You hear that drumming in  the distance? That is the upcoming schedule.  Rearing its slow and steady beat and invading your every thought.  Every transfer decision you make from here on out should be with the biggest four weeks on your mind. With 2 blank weeks and 2 doubles in the remainder of the calender, rankings mean only so much to the clearer bigger picture.  Think long and hard about your preparation for those weeks as every player thank blanks that you may own or transfer in reverberates to gameweeks 34, 35 and 37.  So be smart and slow the pace of play a bit and instead of hitting confirm transfer think again about it.  get yourself on a plan of attack for the final 11 weeks of play.  Chips in hand, wildcards to play.  Stack them up against players in your mini league and dominate.  But for those playing it by the seat of their pants here are the week 28 rankings for the FPL.  Good luck and Cheers!
are more of the subtle yet deadly variety.  Why?  Because of the elite fixture that lies ahead this weekend between Liverpool and City.  It is tough to have tons of faith in two teams that are both FPL stalwarts like they are.  They basically neutralize each other on both ends of the pitch.  Liverpool has the best home defense is the league, and City just score anywhere.  City are a top 5 defensive team on the road and Liverpool score more at home.  It is like one hand washing the other this week.  All are still startable options this week as the money, ownership and transfer fees associated with making a one week move based on match-up just doesn't make too much sense to this guy.  So be heady this week, don't compound the DGW fiasco from last game week and make it worse and bury yourself further down the well.  So happy transferring this week and enjoy the next two weeks of transfer rumors.  Here are the week 23 rankings for the FPL. Cheers!
When the top three scoring forwards for a gameweek are a combined £16.4m in value and put up 25 total points, well then we gotta reevaluate how we are structuring our teams. Clearly goals are coming from more diverse sources, but the likelihood of picking the right one in any given week remains a difficult proposition. Pick your favorite color and run with it, I don't know - the point is to strengthen your team elsewhere if you are like me and are in shambles in the back and the midfield.
For those of you affected by the late scratches of Kane and Coutinho (or any other player I'm unaware of getting scratched), I feel for you. The good news was that we didn't have a moronic Friday fixture to make things go completely nuts, and there was time to take a hit or two if needed. While I wish the hits I took were that sweet cess, these hits are at times necessary and are less painful when everyone's taking a hit at the same time. It's like a second-hand cloud of negative points toward everyone's season total. This week was low-scoring overall, with the average being just 46 points. Keep that in mind as you see some red arrows, that they might have been just a point or two away from being a green arrow. Hopefully these red arrows come with the caveat of having made your team deeper (to prevent last-minute benchings/injuries from giving  you a zero) or helped you shift around your funds in a more logical manner.
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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!
As we all know, this week is passing us by with tons of cup games to turn the screw into our fantasy rosters.  It's not awesome.  Not going to sugarcoat it one iota.  Too many caveats can occur.  Injuries and fatigue are the two that jump out.  Food poisoning, attitude adjustment sickness, and if traveling by submarine, possibly the bends.  I know the later three are a gaff and just for people that are of the like mind as me and hate the FA/EFL cups.  I get this have to exist, doesn't mean we have to like it.  So the schedule this week was pushed back a bit to adjust to the Cup schedule, again being inconvenienced, and will start today as you are reading this.  So welcome aboard another Transfer based post with ideas and fruition's laden with smarts, wit and just general buffoonery.  Also take not that these games this week will affect the upcoming weeks as some teams may be blanking in weeks 26 and 28.  More un-fun things.  So those sitting on your wildcard, continue to sit as it is going to be a fun next 6-8 weeks of fun once the double game weeks and blanks sort themselves out.  Take a look around the inter-webs, lots of great research abounds about scheduling.  I am here for the personal basis of players and when.  So if I am not talking about it, then it might not have happened.  Happy transferring and please, by all that is holy, wait until after Sunday's FA cup fixtures before doing anything.  Cheers!
The second phase of our weekly ranking experiment and the controversy of our rankings which weren't premeditated in anyway rages on.  Three separate minds, all warped, yet sharp in their own special way.  Or that's what my grandma told me anyways.  Defense to me is all about the secret thing that make your team great from week to week and is my main point of gambling and using my free transfer.  I like to gamble, because the allure of that clean sheet is like fantasy crack and I like it.  Intervention to follow.  Look two games ahead only, I get a kick out of people looking farther then that down the schedule, by that time I will have had 2-3 transfers at my discretion to fix what I thought was broken.  Second key thing is find a stud any fantasy defensive stud and ride him for almost ever.  Last find a rotation that you like to start the year and stick with it for at least 4-5 games.  Like I just said, you can tinker here and there and the dreaded -4 looks better in the beginning of the year a rather then the end.  Here are the rankings, commentary brought by myself and Kevin Devries as well John Wallin of playtogga, the hippest and coolest draft style fantasy footie out there today...
It doesn't make the whole earth rotate, but I hear it has some lasting effect on the gravity of the FPL universe (but the defensive rotation game is alive and well this year like every other).  There are several options to choose from and the one you like best is, well, probably the best.  I will explain my normal tactic when trying to engage in the defense selection of my team to at least start the year, and then divest that into some rotational team that match-up well enough that they can be used as that 3-4th defender based on what you think is necessary for you fantasy team.  FPL is like a hike, I am your walking stick.  You are the motor, I am the map.  So what I say has been said by dozens of other smart people who analyze fantasy footie from numerous sites.  None of us are wrong, well, they are, but just use this as a guide.  Common sense is the best advice FPL players should use.  So here are some defense rotational ideas for the beginning of the year for the first six games or so.  After that, all things can sometimes go in the crapper and that first wildcard is like having a free lap dance card in your pocket. Cheers!
Promoted players/teams often are overlooked, but not because of value.  Mostly because they aren't that proven commodity, or don't have that name power that others with similar price tags offer.  For soothe, I shout from the balcony!  Everyone wants to roster five or more guys over the 7.5 price tag.  In order to do that, you have to cut corners... it's like that special lunch from grade school.  PB on white Wonder bread with no crust.  So don't be oft put by the promoted players because they have to play the same amount of games as everyone else, granted they are usually the unfavorable part of the match-up.  They still will score goals, they will still get assists and they still will get clean sheets.  So grab one, hell grab three, one from each team and fill out your roster and make mom and me proud.  The likes of Hull, Burnley, and Middlesbrough have some retread options that have had previous success in the premier league and have done fairly well in the championship prior to their promotion.  So let's get in the Razzball spirit of things and look at some of the promoted players that could be a swoon to your opening day roster consideration.  Cheers!