Both the start to the Prem and the first game week of the FPL season are an occasion perfectly constructed for both endless optimism and gut wrenching nerves. The constant tinkering prior to the season’s beginning seems tireless and never-ending, and does not satisfy nor provide resounding confidence in predicting what has yet to come in the upcoming 38 weeks. Please, blog, may I have some more?
It’s your sometimes weekly, mostly when I’m not lazy, update for Gameweek 27. We have FA matches over the next few days, so PLEAAAASE HOLD ON TO YOUR TRANSFERS! This is not the time of year to be rushing around and trying to save team value. Get information on players and blank schedules, react and make smart decisions with the players you decide to unload and who you replace them with. Please feel free to leave questions, comments and criticisms below.
Our first Double Gameweek of the season promised big scoring from both Hammers and Spurs, but managers were rewarded by 3 goals each by both clubs. That's a goal and a half a match, hardly enough to validate any big roster shakeups that occured by many managers. Beyond the ultimate lack in offensive output, December Darling Harry Kane fell ill to sickness and played in a limited capacity as a sub., failing to score versus Hammers. For a shit ton of owners that triple captained Kane (yours truly included) and were frusted by a single digit "haul." It sucks, but it doesn't end your season. Guess what does make or break the second half of your season? Picking healthy players with good upcoming fixture stretches, while also taking into consideration the changing dynamics of starting XI's as more players are transferred in and out throughout January. Captaincy choices remain the biggest way to increase your single season rank, but don't let it cloud your transfer process.
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|
|Rooney, EVE||–||1||1 CS||5/20/62|
|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|
|Ramsey, ARS||–||1||1 BP||6/22/79|
|Mahrez, LEI||–||1||1 CS||6/17/75|
|Pogba, MUN||–||2||1 RC||5/13/56|
|Dembélé, TOT||–||–||3 BP||5/8/20|
|De Bruyne, MCI||–||1||1 YC||4/19/91|
- 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.
So I saw It over the weekend, and while I didn't even come close to crapping my pants in fear (thanks hangover!), I'm about 99% sure that Harry Kane's fear of August shares a creepy amount of commonalities with that homicidal crazed clown creature; both of them enjoy floating through open space (Kane on the pitch; the clown in a mind-altering expanse of sewer pipe only Mario would be jealous of), speaking in weird accents (seriously, listen to Harry Kane give an interview sometime), have an affinity for the color white (duh), and lastly, they both enjoy making red balloons go POP! (metaphorically speaking, that would be the hopes/dreams of all Gunner fans everywhere; FFS that's not a spoiler! he's a clown, he owns balloons!) Whether or not the fear of August (Augustamphobia?) has an actual effect on Kane's past performances (it doesn't), it's good to see him conquering his "fears" and getting on the board with a brace, a very important and necessary step as he looks to become only the third player in Premier League history to win three consecutive Golden Boots. The other two are Prem Legends Alan Shearer and Thierry Henry, who were 24 and 26, respectively, when they won the first of their three Botas Doradas. Kane just turned 24 this past July and has two under the belt. To paraphrase another mildy entertaining movie, you're [once again] a wizard, Harryyyy!
Okay let's begin with a bit of full disclosure, I'm a Manchester United fan. So my ability to be impartial when discussing a Liverpool acquisition isn't exactly easy. Then again I'm a sports journalist of the highest integrity. (Pause for heavy laughter). Okay, so take my perspective on Christian Benteke with a grain of salt but here's the thing I sort of like the big Belgian's fit. At first like many EPL fans I thought "here we go again Rodgers trying to fit a square peg in a round hole." Of course that may not be wrong, I said as much in my Sh*t I've thought since the end of last term post a few weeks back. But my point then and it's my point now is Benteke is a better player than Rodgers previous square peg blunders (Andy Carroll and Rickie Lambert). So let's take a look at Christian Benteke and what the future hold a for his Fantasy Premier League prospects for 2014-15.
I know you were all sitting on the end of your seat waiting, pining for the scores and facilitators to come out. Well you ask we provide. That's what we do here at Razzball we are givers. We are the Unicef of fantasy knowledge that we give away for free to all the peeps. So the Forwards and Midfielder rankings were much tougher to rank for Ralph and myself. The diversity of the midfielder rankings is what makes it by far the most important position in fantasy. The price between top and bottom and the talent that fills in the gooey core is vital to contstructing a championship caliber team. From a personal not when constructing a midfielder group I like to put guys into 4 categories and make sure I have at least one guy from each group. I do these usually by price, with a side of my own mental capacity and some luck. So here's the Middies and glory hound forward rankings for the 2015/16 season.
Well hello there strangers, guess what starts in 3 weeks. Yup it's the New Edition revival tour. Ohh.... you thought by the title it was going to be something pun-tastic or maybe one of those fun double entendre thing-a-ma-jiggies. This post is all about the illustrious R&B band form the 80's and 90's, it is definitely not about footie. Ok maybe a little about footie and a little about Johnny Gill, and the fellas. Lets's get to it shall we, it's been a typical all speculation and a hurry up and wait type transfer window this year. Everyone has money to spend with hopes of being up in the top flight when it kicks in next season. So robbing Peter to pay Paul later is all the gas right now. The top 4 teams from last year have back-filled and profiled their rosters with lads form all other top leagues throughout the world. I am going to touch on a few that could be considered right from the jump, others that I don't touch on are better real world players than FPL fantasy standards. So stay around and see what's new in the world of 2015-16 fantasy FPL.