Its fantasy football time and with international football week upon us it’s the first breather of the season as a dramatic transfer window closes. I’m doing four, free games this season with various news websites. In the old days you would do them in the printed newspapers, buy each team and then purchase the paper for the weekly results and scores, the point. That broadsheet papers like the Daily Telegraph got a lucrative print run from younger readers on Wednesday plus cash from the premium telephone line number you would call to make your transfers on. Going back before that we would actually post in the transfers to a PO Box! Needless to say it was cumbersome business and eventually evolved with the internet to be 100% online and interactive as it is now.
The gimmick now is to give away free teams to hook you in and then you get the chance to pay into the big game that doesn’t carry restrictions. I player Fantasy/Premierleague.com, the worlds biggest Premier League one and Prem games with the Daily Mirror, Daily Mail and the Daily Telegraph and Yahoo, of course. I used to pay to play the Telegraph game in the 90s but professional players took it over and guys with 100 teams each would win all the weekly, monthly and end of season grand prizes. There is a website called Fiso.co.uk that solely deals with professional players of the many fantasy league games out there. When I found the site out and the fact they were winning everything I stopped paying. Its big money if you win the games and peaking at 50k in 2005 for the Sun Dream team.
Yahoo’s game differs from the main games in that there are no prizes on offer. It’s really one to play with your mates through the mini leagues and main game. Its not the best one out there guys. It’s unique in that you can change your whole team each week and no transfer restrictions. Player’s value swings dramatically in the game so if you dump on a popular player that has built up value through strong performances then you lose his current value, not the one you bought him at.
You have 100m to spend from day one but as soon as the game is up and running in July the players value is set by how many purchase them, before a ball is even kicked. So if you want to play get in early. For that 100 m you must pick 15 players (4 subs). As subs don’t come in automatically on a late injury its best to buy the cheapest ones and spend all your money on the pitch.
It’s easy to play and a neat colorful team page with all the stats you need to know. One issue is you can’t clearly tell if you have saved your team or not ready for the next week by the available display and buttons.
American football is a sport that is slowly becoming more popular in the UK, we will actually have the first game ever on british ground this fall, and I actually saw most of the games, so I decided some time ago to try and play this game with some friends and we started a league, the game is pretty easy as you have to do more point than other users, the game base is set by the commissioner of the league, he decide what actually will be the point for every run yard or every passed yard from you qb or received and so on.
You can decide to join a legue which will go simply with points or head to head.
The game is very simple and is really fun to play the online draft where you pick your player, and is totally free, you can pay in addition if you want some more options but really you can play it freely without any real drawback
I currently run a league at work based on the rules and points scored in the telegraph. I decided to run a league at my work place thinking that it would not be to much hassle. Boy was I wrong. 32 Teams and 24 transfers a season. Whilst each week typing weekly scores onto a spreadsheet knowing that one wrong number could mean the difference between a place gained or a place lost. Next year I plan to use Yahoo to run the league on. As long as enough people have access to the internet who want to do it. It is so much easier. You set up a team using a starting value of 100 points. There is a very large selection of players to choose from ranging from Van Nistelrooy to Djovic (Played in 1 Worthington Cup game). Players initial values are based on how well they played last season. So people like Henry and Beckham are expensive and the likes of Veron and Saha were very cheap as they had not played in the Prem last season and had therefore not scored any points. However as the weeks go on the players values will increase or decrease depending on how well they do. You are able to change your whole team each week. So the more you know about football the better you are. Rather than in the Sun where you could be a genius about football but if your players get long term injuries you can do nothing about it. This is where you have to be sensible with your transfers. If you have a player that has increased in value you only have the value that you paid for them to use. I currently have Dudek in goal, I bought him in when he was only 3.8 points, he is now about 11, so I need to find 7 more points from somewhere to take him out. You can get points back if your players play badly and therefore decrease in value. As any decrease in unit value can be used to buy other players. You score points in this for every thing your players do. Tackling, Crossing, Scoring, Assists, Fouls, Corners, etc. Goalies get points for the team winni
ng and for saves, clean sheets, penalty saves, etc. The best things about this league are 1. It's free to enter and make changes. 2. It's very versatile in that you can make changes whenever you want 3. The scores usually come through within 36 hours of games being played. This saves having to wait until the next paper is printed. 4. Best of all you can create your own league. Having your own league is great. All the scores are saved on the website, you can see who has what team but only after the weekly transfer deadline (Midnight Friday). You can post messages that others in the league can read. If you want to you can set up a cup. All you need to note is the draw and then all the scores can be easily worked out from the site. (I fell in the third round this year due to Liverpool not beating Arsenal). Overall this site is great for anyone who loves Fantasy football. You can enter at any point during the season and create your own league. Also you can follow you progress in the main league with all the people who have signed up for it. In closing all I can say is give it a try, if you don't like it you've lost nothing. But i know that you will love it.
Its that time of year again, boots are takening out of the cupboard and cleaned, you have to make sure you have a radio with from the time periods of 3pm till 5pm on a Saturday, Sunday which was the day for lazing around now is the most tiring day of the week ... yes the new season is upon us. For every nail bitting win, every hair pulling loss and every ninty minute sleep while playing Arsenal your team has, you will have to suffer it all again with your fantasy league team. The lodgic behind fantasy football is quite simple, pick a team of 11 stars from the Prems elite and try to gain the most points during the season and whoever has ecumalted the most points over the season wins. But its not that easy as for every point one of your players wins another will lose just as quick. Points are given for goals scored, clean sheets, adn MOTM awards and so on, and points are lost for goals conceded yellow/red cards, own goals and so on. Once only available in newspapers like The Sun and News Of The World, it has been much easier and fun (like most things) by the net. This season was the first I decided to use the internet to create a team, and after a few days scouring the world wide net, I found one which was easy to use and very good ... yahoo.co.uk (make sure you go to co.uk not com or else you won't be able to create your team). Yahoo is easy to understand and accesable to anyone, a first timer or an expert stradigiser (before you are able to creat your team you must register with yahoo, with is free). It allows you to first choose your team's name, your formation which there are a few of 4-4-2, 3-5-2, 3-4-3 (my choice) and some other trival infomation. You then have 100 points at your diposal, which is spent on your eleven players, each player has a market price which changes through the season depending on their performance. The best bits of this fantasy league is the infomation given, it tells
you which team each player plays for and who that team plays next and where, which is critical for changing your team week by week. As if a team has a bad away record and are at Old Trafford next week you don't want any defenders or your keeper playing for that team. Yahoo also allows you to set up private leagues so you and your mates or work colleages can set up a league and have a wager. This great cause no one can cheat as it is all controlled by the computer. This great fun, even if you make your team once and never change it, as its free and you can pretend your a manager, exllcent, try it out.
Fantasy Football, strange idea isn't it? Pick football players and mark them on their performance to see who the biggest armchair pundit is. It's become phenomenally popular over the last few years, even after the demise of the TV show, so it was only logical that the internet would jump aboard. I'd seen a couple over the last couple of years on the 'net, but never signed up until Yahoo started their league. Why, I'll explain that later, but for now, here is a brief description of how it works. Using your Yahoo! ID you log in and create a team name, then pick a team formation. From here you have 100 points to spend on Goalkeepers, defenders, midfielders and strikers. The better they are, the more expensive they tend to be, so if you decide to choose Beckham, Owen and Giggs, odds are you won't have much to spend on the rest of your team. Each week there is action in the Premiership, Yahoo updates the scores on each player, with points scored for playing, scoring, assists and keeping clean sheets etc. This is then calculated, and your team's position in the overall league assesed. Unlike most of the Newspaper leagues, there is no prize for doing well on Yahoo! (Other than respect), but then again, there's also no cost for playing. The other advantage is that you can update your team every week, removing injured or transferred players, or even just bailing out out-of-form players. Oh yes, I said there was a reason for choosing this one, here it is... When you create your team, you are automatically entered in the overall Yahoo! league, but you can also join smaller leagues (Organised into 'supporters' leagues for various team) or you can create your own league, and invite your friends in. This allows you to indulge in a bit of friendly rivalry with your friends or co-workers. This means your not just playing against the faceless mass
es, so there's a little bit more of a sense of competition. All in all, there's not much in the actual mechanics of the game to seperate this from other games, but with the flexibility of the game, the on-tap details available for each player and the option to compete in varying sizes of leagues has left this my number one choice.
We all love fantasy football. Checking teletext to see how our players are doing. Working out our team totals in our head. It's just a shame it can be so difficult at times. And it's hard to keep track when you send all your details away and you have to phone a number or wait for the paper to come out. Yahoo Fantasy Football solves that. It's fun and you can create your own leagues with your friends. And it's free. So when you want to check your stats, view your league position or change your team, your only a click away and fantasy football has never been easier. Another annoying aspect of fantasy football is that you are often given a difficult player budget to work with. Yahoo football solves that and it's not difficult to pick a strong starting XI. The stats are also among the most detailed you'll find and they rate just about every aspect of the football game. The quality of yahoo means that if your a real football expert, you'll be up among the leaders at the end of the season. The site is well laid out and it is easy to navigate through the pages and find the vital statistics which will guide you to the top of the leaderboard. Yahoo Fantasy Football is easy to use, fun, detailed and free. If you like fantasy football, then this is a must and full marks must be given to this service.
i started playing halfway through last season and i am still enjoying it! This is all i ever wanted in a football league! you do everything online, from picking the team to making those last minute tactical changes. Perhaps the best feature is the way you can set up a league with your mates. It a real good laugh watching your team fare aginst the other. Each league has a notice board so you can abuse your mates if they are doing badly! Two other great features are the statistical features designed to help you choose your players - you can sort by value or points accumulated. You can also see who the most popular players that week are. Because its all instant you can change your team weekly, so you aren't going to be stuck with a crocked player for a whole season! The results come through after about 24hrs as a rule, which is better than waiting for the paper on a wednesday (cheaper too)! This is a great service, you should use it if you like fantasy football. Even if you join late you should be able to find a group who started at the same time as you - so you aren't playing catch up all the time.