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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Diana Ross and The Supremes: The top and most supreme picks, easily gonna be one of Mo Salah or Kane. Flip a damn coin, I don’t know. Watford have given up mad goals all season and only had 2 cleans at home – versus Stoke and West Ham – whereas Brighton have kept one clean at home all season, and that was versus Newcastle. I personally will be going Salah. I’m done questioning him, and I think his form is too tremendous to ignore – 2 goals in 23 minutes last week, he’s now “rested” and honestly I wouldn’t be surprised one bit if he does not play a full 90 versus the Seagulls. Liverpool have a big Champions League match versus Spartak Moscow 3 days later at Anfield. Good news is that it’s at home, so he and the rest of the team will be fully prepared for their midweek clash. But got damn, if he just plays 60 minutes he’s gonna get returns. Dude’s hungry, dale comida mi pueblo!

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Happy Thanksgiving and all that jazz! This writer is very thankful that ‘Merican Football had it’s time in the sun yesterday (or rain/sleet/snow if you don’t live on the West Coast like me) and now we can get back to the good stuff, PREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEM FOOOTIE! WOOOOOO! The fixture feast is upon us, we will try our best to provide you with excellent recommendations as we dash through 3 FPL game weeks in 1 Gregorian calendar week. Breath easy, don’t stress, and just remember that even your worst point total in this stretch will be gone and in the rearview mirror in the blink of an eye.

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As much as some fantasy premier league managers complain about how the game has changed season to season, one truth has remained steadfast: the right captain pick will one hundred percent make or break your gameweek score. My own personal record of picking correctly has been pretty piss-poor in 2017, but I keep reminding myself that you have to play the best choice with the information at hand and not beat yourself up too much for getting it wrong. I’m hoping to improve and see green arrows again, and if not, then I will ask for support from this week’s theme and everyone’s favorite household object, whiskey! Best of luck!

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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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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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GW 9 Highest Scoring Forwards

Player Goals Assists Bonus Points, Cards, PK, CS  Total Score (Week/Season)
Kane, TOT 2 1 3 BP 16/63
Murray, BHA 2  3 BP, 1 CS 13/20
Batshuayi, CHE 2  –  3 BP 12/15
Depoitre, HUD 1 3 BP, 1 CS 9/25
Okazaki, LEI 1 1 3 BP 9/31
Aguero, MCI 1  – 1 BP, 1 CS 7/59
Rashford, MUN 1  2 BP, 1 YC 7/41
Diouf, STK 1 1 BP 7/38
Lacazette, ARS 1  – 6/40
Rooney, EVE 1 6/38
Afobe, BOU 1 5/12
Niasse, EVE 1  – 5/19
Lukaku, MUN 1 5/57
Ayew, SWA 1 5/28
  • Kane scoring goals at home now? Wooooooooooooooooo! He’s going to finish as the top goal scorer, again. Yes, that means you should have him on your side.
  • Bill Murray gets on the board in his first premier appearance of the season.

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