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Pundits Playoff Period Three Begins

The transfer window is over, two players left the competition (nivz 32 and It’saKnockeart, thanks for taking part chaps), and two players joined (Tripper Hazard and Shankly81, welcome aboard chaps). Without further ado, here are the teams for Period Three:

Team “15” Musketeers

KIRAFPL, shotgunnufc, adastidar, rascalthebear, Ole Trafford, BrendanBone, Tigerjames, Ste-Rex, BillyBigSpuds, Roticanai, DaHodgeman, Badgevilla, ConteClub, Collie01 and Ask Yourself

Team A Whole Lawro B*llocks

Lawro, Greyhead, Keyser_Soze, Recoba, Delhidynamo, Sonny the Hitman, Milvus, Gillesdegoult, Werkself, Darth_Krid, Chaballer, TopMarx, TheFantasyFreak, Wongy_fc and cylus11

Team Back to Square Owen

The_Socca_Philosopha, Kabayan, Grand Thibauto, Trippier Hazard, danny2310, Schnuggi, Ckeulen, gro1994, geordienufc1, Rohirrims, Eddie, Veezeeboy, Firetog, mckanata and philman71

Team Blame it on Rio

Geevious, Lord., ODDJOBLEFF, The Overthinker, Riddermorten, Slasher, Steve, Spatburgunder, STEP ROVERS, CAPTAIN KAKAROTO, proudmoore, Waldo666, FP Elephant, Mir and Lateriser12

Team Brazil Nuts

Speedyboyz, Bend It Like Bennett, Green Dragon, Zygaenid, Karan14, Kryten, FCLACKLESS, Shankly81, Nikolasw81, BC1, DD, What’s The Mata, Doosra, AK and karan316

Team BSC Small Boys (in the park) FC

Tets Mcgee, Wally banter, Jubilanus, Jake Donahue, sk42ers, Az, Ameenkw, Jigger and Pony, Park The Bus, Suarezista, Rasping Drive, Krul Intentions, Colonel shoe, huatfpl (Mark-O-Pirlo) and VanDijksToWatchOutFor

Team Holly’s Hamsters

Toblerone52, Boris Bodega, FPL JJ, A Manager Has No Name, Andy Wedlake, Holmes, Vobinho In Wengerland, Mr. Hindsight, Costa The Chosen One, Neenyg, Rjcv177, Swanmoretime, TorresLove, Who Ate All Depays? and BENETTI777

Team Nirvana Scott Talent

Jarvish, Pras United, Potatoace, Gloria Kanchelskis, Skull And Gnomes 9, AA33, CptCrunch, Zan Keroski, Gnu, Klopptomist, Professor Bear, Slouch87, Babyb, Yankee Toffee and Desertbug

Team Slaven’s Ball-itch

The Fantastic Mr Fox, Past Forward, Never Captain Harry Kane.!, samjadam, SidL, Hishamkmr, Doctor Strange, Torreira Thierry, jaravind, Pundit of Punts, Sanchit, Jacks Contradiction, kg7, Bury94 and Rotation’s Alter Ego

Team The Keane Fifteen

Kadhai Paneer FC, Rihanovic, Tsparkes10, TotalJustice, vibhormbic91, Dog God It, AriseSirGiggsy, Urchin, rozzer, shri1211, sharath, Cheltnamshire LaLaLa, Trust John, Dream Killers 2.0 and sreethe1

Team Unbelievable Jeff FC

Pirlo’s Pen, COK3Y5MURF, annie, The Boot, Morph, Haggis, kelvinpang78, Hasselbaink Forever, Bragazeti, Wolverine, PKWrona, PHIL DAGGER, goktugerce, JK – Cønt and Dusan Citizen

Team WhenTheOWENgetsTough

Narcos, FPL_SMR, MJM, Rude Reviewer, Do the Van Gaal-lem Shake, Belalugozi78, Teddy, B0OGEYMAN, Lord Tachanka, GaGa_over_Gazzaniga, VinDaBlue, Devo-McDuff, LosBlancos, Rakshit and Look It’s A Ghost

Fixtures

The next fixtures will take place this weekend in GW22 and are:

  • Nirvana Scott Talent vs WhenTheOWENgetsTough
  • BSC Small Boys (in the park) FC vs The Keane Fifteen
  • Back to Square Owen vs“15” Musketeers
  • A Whole Lawro B*llocks vs Brazil Nuts
  • Holly’s Hamsters vs Blame it on Rio
  • Unbelievable Jeff FC vs Slaven’s Ball-itch

Deadline for team line-ups is 6pm this Friday.

Best Manager of Period 2 interview

Toblerone52, manager of team Holly’s Hamsters, masterminded a very close win of this accolade narrowly beating Jarvish, manager of team Nirvana Scott Talent. Toby agreed to an interview so he could share his team management skills…or will he?

Boris Bodega: Your team, Holly’s Hamsters, won first place in the H2H League and second place in the Classic League in Period 2. They also stole first place in the cumulative Classic League table, and moved up to third position in the cumulative H2H league. How are you feeling?

Toblerone52: Ecstatic. Jubilant. Smug. In all seriousness the lads have put in an absolute shift, we had a strong core of loyal Wengerland devotees who have remained part of the squad this year and we’ve added some top notch additions to assemble probably the finest FPL squad in living memory. The key is that we believe we WILL win any match up in any week. There is no fear in the word Hamster but there are now an awful lot of dismembered FPL squads who wish they hadn’t messed with this bunch of pesky rodents!

BB: In Period 2, you achieved the highest scores from your players in the H2H battles of all the teams (1292), and one of your players, ‘Who Ate All Depays?’, is currently sitting in joint first place of the H2H Battle Kings, with 6 caps, 4 wins and a total of 8 bonus points won. Care to share your selection process for the H2H battles?

T52: I’ll level with you Boris old pal. Am I going to give away my winning strategy to the other muppets in the contest? No. Am I going to continue ruling with an iron fist and whipping up a rodent frenzy? Yes. ‘Who Ate All Depays?’ really is leading by example, he’s more Hamster than any other man I’ve met.

BB: The Keane Fifteen currently sit in 1st position in the all-important, cumulative H2H League table, with 113.5 points. Can anyone catch them at this halfway stage?

T52: The Keane Fifteen have performed admirably thus far but I have to remind them that its a long, hard season! Have they got the stomach for the fight? Have they peaked too early? Have they got the cojones required to compete with some exceptionally well-endowed, wheel spinning house pets? Only time will tell.

BB: How is your season going thus far, what have you gotten wrong and what have you gotten right?

T52: Absolutely rubbish now you mention it old pal. I’m ranked about 600k and my pre-season aspirations of a personal best finish (40k) appear up in smoke. Unfortunately I’ve been let down, as have many, by my armband selections this season. Criminally I have only captained Vardy twice and Mane once with his holiness Kevin De Bruyne never once getting the nod. I’m quite happy with my squad at the moment and am hoping some well used chips and a few nice captain hauls (for a change) can achieve me a more respectable rank and maybe even break into the Europa League places of the highly competitive Hamsters minileague!

BB: Finally, this is your first time managing a team in a Community Tournament. Does it help or hinder your own FPL team’s progress?

T52: As alluded to above, my own team is the proverbial sock of excrement. Happily, being able to bask in the glory of the Hamsters is making my season much more enjoyable. I’ve been known to celebrate goals from random muppets who I don’t even own such as Neal Maupay, Danny Ings and even the Lord Jesus himself simply as I know that our team will benefit. It’s been a great laugh managing the Hamsters so far and I hope we can continue to dominate this outstanding competition.

Many thanks to Toblerone52 for his insights, and good luck everyone for MW12 (except of course Blame It On Rio…no mercy from the Hamsters!!!!)

Livescores will be here.

Main Pundits Playoff sheet is here.

Boris Bodega: Holly's Hamster Business Analyst and Spreadsheet Nerd. This kinda sums up my FPL life http://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/2015/11/05/sky-sports-focus-gameweek-15-3/?hc_page=1#hc_comment_11763056”

44 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Rotation's Alter Ego
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 8 Years
    11 days, 8 hours ago

    There really are some seriously strong teams there. Well done to Toblerone52 and a somewhat begrudging good luck to all the other competitors for this period 😉

    Cheers Boris once again!

    1. Boris Bodega: Holly's …
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      11 days, 5 hours ago

      Thanks RAE 🙂

  2. Dare Do The Punt
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    11 days, 6 hours ago

    Great article!

    1. Boris Bodega: Holly's …
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      11 days, 5 hours ago

      Thanks

  3. The_Socca_Philosopha
    • 5 Years
    11 days, 5 hours ago

    Michael Owen ended up on Santa’s nice list this year, evidenced by the 3 consecutive holiday wins to end Period 2. Enough to pull his sorry ass out of last place and back into contention for a playoff spot. With fresh blood in the squad and the New Years hangover long forgotten, it’s time to continue his long, slow crawl back into playoff contention.
    Cheers Boris!

    1. Boris Bodega: Holly's …
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      11 days, 5 hours ago

      You're most welcome, keep that momentum up!

  4. tets mcgee (BSC Small boys-…
    • 4 Years
    11 days, 3 hours ago

    great stuff guys.. The small boys have a big period 3 planned starting with beating the league leading Keane 15. Luckily we planted a spy in their midst in the first transfer window so we know everything going on over there..just a quick reminder top 8 of the head to head league reach the knockout stages?

    1. Cheltnamshire LaLaLa
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      10 days, 21 hours ago

      The red rooster rests in the Moscow square.

      1. DOG GOD IT - KEANE 15
        • 5 Years
        10 days, 10 hours ago

        The birds will be flying high tomorrow!

        1. tets mcgee (BSC Small boys-…
          • 4 Years
          10 days, 8 hours ago

          OOH a second agent 🙂 welcome aboard.

    2. Boris Bodega: Holly's …
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      10 days, 19 hours ago

      Top 8 cumulative H2H spots got to the champions league knock out stage. Bottom four got to Europa league knock out stage.

  5. mir
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    11 days, 40 mins ago

    Fantastic work on running this. I'm part of the Blame it on Rio team and despite the results (we're bottom i think) I'm loving the group chat we have going. The climb up the table starts from this gw!

    1. Boris Bodega: Holly's …
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      10 days, 20 hours ago

      Glad you’re enjoying it 🙂

    2. Geevious (I blame Rio!)
      • 9 Years
      10 days, 14 hours ago

      No rodents are going to stand in our way!

  6. Geevious (I blame Rio!)
    • 9 Years
    10 days, 14 hours ago

    Congratulations Toblerone52 and Holly’s Hamsters! But your run of form ends here. You will be the first to witness Blame it on Rio‘s unstoppable comeback in the second half of the tournament.

    Wishing everyone a great 2020!

    1. Blame It On Rio-ddermorten
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      10 days, 11 hours ago

      Yeah, it's not necessary to remind the Hamsters who beat them last time around, is it? Or should we rub it in their little rodent faces again? Nah, probably best not to bring it up. Or should we just remind them? Of who beat them last time? In the beginning of the season, when we were not even settled as a team yet? And before we got Lateriser12 on our team?

  7. Sreeraj (The Keane F15Teen)
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    10 days, 9 hours ago

    According to Roy, Pundits on TV cannot be remembered for what they’ve achieved. None whatsoever. He wouldn’t trust them to even walk his dog. Any advice/comment is to be not taken seriously.. Eating and resting are the most important steps for preparation.. Rest is just football.

    Having done both over the break, TKF are ready to scale to their true "peak"..

  8. Lord - Blaming it on Rio
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    10 days, 6 hours ago

    With BIOR’s unbeaten run extending through all of 2020 there is growing talk of emulating the Invincibles, but the Skipper is having none of that Klopptrap as we have, literally, won nothing yet. His immediate concern is how to rein in those pesky Holly’s Hamsters, whose members, unlike FFScout, are in no way discounted, and have now outgrown their budgie smugglers. It is clear from Toblerone’s interview that he’s not telling why he’s so pleased to see us, so we asked Rio to find out about their Long March to Success, and how they Rose through the ranks.

    “In a nutcase, it’s based on Targetting Moura Wood and an extra Longstaff with plenty of Viangra, whilst Holding Solanke as a Kean differential. Naturally, they Steer clear of Jonny, but their top Gunn is King Woodman, who Kante Lossl with his big Stones. They also have Dunk, Prodl and Cork keeping it tight at the back, which means a lot of rotation for Holegate. Grealish Mings and Rash are everywhere, which is just Groß. Clearly they don’t mind if they get Messi, but this is no way to Mount a Propper title challenge.”

    Prospects might look Dier and it could be Klose, but no Mata; we’ve got our own Lateriser.

    1. Geevious (I blame Rio!)
      • 9 Years
      6 days, 10 hours ago

      The Lateriser prevails!

  9. Gnu Scott talent
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    9 days, 23 hours ago

    Oh Lordy, My shorts don't fit anymore.....

  10. Lateriser 12
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    9 days, 12 hours ago

    Hamsters?

    Apt.

  11. Taffer
    • 6 Years
    9 days, 12 hours ago

    Team:

    Pope/ Button
    Rico/ Kelly/ Soy/ TAA/ Lundstram
    Rich/ Salah/ Mane/ KDB/ Cantwell
    Rash/ Vardy/ Greenwood

    2FT 0.0 ITB

    Thinking of getting rid of Rash, Man Utd look awful and Norwich defensive stats have improved a lot.

    Either:

    A> Rash & Greenwood > Ings & DCL (3-4-3)
    B> Rash & Cantwell > DCL & DSilva (3-5-2)
    C> Rash & Cantwell > Ings & Grealish (3-5-2) (More money in the bank for GK/ defence upgrade)

    Leaning towards B with Silva, nice differential and he's been excellent this season when fit (7.3ppg when he's played over 60 minutes)

    Thoughts?

    1. Taffer
      • 6 Years
      9 days, 12 hours ago

      Or I could just transfer Kelly for Masuauku and wait a week....

  12. Sreeraj (The Keane F15Teen)
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    8 days, 22 hours ago

    TKF vs BSC.. All eyes will be on Sterling. He decides this GW.

    1. Narcos
      • 6 Years
      8 days, 2 hours ago

      Who gets the advantage of a sterling haul ?

      1. tets mcgee (BSC Small boys-…
        • 4 Years
        7 days, 22 hours ago

        tkf have 7 sterlings on us but we are a few points ahead.. 1 sterling goal and its theirs though

    2. Sreeraj (The Keane F15Teen)
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 days, 2 hours ago

      Sterling doesnt start.. we are almost out of it surely now..

      1. Narcos
        • 6 Years
        7 days, 2 hours ago

        Ooo big blow that

    3. Sreeraj (The Keane F15Teen)
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      6 days, 23 hours ago

      Looks like we nicked it by 3 points.. very tight.. Our very own Aguero captain did it..

      1. tets mcgee (BSC Small boys-…
        • 4 Years
        6 days, 22 hours ago

        wp guys.. that sterling non cameo did us in.

  13. Jarvish Scott Talent
    • 5 Years
    7 days, 19 hours ago

    Nirvana Scott Talent v When the Owen Gets Tough

    Current situation by my calculations after autosubs, cancelling-outs, etc.

    NST: Foster, Cathcart, Doucoure; KDB x 2
    WTOGT: 7 points + Rico; Grealish, Dilva x 2, Jesus

    3 point H2H: Already won by NGT
    2 point H2H: NGT = 11 points. WTOGT = Rico; Grealish.
    1 point H2H: Already won by NGT

  14. Narcos
    • 6 Years
    7 days, 3 hours ago

    Gg guys. Only city match left and the watford cs and doucoure goal asst have given you guys the win. Well played. Will be a tough ask to turn it around now.

  15. Lord - Blaming it on Rio
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    7 days, 11 mins ago

    The Hamster epidemic was eradicated by an Agentinian Ferret

  16. The Overthinker - I blame R…
    • 3 Years
    6 days, 11 hours ago

    We’ve got Riser, Lateriser
    I just don’t think you understand
    Late-riser riser riser, he's our magician
    He’s better than Villa Ronke
    We’ve got Lateriser!!!

    1. Sreeraj (The Keane F15Teen)
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      6 days, 10 hours ago

      Truly super impressive performance from him..

    2. The 12th Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      6 days, 10 hours ago

      I can just see you shaking those Pom poms!

      1. The Overthinker - I blame R…
        • 3 Years
        6 days, 10 hours ago

        😀

  17. Lateriser 12
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    6 days, 10 hours ago

    I repeat.

    Hamsters?

    Apt.

  18. Lateriser 12
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    6 days, 10 hours ago

    Itching to whip some balls this week.

    1. Geevious (I blame Rio!)
      • 9 Years
      6 days, 9 hours ago

      We are coming for you, Ball-itches. Strap yourselves down and get ready for a whipping!

  19. Skull And Gnomes 9 SCOTT TA…
    • 2 Years
    6 days, 6 hours ago

    I'm sorry, I'm not available for interviews this week.

    Can you pass that on to the organisers, much obliged.

  20. AA33 - Nirvana Scott Talent
    • 3 Years
    5 days, 5 hours ago

    Who's that guy with 5 H2H wins in 5? 😎

  21. Jarvish Scott Talent
    • 5 Years
    18 hours, 43 mins ago

    Nirvana Scott Talent v Back to Square Owen

    Latest situation by my calculations after autosubs, cancelling-outs, etc.

    NST = 37 points + Pope, Soy; VVD x 2, Gomez.
    BTSO = Chilwell x 2, Maddison; Salah x 2, Mane x 2, Martial, Rashford x 2 (or 9 points if Rashford doesn't play)

    3 point H2H: NST = 12 points + Robertson, Salah. BTSO = Vardy; Mane.
    2 point H2H: NST = 9 points + VVD. BTSO = Soy, Maddison, Vardy; TAA.
    1 point H2H: NST = 10 points + VVD; Martial. BTSO = Vardy; Salah.

  22. Morph - UJFC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    39 mins ago

    Looks like UJFC took the 9pts but The Nuts won all the H2Hs.