The highest scoring matches this week both ended up being shutouts, and GW 3 ended with 9 teams acquring  clean sheets, almost 10 after Burnley’s late equalizer to tie it. Certainly, all of those defensive clean sheets must have given some FPL managers a huge boost if their attacking returns over the weekend were less than imagined. If you didn’t manage to pick up any clean sheets, then you defensive options may not be the best moving forward, but I wouldn’t burn your wild card trying to sort them out. Why? Clean sheets are litterally a crap shoot to predict, so wild carding just because your defense let you down doesn’t make any sense – save it for the higher priced forwards and midfielders you’d like to bring in over the next few weeks.

Here are some notes on players I like/dislike from Game Week 3:

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The second installment of rankings is sometimes the favored.  Because who doesn’t like to score or assist to score.  In almost any format that last sentence holds sway.  But for now let’s just skip the images in your head and talk about the meat and potatoes of the FPL weekly rankings.  These fellas are more reliant on goals, assists and the BPS to drive them over the top.  So with match-ups, form and common sense as the wind to their ranking sail the list is based on just those three things.  So look at the schedule, trust the form and pray that I have some common sense when ranking these players.  Here are the Week 3 rankings for the midfielders and forwards in the FPL. Cheers!

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As always, the second post is usually the more awaited of the week.  Why?  It’s the same reason that people love the home run, the touchdown, or the over.  It is no different when we start talking about the middies and strikers for the week.  We fall in love with the goals and the tallies that come along with them.  All just facts.  Also a fact is that like always the rankings are always based on price, match-up, form and common sense.  So if you disagree… say so.  I am here for your service in this FPL game that we all love so much.  So enjoy the rankings, long intro’s are for squares and for people who don’t really have much to say so they make it long winded.  Cheers!

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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.

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If you enjoyed yesterday’s salad and appetizer courses, then you will love today’s main course and dessert.  I realize you can’t get anywheres in the official game without having a nodded on choice at keeper and a stellar yet filled with differential based defense.  But the real fun in building your roster is comprising it with as many affordable stars through the middle of the pitch and up top.   So just like yesterday’s rankings I mix in price, match and some good ole common sense.  The form comes later because after all this is just week one of a long journey my friends.  Some great matches are on the table for a lot of star players, so here’s hoping you can squeeze as many of them in as possible.  So just in case you needed a guiding hand here is week 1 of the FPL season rankings for Middies and Strikers.  Cheers!

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When a useful fantasy name comes on board to the fantasy universe, we instantly ask two questions: Does Mo Salah have the skill set that translates to the FPL? Second, does his price give him the worthiness of a roster spot?  Addressing this is not as cut an dry as yes and yes.  It is more like maybe and maybe.  His skill set definitely portrays a type of player that can flourish in the Premier League.  After coming over from Seria A, he boasts stats that ooze potential for possibly the same thing.  Last season he scored 15 goals and had 11 assists.  Now transfer that over to the premier and he would have easily been in the top-6 of midfielders for points.  But that’s where the cut and dry comes in.  Seria A is not the Premier and vice versa.  They are like identical cousins, yeah they grow from the same family tree but one is an account and the other is an actuary.  Similar but different.  He goes to a team that surrounds him with players of value and skill set that he should be able to carve out enough tallies to make him useful.  Tallies are what we need.  For him to be a rosterable fantasy playerh he would need to get 20 goals/assists on the year.  The big question is: is that possible?

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Having a ton of fantasy assets is usually a good thing when you have 20 teams to choose from in terms of the FPL.  It is still the preseason, but when you look at one team that has a very vocal midfield in terms of capability for fantasy fruitfulness, who do you choose?  The right answer may be none.  And stay with me here…  When given too many choices, not wanting to over-invest is the right answer sometimes, skipping the obvious and selecting zero instead.  With the likes of Phillipe Coutinho, Sadio Mane, Mo Salah, Adam Lallana, Georgino Wijnaldum and now a forward but still relevant for this discussion Roberto Firmino, how do you just choose one that hits every week.  That is almost damn near impossible.  With the way that Liverpool offense flows, there isn’t one guy that will get all the fantasy goodies like on other teams.  Dispersion of goals and assists (since that is where most midfielders and forwards get their points) in this case, is a bad thing.  When they face teams in the middle of the season once, we know who will be bad defensively.  Sure, loading up seems like a good idea, but to start the year?  No thank you.

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Yikes folks, three-game weeks in 10 days and if you don’t have the need for adult diapers, now may be the time.  Excitement personified!  This is the last stretch run of games that come in succession like this for the rest of the year, and if you are big proponent of taking a minus and not having it affect you this is the time.  I say that because if you simply take a minus a week for the next 3 and set yourself up with one player for the week, and one for the DGW in 34 w/ United, Soton, and Palace… you will be ahead of the game and hold onto that coveted wildcard for the better looking DGW fixtures after Week 34.  But what the heck do I know? Enjoy the week.  Happy transferring and here are the Week 30 FPL rankings for all positions.  Cheers!

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Now that the back-enders are out of the way for Week 29, we can get down to the meat, potatoes and goal scorers. The quintessential fantasy meal. Getting the right set-up for midfielders is a lot harder than getting the forward ones correct right now. The options are seemingly endless, and given the shape, health and suspension levels going on in the forward ranks it is hard to get that right set for now and for the upcoming weeks. So play for now, grab for form, screw fixture through the middle. As far as the strikers go, it is kinda of weeded out for you through attrition really. With Kane and Ibra gone, it makes the forward ranks Lukaku, Costa, Manolo and maybe a roll of the dice with Sergio. Well, if you came for advice and ranks you came to the right place. Keep reading for the Week 29 Middies and Forward ranks. Cheers!

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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!

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