The back-enders are the key to every fantasy team.  The only problem is they are so tied to the clean sheet, that it makes it hard to commit to guys on a week-in and week-out basis.  Best strategy I have learned for this is that you should really pay for four starters and hope three have great match-ups and use the other as your first sub.  It’s not concrete, but gives you the insurance that you need when you can only transfer once a week.  Especially this week, when fantasy defensive stalwarts like Ryan Bertrand and Nathaniel Clyne face a rough patch in their schedule.  So stay ahead of the game, add one now and make sure you have the one in reserve.  This is breought to you by the learning is half the battle campaign, sponsored by Kung Fu grip.   Enjoy this week’s defender ranking, questions, comments and curse words are always welcomed.

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Another week in the books and the rankings are upon us. We have a normal game week schedule this week, followed by a day off next Monday, and then our first mid-week game week, on Tuesday and Wednesday. So there’s a lot of upcoming action for the month of December, and even more to discuss. Until then, let’s focus on Matchweek 13, and the outlook for keepers in our little thing. Last week we saw another low priced option, on a relegation team, post the biggest week among net-minders. This just goes to show, you don’t need to pay for clean sheets, just focus on the matchups. To steal a phrase from the Baseball site and rework it, C-SAGNOF! Clean Sheets Ain’t Got No Face. To those not familiar with the concept it’s easy, don’t pay for the sexy names just focus on the production and matchups. In that tenor we begin our week 13 keeper rankings…

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Today is the first day of a busy stretch for anyone who plays FPL.  3 games in 8 days time, and it all starts with this week.  Are you ready?  No, me either.  I am going to wear out the home row keys this week, invest in some cases of RockStar and just type goodness for you.  Whether you like it or not you are going to be barraged with info, so much info that it will be coming out of your keyster.  That’s the first time I have ever typed the word keyster, so if it isn’t spell-corrected, you know where to stick it.  So enjoy the new week’s first fantasy pipe bomb of knowledge that we are dropping on you with the Week 13 transfer targets.

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Gather round fellow believers and welcome to the Church of the Holy Crosses. We’ve come together today to discuss the one true constant in our daily lives, and that’s points for crosses. If you’re playing DraftKings weekly fantasy EPL, then you know what I’m talking “bout. I’m talking about, those always reliable, yet constantly overlooked, cross points. No, not the kettle bell and pull-up workout, that’s Cross-Fit. We will not be making you do 40 boxes jumps, followed by a rope climb. I know, your Moobs just started to bead sweat didn’t they? It’s okay because what we’re discussing today is the lord’s work. That lord just so happens to be a 30-year old Englishman named Stewart. To all of my fellow believers out there I’m obviously talking about Stewart Downing ($7,300), hallowed be thy name. He’s the lord in our weekly game and it has nothing to do with his ability to turn water to wine (well maybe a little). It instead has everything to do with his EPL leading 2.8 crosses per game. In the DraftKings format you are awarded one point for each cross a player provides. In Downing’s case that’s an foundation of three points on average, right off the bat. Factor in his importance in West Ham’s attack, and you have one of the highest floors in Weekly EPL play. Now let’s discuss some of the other Kings of Crossing. Sorry Smokey, this will not be about Drag Queens. You can save that for “Transfer(mation) Tuesday”.

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So, as we do every Friday, 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, Week 12 has a slew of intriguing games and some lopsided affairs as well. Fear not though, as there are no lopsided matches in Fantasy EPL. Well, there is if you don’t have the foggiest idea of what you are doing, or just don’t listen to us. So have a look at who we would start and sit based on match-ups and value.

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Is it just me or are the forward rankings the funnest part of anyone else’s week?  The overall depth and value at the position is so diverse and from week-to-week you can go with any of a multitude of directions.  Those directions are neither wrong nor right, but are fun to debate because of the diversity between top flight options in Aguero and Costa and the cost friendly versions on lesser clubs Austin and Perez.  There is no wrong way to build your club.  Scratch that.  There is but you obviously know what you are doing well enough that you don’t need to wear a helmet while making your team or transfers for the week.  So my best advice for a starting forward set this week is start Aguero, then mix in two guys that no one else is rostering up front.  This works for two reasons, points that they might not receive and points that you catch up on.  If Aguero does his job, then the other two just need to make some noise and boom point differential.  So have at the forward rankings for Week 12.  Cheers!

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Alexis Sánchez is an animal, a goal scoring beast that feasts on the blood and weaknesses of his opponent’s back lines. The Chilean superhero has now scored 6 goals in the last 4 match weeks, and it’s safe to say he’s carrying Arsenal at the moment. Will it continue against the rival Red Devils this week? Well, with teenagers and midfielders once again making up the back line for the Manchester squad, it’s hard not to rate Sánchez numero uno. I’m expecting a wide open game this week between the two giants of European football, and it wouldn’t shock me to see the goal total approach 5+. In a match like that, the Gunners attacker should be in his element. And hey, he hasn’t done me wrong ranking him first in consecutive weeks. So yeah, he’s the number one middie once again. Who knows maybe one of these days I’ll rank someone else number one. But for now that just sounds stupid.

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