(enter before main slate of games start on Sunday - 24 September 2023)
Entry Fee £20 - (limit of 1 entry per person)
This is only the third year of running my newest in-house NFL game. This is the fantasy game I always wanted to have on TFP years ago but alas I don’t have the computer skills to make a website nor am I rich enough to pay someone else to make it a reality so alas cannot have a nice shiny product that makes it easier for you all to enter and from my point of view a programme that does all the scoring automatically for me.
So once again I will score it manually myself and run the game via the TFP forum and Google Sheets.
I had 5 entries last season (and one of those was mine) so wonder if I can get at least half a dozen entries this year?
That would be nice but it’s like anything, build it and hope they will come - even if it takes time to gain traction. This game is totally my own idea and a game I wanted to be exclusive to TFP’s website. I’ve not seen another NFL game like this anywhere else out there as yet.
Firstly, I like a game that covers the whole season so this game usually would start from NFL Week 1 up to and including the Super Bowl but for this year only it will start in NFL Week 3 as I was so tardy at getting so many NFL games and fantasy leagues set up in time for the start of the season I ran out of time so this one I was going to pass up - but a few weeks in I am really missing it and decided I put so much effort into it the past few years it would be a shame to give up on it so I am starting it late.
How it works
You pick a new team every week that consists of one each of following positions:
There is no budget - that’s right pick studs or unknowns it’s totally your decision.
You can find a list of Head Coaches, Players and Team Defence’s here:
(Just ignore the values as this is a player list I update annually and use for another game of mine that does use values - though you could use the values listed as a rough guide as to who the premium players are.)
Now the catch with this game is, as the games title alludes to (1 & Done!), you can only ever select any player, team defence or head coach once. Yes, you read that correctly, only one time over *22 game weeks (*this year 20 game weeks due to the NFL Week 3 start). Furthermore, just to make it even harder and to offer up strategy the post season weeks are worth more points the deeper you go.
Wild Card x2
Super Bowl x5
Having these extra bonus points at the back end of the season makes for some very tough decisions - do you use the studs early and get points on the board, but then only have backups and 2nd, 3rd or 4th stringers to pick from come the post season - or what if you swerved studs to use later and they get injured or the teams you thought would make post season don’t. This is a mine field that not only you have to navigate, but so does everyone else - it’s your judgement trying to identify who will score you big points each week and which teams will make a deep run, in post season. So many variables and here is another - due to having to manually do all the scoring and team updates myself I am restricting this game to one entry per person. No multi-teamers I’m afraid. It’s one entry only per person.
You must post your entry on this thread each week.
This game has staggered entry deadlines - to make it easier for me as I have to do the scoring manually and don’t have a flash website that can be set to lock at individual game times I have had to make deadlines be the first game of any day so the scheduled kick-off of the first game of any day is the deadline for all that days games.
YOU MUST NEVER EDIT A POST - as this will invalidate your entry (as you could cheat) so you must post again between deadlines. For instance, if you want HC/players/Team DEF in the Thursday night game you must post an entry before that games scheduled kick off - and those TNF players will be set in stone/locked. But if you change your mind on your other players or didn’t pick any yet for say Sunday’s or Monday’s games you can make a fresh new post before the first scheduled game on the Sunday (usually 13:00 US ET) and then I will take the last entry you posted as long as it was posted before the first game scheduled for Sunday (not an edited post). Also same applies to Monday’s games - this is great news if you have forgotten to do an entry in time for Sunday’s games as you can do a last day saver and just pick players from the MNF games to avoid missing out on points for that week. Also, you cannot re-pick/change players from games/teams already played on earlier days - if you posted players for an earlier days game(s) they are locked.
I would love to allow changes with deadlines being the start of each individual games start time but alas it would just be too much work - that’s why I wish I had the skills to make a fantasy games website to attach to the TFP website where players could lock at their individual game times but alas, I just don’t have those skills. So, what I offer is a compromise with daily deadlines (deadline always first game of the day) but also the chance to select a reserve for the individual skill player positions - QB, RB, WR, TE and K. Use this template to post your entry on this thread (TFP 1 & DONE):
You do not get a HC or team DEF reserve but you do for each individual skill position player. Your reserve will only be used if your original pick does not play - also your reserves only count as having been used if subbed into your starting team to replace an inactive/out player. Meaning you can pick them again in the future if they have not been subbed into your starting line-up. Likewise, the player replaced will no longer count as used - so you get a do over with them. Just remember not to select anyone you’ve already used (as in that case a reserve will not be swapped in if you have started a player already picked in a previous week). What would really help you to know who you have used is have a cheat sheet (like used for drafting in fantasy games) and cross off players you have used as the season goes along.
Reserve choices also lock with the first game of any day and can only be changed if are from a team that is scheduled to play on a later day of the week.
To make it easy to know what players you have used I suggest making a copy of the players list on Google Sheets - just go to my players list and click on file (near the top left in the menu bar) - select ‘make a copy’ and save it. Then you can just use that copy to mark off (highlight) all the players you have used as the season goes along to make sure you don’t pick the same ones twice.
Rules Clarification - If you do select a Player/Head Coach/Defence for a second (or third) time etc., then you will score zero points for those extra times you selected them - YOU WILL NOT GET AN AUTO SWAP IN OF YOUR RESERVE PLAYER. This is because in practice sometimes this extra use is not picked up right away by me and if discovered much later on, then you could have already used the reserve you had selected for that week. It opens up a nightmare admin wise and after all its each entrant’s own responsibility to check they are selecting valid teams each week (so keep a record of who you have picked previously). So, the rule will be if you select any Head Coach/Player/Defence more than once you will score zero points for the extra times you selected them. If this is only picked up later or in an audit conducted at the end of the season, then the points will be deducted for the extra usages when discovered.
I will confirm prizes after I know how many entries I get, but in honour of my favourite home team player when I first got into American Football (Barry Sanders) the entry fee will be £20 - as 20 was his jersey number for the Lions.
If I get 10 entries or less, it will be Winner Takes All, 11+ entries it will be 1st & 2nd.
So, I’ve built it - as best I can - now I need some players to come take part.
bluelionman / Noel Symonds
Fan Pub Founding Member
PS As this is a TFP forum game and entries must be posted on this thread entries will not have team names but use your TFP Forum Username.
Weekly entries and scores will be recorded here:
A Standings Table (updated weekly) can be viewed here: