Well my friends that time of the year is here.  The time where better judgment and guessing when and how to use your chips.  There is no right/wrong way to use them and anyone who says you are doing it wrong is a doo-doo head.  Tell 'em Smokey said so.  Game week 31 is the elite of the elite, and by elite I mean Liverpool and 7 other teams that are a fantasy cesspool of blah.  But unfortunately you can only use the utensils that are on the table, so we will call them the sorta-magnificent eight.   Eight is also a special number for roster building.  It is the number you should shoot for if you don't have or want to use your chips.  getting to eight non-blanking players allows you to hide injured stars (Aguero and Kane) and one other player that the investment value for your team makes the most sense.  Having three players that don't even take pitch in week 31 isn't the worst thing after burying your investment pieces on the bench.  the answer to that last part is tw f0old.  How much value is someone going to get by fielding 11 players, which is basically 8 because we all will have three liverpool players?  Zero.  the match-ups and teams are not there from a team building to risk using a free-hit and using a wildcard with this lot is just not in the cards.  Keep it simple.  Get to 8 and call it a day.  So here are the best three options of the seven other teams this week.  Liverpool is completely up to your discretion.  Cheers and good luck on transfers.
You hear that drumming in  the distance? That is the upcoming schedule.  Rearing its slow and steady beat and invading your every thought.  Every transfer decision you make from here on out should be with the biggest four weeks on your mind. With 2 blank weeks and 2 doubles in the remainder of the calender, rankings mean only so much to the clearer bigger picture.  Think long and hard about your preparation for those weeks as every player thank blanks that you may own or transfer in reverberates to gameweeks 34, 35 and 37.  So be smart and slow the pace of play a bit and instead of hitting confirm transfer think again about it.  get yourself on a plan of attack for the final 11 weeks of play.  Chips in hand, wildcards to play.  Stack them up against players in your mini league and dominate.  But for those playing it by the seat of their pants here are the week 28 rankings for the FPL.  Good luck and Cheers!
In a week built to attack the lower level squads, I am advising everyone to treat this as a one off week.  Pick guys that help you now.  Whether that be defensive matchups in your favor like Stoke or Swansea.  Or even on the offensive end with Bournemouth and crazy as it may seem Brighton.  The lower level clubs for me are getting a ton of my fantasy eye as we steam roll toward week 28 and the potential for fixture shuffle.  The best part of that is that we will have a full two weeks before the next game week to totally overthink our teams and mess with it six ways til Sunday.  So if you are having a debate in your head for transfers this week, pick the better matchup as you see it on paper.  In form teams right now aren't the ones you may expect.  If at all possible to go into week 28 with a second free transfer by all means do it because Arsenal and City may be blanking there.  One extra in the bank is better for the heart, mind and fantasy soul.  Enjoy the week 27 fixtures and happy transferring. Cheers!
Now that the Champions League is finished for the week we can jump back on the FPL wagon and take a look at the match-ups that are more pressing in the official game.   Unfortunately rotations are going to be a major factor.  That and the injury to Paul Pogba.  His ownership is too much to look beyond.  My advice for him is this.  If you have owned him from week one then you can bench for the 2 weeks he most likely misses and not lose anything to your accrued team value.  If you only just bought him in the past 2 weeks then you can transfer out and look for some kind of reprieve for fantasy points.  But back to the rotation risks.  All of Chelsea, Spurs, Liverpool, Man City, Man United, Arsenal and Everton are all at risk and the rankings will shy away from a few players that either played full 90's or that didn't see the pitch as much.  So be heady and keep your ear to the gossip for who will sit and who will play before making a atransfer this week in a trivial yet pivotal game week 5.  Enjoy the rankings and good luck.  Cheers!
The Prem is here, and we can all now rejoice. Now that the season has kicked off, I will be doing my best to fill your Mondays with sweet, fond memories from the games from over the weekend. I also ask for some patience as I work through how to best provide both a summation and meaningful outlook on the matches. I was hoping to write about all 20 teams for this post, but it started to become lengthy and I started to get sleepy. So, here are my notes over the weekend on Arsenal to Liverpool (alpha order because why not?)...I will hopefully have Man City to West Ham by tomorrow.
Wednesdays from now on are the day when we let nothing hide between friends. It is fairly simple: I will show you my team for the next three Wednesday’s leading up to the start of the season. I do expect that if you read this and that, you'll do the exact same thing, because two heads are better than one, and 10 is even better. Get it? Cool. So this is draft number six on the year for me so far, the others were more fiddling out of boredom, but now we are starting to see news out and about pertaining to certain teams formations, transfers, and injury updates. So enjoy this early look at Smokey’s team and critique away, because I prolly deserve to be slandered for my thoughts and team selection. Cheers!
What’s up everyone?  I’m iKon and I’m new here, so let’s jump into it, shall we?  I’ve been following the Premier League honestly for only about four or five years, and being born and bred in the U.S., had no real allegiances.  Because of this, I wanted to be the cool fan and picked a super hipster Swansea team to follow.  Ah, for the days of Michu and Michael Laudrup.  In any case, I made my pick and I’ve stuck with them through the relegation scare last year, and the probable scares to come as well. In any case, that fandom naturally led me into FPL as well, as the best way to really envelop myself into the full experience of the league. Fantasy soccer’s a beautiful thing, with no real offseason to speak of and transfer talk *literally* across the world constantly fueling necessary adjustments in the fantasy realm.  With that, I’ve taken my first attempt at building a team to start the year that will obviously need plenty of adjustment as the year goes on... (But that’s what we’re here for!) To start designing this year’s squad, I realized I’ve been a little too ready to depend on the smaller squads’ lone player of quality, and that has cost me. As much as a Defoe or Sigurdsson has the ability to impact your squad, they have to be put into situations to score points, and that’s a much trickier thing to rely on week to week.
Wednesday's from now on are the day when we let nothing hide between friends.  It is fairly simple: I will show you my team for the next three Wednesday's leading up to the start of the season.  I do expect that if you read this that, you do the exact same thing because two heads are better than one, and 10 is even better.  Get it?  Cool.  So this is draft number six on the year for me so far, the others were more fiddling out of boredom, but now that we are starting to see news out and about pertaining to certain teams formations, transfers and injury updates.  So enjoy this early look at Smokey's team and critique away, because I prolly deserve to be slandered for my thoughts and team selection.  Cheers!
Anyone with a reading comprehension level above the fifth grade knows what Brexit is.  I am just putting my own Razzball spin on it and building a team based solely from teams not in any European tournaments. For the people that aren't getting the concept, it is teams not in the Europa or Champions league tournaments.  Fairly simple, just playing on the whole Brexit idea as a gaffe.  So building a team without the top-7 teams this year is quite the horrorfest, as all those teams are fully investable in the standard fantasy team.  With not being able to choose players from Chelsea, Spurs, Man city, Liverpool, Man United, Arsenal and Everton, it takes away arguably the top 60% of fantasy assets.  Do I recommend this as a final draft, sure.  It has it's benefits and fallbacks.  Benefits being the previous two league winners didn't participate in either Europe based tournament and both managed to finish in the top-3 defensively the subsequent year.  Those two teams being Leicester and Chelsea, and we all know how good the fantasy assets on those teams were in the years that they won. Negatives?  You don't get to use a ton of the most-owned, viable fantasy assets from those seven teams. It is going to be fun regardless.  So here is a draft idea for the no Europe based tournament players. I am using price this year, ownership this year, and point return from last year to guide my hand, since I am sans service dog here.  Cheers!
If you are stuck trying to either hum the tune or figure out who in the heck I am jabbering about, then you also probably didn't get a holiday greetings card.  The return of Philippe Coutinho is just in time for Red's fans, and more in time for fantasy owners and Sadio-mane boosters.  One comes in, the other is playing with his feet on another continent.  Philly returns after a seven week layoff, and to our approval a .6m cheaper price tag.  Both fantastic for you as an 8.2 option rather than a 8.8 one.  Where he fits into the hierarchy of midfielders for the week will be more determined as Klopp let's out more info then that he is fit and practicing.  So my advice in the matter is if you are cash poor and need the high scoring Liverpool midfielder affect then by all means grab him at a discount.  I personally would wait a week and see how he is deployed and used with the other pieces on the pitch.  I think a lot of people are disregarding how much Sadio Mane opens up that offense with his speed and skill.  He is going to be missed and some shifting of tactics are sure to follow.  Coutinho's ownership currently is also a factor for him to be grabbed now for the opportunity, his ownership is stated at 14% on the official site, but in reality if we use all the tools of great internet sites it actually sits at 2% and rising slightly.  So the differential is there.  Price is there. Time and match fitness may not be. Besides one week isn't going to break ya.  Happy transferring this week, cheers!