, it is starting to get to be an important part of the season for everyone on your bench to be a useful entity, no more salary dumps.  Sound good?  Well, it sounds just ducky to me.  Here are the adds for Week 18 followed by the immediate guy I would hop to for Week 19 on a transfer basis.
We’re once again giving you our loves and hates for each week in a segment called “Start ‘Em and Sit ‘Em”.  You should know the drill, but if you don’t, we pick one option from each position, and then, for a bonus, we show you our genius lineups for the week.  Pretty cut and dry, and quite simply… basic.  We used to do this in tandem, but since I am flying solo while Ralph explores all the tallest mountains in the world, you are stuck with my and only my opine.  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 Fantasy Premier League Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em, Week 17 (plus a sleeper/under-owned fella that should be owned and isn’t).
I personally think that Beck was a liar, and this is where it's at.  The goods.  The realm of being for any fantasy footie team.  The differentials aren't what they should be here, because we all are chasing that same dragon.  We all roster the same players because, well, I like to think that we are all geniuses.  We aren't... but the way the game is constructed, the transfers limit us to simplicity one at a time or sometimes two.  So with that, this week's fixture offers a ton of intriguing options for the front 7.  Minus the City/Arsenal game, which from a personal perspective, seems like a wash.  It really isn't, but from the standpoint that the gusy owned are either owned all over and it helps everyone or they aren't and it helps no one.  I actually read that in a fortune cookie yesterday, so I am regurgitating words of wisdom from a individually wrapped cookie.  Relate that into your work week and onto your fantasy team.  Only good can come of it I promise.  Well here's the rankings for the scorers and facilitators of fantasy funk, the Middies and Striker portion of week 17 for the FPL...
Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends, we're so glad you could attend! Step inside, step inside.  Well, it ends in 22 weeks, but that is a whole lifetime away it seems, especially with the beautiful string of nice weather going down in my neck of nape. So like every other Wednesday, we start with the back-enders.  The clean sheet OCD'ers.  To put it bluntly, if they don't keep a clean sheet, they better score.  Goalies on the other foot, never do anything but stand there with goofy gloves on that smell like feet.  Seriously, they smell like feet.  Go ask your local club keeper to sniff his gloves.  If he doesn't tell you to go screw, I bet he lets ya.  Let me know how the results work... I already know.  This week brings on some fixtures with some sneakiness.  Not extra sneaky but some that could be viewed by some (not me) as no-brainer CS options.  Yeah, I am really staring at the BOU vs. Baggie, Swansea vs. West Ham, and Chelsea vs. Sunderland fixtures.  They, to me, seem like a huge trap that Admiral Akbar warned you about.  My general advice this week is go with your gut.  I think the Baggies have a great upcoming set, and Chelsea are dead to me. Add in the Arsenal and City match, and the defense is a muddled up mess of mediocrity.  So enjoy the first installment of the Week 17 Rankings.  Cheers!
The return of the Pudlian skipper makes the midfield ranks for me a little more muddled.  Liverpool is a team where you want to own someone.  Not everyone is sold on the Brazilian dreamboat in Coutinho, while the rest of the world has completely soured on remaining midfield options like Firmino.  What are you looking for from a midfielder, who would slide into your rotational status as a 4th or 5th middie?  Well let's look.  The upcoming fixtures are @Watford, vs. Leicester, @Sunderland and @ West Ham.  Okay, so it's not the greatest, but it's not the worst.  I mean, he could be facing Chelsea.  Fit with the team?  Well, he just really returned from injury and was without question thrust into Klopp system and seemed to do well in it.  Price, well, he falls sweetly into that ever-rising last midfielder price tag, which, by my estimation with everyone's abundance of cash, is in the £5.8 - £6.8 range.  Well, he sits at £6.5 currently and is a sure-fire to go up (either this week with an increase of transfers in or a follow up to a goal and an assist week like we just saw).  Lastly... ownership.  The true differential.  He is owned in less than 4% of leagues as he sits right now, and that number will be closer to 5% by game time this week.  Is he a better fit for your team (and rotate better than a struggling to find points Dusan Tadic or even Andre Ayew)?  Absolutely.  As long as he can stay on the pitch, the captain of the Pool attack will be Hendo.  Let's see what else I see through my purple haze for this week's transfer ideas...
We’re once again giving you our loves and hates for each week in a segment called “Start ‘Em and Sit ‘Em”.  You should know the drill, but if you don’t, we pick one option from each position, and then, for a bonus, we show you our genius lineups for the week.  Pretty cut and dry, and quite simply… basic.  We used to do this in tandem, but since I am flying solo while Ralph explores all the tallest mountains in the world, you are stuck with my and only my opine.  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 Fantasy Premier League Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em, Week 16 (plus a sleeper/under-owned fella that should be owned and isn’t).