Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends, we’re so glad you could attend! Step inside, step inside.  Well, it ends in 22 weeks, but that is a whole lifetime away it seems, especially with the beautiful string of nice weather going down in my neck of nape. So like every other Wednesday, we start with the back-enders.  The clean sheet OCD’ers.  To put it bluntly, if they don’t keep a clean sheet, they better score.  Goalies on the other foot, never do anything but stand there with goofy gloves on that smell like feet.  Seriously, they smell like feet.  Go ask your local club keeper to sniff his gloves.  If he doesn’t tell you to go screw, I bet he lets ya.  Let me know how the results work… I already know.  This week brings on some fixtures with some sneakiness.  Not extra sneaky but some that could be viewed by some (not me) as no-brainer CS options.  Yeah, I am really staring at the BOU vs. Baggie, Swansea vs. West Ham, and Chelsea vs. Sunderland fixtures.  They, to me, seem like a huge trap that Admiral Akbar warned you about.  My general advice this week is go with your gut.  I think the Baggies have a great upcoming set, and Chelsea are dead to me. Add in the Arsenal and City match, and the defense is a muddled up mess of mediocrity.  So enjoy the first installment of the Week 17 Rankings.  Cheers!

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The return of the Pudlian skipper makes the midfield ranks for me a little more muddled.  Liverpool is a team where you want to own someone.  Not everyone is sold on the Brazilian dreamboat in Coutinho, while the rest of the world has completely soured on remaining midfield options like Firmino.  What are you looking for from a midfielder, who would slide into your rotational status as a 4th or 5th middie?  Well let’s look.  The upcoming fixtures are @Watford, vs. Leicester, @Sunderland and @ West Ham.  Okay, so it’s not the greatest, but it’s not the worst.  I mean, he could be facing Chelsea.  Fit with the team?  Well, he just really returned from injury and was without question thrust into Klopp system and seemed to do well in it.  Price, well, he falls sweetly into that ever-rising last midfielder price tag, which, by my estimation with everyone’s abundance of cash, is in the £5.8 – £6.8 range.  Well, he sits at £6.5 currently and is a sure-fire to go up (either this week with an increase of transfers in or a follow up to a goal and an assist week like we just saw).  Lastly… ownership.  The true differential.  He is owned in less than 4% of leagues as he sits right now, and that number will be closer to 5% by game time this week.  Is he a better fit for your team (and rotate better than a struggling to find points Dusan Tadic or even Andre Ayew)?  Absolutely.  As long as he can stay on the pitch, the captain of the Pool attack will be Hendo.  Let’s see what else I see through my purple haze for this week’s transfer ideas…

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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 16 (plus a sleeper/under-owned fella that should be owned and isn’t).

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If I had to compare the second half of the rankings to anything, it would be the gin to the juice.  The actual butter to the “I can’t believe it” stuff.  So by comparisons sake, there isn’t any.  This is basically by vis-a-vis standards, the stuff that gets you drunk and fat.  The forwards and midfielder ranks arent as reliant on the clean sheet as the keeper and defender group, hence the lack of fluidity and movement.  It’s about the staple items here.  The guys you should be owning, because let’s face it, you should be owning them.  The top options are where the points get milled from, and what separates nothing really because the roster ownership differential isn’t there.  So stick to the staples and be ready to pounce on a good thing a week earlier then most.  That is this week’s piece of fortune cookie.  Here are the Week 16 FPL middies and Forward ranks…

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Every week, we rank positions for you as a gift.  So yes, you’re welcome.  One day, when the earth stops revolving around yourself and you stop taking selfies of you and your pet, you can repay me in kind.  Until then, I will continue to churn out quality over hogwash.  So it’s really Week 16 already, holy hell.  I think I picked the wrong week to stop doing crosswords.  So what are we looking at this week?… Arsenal, Spurs, United, and City look to have favorable match-ups for the CS potential.  Though with some more UCL games to be played and injuries to be sorted out from the two teams that played yesterday, it could make for an interesting Week 16 game of matches.  So here’s the backpitchers that will be the CS wannabees and the questionable tally adders for Week 16 in the FPL.

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At what point… check that, we are at the dawn of an amazing fantasy precipice in regards to the team from Watford.  The Odion Ighalo love has blossomed into the previous preseason darling of a twin in Troy Deeney.  The funny thing is when you ask anyone, there is no wrong answer in selecting either of the two.  If you have been rostering Iggy all year, then by all means, stay the course.  For those of you, and that number is a generous 74% of you who don’t, the time to maybe shift your gears off of whomever or whatever trio you were rostering for the strike position. The ownership differential isn’t going to get any better in your favor.  Deeney is owned in less then 4% of all leagues, that number falls lower for the fellas/ladies we are chasing in the top-1000 teams to under 3%.  The Hornets schedule isn’t the prettiest coming up, but to be honest, we said that previously as they trudged through the likes of United and West Ham.  Are they forever roster ideas, the one including Deeney?  Probably not, but a nice match with Sunderland and the up/down affairs of Liverpool loom ahead, and to me, that is a little bit of alright.  Here are some other transfer ideas in the FPL for Week 16.  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, 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 15 (plus a sleeper/under-owned fella that should be owned and isn’t).

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These rankings to me are comparable to the girl you try to impress at prom by using your souped up dance moves that you learned from watching Dance Party USA.  In the end, regardless, it will be awesome because you hope you get to score.  I know you have to wait til’ the middle of the week to get them, but I need to time to peculate on the ranks.  The forwards and midfield ranks are becoming a more obvious picture right now as the top 5-6 players at each position (minus injuries) are fairly and universally owned.  The forward picture especially is a grab-bag of six names, and the liking of one over another is some kind of big speculation by many in the FPL community.  Short form answer is that there is no wrong answer. If you can fit any combo of the six into three spots and under budget, go for it.  Just remember that you don’t need a 5th midfielder then, so you can spend up on the top-4 options there. But don’t go using someone who doesn’t play.  Just grab someone cheap that plays… cough… Robbie Brady… cough.  So here are the Week 15 middies and forward ranks for the Fantasy Premier League…

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So every week, we here at Razzball FC take pride in presenting you weekly rankings for the FPL.  This week is not very original in stanza, or format, it’s just the same ole’ tiddle and bits that you should be reading. The week starts out with Keepers and Defense.  Which I basically equate to playing a sport in Gym class and actually having to play by the official rules, no scooters, no q-tip covered sticks, and you have to play with the kids who never participate in normal gym class activities.  For some that are lost, it’s the uneventful side of the rankings, still rankings nonetheless, and you can’t make a team and compete without them.  So we traipse through the C.S. gods and hope for some additional goodies in the tally column.  So happy hunting/transferring this week as you peruse my Week 15 FPL Rankings…

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Raise your hand if you are tired of hoping that a guy will be injured already, just so you can make a needed change to your lineup.   Yeah… me too.  The news on Alexis Sanchez is not looking good for the upcoming weekend fixture against Sunderland.  This is on the heels of him being not-so-healthy before the game with the same thing that will most likely force him to miss the match with the Black Cats. Who is too blame here… Wenger? My finger is pointed at Sanchez for being too sneaky and betraying all fantasy owners who owned him.  A pox on you and your whole Chilean family (or until you get fully fit and I can get you back in my squad at a discount).  The obvious and natural transfer move is to shift your similar funds to the direction of KDB.  If you own him already, you have one of two options: sit on Sanchez and wait until he gets fully healthy, risking a loss in salary and shame for the paella party.  Or transfer him out for a better, even sneakier option. What sneakier option you ask?  Well guess what I am going to tell you?  Here are some post-Alexis injury transfers to ponder on for the Week of 15 in the FPL…

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