Arsenal have served up an interesting FPL conundrum for the new season, with £100-million worth of striking talent vying it out to lead the line for the north London club – and potentially one of the vital premium striker positions in your FPL side. Please, blog, may I have some more?
Diana Ross and The Supremes: The top and most supreme picks, easily gonna be one of Mo Salah or Kane. Flip a damn coin, I don't know. Watford have given up mad goals all season and only had 2 cleans at home - versus Stoke and West Ham - whereas Brighton have kept one clean at home all season, and that was versus Newcastle. I personally will be going Salah. I'm done questioning him, and I think his form is too tremendous to ignore - 2 goals in 23 minutes last week, he's now "rested" and honestly I wouldn't be surprised one bit if he does not play a full 90 versus the Seagulls. Liverpool have a big Champions League match versus Spartak Moscow 3 days later at Anfield. Good news is that it's at home, so he and the rest of the team will be fully prepared for their midweek clash. But got damn, if he just plays 60 minutes he's gonna get returns. Dude's hungry, dale comida mi pueblo!
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 14, and we have one hell of a first fixture, a legendary midweek derby!
When the top three scoring forwards for a gameweek are a combined £16.4m in value and put up 25 total points, well then we gotta reevaluate how we are structuring our teams. Clearly goals are coming from more diverse sources, but the likelihood of picking the right one in any given week remains a difficult proposition. Pick your favorite color and run with it, I don't know - the point is to strengthen your team elsewhere if you are like me and are in shambles in the back and the midfield.
Away: Manchester City (1) - Home: Chelsea (0)The marquee match played at Stamford Bridge on Saturday felt like an away game for Chelsea, as Man City came out relentless from the start pressuring up top and pushing Chelsea back. Chelsea never looked comfortable playing out of the back, and Man City dominated early and often. Alvaro Morata picked up a hamstring injury in the 34th minute, and was replaced by Willian who saw little opportunity to attack alongside Eden Hazard.
Away: Man City (6) – Home: Watford (0)Man City is flying through the early portion of the prem - through 5 games, 16 goals scored and only 2 against (1 by Everton and 1 by Bournemouth). Aguero dominated the attack with a hat trick, Jesus netted a goal, Otamendi burried a header and Sterling scored on a late penalty. So many points to miss out on when you don't have any of these players, which begs the question, why don't we have any of these players? Clearly it's time to reevaluate who you like the most between Jesus and Aguero, allocate funds and bring one of them - my advice would be to trust your gut and don't ever look back, as they will both return points and hopping back and forth will make you lose out on consistent returns, which they will provide throughout the season as long as that attacking midfield and defense remain healthy.
Yesterday we touched on the east end girls and back end boys, today it is the guys who make the fantasy box scores swoon like a seal at the fish market. That's right, if you said it inside your head, it's the middies and forward ranks. Much like the clean sheet prowess, the same can sorta be said for the offensive weapons. In most cases, the clean sheet possibility is linked because the opposing team isn't very good, ergo the offense should do some fantasy things. The midfield ranks should stack with and contain the template option of Eden Hazard. He is, for my money and slight homerism of being a Chelsea fan, the most spot-on Middie in the FPL game right now. So if you are reading this and play fantasy premiere, then obviously make sure he is on your squad. It should be a lot easier this week to bring in not one, but multiple big priced players as the reallocation of the bank of Kun allows a lot of extra cash in the fantasy kitty. So my advice this week is if you own Aguero currently, you need to shift him out. To me it makes no sense to have his 13.0 price tag, coupled with the three other bench players which at minimum combined for the four is 25% of your roster sit idle by. Not having Sergio Aguero in your team is bad enough, but don't hamstring yourself further by not diversifying your funds. Good luck and cheers!
International duty, or doodie if you have a three-year-old's sense of humor like me, is going to make some of the rankings this week a bit fun. Yeah, I will use fun because it's really not going to be because speculating on stuff only makes me look bad and invites you to point the finger of your choosing at me. The news on Antonio Valencia and other South American based players returning on time for Saturday? Sunday duty is sketchy to say the least. So if you own or have any inklings of going that route with your roster, I would strongly encourage you to look elsewheres. So with that, we get into the clean sheet crapshoot purveyors, the defenders of both the box and goal line and like any game played it is tied to both luck and skill... unfortunately. It is still a little early to completely rely on form of fixture, and I would still use my gut on the form thing. If it look's like a duck and doesn't score like a duck, then it probably is a duck. So keep that in mind as there are some interesting clean sheet options this week with Arsenal, Chelsea, and West Ham looking like stronger clean options, but others still exist like Burnley. So good luck this week, Cheers!
The second phase of our weekly ranking experiment and the controversy of our rankings which weren't premeditated in anyway rages on. Three separate minds, all warped, yet sharp in their own special way. Or that's what my grandma told me anyways. Defense to me is all about the secret thing that make your team great from week to week and is my main point of gambling and using my free transfer. I like to gamble, because the allure of that clean sheet is like fantasy crack and I like it. Intervention to follow. Look two games ahead only, I get a kick out of people looking farther then that down the schedule, by that time I will have had 2-3 transfers at my discretion to fix what I thought was broken. Second key thing is find a stud any fantasy defensive stud and ride him for almost ever. Last find a rotation that you like to start the year and stick with it for at least 4-5 games. Like I just said, you can tinker here and there and the dreaded -4 looks better in the beginning of the year a rather then the end. Here are the rankings, commentary brought by myself and Kevin Devries as well John Wallin of playtogga, the hippest and coolest draft style fantasy footie out there today...
And so it begins... People can write hundreds of articles prepping you and singing the praises of dozens of players. To me, they all scream the same thing: "We are all guessing." Fantasy footie is one of the true sports that scream beauty and fantasy worthiness is in the eyes of the beholder... that's you lads. So this week at Razzball, I will be giving you positional breakdowns, starting with keepers today and Forwards by weeks end. I am basing my rankings on a few factors: job security, team as a whole, and value. Match-ups come and go with every changing week, that's why I give you individually ranked positions every week for the next 40 weeks or so. So get comfy, litter it with your opinion, and here are the preseason rankings as I see it for the upcoming FPL season. Cheers! Oh, and for giggles, I called in some of the industry elite in Kevin Devries @Kevrov ,and usual draft style specialist John Wallin, @Fantasy Gaffer of Togga.