November 12, 2002

SpoFi EPL Football Fantasy League WEEK 13 Leader: StarFucker!
Wanna play? ID#: 574, Password: spofi
[full standings and trash talk inside]

posted by worldcup2002 to navel gazing at 03:51 PM - 18 comments

1. StarFucker 811.25 2. elsoltano 743.63 3. apt820 696.41 (+1) 4. corpse 684.49 (-1) 5. Fat Buddha 654.66 6. trox 639.38 7. Drood 631.93 (+1) 8. jasonbondshow 612.83 (-1) 9. worldcup2002 598.99 10. cory 517.01 11. BigCalm 504.23 (+2) 12. pfuller 501.32 (+2) 13. etagloh 498.82 (-1) 14. eckeric 488.18 (-3) 15. Mossy 459.63 (+1) 16. jipe 435.73 (-1)

posted by worldcup2002 at 03:59 PM on November 12, 2002

Sorry about not posting the Week 12 standings. I was miffed because yahoo! hadn't added points for Maccarone and Schwarzer (of Boro) for the Nov 4 game until today. Today! Eight days later! Anyway, back to the present. StarFucker continues to dominate us all with a lead of 68 pts on elsoltano. The most bruising and exciting action came in the bottom half, with some hard elbowing, eye-poking and general scrabbling in the #11-16 positions. pfuller and Mossy, "latecomers" with a 3-wk disadvantage on the rest of us, continued to make light of that disadvantage by moving up 2 and 1 spots to #12 and #16 respectively. eckeric slid 3 spots to #14. And jipe dropped one spot, all the way down down to legitimate last (as opposed to sauril, who did it for 12 weeks straight without trying). In the Meaningless Trivia dept: I scored nearly identical points in consecutive weeks (12 and 13), down to two decimal points! I scored 59.72 and 59.71. Sadly, it did nothing for my position, which leaves me stuck at #9 for the 40th week running. Finally, we dropped sauril from the League, with his gracious assent and apologies for not taking part due to general busyness. Better luck next season, mate.

posted by worldcup2002 at 04:15 PM on November 12, 2002

Ugh, I'm at sauril level of activity at this point. A crazy project at work is taking up all my time for the past 3 weeks, but it will luckily end soon. But will it be in time to be able to catch starfucker?

posted by elsoltano at 06:58 PM on November 12, 2002

I will not be caught!

posted by StarFucker at 08:22 AM on November 13, 2002

By the way, what does being busy have to do with it? You seem to be doing doesn't take alot of time to manage a Yahoo Fantasy football team... You make your changes, then you watch them payoff...what else is there to do?

posted by StarFucker at 08:32 AM on November 13, 2002

StarFucker: What's your decision process? What's your decision criteria? I notice your teams tend to be quite stable, so what makes you switch players? Hmmmm?

posted by worldcup2002 at 11:38 AM on November 13, 2002

In the Golden Keyboard contest (top weekly scorers) ... StarFucker 2 Fat Buddha 2 trox 2 elsoltano 1 (All-time, Week 8 = 113.48) apt820 1 (Week 13 = 80.66) corpse 1 Drood 1 Mossy 1 (Week 12 = 99.04) Jipe 1

posted by worldcup2002 at 11:42 AM on November 13, 2002

Golden keyboard contest? What is that? As far as decision process...i watch the games every chance i get. Whether a player has a great reputation or not does not matter to me. If he has a good game, if i recognize that he has skills and a real hunger, i usually pick him up. For example, i noticed Craig Bellamy early last season, he had pace, he was EVERYWHERE on the field...and he created scoring chances out of nothing. This was before anyone had ever heard of him. So i picked him up on my fantasy team the next day and he ended up getting me mucho points... I also watch for injury prone players...sure, Michael Owen can score goals, but he is injured half the time...

posted by StarFucker at 12:33 PM on November 13, 2002

I've never seen a game, so I just add who is scoring the most fantasy points. I don't even know what all the statistic catagories are! This has worked fine up till this week, which I lost ground. Time to regroup and refocus.

posted by corpse at 12:45 PM on November 13, 2002

You'll never get anywhere by picking the guys that are scoring the most points currently...

posted by StarFucker at 12:53 PM on November 13, 2002

I agree with both StarFucker and corpse. Watching all the games, or at least some of them, is the best possible strategy. For those of us who don't have the luxury (don't even get me started), the best way is to probably follow the fantasy points. I also make up for not watching the games by LISTENING (live Internet radio) and READING (match reports, injury lists, team news -- esp. for injuries, suspensions, player-manager tiffs, etc. But, as corpse says, the most efficient way (tho not always the most effective) is probably tracking the fantasy points scored. One gripe: Yahoo! have given up completely this year indicating if players are Doubtful or Not Available (through injury, suspension) or Probable (recovering from injury). Last year, they really made an effort to keep it up to date, even if they weren't absolutely 100%. Now you can't depend on them at all.

posted by worldcup2002 at 01:29 PM on November 13, 2002

btw, StarFucker, you should start doing a sell job now on getting us to move over to Soccernet's league next season. Tell us the costs, what's great about it, what you can do there that you can't do here.

posted by worldcup2002 at 01:31 PM on November 13, 2002

I'll do that next summer...i think its too early right now. If you guys want to take a look at it right now its at I'm not doing as well in my group there...i'm in 5th out of 10, and 3rd out of 5 currently... I'll explain more of it as we go into the season...

posted by StarFucker at 03:59 PM on November 13, 2002

You make your changes, then you watch them payoff...what else is there to do? Watch the games :( I haven't seen a single game in a month unfortunately.

posted by elsoltano at 08:01 PM on November 13, 2002

Sorry for invading your thread. I'm not sure if you have taken notice of the most recent Locker Room thread, but I would greatly appreciate it if one of you would consider being our "post specialist" for soccer/football. The soccer/football community at SportsFilter has proven to be one of our strongest. So if anyone would like to volunteer, please let me know. Thanks. (You can let me know in the thread.)

posted by jacknose at 10:18 AM on November 14, 2002

A couple of crazy weeks at work and I get stuck with Claudio Reyna on my team for two injured weeks. I'll be back to climbing my way to the top of the table again now. No, really.

posted by trox at 01:52 PM on November 14, 2002

Good luck... But i feel invincible at this point!

posted by StarFucker at 02:15 PM on November 14, 2002

I had Kanu for two wks even tho he was injured (and still is, with no estimated date of return). And Ulises de la Cruz has gone AWOL without any explanation. If you have 'em, drop 'em!

posted by worldcup2002 at 04:30 PM on November 14, 2002

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