A good exercise with 15 weeks remaining is to look at the top five players at each position and the disparity between the tippy top, to the lonely old soul in 5th overall spot in points for the position.  I say to “do this” because it shows the transparency between the best to the 5th best and how much further ahead they are by leaps and bounds.  Let’s start in the net,  David de Gea is distancing himself easily from the field of keepers with 121 points, 29 more than the 5th most pointed Lukasz Fabianski.  Now on paper, they are miles apart in talent, but in points per million they are closer than they appear (20.5 for DDG and 20 exactly for Fabi).  Important, but not always because of the ability to transfer in and out at will if you want.  Moving onto defense, Marcos Alonso has 131 points compared to hector Bellerin on 93.  Points per million is 17.9 for Alonso, and 15.25 for Hector.  Also a factor to remember is that these figures fluctuate based on players value, and buy in value point so keep that in mind to.  My favorite discrepancy position in the FPL is middies.  Mo Salah has 179 points while 5th place Christian Eriksen has a meesily 124, freaking pauper.  Salah’s PPM is 17.72, while Eriksen is 13.3.  Salah is also the highest rising priced player from the start of the season, rising 1.1 to date.  Lastly is the forward spot where Harry Kane leads the line with 147, and Jamie Vardy hasn’t eclipsed the century mark in 5th at 99.  PPM is 11.3 to 11.6, surprising, but on a dollar to dollar basis Vardy is the dude slightly.  Now this isn’t an exercise with exactness do to buying in and transferring out properties that exist with each player.  just some handy info to sway your head as you head into the transfer ideas part of your week.  Week 24 FPL transfers are here, just like the cabs on Jersey Shore.  Cheers!

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Clear Choice: Mohamed Salah, Liverpool – The King of Motown faces off with Manchester City at Anfield, and despite currently recovering from injury, since it feels like forever since we last saw Salah, let’s just pretend taht he’s extra rested. City are nothing to laugh about on defense, especially now that they have John Stones fit for matches playing alongside Otamendi and Kyle Walker. Furthermore, Liverpool lost Coutinho since their last league match, but I think that means Mo Opportunities for Mo Salah. City’s defense is good, but an early goal either way will open the play up and both offenses will be trying to one-up the other. I predict Salah to come up on top.

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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.

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Rankings are the gift that either keeps on giving or ones that you quickly wanna re-gift.  Either way, I am giving you them with a fake smile on my face.  So you take that as a ehh, or a ehhhh.  Either way, I am content.  Week 19 attacking players got a bit of a shock as Morata got accumulation suspension in the Cup game and will miss.  This basically sends a ripple effect throughout all the rankings.  So if you are in the mood for those type of things keep reading and get to them.  Or you can stay here and listen to me wax poetic about almost nothing, as I have the innate ability to just lull you to sleep with nothing.  Screw that skip ahead, enjoy the rankings.  Happy Holidays to all and good luck this week.  Cheers!

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Everyone knows that ole diddy. It’s the one with the fish wandering the desert looking for a prom date.  Really sentimental stuff around this time of the year… marked with giving and mostly receiving.  So week 18 cam and went and it made us question every single entity that exists with our current teams, especially the forward ranks and ownership.  The complaint department for Harry Kane, Alvaro Morata, the ambiguously City Duo and Romey were at an all time high, and then Lukaku had to score and make everyone look stupid.  Typical show-off. Shows up 15 minutes late, doesn’t pay for gas and than scores when everyone had given up hope on him being consistent.  Liverpool put on a show and the City midfield are where all the cool kids hang out right now.  And if they don’t, than they should be looking that way.  Three pool, three City attack, two french hookers and a defender from Chelsea. Have no fear week 19 in the FPL is here.  For the curious at heart and can’t wait to unwrap their presents before the Liverpool vs. Arsenal matchup on friday here are some transfer ideas and musings as I sing toons of the old country.  Good luck with the transfers and may your FPL return be bountiful. Cheers!

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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
Lacazette, ARS 1 6/13/64
Murray, BHA 1 6/9/44
Gayle, NEW 1 6/8/25
Bony, SWA 1 6/9/17
Rooney, EVE 1 1 CS 5/20/62
Crouch, STK 1 5/8/31
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
Son, TOT 1 7/10/44
Ramsey, ARS 1 1 BP 6/22/79
Mahrez, LEI 1 1 CS 6/17/75
Salah, LIV 1 5/25/113
Martial, MUN 1 5/16/63
Pogba, MUN 2 1 RC 5/13/56
Dembélé, TOT 3 BP 5/8/20
De Bruyne, MCI 1 1 YC 4/19/91
Redmond, SOU 1 4/6/37
Cleverly, WAT 1 4/9/46
  • 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.
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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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The FPL season grows up so fast.  We still remember the courting process in the preseason when it’s: mom looked so good and was all good with her… feet.  Now that we are past the adolescent phase and they are basically thinking for themselves, we need to process the going’s on in the transfer universe.  Lot’s of stick or twist options.  Callum Wilson or Niasse?  The Pep news about using both Aguero and Jesus together as a conjoined twin of fantasy goodness.  A lot has happened in the four day span from game start to today.  Everyone has great ideas of how to rear a child,  I mean, it is so prominent in the news now.  So now I am flipping it and half-reversing it into a useful FPL standpoint for all of us to get to know.  So pull up another chair to the adult table as your FPL team is all grown up and ready to roll.  Here are the week 13 transfer takes and fakes for FPL.  Cheers!

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