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#1 Aug 02 2011 at 1:49 PM Rating: Excellent
That's right folks, the lockout is over and football is back in season and with that it brings an exciting new season of Fantasy Football.

(This is also cross-posted @ Wowhead http://www.wowhead.com/forums&topic=193311&p=2799366 )

For the last couple years I've always wanted to play in a fantasy league that wasn't full of strangers (I've played in random leagues for the last several years on NFL.com and a few other sites) and it finally dawned on me why don't I run a league for everyone at Wowhead and ZAM! There should at least be enough of us to have a fun time this season.

This year (hopefully going to be having this yearly) we will be using Fleaflicker.
You can signup for the league at http://www.fleaflicker.com/nfl/league?leagueId=107925 password is tastydataz

For those unfamiliar with how Fantasy Football works I'll give you a quick rundown here. At the beginning of the season we hold a draft, much like the official draft used in sports each player takes turns picking players to fill out their roster (we will have an an automatic draft where you rank the order of players you want picked). Every week you will be setup to "play" against another person in your division. Before the games start on Sunday (or Thursday if your players have one of those games) you will pick your starters for each position and once the game starts your players earn you points if they do good. After all the games are over your points are added up and the player who has the most points wins. After the season is over we go into the playoffs where some of the best teams compete in a single elimination tournament and the player who wins is crowned Champion with bragging rights!

I'll be writing a guide in the next couple days on how to setup your draft rankings and use the site for those who aren't familiar with Fantasy Football.

If there are any questions I'll be checking back here frequently.

Edited, Aug 2nd 2011 3:50pm by Fewyn
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#2 Aug 02 2011 at 8:44 PM Rating: Good
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Sounds like fun! I have done a league with my school's speech team for the past 3 years but I graduated so that is probably closing for me. Perfect timing. Oh, and for iPhone users, and probably other smart phones, there is an app for fleaflicker.
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Sure. I participate in a couple yahoo leagues with people in my department, etc. Sounds like fun.
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#5 Aug 03 2011 at 5:37 AM Rating: Good
How and when is the draft going to be run? If it's going to be something where I won't be able to be around for it, I really wouldn't want to bother being in a league.
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#6 Aug 03 2011 at 10:22 AM Rating: Excellent
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How and when is the draft going to be run? If it's going to be something where I won't be able to be around for it, I really wouldn't want to bother being in a league.


The draft is on 8/22 but you don't have to be there to draft you just need to rank your players.
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#7 Aug 04 2011 at 8:25 AM Rating: Good
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I've never tried fantasy football. Never been much of a pro sports fan. I've always wondered what the hype was about with fantasy football, maybe I'll give it a shot. It should be an easy win on everyone else part.
#8 Aug 04 2011 at 9:52 AM Rating: Good
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I've never tried fantasy football. Never been much of a pro sports fan. I've always wondered what the hype was about with fantasy football, maybe I'll give it a shot. It should be an easy win on everyone else part.
It's pretty fun, but some people get a little too into it, I think.
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Vestal Chamberlain Lubriderm wrote:
Hyolith wrote:
I've never tried fantasy football. Never been much of a pro sports fan. I've always wondered what the hype was about with fantasy football, maybe I'll give it a shot. It should be an easy win on everyone else part.
It's pretty fun, but some people get a little too into it, I think.

Depends really, maybe some people aren't into it enough?

Anyways, if your league needs some filling out you can shoot me an invite.
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#10 Aug 05 2011 at 2:02 PM Rating: Good
It's telling me that the password is incorrect. I guess I'll try again in a bit.
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#11 Aug 05 2011 at 2:08 PM Rating: Good
Never mind, all set now.

So, fewyn, have you talked to management about prizes?

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#12 Aug 08 2011 at 3:37 PM Rating: Good
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Vestal Chamberlain Lubriderm wrote:
Never mind, all set now.

So, fewyn, have you talked to management about prizes?

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I like this idea.
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I'll throw this in here because there might be a chance somebody has thought of this, or has an idea:

I want to set up a new scoring system for fantasy football where the weekly fantasy team matchups actually matter. It would have to be an IDP league, and the performance of the defensive players would have an impact on the performance of the other teams offense. For example you could have a team that has a great passing game, but play against a team with a loaded secondary that would more or less shut down the passing offense.

I cant come up with a solid way of matching players up using the statistics that are provided. What a friend and I have come up with so far is assigning a weight to a defender based on relevent stats (tackles/ints/etc) that takes a cut of the overall allowed passing/rushing yards by that players team, which then will reduce the yardage of opposing fantasy teams passing/rushing yards.

A major dilemma I'm having with it is that it seems alot of the things i come up with could be done just by giving more points for defensive stats, which i dont want.

The way its set up now though, the weekly matchups mean a lot in the outcome of the season, but are really pretty irrelevant themselves.

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If your QB throws and interception and the other team's defender gets an interception, you lose a touchdown. Every 3 sacks reduces a TD down to a FG.

No idea if that can work in IDP, but that's how my keeper league works, but we pick team D's, not individuals.
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#15 Aug 15 2011 at 4:38 PM Rating: Good
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Need 3 more people. Come on folks! Even if you've never played fantasy football before, it's pretty easy and enjoyable.

Also, any word on possible prizes? Not that it matters since I won't win, but I think it's fun to actually have something to win.
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I have no idea how American football works. The closest I've ever come is when I used to play Rugby, and as far as I can tell that's an insult to Rugby.
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I have no idea how American football works. The closest I've ever come is when I used to play Rugby, and as far as I can tell that's an insult to Rugby.


There's less protective gear in rugby, so it's safer.

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Kavekk wrote:
Nilatai wrote:
I have no idea how American football works. The closest I've ever come is when I used to play Rugby, and as far as I can tell that's an insult to Rugby.


There's less protective gear in rugby, so it's safer.

Edited, Aug 16th 2011 6:57pm by Kavekk

I believe the hits are harder in American Football.

I prefer Rugby football though. I always liked the saying "Football is a game for gentlemen played by thugs, Rugby is a game for thugs played by gentlemen". You can really see the difference when you watch them, though. The level of respect for say, the ref, or opposition fans is staggeringly different.
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Nilatai wrote:
"Football is a game for gentlemen played by thugs, Rugby is a game for thugs played by gentlemen".


Hah, that's great. Smiley: lol
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"Football is a game for gentlemen played by thugs, Rugby is a game for thugs played by gentlemen".


Hah, that's great. Smiley: lol
Especially for Nil who is normally mind numbingly boring.
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Nilatai wrote:
Kavekk wrote:
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I have no idea how American football works. The closest I've ever come is when I used to play Rugby, and as far as I can tell that's an insult to Rugby.


There's less protective gear in rugby, so it's safer.

I believe the hits are harder in American Football.


Exactly. Give a man a protective helmet and he'll just slam his head against the wall harder.
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Kavekk wrote:
Nilatai wrote:
Kavekk wrote:
Nilatai wrote:
I have no idea how American football works. The closest I've ever come is when I used to play Rugby, and as far as I can tell that's an insult to Rugby.


There's less protective gear in rugby, so it's safer.

I believe the hits are harder in American Football.


Exactly. Give a man a protective helmet and he'll just slam his head against the wall harder.


This looks like the perfect time for a Gus Frerotte reference.

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Vestal Chamberlain Lubriderm wrote:
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"Football is a game for gentlemen played by thugs, Rugby is a game for thugs played by gentlemen".


Hah, that's great. Smiley: lol
Especially for Nil who is normally mind numbingly boring.

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#26 Aug 21 2011 at 1:13 PM Rating: Excellent
Draft is tomorrow don't forget to setup your draft rankings if you want them to be non-default!

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#27 Aug 21 2011 at 1:47 PM Rating: Good
I'm screwed. I hope swap/trade options are fairly liberal.
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#28 Aug 24 2011 at 2:22 PM Rating: Good
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Lulz, totally forgot about the draft. I hope the autorankings were halfway decent.
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Lulz, totally forgot about the draft. I hope the autorankings were halfway decent.
I don't think it could end up any worse than what I got.
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I'm not too happy with mine, but it's my own fault for not changing up my preferences :P.
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#31 Aug 25 2011 at 6:48 PM Rating: Good
I have to say, I like ESPN's format better. Either way, this should be fun, even if a few of us totally forgot about the draft.
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I really don't care for FleaFlicker so far.

Also, I wish everyone would actually try to set a team each week. Looks like some people have flat out given up and it's only week 2. Multiple teams starting players who have been ruled out for a while, not just gametime decisions. While I'm glad it is a large league since I signed up late, next season should probably be limited to 12-14 teams. That leaves a lot more players open on the FA list to try to retool your team if things are no good the first few weeks, and keeps people trying to play competitively for longer.
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I've always felt that Yahoo has the best Fantasy Football system. Haven't tried NFL.com's recently, though. But it seems like Yahoo has the best combination of features, presentation, and options. They seem to be ahead of the rest of the pack when it comes to adding new elements, too.

We did ESPN last year in one league, and it had some obnoxiously bad webpage design in a few areas (and at the time, they were charging $5.00 for their mobile app!).

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Eske Esquire wrote:
I've always felt that Yahoo has the best Fantasy Football system. Haven't tried NFL.com's recently, though. But it seems like Yahoo has the best combination of features, presentation, and options. They seem to be ahead of the rest of the pack when it comes to adding new elements, too.

We did ESPN last year in one league, and it had some obnoxiously bad webpage design in a few areas (and at the time, they were charging $5.00 for their mobile app!).

Edited, Sep 18th 2011 10:07pm by Eske

Yahoo and NFL.com are both very good fantasy FB platforms. CBSSports.com isn't bad either.
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I honestly just hate the fleaflicker design and can't figure out some stuff, so I kinda stopped caring -_-. If we do it again next year and use Yahoo I'll be all in though.
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#36 Sep 19 2011 at 12:35 PM Rating: Excellent
I've been on nfl.com for the last two years, and I like it.
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I think the design is terrible, but I haven't had any trouble finding stuff or setting my team or adding/dropping players.
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I think the design is terrible, but I haven't had any trouble finding stuff or setting my team or adding/dropping players.
Same deal. Not a fan of it, but certainly usable. Missing a few things I like, but overall, it works.
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I'm still kind of learning the ropes. I did try to set a up a lineup this week and I had a guy be injured for start time that 0 really Not that it matters too much because I believe I still got my ass kicked.
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I have to tout my score this week:

Matthew Stafford 23.93
Jeremy Maclin 23.85
A.J. Green 15.70
Devery Henderson 12.90
Peyton Hillis 14.85
Arian Foster 2.50
Fred Davis 10.80
Stephen Gostkowski 9.00
Detroit 21.00

James Anderson 3.50
Clay Matthews 5.00
Tommy Kelly 0.50
Mario Williams 2.00
Aqib Talib 1.00
Donte Whitner 8.00

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Projected: 87.46
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Damn near doubled my projected (and 75 pts is about the average weekly total in our league). Absolutely steamrolled my opponent, who had the second highest score with 110.

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I wish there was a setting to force inactive teams to at least set the highest projected lineup.
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Yea yea, whatever. Just back off, that division is mine!
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My win this week was pure fluke. 3 of my starters were on bye. Of course, that's the kind of thing you need from time to time to stay near the top.
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My win this week was pure fluke. 3 of my starters were on bye. Of course, that's the kind of thing you need from time to time to stay near the top.
My loss this week was a product of a mostly bad team.

I'd really like to just blow up the inactive teams and send their players to waivers. There isn't a whole lot the people actually trying to win can do to supplement their rosters. 20 teams eats up a lot of players.

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I'd love to see all the players on the inactive teams just go to free agency/waivers.
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Waivers would really be best, so we would basically have to draft them. Oh, and apparently it's 8 inactive teams, though the top two could feasibly have just used a Ron Popeil strategy 'til their players are on byes.
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I'd love to see all the players on the inactive teams just go to free agency/waivers.
I'd rather see just their benches put back in to circulation. Waivers/free agency would be a nightmare mid-season for that many players.
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I'd love to see all the players on the inactive teams just go to free agency/waivers.
I'd rather see just their benches put back in to circulation. Waivers/free agency would be a nightmare mid-season for that many players.


Seriously. That's why no-drop lists exist.
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Playing in a work league and the person I beat last week has an open RB slot and had two players on bye. I want their Greg Jennings. Especially since Roy Williams is garbage.
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I'd love to see all the players on the inactive teams just go to free agency/waivers.
I'd rather see just their benches put back in to circulation. Waivers/free agency would be a nightmare mid-season for that many players.
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