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.
The long drawn out week is going to bring out the dreaded "R" word. That word is: rotation... maybe. With two teams playing three games in a weeks time and some playing two in 4 or 5, fitness is going to be tested this week as we steam towards the end of the Premier league season. Trust me, I don't want the rotation stuff to even be a remote possibility, but in some sense of reality, it is going to happen. With nagging injuries, formation switches, and the bottom teams fighting for relegation, it just seems way to obvious of a stitch that some strange names may rear their faces and ruin the fantasy party. Writing the lede for the rankings is the hardest post, because it is all cut and dry stuff... look up a guy see where he is ranked. So if you made it this far into the opening, good on ya. If you skipped it, don't really matter and don't let me waste anymore of your time. So without further adieu, here are the Week 35 FPL rankings. Good luck on the DGW setup and with this week's transfers. Cheers!
The conclusion of the third match-week in less than 10 days is always fun for me because it actually allows me to do nothing with my life but rank, write, and then write some more. I do it all for the love people. So the one thing that jumped out to me for this week is that there might be a bit of rotation coming up for a few teams. Most notably Chelsea, and at least for this week, Leicester. Chelsea is basically 2-3 wins away from clinching the league title outright and may just start tinkering with their roster just enough to make it fantasy hell for everyone. So don't be all surprised when it happens, Uncle Smokey told ya so. The second team is Leicester, who have a more important game in the Champions League coming midweek. Now they seem to be sorta safe from relegation and that tournament is way more important to them right now. Once again, I hope they don't take Vardy or any useful pieces away, but anything can happen in FPL. Enjoy the Week 32 rankings and comments are always solicited. Cheers!
The whole hub-bub this week will be to take a minus or not. I don't care what other research of quadratic jargon that you peruse on a daily basis, that is the only question that matters. The quick answer here is do what you think is right by your team in setting yourself up to compete in Week 29. That is the more important question. This week is basically a wash and everyone, and I mean everyone is either working at a disadvantage to get a starting XI, or will take a minus to get there. The run out is more important than a four game slate that features a less then attractive depth solution to this week's problem. Get your team to 9 and then if you want 10 at a minus 4, go for it. If not, relax, be on top of your team for Week 29 so you can bring in Kane or Costa. You can think about midfield with Hazard and Sanchez and defensively you should be all set and gambling with the guys who get you through Week 28 until you are ready to wildcard. I am no genius in this, it is all common sense. Don't play follow the leader, play the I own my own FPL team game. Here are the sexy rankings for Week 28. Cheers!
With Blanks draw contempt. A brilliant man once said that, and that man was Wayne Shaw's brother Bernard Shaw. Smart guy, wandering transfer fingers though. So with week 26 here, and as I have so elaborately explained in the transfer post, don't be a lemming! Unless being a lemming in the transfer market is to defend your throne. If you are chasing points in your money leagues or mini-leagues, think differently. You kinda have to with the blank weeks and soon-to-be double game weeks. Going with the flow wasn't cool for the Fonz, so it shouldn't be cool with you. You think Pinky Tuscadero would have paid him any attention if he was boring? Hell nah. Where was I, oh that's right, week 26 rankings. So this week is broken down into basically defense and attack with midfielders and forwards coming your way manana, so stay tuned. But stay in the here and now and concentrate on the keepers and defense. Rostering too many blank players leaves you with a blank expression when Monday rolls around and you are sitting 10 points below the average score. So sit back, relax and enjoy week 26 because the roller coaster that is the FPL is now in full effect. Cheers!
Another quick turn around and a slew of news, injuries, and new players on new teams. It is a great day to be alive when the rankings come out for the Premier League set for game week 24. Why, you may ask? Because I slave over a hot stove, day in and day out to stay on top of things so you don't. And yes, if you wanna cheat and skip ahead by all means, Sergio Aguero is my top ranked forward after missing last game week with a niggle. Lot's of games to love this week with Liverpool, Spurs and believe or not I like the fantasy output for Palace this week. Unfortunately, Chelsea face off against Arsenal and it takes some fantasy luster off the game, shucks. Oh well, on to Week 24 rankings. Cheers!
Sometimes the best defense is having a good offense. That reigns true when Alonso goes double-dipping last week, or if you take a look at some of the tastier fixtures for the upper-echelon defenses this week. Look no further than the fixtures of Chelsea, Arsenal, and Liverpool and you can see why the ownership rates of some of their players is on the rise or is in the top tiers of pricing. There is always a reason for the price tags that accompany the players. It is because they usually earned them, sad but true. In some cases, they don't but we can all determine the haves and the have nots by now. So don't go chasing defensive waterfalls, stick to the rivers and the lakes that you're used to. And remember, a good defense is the best differential going in this game. So be heady and smart. Good luck and Cheers!
A stout defense is never a passing phrase. Your fantasy differentials are all there. The ownership levels are so wide open at the back seven roster spots, as compared to the other eight spots on your roster. This is where your bread is buttered. Yeah, I am all for swimming in the same direction on some of the same guys, as there should be a Chelsea defender on every competitive team. After that, it is all up for debate where or who you wanna invest your funds. After all, it is your team. Currently I'm extremely tight in the back and probably over-invested in that regard as I currently have rostered: Alonso, Cesar, Baines, Charlie Daniels and Erik Pieters. Maybe not the best strategy, but it's my freaking team so I smite you fantasy style for hatin'. I no longer will have to make a roster move on defense until I am ready to utilize the new Wildcard. Which is already burning a hole in most people's pocket. Wait for the double week's or at least until the injury bug takes a big chomp out of your fantasy tukas. So without further hoopla, here is the Week 21 FPL rankings for defenders and keepers. Cheers!
Can you imaging playing any sport, real or fake, without a stout backbone? No, you just can't. It would be impossible and your team would just fall to the ground like a pile of gelatinous goo. The Keepers and Defense ranks are no different. Without some semblance of structure, promise, and talent, you will be a pile of fantasy goo at the bottom of the ranks. Take a look at the transfers in and out this week. The must have defenders are starting to shine, and from my vantage point you should start your back five with a Liverpool, a Chelsea, and a Southampton defender of your equitable suiting. There is no wrong answer here just what ever fits into your budget and common sense choice. So think about that next time you go to make a transfer in or out to pump up your last line of defense. So with that and all the other hullabaloo here is the Week 14 FPL rankings for Keepers and Defense. Cheers!
It's a holiday here start side, so while I am busy feeding my stomach I figured, why not feed the masses minds? No, my knowledge doesn't contain tryptophan, and has been know to make the casually follower nod off on occasion, but I will attempt to keep it light and airy and just enough ample room for dessert. This week's rankings feature some tough matches to call and with a lot of key fantasy cogs involved in just a few of the matches. Namely the Chelsea-Spurs match that could go either way in my head. It will either be a defensive mastery by both clubs resulting in a 0-0 draw, or it could be a 2-2 affair with plenty of involvement by all parties. Add in the Liverpool match, the Arsenal, and City matches, and you get a few better ideas that draw you to be more comfortable with transfers in and captains choice. None the less, it will be a fun Week 13 in the FPL regardless of what happens, because after all, it is still footie and that is better then having no footie. So good luck on transfers, Happy Holidays to all celebrating, and here are some Week 13 FPL rankings for you to peruse while eating Turkey or just waiting for traffic to subside. Cheers!