The Westgate Hosts 2016 FFPC

Free Thursday Night’s Stay & Discounted FFPC Rates

After quite a bit of anticipation, we are happy to finally announce the Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino as the new home for the FFPC beginning this year. While we all enjoyed our time at Caesars, we made this change for various reasons, and overall we are super excited about the FFPC’s future at the Westgate Resort and Casino.As you know from our previous emails or from following the national media,

fantasy sports is going through a tumultuous time. While these may have seemed like daily fantasy sports (DFS)-only issues, your season-long hobby is also impacted. Nevada was one of the first states where the legality of DFS was questioned, and a ruling came down in October banning DFS from the state.While we were able to get clarification from the Nevada Gaming Control Board that this ruling would not impede the FFPC’s ability to operate in Nevada, most of the hotels and casinos in the city of Las Vegas had already been put on edge in regards to working with any businesses within the fantasy industry. As a result, we quickly learned that placing the FFPC in a new venue for 2016 was not going to be easy, especially given that Caesars Palace had already informed us that they did not have the space available for the FFPC events.

Along came the Westgate which understood that DFS was the target of fantasy regulations in Nevada, and the resort had little qualms about opening its doors to the FFPC. In fact, after numerous conversations with the Westgate team, we realized that we may have finally found a venue that was truly welcoming to our group. Going forward, we expect the Westgate to be a fantastic FFPC partner.

So why is the Westgate such a great new home?  Allow me to go over the details:

The 2016 FFPC Live Events will be exactly as you are used to seeing them. All festivities will be held inside a spacious renovated ballroom with plenty of great food and a free Opening Game Viewing Party on Thursday, September 8th,

just like always. This year we’ll have free Wi-Fi in the FFPC ballroom, something we’ve never been able to offer at Caesars. We also made sure that Westgate’s drink prices at the FFPC Live Event bars won’t break the bank the way they do in most hotels on the Vegas Strip. So no more $11 cocktails or $10 beer!Many FFPC players chose not to stay at Caesars in the past because of its room rates. While Westgate rooms aren’t too pricey to begin with, we’ve been able to negotiate an even better rate for the FFPC group.

Just $75 per night for Friday and Saturday’s stay and $45 for all other nights (+tax & a reduced $15 resort fee). And these rooms have recently been fully renovated by the Westgate since they took over the property.Here’s the best part: We want to invite as many of our loyal FFPC players as possible to join us in Las Vegas this year, and what better way to get you on that plane than to offer

a free Thursday night stay to FFPC players! There is no obligation to stay any other nights at the Westgate. To get the free Thursday, simply register for the 2016 FFPC Main Event by the Early Bird Deadline of Tuesday, May 31st 2016. (The free night is for Thursday, September 8th, 2016 with only one room per FFPC Main Event primary owner regardless of how many teams are purchased. It is only applicable to players in the live, in-person Main Event drafts.)Speaking of the Main Event, we expect this year to be our largest live Main Event ever thanks to the competitive room rates and all the perks of the Westgate. If there ever was a year to make the trip to Vegas, this is it!

Not only does the Westgate feature the largest sportsbook in the world, the resort and casino will surely be taken over by FFPC players for Week 1 of the NFL season. (We’re also looking into having a Sunday viewing party for the games as well. we just need to persuade our new friends at Westgate a bit more. More details on that as we get closer to making it a reality.)So

don’t delay in registering for the FFPC Main Event and planning your entire trip! Below are three easy ways for you to book your Westgate hotel stay:

IMPORTANT: To reserve your free Thursday night, you must use Option #3 below and be a registered owner in the 2016 FFPC Main Event live draft. 
  1. Book online by going to  https://resweb.passkey.com/go/SFFPC6R.
  2. Book by phone by calling the Westgate directly at (800) 635-7711. Remember to use the group code “SFFPC6R“.
  3. For special requests or personal service, please contact the FFPC Live Event group host Greg Sidoris at (216) 299-5390 or (855) VIP-HOST. You can also email him at greg@casinoconnectionusa.com.
While the 2016 FFPC is sure to be a superb event, we do realize it may not be for everyone. So if you do prefer to stay at another location or want to be closer to the strip, you are welcomed to do so. The Westgate is not that far away, and we’ll see you there for all the festivities!


Please Help Support the SBFSTA

As we reported to you last week, the Small Businesses of Fantasy Sports Trade Association’s (SBFSTA) launch and appearance in New York was successful with more than 200 sites posting our press release and dozens more writing articles, shooting video packages and covering our actions. While the New York bill is expected to be modified thanks in part to the SBFSTA’s work and lobbying, the fight to defend fantasy sports continues on, this week in Illinois.

If you live in Illinois or know someone who does, we encourage you to get in contact with your legislator, schedule a sit-down metting with them and explain to them why the FFPC and fantasy sports is much larger than just DraftKings and FanDuel. If you want to find out who your legislators are or get some talking points on a conversation with them. Just send Eric Balkman an email at eric@myffpc.com, and he will be happy to help!

More than ever, we need your financial support. Please consider becoming an SBFSTA player member or donating to the SBFSTA cause at SBFSTA.org.These funds go to the travel budgets for SBFSTA representatives and lobbysists as they meet with legislators in the states with pending bills to make sure our (and your) voices are heard!

 

Live Drafts Filling Up at Westgate

Now that you know where you’ll be drafting and crafting your 2016 fantasy football teams, we encourage you to sign up for the Live Auctions, Big Payback, Live DraftExperts, High Society and Varsity leagues all right now at MyFFPC.com. I would urge you to register soon as many of them are already close to selling out for this season!Because of player demand, we added a second High Society, a second Varsity and a second $750 Auction. In case you missed out on the first go-round, you can jump into one of those now. And if you already got in on the first league offered, you can still pop in and draft in the second one, too!


Still Time To Start Up Your Dynasty

While we only have one orphan team left, we have three open start-up leagues that are set to draft next month. Interested in acquiring a do-it-all running back like Utah’s Devontae Booker? Then just click here, complete the registration, and you’re in! 

In order to buy the orphan team listed at the link above, just send Dave your offer via email at dave@myffpc.com, and he’ll let you know how you can take care of your deposit and entry fee for 2016.

Mandal Kicks Off HSFF Hour Season Five

Reigning FFPC $500 Dynasty #20 League champion Biplab Mandal joins Dave and Eric on Friday night. He’ll share with them on how he has been able to find success so early in his high stakes career and what his preferred methods are in constructing high performance dynasty squads. Plus, your calls, emails and tweets all answered on The High Stakes Fantasy Football Hour!
The High Stakes Fantasy Football Hour airs Friday nights at 10/9c, and the Mandal episode can be heard here. You can also hang out with the high stakes players in the show’s chat room if you want to listen live, but you an always listen on-demand via iTunesStitcher Radio or TuneIn Radio on your iPhone or Android device as well.


Snag a Team in an Early Draft League

While the NFL Draft is still a few weeks away, you can be drafting guys like Dez Braynt right now in both Classic and DraftExperts leagues at the FFPC today! Get a head-start on scooping up preseason values now before those players ascend up draft boards.

2016 Slow Best Ball online satellites at the $35, $77 and $250 entry fees areopen for registration and many have completed already. These drafts begin right after all 12 spots are filled, and the prize structure is the same as 2015.

The vast majority of rookies expected to be drafted in this year’s NFL draft are already loaded and available to be drafted in these leagues, too. If you don’t see a rookie you’re looking for, please email dave@myffpc.com.

We are always in-season at the FFPC. Get in on the fun now!

I’m looking forward to seeing you at the Westgate in a few months, players! Here’s hoping to September being here before you know it!

Sincerely,

Chris Lambert
The Fantasy Football Players Championship
MyFFPC.com


4 Days Out From the Playoff Challenge

I don’t know how you are choosing to spend your four days out leading up to the World Famous FFPC/Footballguys Playoff Challengebut (hopefully) none of you take a page from the Walter White/Jesse Pinkman handbook and are “cooking” in the New Mexico wilderness. Not playing in this year’s contest would truly be breaking bad on your part given the massive prize pool and a $200,000 grand prize.

Given that only one player can be selected per NFL playoff team, tough choices must be made on each squad. Dez Bryant just set the Cowboys regular season record for touchdown catches while his teammate DeMarco Murray just broke the franchise season record in rushing. But you can only pick one. Perhaps the shootout potential makes Calvin Johnson a viable choice for a one-week monster performance in your lineup, too. The Lions/Cowboys game will be a big one to consider for the purposes of this contest.

With that in mind, what are you waiting for? Just under 35 percent of the 3,750 possible entries have been sold. If you wait until Saturday morning to sign up, all of the product might be sold out. So don’t delay: Get your teams now, and build your lineups before kickoff Saturday afternoon. Here is the schedule for Wild Card Weekend:

Saturday, January 3rd

#5 Arizona Cardinals at #4 Carolina Panthers, 4:35 p.m. ET
#6 Baltimore Ravens at #3 Pittsburgh Steelers, 8:15 p.m. ET

Sunday, January 4th

#5 Cincinnati Bengals at #4 Indianapolis Colts, 1:00 p.m. ET
#6 Detroit Lions at #3 Dallas Cowboys, 4:40 p.m. ET

First Round Byes

#1 New England Patriots, #2 Denver Broncos
#1 Seattle Seahawks, #2 Green Bay Packers

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The FFPC/Footballguys Playoff Challenge

Have you mulled over strategy decisions but not gotten your teams yet? Time is starting ti run short on registering for the  FFPC/Footballguys.com Playoff Challenge. This year’s contest will be capped at 3,750 entries and will pay cash to all teams finishing in the top 500. The grand prize will be our biggest ever for this challenge: $200,000. And with the entry fee remaining at just $200 in a prize pool of more than $600,000, you have excellent odds of cashing in this contest. Here are the details on the 2014 edition:

  • $200 entry fee per team
  • FFPC scoring
  • Each team will consist of 10 NFL players in the FFPC starting roster format.
  • Please remember that each playoff entry team can have no more than one player from each NFL playoff team.

The full prize structure is listed below:

Place                     Prize

  • 1st                          $200,000 Grand Prize
  • 2nd                         $40,000
  • 3rd                          $20,000
  • 4th                          $10,000
  • 5th                          $9,000
  • 6th                          $8,000
  • 7th                          $7,500
  • 8th                          $7,500
  • 9th                          $7,000
  • 10th                        $6,000
  • 11th                        $5,000
  • 12th                        $5,000
  • 13th                        $4,500
  • 14th                        $4,500
  • 15th                        $4,000
  • 16th                        $3,500
  • 17th                        $3,500
  • 18th                        $3,000
  • 19th                        $3,000
  • 20th                        $3,000
  • 21st to 40th            $2,500 each
  • 41st to 60th            $1,500 each
  • 61st to 80th            $1,000 each
  • 81st to 100th          $750 each
  • 101st to 200th        $500 each
  • 201st to 300th        $400 each
  • 301st to 400th        $300 each
  • 401st to 500th        $200 each

The tournament will run through the duration of the NFL Playoffs, and you can start signing up now by clicking here. For further information and full contest rules, just click here. Remember, this is the first year the contest is capped, so make sure you secure your teams now so you don’t miss out.

Miller/Neblett Earn $25,000 For Big Payback I

While Matt Ryan’s 20.8 points was the high scorer for Paul Miller and Josh Neblett’s Cl $5k team in the Big Payback I league, the former FFPC Main Event champs still came out on top of the second place David Hubbard and the MustSeeTV Franchise with a two-week score of 291.9-283.7. Cl $5k became tough to beat after a Week 15 162.9 score that featured 25.2 from Ryan and 35.4 from Dez Bryant. Miller and Neblett take home $25,000 for first place while Hubbard pockets $15,000 for second.

Hubbard and third place finisher Garrett Lerner also earned $5,000 each for being the top two seeds going into the playoffs. Lerner’s Haynoch BP squad banked an additional $5,000 for placing third in the playoffs.

Summer Cashes $25,000 in Big Payback II

 With so many heavy hitters in the Big Payback II league, it wasn’t likely that one team would be able to run away with the title in the playoffs. But that’s just what Darren Summer’s Royale With Cheese squad did. Summer’s 303.2 easily distanced second place finisher Lerners Larps’ 235.65 score. Summer was led by Odell Beckham’s 34.8 points, Antonio Brown’s 20.2 and Ryan’s 20.8 in Week 16 to take home the $25,000 purse.

The Larps–owned by Herbert Johnson–could not get an explosive enough Week 16 to catch Summer. But finishing in second got him a  not-too-shabby $15,000 prize. Jack Haan’s Mighty To Save BP placed third for $5,000, too. Haan along with the fourth place Sexy Loves Sandwiches team owned by Gary Miller and John Modaff each received $5,000 for going into the playoffs with the top two seeds.

Props to the winners of both Big Payback leagues in 2014 for winning among such tough competition. I’ll keep updating you on the other big FFPC winners throughout the week. If you weren’t a big winner this year, there’s still a little time left to become one in the Playoff Challenge today!

Eric Balkman
The Fantasy Football Players Championship
www.myFFPC.com


Tony Treiber Assumes Main Event Lead

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Is there anything Odell Beckham, Jr. can’t do? That’s the question many of us asked as we shook our heads with a smile (or a frown) while we watched the rookie decimate yet another secondary Sunday afternoon. But one FFPC player that was nodding his head in joyous approval was Stairway to 7 owner Tony Treiber. Thanks in part to Beckham’s monster 44.3 points, his squad has ascended to the top of the heap in the 2014 Main Event with a 12.95-point lead over the second place Nanush team owned by Allen Patatanyan.

What makes Treiber’s success so far even more impressive is that Stairway to 7 is his only high stakes squad this year. Besides Beckham’s effort, Le’Veon Bell (28.9) and Tony Romo (25.15) also contributed to Stairway’s 191.05 score this weekend. But Treiber may be without stud running back DeMarco Murray, who notched 21.4 points in Week 15, for the final week of the FFPC season. Time will tell if Murray will give it a go this weekend.

Patatanyan’s team also cracked the 190-point barrier to shoot into second place overall. While he also had Bell and Romo going, he did not have Beckham. His Nanush team did have a different wide receiver that tallied three touchdowns, though: Dez Bryant. The Cowboys’ charismatic pass-catcher’s 35.4 paired with Rob Gronkowski’s 20.1 was good enough to leapfrog last week’s leader Shelly Fossum’s Naked Bootlegs 3 team that fell to third.

The top score of the Main Event Championship Round of 198.6 was earned by Dan Seidenfaden’s Camel Toe Assassins. The Assassins now settle into fourth place in the Main Event due to big performances from Beckham, Bryant and Gronkowski, as well as Greg Olsen’s 26. Less than two points behind Seidenfaden is KME5, owned by the duo of Chris Holland and Alex Blake. Holland and Blake supplemented their big scores from Beckham and Bell with Matt Ryan’s 25.2

With just one week to go, no one is running away with this title. The top 20 after Week 15 are below in what is shaping up to be an exciting contest that will be decided at the wire Monday night:

  1. Stairway to 7 – Tony Treiber – 567.42
  2. Nanush – Allen Patatanyan – 554.47
  3. Naked Boot Legs 3 – Shelly Fossum – 549.19
  4. Camel Toe Assassins – Dan Seidenfaden – 544.6
  5. KME5 – Chris Holland/Alex Blake – 543.22
  6. Wounded Hitmen – Jon Hendrickson – 530.82
  7. DPDOGS2 (AKA RUNNING BACK U) – marc martilotta – 528.67
  8. STALLIONS 2 – Craig Katz – 527.34
  9. DrOlson – David Olson – 525.57
  10. Doomsday Blasters – Gilbert Brovar/Mike Nazarek – 523.39
  11. Awopaho – Ken Monzingo – 521.1
  12. Alexandra the Great – Michael Gionet – 519.12
  13. MoneyBall – Patrick Daly – 518.76
  14. Fantasy Consultant – Leonard Moyger – 517.23
  15. 5th Base – Chris Sessions – 514.8
  16. Fantasy Mainiacs R2 – roger Gifford – 514.7
  17. Dimentia52 – Boris Kagalovsky – 511.18
  18. Footballwerks 2 – Andrew Howard – 510.65
  19. Eat Fresh – Jeffrey Kaplow – 509.47
  20. Crotch Doc and The Rocket – Matthew Jones – 509.3

To see the entire FFPC Championship Round leader board, simply log into your FFPC account, and click here.

Jon Kain

Kain Retains Slim FPC Lead

 

Despite scoring just more than half of what his team notched in Week 14, Jon Kain’s JoKa squad remained in first place in the Footballguys Players Championship with only one week of action to go. JoKa did have Beckham and Gronkowski go for more than 60 points to keep a 3.66-point lead over second place Roger goODELL’s the bomb team owned by James Siple. The fact that Kain is sitting above so many teams after only scoring a 144.55 is truly a testament to his Week 14 dominance. We had Kain on The High Stakes Fantasy Football Hour this past Friday to talk about how he assembled that squad and what it was like watching those touchdowns pile up. To listen to his interview, just click here.

Siple’s team, on the other hand, enjoyed a fantastic Week 15 by being the highest scoring team in the Championship Round this week with a 209.4. Thanks to the Killer B’s of Beckham, Bryant and Bell, Roger goODELL’s the bomb vaulted from nowhere all the way into second place, nearly taking the overall lead if it wasn’t for Jay Cutler’s sub-par performance on Monday Night Football. Now, Siple finds himself in prime position to cash in on a $300,000 grand prize.

Matthew Donovan’s Character Zero (fourth place) and John Daniel’s Goat District FC (fifth place) also both topped the 200-point plateau, but neither of their scores were good enough to knock Shawn Mathavorn’s Douglas 702 out of third place. As you can see from the top-40 leader board below, it really is anyone’s title for the claiming, considering this week’s second place team was nowhere to be found near the top last week:

  1. JoKa – Jonathan kain – 575.75
  2. Roger goODELL’s the bomb – James Siple – 572.09
  3. Douglas702 – Shawn Mathavor –                561.45
  4. Character Zero – Matthew Donovan – 559.7
  5. Goat District FC – John Daniel – 556.17
  6. Pound4Pound – Wayne Ferguson – 553.19
  7. Mr. Cee’s Crew – Carl Borgatti – 548.25
  8. beat wizard – ryan beyer – 542.92
  9. Copperheads – Walter Brown – 542.28
  10. Nunzio1 – Louis Dattomo – 540.96
  11. M&M – greg Wilson – 540.72
  12. It Ertz when Eifert – Mark Matovinovic – 538.51
  13. Sharks – Daniel Meyer – 538.39
  14. JohnstonBrothers – Aaron Johnston – 537.1
  15. Nut Powder 9 – Chad .Butterfield – 536.64
  16. To the Cloud – Taylor Spriggel – 534.63
  17. Cocktails and Dreams – Chad Schroeder – 534.56
  18. 9 Route – Mike Gustafson – 531.81
  19. OakleysLuv33 – Joshua McIntyre – 530.42
  20. Tbd – James Duggan – 530.16
  21. Can’t Lose – Eric Kleser – 529.17
  22. Chip n’a Chair 4 – Craig Baumgardner – 528.04
  23. Gordon vs Blackmon – Dennis Rhodes – 527.92
  24. practice4 – Josh Neblett – 526.77
  25. 3rd Down Ducks – Donald Bjork – 524.94
  26. Naaiers – cory neiderman – 524.85
  27. JRDogs 4 – Joseph Pike – 524.58
  28. Smashmouth Bucs – Keith Tucker – 523.94
  29. Aunt Jemima I – John Terry – 522.51
  30. Gang Luciana – Anthony Torre – 521.91
  31. SeaPeatToo – John Williams – 521.89
  32. H.O.T. DOGG – david gralnick – 521.79
  33. Albuquerque Turkeys (DJ) – Jacob Neff – 521.66
  34. The Harbinger – Tim Neal – 520.45
  35. Weak Sauce – Mel Clifford – 519.8
  36. Topdogs – Casey Weibel – 518.78
  37. Under the Golden Dome – William O’Rourke – 518.54
  38. ATL Pride – Tyler Badger – 516.98
  39. Megatron – Mark Jastrzebski – 516.9
  40. The Wu-Gambinos – Jeff Welch – 515.2

To see the entire Footballguys Players Championship Round leader board, simply log into your FFPC account and click here.

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Vieyra Trying To Keep Joe Streak Alive

It has become a two-horse race in this year’s Pros Vs. Joes competition with a Joe squaring off against a Pro in the final week. An FFPC Joe, Rob Vieyra, is currently leading the Rotoexperts.com team owned by Tim McCullough by just 11.65 points. The next closest competitor–Footballguys.com’s Sigmund Bloom–sits in third place, nearly 200 points behind the two top dogs. As a reminder, no Pro has ever won this contest in its six-year history.

The leaders in each Pros Vs. Joe league are also similarly split evenly between Pros and Joes. Joining Vieyra as Joes leading their leagues are Chris Holland and Alex Blake’s Kimura DE Pros vs. Joes and Derek Lee’s Love My Johnson’s. In addition to McCullough and Bloom, FantasyGuru.com’s John Hansen is on top of his league as well. Each league champion will win a 2015 FFPC Main Event team. The top 10 overall are below, featuring six Joes and four Pros:

  1. Munsterpiece – Rob Vieyra – Joe – 2922.4
  2. RotoExperts.com – Tim McCullough – Pro – 2910.75
  3. Footballguys.com – Sigmund Bloom – Pro – 2728
  4. Fantasyguru.com – John Hansen – Pro – 2616.5
  5. KIMURA DE Pros v Joes – Chris Holland/Alex Blake – Joe – 2597.3
  6. Footballguys.com – Austin Lee/Alessandro Miglio – Pro – 2595.6
  7. Ho Hummers n Goose Eggs (PvJ) – Michael Guzylak – Joe – 2580.35
  8. Slapshot Regatta – Robb Noye – Joe – 2549.1
  9. Love My Johnson’s – Derek Lee – Joe – 2537.3
  10. Mystery Tramp David Fowler – Joe – 2534.25

 

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The FFPC Playoff Challenge Is Open

Two lucky individuals will each cash a $300,000 check after Week 16. But that doesn’t mean we’re done awarding six-figure prizes this season. The World Famous FFPC Playoff Challenge is open for registration for 2014. This year’s contest will be capped at 3,750 entries and will pay cash to all teams finishing in the top 500. The grand prize will be our biggest ever for this challenge: $200,000. And with the entry fee remaining at just $200 in a prize pool of more than $600,000, you now have your chance to win big in February fantasy football. Here are the details on the 2014 edition:

  • $200 entry fee per team
  • FFPC scoring
  • Each team will consist of 10 NFL players in the FFPC starting roster format.
  • Each playoff entry team can have no more than one player from each NFL playoff team.

The full prize structure is listed below:

Place                     Prize

  • 1st                          $200,000 Grand Prize
  • 2nd                         $40,000
  • 3rd                          $20,000
  • 4th                          $10,000
  • 5th                          $9,000
  • 6th                          $8,000
  • 7th                          $7,500
  • 8th                          $7,500
  • 9th                          $7,000
  • 10th                        $6,000
  • 11th                        $5,000
  • 12th                        $5,000
  • 13th                        $4,500
  • 14th                        $4,500
  • 15th                        $4,000
  • 16th                        $3,500
  • 17th                        $3,500
  • 18th                        $3,000
  • 19th                        $3,000
  • 20th                        $3,000
  • 21st to 40th            $2,500 each
  • 41st to 60th            $1,500 each
  • 61st to 80th            $1,000 each
  • 81st to 100th          $750 each
  • 101st to 200th        $500 each
  • 201st to 300th        $400 each
  • 301st to 400th        $300 each
  • 401st to 500th        $200 each

The tournament will run through the duration of the NFL Playoffs, and you can start signing up now or read further information and full rules by clicking here. Remember, this is the first year the contest is capped, so make sure you secure your teams now so you don’t miss out.

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Listen To the HSFF Hour Friday

This Friday at 10/9c, you can tune into The High Stakes Fantasy Football Hour to hear from Dave Gerczak and me. Our show producers are working hard to secure a guest from the top of the Main Event or Footballguys leader boards as we speak.

This Friday, we’ll talk about what you should be doing if you own DeMarco Murray, C.J. Spiller, Fred Jackson and more. The link to the show is here. You can listen to archived shows there, download them free from the iTunes store, listen to them on-demand on Stitcher Radio or hear them on the TuneIn Radio app on your mobile device.

 

This Is the Last Week For FFPC Leagues

To confirm, this IS the final week. It is indeed Championship Week for the FFPC Main Event, Footballguys Players Championship, ancillary leagues, dynasty, auction, draft experts and all FFPC satellite leagues. (And any other leagues I may have forgotten to mention.) Congratulations go out as well to all FFPC Main Event league playoff prize winners!

Good luck in Week 16, players! The Championship Round enters its final leg on Thursday, and champions will be crowned across the FFPC tournament and ancillary leagues on Monday night!

Eric Balkman
The Fantasy Football Players Championship
www.myFFPC.com


The Championship Round Begins

Houston Texans vs. Tennessee Titans

Congratulations to all league champions in both the FFPC Main Event and the Footballguys Players Championship. The FFPC also wishes best of luck to all playoff teams in the ancillary, VP Money, dynasty and satellite leagues this coming week as well. With Week 14 upon us, every single classic format FFPC and FPC league has now entered the playoff stage of the season, so it’s going to be a fun three-week ride leading into the holidays. The FFPC and FPC Championship, Consolation and Toilet Bowl Leaderboards are all active now as well, so you can see where you currently stack up among the rest of the field. Please bear in mind, you will need to be logged into your account to view the leaderboards.
This week begins the most thrilling three weeks in fantasy football. More than $4,000,000 will be won over the next 21 days in the FFPC. Weeks 14 through 16 will determine the $300,000 FFPC Main Event winner and the Footballguys Players Championship $300,000 winner, as well as countless other prize winners. Championship round winners will be determined based on each team’s combined total points scored during weeks 14, 15 and 16 added to its one-game average from the regular season.

Potential Stat Changes

The FFPC and FPC utilize the official stats from Elias Sports Bureau, including all stat changes that could be announced and finalized as late as Friday at 3 p.m. ET (although most are announced on Thursday). So if you were involved in a close head-to-head match-up in your league championship game this past weekend, please remember that the results will not be final until Friday because of potential stat changes that could impact those match-ups.

Waivers Open for Classic Playoff Teams

Owners that made the playoffs in FFPC Classic Satellite leagues still have waivers for Weeks 14, 15 and 16. Please remember to place your bids by tomorrow night at 10 p.m. ET. Waivers will also be processed on Friday as well. Again, this is only for FFPC Classic Satellite leagues. The waiver wires for the Main Event and the Footballguys Players Championship are locked for the remainder of the season.

 

World Famous FFPC Playoff Challenge

With the playoffs arriving for all FFPC leagues this week, it won’t be long until we shift our focus to the NFL playoffs as well. The World Famous FFPC Playoff Challenge will be capped at 3,750 entries and will pay cash to all teams finishing in the top 500. The grand prize will be our biggest ever for this challenge: $200,000. And with the entry fee remaining at just $200 in a prize pool of more than $600,000, you’ll have your opportunity to cash a huge check in just a couple months. Here’s the contest in a nutshell:
$200 entry fee per team
FFPC scoring
Each team will consist of 10 NFL players in the FFPC starting roster format.
Each playoff entry team can have no more than one player from each NFL playoff team.
The full prize structure is listed below:

Place Prize
1st $200,000 Grand Prize
2nd $40,000
3rd $20,000
4th $10,000
5th $9,000
6th $8,000
7th $7,500
8th $7,500
9th $7,000
10th $6,000
11th $5,000
12th $5,000
13th $4,500
14th $4,500
15th $4,000
16th $3,500
17th $3,500
18th $3,000
19th $3,000
20th $3,000
21st to 40th $2,500 each
41st to 60th $1,500 each
61st to 80th $1,000 each
81st to 100th $750 each
101st to 200th $500 each
201st to 300th $400 each
301st to 400th $300 each
401st to 500th $200 each
The tournament will run through the duration of the NFL Playoffs, and you can start signing up well before the completion of the NFL regular season. For further information and full contest rules, just click here.

 

Sadis on HSFF Hour Friday

This Friday at 10/9c, you can tune into The High Stakes Fantasy Football Hour to hear from this week’s guest Mike Sadis. A 15-year fantasy football veteran from New Jersey, Sadis has managed one of his two Footballguys Players Championship teams into second place in the Championship Round, less than three points out of first place.

Dave Gerczak and I will also offer some advice on setting your Week 14 lineups, and we’ll also talk a little bit about the 2015 season, as many of us have started looking forward to next year’s draft season already. The link to the show is here. You can listen to archived shows there, download them free from the iTunes store, listen to them on-demand on Stitcher Radio or hear them on the TuneIn Radio app on your mobile device.

Good Luck in the Championship Round

This is the time of year you’ve been looking forward to since you drafted your squad, players! I wish each of you good luck during this three-week sprint. But more importantly, I hope you enjoy the ride as much as I will. 🙂

Good luck in Week 14, players!

Eric Balkman
The Fantasy Football Players Championship
www.myFFPC.com


Gionet Clings To Main Event’s Top Spot

 

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Despite a furious rally from Thomas Glaze’s make n it wayne, Michael Gionet’s Alexandra the Great made it through Week 10 in first place in the FFPC Main Event. While Gionet’s squad put up a rather ordinary 140.3 points, he did get a massive performance from Marshawn Lynch (41.3 points). Interestingly enough, Gionet did not want to risk a zero from Martellus Bennett, who was listed as questionable for Sunday Night Football, so he started Jared Cook and his 17.4 points at tight end instead.

The story of the week though was Glaze’s squad that put up a sparkling 205.05 points. Led by Aaron Rogers’ 39.75 points, Glaze’s lineup was strong almost everywhere else, too. His receiver duo of Mike Evans (25.5), and Emmanuel Sanders (24.2) was joined by Justin Forsett’s 23.2 and the Cardinals’ defense’s 24 points to round out the rest of his 20+ point-scorers this week. Glaze shot up from fifth to second place, with fewer than six points keeping him out of first.

Major props also go to Kevin Borg’s KOKO S CONNECTION 2. Despite having TY Hilton on a bye, the Lynch owner also had Peyton Manning and Julius Thomas combine for 62.3 points en route to a 218.7-point tally that vaulted him from outside of the top-20 into seventh place overall. Borg also enjoyed 20+-point performances from Martavis Bryant (24.3), Anquan Boldin (21.5) and Greg Olsen (20.9).

I also want to wish good luck to Todd Roberts’ The F Hounds 2.0, Kip Lockwood’s Nimrods and Michael Sheffer’s The Return of Ashley and Ally I as they are the only three undefeated Main Event teams left. Each of them will try to notch perfect regular seasons in Week 11.

Here are the top 20 teams after 10 weeks of Main Event action:

  1. Alexandra the Great – Michael Gionet – 1690.6
  2. make n it wayne – Thomas Glaze – 1684.65
  3. TBD – Gerald Schwartz – 1656.65
  4. MustSeeTV Franchise – Hubbarrd/Pierson/Sousa/DOC – 1656.1
  5. Nvisasin – richard beard – 1644.9
  6. The Return of Ashley and Ally I – Michael Sheffer – 1641.45
  7. KOKO S KONNECTION 2 – Kevin Borg – 1637.15
  8. Naked Boot Legs 3 – Shelly Fossum – 1625.05
  9. TheOriginalBrains – Bill Hunter Jr – 1619.95
  10. Camel Toe Assassins – Dan Seidenfaden – 1618.35
  11. Amish Rake Fight 1 – Giuseppe Liantonio – 1616
  12. Footballwerks 2 – Andrew Howard – 1613.55
  13. Rated R For Gore – Craig Strang – 1612.75
  14. Nvisasin II – richard beard – 1600.8
  15. Awopaho – Ken Monzingo – 1596.85
  16. Team Shocker I – Jason Conn – 1589.9
  17. El Diablos – Peter Bronstein – 1582.35
  18. Riverdog – Todd Ullman – 1581.7
  19. The F Hounds 2.0 – Todd Roberts – 1581.15
  20. No Mercy III – Brian Owens – 1580.75

Tate Continues To Sit Atop FBG Players Championship

While the field closed the gap on him slightly, Walt Tate and his Rebels II team continues to be the squad everyone else in the Footballguys Players Championship is chasing. Tate did suffer a loss this week, but thanks to good outings from Drew Brees, Evans and Olsen, he still put up a 141.3. Rebels II is also the only team in the entire contest that has notched more than 1,700 points on the season–great job, Walt!

Nipping at Tate’s heels is 2012 FFPC Main Event champion Josh Neblett and his practice10 team. Thanks to Jimmy Graham’s 34.6 and Julius Thomas’ 27.3, as well as Martavis Bryant’s 24.3 and Brandin Cooks 20 points, Neblett’s 167.55 moved him from fifth to second place overall. Neither Tate nor Neblett can relax because also lurking in the top 20 are Chris Holland and the MustSeeTV franchise–the owners of both teams led the FFPC Main Event at one time or another in 2014 as well.

13 teams will go for perfect 11-0 records this week in the FPC, including Neblett’s practice4 as well as Matthew Donovan’s Character Zero, which sits in third place overall of the contest. Despite not getting a third straight six-touchdown performance from Ben Roethlisberger this week, Shepherd still watched his squad put up a 183.15 thanks to the Cardinals defense, Boldin, Olsen, Demaryius Thomas and Denard Robinson all notching more than 20 points.

Here are the top 40 teams in the FPC after 10 weeks of play:

  1. Rebels II – Walt Tate – 1721.85
  2. practice10 – Josh Neblett – 1696.9
  3. Character Zero – Matthew Donovan – 1687
  4. Jersey44 – Michael Sadis – 1677.2
  5. Serenity Now – Rick Ramaker – 1676.2
  6. Chip n’a Chair 4 – Craig Baumgardner – 1673.45
  7. Majestichammer – matthew sabol – 1666.55
  8. Floaters 8 – Aram Megerian – 1659.05
  9. My Tribe FBG II – Carlos Kessler – 1653.4
  10. KIMURA 44 – Chris Holland – 1651.55
  11. Drinkin’ Fortes – John Kitts – 1644.7
  12. It’s a Luck thing – mark verger – 1643.3
  13. ShipIt – Paul Baxter – 1639.95
  14. My Fantasy Dream – Hubbarrd/Pierson/Sousa/DOC – 1636.5
  15. Chrissy’s Derps – Michael Rajtar – 1635.75
  16. Hug Em – michael guardino – 1635.2
  17. FantasyLama1 – Brad Rymer – 1633.8
  18. Hawks3 – Brad Harris – 1631.7
  19. Belichick Yo Self –  – 1631.4
  20. Pittsburgh Payment Plan NAB 4- Brad Johnson- 1629.75
  21. Pennystock IV – Alex Garbett – 1629.5
  22. Jersey giants-1 – joe Campbell – 1626.1
  23. #Quinning2 – Greg H – 1622.95
  24. Ironmiket – Michael Tremper – 1622.2
  25. Wild Cow Gravy – Darryl Kahanek – 1622.1
  26. Los Burros de Ciudad Juarez – Kevin Kramer – 1619.4
  27. The Wooden Crost – Christopher Wood – 1616.55
  28. W’s6 – Robert Wallace – 1614.2
  29. Keegan’s College Fund – Clay Corcoran – 1613.2
  30. Rated R For Gore FPC – Craig Strang – 1612.95
  31. Random Punishment – Brett Pearson – 1611.45
  32. All Storms 2 – Dave Koebele – 1609.9
  33. The DB Academy 2 – Joseph Pike – 1609.75
  34. Under the Golden Dome – William O’Rourke – 1609.55
  35. Big Dogs – Jack Blosky – 1606.9
  36. M&M – greg Wilson – 1606.5
  37. Goat District FC – John Daniel – 1605.8
  38. Diesel – Jimmy B – Mark Deziel – 1605.6
  39. Spider 27 Y Banana – dwain mcfarland – 1604.15
  40. My3Girls +2 – Jeremy Mills – 1604.05

Last Week of Regular Season

One of the most important weeks of the season is upon us, as the FFPC and FPC hold their final regular season games this week. Remember, the playoff seeds are determined by the following criteria:

  1. The team with the best record
  2. The remaining team with the highest point total
  3. The remaining team with the best record
  4. The remaining team with the highest point total


As you can see, points are huge this week. Teams with losing records could make the playoffs if they score enough points, so make sure you are finishing out your season strong. A cursory look at both contests shows that there are still a lot of teams in contention for a playoff spot in Week 11. And even if your squad doesn’t move on to the playoffs, you will start accruing points for the Toilet Bowl competition beginning in Week 12. Good luck to all of you!

World Famous FFPC Playoff Challenge

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As NFL teams begin their stretch run to the playoffs, we know that many of you have begun thinking about the World Famous FFPC Playoff Challenge as well. This year’s event will be capped at 3,750 entries and will pay cash to all teams finishing in the top 500. The grand prize will be our biggest ever for this challenge: $200,000. And with the entry fee remaining at just $200, you could still win life-changing money yet this season. The tournament will run through the duration of the NFL Playoffs, and you can start signing up after the completion of Week 13. For further information and full contest rules, just click here.

Set Those Lineups!

As a friendly reminder, even if your team is out of contention this season, please spend a minute setting your lineup, removing injured players and players on bye for this week. The last thing you want to do is anger the fantasy gods and have their wrath unleashed upon you in the form of bad luck next season. Please those fantasy gods by playing out the string and enjoy the good karma that comes with your actions in 2015. 🙂

The four teams are on bye this week are Baltimore, Dallas, Jacksonville and the New York Jets. So those of you trying to make the playoffs will have to do so without the services of Crockett Gilmore, Cole Beasley, the Jags defense and Bilal Powell. Good luck.

As another reminder, the week’s first round of waivers runs tomorrow night at 10 p.m. ET.  

Happy Veterans Day from the FFPC

A heartfelt thank you goes out from us to all of our veterans that have served–or are currently serving–our country. We certainly wouldn’t be where we’re at, living the lives we’re living or enjoying playing fantasy football to the extent we do today without you. On behalf of Alex, Dave and Chris, I’d like to thank each of you for the sacrifices you made for your country and for us.

We all know someone who has served, so please take a few minutes out of your schedule today, and pay a visit, pick up the phone or send an email to a veteran you know to let them know how appreciative you are. I already did so this morning, and my phone call made his day. Hopefully you can do the same for someone, too.

Good luck in Week 11, players!

Eric Balkman
The Fantasy Football Players Championship
www.myFFPC.com

 


Michael Gionet Reclaims Main Event Lead

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After a six-week absence from the top spot of the FFPC Main Event, Michael Gionet’s Alexandra the Great has ascended to first place once again. Coming straight outta the Potato Stix league, Gionet broke the 200-point plateau thanks to a pair of Jeremys: Maclin (33.8 points) and Hill (29.3). (And one of those Jeremys scored those points even with Mark Sanchez throwing to him!) Also topping more than 20 points for Gionet this week were Marshawn Lynch (31.3), Ronnie Hillman (25.3) and Carson Palmer (23.25). Gionet was also a guest on The High Stakes Fantasy Football Hour this season–you can listen to his interview here. Last week’s top team–the MustSeeTV Franchise owned by David Hubbard, Derek Pierson and Nelson Sousa–only fell to second place, fewer than 25 points behind Gionet. MustSeeTV also had Maclin and Hillman going and also got a good performance from Arian Foster. Giuseppe Liantonio’s Amish Rake Fight 1 surged to third, and this week’s top five is rounded out by Rick Beard’s Nvisasin and Thomas Glaze’s make n it wayne. Beard’s Nvisasin II team stayed in 19th place, as he remains the only player in the contest with two top-20 teams. To hear Beard’s interview this past Friday on The High Stakes Fantasy Football Hour, just click here.

Here are the top 20 teams after nine weeks of Main Event action:

  1. Alexandra the Great – Michael Gionet – 1550.3
  2. MustSeeTV Franchise – Hubbard/Pierson/Sousa – 1525.85
  3. Amish Rake Fight 1 – Giuseppe Liantonio – 1493
  4. Nvisasin – richard beard – 1483
  5. make n it wayne – Thomas Glaze – 1479.6
  6. The Return of Ashley and Ally I – Michael Sheffer – 1473.7
  7. Los Pollos Hermanos – Seth Egnasko – 1471
  8. TBD – Gerald Schwartz – 1466.55
  9. TheOriginalBrains – Bill Hunter Jr – 1459.7
  10. Naked Boot Legs 3 – Shelly Fossum – 1459.3
  11. Team Shocker I – Jason Conn – 1450.6
  12. awopaho – Ken Monzingo – 1448.25
  13. Camel Toe Assassins – Dan Seidenfaden – 1447.75
  14. Footballwerks 2 – Andrew Howard – 1442.75
  15. Go Hawks!!! – Evan Laufer – 1442.55
  16. Ouch! It Ertz! – Ryan Gocken – 1439.55
  17. STALLIONS 2 – Craig Katz – 1438.85
  18. The F Hounds 2.0 – Todd Roberts – 1438.6
  19. Nvisasin II – richard beard – 1435.7
  20. El Diablos – Peter Bronstein – 1432.3

Tate Widens Footballguys Players Championship Lead

Make it three weeks in a row that Walt Tate’s Rebels II squad has sat atop the rest of the Footballguys Players Championship field. Tate’s 165-point tally included a pair of 31.4 marks from receivers Antonio Brown and Mike Evans, and his team is still averaging more than 175 points per week after 9 games. Fewer than 35 points behind Tate and in second place is Rick Ramaker’s Serenity Now. Although it suffered a close defeat this week, Serenity Now was missing both Matt Forte and Golden Tate on bye. Ramaker will be closer to full strength for Week 10. Perhaps the biggest mover into the top-10 this week was Michael Guardino’s Hug Em, which vaulted from 35th to seventh place overall. In addition to Maclin, Brown and Hillman, Hug Em’s 198.15 points were helped out by Emmanuel Sanders (25.1) and Drew Brees (24.05). Here are the top 40 teams in the FPC after nine weeks of play:

  1. Rebels II – Walt Tate – 1580.55
  2. Serenity Now – Rick Ramaker – 1547.9
  3. It’s a Luck thing – mark vergeer – 1543.3
  4. My Tribe FBG II – Carlos Kessler – 1542.75
  5. practice10 – Josh Neblett – 1529.35
  6. Character Zero -Matthew Donovan – 1503.85
  7. Hug Em – michael guardino – 1501.4
  8. Hawks3 – Brad Harris – 1499.65
  9. Naked Boot Legs FBG8 – Shelly Fossum – 1498.45
  10. The DB Academy 2 – Joseph Pike – 1496.8
  11. Floaters 8 – Aram Megerian – 1494.8
  12. Chip n’a Chair 4 – Craig Baumgardner – 1492.8
  13. Pittsburgh Payment Plan NAB 4 – Brad Johnson – 1488.8
  14. FantasyLama1 – Brad Rymer – 1488.75
  15. Jersey44 – Michael Sadis – 1488.05
  16. Wild Cow Gravy – Darryl Kahanek – 1487.45
  17. M&M – greg Wilson – 1486.4
  18. Majestichammer – matthew sabol – 1484.45
  19. Goat District FC – John Daniel – 1483.05
  20. Pennystock IV – Alex Garbett – 1482.4
  21. To the Cloud – Taylor Spriggel – 1482.35
  22. Rated R For Gore FPC – Craig Strang – 1482.3
  23. Drinkin’ Fortes – John Kitts – 1482.15
  24. W’s6 – Robert Wallace – 1481.5
  25. ShipIt – Paul Baxter – 1479.5
  26. Big Dogs – Jack Blosky – 1478.8
  27. Cuban B’s – Michael Oliva – 1472.75
  28. KIMURA 44 – Chris Holland – 1472.15
  29. Yard – Shaun Rodgers – 1470.75
  30. Belichick Yo Self                – 1470.3
  31. Sexual Chocolate- Christian Sander – 1467.95
  32. Triple Threat – Adam Brody – 1466.35
  33. Sienna Slayers B – Mark Deziel – 1464.8
  34. Los Burros de Ciudad Juarez – Kevin Kramer – 1464.55
  35. Nuke The Whales – Ryan Zaborowski – 1463.85
  36. Ironmiket – Michael Tremper – 1462.4
  37. #Quinning2 – Greg H – 1460.75
  38. Team Grubie’s – MATT GRUBERGER – 1459.95
  39. Spider 27 Y Banana – dwain mcfarland – 1459
  40. Chrissy’s Derps – Michael Rajtar – 1457.65

 

World Famous FFPC Playoff Challenge

We’ve hit November, so that means looking forward to our final contest of the season–the World Famous FFPC Playoff Challenge. This year’s event will be capped at 3,750 entries and will pay cash to all teams finishing in the top 500. The grand prize will be our biggest ever for this challenge: $200,000. And with the entry fee remaining at just $200, you could stand to make a big-time payday. The tournament will run through the duration of the NFL Playoffs, and you can start signing up in just a few weeks. For further information and full contest rules, just click here.

Fantasy Minefield III: Six Teams Off Again

For the third (and thankfully final) time this season, six NFL teams will get the week off. How deep your team is will be of the utmost importance as your time is running out to clinch a playoff berth. Houston, Indianapolis, Minnesota, New England, San Diego and Washington all get their annual breather in Week 10. As another reminder, the week’s first round of waivers runs tomorrow night at 10 p.m. ET. Good luck in Week 10, players! Eric Balkman The Fantasy Football Players Championship www.myFFPC.com