Welcome to UniqueFC!! I'll keep this short and to the point..
We need to get everyone signed up to the main site (you need to sign up for the game separate to the blog - though feel free to use the same login details) and into the created league.
Ideally, if we can get everybody to sign up today, with use of the priority queue, we should be able to complete the draft prior to next game week’s kickoff. So once you have signed up to the site , please join the league with the code:
The sooner you sign up the better! - The order of draft selection is based on the order of players signing up. By default, the league-creator picks first ;) but Nirav and I will skip our first turn in the interest of fairness.
Once you have joined the league, reply here and we can get the draft going once all 10 players are in.
So.. Let's get cracking! Really looking forward to this!
Ps - If you have 'created'/joined a league yourself already, we will have to reset your account, in which case let me know the email address you signed up with...
Sorry when is the draft again? Am from Singapore so need to catch the timing properly so I can set my alarm
All done mate.
New league code is:
Don't wake up specially for it (even though a fantasy nut such as myself would do).
Each draft pick lasts 8 hours so you have plenty of time. And you can also set the priority queue to let the system pick your player of choice for you.
We'll see if we can get everyone signed up by tomorrow otherwise I'll post an updated draft time here.
1) Just to ensure that everyone gets all the updates on this thread, please subscribe to this post (just a matter of clicking the link at the bottom right of the article).
2) Slight issue that we need to address. It has come about due to some miscommunication between Nirav and myself (the draft started on Friday rather than on Monday as it should have), which means we will have to set up the league all over again. This will waste about about 5 minutes of everyones time and we apologize for that. I have created a new league but in order to join it I need you to send me the email address you used to register your account, so that I can reset it in order for you to rejoin.
Again, sorry for the bother! But we should have the draft done and dusted by the end of the week!
Some of you might have tried to set-up your priority list. It would not work as yet. Once the draft starts, everyone in the league will get an email notification (it may be in your spam, in that case mark it as a friendly message). Upon starting the draft, the priority list functionality will be usable and everyone will then be able to pick players (drag and drop) into their priority lists (make sure you save once you add or edit your list).
We have extended the draft start date to Monday after this coming gameweek because we are still waiting on a couple of users to join the league.
Any problems or issues, email me on firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for joining and hoping this is a cracking second half of the season.. And I'm a gooner btw!
How will the draft work? Auto-draft?
The draft has been designed to be a hybrid of live and auto. Once the draft starts, every one of us has a window in which to select players. If we wish, we can use the priority queue to automate some of this (e.g. - If you know your turn is next and that you want either Aguero or Suarez, in that order of priority, you set your queue up so that it picks whichever of the two is available).
The priority queue can be changed during the draft.. So you aren't obligated to use it for all your picks.
It should be much clearer once it begins. In the meantime, this post by Nirav is quite useful.
Okay, so as asked by a couple of people, how were we playing this using spreadsheets before? Well, I'll outline the process here, while trying to find a balance between keeping it short and sweet and still providing enough detail.
1. Use Google Docs!
It's free, and it allows everyone to connect at the same time. Also, as it's in the cloud, it is always up to date. You can look back at past revisions if necessary and is the ideal tool (short of a fully dedicated site) to play fantasy football in this way. Sample: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AiNH-JHpkhe8dFVVX2RiaDNyNUdZTFdieHliaUtUemc&usp=sharing
2. Decide between doing the entire game manually vs using an existing salary cap based fantasy game
Personally, none of our group could be bothered going through the hassle of creating a point scoring system, updating each player's scores manually, keeping track of transfers/team sheets and scoring the entire game manually which is why we went with the second option.
I read an article recently (which I can't currently find) that talked about the evolution of English soccer/football. The English Premier League is arguably the most competitive of the major European leagues (La Liga in Spain, Ligue 1 in France, Bundesliga in Germany, Serie A in Italy, Eredivisie in Netherlands). However, the quality of international play has suffered. As of this post, the English national soccer team is ranked #14 in the FIFA World Rankings. Spain, Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands are in the top six.
Critics have pointed to the dominance of the English Premier League as the cause of the demise of the English national soccer team. The argument is that so many foreigners have come to the league that they have pushed the local English out. More than two-thirds of the players in opening matches in the Premier League were foreigners. Club owners rightfully want the best for their club. If they have the option to chose between a star foreign player or an Englishman a little worse, the former will be chosen. This has caused Englishmen not good enough to play in foreign leagues or those below the Premier League. The quality of play in these leagues are often second-tier and so these players do not experience as high quality play as they could be.
Now personally, I'm all for keeping the Premier League the way it is. I don't think it's the main reason of the demise of the English national soccer team. The Premier League is a global brand, and it needs to stay that way. It's the Mecca of world football. Germany's Bundesliga and Spain's La Liga mainly feature local players, but the Premier League is the most recognized worldwide because of its diversity. To be honest, this benefits England more than the national team's success. Club soccer is bigger than international. Honestly, there are very few hardcore fans of an international team. And by that, I mean the fans that religiously follow the team year-round (not every fourth year during the FIFA World Cup). They should not sacrifice the popularity of the league at the expense of the international team.
Also, the increased quality of play in the Premier League simply means that the English players in that league compete against stronger opposition. Theoretically, this should mean they play a higher quality game and improve more than second-tier players. They are playing the leaders of most international teams on a weekly basis during their club fixtures. Shouldn't this be adequate preparation? I mean, if most of the players in the Premier League were English, the players would be at a disadvantage when they play international teams because they are used to only competing against their own countrymen and not the top players in the world.