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Title: World Cup Fantasy Football
Post by: Majeef on June 09, 2010, 01:35:44 PM
Would anyone be interested in joining a vtw world cup fantasy football league?

I joined one at work but it's UK only, so I'll have a google and see if I can find any good free to play ones. If interested or know a good fantasy league gimme a shout.

OK, set up a Versus the World Cup league at http://en.mcdonalds.fantasy.fifa.com

League code is 572247-121928

For anyone that's up for it.
Title: Re: World Cup Fantasy Football
Post by: Pym on June 09, 2010, 08:47:47 PM
Not sure how it'll all work, but my team is in the league, and for now the worst I can score is second! Not well versed in the football world, so my team will probably fail much, but it's ok, should be fun.

Pym
Title: Re: World Cup Fantasy Football
Post by: Vaulisel on June 09, 2010, 10:09:14 PM
Not sure how it'll all work, but my team is in the league, and for now the worst I can score is second! Not well versed in the football world, so my team will probably fail much, but it's ok, should be fun.

Pym
I am terribad at fantasy football, but the irony of a VTW team for the football world cup is too delicious to pass up. I'll set it up later tonight when I can requisition my more knowledgeable flatmate for some help with picks.
Title: Re: World Cup Fantasy Football
Post by: Pym on June 09, 2010, 10:43:21 PM
Yes, let's get more teams!

Octale, come make a team (just kidding, don't ban me from the forums!)
Title: Re: World Cup Fantasy Football
Post by: Majeef on June 10, 2010, 09:44:22 AM
One day to go for anyone else that fancies taking part.

Round 1 starts 11/06/10 @ 15:45 South African time
Title: Re: World Cup Fantasy Football
Post by: Vaulisel on June 10, 2010, 11:53:26 AM
Got my team selected and joined the league. I hope we can get more than three people. Come on, it's the World Cup!
Title: Re: World Cup Fantasy Football
Post by: Majeef on June 11, 2010, 09:28:19 AM
Yar, need more ppl to join up for a bit of fun.

Even if you missed the round 1 deadline you can still make a team and join, you just don't get points for round 1 :)
Title: Re: World Cup Fantasy Football
Post by: Vaulisel on June 12, 2010, 01:06:56 AM
Holy cow Majeef, who did you play to get 14 points in the first day?
Title: Re: World Cup Fantasy Football
Post by: Majeef on June 12, 2010, 07:31:00 AM
Holy cow Majeef, who did you play to get 14 points in the first day?

I'm a geneis ginesis genius. Actually, I got not much idea how it works, haven't even figured out how to see other peoples teams lol. I see someone got 59! I wanna see their team.

Edit: Sagna got me 10 and Gourcuff got me 4. I have Torres as captain for double points so need him to do well on wednesday.
Title: Re: World Cup Fantasy Football
Post by: Vaulisel on June 12, 2010, 07:36:35 AM
The only way that guy could have gotten that high as far as I can see is to field a team which were all day one players, intending to then sub off those that did poorly and sub on players who have yet to play. He must be banking on picking up the lion's share of his points in the first round, and use transfers to try bring in some of the heavy hitters like Messi or Rooney or Casillas to carry the initial block of points through the group stage, taking advantage of the free transfers at the end of the group stage to build a new team for the knockout stage.

I don't normally play fantasy football, so I can't really evaluate that strategy, but it seems pretty risky to me.

I don't think you can see other people's teams, at least not while the round is running. Maybe you can afterward?

I extracted my four points from Ribery, but the douche got a yellow card, meaning I didn't get my rightful five. :P

I have Messi as captain for the time being, if he under performs I'll switch to Robinho instead.
Title: Re: World Cup Fantasy Football
Post by: Majeef on June 12, 2010, 07:45:39 AM
Yea man, that guy on 59 prob won't pick up a lot more points this round. I had Sagna as captain and changed it 7 minutes before the round 1 deadline ><. Gonna have to read up on the rules, i notice substitutions open tomorrow, I prob should have had other people in my starting 11.
Title: Re: World Cup Fantasy Football
Post by: Vaulisel on June 12, 2010, 07:49:14 AM
Yeah, I made a bunch of changes that will go into effect when the sub window opens, but I suspect some of them will bite me in the ass. I have Robben on at the moment, but his damn manager won't tell anyone if he's fit to play yet. >_<
Title: Re: World Cup Fantasy Football
Post by: Majeef on June 12, 2010, 08:15:56 AM
Yea, I removed Barry from my office team just because I didn't want to take a chance on how many minutes he would get - but that is a different league with no transfers or subs.

Today I have Messi, Mascherano and Gerrard playing, fingers crossed these guys bring home some points  ;D
Title: Re: World Cup Fantasy Football
Post by: Vaulisel on June 12, 2010, 08:31:11 AM
Today I've got Messi, Di Maria, Johnson and A Cole up.
Title: Re: World Cup Fantasy Football
Post by: Vaulisel on June 12, 2010, 11:01:12 AM
Half time in the Argentina Nigeria game.

Ugh. Screw you Di Maria, where are my points? Don't just stand there. Majeef's picks seem to be doing well. Again. And Messi, I thought you were supposed to be the best player in the world. /rage.

I'm not as poorly off as my flatmate though. He's already cursing Maradona for not putting Otamendi on.

EDIT

Aaaaand the second half plays out more or less the same as the first for our fantasy football league. :P

Messi fails to get a goal but gets at least 12 balls into the box. Di Maria mucks about and gets pulled off in the 85th minute. Mascherano does well because Maradona is a numbskull who plays with five attackers leaving Mascherano alone in the middle.
Title: Re: World Cup Fantasy Football
Post by: Majeef on June 12, 2010, 12:07:11 PM
Mascherano and Messi, 9 points a piece. Pity your man Di Maria got taken off, I think you get more points for the full 90 mins. That Nigerian keeper had a good game.

Edit: Just noticed Heinze was worth 13 points that game  :o the goal was +5
Title: Re: World Cup Fantasy Football
Post by: Vaulisel on June 12, 2010, 12:54:44 PM
Appearance points max out at +3 for 61+ minutes.

Frankly, that was tragically bad for Argentina. Maradona at his most pathetic. So much talent in the squad; so little talent managing the strategy. Two mean on the left and two on the right trying to do the same job up front, and a gaping void in the middle. If Argentina don't shape up they're gonna be a write-off.
Title: Re: World Cup Fantasy Football
Post by: Majeef on June 12, 2010, 02:39:53 PM
Gerrard goal 4 mins. MOAR POINTS nom nom nom !!  ;D
Title: Re: World Cup Fantasy Football
Post by: Vaulisel on June 13, 2010, 12:02:29 AM
Yet again, my picks just kind of stood there. They got checked off on attendance. I might sub Johnson off for Maicon since all he did was show up for the game.
Title: Re: World Cup Fantasy Football
Post by: Majeef on June 13, 2010, 11:57:36 AM
Bah! Vidic only picked me up 3 - lucky I have Bruno Alves on the bench to swap him out for. Hope Lahm does better with Germany later.

Yea I have Maicon, I expect him to bring home some bacon, got Kaka too - fingers crossed.
Title: Re: World Cup Fantasy Football
Post by: Vaulisel on June 13, 2010, 02:55:45 PM
I've got Lahm and Schweinsteiger on for Germany. They had best perform; I needs me some points! I've decided I'm going to ditch Messi as captain and change the captain every day until one of my picks puts in a decent performance...

EDIT
Wow, Australia are getting shredded... I can't watch the game right now, but live score updates aren't looking pretty for them. Lahm's having a cracker of a game though.
Title: Re: World Cup Fantasy Football
Post by: Majeef on June 13, 2010, 06:10:08 PM
Wow yea, no kidding! 4-0. I didn't watch it either, watched Serbia earlier then the F1 GP then settled down for O&H and CH. Lahm must have had a blinder, gonna watch the highlights tonight I think.
Title: Re: World Cup Fantasy Football
Post by: Vaulisel on June 13, 2010, 11:16:46 PM
Yeah, I'm really wishing I'd flagged Lahm for captain at this point, even though it's normally risky to set a defender as captain since their scores often depend heavily on getting the clean sheet bonus. Schweinsteiger did mediocre for me, so I'll be shuffling captains to Sneijder for the next set of games this round. Still got Robinho and David Villa as backup captains.  ;D
Title: Re: World Cup Fantasy Football
Post by: Vaulisel on June 15, 2010, 10:12:37 PM
Ugh. I can't believe Brazil conceded a goal to DPR Korea. At least my picks, Robinho and Maicon, put in a sterling performance anyway. Sneijder rather disappointed me though.
Title: Re: World Cup Fantasy Football
Post by: Majeef on June 16, 2010, 02:09:10 AM
Damn Vaulisel, You're starting to pull ahead now. I need Torres and Cassilas to work me some magic today.
Title: Re: World Cup Fantasy Football
Post by: Vaulisel on June 16, 2010, 03:03:49 AM
Yeah, but I burned my captaincy on Robinho (who did well, I feel), and am banking on Torres not starting due to his recent injury and staying off for a minimum of 30 minutes to let my last striker, David Villa act as the main finisher for Spain. I have Casillas on the bench, but since I got a clean sheet on Eduardo, I'll probably leave him there since Switzerland could well score.

If Torres (he was your captain, yeah?) starts/goes in early and has a decent game, you'll sweep up the lead no problem, since frankly I wouldn't bet on Casillas conceding and losing you your clean sheet.
Title: Re: World Cup Fantasy Football
Post by: Majeef on June 16, 2010, 03:07:04 AM
Yeah, got Torres as Cap - am regretting not swapping captaincy between earlier players though, didn't figure out I could do that until too late.
Title: Re: World Cup Fantasy Football
Post by: Vaulisel on June 16, 2010, 03:17:23 AM
Started setting up my Second Round team now; decided to ditch Malouda since he only got 15 minutes last round, and shift to a 4-3-3. Brought in Montolivo to replace the Frenchman, since I reckon he's pretty much a guaranteed starter until Pirlo recovers, and since I know just how terrible my country really is at football, Italians seem like a good bet to me for this round.

I think I'll give my Argentinians one more round and see if they can adapt to Mr. I-must-have-learned-football-tactics-on-the-Playstation Maradona's idiotic 3-1-6 shenanigans. They're quality players, it's just the "tactics" that are holding them back...
Title: Re: World Cup Fantasy Football
Post by: Majeef on June 16, 2010, 03:31:56 AM
lol @ Maradonna comment - I can't complain, did alright for me  ;D

Going 4-3-3 seems like a sound plan, seems the way the points are awarded maybe doesn't favour midfield too strongly, or, at least mine haven't brought home points like my defence.

On a side note - Pym! Did you pick all Australians?  :P Don't forget, if your guys didn't play or do well you can sub them out the next day before the first game for someone that hasn't played yet.
Title: Re: World Cup Fantasy Football
Post by: Vaulisel on June 16, 2010, 03:46:25 AM
You're right, the Argentinians certainly did well for you. Thing is, with Maradona at the helm, they aren't dependable. I'm not a huge football fanatic, but even I know that there are generally TWO wing positions on a team. Maradona put on FOUR wingers. I had Di Maria and Messi. Both of them got assigned the position of left wing, I believe. Similar situation on the right. I can only imagine the reaction in the dressing room. If you have two people trying to work the same position, they'll be competing for chances and their performances will fall. In my case, since Messi was doing well, Di Maria was held back. And neither of them played to their potential.

For a related reason I decided not to transfer Di Maria out yet in favour of Mascherano. So long as Maradona favours  4-2-4 going to 4-1-5 or 3-1-6 in the second half, Mascherano has to work the midfield solo. Poor bloke must have had to run for dear life for the whole game without a break. This means he'll get tons of chances to rack up attack and defence bonuses, but it also stamps an expiry date on his performance, since it will deteriorate more rapidly with every game as his moron coach overtaxes him.
Title: Re: World Cup Fantasy Football
Post by: Majeef on June 16, 2010, 04:15:03 AM
Yea, and Mascherano is prone to yellow cards. I can see that Argentine team racking up a lot of goals however, so I agree that sticking with some of their attacking players is worth it for the meantime. Can't wait for the game later. My Torres VS your Villa - glad I don't have any money on it  :P
Title: Re: World Cup Fantasy Football
Post by: Majeef on June 16, 2010, 12:23:42 PM
*head -- desk* Torres got 1 point (doubled to 2 for captain ><) and Casillas wasn't much better. I think I need to call South Africa and tell them they got the wrong script and to re-play the match.
Title: Re: World Cup Fantasy Football
Post by: Vaulisel on June 16, 2010, 04:17:39 PM
I wasn't able to watch the match. But I have to say, WHAT UNDER ALL THE HEAVENS HAPPENED OUT THERE? Spain are meant to be one of the favourites, and it looks like they got taken to pieces! I may have held on to the lead for the wind up of the first round of Versus The World Cup League, but I don't really feel all that good about it after that. I was kind of hoping for a nailbiter.

At any rate, Round 1 teams are now available for viewing.
Title: Re: World Cup Fantasy Football
Post by: Majeef on June 16, 2010, 06:55:27 PM
Yea, I only got home in time for the last 20 minutes, seen the score, and thought omffffffffffg. At least Torres was on, I know he didn't start  >:(

From what I saw of the last 20 minutes, Spain had near constant possession but just couldn't seem to get it into the box. Due credit to the Swiss defence but every ball in from the wing I saw didn't make it over the first man ><

And yeah, I got a peek at your team - I'll trade you Milner for another Maicon :P
Title: Re: World Cup Fantasy Football
Post by: Majeef on June 18, 2010, 09:29:59 AM
This round is killing me, all my picks are having shockers
Title: Re: World Cup Fantasy Football
Post by: Vaulisel on June 18, 2010, 10:06:15 AM
Same here... Messi did okay-ish... although being touted as Best in the World makes me feel like he's drastically underperforming, but watching him work the ball is still a thing of beauty. Di Maria was mediocre again.

I can't believe I transferred Malouda out and he did better than Ribery, who I kept. /RAGE. Hopefull my new transfer Montolivo can make up the difference.

I had Schweinsteiger and Lahm again. A yellow card each. I want to hit something.

PLEASEOHPLEASEOHPLEASE Johnson, Cole, show me some points already.
Title: Re: World Cup Fantasy Football
Post by: Majeef on June 18, 2010, 10:35:46 AM
Yeah, had Lahm as Captain, guess I'll switch that to Maicon though. Also had Vidic on, who would have done okay except giving away a pen and picking up a yellow for -2 ><
Title: Re: World Cup Fantasy Football
Post by: Majeef on June 29, 2010, 01:05:50 PM
God damn Honda only has a slow game whenever I pick him  >:(

Gambling 17 points on Torres tonight (on the advice of a mate who might get strangled tomorrow)
Title: Re: World Cup Fantasy Football
Post by: Vaulisel on June 30, 2010, 12:59:48 AM
So... it's stranglin' time? I had Sneijder as captain.  ;D
Title: Re: World Cup Fantasy Football
Post by: Majeef on June 30, 2010, 06:07:25 AM
Hells Bells
Title: Re: World Cup Fantasy Football
Post by: Vandal on July 03, 2010, 06:35:14 PM
I believe Argentina just ruined everyones bracket......
Title: Re: World Cup Fantasy Football
Post by: Vaulisel on July 04, 2010, 01:28:55 AM
I had no Argentinians in my squad. Maradona doesn't have an actual strategy beyond "Get the ball to the last third and if you use enough attackers surely someone will find a chance", and it shows now that they have played a world class team with good discipline and really solid basic skills. Individual player talent can only get you so far.
Title: Re: World Cup Fantasy Football
Post by: Majeef on July 04, 2010, 12:47:59 PM
Got no idea whether to transfer in Germans or Spaniards, so I'm going orange.
Title: Re: World Cup Fantasy Football
Post by: Vaulisel on July 05, 2010, 01:36:35 AM
Based on the quarterfinals games I've watched, it's pretty much a crapshoot. All the teams left are relatively well balanced. I haven't decided who I'm going to put in either; I'm short on Germans so I'll probably put more in, maybe Schweinsteiger and Klose but mostly I'm balanced. Might add Kuyt or van Persie to the Dutch. Was not impressed by the Spanish, so I might leave it as is, same with Uruguay.
Title: Re: World Cup Fantasy Football
Post by: Vaulisel on July 12, 2010, 02:49:05 AM
Ugh, a disastrous final round for me, with most of my Germans off with the 'flu and a rash of yellow cards and failure to finish decisively from my Spaniards and Dutchmen. Still managed to top Versus the World Cup League though.  ;D
Title: Re: World Cup Fantasy Football
Post by: Majeef on July 12, 2010, 12:31:03 PM
Well done to Vaulisel for winning the Versus the World Cup fantasy league by quite a margin in the end :D
And thanks to everyone who took part, it was good fun.

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winner 2010 - Vaulisel