I. College Pick 'Em
Yes, we will be doing another College Football Pick 'Em league. Probably through Yahoo again, although I would like to find a game that allows groups of unlimited size (If you know of any, drop a note in the comments). When it's set up (likely next week), I'll post the details on the front page.
II. NFL Pick 'Em / Eliminator
If there's interest, I'm also willing to set up an NFL Pick 'Em and/or Eliminator (i.e., survival pool) game. Those would be purely for pride. Let me know if you're interested.
II. Fantasy Football -- NFL edition
I'm not keen to set up an NFL fantasy football league here (I'm already in three leagues), but if someone wants to set up one and invite BHGPers, please feel free to do so.
III. Fantasy Football -- NCAA edition
Likewise, is there an interest in an NCAA-version of fantasy football? I am game for that. CBS Sports has a pretty good set-up for fantasy NCAA football. I'm happy to set up a league.
IV. Fantasy Football -- EPL edition
We did this last year, so why not give it another shot? You just have to go to the official Barclays Fantasy Premier League site, sign up, create a team, and then join the league.
Classic league code: 261565-93963
Head-to-head league code: 261565-74557
(Classic leagues are strictly about accumulating the most points. Head-to-head leagues more like traditional fantasy football leagues: your team faces another owner's team and whoever scores the most points that week is declared the winner. Please feel free to join either or both league.)
If you've got questions about the league or fantasy fútbol in general, feel free to post away in the comments. I'll do my best to answer the questions. If you're wanting a brief overview...
* You get £100 to assemble a team of fifteen players (2 GK, 5 DEF, 5 MID, 3 FWD) of your choosing. Unlike many fantasy games, there's no limit on how many people in a league can own a player -- if we all want to own Wayne Rooney (ick), we can do it. Players have different prices based on past performance and the shirt they wear, which means you can't just load up on players from the Big Four and call it a day. (You're also limited to three players per team.) You have to find some gems from the lesser teams, too. It's also worth noting that the values assigned to players will fluctuate over the course of a season; players who go on a tear, score a lot of points, and get added by a lot of owners will see their price go up. Conversely, players who go into a funk and don't score a lot of points will see their price go down.
* Points are accumulated in a variety of ways:
-- GK: minutes played, clean sheet, saves made, goals scored, assists
-- DEF: minutes played, clean sheet, saved made, goals scored, assists
-- MID: minutes played, clean sheet, goals scored, assists
-- FWD: minutes played, goals scored, assists
Goals are worth more or less depending on who scores them (forwards earn 4 pts per goal, midfielders earn 5 pts per goal, defenders and keepers earn 6 pts per goal). Clean sheets are worth more to keepers and defenders (4 pts apiece) than midfielders (1 pt apiece). Forwards get no bonus if their team keeps a clean sheet. Players can also lose points -- if their team gives up 2+ goals, keepers and defenders will lose points (-1 to -2 pts apiece, I believe) and all players will be penalized for picking up yellow or red cards.
* Tactically, you can arrange your team in a wide variety of formations. 4-3-3? 4-4-2? 4-5-1? 3-4-3? I believe the minimum requirements are 3 defenders, 3 midfielders, and 1 forward; any formation that fits with that is fair game (although you can't just go bombing ahead with four forwards, sadly).
* A few other wrinkles to know about are captains (and vice-captains), substitutions, and transfers. Whoever you designate as captain earns double points for you. If your captain doesn't play, the player you designate as vice-captain becomes the captain and earns double points for you. If one of the eleven players you select doesn't play at all, one (or more) of your bench players will be automatically subtituted for them, assuming they also played and it still leaves you with a legal formation (i.e., you set up a 4-3-3 but one of your forwards doesn't play; a midfielder could be automatically substituted for him and you'd then have a 4-4-2).
Transfers are this game's equivalent to waivers or free agency. You get one free transfer (i.e., costs you no points) per week; you can make more than one transfer, but it will cost you (4 pts per additional transfer). The only exception that policy is the transfer wildcard -- you can play that and make unlimited transfers during a week. (The catch is that you only get two of them, one that can be used at any point during the season and one that can only be used in January, mirroring the EPL's own January transfer window.)
That's the nuts and bolts. I'd encourage you to bone up on the official FPL rules, too, of course. Bring it on.
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