For those of you affected by the late scratches of Kane and Coutinho (or any other player I’m unaware of getting scratched), I feel for you. The good news was that we didn’t have a moronic Friday fixture to make things go completely nuts, and there was time to take a hit or two if needed. While I wish the hits I took were that sweet cess, these hits are at times necessary and are less painful when everyone’s taking a hit at the same time. It’s like a second-hand cloud of negative points toward everyone’s season total.

This week was low-scoring overall, with the average being just 46 points. Keep that in mind as you see some red arrows, that they might have been just a point or two away from being a green arrow. Hopefully these red arrows come with the caveat of having made your team deeper (to prevent last-minute benchings/injuries from giving  you a zero) or helped you shift around your funds in a more logical manner.

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Of all the holidays, or made up holidays is there a better one than Halloween?  Doubtful, unless you are a sap and love that St. Valentines nonsense.  Dress up, act a fool, go door to door for sugar and then consume in mass quantities.  Nothing explains childhood like the eery days of trick or treating.  much like the candy pitching holiday the FPl is like a trick or treat scenario.  We all dress up like we know what we are doing.  Get let down by EPL managers with rotation or injuries, and then cry in our own bowls of candy for the unfruitful returns that happen.  So if you are looking for ample returns and have the mediocre budget and don’t own Pascal Gross then he is your huckleberry this week.  I admit I was a little bit leery two weeks ago with Brighton giving such dismal returns on the offensive side of the pitch.  But with him basically being involved in 75% of the teams tallies he has got to be getting the gold star for the best fantasy asset from a promoted squad to date.  With his returns in the top 6 of the FPL midfielders and priced 2.4 less than his next guy that is in that group.  he for me has gone from questionable to unquestioned.  The discount alone is worth the lonesome fantasy returns that the Seagulls can give.  At worst he is from week to week a rotation with your third striker of fourth defender, at the most he is your 3rd midfielder with flair and sass.  Either way it is a win/win and his ownership needs to spike from it’s current 16.6%, so grab early and often, and don’t forget to check your candy for razors or “edibles”.  Happy transferring in whatever sugary or psychedelic state you may be in.  Cheers!

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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.  Pretty cut and dry, and quite simply… basic.  It is more based on my feelings and gut approach for the week’s upcoming and changes from week-to-week.  I look at match-ups and form to formulate my craziness.  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 10 (plus a sleeper/under-owned fella that should be owned and isn’t.)

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Rankings make the world go round.  They dictate the flow and structure for almost every fantasy sport…except the direct ramifications of the official game.  Rankings are great but when the relate to the beautiful game of footie they don’t always translate completely because of the limits that exist in with the transfers system in place.  I get it, I type this stuff every week and it is to be used as a guide for just what I said, gauging transfers.  These ranks are all based on match-ups, form and a whole bunch of common sense.  Mixed with a little of nonsense that spews from my cranium.  FPL rankings are hard because line-ups lock an hour before the first game kicks off so the exact science of this is strictly guess work, and now that the 11 teams that played midweek in the Carabao Cup have played we can get a more ideal look at the possibilities that will exist in the realm of fantasy FPL for Week 10.  So enjoy the ranks, use them, trade them with your friends (if you have any) and best of luck.  Cheers!

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With the Carabao Cup, or whatever it is being called today, being played this week and 11 teams in the Premier being involved in it, I figured waiting a day isn’t such a bad idea.  I mean, when does waiting to see the overall details come back to haunt you?  Maybe with a cheating ex-girlfriend, but other than that, I am clueless.  She got what she will deserve, and no one will ever find her body… I am kidding.  So moving on to Week 10 of the FPL, we either own Harry Kane or we do not.  Unfortunately, there is no middle road, like joint custody.  If you look back on most or all the high scoring FPL teams, he was an intricate part and moving forward I think he is a better rotation-less risk than the City duo.  So if you are chasing the ever fruitful Forward teet, lean in that direction.  But that is not what this Transfer post is all about, we want the here and now… and the unheralded.  The best part is you get the best of me saying it like it is about guys who either have a great match-up, good form, or I am just batty about.  So enjoy the transfer ideas for Week 10 of the FPL.  Cheers!

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GW 9 Highest Scoring Forwards

Player Goals Assists Bonus Points, Cards, PK, CS  Total Score (Week/Season)
Kane, TOT 2 1 3 BP 16/63
Murray, BHA 2  3 BP, 1 CS 13/20
Batshuayi, CHE 2  –  3 BP 12/15
Depoitre, HUD 1 3 BP, 1 CS 9/25
Okazaki, LEI 1 1 3 BP 9/31
Aguero, MCI 1  – 1 BP, 1 CS 7/59
Rashford, MUN 1  2 BP, 1 YC 7/41
Diouf, STK 1 1 BP 7/38
Lacazette, ARS 1  – 6/40
Rooney, EVE 1 6/38
Afobe, BOU 1 5/12
Niasse, EVE 1  – 5/19
Lukaku, MUN 1 5/57
Ayew, SWA 1 5/28
  • Kane scoring goals at home now? Wooooooooooooooooo! He’s going to finish as the top goal scorer, again. Yes, that means you should have him on your side.
  • Bill Murray gets on the board in his first premier appearance of the season.

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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.  Pretty cut and dry, and quite simply… basic.  It is more based on my feelings and gut approach for the week’s upcoming and changes from week-to-week.  I look at match-ups and form to formulate my craziness.  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 9 (plus a sleeper/under-owned fella that should be owned and isn’t.)

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As the world of fantasy scurries to get as many City players into their lineups, the rest of the world is trying to figure out a way to stay afloat if they do not have those key ingredients.  Now, on paper, it looks like an overwhelmingly top-heavy rankings this week, especially for the City folk.  But Burnley has been a limiting bunch in the fantasy world when it comes to facing off against higher potential offenses limiting both Liverpool and Spur to just one goal on the road.  Add in the two allowed to Chelsea in the opening week, and a total of 4 goals allowed in all away games this year it could appear that they are a more stout team on the road.  For fantasy sake, I think that City offensively is just clicking right now and is a damned if you do damned if you don’t proposition.  Regardless, I think that the investment needs to be there on the off chance that they do score in order to keep up with “Jones’.  The other top teams: Spurs and Chelsea have interesting games that could swing either way and completely turn this week’s scoring on its head.  So roster wisely ole friends, and may your point returns be bountiful.  Here’s the second part of Week 9 rankings for the FPL.  Cheers!

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When it comes to solidifying your team and using differentials it starts at the back. Just look at the ownership of the United defenders, who are the best defense in the Premier, yet no defender is owned in over 10% of leagues.  Diversity used to be an old, old wooden ship now it is your best friend.  Pick two good match-up based defenders with flair regardless of price and fill in the other three slots spending no more than 14.0m.  That strategy seems to be the best thing I can think of.  Like I said the differentials are there you just have to find the crucial key pieces and go from there.  It’s like doing an actual puzzle, find the border pieces and work your way in.  Simple.  At the ned if the day you will see the big picture.  Week 9 is upon us and it has some UCL rotation risks so be wary of the news later in the week from the managers and always use common sense when bringing and dumping a player.  best of luck and here are the Wweek 9 rakings for keepers and defenders.  Cheers!

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It was the best of times, it was the worst of times… from an FPL perspective.  You either own the goods that is Man City, are partially involved, or are completely ignoring the problem, like a leak in the ceiling.  Well, if you aren’t fully invested into the City involvement in midfield and forward,s then I don’t know how you play this game.  Because you are playing Tiddlywinks and we are playing Mah-Jong.  Yeah I said it, Mah-Jong.  While searching my vast array of board games, I settled on Mah-Jong.  I also lost a bet and had to include the term Mah-Jong five times in this post.  C’est la vie.  There are worst terms though.  I basically threw five obtusely unrelated names of games or people into a hat and drew the one that I have said previously. So deal with it.  If you came for fantasy footie ideas and shakes patience, it is coming.  The City attack is just lethal.  The only problem is there is too many players to choose from.  With Raheem, Jesus, Leroy, Silva, KDB and the return of Aguero imminent, the choice is almost like Sophie’s choice but with six kids instead of just two.  The best part of the whole thing is that there doesn’t seem to be a bad combo of the six-headed monster, except if you want to own both Jesus or Sergio.  That just don’t make sense, it’s like to left shoes.  So while you look at your team, the time to punt down on defense is now.  Save that money for the goal scorers and forward players especially from the City-zens.  In case you wanted more ideas on transfers and FPL goodness click the button for more stuff, Mah-Jong.  Got that last one in there.  Cheers!

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