Playing a draft style fantasy football game is extremely fun in itself but with Unique FC, there's an added dimension of defensive and attacking midfielders who are scored differently as opposed to the standard format. In the official game, midfielders are classed as one i.e if Flamini (DMF) and Young (AMF) both scored a goal, they would receive the same number of points.
It is fair to say the most people would opt to pick Young in their teams as he is more likely to score so that is a drawback which often leads to template teams. Unique FC's draft format brings the appeal out of DMF's and suddenly picking Arteta and Duff seems more appealing than picking Oscar or Eriksen. Here's why:
To put this into perspective, imagine with the goal scoring prowess of Fellaini and his defensive role at Man Utd, he suddenly feels like a first draft pick because he's certainly capable of both clean sheets and goals. *hint hint*
And that's not the end. Defenders get 5 points per clean sheet as opposed to 4 in the official game and for Tim Howard supporters, keepers get 15 points per goal scored so I'd want to be optimistic about my keeper scoring.
So! Exciting news: We've reached a stage where we are willing to start our first league on uniquefc.com!
A handful of us will begin playing (the crew that were playing on spreadsheets last season), and if all goes well, I will post it here and invite others to sign-up as well (not that the system won't let anyone sign up at the moment, but we haven't reached the full, 'official' beta launch yet). The reason for that is quite simple: I don't want to raise expectations too high and cause disappointment.
There are still a few issues to be taken care of, and a million improvements to slowly incorporate into the site, but as long as we continue moving in the right direction, we will eventually get there.
For those of you brave enough to face possible disappointment if the site goes t*ts up, please do the following:
We've created this post for any frequently asked questions that might come up. Using a blog post for this rather than the traditional static page seemed a no-brainer: You can easily ask any questions you have in the comments below and we can edit and update the post as we learn about which questions truly are frequently asked.
1) I have an account on the blog, why is it asking me to register again?
The blog engine is different from the rest of the site and will require separate registrations. Both of them are extremely simple (we only need an email address, password and a manager name - 3 fields) and take about 30 seconds to do.
This thread is here purely for users to post about:
In both cases, please provide as many details as you can (screenshots even better). You can either post in the comments section below, or personal message myself or Nirav (to send personal messages, simply hover on my name and click 'message').
Any contributions are greatly appreciated.
I'll start off by apologizing for the infrequent updates. We didn't manage to launch before the season started but here are some key updates:
So.. That's where we are. Fingers firmly crossed.
Other than that, we've been watching as much footy as we can. A lot of interesting prospects and revelations in terms of fantasy football already. And we expect a few more before the transfer window ends in a couple of days.
On a current note, City have just pulled off victory against Hull. I'm happy with Negredo in my team but really wish he would start starting matches!!
The UniqueFC.com Blog community section:
With the football just around the corner, I think it is a good time to highlight our community posting feature on this blog. As some of you may know, pretty much anyone can post an article on here and start a discussion. This blog is essentially a fusion between a blog and a forum and this intertwined functionality is one of the reasons we decided to use Sett.com as a blogging platform provider.
The major reason for this is that we envision each league started up on uniquefc.com to have its own discussion thread where deals can be struck, banter can be exchanged and bold claims of greatness can be made. Who doesn't want to be this smug with their mates?
But gloating purposes aside, the community section can be used for any of our readers to post their own article or start their own discussion. I would love it if one of you gave it a try. A few quick topics off the top of my head: Will a massively strengthened Spurs still find a way to bottle this season? Who are the favourites for the title so far? Maybe even a general discussion on your club of choice..
The short of it? It didn't go well!
You can visit www.uniquefc.com to see the general design and the like, but don't waste time trying to sign up. We had problems configuring the site to the live servers and there are far too many errors (site near unusable). We don't want you to get frustrated trying to make it work...
What this means for the big picture? It is looking highly unlikely we'll be at the level we want to be at before kick-off. That said, we'll keep chipping away and will eventually get it right.
Apologies to all those who have been waiting in anticipation. We knew this was going to be difficult, and true to form, it is proving to be a bigger challenge than we expected.
Just as the article says:
A rough, unpolished version of the site is on the brink of going live. There is (was?? Fingers crossed!), one bug that kept cropping up: There was an error coming up when trying to edit the priority queue once the draft had started. As you can imagine, this is a bit of a deal-breaker.
Anyway, we think we have fixed it now. We'll do another round of testing tomorrow (or today rather, it's past midnight here Down-under) and if the Footballing Gods are in a happy mood, have a beta site up and running tomorrow. Hoping to disappoint plenty of wives and girlfriends this weekend...
The hot topic in the transfer market is Luis Suarez and you can't question that after the bombshell he just dropped. In an exclusive interview with the guardian and the telegraph, he clearly indicates that he want out. With Madrid prioritizing Bale in their ₤100 million pursuit, Rooney edging for a move to Chelsea and Man City having recruited their strikers, Arsenal are his only option for champions league football which is what he wants. We do not need to go into why Manchester United is not a likely destination for the Uruguan but the 26 year is most likely heading to the emirates stadium.
Question is, are Arsenal clever and quick enough to sign him and start their transfer activity. Wenger's only recruit so far has been Sanogo and let's be honest he's not the name fans have been craving for. The number of departures at Arsenal need a replacement and the board have done the right thing in getting the dead wood off in Squillaci, Arshavin, Gervinho, Denilson and Santos to name a few. But a centre back, a defensive midfielder and a top class forward still need to be brought in for Arsenal to remotely challenge for the title. Suarez fits the bill, but does he?
Positives- His statistics:
The entire concept of the priority queue is to speed up the drafting process. We realize that not everyone can be online all the time (especially true if your league has players from all over the world). In addition to that, it is a huge time saver when players know who they are going to draft in before it gets to their turn. This includes plan B's and plan C's in case your next ideal pick gets picked before it gets to you - when that happens, you can whinge about it all you like, but do it after making your pick. Thanks!
The priority queue is our solution to this. So here is everything you need to know about what it is and how it works:
It's that simple really.
This system is, of course, not possible using the spreadsheet method. Whenever it gets to be someone's turn to make a pick, the rest of the players will have to communicate with that player after which he will go to the spreadsheet, look at who has been picked since his last turn, then decide who he would like, and then make the pick. This whole process can be made somewhat more efficient by asking players to have plan B's and C's in their head (never happens!) or by telling your next priority pick to a player whose next turn is after your next turn so that he can make the pick - and spreadsheet adjustment - on your behalf (not sure I've just made sense there but it is essentially a patch-work way of having a priority queue for players who know they will be unavailable...). This paragraph is starting to get a bit messy, much like how the drafting system sometimes gets with manual, spreadsheet drafting.