Another week, another Champions league conundrum weighing over our ranking/transfer heads.  Have no fear though, as this is the end of UCL for a few weeks so we can now get down to brass tacks.  The FPL money is made with getting the right captain right, and getting lucky with your front 6,7, or even 8.  We all can’t be lucky every week that all our players strike gold and find the net, but it would be nice and fantastic if they did.  The December slate is a tough one to gauge for some middling teams and we can start to see what fixtures are ripe for the picking as we set up for the first DGW in Week 22.  Stay in the here and now though and use those transfers wisely, taking a -4 isn’t the end of the world if it is a move for a differential.  Don’t chase points on the most transferred in guys…stay the course basically.  To help you with your course here are the week 16 FPL rankings for Forwards and Midfielders.  Cheers!

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Baby is all grown up.  She is almost ready for the Christmas ball and now that we have our first scheduled DGW, we can see her off to some real down home scheduling dilemmas.  The week that was saw the typical…  City scored late to win.  The bottom feeders kept feeding becoming starving lunatics, and the Teams under City are all starting to distance themselves from the also-rans.  Transferring is a fickle beast.  You can take it out for wine and chocolates but there is no guarantee that it calls you in two days to show you any kind of reward.  We know that we did nothing wrong with our courting process, did our research only to be left staring at our phones with no benefits to show.  We call this the “friendzone” of transfers.  The most popular transfer every week since Week 3 has basically blanked every week except for when the Mo Salah explosion happened.  Or as he is being touted on the auto-correct world of Twitter Mo Salad.  Not every week is supposed to be rosy, these are still athletic competitions that are played by men.  Sorta.  So transferring wisely is great advice, but wait til the last possible moment and use all the tools in the shed to get a finite answer on your transfer-dom.  In case you want some gingerly advice, here are some Week 16 transfer ideas for all y’all.  Cheers!

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GW 15 Highest Scoring Forwards

Player, Team Goals Assists Bonus Points, Cards, PK, etc  Total Score (Week/Last 3 Weeks/Season)
Firmino, LIV 1 1 3 BP 12/15/67
Calvert-Lewin, EVE 1 1 3 BP 12/19/50
Morata, CHE 1 2 BP 8/11/83
Austin, SOU 1 1 BP 7/21/36
Diouf, STK 1 1 BP 7/9/54
Lacazette, ARS 1 6/13/64
Murray, BHA 1 6/9/44
Gayle, NEW 1 6/8/25
Bony, SWA 1 6/9/17
Rooney, EVE 1 1 CS 5/20/62
Crouch, STK 1 5/8/31
Jesus, MCI 1 1 YC 3/12/74
  • Firmino is a troll.
  • Morata will be returning quite regularly – although maybe not huge hauls – with Hazard looking like he’s rounding into top form.
  • The two forwards already mentioned are the only ones with likeable fixtures from the bunch. I’m probably not playing a third forward for a while and try to get prolific scoring from my midfield and defense.

GW 15 Highest Scoring Midfielders

Player, Team Goals Assists Bonus Points, Cards, PK, CS  Total Score (Week/Last 3 Weeks/Season)
Coutinho, LIV 1 3 2 BP 18/20/63
Hazard, CHE 2 3 BP 15/24/68
Lingard, MUN 2 3 BP 15/27/43
Fraser, BOU 1 3 BP 10/11/19
Sigurdsson, EVE 1 1 BP, 1 CS 9/21/47
David Silva, MCI 1 2 BP 9/11/78
Gray, LEI 1 1 CS 8/10/37
Can, LIV 1 1 BP 8/13/36
Allen, STK 1 3 BP 8/12/36
Shaqiri, STK 1 2 BP, 1 YC 8/19/69
Eriksen, TOT 1 3 BP 8/12/77
Surman, BOU 1 2 BP 7/12/57
Son, TOT 1 7/10/44
Ramsey, ARS 1 1 BP 6/22/79
Mahrez, LEI 1 1 CS 6/17/75
Salah, LIV 1 5/25/113
Martial, MUN 1 5/16/63
Pogba, MUN 2 1 RC 5/13/56
Dembélé, TOT 3 BP 5/8/20
De Bruyne, MCI 1 1 YC 4/19/91
Redmond, SOU 1 4/6/37
Cleverly, WAT 1 4/9/46
  • Sigurdsson has now returned in 4 straight matches, totaling 2 goals and 2 assists for 8/7/5/9 for 29 points after not having a single return through the first 11 weeks.
  • Shaqiri’s last 6 matches: 5/13/5/9/2/8 for a total of 42 points (3 goals and 2 assists).
  • Hazard is flying high again and I’m slightly ina  bind to bring him in with 3 Chelsea assets. If you can get him, do so.
  • “Pogba is the most important attacking player on Manchester United, and while I know Jose Mourinho will need him for every match, you have to think his biggest concern will be to keep him healthy until Champions league enters the knockout stages (these fall between GW 27-28 and GW 29-31. Pogba absolutely has great value while priced at £8.0m, as he remains cheaper than any of the big Man City MFs and will definitely feast against poor defensive teams; just be warned he might not always go the full 90 as Mourinho will very carefully manage his overall fitness.” – myself 2 weeks ago.
    • Well, he’s definitely getting his fitness managed. Out with a 3 game suspension until December 23rd from a redcard from stamping down on Hector Bellerín. Sell and upgrade to Hazard, or maybe speculatively add Jesse Lingard. He’s played 87 and 75 minutes over the last two weeks, the most in back to back matches he’s had all season. Oh, Could be a sneaky play to fill in for Pogba at £5.8m. After they play home to city, ManU are home to Bournemouth and away to West Brom. Great punt.
  • Will Hughes is hurt! Bummer, I’ll only be looking to add him once he’s played a full 90. Doucoré looked dangerous versus Spurs, I’d add him if you need a cheap £5.4m. GW16 Watford faces away to Burnley, followed by Crystal Palace (A), Huddersfield (H), Brighton (A), Leicester (H) and Swansea (H) to end 2017.
  • Eriksen got a return. I’d still sell there and get some Hazard.
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What just happened?  Did I get on some weird mystery machine that went back in time to when useless goals were all the rage?  What’s next, Sam Allardyce will be back managing a scuppering club too I bet…. oh wait.  So Week 14 came and went and the prominent highlights were people we don’t own and rotations that only lasted 70 minutes. Chelsea, Liverpool, and to some degree, Man City pulled the ookey-dokey on us this week in the rushed schedule which saw Mo Salah, Eden hazard, and basically prove that Pep is a liar with not wanting to play Aguero/Jesus together all happen. I usually err on the side of caution when it comes to transfers and bringing people in with rotation risks, but the first two names I mentioned are the easy solution.  The City thing is fairly visible that it will be sane to come in for one of Aguero or Jesus.   Other than that, I am on tilt with the returns of some teams, Arsenal scored 5 versus a down-trodden Terrier squad and the rest of the EPL basically is what we think they are.  I am skimming not wanting to get into a long diatribe about every team in the Premier as it relates to fantasy all in the warm up, you gotta stick around til after the bump for some transfer ideas.  If I put out on the first date what kind of expert would I be.  A bad slutty one!  So now that the wooing process is over stick around for some transfer goodies for the FPL Week 15.  Cheers!

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With a two day turn around in between fixtures this week, it all leads to one thing: Bad decisions.  The time between games leads to rash decisions and remembering too much of what just happened.  It doesn’t allow for news to sink in.  It doesn’t allow for 2-3 drunk nights staring at the computer second-guessing the drunk transfer conundrums that are blurry right in front of our face on your FPL device of choice.  We all just saw the week that was and the thing that sticks out most to me is the amount of goals scored this past week compared to two weeks ago.  For those of you at home calculating, it was 22-32 respectively.  Ten goals is a good hump to get over with, while the scores this week for most are average to acceptable, it wasn’t that far off that people were braggadocios about a triple-digit week.  This game is about patience, until there is no more time to be patient. So exhibit as much of that trait this week before doing something stupid, drunk dialing your transfers in, and if you can help it, rest on your transfer laurels and bank it up.   For those needing a seeing-eye dog approach to transfers for the truncated week, here are the transfer ideas and targets for week 14 of the FPL.

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The FPL season grows up so fast.  We still remember the courting process in the preseason when it’s: mom looked so good and was all good with her… feet.  Now that we are past the adolescent phase and they are basically thinking for themselves, we need to process the going’s on in the transfer universe.  Lot’s of stick or twist options.  Callum Wilson or Niasse?  The Pep news about using both Aguero and Jesus together as a conjoined twin of fantasy goodness.  A lot has happened in the four day span from game start to today.  Everyone has great ideas of how to rear a child,  I mean, it is so prominent in the news now.  So now I am flipping it and half-reversing it into a useful FPL standpoint for all of us to get to know.  So pull up another chair to the adult table as your FPL team is all grown up and ready to roll.  Here are the week 13 transfer takes and fakes for FPL.  Cheers!

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Injury and mystique.  Rotation and differentials.  That’s what the FPL does.  The attacking-type players that I am speaking of are becoming fewer and farther between as we get more nodded on with a template-type format for the front 8 players.  Yes, I said 8.  Because you have to roster 8.  Those two punts that you casually stroll out as Midfielders are dying as you walk in the door, so go to coat check with your Carroll’s and RLC’s.  The week 13-15 schedule is going to take a firm bite out of everyone’s lineups and no one is a tad bit nervous at all.  The fact of the matter is that the 3 games in eight days thing is a real conundrum.  Now add in the most rostered type players, who some have rotation issues.  Some are already injured… Sadio.  Then add in the battle ground of playing 3 fixtures in that 8 day period.  If you are picking up what I am spitting then you need to start figuring out those bench spots and think for the future instead of looking at how good one fixture looks for week 12.  So for the short-sighted… here are the week 12 FPL rankings for Middies and Forwards.  Cheers!

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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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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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