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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I orignally thought that the USMNT missing the World Cup was going to make me mad, but now that I am a few days removed from it, it may have actually set me free. I will now enjoy the World Cup in 2018. I will watch it with the fervor and joy of all participating nations’ fans. I will pick a side in every match. I will never worry about how my side stacks up against the big boys, because quite frankly, we don’t. The USA may one day soon have the talent to compete – side note and shoutout to Christian Pulisic, homie now has 7 goals and 6 assists in 11 WCQ matches, INSANE! and a shame he won’t have the chance to play in as many World Cups as humanly possible – but sometimes it takes an event like what just transpired to get the best out of the collective. Next time around, the desire and urgency to improve throughout the World Cup Qualifying process must be there. If not, the right combination of coach and captain better be in place to deliver an even stronger kick in the nuts.

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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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So we attack the long first break of the year with some Week 4 goodies. As we all know, the basis of any good team is a good defense.  Without it, the goal would just be pummeled with shots and no goalie to stop them, making the score infinite.  That for the sake of all that is holy doesn’t actually happen, so much like reality, fantasy has to have keepers and defense.  they round out every nutritious fantasy breakfast, and if played right can be more prosperous than some striker combinations.  For the sake of this week’s match-ups though, the teams with some normal fantasy usefulness are turned into just fodder.  I am staring glaringly obviously at the City/Liverpool match which kicks of this week’s action bright an early on Saturday morning.  So to start the week yesterday was Transfer ideas and targets and now come the cavalcade of rankings for your viewing pleasure.  Cheers!

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Welcome back all! We have two weeks down in the books, and I’ve provided some insight below into what I saw from a handful players, for better or for worse. Although I wish I could write about every player, remember that while we would to amass all of the players in the Fantasy Premier League universe, we are obligated to field a starting XI from your fifteen-man squad within the constraints of our budget. Hopefully some of these players below will at least be on your radar as you move forward with transfers and potential Wild Cards.

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The Hammers are one of the hardest teams to peg coming into the 2017/18 campaign. They currently have 7 players injured – Aaron Cresswell, Manuel Lanzini, Andy Carroll, Michael Antonio, Diafra Sakho, Sofiane Feghouli, Chekhou Kouyate – but have transferred in a few playmakers that should help them get through a pretty tough schedule to start the season. Marko Arnautovic and Javier “Chicharito” Hernández are the two big names here, and both could provide great value for a number of FPL managers this season.

Hammers start the season away to Manchester United, but have great fixtures immediate after, facing Southampton (A), Newcastle (A), Huddersfield (H) and West Brom (A) from weeks 2-5. That stretch is followed with a tough home match versus Spurs in Gameweek 6, and then back into the green fixtures with Swansea (H), Burnley (A), Brighton (H) and Crystal Palace (A).  While starting the season with three road starts might prove difficult, keep in mind that they do not possess too much of a “home field” advantage going into just their second season playing home matches at the London Stadium.

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Last week’s ranks and this week’s are completely different animals. Last week was basically the entire evolution of an FPL species, this week is just one sub-genus of that animal. It will be broken into 38 parts, this being the first. Biology humor is only funny to about 8-10 people in the entire universe that this post reaches. So if it wasn’t your cup of tea, good I am not a science guy by nature. This week the rankings will be lumped into one segment, on a normal week it will be segmented into 2 parts keepers and defence and midfielders and forwards. Quick week, last minute team building stuff to formulate your final drafts. Which in all honesty, is about 25 for me. You will notice a lot of names missing because some guys are suspended, injured, or just don’t have enough sway for me to take notice in the abbreviated rankings. So limiting them to what the playable minimums are is probably best. Short and simple: we’ll put it to bed and take on Week 2 in due form. So cheers for the read, and spread the word as Razzball FC is in your cranium on a daily basis.

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And so it begins…  People can write hundreds of articles prepping you and singing the praises of dozens of players.  To me, they all scream the same thing: “We are all guessing.”  Fantasy footie is one of the true sports that scream beauty and fantasy worthiness is in the eyes of the beholder… that’s you lads.  So this week at Razzball, I will be giving you positional breakdowns, starting with keepers today and Forwards by weeks end.  I am basing my rankings on a few factors: job security, team as a whole, and value.  Match-ups come and go with every changing week, that’s why I give you individually ranked positions every week for the next 40 weeks or so.  So get comfy, litter it with your opinion, and here are the preseason rankings as I see it for the upcoming FPL season.  Cheers! Oh, and for giggles, I called in some of the industry elite in Kevin Devries @Kevrov ,and usual draft style specialist John Wallin, @Fantasy Gaffer of Togga.

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To quote a movie that we have all heard, or have been forced to listen to if you have kids or nieces: “In the first time in forever” we have a non-double week, non-truncated week, and no blanks from anyone.  My memory is bad as all get out, but it feels longer than a few weeks to me. So the week before the big double it is sorta like a moving week.  You can’t really afford to bring in anyone that isn’t on a double for Week 37, but you can’t completely trust in some teams that have a double next week for this week to contribute.  I am firmly looking at Chelsea, Norwich, and Everton.  We have all been burned by the Toffees, and I, as your friend and local FPL expert, advise against all moves in that general direction.  Even the other team in the Sae Town is iffy with rotations and the Europa’s still going on.  So that leaves a whole sixteams with which to roster.  Now you know why I am all on the Cats this week and next, because to me, they have shiner appeal, especially defensively than a lot of other clubs.  Add in the fact that they are fighting relegation and boom, fantasy asset…  So here are the back-enders for Week 36 of the FPL. Cheers!

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