As good as the offensive big wigs look this week, and we will get to them tomorrow.  The stoutest of the stout, the purveyors of the clean, the dukes of denial are looking very good this week.  As I stated yesterday the cream is definitely separating themselves from the rest of the field and that doesn’t change on the defensive end of the ball either.  With great match-ups on paper for the better defensive teams, like City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal, Spurs and United the rankings this week will be littered with the likes of those teams integral players.  Better teams better chances for CS results as a probability scale dictates usually.  Don’t get me wrong gambling is good when you don’t have the funds to be a defensive laden team with assets from the top 6 team all at your disposal.  This unfortunately isn’t the case in salary capped leagues where funds become limited, so i will mix in some of my favorite low investment players into the rankings here and there, but for the most part it takes money to earn the CS points this week.  Here are the week 24 FPL keeps and defender rankings.  Good luck and Cheers!

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The thing that is the puzzler for strategy in FPL that is unlike the other fantasy worlds is the international break and navigating them.  American Football, Baseball, Hockey and Basketball have All-Star breaks and that is about it.  The beautiful game magnifies that and says “We are going to break completely, go play for other teams, run the risk of injury and possibly create a huge ginormous run-on sentence.”  All that is true except for some of it.  The Int’l break is not something to take lightly and with its conclusion on Wednesday of this week, the injury and fitness woes will be abounding.  We are already nervously pressing buttons with heavyweight fantasy options like Romelu Lukaku, now over-owned N’Golo Kante is on the mend joining Alvaro Morata as blue Blue’s.  The best advice is to make transfers for today or at least wait til Friday when the news of who is wha and when are frothed from the mouths of the respective team’s skippers.  For giggles, like every Tuesday here are my early strikes at the transfer market in the FPL for Week 8…

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Rankings are fun to do in general.  Add in the flavor of this week’s fixtures and you have yourself some fantasy gumbo.  I get that the City/Chelsea fixture is the premium this week but don’t let that steer you clear of playing top options.  Yes, they will steal value from each other, but that is more from the defensive side of the ball.  It is full bore on the offensive end and that is where we invest our fantasy goodies.  we want goals and i think this slate will have plenty.  The Leicester/Bournemouth match will be fun to watch as both teams are taking on a mini Liverpool defensive minded approach and will have the way with each other.  So if you are waiting to make your transfers now that the UCL is over by all means use my rankings as a guide to FPL futility.  Enjoy the week and good luck.  Cheers!

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Titles are the window to the articles soul.  So unless you are incapable of seeing an actual soul it is fairly cut and dry here.  Every week I look at the match-up, form and ownership of players, mix that with some common sense and a sprinkle of my own general “expertedness” and formulate a ranking system for you to use at home to help you build your FPL team from a week-to-week basis.  Sounds pretty simple, I mean the hardest thing you have to do is argue with them and actually read it.  So without further hullabaloo, here are the Week 3 rankings for the FPL, keepers and defense!

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The Hammers are one of the hardest teams to peg coming into the 2017/18 campaign. They currently have 7 players injured – Aaron Cresswell, Manuel Lanzini, Andy Carroll, Michael Antonio, Diafra Sakho, Sofiane Feghouli, Chekhou Kouyate – but have transferred in a few playmakers that should help them get through a pretty tough schedule to start the season. Marko Arnautovic and Javier “Chicharito” Hernández are the two big names here, and both could provide great value for a number of FPL managers this season.

Hammers start the season away to Manchester United, but have great fixtures immediate after, facing Southampton (A), Newcastle (A), Huddersfield (H) and West Brom (A) from weeks 2-5. That stretch is followed with a tough home match versus Spurs in Gameweek 6, and then back into the green fixtures with Swansea (H), Burnley (A), Brighton (H) and Crystal Palace (A).  While starting the season with three road starts might prove difficult, keep in mind that they do not possess too much of a “home field” advantage going into just their second season playing home matches at the London Stadium.

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The whole hub-bub this week will be to take a minus or not. I don’t care what other research of quadratic jargon that you peruse on a daily basis, that is the only question that matters. The quick answer here is do what you think is right by your team in setting yourself up to compete in Week 29. That is the more important question. This week is basically a wash and everyone, and I mean everyone is either working at a disadvantage to get a starting XI, or will take a minus to get there. The run out is more important than a four game slate that features a less then attractive depth solution to this week’s problem. Get your team to 9 and then if you want 10 at a minus 4, go for it. If not, relax, be on top of your team for Week 29 so you can bring in Kane or Costa. You can think about midfield with Hazard and Sanchez and defensively you should be all set and gambling with the guys who get you through Week 28 until you are ready to wildcard. I am no genius in this, it is all common sense. Don’t play follow the leader, play the I own my own FPL team game. Here are the sexy rankings for Week 28. Cheers!

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A stout defense is never a passing phrase.  Your fantasy differentials are all there.  The ownership levels are so wide open at the back seven roster spots, as compared to the other eight spots on your roster.  This is where your bread is buttered.  Yeah, I am all for swimming in the same direction on some of the same guys, as there should be a Chelsea defender on every competitive team.  After that, it is all up for debate where or who you wanna invest your funds.  After all, it is your team.  Currently I’m extremely tight in the back and probably over-invested in that regard as I currently have rostered: Alonso, Cesar, Baines, Charlie Daniels and Erik Pieters.  Maybe not the best strategy, but it’s my freaking team so I smite you fantasy style for hatin’.  I no longer will have to make a roster move on defense until I am ready to utilize the new Wildcard.  Which is already burning a hole in most people’s pocket.  Wait for the double week’s or at least until the injury bug takes a big chomp out of your fantasy tukas.  So without further hoopla, here is the Week 21 FPL rankings for defenders and keepers.  Cheers!

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Boxing Day Rankings!  That alone should be all that you need, but I have the gift of gab.  That and I think I am funnier when I am being all didactic.  The Monday slate is the goods, and then two solo games to follow.   Then a day of rest and then back at it again.  So the action in the FPL is fast paced, and not for the casual fan.  Which, if anyone is paying attention to the words around the Twitter speak, the zombie teams number (39%) is a staggering number compared to the number of teams.  I think that number is skewed by the number of teams who started bad and set the reset button, but whatever.  To each their own, I believe the expression is.  Regardless, we are in the here and now of Week 18 and here comes the FPL rankings for all positions.  Good luck with your transfer choices and Happy Holidays!

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To transfer, or to not transfer, that is the question. Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or to take arms against a sea of troubles, and by opposing, end them.  Maybe Hamlet was playing Fantasy Premier League back in the day.  You think he would transfer Diego Costa out?  My guess is: it depends.  It depends on your salary commitment to him, your timing in wanting to transfer him out and who you are going to bring in.  These are all the good questions.  Diego is scheduled to go down this morning, and due to his vast ownership, he will most likely go down once again before Monday’s roster lock.  But these are all good things. My advice is drop him, or you should have dropped him immediately.  Wait it out, watch his price go down once or twice, and then re-buy in the next week.  I know it doesn’t seem like a great strategy by using a transfer and then reinvesting it right back into the same asset, but it really does make sense.  He gets a rest for one of the games that he was probably going to get a rest for already so there is no guessing. You also may gain a penny or two and make it easier to transfer a big name like Harry Kane out in exchange for Diego in Week 19.  Because a Kane for Costa swap is easier to swallow than, say, a Kane to Origi swap.  I am only a vessel of interwoven knowledge here to guide your ship, not steer it.  So here are some Diego ideas for transfers and some other tidbits or transfer-ology.  Cheers!

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This month is like a whirlwind covered in toasted almonds. Three match weeks in 8 days, and it only gets worse here after for the Smoke Dawg. With matches upcoming for Boxing Day and thereafter, there won’t be a day off starting that game week until January 4th. That;s right that is like 9 days of consecutive football. So let’s not get ahead of ourselves and concentrate on 17 and let 18-20 figure it out. As always, the rankings are based on the metric of form, fixture, and sense. So for you following at home, that would be FFS. And when something goes wrong, that is what we can blame and then shout what FFS actually means at someone close to you. Not at me, though I probably deserve it. Here are some rankings for FPL Week 17. Cheers!

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