With time short in both this week and the season, we get right to the meat and potatoes. Rankings will be fast and furious, as will the fantasy advice. Two weeks remain in the season and with the double game week this week, it is almost the Mt. Everest of the FPL season. So my transfer advice will be included in the intro to the rankings this week. Find a differential if they possibly exist, watch out for possible rotations, and don not bring in anyone with a single game week. I mean that all sounds simple and well and good from a fan of my writings so heed my advice this week. Stick to your guns with player favorability, and do not be afraid to take a minus to bring in a DGW player at the expense of a -4. The rationale behind that is that if a player does nothing but play minute you break even. So anything they may do, or are expected to do that adds to their point total is money in your bank. Not really but you get the idea. So on to the ranks as the games start Friday, and they don't stop until next Thursday. Should be fun if you are into the whole soccer/football thing. Good luck this week. Cheers!
With the end of the season in sight, it is time to announce that tickets are now on sale for the first annual Razzball pancake breakfast. It is a bring your own eggs affair. A dozen is good but the amount of slackers that we have that will attend it is best to bring a dozen and a half. I will be your DJ in the kitchen cooking up hash browns on the ones and twos. Not sure if anyone else will be accompanying me in the chef department, if not, so be it. I am used to going at things on my own. So get pancake hungry y'all! Now to the lecture at hand, week 36 is here and it gives us a real strategy look at what to do the rest of the way. Whether you have the WC still at your discretion or not. Two teams, Arsenal and Southampton have fantasy assets in name only this week as both teams only offer the extra set of fixtures and not the allure. So don't go crazy with bringing in hopes and dreams of positive thinking this week and concentrate on Week 37 instead. But for now stay here enjoy my rankings and hell even stay and leave a comment or three. Happy transferring. Cheers!
The long drawn out week is going to bring out the dreaded "R" word. That word is: rotation... maybe. With two teams playing three games in a weeks time and some playing two in 4 or 5, fitness is going to be tested this week as we steam towards the end of the Premier league season. Trust me, I don't want the rotation stuff to even be a remote possibility, but in some sense of reality, it is going to happen. With nagging injuries, formation switches, and the bottom teams fighting for relegation, it just seems way to obvious of a stitch that some strange names may rear their faces and ruin the fantasy party. Writing the lede for the rankings is the hardest post, because it is all cut and dry stuff... look up a guy see where he is ranked. So if you made it this far into the opening, good on ya. If you skipped it, don't really matter and don't let me waste anymore of your time. So without further adieu, here are the Week 35 FPL rankings. Good luck on the DGW setup and with this week's transfers. Cheers!
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!
Sometimes the best defense is having a good offense. That reigns true when Alonso goes double-dipping last week, or if you take a look at some of the tastier fixtures for the upper-echelon defenses this week. Look no further than the fixtures of Chelsea, Arsenal, and Liverpool and you can see why the ownership rates of some of their players is on the rise or is in the top tiers of pricing. There is always a reason for the price tags that accompany the players. It is because they usually earned them, sad but true. In some cases, they don't but we can all determine the haves and the have nots by now. So don't go chasing defensive waterfalls, stick to the rivers and the lakes that you're used to. And remember, a good defense is the best differential going in this game. So be heady and smart. Good luck and Cheers!
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!
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!
The title of the rankings usually says it all, but this week, this one here goes to eleven. It is one better then the previous and one less week to accumulate points in your otherwise goal of a season total. Is it awful to look at what Sunderland are doing and basically pick to holy hell on them every week? Because it is starting to look like they are the fantasy pin cushion. This week, Bournemouth gets to folly around with them, and the rankings will reflect that mostly on the defensive end of things. I mean, Sunderland is on pace for a whole whopping 8 points on the year after taking just 2 from the first 10 fixtures. I, my friends, claim to be a lot of things in this world. Good looking, smart, funny, intellectually, inappropriate from time to time... But I suck at math. As someone who is stupid in the world of numbers and denominators, that just looks like, for lack of a better term, a poopy total. Worst part is from a fantasy perspective, name me one Sunderland player you are rostering from here on out. The answer is John Nobody. So with the piling on to the crap storm of Sunderland over, let's get to the milk and cookies of the weekly analysis here at Razzball. The Week 11 rankings as always combine common sense with form, wit with intellect, and a dash of my own stupidity for good measure. Good luck this week and cheers!
Typing the lede into any story is always the hardest. I mean, I wanna sound interesting but not cliche. Cheeky but not corny, and just witty enough to gain your trust. Listen, if I haven't gained, earned, or warranted your trust after basically ten years in this game, then someone needs to tell me. I mean seriously, an intervention of fantasy proportions is definitely way overdue. So with all that cheeky, witty and interesting stuff out of the way, what else needs to be said besides this weeks rankings? Week 10 rankings for the FPL are here. Enjoy the reads, ranks and wits of wisdom my friends. Good luck in your transfers and thanks for the read. Cheers!
And so it begins... People can write hundreds of articles prepping you and singing the praises of dozens of players. To me, they all scream the same thing: "We are all guessing." Fantasy footie is one of the true sports that scream beauty and fantasy worthiness is in the eyes of the beholder... that's you lads. So this week at Razzball, I will be giving you positional breakdowns, starting with keepers today and Forwards by weeks end. I am basing my rankings on a few factors: job security, team as a whole, and value. Match-ups come and go with every changing week, that's why I give you individually ranked positions every week for the next 40 weeks or so. So get comfy, litter it with your opinion, and here are the preseason rankings as I see it for the upcoming FPL season. Cheers! Oh, and for giggles, I called in some of the industry elite in Kevin Devries @Kevrov ,and usual draft style specialist John Wallin, @Fantasy Gaffer of Togga.