One week is down in the whole “transfer burning a hole in your pocket”, with two more to go as we start to reach now or get off the crapper.  Listen, I get how tempting it is to just go crazy and set yourself up for the one week fix, but you need to look ahead longer than just week 22.  There are still 18 weeks to go, and after this free one, you only get one transfer per week. And no, I do not recommend giving away the four points unless desperate, on drugs, or desperately on drugs.  So sit tight, that’s an order!  In another week, the folks (that’s me and Ralph) will be holding your hand and breaking down the remaining schedule and give you our view of the who’s, the what’s, and the guys that you wanna roster for the duration of your run to the title in your respective leagues.  This week, we have some decent gambles from the one and done perspective of transfers.  Some return from injury, some are new to the league and then there is Andy Carroll.  In a league all to himself, ponytail and all. So good luck this week and as always, cheers!

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So every week, I review all the games… yeah, I do it running on high test caffeinated drinks, squeezing as much of the game info as I can, and then form a sort of “dream team” of my very own.  I do it differently, and I use the best players, but at a shrunken budget, because we all can’t be high rollers.  Why the shrunken budget you may ask? Because it’s more fun and challenging for me, and I can’t just look at the top scorers and do fifty-two card pick up.  So with Week 21 now officially closed, lets take a look at my formidable Starting XI.  Keep in mind that I limit myself to a £70.0m budget, and I will conform to the standard 4-4-2 form.  Enjoy! Comments, quips or the occasional curse word are always welcomed here at Razzbol FC… (Points scored for the week are in parenthesis.)

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Well, for a player of value on a mid-level club to go to a top-tiered team that has players that are, for all intents in purpose, just as good… what does this mean for his value going forward?  Wilfried Bony has been transferred to the financial juggernaut of Manchester City upon his return from ACoN.  The curiosity side of me is wondering what this will do to his fairly moderate value (£8.3 currently), and how much run on the pitch he will actually get to retain that value once Sergio Aguero returns completely.  Format wise, it’s not a lose-lose situation for Bony, and I think he goes into the same role he was playing at Swansea and Aguero, to that off-set striker position, which isn’t awful for his skill set, because Bony is more of that “power forward” at posting up and better in the air.

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Last week we began our in depth look into the transfer needs for every club in the Premier League. We made it from Arsenal to Manchester City, and over the next two days we’ll cover the remaining ten clubs. It’s already been an interesting window with a couple of big names moving clubs. The breaking news as of writing this is that Swansea has sold star striker Wilfried Bony to defending champions Man City for £28m. Smokey will dig into the FPL repercussions of this move later today. In many ways this move is the mechanism that will move the needle here in January. It gives some clarity to clubs like Liverpool who will now focus their attention to potential other forward options like Christian Benteke.  But that’s enough for the clubs we’ve already discussed, onto Part 3.

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Is anyone else having withdrawals? Just me….Okay then, well, forgive me if some of my spelling is off or iffffffffff there are loooooong strings of letters. I have the FPL DT’s after upping my intake to matches every 3 days during the holiday stretch of the calendar. Well happy days are here again for the addicts out there like me, we have Matchweek 21 upon us. With 8 matches on the schedule for today and a couple of exciting fixtures on the docket for tomorrow, we have plenty to sink our teeth into. As we do every week at this time, we take a look at each game, and focus on a player from each squad to keep an eye on. Now that all of our friends in Africa and Asia are off on International duty we have plenty of new faces to get acclimated with over the coming weeks. A few of these players have been pushed into positions of relevance for us FPL players. So it’s important we get familiar, but don’t worry you have the Matchweek 21, Previews to guide you.

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So, as we do every match day, we’re giving you our loves and hates for this week in a segment called Start ‘Em and Sit ‘Em.  You should know the drill but if you don’t, we each pick one option from each position, and then, for a bonus, we show you our genius line-ups for the week.  Pretty cut and dry, and quite simply… basic.  The best part is, you get two opinions for the price of one.  We do this as a tandem, it’s the Smokey and Ralph show.  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 Start Em’, Sit Em’, Week 21

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The forward post for me is the highlight of the week.  It’s like when the circus comes to town and they march all the animals through the center, and the best part of it is watching the people who clean up after the animals.  I think I basically just called this post “crap” in a round-about way.  Guess what it’s not crap?  How can the guys who claim all the glory for their club by making goals happen be crap?  Goals are what stimulate the fantasy world. For the ladies, it’s a glass of Chardonnay and three dates with a guy named Duracell.  Now that information is out in the open, and we are all awake and aware of the adult vocabulary that we use here, let’s look at the forward rankings for the exciting week of 21.  If it looks a little wobbly and slurring it’s speech, it’s because it can finally drink and went to Branson, Missouri for a good ole hootenanny.  Enjoy the ranks… cheers!

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I’m not sure if my colleague, partner, and my writer from another fighter would agree, but in 2014-15 Midfielders have been the goods….not the forwards. With the departure of Luis Suarez, the bouts of injury for Agüero, and inconsistency of Van Persie, cheaper forward options have been the sounder investments. On the flip-side the top midfield options have been, well, the top midfield options. I know, that last sentence was prose worthy of Hemingway. What can I say I’m a gift to FPL…..The greater point here is, spend your dollars in the middle because the returns are better. Can you really argue with Alexis, Hazard, Fabregas, Eriksen, Etc? No, no you can’t sorry Contrarian Pete. Now go change your socks because it smells like feet in this bish. In the meantime check out my Midfielder Rankings for Week 21 of Fantasy Premier League.

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Holy hell, it’s January.  January is the time for free stuff.  Free days off of work for holidays.  Sugar-free soda because we think that drinking non-sugared soda is the reason we are pudgy.  Lastly, and most commonly related to fantasy footie free transfer of the wild card variety.  It’s like getting two snacks in your bagged lunch at school, preferrably a snack pack and perhaps a fruit roll-up with dino shapes.  So I hope you are waiting to use your WC transfer, as in two weeks we will be giving a long diatribe about how to use the card in your favor to set you up for the long haul. But for now, let’s stay in the here and now and look at the defender rankings for the week of 21 in EPL fantasy…

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Did you miss us? No, not Smokey and I, the rankings you silly goose. It’s been two weeks and 100 gameweeks since we did our full post per position rankings. So welcome back to a normal week of content. If Lou Van Gaal thinks the holiday calendar is tough on players he should see what it’s like for an FPL blogger. It’s non-stop, and we don’t have a bench or a reserve squad to give us a breather, it’s just straight pedal to the metal baby. So friends creep with me, as I crawl through the hood. Maniac, lunatic, call me Ralph Eastwood. Goalkeeper Rankings, Week 21.

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