SOSH EPL 2015/2016 - Let's get it on

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Smiling Joe Hesketh

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I've created a new league for Fantasy EPL this year.
 
Code is down below. I screwed it up the first time: it's now 126789-34905.
 
We had almost 70 teams entered last year, just a tremendous turnout. Let's try to get that again, and have everyone be active.
 

Phil Plantier

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I'd like to jump back in after a few years off. Which site, the EPL one?
 

DJnVa

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When I joined that league, it's showing it listed under "2014/15 Leagues".
 
Is it going to transfer to the new season?
 

Smiling Joe Hesketh

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OK, I screwed up the league the first time.
 
The league code is 126789-34905. SoSH EPL 2015-16.
 
In as Aston Martin Villa.
 
Looks like there are some interesting changes this year. There are new options: you can play a 2-5-3 (All Out Attack) at times, you can triple your captain's points at times, and there's an option to include your bench's points in the week totals. Should make it more fun.
 
Go in and pick your teams!
 

DJnVa

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And, in as Chesapeake FC. Another midtable finish hopefully.
 

coremiller

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As the holders, coming off a successful title defense, I'm of course in, as Big Daddy Harry Kane.
 
The other top teams, they are buying the title.  All of them, they are buying the title.  It is up to us at BDHK to be strong and fight them and, obviously, to try to win it again.
 

fletcherpost

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coremiller said:
As the holders, coming off a successful title defense, I'm of course in, as Big Daddy Harry Kane.
 
The other top teams, they are buying the title.  All of them, they are buying the title.  It is up to us at BDHK to be strong and fight them and, obviously, to try to win it again.
 
Since you're the talent, the man to beat, the one to watch...how much squad maintenance, and time spent, does it take to be competitive? I made a team last year but i never went to the website after i registered my team...didnae have the time, or...i remembered what i was like when i did fantasy baseball and i spent too much time and took it a bit too seriously.
 

DJnVa

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Season starts soon---get in there and make your moves now, especially if you let the site pick your team so you could join the league.
 

coremiller

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fletcherpost said:
 
Since you're the talent, the man to beat, the one to watch...how much squad maintenance, and time spent, does it take to be competitive? I made a team last year but i never went to the website after i registered my team...didnae have the time, or...i remembered what i was like when i did fantasy baseball and i spent too much time and took it a bit too seriously.
 
Depends on what you mean by competitive.  It's basically impossible to do well if you pick a team at the beginning of the season and then forget about it for six months.  To do reasonably well, you need to update your team on a weekly basis to account for injuries, form, rotation, fixtures, and so on.  But that doesn't have to take a lot of time -- say 10-15 minutes/week on Friday afternoon (or Saturday morning in the UK) to read an injury report, look at the fixture list, adjust your lineup and maybe make one or two transfers.
 
To really compete for winning a competitive league, I think you have to do a little more than that.  It helps a lot to follow the ups and downs of the transfer market, so you can snag players before they get expensive or dump players before their value drops further.  It helps to plan your transfer/rotation strategy out 4-6 weeks ahead, based on fixtures.  Capitalizing on double gameweeks (where due to rescheduling a team plays twice within a single scoring period) is an absolute must, as is using your wildcard at the right time.
 
Like most things of this nature, there are diminishing returns to the value you get out of further time investment.  There are people on the internet building models to test which budget allocation strategies are most optimal -- that's a lot further than I go.
 
Helpful websites:
 
fantasyfootballscout.co.uk is helpful.  They have several very useful features: a calendar showing the entire league's next six fixtures, color-coded for difficulty; a set-piece/penalty taker tracker (players with these roles are more valuable and can be good bargains on weaker teams); and an injury/likely lineups tracker.  They also do analysis and commentary, although I've found that stuff less useful.
 
There are a number of sites that try to reverse-engineer the FPL pricing algorithm to predict player price movements.  http://www.fiso.co.uk/crackthecode.php is the one I like best but they should all be taken with a big grain of salt, especially early in the season (it takes them some time to calibrate the algorithm).  
 

CouchsideSteve

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OK, I'm in as Excessive Relegation.

Only my second year really following EPL, so not finishing in the bottom third will be a moral victory.

Anyway, should be fun!
 

DLew On Roids

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I went to put my team in before the 7:45 kickoff and the site says "The game is currently being updated. Please try again later when the updated scores / teams will be available." It's like playing on CBS Sportsline.
 
Always next year.  You chumps got off lightly.
 
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