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.

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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‘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.

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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.

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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.

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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, 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).

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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…

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