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FFPC Live Best Ball Leagues – Official Rules

$750, $1,250 and $2,500 entry fees. Live, in-person drafts at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas on Friday, September 7, 2018

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Live Best Ball League Details

Duration: 16 week season
Entry Fee: From $750 to $2,500 per team (+$50 live events fee, + $50 live co-manager fee, if applicable)
Prizes: Scroll down for details
Draft Positions: Drawn at random & emailed to league, when league is full
Draft Type & Length: Live, in-person in Las Vegas
28 round serpentine (snake) draft
Number of Teams: 12
Format (Full Season): Weeks 1-16, no playoffs
No H2H matchups, total points only
No need to set lineups, no waivers or free agency
“Set it and Forget it”. Your drafted team is your roster for the season
Optimized scoring lineups are automatically started every week
League Winner:
Team with the most accumulated points at the end of Week 16 is League Champion
Free Agency: None
Weekly Team Management: None
Trades: No trading allowed
Scoring System: FFPC Scoring rules will be in effect (scroll down for scoring details)
Roster Requirement: Twenty eight (28) total roster spots
Starting Lineup: 1-QB, 2-RB, 2-WR, 1-TE, 2-Flex, 1-K, 1-D (Flex can be RB, WR or TE)

Live, In-Person Drafts at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Las Vegas:

Friday September 7th, 2018 at Planet Hollywood, at 9:00 am and 1:30 pm Pacific

 

Overview

The Fantasy Football Players Championship (“FFPC”) is a fantasy football game of skill that offers guaranteed cash awards to its top entrants. This contest will test a participant’s ability to predict player performance both over time and on a weekly basis, as well as to value certain players and positions within the framework of our scoring system, place appropriate bids on free agents based on the relative future value to the entrant’s team, and create a balanced fantasy team that will maximize scoring output over the length of the season. FFPC award winners are determined based on the criteria listed in the Rules below.

The FFPC Live Best Ball Leagues are individual, 12-team leagues and are scheduled as live in-person events in Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, NV. There are two levels of entry in the Live Best Ball Leagues: $750 and $1,250. All references to FFPC below refer to the Live Best Ball Leagues. Please see the Live Ancillary registration page for the draft schedule.

 

How to Enter:

Entry fee for the Live Best Ball Leagues is either $750 or $1,250. There is also an additional $50 events fee and a $50 co-manager fee (if applicable) for those drafting live in Vegas. The total amount due is either $800 or $1300 per team.  There is no mandatory hotel stay. Breakfast or lunch and refreshments will be served to all participants during the draft free of charge. A cash bar may be made available serving alcoholic beverages. Entry covers cost for teams with single primary owner. No refunds will be issued after draft slots are drawn and/or the draft taking place.

Entrants must complete the online entry form and agree to abide by the official rules and regulations governing the Live Best Ball Leagues. Payment can be made via the FFPC’s secure online registration using a credit card or direct bank transfer (ACH). After registering online, participants will receive an email confirmation of their entry into the Live Best Ball Leagues.

Payment can also be sent by mail using a personal check, money order or cashier’s check to the address below. Please emails us at support@myffpc.com if you would like to register with mail-in payment. By sending payment, entrants agree to abide by the official rules and regulations governing the FFPC.

For Players-By Players, LLC
1133 Broadway, Suite 539
New York, NY 10010

 

League Structure, Rules and Prizes

The Live Best Ball League is a 28 round serpentine draft using FFPC scoring and lineup requirements with a 16 week regular season. The best lineup automatically starts for each team every week. Best Ball does not have in-season team management. The top three scoring teams will earn 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. The Live Best Ball League structure will be as follows; the regular season will run from NFL Week 1 through NFL Week 16. All references to “points”, “total points” or “points total” implies starting lineup points.

Live Best Ball drafts will last for 28 rounds, with each team selecting one player per round. Drafts will be held in a serpentine format: Team 1 through Team 12 in Round 1, Team 12 through Team 1 in Round 2, Team 1 through Team 12 in Round 3, etc. Teams may select any player that is not already drafted by another team. There are no limits as to the number of players drafted at each position. Each team participant/manager will have one minute (60 seconds) to make a player selection in each round. The team manager will be notified at 45 seconds and at 60 seconds. If the team manager does not make a selection within the allotted 60 second time frame, his pick is skipped over until the next team makes its selection. The skipped over team will then be given 5 seconds to make a player selection before it is skipped again. Player selections must be announced clearly. First and last name of each player is required, NFL team and player position is recommended. Once spoken, player selections will be deemed final. Draft facilitators reserve the right to ask for clarification in case of mispronunciation, inaudibility or similar type error during player selection. Draft facilitators and FFPC Commissioners may rule on any discrepancy involving player selection. All rulings by the FFPC Commissioners are final.

Each owner is required to draft a starting lineup of 1-QB, 2-RB, 2-WR, 1-TE, 2-FLEX, 1-K, 1-D/ST. If you do not draft a Kicker or Defense on your team, FFPC commissioners may add a kicker or defense at their discretion after the draft to ensure a valid roster.

Use of laptops, cell phones and other electronic equipment is permitted as long as it does not take up excessive space at the draft table or cause a disturbance to the draft. There will be no electrical outlets or Internet connection at the draft. Trading between teams of any kind, including but not limited to, draft picks or players, is strictly prohibited. Neither smoking nor alcoholic intoxication will not be permitted in the draft room.

All team managers and co-managers are required to sit in their seats as assigned to them by the draft order.

Each team manager will be required to confirm his team’s roster and sign off with the facilitator before leaving the draft. Each team is responsible to check for errors to their roster, both at the draft and once their team is inputted into the league management web site. Errors must be reported to the FFPC Commissioners immediately. The deadline for any error correction is Thursday, September 13th, 2018. Team managers may access their teams at www.myffpc.com

 

Live Best Ball Leagues Prize Structure

$750 Live Best Ball

Place Prize
1st $4,500
2nd $2,000
3rd $1,050

$1,250 Live Best Ball

Place Prize
1st $9,000
2nd $2,700
3rd $1,250

 

FFPC Scoring and Position Designation

Each team’s roster will have a maximum of 28 players. Lineups do not need to be submitted in Best Ball leagues. The league management system will automatically start the optimal lineup based on that week’s scoring. The starting lineups will consist of: 1 QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, 1 TE, 2 Flex Players (RB, WR or TE), 1 PK and 1 Team Defense/Special Team. There are no lineup changes in Best Ball leagues.

Player position eligibility and designation is determined by FFPC during the pre-season and may be changed any time by FFPC before the start of the NFL season. FFPC participants agree to accept these designations and understand the final position designations may be different from the time their FFPC drafts were conducted.

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:

 

Passing:

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

 

Rushing:

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

 

Receiving:

10 yards rushing = 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

 

Placekicking:

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.

 

Touchdowns:

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 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.

 

FFPC Free Agency Acquisitions and Blind Bidding

 

There are NO transactions in the Live Best Ball Leagues.

 

Live Best Ball League and Playoff Structure

The 16-week season will run from NFL Week 1 through NFL Week 16. There are no playoffs in this league format.League winners will be based purely on total points scored on a weekly basis using optimal scoring of all players on each team’s roster. The top scoring team over 16 weeks will win the league. The second and third place teams will be second and third overall in scoring.

 

Live Best Ball/Event Information

The Live Best Ball Leagues drafts are scheduled to be held at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino Las Vegas Friday September 7th, 2018. It is the sole responsibility of the participant to know the exact start time of his league. Entrants must arrive in the auction room 15 minutes prior to auction time, at the latest. For Players – By Players, LLC reserves the right to change the times, dates, city, and place of any event for any reason. Participants will be notified of any change by email within three days of the event. All event times and schedules will be posted on the FFPC website. For Players – By Players, LLC is not responsible for any loss or liability incurred by any participants or co-managers due to rescheduling of any or all events.

All Live Best Ball Leagues principal owners are required to attend the draft in person. If a principal owner cannot attend the draft, he can name a surrogate drafter via email or in writing by September 1, 2018. If the principal owner, their surrogate or co-manager cannot attend the draft, For Players – By Players, LLC will attempt to build a team in place of the participant. For Players – By Players, LLC will not be held liable for any bidding decisions it will make as the surrogate drafter.

The principal owner in the Live Best Ball Leagues is permitted to bring one co-manager to the event. There is no additional fee to bring a single co-manager. The co-manager, however, is required to fill out and sign the form to show that they accept all rules and regulations associated with the FFPC upon submitting the Official Live Best Ball Leagues Application. Friends may form a team and split the entry fees, so long as they make their own arrangement with regard to payouts.

There will be one 20 minute break after round 10. Please be prompt as the draft could begin if you are not back in a timely fashion.

The FFPC season begins on Thursday, September 6th, 2018 and ends on Monday, December 24th, 2018, which is the first 16 weeks of the NFL regular season. If the NFL changes its season for any reason, For Players – By Players, LLC reserves the right to amend its FFPC league structure accordingly. Any regular season NFL games that take place prior to the FFPC drafts WILL count towards Week 1 point scoring in the FFPC regular season. If the NFL plays any games with replacement players during a formal league strike or lockout, statistics from those games shall not count for the purposes of this competition.

For Players – By Players, LLC uses its league management service to handle scheduling, blind bidding, transactions, win-loss records, etc. For Players – By Players, LLC uses game statistics provided by SportRadar data feed which will be our basis for scoring. Elias Sports Bureau will often have minor scoring changes during the season. FFPC will automatically have the league management software make stat changes as they occur. For Players – By Players, LLC will act as the commissioner of the overall event and will have final say over all decisions related and regarding the Fantasy Football Players Championship. Entrants warrant that they are familiar with the workings of both Elias Sports Bureau and SportRadar, and agree not to hold For Players – By Players, LLC liable for any errors caused by, or potential failures of either Elias Sports Bureau or SportRadar.

In the event of a server failure or other technical issues, the last lineup that was submitted will be the official lineup for the week. For Players – By Players, Inc. RECOMMENDS THAT PARTICIPANTS MAKE ANY OF THEIR LINEUP CHANGES AS SOON AS LINEUP SUBMISSION IS AVAILABLE EACH WEEK. In cases of extreme emergency, line up changes maybe submitted to support@myffpc.com with the words LINEUP CHANGE in the subject line, or called into 1-888-898-FFPC, as long as these changes are received prior to the weekly deadline for making such changes. The following must be provided for a valid email or phone transaction: Live Best Ball League number & team name, login name and password, name of player(s) to be placed in the starting lineup, name of player(s) to be removed from the starting lineup.

If you feel there is a scoring error, please email support@myffpc.com 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.

 

Draft Order/Slots Announcement/League Assignments

Draft slots will be selected at and announced once all entries are closed. The draft order selection of each Live Best Ball league will be overseen by an officer of For Players – By Players, LLC, with an official witness. For Players – By Players, LLC will notify players of their draft positions by email as well as post them on the FFPC message board and web site. We do not permit trading of draft positions. All draft slot assignments will be made once all entries are closed in late August or early September, or as soon as the Live Best Ball Leagues are sold out. The draft slot selection will be made in random fashion and overseen by an officer of For Players – By Players, LLC, with an official witness. For Players – By Players, LLC will notify players of their draft slot by email as well as post them on the FFPC message board and web site. For Players – By Players, LLC reserves the right to delay draft slot announcement, if necessary.

 

Prize Distribution

Winners will be notified by email or regular mail within 10 days after the final league and overall results are posted on the FFPC web site. All award money will be paid in U.S. dollars and will be mailed out no later than January 20th, 2019 to all participants that have provided their tax reporting information. All taxes associated with the receipt of any award are the sole responsibility of the winner. For Players – By Players, LLC will pay 100% of all FFPC awards directly to each winning principal participant unless a prize split is requested by the principal participant, as described directly below. For Players – By Players, LLC is not responsible for, or bound by, any agreement between the principal participant and any co-managers or group. For Players – By Players, LLC reserves the right to substitute any non-cash award by cash or by an award of equal or greater value.

Prize splitting amongst principal participant and their co-managers is now available. The principal participant will always remain the sole legal prize winner and MUST authorize payment to his co-manager in writing. The principal participant will fill out and sign the authorization form indicating the name & address of his co-manager and the amount he should receive. Both the principal participant and the co-manager will each fill out a W-9. Once these documents are received and approved by the For Players – By Players, LLC, the prize monies will be released to both parties. At year’s end, both the principal participant and the co-manager will each receive IRS Form-1099 for their prize awards.

Limitations to prize splitting: prize splitting is limited to TWO persons only: the principal participant and the co-manager. Under no circumstance will For Players – By Players LLC. will issue payment to anyone other than these two persons. Only total prize awards of $2,000 or greater will be eligible for prize splitting. This may can be a combination of any CASH prizes won in any FFPC tournament, league or contest. FFPC Dollars or any non-cash prizes are not applicable for prize splitting. Each share of prize split awards must be a minimum of $600. For Players – By Players LLC. may, at its own discretion, refuse to accept any prize splitting request and process the entire award to the principal participant. Please email info@myffpc.com with any further questions regarding the prize splitting process.

If your gross prize winnings exceed $600.00, the Fantasy Football Players Championship must file a Form 1099 with the IRS at the end of this calendar year. At that point, we may request your social security number (this will be kept strictly private unless required to be disclosed as a matter of law) to file your prize winnings with the IRS. This Form contains the amount paid to the award principal participant and/or the co-manager, in cases where the prize split has been processed. Award winners will receive a copy of the Form for tax purposes and are responsible for paying any taxes that result from your cash prize. Please consult your income tax advisor for filing advice. If you do not fill out this form and return it to us, you may not get your prize by our listed payout date of January 20th, 2019.


Please refer to Terms & Conditions for eligibility, prohibited players and other game rules.