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Old Jul 19, 2012, 01:56 PM   #1
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The MacRumors Fantasy Football League 2012-13

Blimey – is it that time of year already? By which I mean is it really time for the return of the MacRumors Fantasy Football League?

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Why yes! Yes, it is!

Our League returns for its sixth season, along with it's knock-out sister competition the MacRumors Fantasy Cup. Last season it was FFM who came out on top, pulling off a memorable League and Cup double – but their gaffer andrewstephenso mustn't rest on his laurels if he's to defend his silverware against MacRumors' finest fantasy managers.

Our competitions are played played using the official Barclays Premier League game, you can read up on the rules and register on their site here. I'll be checking through the rules later and if I spot any changes from last year I'll list them in a separate post so no one's caught unawares.

Our first competition is the MacRumors Fantasy League itself. A traditional fantasy league, you pick your team of players who then earn (or lose) you points depending on their real-life performances. The Manager whose team has the most points at the end of the season lifts the trophy. Easy as that and twice as simple.

Our second bit of silverware is the MacRumors Fantasy Cup, which is played as a 'head-to-head' competition.

It works like this – each week you're picked against another MacRumormonger, and your two teams go head-to-head, as it were – essentially, you're trying to outscore your opponent that week. Whichever team scores the most fantasy points wins, and gets three league points – the loser gets no league points and if it's a draw you get one each. This happens every week – until Gameweek 37 (currently scheduled for 28 April 2012), when the knockout phase begins! The top four ranked teams in the MacRumors Fantasy Cup qualify and are drawn against each other in a knock out competition which takes place over the final two Gameweeks. Come the final week only two teams will be left standing, and whoever wins that final tie lifts the trophy.

Please note that this is slightly different to previous seasons. To try and ensure a fair head-to-head league, the Cup will be strictly limited to the first 18 entrants to register with the competition on the Premier League site. This will ensure that each team plays each other twice in the group stage – previously some teams would only play each other once, giving those stronger teams randomly paired against a weaker side a slightly unfair advantage. Note too that in previous seasons the top eight teams qualified for the knock out phase, this time (to ensure that we have a 38 week season) only the top four go through, meaning that this year qualifying will be tougher than ever.

You're free to enter one or both of the competitions, it's up to you – but why not both, eh? it's how all the smart managers operate. Don't forget though that the Cup places are limited – once they're gone they're gone so book early to avoid disappointment and all that.

Any questions?

Yes – how do I sign up?
Simply use the links above to visit the Official Premier League Fantasy Football Site and register – it's totally free to do so. If you played in the League last year then you should be automatically entered into the MacRumors League as soon as you create your team – if you'd like to enter the cup though you'll need a code from me.

If you're new to this – or a previous manager wanting the code for the Cup – then just drop me a PM and I'll send you back the codes you need to join the MacRumours Leagues – if you could tell me your team name in the PM that would be useful too! I post updates league tables as the season progresses, and by posting usernames rather than real names we can protect folk's privacy a bit.

Wah! I picked a player in my team but now he's injured/been transferred/I've realised he's not really that good! Can I change him?
Fret not – you're free to pick your team and change players as many times as you like without penalty before the first deadline on 18 August, so don't worry about not being able to change your side to take advantage of real-life transfers or pre-season injuries.

If anyone has any questions, please feel free to ask them here in this thread and I'll answer them the best I can – for now though, I think al that there's left for me to do to wish everyone the best of luck for this season's competition.
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Old Jul 19, 2012, 02:06 PM   #2
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Can't see the codes to register?
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Old Jul 19, 2012, 02:08 PM   #3
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Can't see the codes to register?
I send the codes out via PM, rather like the one you're about to receive in fact.
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Old Jul 19, 2012, 02:24 PM   #4
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Old Jul 19, 2012, 02:26 PM   #5
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If there's room and you don't mind rookies, I'd love to play!
There is, and we don't, so you are.
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pachyderm, I'll challenge you! If Jaffa allows I'm in
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Old Jul 19, 2012, 02:32 PM   #7
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Old Jul 19, 2012, 02:38 PM   #8
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Old Jul 19, 2012, 04:46 PM   #9
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Old Jul 19, 2012, 05:09 PM   #10
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Woodingtonhampshire FC is considering applying to play in the MRFFL after it's application to replace Rangers in the SPL had been denied.
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Old Jul 19, 2012, 05:19 PM   #11
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Just as my therapist tells me I'm getting my life back.

Going to be tough, little value in the market.

Edit - Thanks for the codes Jaffa Cake.

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Old Jul 20, 2012, 05:04 PM   #12
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Code For league

Hey my team name is elisbury hill.I request you to give me your league code and also if possible H2H code.
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Old Jul 20, 2012, 07:38 PM   #13
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Woohoo! I don't know which sport's fantasy football I'm more excited for this year!? That 2010 WC did a number on me.

After the sophomore slump last year, my boys are dedicated to challenging for both pieces of hardware this year. Fired up for August!

Mr. Cakes, please send me a Cup PM, too, if spots are still available. Thanks! Your the best Fantasy Commish in the league!

Viva la Stoplights!
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Old Jul 21, 2012, 01:07 AM   #14
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Hey my team name is elisbury hill.I request you to give me your league code and also if possible H2H code.
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I've emailed the codes to you, so keep an eye on your inbox.

Tilpots – PM sent.
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Should be in both Leagues. Thanks!
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Old Jul 23, 2012, 03:57 AM   #16
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We're up to 12 entrants in the Cup already, meaning that there are only another six places available for anyone who wants to enter.
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We're up to 12 entrants in the Cup already, meaning that there are only another six places available for anyone who wants to enter.
And 16 in the League... Never played before: will it be possible to check out the other teams once we've started? That would add more suspense to a match-day - especially during the cup. 18th of August..aww..counting the hours already.
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will it be possible to check out the other teams once we've started?
It will indeed. At this point, we can't see each other's teams so no one gets any unfair advantage by scouting each other and basing player picks on what other teams have.

Once the league starts though, we can freely see each others selections – our changes for each gameweek though will only be revealed once each deadline passes.

It's perhaps worth mentioning too that although I'm the League administrator I don't get any special privileges in this regard – I can't see anyone else's teams either at this point.
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It will indeed. At this point, we can't see each other's teams so no one gets any unfair advantage by scouting each other and basing player picks on what other teams have.
Perfect. I was scouting the kit sets already and wasn't too much impressed..

Not that I did it better, though. Seems like nobody wants to give away the good ideas too early.
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Perfect. I was scouting the kit sets already and wasn't too much impressed..
If you've selected your own kit, it should be visible to anyone taking a look at your team's page – for example, I can see that the mighty Toyshire are rocking a white shirts/blue shorts combo this season.
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mighty Toyshire are rocking a white shirts/blue shorts combo this season.
Mighty Toyshire...hmmm..don't know what that means, but sounds mighty promising! Seems like they had to change their mighty kit, as almost everybody was dubbing it. We'll see if that helps.

Now, let the games begin!
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Any room, or all full up?

I'd register for league and cup if space available.

Team name: Tall Saints

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Any room, or all full up?

I'd register for league and cup if space available.

Team name: Tall Saints

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Room left in both, good sir. I'll email you the codes over.
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There are still a few cup places available, so if anyone else wants to join the Tall Saints in signing up drop me a PM for the Code.
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