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Pundits Playoff – The Semi-finals arrive

Drama in the Pundits Playoff, as the #1 seeded team get knocked out of the Champions League at the quarter-finals stage. But before I launch into the results and fixtures, it is first time to delve into the mind of Tets McGee, manager of team BSC Small Boys (in the park) FC, and winner of the much-coveted Best Manager of the Period award for Period 4.
Tets agreed to be interviewed by our very own Boris Bodega (that’s me…) –

Boris Bodega: How does it feel to be the Best Pundits Playoff Manager for Period 4?

Tets McGee: Thanks, Boris. Obviously, it is a great honour to be voted best manager ever of all time in period 4. I was not expecting it because going into the last game we were a loss away from a 50% record which wouldn’t have been as good. If I can take this opportunity to impart one bit of advice to any budding managers dreaming of hitting the big time like me, it would probably be just keep doing the same thing over and over, even if you are getting bad results and eventually you are bound to get a different result. This is proof of that. I have a saying I live by…“there is no I in team. But there is in Idiot”. I have never really understood that. But everyone says it to me, so to be honest, I have just taken it as my mantra ray. I have lost track of what I was meant to be saying…

BB: You absolutely nailed your H2H selections, not least in your quarter-final match where they proved to be the deciding factor in your win over Brazil Nuts. Are you prepared to reveal the secrets of your selection process for the H2H battles?

TM: The boys are bound to give me a bit of stick for revealing our methods here, but one of the lads, let’s just call him VanDijkstowatchoutfor (because that’s his name) had a great idea. We hold weekly piggyback races. The losing pair get benched, the winning pair and the “piggy” coming in second get captained. It keeps everyone happy except for our lad Ben Mee who has a broken leg at the moment and keeps finding himself on the bench along with his unlucky partner couldaBenMee. But he is due a run out so who knows maybe this is his week. I have considered breaking a couple of the other guy’s legs just to level the playing field a bit, but something doesn’t quite sit right every time I go to do it. I have also noticed that the team I submit, isn’t the one that gets played. My vice-captain Jubilanus puts our team in religiously and he says it’s just one of those things that somehow the team is reverting to the one he suggests we should have played…Apparently it’s one of those computer viruses or something.

BB: So your team are through to the Semi-Finals, which team are you most afraid of? And why?

TM: I would probably have to say the Neville Longbottoms or the Dowie Ducks. Never liked the cut off their Jib.

BB: How have you coped with managing your own personal FPL team through project restart?

TM: I have had to put the team first. Mainly because I have been doing so badly. It’s no coincidence I bottom scored for our team against the Brazil nuts. I very much adopt a do as I say approach definitely do not do as I do. Right, I am off to take a 16 point hit.

Many thanks to Tets for this fascinating insight into his team management (and his brain).

Quarter Finals Results

A quick reminder of the format for the knockout stages, each team of fifteen players has to nominate two players for the bench, whose scores are not counted, and three players for the H2H battles, the winners of which extra bonus points that are added on to their team’s final score – H2H A (30 points), H2H B (20 points) and H2H C (10 points).

Champions League

QF#1 of the Pundits Playoff Champions League (PPCL) quarters, was between The Keane Fifteen (1st seed) and Blame it on Rio (8th seed). The underdogs got off to a great start (lots of Antonios I am guessing), and the winners of the group stages never recovered. Blame it on Rio won all three H2H battles to gain 60 extra points, and won by an overall score of 981 – 835, and progress to the semi-finals. The Keane Fifteen, as second-highest scoring losers, progress down to the Pundits Playoff You’re Ropey League of Shame (PPYRLOS) semi-finals.

QF#2 pitted WhenTheOWENgetsTough (2nd seed) up against Nirvana Scott Talent (7th seed). Despite grabbing 50 of the available bonus points, WhenTheOWENgetsTough couldn’t cope with their high scoring opposition, and Nirvana Scott Talent won by a 40 points margin, 810 – 770, and they go through to the PPCL semis. As the lowest scoring losers, WhenTheOWENgetsTough drop down to the Pundits Playoff Wooden Spoon (PPWS) semi-finals.

QF#3 saw the 3rd seed, “15” Musketeers looking for revenge against Unbelievable Jeff FC (6th seed), who won the Classic League by a mere two points! Revenge is a dish best served cold, but someone clearly left the heating on. The H2H bonus points were split down the middle, but Unbelievable Jeff FC won by a massive 193 point margin, 966 – 773, and they find themselves in the PPCL semi-finals, “15” Musketeers drop down to the PPWS semi-finals.

QF#4 was always going to be a hard-fought match between the 4th and 5th seeds of the competition, Brazil Nuts and BSC Small Boys (in the park) FC respectively. And fireworks is what we got, with both teams scoring two of the highest scores of the week. In fact, Brazil nuts had the highest overall team score with 1104 before subs and H2H bonus, but incredibly BSC Small Boys managed to grab an emphatic win, by winning all 60 bonus points, and benching just 68 points – Brazil Nuts saw 140 languishing on their sidelines. Final score was 1045 – 964 to the BSC Small Boys, who progress to the PPCL semis. As the second-highest scoring losers, Brazil Nuts move to the PPYRLOS semi-finals.

You’re Ropey League of Shame

QF#5 – Holly’s Hamsters (9th seed) took on Slaven’s Ball-itch (12th seed) and the result was the closest of all the quarter-finals. Both teams shared the H2H bonus points, and the Hamsters managed a nine-point win at the final whistle, beating Slaven’s Ball-itch 890 – 881 and progress to the PPYRLOS semi’s. Their defeated opponents will have a semi-final in the PPWS.

QF#6, the last quarter’s match pitted A Whole Lawro B*llocks up against Back to Square Owen. Despite grabbing 40 bonus points from the H2H battles, Back to Square Owen lost by a substantial margin to A Whole Lawro B*llocks, 859 – 779. The B*llocks move onto the PPYRLOS semi’s, Back to Square Owen find themselves fighting it out in the PPWS semis.

Semi-Final match fixtures

In the Champions League, Blame it on Rio will face BSC Small Boys (in the park) FC in SF#1, and Nirvana Scott Talent are up against Unbelievable Jeff FC in SF#2.

In the You’re Ropey League of Shame, SF#3 will pit Holly’s Hamsters against A Whole Lawro B*llocks, and in SF#4 Brazil Nuts will take on The Keane Fifteen.

In the Wooden Spoon matches, Slaven’s Ball-itch will be fighting Back to Square Owen in SF#5 to avoid appearing this final, and the same goes for both “15” Musketeers and WhenTheOWENgetsTough who face each other SF#6.

Link to the lievscores sheet, and the finals results is here.

Deadline for team submission is 3.30pm this Saturday! Good luck all!

Boris Bodega 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”

106 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Rotation's Alter Ego
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Cheers Boris, and Tets McGee - All teams need an inspiring and wise manager, truly some words to live by there.

    Top 4 seeds all gone! Fancy SF#1 to be a tight one.

    1. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Furious at Tets for passing on our captaincy choosing methods.

      If we don't win, you can be sure that's why!

      1. Boris Bodega
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        😀

  2. Sreeraj (TKF 15)
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Really strange to see a 22 week tournament not having any of the 1-4 seeds in the semifinal. Boris kept mentioning that 1 playing 8, 2 playing 7 is advantage enough.. How that was an advantage in a 1 week virtual FPL KO is beyond our imagination..

    All of us thoroughly enjoyed the tournament and hopefully, all of us will be back stronger next season. Rule changes to help teams that end higher in the table can maybe be thought of for next season..

    1. tets mcgee (BSC Small boys-…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      I will handle this lads. If I may impart one more bit of wisdom. I always find it best to win the game if I want to get through to the next round. Wingeing is fine and has its place but it doesn't tend to get the result overturned as much as I would like it to.

    2. Lord Tachanka
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      It was a pretty silly week, there were bad omens of the end times like McGoldrick and Solanke bagging braces. Sterling’s fall over, hit on the head, ball trundles over the line for the hattrick was the final nail that told me our luck wasn’t in!

  3. Wally banter
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Aye Aye .. into the semis

  4. AA33
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Next! 😎

      1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        My ears!

  5. Pras Scott Talent
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Into the Semis we go

    1. Gnu
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      I've got a wee semi just thinking about it.

      1. Rasping Drive
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        😀

  6. Krul Intentions
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Our glorious leader giving a unique insight into the finely honed machine that is our pundits team. We're all getting pretty good at piggy back racing.

  7. Greyhead
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    More Tets please! Lovely stuff. The B*ll*cks are looking forward to hammering the hamsters at the weekend which sounds odd when I read it back.

  8. Lord - Blaming it on Rio
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Tets - BSC Small Boys have had a good run, but it’s well known amongst us Pundits that you win nothing with kids. We don’t want to see the young uns get hurt, so here’s our offer:

    Az v Lateriser - Mano a Mano

    Bring it on.

    1. tets mcgee (BSC Small boys-…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      we are considering it and will come back with our decision.

    2. Az
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Will there be a guarantee that he won't FH?

      1. Lord - Blaming it on Rio
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        He wouldn’t dream of it. He’s playing his WC.

        1. tets mcgee (BSC Small boys-…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          In that case we accept your challenge. The rules are as such. Neither can play wc or free hit. Neither must be a captain( except Az if he wins the piggy back race) and their points shall be added to the teams total score to determine the winner. Tets never runs from a challenge.

          1. Geevious
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            In that case we accept the proposed rules and suggest the following amendments: Lateriser can be our captain if he wins our weekly rock-paper-scissors contest. And only chips which have not yet been used by either manager can be played this gameweek. Game on.

          2. Lord - Blaming it on Rio
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            Does this mean that Az v Lateriser is now the beer match? Or coke and a packet of crisps for the BSC lads.

        2. Sreeraj (TKF 15)
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          He's already played his WC. FH this week for sure..

    3. mir
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Looking forward to the Semi's. Thankfully this shocking gameweek fell in the mid week break. Hopefully I'll bounce back strong in gw37 and help Blame it On Rio through to the final. Imagine if we met Nirvana in the final after the handbags in the group match. One game at a time though as we've a tough semi to get through.

      1. Geevious
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        "Shocking" is right. What a crazy gameweek that I can't forget about fast enough. But I do hope it carries over to this next gameweek, with Rio's win shocking everyone else!

  9. Zygaenid
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Will the main sheets page be updated?

    1. Boris Bodega
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Not for the knockouts, these you can see on the Live Scores sheet

  10. speedyboyz - Brazil Nuts
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Looks like our manager should be sacked then..........
    Abysmal benching and H2H decisions. 😆
    Well played Small Boys.

    1. tets mcgee (BSC Small boys-…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      cheers speedy you guys were unlucky to come up against such fearful opponents 🙂

    2. Boris Bodega
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Incredibly unlucky to bring in the highest overall score and lose! You do at least still have a shot at You're Ropey League of Shame glory 🙂

  11. Geevious
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Well done, Tets and BSC Small Boys. Congratulations on becoming the best Manager of Period 4! You guys are the hot favorites in the knock-out stage - and therefore the team to beat. We are fired up and raring to go. Having overcome the reigning champions of the group stage, we hope to continue riding our luck as the underdog all the way into the Finals!

    Best of luck. May the better (and not smaller) team win!

    1. Geevious
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      As always, thank you to Boris and the organizing committee for giving us a wonderful tournament to be a part of. It truly has been a rare silver lining among all this chaos. Kudos to you!

      1. Boris Bodega
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        😀

    2. tets mcgee (BSC Small boys-…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      the best manager of all time ever* in period 4.
      good luck to you guys too.. gonna be fun win, lose or draw

  12. The Boot - UJFC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    As someone in their late sixties (unable to carry) and of substantial girth (unable to be carried) can I ask the committee to consider banning Small Boys next year (possibly 2) for unethical practices now we know the secret of their success.

  13. Lord - Blaming it on Rio
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    I’ve been scouting the BSC Small Boys piggyback trials. Excellent technique and good to see they’re using the latest safety harnesses, but they still can’t hold a candle to Latriser; he’s been carrying our team for half a season.

  14. tets mcgee (BSC Small boys-…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    If one of my boys was that far ahead of the others I'd have no choice but to break his legs and you know what he would thank me for it. When he could speak again. My methods get a bit loose. That's why I will be leading the team out this week in the first captains' match, to show that I expect no one to outscore me and embarrass themselves and believe me there will be a price to pay for any1 in my team who gets out of line and scores even a single point more or less than me. Even if I get 28 points. Again.

  15. Suarezista
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Big start for the Small Boys with the Burnley cs and Wood goal.

    Differentials:

    BSC Small Boys (in the park): +70

    Martinez x2
    Doherty x4, Saiss x3, Alonso, Stevens
    Martial x8, Mane x2, Sterling, Mahrez
    Jimenez x3

    Blame It On Rio:

    DDG x2, Ederson, Henderson
    Egan x3, Maguire x2, TAA, AWB, Bolly, Mendy, Garcia, Ritchie, Aurier
    Pulisic x4, DSilva x2, Son x2, KDB, Antonio, Willian
    Rashford x4, Vardy x2, Aubameyang x2, Jesus, Maupay

    h2h A:
    BSC: +7
    Doherty, Martial, Salah, Kane

    Blame it on Rio:
    Mendy, D Silva, Antonio, Fernandes, Auba

    h2h B:
    BSC: +25
    Doherty, Saiss, Martial x2, Salah, Jimenez, Rashford

    Blame it on Rio:
    Martinez, TAA, Maguire, Boly, Sterling, Fernandes, Pulisic, Greenwood, Ings, Auba

    h2h C:
    BSC: +6
    Boly, Martial x2, Sterling, Ings

    Blame it on Rio:
    AWB, TAA, KDB, Foden, Rashford x2

    1. The Overthinker
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Well done young boys . One sided match this

      1. Suarezista
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        Thanks.We are in a great position, your last hope is that Rashford and Pulisic turn it around.

        1. The Overthinker
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 28 days ago

          And a quiet Martial

    2. Suarezista
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Update after Monday games & Saiss autosubs:

      BSC Small Boys (in the park): +108

      Martinez x2
      Alonso, TAA
      Martial x8, Mane x2, Sterling, Mahrez

      Blame It On Rio:

      DDG x2, Ederson
      Maguire x2, VVD, AWB, Mendy, Garcia
      Pulisic x4, DSilva x2, KDB, Antonio, Willian
      Rashford x4, Aubameyang x2, Jesus

  16. Lord - Blaming it on Rio
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Hey Woy - get your lads off the beach. Small Boys have done a number on Norwich and they’re headed your way.

  17. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Nirvana Scott Talent (7) v Unbelievable Jeff (6)

    I'll do the proper overall differentials tomorrow night, but the H2H matches are as follows (both 30 pointer and 10 pointer H2H of UJ tripled-up on Burnley defence......) - according to my calculations.

    30 pointer: NST = Saiss, Foden, Salah, Martial, Jesus, Rashford. UJ = 6 points + Sterling x 2, Ings, Jimmy, Auba
    20 pointer: NST = 8 points + Doherty, Foden. UJ = TAA, Boly, Sterling
    10 pointer: NST = Patricio, TAA, AWB, KDB, Mahrez, Jesus. UJ = 17 points + Mane, Sterling, Auba, Maupay.

    In the overall, NST are on 110 points after 16 players played, UJ are on 127 (131 minus a 4 point hit) after 19 players played.

    1. The Boot - UJFC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      I’m hoping Saiss doesn’t play. He’s a big differential for you and if he doesn’t play we get a +8 for Pieters. I think an interesting tussle is about to begin.

      1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 15 hours ago

        Bunch of cheapskates we are!

        Do you have a list of the differentials?

        1. The Boot - UJFC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 13 hours ago

          Editing on here is a bit of a nightmare. I hope it is readable and understandable. A real bummer Ings penalty save.
          Jeff Nirv Delta
          Aubameyang 4 2 2
          Aurier 0 1 -1
          AWB 3 2 1
          Bardsley 0 2 -2
          Bertrand 1 0 1
          Boly 3 0 3
          DaviesB 0 1 -1
          de_Gea 0 2 -2
          Digne 0 1 -1
          Doherty 9 12 -3
          Egan 0 1 -1
          Fabianski 1 0 1
          FernandesB 12 14 -2
          Foden 5 8 -3
          Giroud 0 1 -1
          Greenwood 4 8 -4
          HendersonD 1 2 -1
          Ings 5 2 3
          Jesus 6 8 -2
          Jimenez 6 3 3
          Jonny 0 1 -1
          KDB 7 10 -3
          Maguire 2 0 2
          Mahrez 1 3 -2
          Mane 3 1 2
          Martial 23 19 4
          Martinez 0 2 -2
          Maupay 1 0 1
          Patricio 2 1 1
          Pieters 2 1 1
          Pope 9 6 3
          Pulisic 3 2 1
          Rashford 1 5 -4
          Ritchie 2 0 2
          Saiss 4 9 -5
          Salah 2 4 -2
          Silva_Dav 1 0 1
          Sterling 12 7 5
          Stevens 1 0 1
          TAA 8 6 2
          Walker-Pet 1 0 1
          Willian 1 0 1
          Wood 5 4 1

          1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 13 hours ago

            Brill - thanks 🙂

          2. Morph
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Boly goal please. He's +3 for us and helps me in H2H-B. Wish I'd started Pieters!

            Weirdly both players in H2H-B have played Bench Boost.

          3. Pras Scott Talent
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Saiss on bench is some massive jam for you all. Enjoy it.

          4. AA33
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Our nine Saiss replacements are
            3 TAA, 2 Alonso, Egan, Ritchie, Mings and Pulisic

            Your four replacements are
            2 Pieters(!), Justin and TAA

            1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Mings to the rescue!

              1. The Boot - UJFC
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                Doherty has given you a fighting chance. The game between the 2 H2Hb players is interesting. Their remaining players are so similar but another substitution could go either way. I'm tempted to quote one of my heroes Doh!

                1. AA33
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 28 days ago

                  Our match looks even till now. I make it that you are 45pts ahead but have 11 more players played

                2. AA33
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 28 days ago

                  H2H B is literally Foden + 2pts to your Sterling

                  1. Morph
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 28 days ago

                    I know! It's a nervous wait for the City line-up. We need Sterling to outperform the rest of their attack.

                    I have us at +40pts, before tonight.

                    1. AA33
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 28 days ago

                      Haha good luck then (but not so much!)

              2. The Boot - UJFC
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                By the way. Is that Reggie Jackson. I spent a few years in the States in the 80s. I hated baseball but I think I still remember him after 40 years.

                1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 28 days ago

                  Yes - he's a cult hero on the Nirvana site!

                  1. Lord - Blaming it on Rio
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 27 days ago

                    Mr October!

  18. LosBlancos
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 15 hours ago

    Hey folks, I've got to report that WhenTheOWENgetsTough's lineup is wrong. We submited 40min prior to the deadline.

  19. FPL_SMR
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 15 hours ago

    Hi Boris,

    Looks like the default lineup has been selected for WhenTheOwenGetsTough fixture. Narcos (Team Manager) says that the lineup was submitted 40mins before deadline but its incorrectly showing as default lineup on the google sheets. Can you please check?

    1. FPL_SMR
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Also, realised the H2H live scores for WhenTheOwneGetsTough aren't reflected on the google sheets. So, if our opponents are leading H2H A, B or C, the document shows their LIVE H2H score as 30, 20, 10 BUT if WTOGT are leading the H2H, the score shows as ZERO!

      Anyone care to explain why such ambiguity?

      1. FPL_SMR
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 28 days ago

        never mind .. saw the reply posted earlier.

  20. Boris Bodega
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Hi there
    I've checked to see what happened and your manager forgot to enter a second sub, unfortunately, which is why the default team lineup ended up being submitted. We did give him until 55 minutes after the deadline, and sent a reminder email about 10 minutes before finally importing all the lineups.
    Apologies but the rules have been made very clear, and the issue with the lineup was clearly highlighted on the sheet at the time.
    I am looking into creating a pop up warning on the sheets if a manager tries to close it without all H2H and sub slots completed correctly, so hopefully these honest mistakes are avoided next season.

    As happened with the previous team that had this issue, we will have to stick with the rules, and your team will forego any of the H2H bonus points you may have won, and your default team lineup has been used. Apologies if this seems unfair, but if we do not stick to the deadlines it defeats the purpose of having them in the first place.

    Note to all team managers - CHECK your team lineup is showing correctly before you close your team sheet.

    1. Boris Bodega
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Reply fail to FPL_SMR

    2. FPL_SMR
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Thanks for the reply. However, in this scenario, can an exception not be made ? The manager submitted the playing 13 and 1st sub on time and merely forgot to add the 2nd sub as you say. Sub scores are anyways irrelevant to the fixture. So, penalizing the entire team and forfeiting H2Hs seems way too harsh. Can this be reconsidered ?

      1. Sreeraj (TKF 15)
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Looks like you guys still won.. Congrats!!

        1. FPL_SMR
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Thanks Sreeraj, despite forfeiting 25 H2H pts! Also, we just realised that had our original lineup been approved, ALL the H2Hs would've been a TIE! Who could have guessed that?

    3. Lord Tachanka
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Sorry Boris but this is pretty weaksauce. There is no ambiguity in our intentions and punishment to our alleged error is completely disproportionate.

      Why even bother have us in H2H match ups if we can’t win points? You are giving a completely unfair advantage to the other team in the match up. I don’t care if “that’s the rules”, that’s a stupid rule and I’m calling it out.

      We are not trying to change anything post deadline or take any advantage once results or opposition teams are known. Whose going to cheat to win a wooden spoon competition?

      I was the 2nd sub and in this knowledge I took an extra hit this week. I knew all this because our manager sent round confirmation of the team as uploaded so we can all see. There is already a confirmation box and it is green with yes in it. This issue isn’t at our end.

      Honestly I think it is more likely someone has sabotaged it than we have made an error, we went through 20 weeks of tournament without issue but suddenly since the restart there have been at least three instances of teams being sure they are set up right but then finding out later they are not.

      The way the rules have been applied (not just to ourselves but with the other issues for other teams since the restart) has shown that there is a shocking lack of community spirit in this “community” tournament compared to previous years (when I might add that yourself and Lord were fantastic in engaging with people).

      1. Boris Bodega
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Thanks for the honest and frank feedback. This is the first time we have run the community tournament. Apologies if it does not reach the standard you expect. We will look at how we set up the rules around team submission and deadlines etc. if we decide to run the competition next season.

        Much appreciated as always.

        Boris and the team

    4. Lord Tachanka
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      I wrote a very long response that has been marked for review (so will never see the light of day) so I’ll be brief here.

      This is nonsense, you have our playing 13 and H2H selection, that is not in dispute.

      Our punishment is completely disproportionate in reordering our team and handing our opponent a huge unearned advantage in H2H.

      Blaming us when we know we have not erred is a weak move that very much lives up to your grav.

      1. Boris Bodega
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Thanks for your feedback. I have emailed you team manager about what has happened, I will let him explain. To be absolutely clear, the correct lineup was entered a good hour and a half after the deadline.
        Apologies for not reversing the decision, but the committee have decided that we should try and stick to the written rules as much as possible, to be fair to everyone.

        1. FPL_SMR
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 27 days ago

          So are you saying that the Playing 13 + 1st sub was submitted pre-deadline and 2nd sub was added 90mins after deadline? If that's the case, it takes me back to my original question - Why penalise the entire team for a missing 2nd sub? Its not like that slot could have been filled my more than one team after all.

          1. Boris Bodega
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 27 days ago

            🙂

            One more reply and then I am dropping it.
            1. Without both subs entered you have a starting team of 14, not 13! Obviously if I could see the starting 13, the missing sub would kind of been obvious to work out.
            2. I cannot see what the issue is with the lineup when I am importing them as I don't look at the team sheets. I just see a simple 'yes' or 'no'.
            3. Have explained the reasoning behind the dropped H2H points before, but we may be dropping this rule IF we run it again next season. Dropping the rule at this stage of the tourney is unfair to the team that have already had to suffer from it.

        2. Lord Tachanka
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          Boris, thanks for replying and sorry for comparison to actual BoJo, though your old Salah grav was much harder to argue against 🙂

          I don’t expect it changed now but based on what you have said above you had a complete team bar one sub so (pre-deadline) you had a selected 13 + H2H that was valid(even if the s/s as a whole wasn’t valid)?

          As such there would be no doubt about what our intended line up was? So what I am asking is not to change our team post deadline, but recognise what was selected on our sheet at the deadline.

      2. Rotation's Alter Ego
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        I've removed the line which the filter took exception to and posted it for you, hope that's ok.

        1. Lord Tachanka
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          Cheers RAE, frustration boiling over in last bit.

    5. The Boot - UJFC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      I don’t know if it is a coincidence but on Saturday morning the google sheet we use for our team went all funny. Several of us lost access to the sheet and until I lost access I was seeing peculiar effects. It seems a bit harsh if a team loses points if google had a blip.

      1. St Pauli Walnuts
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        I have also noted weird behaviour on the score form this week. It populates the cells briefly and then a few seconds later they all go empty and some are blacked out, then shows loading in the first score row (row 4) and sticks there. I've not bothered to figure out why yet, might just be local to me.

        The whole thing above leaves a sour taste though, our manager clearly submitted the team correctly and has evidence yet we still being punished regardless. Ah well, only a daft little game at end of the day.

        1. Geevious
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          I have had that issue (where the live scores sheet shows "loading..." and stays that way forever) and have figured out how to fix it. Try this - enter any score into a green cell and hit Enter. All the other cells should show up. I don't understand how or why it works, but it worked for me. Actually took me a couple of weeks before I realized I had to do that. Hope it works for you, albeit a bit late at this stage 🙂

          1. St Pauli Walnuts
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            Thanks I'll try that this GW, hard to tell just now as it's been updated for GW38 so there is no data in there yet. Cheers

  21. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    Start the car!

    Nirvana Scott Talent (7) v Unbelievable Jeff (6)

    Latest situation after autosubs, chip adjustments, etc by my calculations........

    NST = DDG x 2, Bruno x 2, Rashford x 4, Greenwood x 4; Salah x 2, Alonso x 2, Giroud
    UJ = 69 points + Maguire x 2, AWB, Martial x 4, Fabianski; Mane x 2, Willian

    30 pointer: NST = Martial, Salah, Rashford. UJ = 39 points
    20 pointer: Already won by UJ by 9 points
    10 pointer: NST = AWB, TAA. UJ = 22 points + Mane.

    Major hauls by Rashford and Salah appears our only hope. The other hopes are Bob Hope and no hope.

    1. Pirlø's Pen
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Good luck for the rest of the match up! Been an exciting duel so far.

      1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Congrats on the win mate, and best of luck in the final 🙂

        1. Pirlø's Pen
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          Appreciate it mate. Good matchup!

  22. Lord - Blaming it on Rio
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Well done to the BSC Small Boys. I have to say that using your FHs to target Norwich and Palace was masterly. You were out of sight before we got started. Good luck in the final.

    Oh, and you also won the beer match!

    1. Suarezista
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Hard luck guys. We didn't feel safe till the united game, even though we were leading from the start.
      Looking at hauls in my original team (TAA, Pulisic, Greenwood) makes the fh look dump, but hey who cares, done its job and got us into the final.

      1. The Overthinker
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        It was always difficult for us to over your lead since first match of the GW.

        As lord rightly said, well done to you to target palace and Burnley.

        Good luck for the finals

        1. tets mcgee (BSC Small boys-…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          very gracious of you guys! good game 🙂

    2. Geevious
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Yep very well done, BSC Small Boys. A deserved win with well-planned strategy. Good luck in the finals!

  23. Pirlø's Pen
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Who's next then?

  24. Morph
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    No article for the final 🙁

    Small Boys are doing well with Auba and VVD.

    Jeffs have Kane and Jesus though.

  25. Morph
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Unbelievable Jeff!

    1. Annie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Unbelievable

      1. Hasselbaink Forever - UJFC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Unbelievable

        1. Stats Don\'t Lie
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Unbelievable

    2. The Overthinker
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Congratulations

  26. Pirlø's Pen
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Unbelievable!

    Very proud of the side.

    1. Lord - Blaming it on Rio
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Great job. Has anyone told Kammy yet?

      1. Hasselbaink Forever - UJFC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Yeah he's sorting the open top bus parade as we speak

  27. The Overthinker
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Second runner up .. feels great to win a medal when at one stage of the tournament we were sure to go down...

    Well done to Our team ..

    @Boris I hope this time our opponents didn't forget to submit the "correct" team sheet 😉

  28. The Overthinker
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    A big thank you to Boris and team for organizing this tournament.

    I really hope it happens again next season.

  29. Taff1952
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Is there any way of finding oug the number of players in the welsh league ? Thanks

  30. Taff1952
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Asked earlier but no answer so trying again. Is there any way of finding out how many in the welsh league. Thanks