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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Building a defense is the keystone to a good fantasy team.  The only problem is getting the right ones from the right teams at the right time.  Sound easy enough… wrong!  With so many names and rotation risks for so many teams, how do we know who will do what and when?  We don’t, but it never hurts to start with a team that has the makings of a top-3 defensive unit for the upcoming year.  I introduce you to Victor Lindelof.  the new signee for the Red Devils that looks like a key piece for a Mourinho defense that can be the makings of a solid United squad.  His only fall back is that he doesn’t have the year after year pedigree that we can say makes us sleep better at night.  With only one season to his credit with over 1000 minutes, the neophyte to the Premier may be viewed as a wait and see proposition. Though we will have to see how he is utilized in the defensive scheme of things.  As of now, he looks to have a starting spot based on what United has in the cupboard.  So should Victor be part of your initial squad?

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When a useful fantasy name comes on board to the fantasy universe, we instantly ask two questions: Does Mo Salah have the skill set that translates to the FPL? Second, does his price give him the worthiness of a roster spot?  Addressing this is not as cut an dry as yes and yes.  It is more like maybe and maybe.  His skill set definitely portrays a type of player that can flourish in the Premier League.  After coming over from Seria A, he boasts stats that ooze potential for possibly the same thing.  Last season he scored 15 goals and had 11 assists.  Now transfer that over to the premier and he would have easily been in the top-6 of midfielders for points.  But that’s where the cut and dry comes in.  Seria A is not the Premier and vice versa.  They are like identical cousins, yeah they grow from the same family tree but one is an account and the other is an actuary.  Similar but different.  He goes to a team that surrounds him with players of value and skill set that he should be able to carve out enough tallies to make him useful.  Tallies are what we need.  For him to be a rosterable fantasy playerh he would need to get 20 goals/assists on the year.  The big question is: is that possible?

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The game has been open for two weeks now.  So it is a good exercise to take a look at the growing number of FPL players are doing with their funds.  Because the 20-plus drafts that they have done during that time aren’t enough, we need hard numbers.  Facts in hand.  Because the FPL universe, especially in the preseason, is a giant lemming fest of FPL experts spitting the same info… just repackaged into something new.  The best advice you get isn’t from me, which it usually is, but from building your own team and using common sense.  The ownership of guys has never dictated anything to me.  Form (which we don’t have right now) and schedule (which we most certainly do have are the best tools in your tool belt).  Watch your preseason games.  Get a feel for the starting XI that are developing in interesting circumstances for position battles. With two more weeks until the season starts we still have more incoming transfers in the summer window, injuries, and manager dissatisfaction of their players to come.  So yes, look at the ownership of players and use that to your advantage to not sway your decision, but to help make it yourself.  Here’s a look at the FPL most owned 15 players that are currently swaying the market.  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 36 (plus a sleeper/under-owned fella that should be owned and isn’t).

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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!

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I get it. I am a realist, the temptations that are flirting with you on the waiver wire or transfer market is a temptious beast. She will lure you in with promises and form, and leave you disappointed like Alvaro Negredo on a DGW. That is not the case this week my peeps. It is thew final stretch. The set-up before the Tim Horton special, the double-double. With Arsenal and Southampton doubling in back to back weeks I can see if you don’t have a wildcard at your disposal that all your transfers this week will be in a set-up for that capacity. But unfortunately there is a week to play before that cluster F rears its ugly head. So let us attack the week 35 slate before we get ahead of ourselves and stay in the here and now. Here are some present day transfer ideas for week 35 of the FPL season. Only 4 more weeks to go and then I go into hibernation. Cheers!

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The DGW makes rankings seem like a person who has a stutter.  Every third guy is from the same team, and are basically only enticing because of the extra fixture.  This week, that is not the case.  The fixtures are bordering on blah and the options to gain fantasy aptitude are limited.  Yea the Palace players seem interesting and then you realize their opponents.  Then you move onto United and realize that, who do you really trust there?  Then you have Middlesbrough who’s favorite soccer stylings seems to be stuck in neutral.  Not very appealing my friends, like I said.  The best case scenario for the week is to take a minimum hit transfer wise and bring in the usual DGW faces that you hear about all over the inter-webs, and of course use some of that good ole common sense. So good luck with transfer ideas and enjoy some DGW rankings for week 34 of the FPL.  Cheers!

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Usually with a fast week, decision making, as it comes to transfer ideas, is a rash decision making process.  I am prone to do it.  I make a decision with my mind instead of my heart, and sometimes leave my self short-sighted for the weeks to come.  No matter, because we are still in the mind set of sorta playing for this week, but still thinking about the double dip factor for the 3 teams that double in Week 34.  So with a quick turnaround this week, we jump into the transfer ideas and views of some players that I see that could help both now and later.  So good luck with the 2-3 days off and then right back into the fray of FPL action.  Cheers!

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