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Pundits Playoff – First Period Debrief and Transfer Window Shenanigans

And in the blink of an eye the first period of the pundits playoff comes to an end.

Matchweek 4 saw the ‘Keane 15’ maintain their perfect run with a comprehensive 14-1 victory over Blame it on Rio. Rumours abound that a fight in the away dressing room at half time, probably caused by Roy himself, gave the 15 the testosterone injection needed to kick Rio into touch.

Elsewhere there was a win for a rejuvenated Holly’s Hamsters squad with the highest round score of 937 doing the business for those pesky mammals over Back to Square Owen with a 14.5-0.5 scoreline. Michael himself was quoted saying ‘there was a bit of rain about, so the surface was a bit wet’ before heading off to promote his new book deal.

The tightest match of the round was between Unbelievable Jeff FC and BSC Small Boys (in the park) FC, with a final scoreline of 936 to 935 enough for a 10-5 win.

Even after the stunning 1 point victory, persistent stories about wantaway top scorer JohnnyRev7 being in a bust up with Tets McGee were not going away quietly.

With Tets Mcgee unavailable for comment we approached Ron Manager for a few salient words:

‘Release me’, Engelbert Humperdinck isn’t it? Fast Show, wasn’t it? Marvellous tune, isn’t it?

…and we’re none the wiser.

There were further wins for A Whole Lawro B*llocks, Slaven’s Ball-itch and the ‘15 Musketeers’.

These results meant that the ‘Keane 15’ won the first Head to Head period, probably due to Roy’s tendencies to Nut the opposition, and Unbelievable Jeff FC were victorious in the first Classic period.

Manager of the Period is Pirlo’s Pen and he will he on hand for a heart to heart interview with Boris himself in due course.

Congratulations to Wolverine who was by far the best player of the period, a total score of 290 across the 4 Match weeks putting him 18 points clear of the chasing pack of Do the Van Gaal-lem Shake, Park the Bus, JohnnyRev7 and Kadhai Paneer FC.

Kudos also goes to Sonny the Hitman, who never missed his mark with 3 wins out of 3 in his H2H’s securing 7 bonus points for a Whole Lawro B*llocks.

We look forward now to the Transfer Window and all the drama and shenanigans that comes with it. In the words of Michael Owen

‘It’s a good time to buy new players and sell some players as well’.

Holly himself also chimed in with an exceptional statement: ‘This club needs impetus – but I just feel tired to be honest’, the likes of his leadership are hard to come by.

Time for the corporate read.

DRAFT PROCESS

The bidding list will be released in descending order with the highest value players first. Remember all player’s values are based on the cumulative scores so far. All twelve team managers will start with a budget, which will be the amount left over in the budgets, plus the value of any players they have released. They will have until 8pm Sunday 17th November to prepare their bids for the players they want, and all bids will be compiled automatically via google sheet wizardry at the same time, one hour before the draft takes place. At draft deadline the bids will be revealed one or two players at a time, along with their allocated team. To watch the draw live, log on to this googlesheet and go to the Bidding List tab here

RULES

Team Managers can make as many bids as they like for as much as they like. The bids must be higher or equal to the player’s value otherwise they will be invalid.

The highest bid will prevail in signing that player, unless:

  1. The team is already full.
  2. There aren’t enough funds in the team’s pot to cover the bid AND the minimum cost(s) for all other remaining players they need.

In these cases the player will be signed by the next highest and valid bid.

Tie breakers to decide which team wins when there are two or more valid bids of equal value, are:

  • Team with most players left to sign wins.
  • If point 1 still leaves things tied, the team with most funds left in their budget wins.
  • If still tied, the organisers will toss a coin.

Any teams that are not filled by the end of the draft will have players allocated to their team by the organisers, using as much of their available budget left as possible. All signings are final once the draft is complete, players will have to wait until the next transfer window to release themselves from their team, or for teams to release any players.

All signed players will be sent an email following the draft to confirm their place in their new team and to put them in contact with their team manager.

Until next time brethren, enjoy the break, freshen up your teams and lets kick off again with some classic, cliched, punditry bedlam after the International Break.

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  1. Rotation's Alter Ego
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 9 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    Cheers Bor... uh, Toblerone!

    Well done to Keane 15 and Unbelievable Jeff for their strong starts 🙂

    1. Toblerone52 - Hung like a H…
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Cheers for the quick turnaround. Boris is on vacation this week.... slacker.

      1. Boris Bodega: Holly's …
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        Great article, cheers mate 🙂

  2. Kadhai Paneer FC (TK15)
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    Game On! Cheers Boris and co for your amazing efforts. Loving the tourney! ( Loving it a bit more maybe because Keane 15 is winning it 😛 )

    1. Boris Bodega: Holly's …
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Great start for your team...but can you keep it up? Tis a marathon and not a sprint 😉

  3. ameenkw
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    1-point win to kickstart our season .. let’s go team SmallBoys

  4. Boris Bodega: Holly's …
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    Happy to announce that the bidding list for the first Pundits Playoff transfer window is open, and can be viewed here > https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1yNMOQz9cNX9xFoBUfB0gKRlUyVsYukoru-yLEArXjGE/edit?usp=sharing

    Eleven players have been released in total from 8 of the 12 teams. Three of these players are looking to move to a new team.
    We also have 17 new players register to take part, giving the team managers a list of 20 players to choose from. The players and their values are:
    £95m schmed
    £85m Bury94
    £85m spreddevil
    £85m JC9
    £80m Polar_Bear
    £75m philman71
    £65m Lateriser12
    £60m shri1211
    £60m Ask Yourself
    £60m Dusan Citizen
    £55m karan316
    £55m VanDierSarr
    £55m VanDijksToWatchOutFor
    £45m AK
    £40m Underdog333
    £35m huatfpl (Mark-O-Pirlo)
    £35m Cheltnamshire LaLaLa
    £10m The King Wilson return
    £5m Rotation's Alter Ego
    £1m Mr.Grv

    Let the bidding commence, see you all at 9pm on Sunday for the draft, when all the bids will be revealed!

    1. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Ought we disclose any early transfers, so that people know we no longer think Diop is worth holding, or that some lad called Lundstram might be worth a punt, for example, or keep that all hush hush?

      1. Toblerone52 - Hung like a H…
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        No harm in advertising your up to date team imo. Although I think Diop is a season keeper myself....

        1. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
          • 2 Years
          8 months, 26 days ago

          I think it was just getting a bit easy having Diop every week. I like to challenge myself.

          Well in that case, VanDijksToWatchOutFor are pleased to announce a shock signing: Lundstram for Diop.

          1. Toblerone52 - Hung like a H…
            • 4 Years
            8 months, 26 days ago

            Don't like the move sorry.

          2. Toblerone52 - Hung like a H…
            • 4 Years
            8 months, 26 days ago

            You won't get into the hamsters squad with transfers like that. 😉

            1. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
              • 2 Years
              8 months, 26 days ago

              Hah, well, I can always reverse it with the wildcard. Get onto triple West Ham defence after their blank.

    2. KIRA
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 22 days ago

      I guess the released player are 12 Boris ?

      1. Boris Bodega: Holly's …
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 22 days ago

        Sorry just seen this, yes it was 12 and not 11. 🙂

  5. baps sniffer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 25 days ago

    What happened to all the old players who didn't get selected in the first draft? Should have registered again but didn't know that?

  6. The_Socca_Philosopha
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 25 days ago

    Cheers to Boris and Co! Michael Owen stood no chance against those little rodents. Perhaps it was the team decision to bench Söyüncü (again) that did us in. Never thought the Turk would be the demise of Back to Square Owen in consecutive weeks. I think this GIF sums up our thoughts on that fact ...
    https://twitter.com/beardedgenius/status/1193596484991832065?s=21

  7. Chemical76
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 25 days ago

    Is anybody else left thinking, "wtf is all this about?"

    1. Lord - Blaming it on Rio
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      You've strayed into the Twilight Zone. The Portal closes on Sunday so you've still got time to escape.

      1. baps sniffer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        8 months, 24 days ago

        Twilight has been closed? Too late to get in now imo?!?

        1. baps sniffer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          8 months, 24 days ago

          I meant Twilight Zone, sorry for typo.

    2. Gnu Scott talent
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      I'm thinking this might be a common occurence for you.

  8. Greyhead
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 24 days ago

    “Cucumber reminds me of my mother making me eat sprouts.” These inspiring words from Lawro (the pundit not the FPL manager) gave us another victory this week over WhenTheOWENgetsTough. He really does talk a whole Lawro b*ll*cks! There was even some showboating as we didn’t pick our top player Sonny the Hitman for the H2H. Looking forward to the crucial 15 pointer versus Unbelievable Jeff FC next week. Let’s just hope it doesn’t get nasty and take a Sterling/Gomez turn. Nice work as always Boris and his Community Tournament cabinet.

  9. JohnnyRev7
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    8 months, 22 days ago

    Cheers Boris. The first time I get name checked on FFS. For all the wrong reasons.

    1. Boris Bodega: Holly's …
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      Just emailed you about it, all my fault, apologies, I got completely the wrong end of the stick. Hope you can rejoin the competition at the next window. 🙂

  10. Boris Bodega: Holly's …
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 22 days ago

    Pundits Playoff draft will commence in 5 minutes, you can follow the events live here https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1yNMOQz9cNX9xFoBUfB0gKRlUyVsYukoru-yLEArXjGE/edit?usp=sharing
    Each player's bids will be revealed one at a time every minute

    1. Ask Yourself
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      Spreadsheet watching sounds better than I’m a celebrity! Just let me get the kettle on x

    2. Boris Bodega: Holly's …
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      No bids for the first two players :O

  11. Boris Bodega: Holly's …
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 22 days ago

    First five players and no valid bids!!!

    1. Ask Yourself
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      Saving up to get me x

    2. Boris Bodega: Holly's …
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      Finally, Philman71 gets signed to Back to Square Owen....phew

  12. Boris Bodega: Holly's …
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 22 days ago

    Small bidding war for Lateriser 12....he goes to Blame It On Rio

    1. Lord - Blaming it on Rio
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      I just hope the cheque clears. I’ve only just recovered from paying you in kind the last time.

      1. Boris Bodega: Holly's …
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 22 days ago

        lol

    2. The Overthinker - I blame R…
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      Welcome aboard !!!
      Excited to have you ..

      Hope you don't arrive late for the training 😀

      1. Lord - Blaming it on Rio
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 22 days ago

        There’s training?

        1. The Overthinker - I blame R…
          • 3 Years
          8 months, 21 days ago

          Didn't you get the memo?

  13. Boris Bodega: Holly's …
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 22 days ago

    Shri1211 goes to The Keane Fifteen for £240m!

  14. Boris Bodega: Holly's …
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 22 days ago

    Ask Yourself becomes the latest player to join the "15" Musketeers! Congrats

    1. Ask Yourself
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      What a bargain it's an honour x

      1. Boris Bodega: Holly's …
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 22 days ago

        welcome to the competition 🙂

      2. KIRA
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 22 days ago

        Welcome on the ship , Draw your sword and start your engine 🙂

  15. Boris Bodega: Holly's …
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 22 days ago

    Unbelievable Jeff FC finish their transfer business by signing Dusan Citizen for a stonking £123m

    1. Pirlø's Pen
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      Excellent

  16. Boris Bodega: Holly's …
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 22 days ago

    Brazil Nuts! They get their man, Karan316

  17. Boris Bodega: Holly's …
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 22 days ago

    VanDijksToWatchOutFor goes to the BSC Small Boys (at the Park) FC
    AK gets the nod from Brazil Nuts 🙂

    1. speedyboyz - Brazil Nuts
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      Ha!
      Perfect business 🙂
      Welcome AK and Karan, time to go Nuts!!!!! 😆

      1. Boris Bodega: Holly's …
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 22 days ago

        I have to say, particularly impressed by your bidding strategy, worked wonders.

    2. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      Looking forward to it! Thanks for organising. Quite enjoyed watching the draft actually.

  18. Boris Bodega: Holly's …
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 22 days ago

    Wow only a single bid for Mark-O-Pirlo? isn't it? He gets signed by the Small boys too!

  19. _Ninja_
    • 9 Years
    8 months, 22 days ago

    1FT 0.6ITB.
    Should i play Maupay ahead of Mount due to pens and being at home?

    Pope
    TAA - Lund - Soy
    Sterling - Mane - Maddison - Martial - Mount
    Vardy - Tammy - Maupay

    Button Maupay Rico Montoya

  20. Boris Bodega: Holly's …
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 22 days ago

    and The Keane Fifteen sign their old friend Cheltnamshire LaLaLa. Great business guys

  21. Boris Bodega: Holly's …
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 22 days ago

    Draft over, but still two places on Slaven's Ball-itch to fill. The organisers will now have a look through and assign them two of the remaining players.

  22. Gnu Scott talent
    • 11 Years
    8 months, 22 days ago

    Slavens ball itch fail to sign any of the two spots in their team even passing up a bargain basement buy of RAE.
    Unbelievable!, shouts of sack the manager can be hear, even here in Nirvana!!

    1. Boris Bodega: Holly's …
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      RAE the most bid for player....but all teams that bid for him were full! Wouldn't have predicted that one.

      1. Rotation's Alter Ego
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 9 Years
        8 months, 22 days ago

        I blame my agent. Too busy quarreling over his fees and couldn't get a deal over the line in time.

        Good luck to all the teams!

        1. Boris Bodega: Holly's …
          • 5 Years
          8 months, 22 days ago

          Gutted you won't be in the Tournament at this stage, I hope you try your luck again in the next transfer window.

  23. Kadhai Paneer FC (TK15)
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 22 days ago

    Welcome to the team Cheltnamshire Lalala and Shri! Excited to have you on board! Time to make it 5 in 5. Bring it on!