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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Well, the result that we all were waiting for, City over Huddersfield, now adds to an already strategic plan onto an already over-strategized plan. So the transfer ideas this week are all City front six players, and stay away from the defense because they aren’t the most stoic bunch of clean sheet artists. Or you can go with the cost savings group and invest in Stoke players who also double thanks to the City victory yesterday. Regardless of what you do to your team, taking a minus this week on players that double up is a good idea because even if they get bare minimum returns of two points, you break even just on minutes played. The payoff is if the actually do anything or actually play. So with the DGW in mind here are the rankings for Week 27 in the FPL. Cheers!

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Well, now that we have gone over the back-liners, let us move to the sassy portion of the rankings. Those, of course, are the managers and physios. I mean who doesn’t love a guy who is the minister of fitness for their club. I know I do. But in all seriousness, middies and forwards are where the fantasy bread is buttered. And now that the possible DGW is possibly in play for next week, it does change some things around. City and Stoke players now have some attention staring at them for next week, and it does throw a blanket over some transfer ideas that we may have concocted. Regardless, this is Week 26 and for now, let’s just try and take our ADHD medicine and worry about today rather then tomorrow. So with a lot of star power on blank this week, we get a few newer names to the rankings then normal. As Arsenal, City, United and Southampton all blank it eliminates a few staples from the rankings that would otherwise normally appear. so avoid the blanks, and may your points be fruitful. Cheers!

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The calm before the blank week storm is upon us. Soon after this week we will determine most of our course for the next few weeks, as the FA cup will dictate the upcoming fixtures in Week 28 and so on. Let us not get too far ahead of ourselves and concentrate on this week’s tasty fixtures and the fantasy appeal that they offer. Week 25 is a key point in the yearm and if you don’t have to make a transfer and can go into Week 26 with two, then by all means, do so. Keep that WC in your top pocket and trudge forward into fantasy glory. Here are the Week 25 rankings for the official game. Cheers!

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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!

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