You heard it right sports fans.  No more international nonsense type stuff until Week 31.  Which if you have a calendar handy, isn’t until the middle of March.  Hooray for concentrating on the here and now for the FPL and the foreseeable future.  Also, on the funnier side of scheduling is that the first 11 game weeks took 87 days to complete, the next 11 will be done in a mere 47 days.  It is going to become a rush delivery, fantasy style.  The funny thing about the days is that regardless of 87 or 47, we still don’t have any clear staple team.  One that has so many intrical parts that we have to invest in to keep up with the so called Jonses’ of the FPL universe.  Questions still remain on the right in form triple of strikers, who and how many Spurs, Liverpool, or City midfielders we should roster and defensively where the differentials are grander, we maybe have one possibly two all-day, everyday options.  So the next 10-11 weeks that take us to the New Year’s day games will be a competitive balance of luck and skill.  So here are some post Int’l break transfer ideas based on the transfer ideas going down in the FPL universe, plus some common sense or totally nonsensical ones too.  Cheers!

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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.

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In now over a decade of competing a ton of different fantasy sports, the dubious task of ranking a bunch of dudes chasing after a ball/puck for the sheer shake of scoring points has never rested on my shoulders. This week, I’m gonna try my best to step up and tell you which players are gonna shit on the competition and give you the big returns that fuel your green arrows of eternal joy. This is not about value, but who will get you points this gameweek. I seriously have no idea how this is done, but I’ll be using a mixture of form, fixtures and gut feel – for the record, I have a case of the bubbleguts right now as I write this, so that’s probably the X factor in all of this. TMI? Nah, just tryna be transparent, yo!

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Rankings make the world go round.  They dictate the flow and structure for almost every fantasy sport…except the direct ramifications of the official game.  Rankings are great but when the relate to the beautiful game of footie they don’t always translate completely because of the limits that exist in with the transfers system in place.  I get it, I type this stuff every week and it is to be used as a guide for just what I said, gauging transfers.  These ranks are all based on match-ups, form and a whole bunch of common sense.  Mixed with a little of nonsense that spews from my cranium.  FPL rankings are hard because line-ups lock an hour before the first game kicks off so the exact science of this is strictly guess work, and now that the 11 teams that played midweek in the Carabao Cup have played we can get a more ideal look at the possibilities that will exist in the realm of fantasy FPL for Week 10.  So enjoy the ranks, use them, trade them with your friends (if you have any) and best of luck.  Cheers!

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As the world of fantasy scurries to get as many City players into their lineups, the rest of the world is trying to figure out a way to stay afloat if they do not have those key ingredients.  Now, on paper, it looks like an overwhelmingly top-heavy rankings this week, especially for the City folk.  But Burnley has been a limiting bunch in the fantasy world when it comes to facing off against higher potential offenses limiting both Liverpool and Spur to just one goal on the road.  Add in the two allowed to Chelsea in the opening week, and a total of 4 goals allowed in all away games this year it could appear that they are a more stout team on the road.  For fantasy sake, I think that City offensively is just clicking right now and is a damned if you do damned if you don’t proposition.  Regardless, I think that the investment needs to be there on the off chance that they do score in order to keep up with “Jones’.  The other top teams: Spurs and Chelsea have interesting games that could swing either way and completely turn this week’s scoring on its head.  So roster wisely ole friends, and may your point returns be bountiful.  Here’s the second part of Week 9 rankings for the FPL.  Cheers!

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It was the best of times, it was the worst of times… from an FPL perspective.  You either own the goods that is Man City, are partially involved, or are completely ignoring the problem, like a leak in the ceiling.  Well, if you aren’t fully invested into the City involvement in midfield and forward,s then I don’t know how you play this game.  Because you are playing Tiddlywinks and we are playing Mah-Jong.  Yeah I said it, Mah-Jong.  While searching my vast array of board games, I settled on Mah-Jong.  I also lost a bet and had to include the term Mah-Jong five times in this post.  C’est la vie.  There are worst terms though.  I basically threw five obtusely unrelated names of games or people into a hat and drew the one that I have said previously. So deal with it.  If you came for fantasy footie ideas and shakes patience, it is coming.  The City attack is just lethal.  The only problem is there is too many players to choose from.  With Raheem, Jesus, Leroy, Silva, KDB and the return of Aguero imminent, the choice is almost like Sophie’s choice but with six kids instead of just two.  The best part of the whole thing is that there doesn’t seem to be a bad combo of the six-headed monster, except if you want to own both Jesus or Sergio.  That just don’t make sense, it’s like to left shoes.  So while you look at your team, the time to punt down on defense is now.  Save that money for the goal scorers and forward players especially from the City-zens.  In case you wanted more ideas on transfers and FPL goodness click the button for more stuff, Mah-Jong.  Got that last one in there.  Cheers!

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Hey campers, I’ve decided to change the format this week because I’m not sure how informative any of my past takes have truly been. While the tables below are literally just the top scoring players by position per last round, I feel like giving it a try.  The MF list this week was pretty long, so I’ve left out players that didn’t score above 3 points (90 min + 1 CS for those of you scoring at home). It may not be waxing prose, but who scored the points is as relevant as it gets to our lovely pocket of the football universe, since the currency we deal in is indeed FPL points and not effort points or gold stars.

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If yesterday was Thanksgiving, then today is Black Friday with all the goodies in store for you. From a fantasy perspective obviously.  The Defenders and Keeper rankings are nice and are the biggest differential to be had in the game.  The midfielders and forwards are def the staple items.  You need to have a City player, you need to have an investment in a certain grouping of strikers. These are just great rules of thumb as it relates to FPL.  I don’t claim to be the shelter from a rain storm, but I do sell some of the best umbrellas.  Ya dig?  With the returns of some key players and the departure of some others from the international break period it is making the front 8 selection process a muddled up beast.  The biggest crunch that I am noticing right now is the move away from the power three forwards to more of a power two and then finding the funds to have coverage from the key players and the under-owned ones…cough…Alexis. So one week at a time my friends and one or maybe two transfers at a time as well.  Good luck this week and here are the rankings for the middies and strikers.  Cheers!

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Away: Manchester City (1) – Home: Chelsea (0)

The marquee match played at Stamford Bridge on Saturday felt like an away game for Chelsea, as Man City came out relentless from the start pressuring up top and pushing Chelsea back. Chelsea never looked comfortable playing out of the back, and Man City dominated early and often. Alvaro Morata picked up a hamstring injury in the 34th minute, and was replaced by Willian who saw little opportunity to attack alongside Eden Hazard.

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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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