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 23 (plus a sleeper/under-owned fella that should be owned and isn’t).
It's so nice that I have decided to just do it again and just lump all the rankings together. Everyone hates waiting, so why make them wait? Week 23 seems to be a intricate match of the fantasy variety from the perspective that teams who are struggling face tough must show up. Will Liverpool continue to struggle at the Canaries? Will West Ham show enough and do enough defensively to slow the City slurry? Is Southampton for real or was it just the Baggies? Can the Fox do it against a top defensive, and table climbing Stoke? The highlight game between the Gunners and Chelsea looks better on paper as Arsenal is poop... haha, just kidding. For that to be the last game of the week, it's going to be a viewers delight as it precedes the start of American football. For my money, the best teams for a shot at cleans are Everton and Spurs. So gulp that down and get ready for some football of all types. Week 23 rankings are here and they are delightful.
If you know or even listen to me at all, and know how hard it was to write, admit or even pursue the fact that Odion Ighalo is becoming a "maybe" option, then you will know it was hard. But after so many meh weeks in a row, at what point to we go on a futile journey to find someone with his point total to date, and the key factor in all this his price tag. The answer is: you aren't. The options in his price range are retreads and one-week band-aids. So my advice is that he does nothing to hurt you by being your third striker. Going to a five midfielder set-up and reaping the benefits that way. You have Aguero and then insert your brand of choice for the second guy. and then stack up your middies with a fruitful bunch of studs. and by happenstance. if one of them doesn't start Iggy on the bench, it isn't the worst thing going. So patience is the name of the game. Plan your WC for when we actually know the double weeks, don't freak out and make rash decisions. as there are tons of weeks to make up a minimal point difference. Here are some other transfer ideas for the upcoming week. Cheers!
No need to break 'em up this week, as we are in a hurry. So you get all the rankings, all in one handy dandy Swiss Army knife type useful thing-a-majiggy. I know that's not a word, but spell your ambitions for a bit and just enjoy the rankings as they are. If you wanted word-smithing, you would go to a more proper site that likes to stick it's pinky out. Though in fairness, those are the same guys, who two weeks after I call out a guy, they make a proclamation of their own and endlessly promote themselves as genius. Well congrats, to them and their vanity. Pfffft. So enough with the side-winding talk and the endless barrage of non-information. Here is the Week 22 Rankings for the FPL.
The only thing good about a quick week is the faster return of a free transfer. You use it, and then boom, it's there again. Week 21 was a fantastic midweek affair that broke up the week nicely and added to the running total of beers consumed by me. It's tough, getting older and drinking midday during a shortened week for a return of the following week... This week should just be called "Ahh, my liver just healed and now I am back to doing it again!" Not so catchy after I typed it out, as I thought it would be in my head. Digression, and back on topic. Week 22 is a mere two days away. It seemed farther, but then I put my spectacles on and realized it to be true. Some tasty fantasy fixtures are forthcoming, as people are starting to get that itchy, burning a hole in their pocket feeling after a relatively small return for the past week. Hold firm me lads, as the wild card is to be paired in collaboration with the Chips. Patience is the name of the game, and we should all be doctors of the craft not OCD jump out the window assasins. Relax put your feet up, watch the telly and read some transfer ideas I got all cooked up in my broth of knowledge that I am going to spew on ya.
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 21 (plus a sleeper/under-owned fella that should be owned and isn’t).
With the rankings of the midfielders and forwards this week, I have a boggle on my mind and I'd like a majority of opinions to help me figure it out. The City midfield? Is it just me or are the two guys we want to do something (Silva and KDB) getting pimped by the pair that we don't want or want to own more (Raheem and Yaya)? It's funny, but it isn't a far-fetched question due to form currently... would the answer be so fast to say which pair you would rather own, KDB and Silva or Sterling and Yaya? I know everyone's snap judgement answer would be the first, but it's getting to the point that Silva is getting pimped, points wise, by Sterling and Yaya, and DeBruyne is starting to feel that affect also. Over the last four matches, the scoring is 33 combined for Silva and Kevin, 41 for Yaya/Raheem. At a salary discount of almost £4.0m, it is starting to make me scratch my head and think that a mixed up pairing needs to be made from the set of four. It just sucks because we all know how great Silva can be, and how much of a pain in the ass Yaya can be. Story over. Go read the Week 21 rankings for middies and forwards now...
The New Year brings a flurry of goodness. Or that's what the fortune cookie I just opened said. It was probably a gimmick set up by the fortune cookie gnomes to sell more cookies. Any-the-way, Keeps and Defense is all the rage this week with lots of tasty match-ups to sink your fantasy sweet tooth into. Especially since, and I am squarely looking at myself, to relinquish the poor showing last game-week that had me put up my lowest point total in three years. Go me. The match-ups that have the best chance of clean sheet goodness are Palace @ Villa, Norwich @ Stoke, Watford @ Southampton and United @ Newcastle. So if any of those or the couple other fixtures wet your whistle from a CS perspective. then have at it. Cleans make this post and the weekly rankings of Keepers and Defenders go round. It's the truth.
Ah the new year, and a new Costa? It couldn't be true if you had a paint-by-the-numbers-book guiding you the entire way. It may actually be true, I am just here to reel you in a little bit. I am the "Wilfred Wolf" of the FPL. I am a fixer who analyzes, makes snap judgments, blames someone else, than eventually I point you in the right direction like the scarecrow from the Wizard of Oz. It's not the case here though, if you have the funds and the testicular fortitude, then by all means, Diego is your man. This is on the heels of the sour taste Jamie Vardy has left, and now he is gone for like... forever. That was my teenage persona filling in for half a tick. Vardy is out from the latest report, for at least 1 game, but guess what there is? A FA cup game in between for us to all look at the goods around the Premier to augment your roster. So with Vardy comes a roster spot. In steps Diego. That same Diego who has 3 goals in his last 2. The only problem is the upcoming fixture list (vs. West Brom, vs. Everton and @Arsenal), but Diego gets hot in spurts and now might be that time. It wasn't sooooo long ago that he did Everton Dirty and West Brom is well West Brom. So for those of you getting that WC itch, settle down a little. Free piece of advice, wait until the Cup games are over before doing anything drastic. For those of you that are in need of a good forward for a spell, then Diego is by all intents and purposes that dude. Which Dude though? You can pick from his kindergarten photo, current or in 5 years...
Weekly rankings are fun, because it's my opinion versus the rest of y'all. I know that sounds like an insurmountable feat of fantasy justice, but here I am. Each week we analyze the rankings of all positions and factor in salary, form, opponent and ownership in determining the rankings. It's a totally elaborate process that requires a full-time stenographer, an abacus professional, and my very own cheer-leading squad. Yes, I have that kinda sway here at Razzball. Yet, I don't have a desk, corner office, or any sense of my fantasy surroundings on a daily basis. I get stuck in the bullpen, so to speak, lumped in with all the other elite writers and wordsmiths here at Razzball. It's cool though, completely not related to the Week 20 fantasy FPL rankings. More just words on a page to lull you to sleep before we get to the meat and potatoes. So grab a fork and prepare for those meat and potatoes, here's the keepers and defense rankings for week 20...