The good news is this is the last break until mid-February.  The bad news is the season is flying by like a fat kid just learning about gravity riding down a hill on a skateboard.  Picture that image…  Because the best part about it is you know he can’t fall right and do nothing but get hurt. Laughter aside the fixtures this week are a ragtag bunch of haves and have nots and some evenly matched fixtures.  I mean the Chelsea/Newcastle fixture is the battle for 16th FFS.  Say that outloud and see if it resonates as true as if you read it silently in the your favorite fantasy reading corner.  So the defensive side of the ball is where we always start our rankings every week, and this week is not different. You should only need three defenders in most systems of strategy you are employing, because whether you use four through the midfield or five, the striker play is what dictates the back-enders of fantasy footie.  As far as the keeper side of it, if you aren’t rostering one of the top-4 options on the year, I don’t know what to tell you. So enough of the wordsmithing and let’s get to the rankings of the week of the unlucky, 13.  Cheers.

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I know old new is just that…old, but to the point that it really hasn’t affected anyone yet from a roster standpoint means a hill of beans to me and others.  Payet went down and the roster adjusting has only really started and won’t truly finish until this round of Int’l break games is completely over and kaput.  So the best piece of advice I can give you from a creepy Uncle kind of way is; wait 48 more hours post reading this and then attack the needs on your roster thusly.  Not everyone will/should have a double free transfer at their disposal, I mean you should if you listened to me just a little bit, but that is neither here nor there.  So for the few that do you are probably looking at a direct replacement for Dimitri as he was owned in over 30% of leagues before going down, the second one will be a filler for a needy defender or another player suffering from a little niggle.  So here are some tactical ideas I have concocted in my den of zen, also known as my garage,  Cheers and good luck for the week with your transfers in and out.

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Yup, I am unfortunately the bearer of bad news, I mean someone has to be “that Guy”.  I do take some kind of joy out of it, because let’s be honest it takes a special kind of a-hole to be “that guy”.  Ralph knows I am that guy, the bearer of bad anything, the most likely to say something inappropriate, blame a fart on the dog…yeah him.  With the week 12 games comes another break in action, this is like a strategy kick in the you know whats.  Just when you get into a comfortable roster rotation, guys picked out for multiple weeks then BAM.  The risk of injury hits.  Let’s just hope that it isn’t a continuation of the other Fantasy Football wrath of injuries that have happened.  So this week is a stay sound make square moves to the good and don’t risk it on guys who have one good fixture week. Wasting a free transfer is like using a 20% off coupon for a dollar purchase, but having two for the week after the Int’l break seems to me like the best piece of advice that anyone who calls themselves anything of an expert to do. So don’t give into the itch, wait for the injury fairy to rear its ugly head (because it’s going to happen in some way) and then attack week 13 in 3 weeks with the vigor of a man/woman with twice the buying power.  Here’s a list just because I need something to talk about from guys who could be worth monitoring, or if you don’t wanna listen to me.  Cheers!

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Sit with me if you will, and let’s separate time and space.  It was an eerily similar time last year when Harry Kane in all his cheap priced goodness sat on the bench waiting for the time to shine.  It is almost exactly one year to the date give or take a week or so.  We can do that, we are all friends and stuff, fake fantasy friends.  He was an under-utilized, under-valued (or so we found out) and soon to be roster darling.  He ended the year with 21 net bulges and tons of unregistered bulges from all the COYS rooters.  So here we are now, Kane was basically overpriced for his production to date, until this week happened and everyone is sitting with £3-4m in their kitty from the roster expunging of Kun. So the big question is do you and at what cost.  Vardinho needs to stay in your lineup, so avert your eyes elsewhere.  He falls into that secondary striker mode a la Pelle and Lukaku. Kane’s schedule is decent enough for the next 10 matches that you may want to roster now, enjoy the roster salary boost and then re-assess after week 19.  So that is my main advice this week, if you are looking for a “ride or die” option up top for the foreseeable future, then The Hurricane is your man.  For those of you not sold and may need help elsewhere, here’s some decent match-up and form based transfer assessments for ya.  Cheers!

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Decision Day 2015 is upon us and, surprisingly, has nothing to do with politics or even Donald Trump. Sunday marks the final day of the MLS regular season and there is much still to be decided. Which team out of Portland, San Jose, Seattle, and Sporting KC will be left out of the playoffs? Will it be the Red Bulls or FC Dallas that lay claim to the Supporters’ Shield? Which teams grab the knockout round byes?

It’s the biggest DFS slate of the year for MLS with all 20 teams playing Sunday afternoon and evening. Personally, I won’t have a ton of skin in the game as I’ll actually be in attendance at Sporting Park watching Sporting KC take on the Galaxy though I’ll have to get some action this week. Because of the full slate, we’ll look at a variety of players to target without getting too in-depth. I’ll only be targeting players on teams that have something to play for as I don’t trust the already-eliminated teams to field normal starting lineups.

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If you are reading this in the confines of your work bathroom on your usual 10;30 AM jaunt then welcome aboard again.  First things first, everyone is in the same boat roster wise.  That is the by far most important thing about this week, no need to panic and regret using your WC already.  Two moves to an effective roster is all that this week requires.  The first is sell Aguero and bring in a forward of your liking.  The second is sell your least favorite midfielder, and you will have all the money in the world because Kun is the most expensive lad in this universe, or the one that’s most injured. Once you’ve relieved yourself of “Kun”, bring in Kevin De Bruyne.  That’s it.  That’s all the advice you need this week.  The rankings below are important because well I took the time to do them, and you should read them and take some advice from the hand that feeds you all types of fantasy know how.  Week 9 Midies and forwards rankings are just one click away.  Good luck and cheers

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I was all set to write this big intro paragraph about whether or not we had to have the Atomic Ant, Sebastian Giovinco, in our lineups this week until I started my research and discovered Giovinco won’t be playing for Toronto on Wednesday night. He won’t be there because he’s with the ITALIAN NATIONAL TEAM helping the Azzuri qualify for Euro 2016. It can’t be overstated how crazy it is that an MLS player is good enough to be among the best 23 for one of the world’s soccer powers. He’s the kind of Designated Player (DP) that MLS needs to bring in more of instead of its obsession with the aging star Frank Lampard-types. As I write this, Giovinco just assisted on the equalizing goal for Italy against Norway. What a talent.

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Here in the Twin Cities the leaves are changing color, the temperatures are dropping, everything is pumpkin-flavored, and that can only mean one thing: time to construct late-season MLS DFS lineups! OK so maybe most people wouldn’t make that same connection but here we are. Almost every MLS franchise has work yet to do in the last few weeks of the regular season whether it be running down the Supporters Shield or making a push to secure their playoff spot.

The two-game Wednesday MLS slate on a daily fantasy site that’s “fit for a king” features three teams in the hunt for the league’s best record and one, Impact de Montreal, that desperately need points to fend off Orlando City for the sixth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Impact-ing (see what I did there?) these two games is MLS’ refusal to allow room for the international break resulting in many players being called up to their national teams which keeps teams at less than full strength. Look out for starting lineups as there will surely be some surprises.

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As always for rankings sake we start in the back and work our way forward.  It’s sorta like looking in your closet for that one missing shoe.  Instead of shoes we have actual, uniformed wearing players who will score fictitious points for your fictitious fantasy teams.  So in reality that shoe that will never be found and the fantasy players, points and teams are all figments of the the reality we live in.  Weird.  Next thing I am going to find out is that there are no Luck dragons named Falcore and that story really ended, unbeknownst to me.  While I ponder infinity, enjoy the back end fantasy assets for week 7.  Cheers!

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It’s the potatoes of the this week rankings.  And yes is the answer, we serve the starch before the proteins.  It’s all good though because we will no doubt fill you up with more useful knowledge then useless.  It’s my guarantee, if you aren’t satisfied Ralph will drive you to the airport for your next vacation free of charge.  Door to door is the farm to table of the fantasy biz.   So looking at this week’s games there are a slew of close games and very few favorable fixtures that you want to monopolize on.  Best advice is stay the course and if you need to transfer in this week it will be an all offensive type sitch.  So enjoy the rankings where City keepers and defenders rule the roost…again.  It’s week 6 back-enders rankings…Cheers!

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