The Originals League - 2020

To any of our returning players from last year - welcome back! To any new players - welcome!
This is now the main league thread for the 2020 version of the Originals League - the seventh year of TFP’s original fantasy league with its live in-person draft day.

The roll of honour so far is:
2014 – Chris Parkes
2015 – Dean Poole
2016 – Robert McGregor
2017 – Chris Jennings
2018 – Jon Cartwright
2019 – Javier Aparicio

Are we going to crown a seventh different winner in 2020…?
It all gets underway with the draft day in Southampton, on Saturday September 5th. We’ll be in exactly the same venue as the last three years (the Hampshire Room, at the Ibis Hotel, just near Southampton Central railway station). In case we have any newcomers to the league I can post some more details with directions, local hotels etc later on.


Here is the list of managers who are confirmed for the 2020 league. Once people have signed up, and paid up, I will add their names onto the list.

  1. Jon Cartwright – Southampton, Hampshire
  2. Sean Connors - Daventry, Northants
  3. Noel Symonds - Merstham, Surrey
  4. Shani Senaratne - Amersham, Bucks
  5. Robert McGregor – Dublin, Ireland
  6. Chris Jennings – Leamington Spa, Warwickshire
  7. Dan Nichols – Middlesbrough, Teesside

I am taking entries from returning managers first - until the end of May.
If you didn’t play last year, but are interested, please let me know and I will add you to the waiting list – once we reach the end of May, I will contact the waiting list in order to offer any places that have freed up.
After that, it is open to anyone!


  1. Dan A
  2. Shane
  3. Mark D

League Rules and Regulations


£125 entry fee

The cost of the draft board and stickers for draft day, plus the cost of room hire, plus any other odds and ends needed for set up will come to about £200 ish - everything else will go to prizes.

The exact prizes will depend on how many managers join the league, and will be confirmed here in good time well before the season. If we get a full complement of 16 like last season, the first prize will once again be a cool £1,000!

The majority of the prize fund will go to the winners and runners up, with a few smaller prizes on offer to keep everyone in with a chance of getting something back.

League Set Up

There will be a 13 week regular season. At the end of that time, the top 8 teams will reach the playoffs (teams are ranked on number of wins - where two or more teams are level, total points scored is the tiebreaker).

For week 14, the number 1 seed will choose their opponent from the other 7 playoff qualifiers. Then the other six playoff qualifiers will be paired off automatically (highest remaining seed plays lowest remaining seed, second highest plays second lowest etc)

For week 15, the highest seed still in the competition will choose their opponent from the other 3 remaining teams. Then the other two remaining teams will be paired.

NOTE: I am currently assuming the usual 13 week regular season and 3 week playoffs. If the league agrees to extend the ‘real’ season by a week, I may have to re-assess. Will let everyone know in plenty of time!!

The roster will be: QB, 2RBs, 2WRs, 1TE, 1DEF, 1K, 1 Flex RB/WR/TE, 6 bench spots.

Scoring will be the default taken from the nfl.com fantasy league except where noted below:

The only difference to standard scoring is: individual offensive players will score 6 points for any touchdown they score, including punt returns and kick off returns. So if Tyreek Hill catches a punt and takes it back for a score, both Hill, and also the Chiefs defence / special teams will score points for this

As with last year, we will use WAB (Waiver Acquisition Budget) for making in-season player pick-ups. All managers will have 200 waiver points for the season, and 3 ways they can use them:

On draft day, each manager will submit a private bid of 0 to 200 points. The manager with the highest bid gets first choice of draft spot, next highest has second choice etc (two or more managers with the same bid will draw lots for priority). Each team will then have the amount of their bid deducted from their 200 points, to leave their remaining budget for the season

During weekly waivers all managers can use any or all of their budget to bid for unowned players (as detailed on the nfl.com fantasy site)

During the season, all managers can use any or all of their budget as part of a trade deal (for example Manager A gives Aaron Rodgers to manager B, in exchange for Daniel Jones and 50 waiver points)

Hi Jon - as ever, love to have another go, but dependent on work situation. I’ll confirm either way before the May deadline. I’d hate to leave the league on last year’s abysmal showing! Andy.


I’m in - gotta (well wanna) win one day!

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