Launched in 2003, the World Famous FFPC Playoff Challenge is the largest and most exciting playoff contest in all of season-long fantasy football. This year’s contest will be capped at a maximum of 2,750 entries and will award a $100,000 Grand Prize and over $480,000 in total guaranteed prizes paying down to 400th place! All based on a $200 entry fee. This is the ONLY way to watch playoff football!
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- The Playoff Challenge runs the length of the entire NFL playoff season starting on January 7th, 2017 with the Wild Card Weekend and ending on February 5th with the Superbowl.
- Entry fee: $200 per team
- Contest capped at a maximum of 2,750 entries
- $100,000 Grand Prize and over $480,000 in total guaranteed prizes paying down to 400th place
- FFPC scoring rules are in effect. Contest runs from the first week of the NFL playoffs thru the Super Bowl
- There is no draft. Simply select your roster as described below
- Each team will consist of ten (10) NFL players in a FFPC starting roster format: 1-QB, 2-RB, 2-WR, 1-TE, 2-Flex, 1-K, 1-D (Flex can be RB, WR or TE)
- Each team will choose ten (10) players from any of the 12 NFL playoff teams but ONLY ONE PLAYER PER TEAM. To be clear, if you choose Tom Brady as your QB, you may NOT have any more Patriots players on your roster, including Kicker & Defense.
- All rosters will be locked on Saturday, January 7th at 4:35pm ET. No further roster adjustments will be allowed even for players whose games start at a later time.
— The contest software should not allow you to enter two players from the same team but we encourage you to please double and triple-check your team(s) roster before the NFL playoffs kickoff on Wild Card Saturday.
— This will be your roster for the duration of the playoffs. There will not be any changes, substitutions or free agent pickups for any reason once rosters are locked at the start of the NFL playoffs. As NFL teams get knocked out of the playoffs, so will your players so draft your team accordingly.
— All teams will be placed in an Overall Leaderboard which will accumulate fantasy points for the duration of the contest. All teams begin the contest with a zero score.
— Each week’s score will be added to your team’s total and the Superbowl will count as DOUBLE the points. So instead of 1ppr it will be 2ppr, instead of 6 pts per TD, it will be 12 pts per TD, etc, etc. This is done to create a little more excitement the last game of the season and give teams a chance to make up a deficit in the standings. Teams with the highest accumulated point total after the Superbowl will be the winners.
— In the event of a tie between multiple teams, the prize money will be combined and evenly divided between the tied teams. So as an example, if two teams tie for 2nd place, these two teams will split 2nd and 3rd place money. In this case, with the prize awards being 2nd – $30,000 and 3rd – $20,000, each team will receive $25,000. If there are 3 teams tied, then 3 prize slots will be divided equally among the 3 teams, etc.
— The NFL playoffs are scheduled to begin Saturday, January 7th, with the first game set to kickoff at approximately 4:30pm Eastern. The deadline for roster and payment submission will be prior to the first playoff game but we encourage everyone to register and submit their rosters as soon as possible. You MUST have your roster submitted prior to the official start of the game. There will be no roster changes or edits after rosters are locked.
— The Playoff Challenge will be hosted on the FFPC league management platform. Simply log into your FFPC account and register for the Playoff Challenge using a credit card or with existing funds in your account. Your Playoff Challenge team(s) will appear on your MyTeams page.
— All rosters will be made public after the start of the first playoff game.
— The 2016/17 Playoff Challenge is capped at 2,750 entries. If the contests reaches the cap, registrations close immediately. If the contest finishes under the cap number, participants still get the benefit of the larger guaranteed prize pool. The announced prize structure below is guaranteed regardless of final amount of entries.
— Prize winnings from the 2016/17 Playoff Challenge contest will be placed into the winner’s FFPC accounts at the conclusion of the contest and will become available for withdrawal. All withdrawals in excess of $600.00 will be reported to the IRS via a 1099 Form for the 2017 calendar year.
— All are welcome to play, not just FFPC participants and you may enter as many times as you wish.
Trouble registering? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-888-898-FFPC for assistance
Scoring system overview:
- 4 pts for passing TDs, 6 pts for all other TDs
- 1 pt for every 20 yards passing
- -1 point for every interception thrown
- 1 point for every 10 yards rushing or receiving
- 1 pt per reception for RBs and WRs
- 1.5 pt per reception for TEs
- 2 points for 2-pt conversion
- 1 point for PAT conversion
- 3 points for every FG of 1-30 yards plus .1 point for every yard thereafter
- 1 pt for D/ST sack, 2 pts for all turnovers
- 6 pts for all D/ST touchdowns
- 2 points for every return after a blocked/failed extra point or failed two-point try (i.e. on an interception or fumble). [As per new NFL rules for 2015 season]
- 5 pts for every safety
- 12 points for every shutout
- 8 points for allowing between 1 – 6 points
- 5 points for allowing between 7 – 10 points
The starting lineups will consist of: 1 QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, 1 TE, 2 Flex Players (RB, WR or TE), 1 PK. 1 Team Defense/Special Team.
The following is the scoring system used for every player in FFPC. Scoring will be calculated to the hundredth of a point. Negative yardage will be counted as a negative score:
20 yards passing = 1 point (Divide total yards by 20. Example: 275 passing yards = 13.75 fantasy points)
Passing TD = 4 points
Interception thrown = Minus one point (-1).
2-point conversion = 2 points
10 yards rushing = 1 point (Divide total yards by 10. Example 126 rushing yards= 12.6 fantasy points)
Rushing TD = 6 points
2-point conversion = 2 points
10 yards receiving = 1 point (Divide total yards by 10. Example: 93 receiving yards = 9.3 fantasy points)
Receiving TD = 6 points
1 point per Reception for RB, WR, QB, K
1.5 points per Reception for TEs
2-point conversion = 2 points
Extra Point = 1 point
3 points for every FG of 1 – 30 yards plus .1 point for every yard thereafter.
Example: a 45-yard FG would be worth 4.5 points
Team Defense/Special Teams:
1 point for every sack
2 points for every team takeaway (interception or fumble recovery)***
6 points for every TD (via interception return, fumble return, punt or kickoff return, blocked FG return, missed FG return, blocked punt return)***
2 points for every return after a blocked/failed extra point or failed two-point try (i.e. on an interception or fumble). [As per new NFL rules for 2015 season]
5 points for every safety
12 points for every shutout **
8 points for allowing between 1- 6 points **
5 points for allowing between 7 – 10 points **
** Any points scored against a team counts towards their defensive points allowed, whether the scoring came by an offensive, defensive or special team score.
FFPC implements Action scoring for all touchdowns. A TD scored in any way by an individual player is awarded to that player whether he is on offense, defense or special teams, whether that TD came as a result of a fumble, interception, double turnover***, lateral, special teams or any other football play. To reiterate: If a player scores a TD during a game and he is in your starting roster, you are awarded 6 points. (The exception is when a quarterback throws a passing touchdown. Those are awarded as 4 points.) Please note that this scoring is separate and unrelated from any points which Team Defense/Special Teams may also receive for this TD.
No rushing or receiving yards will be awarded for a TD scored on a fumble, interception, kickoff or punt return.
Touchdowns scored by the offensive team as a result of Fake FG, Fake Punt, Blocked FG or Blocked Punt do not count as Defensive/Special Teams scoring.
*** A double-turnover is when the Offense turns the ball over to the opposing Defense, which subsequently turns the ball over back to the Offense. In this case, neither the Offense’s ball recovery nor any subsequent TD scoring on that particular play are scored as Defensive/Special Team scoring for that team. Defensive team fantasy points for touchdowns, fumble recoveries and interceptions are ONLY scored when the defensive unit is on the field.
*** A fumble by an offensive player through the opposing end zone resulting in a touch-back is not considered a team takeaway and will not award 2 fantasy points for the Team Defense/Special Teams.
2016/17 Playoff Challenge Prize Structure
The 2016/17 Playoff Challenge is capped at 2,750 entries. If the contests reaches the cap, registrations close immediately. If the contest finishes under the cap number, participants still get the benefit of the larger guaranteed prize pool. The announced prize structure below is guaranteed regardless of final amount of entries.
|1st||$100,000 Grand Prize|
|21st to 80th||Free Entry – 2017 FFPC Main Event ($1,750 Value) or $1,500 cash|
|81st to 100th||$1,000 each|
|101st to 125th||$750 each|
|125th to 150th||$500 each|
|151st to 300th||Free Entry – 2017 Footballguys Players Championship ($350 Value) or $300 cash|
|301st to 400th||$200 each|
The FFPC is open to individuals who are 18 years of age or older and are legal residents in a jurisdiction in which FFPC leagues and contests are permitted by law. The FFPC, at its discretion, may deny eligibility of any individual to participate in the event. Under no condition shall the FFPC be held responsible for any loss or liability related to any expenses incurred by a denied entrant or anybody else affiliated with that denied entrant.
Residents of Arizona, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana, Washington, Missouri*, Virginia**, Tennessee*** and New York^ (as described below) are not permitted to enter and are not eligible to win prizes in the FFPC. Residents of any other jurisdiction, foreign or domestic, where the FFPC is prohibited or regulated by law are not permitted to enter.
*As of July 1st, 2016, legal residents of Virginia are not eligible to create new accounts, enter contests or win prizes in the FFPC. Any FFPC contest entries purchased by Virginia residents with existing FFPC accounts prior to July 1st, 2016 are considered legal and the entry will be honored for the 2016 NFL season. All prizes won by these entries will be fully awarded to these Virginia residents as per FFPC contest rules.
**As of August 28th, 2016, legal residents of Missouri are not eligible to create new accounts, enter contests or win prizes in the FFPC. Any FFPC contest entries purchased by Missouri residents with existing FFPC accounts prior to August 28th, 2016 are considered legal and the entry will be honored for the 2016 NFL season. All prizes won by these entries will be fully awarded to these Missouri residents as per FFPC contest rules.
***As of August 30th, 2016, legal residents of Tennessee are not eligible to create new accounts, enter contests or win prizes in the FFPC. Any FFPC contest entries purchased by Tennessee residents with existing FFPC accounts prior to August 30th, 2016 are considered legal and the entry will be honored for the 2016 NFL season. All prizes won by these entries will be fully awarded to these Tennessee residents as per FFPC contest rules.
^Updated on November 1st, 2016. FFPC is currently in the process of applying for Temporary Permit with the New York Gaming Commission, required to continue operating as a fantasy operator in New York State. Until the temporary permit is received, residents of New York are not eligible to create new accounts, enter contests or win prizes in the FFPC. Any FFPC contest entries purchased by New York residents with existing FFPC accounts prior to the start of the 2016 NFL season are considered legal and the entry will be honored for the 2016 NFL season. All prizes won by these entries will be fully awarded to these New York residents as per FFPC contest rules.
The following persons are explicitly prohibited from playing in FFPC:
- Any member, officer, employee or agent of the FFPC
- Any spouse, child, brother, sister or parent residing as a member of the same household in the principal place of abode of any member, officer, employee or agent of the FFPC
- Any owner or employee of an operator of a fantasy sports website offering paid contests, or any spouse, child, brother, sister or parent residing as a member of the same household in the principal place of abode of such an owner or employee
- Any individual with access to non-public confidential information about the FFPC leagues and contests.
- Any amateur or professional athlete whose performance may be used to determine the outcome of a FFPC league and contest.
- Any sports agent, team employee, referee, or league official associated with the National Football Leagues or any other sport or athletic event on which the FFPC leagues and contests are based.
- Any owner or operator of a fantasy sports website offering paid contests.
- Any minors under the age of 18.
If the FFPC discovers that any of the prohibited individuals above are found to have registered or entered any FFPC leagues or contests, their account will immediately be closed and that individual will be disqualified from any league or contest that they have joined.
Game & Conduct Rules
For Players – By Players, LLC and it’s officers will make the final decisions on all matters related to the FFPC rules, prizes, disputes and appeals. Any disputes or appeals regarding the FFPC rules will be decided by For Players – By Players, LLC using its interpretation of the rules. In reaching its rulings, For Players – By Players, LLC will consider the intent and spirit of the rules, the fairness to the fantasy players and the integrity of the FFPC event, as well as the feasibility of accommodating any appeal.
If you have a concern about any league rule, you must email email@example.com with the subject: RULES APPEAL on it. The deadline for submitting a rules dispute or appeal is by Friday, 12:00 AM EST, following the completion of that game or games in which the dispute has occurred. The deadline for submitting a rules dispute or appeal for any week when there is an upcoming Thursday or Friday game is by Wednesday, 12:00 PM EST, following the completion of that game or games in which the dispute has occurred. The deadline for submitting disputes related to the operation of any league draft is 30 minutes after the conclusion of the draft itself.
If you feel there is a scoring error, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the words STAT APPEAL in the subject line. Kindly detail the issue and we will look into it. We are using Elias Sports Bureau to automatically correct any statistical errors, so an appeal is not needed for an error which would be corrected by Elias. All scoring for the prior week will go FINAL by 6:00 PM EST on the Friday following that particular week, and at that time all contestants waive their right to any further appeals. It will be the sole discretion of For Players – By Players, LLC to make any changes not noted by Elias Sports Bureau. For Players – By Players, LLC will use their best judgment to make a fair decision.
If you plan to file an appeal of any type, you must include a detailed account of the dispute and the resolution requested. For Players – By Players, LLC will make a final ruling that is binding and cannot be contested.
We strongly urge players to double and triple check their lineup and free agent moves as For Players – By Players, LLC cannot be held responsible for errors in entering lineups and free agent bids. For Players – By Players, LLC will not intervene or alter a transaction after free agent or lineup submissions are due.
Team ownership is non-transferable at any time unless permission is specifically granted by For Players – By Players, LLC in writing, and For Players – By Players, LLC reserves the right to deny transfer of team ownership for any reason, or no reason at all. In addition, For Players – By Players, LLC may reject any registration or revoke ownership of any prospective entrant prior to the start of the Playoff Challenge, even for those participants who have paid monies to For Players – By Players, LLC. Any rejected applications or revoked owners will receive a full refund.
With regard to personal behavior, we believe in the golden rule, and we plan, if we deem necessary to enforce it. All those participating and/or viewing are expected to behave in a lawful, respectful and sportsmanlike manner at all FFPC events, throughout the entire FFPC contest and during use of the FFPC web site including, but not limited to, comments posted on the message board. Any conduct by a participant, co-manager or other person which is deemed by For Players – By Players, LLC to intimidate, harass, offend or harm any participant, co-manager, guest, FFPC representative or the representative of any FFPC vendor, is strictly prohibited. For Players – By Players, LLC reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to ban any person from either current or future further participation in the FFPC if such person engages in such prohibited conduct. In addition, any participant engaging in such conduct forfeits any rights to a refund, as well as any potential rights to an award. If a participant is banned from further participation in the FFPC, For Players – By Players, LLC reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to designate a surrogate participant at any stage in the contest, or to freeze the banned owner’s roster. For Players – By Players, LLC shall not be responsible or held liable to any person for damage to property or personal injury or death arising from the acts or omissions of any participant, co-manager or other person. Any person engaging in an unlawful behavior at any FFPC event or in connection with the FFPC will be subject to legal prosecution.
Any attempt to tamper or interfere with any leagues or contests hosted by For Players – By Players, LLC is a violation of criminal and civil laws. For Players – By Players, LLC reserves the right to prosecute and seek damages permitted by law for any such behavior.
Any participants or co-managers who collude, or attempt to collude, in an effort to alter the standings, rankings, or fantasy point totals will be disqualified and be prohibited from winning any award money. In addition, any participant that alone attempts to sabotage the results of the league by not giving equal effort against all competitors will be disqualified and prohibited from winning an award. At the sole discretion of For Players – By Players LLC, in any of these above circumstances, the colluding or sabotaging owner’s team may be taken over by a surrogate or agent of For Players – By Players, LLC, or be frozen by For Players – By Players LLC for the remainder of the season. This rule also applies to any participant or co-manager that attempts to blackmail, bribe, coerce or otherwise influence any officers or agents of For Players – By Players, LLC in an effort to alter the standings, rankings, or fantasy point totals. Any participant that does this will be prohibited from winning any award money and will further have his or her team taken over by a surrogate or agent of For Players – By Players, LLC. Any criminal behavior by a participant or co-manager which attempts to corrupt or alter the fairness of the FFPC may result in civil and/or criminal prosecution. Any attempt made to purposely damage or affect the web site, or to undermine the operation of this contest is a violation of civil and criminal law. For Players – By Players, LLC reserves the right to seek damages and full criminal prosecution as permitted by law.
For Players – By Players, LLC is not responsible for any problem or technical malfunction which impedes or interferes with the transmission or receipt of any team transaction, including but not limited to free agent moves, or starting lineup submissions. For Players – By Players, LLC is also not responsible for the failure of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers, equipment or software, or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any web site, phone lines, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to a participant’s computer related to or resulting from participation in the FFPC.
If, for any reason, the FFPC is not capable of running this competition as planned, including due to technical failures or any other causes beyond the control of For Players – By Players, LLC which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the FFPC, For Players – By Players, LLC reserves the right to modify the rules or suspend the FFPC. Similarly, For Players – By Players, LLC may modify or cancel the event due to any acts of God, natural disasters, terrorism, change in applicable law, interruption in the NFL season (including strikes, lockouts and/or use of replacement players), failure of operations by our fantasy league management platform, or failure to get the minimum number of intended registered participants. For Players – By Players, LLC assumes no legal responsibility for any error, omissions, interruption, deletion, defect or delay in operation with transmission, communications, line failure, theft, destruction or unauthorized access to the league management website. All FFPC Main event Players must have Internet access along with a viable e-mail address for communication. E-mail will be the primary method of contact and failure by a participant to check their e-mail, respond to our e-mail or lose e-mail use is in no way the responsibility of the FFPC.
FFPC is formed under the laws of the state of New Jersey, and this competition operates under the law of the state of New York. All terms of this agreement, including the operation of this contest, as well as all claims arising against FFPC, irrespective of whether brought under theories of contract, tort, or otherwise, shall be interpreted under New York Law, irrespective of choice-of-law principles.
Participants and co-managers hereby release and agree not to sue For Players – By Players, LLC, their administrators, agents, officers, volunteers and employees, and other participants, organizers, any sponsors, licensors, vendors, media outlet, or advertisers. Further, participants and co-managers agree to hold those parties harmless from all liability, claim, demands, losses, or damages caused or alleged to be caused in whole or in part by the negligence of For Players – By Players, LLC. Participants and co-managers additionally agree that despite this waiver, if they or anyone on their behalf makes a claim against For Players – By Players, LLC, participants and co-managers will indemnify, save, and hold harmless For Players – By Players, LLC, their administrators, agents, officers, volunteers, and employees, organizers, sponsors, licensors and advertisers from any litigation expenses, attorney fees, loss liability, damage, or cost which may be incur as a result of such a claim. Finally, if for any reason the above waivers, releases and other liability-limiting provisions fail, still in absolutely no event (under any legal theory, including contract, tort or otherwise) may any entrant or potential entrant hold For Players – By Players LLC liable for any sum of money greater than the amount of the entrant or potential entrant’s entry free into the contest, subtracted by the amount that For Players – By Players LLC ultimately pays out, or promises to pay out, to all contestants in prize money.
To the extent any participant may bring any sort of a claim against For Players – By Players, LLC, such a claim, irrespective of whether arising based on this contract or under theories of tort, must be brought to binding arbitration under the rules of the American Arbitration Association (“AAA”), which shall be the only forum for resolving disputes between parties to this agreement. If for any reason this arbitration clause is deemed inapplicable, then any remaining claims must be brought, if at all, in the Southern District of New York in the forum of New York, NY.
Participants and co-managers have read and fully understand the terms of this release, and further understand that they have given up substantial rights by registering for this event, and have done so freely and without any induction or assurance of any nature and intend it to be complete and unconditional release of all liability to the greatest extent allowed by law and agree that if any portion of this agreement is held to be invalid, the balance, not withstanding, shall continue in full force. Participants fully understand that all decisions and rulings made by the FFPC Commissioners and the officers of For Players – By Players LLC are final.
For Players – By Players, LLC is not responsible for any FFPC disruptions, injuries, losses or damages caused by events beyond the control of For Players – By Players, LLC or any printing or typographical errors in any materials associated with the FFPC. For Players – By Players, LLC and any subsidiary, affiliated company, licensor or vendor including but not limited to the Host Casino are not in any way responsible or liable for any damage, loss or injury (including death) resulting from any participant’s or co-manager’s or other guest’s activity in the FFPC and related events, and/or acceptance and use of any award won.
For Players – By Players, LLC reserves the right to use the likeness or image of any and all participants or co-managers, without compensation, in advertising, marketing or in allowing the media to cover any and all FFPC events or activities including the draft and all related activities. For Players – By Players, LLC is solely responsible for enacting, administering, enforcing the rules, and maintaining the integrity of the FFPC. The FFPC and its web site are not sponsored, affiliated or endorsed by the National Football League or the NFL Players’ Association.