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Every week I run down the weekly match-ups of all the matches on the slate and rank them based on price, ownership, and matches.  I then coagulate those in a high powered juice-maker of FPL proportions and come up with rankings for the week.  Sounds pretty cut and dry, and with this being Week 1, it becomes harder to rank because we only know what we know. And don’t know what we know, besides knowing what we don’t know.  There is no pattern, and it is all speculation.  So this separates the guessers from the experts in some form.  So feel free to critique, give me guff, or just stop on in to pat me on the back.  The season is here, and here starts the first rankings of Week 2.  Cheers!


  1. David de Gea, Man United
  2. Kasper Schmeichel, Leicester
  3. Petr Cech, Arsenal
  4. Ederson, Man City
  5. Fraser forster, Southampton
  6. Ben Foster, West Brom
  7. Asmir Begovic, Bournemouth
  8. Jonas Lossl, Huddersfield
  9. Simon Mignolet, Liverpool
  10. Hugo Lloris, Spurs
  11. Thibaut Courtois, Chelsea
  • First thing you notice is the keeper ranks get dinged because Chelsea/Spurs face off neutralizing their collective value.
  • Maybe I am alone in my thinking, but I can see Schmeichel being in the top-3 in scoring by season’s end.
  • Foster continues a good stretch for the baggies and is a reliable one or none allowed keeper.
  • The promoted squads can see each other for the first time this year and Lossl looks to be the better for Huddersfield.  Though the Magpies have the value of a 4.0 keeper in their favor.


  1. Sead Kolasinac, Arsenal
  2. Kyle Walker, Man City
  3. Ryan Bertrand, Southampton
  4. Antonio Valencia, Man United
  5. Charlie Daniels, Bournemouth
  6. Vincent Kompany, Man City
  7. Cedric, Southampton
  8. Eric Bailly, Man United
  9. Toby Alderweireld, Spurs
  10. Harry Maguire, Leicester
  11. Hector Bellerin, Arsenal
  12. Daley Blind, Man United
  13. Marcos Alonso, Chelsea
  14. Ahmed Hegazi, West Brom
  15. Nacho Monreal, Arsenal
  16. Nicolas Otamendi, Man City
  17. Craig Dawson, West Brom
  18. David Luiz, Chelsea
  19. Mathias Jorgensen, Huddersfield
  20. Chancel Mbemba, Newcastle
  • It’s early but Sead, a City defender and some form of So’ton defender is looking like a must if budget allows.
  • Love Arsenal and United this week.
  • West brom has value as a good and bad defence and hegazi is the guy to own right now with his price of 4.6.  Questions will abound when all are healthy: McAuley and Evans, but regardless they aren’t so he has the nicest hat in the Baggies defense.
  • Same with keepers, Chelsea and Spurs are downgraded with the match of  “elites”.
  • Chancel Mbemba is the best and most minuted four buck chuck defender… get familiar.



  1. Matty says:

    Smokey, I’m an 8 team league, and own Courtois at GK. Would you recommend just streaming week to week depending on matchups or holding Courtois? Guys like Lossl, Fabianski, Forster, Begovic, Schmeichel are available. Thanks!

    • @Matty: You roster 2 right? So can’t you keep Courtois and stream your 2nd GK spot based on matchups?

      • Matty says:

        @VonHayes: I’ve thought about doing that but in the scoring system we use (Togga) GKs are relatively low scoring, and no one in the league has two rostered, so I’m not sure that would be worth it.

        • Smokey

          Smokey says:

          @Matty: Don’t do it Togga, bench spots too valuable.

        • Von Hayes says:

          @Matty: my bad, thought you were talking about new draft format

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:

      @Matty: roster Courtois and stream based on match

  2. Matty says:

    So you’re saying drop Coutois and stream week to week for matchups (Schmeichel this week) ? Or drop someone to roster a second GK that rotates week to week?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:

      @Matty: I wouldn’t drop courtois no, but streaming does seem like a good idea. Only need one keeper in Togga format but owning Courtois is a patience game.

      • Matty says:

        @Smokey: Thanks for the advice I’ll hold for now

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