Having a ton of fantasy assets is usually a good thing when you have 20 teams to choose from in terms of the FPL. It is still the preseason, but when you look at one team that has a very vocal midfield in terms of capability for fantasy fruitfulness, who do you choose? The right answer may be none. And stay with me here… When given too many choices, not wanting to over-invest is the right answer sometimes, skipping the obvious and selecting zero instead. With the likes of Phillipe Coutinho, Sadio Mane, Mo Salah, Adam Lallana, Georgino Wijnaldum and now a forward but still relevant for this discussion Roberto Firmino, how do you just choose one that hits every week. That is almost damn near impossible. With the way that Liverpool offense flows, there isn’t one guy that will get all the fantasy goodies like on other teams. Dispersion of goals and assists (since that is where most midfielders and forwards get their points) in this case, is a bad thing. When they face teams in the middle of the season once, we know who will be bad defensively. Sure, loading up seems like a good idea, but to start the year? No thank you.Please, blog, may I have some more?
The metric for team-building has always been to avoid the tippy top of defenders when it comes to price. That problem is getting a lot harder this year as nine defenders are priced at 6.5 or higher, and another ten over 6.0. We all like to save a buck here or there, but that is why I am here. To buck the trend, come up with either really smart or really dumb ideas, or to just be some sort of comic relief in the world of FPL. All of what I just said is true, it’s just in the eye of the beholder for smart/dumb ideas. So this year I have seen the same trend and a lot of complaints from the FPL heads that defenders are too high and not worth it as they scour for usefulness in the lower tiers of pricing. I am going the opposite way currently, and all it will cost you in the end is 2m bucks. I got last years stats in my pocket, and I know they don’t always correlate. The beautiful thing here is that there are so many options on high priced defense that you aren’t committed to just go with the chalk guys. Keep on reading… I made a fun chart for you to peruse, and will have more goodies after the jump!Please, blog, may I have some more?
Every year, the hype wagon and subtle love affair for the promoted teams players happens. It happens, sorry not sorry, but it does. They come in with their Championship league stats all shiny and got the fantasy world by the tail. I get it, they did great things in a league that is below the Premier. For the official game, they have an additional appeal because we have seen it in the past that they can rise to be a useful cheap piece. Deeney years ago, Andre Gray after that, and now we are hit with the influx of familiar names that have played in the Premier and are now back… at a discount now. The fantasy attributes that Brighton, Huddersfield, and Newcastle boast have some usefulness as salary fillers or just a plain dump in some cases. Because the four-buck defender still happens. So today we are focusing on some of the better fantasy options from the promoted squads and how they can aide in your quest to build the perfect XI or XV if we are being completely honest. Because those four bench spots still matter when you are comprising your roster with a 100m budget. So enjoy the kind words about this years crop of promoted players, you may or may not hear their names again this year so get a pad and pencil ready or since we have technology earmark this page with a cool bookmark that you got from the school library. Cheers!Please, blog, may I have some more?
With the launch of the official site (finally), we can now venture out into a brand new season of torture and mind-numbingly awesome fantasy footie. I am excited. It’s like Christmas in July, because if you look at your calendar, it is July and the season starts in less than one month. That only leaves one month of making drafts of your teams, watching exhibition games and then tinkering with your drafts some more. then hearing some more transfer rumors and yet again tinker with your template of a squad for Week 1. I can almost guarantee that every person will use more then 100 total players before the season starts in some way, shape, or form to build a roster to their perfect team. This is an ADHD sufferers wet dream to be honest. And it is all free, their are no hits, so go crazy. If this is your first time reading about fantasy soccer then welcome and where have you been? If you are a seasoned veteran, then hello again and we are in for a 38-week adventure. So strap in my fellow beautiful game warriors, it’s going to be another great year!Please, blog, may I have some more?
This is it folks, last round-up. Finish your pints and kindly please put your stools on top of the tables when you leave. In all seriousness though, it has been a pleasure to drop knowledge on you week in and week out for the FPL. I do it for the love of the beautiful game, you hopefully come for the fresh cold cuts and stay for the light sided humor. Either way you get me, and I hope I at least helped you at least once this year. So cheers for the read. On to the last week, plenty of fixtures that look tasty but how many transfers do we use post DGW and in most cases bench boost. I personally still have my all out attack chip and am on the fence if losing one defender is actually worth the extra attacker. Crazy, but defense is shifty consistent. My advice for this week would be to bring in as viable attackers as possible and let the scoring and the results of what could be a wild Sunday of fixtures. Go down with your guns out, shirt off and get that last yellow card for celebrating. So last and probably not least here are the week 38 FPL rankings. Enjoy!Please, blog, may I have some more?
If you guessed from the title this week, this week is anyone’s guess. Unfortunately, the locking system for starting XI isn’t evolved enough to give us enough time to adjust our rosters accordingly. But with only a handful of teams with something to play for, hitting the right guy via the transfer wire is like throwing darts from 100 yards away. With Liverpool and City still battling for Champions league spots, and Arsenal hoping for the best in those outcomes… those games would be the high point of my interest as far as transfers go. If you are close in your mini-league to moving up a few spots, don’t be afraid to take a gamble, you have to think obtusely in order to make up points this week. You know why? Because there is no tomorrow. I mean, there is a tomorrow, but it doesn’t matter. So go to the store buy a new set of balls, and get weird. Here are some ideas for the week to get you through your transfer conundrum. It has been a hell of a year, one last Cheers for ya!Please, blog, may I have some more?
With time short in both this week and the season, we get right to the meat and potatoes. Rankings will be fast and furious, as will the fantasy advice. Two weeks remain in the season and with the double game week this week, it is almost the Mt. Everest of the FPL season. So my transfer advice will be included in the intro to the rankings this week. Find a differential if they possibly exist, watch out for possible rotations, and don not bring in anyone with a single game week. I mean that all sounds simple and well and good from a fan of my writings so heed my advice this week. Stick to your guns with player favorability, and do not be afraid to take a minus to bring in a DGW player at the expense of a -4. The rationale behind that is that if a player does nothing but play minute you break even. So anything they may do, or are expected to do that adds to their point total is money in your bank. Not really but you get the idea. So on to the ranks as the games start Friday, and they don’t stop until next Thursday. Should be fun if you are into the whole soccer/football thing. Good luck this week. Cheers!Please, blog, may I have some more?
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 36 (plus a sleeper/under-owned fella that should be owned and isn’t).Please, blog, may I have some more?
With the end of the season in sight, it is time to announce that tickets are now on sale for the first annual Razzball pancake breakfast. It is a bring your own eggs affair. A dozen is good but the amount of slackers that we have that will attend it is best to bring a dozen and a half. I will be your DJ in the kitchen cooking up hash browns on the ones and twos. Not sure if anyone else will be accompanying me in the chef department, if not, so be it. I am used to going at things on my own. So get pancake hungry y’all! Now to the lecture at hand, week 36 is here and it gives us a real strategy look at what to do the rest of the way. Whether you have the WC still at your discretion or not. Two teams, Arsenal and Southampton have fantasy assets in name only this week as both teams only offer the extra set of fixtures and not the allure. So don’t go crazy with bringing in hopes and dreams of positive thinking this week and concentrate on Week 37 instead. But for now stay here enjoy my rankings and hell even stay and leave a comment or three. Happy transferring. Cheers!Please, blog, may I have some more?
What is so dissimilar to this double game week than the previous double game week? Nothing, it’s like Rick Ross meets General Akbar. For those not in the know, it is a trap. Both Southampton and Arsenal are about as trustworthy as a 17-year-old designated driver. Yeah, you may get to the desired destination, but at what cost? Dignity, pride and the basic evolution of drunktitude will be lost. So most moves this week will either involve a Saint or a Gunner. It is the facts of life, minus Ms. Garrett. So if you wanna make any head way this week and keep up with the proverbial Jones’, those are the swimming with the current type moves. But be heady that neither have two winnable fixtures, and the second fixture faces off against one another… never fantastic for fantasy. So with that in mind here are the transfer ideas, pre-DGW and for looking ahead to that sexy week 37 double. Cheers!Please, blog, may I have some more?