FFPC Main Event – Official Rules
Our flagship event. $250,000 Grand Prize. Draft Live in Las Vegas or Online.
Launched in 2008, the Main Event is FFPC’s flagship event and is currently the largest season-long, high stakes fantasy football contest in the world. But being the largest isn’t nearly our only accomplishment. The FFPC Main Event has proven to be exciting and compelling, yet easy to understand format which can easily be enjoyed by first time participants as well as diehard veterans. The FFPC Main Event offers a well balanced prize pool with $11,000 in league prizes, an industry leading $250,000 grand prize and fantasy football’s greatest trophy! With the entire prize pool placed in an attorney escrow, your money is secure and protected. With an expanded draft schedule for 2017, whether you are drafting from home or coming to the live, in-person drafts and festivities in Las Vegas, the FFPC Main Event is a can’t miss for any fantasy football fanatic!
This page will be updated in January 2018 to reflect the new & increased 2018 FFPC Main Event Prize Structure
Live, In-Person Drafts:
1. Thursday September 7th, 2017 at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, at 12:30 pm Pacific
2. Friday September 8th, 2017 at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, at 9:00 am Pacific
3. Friday September 8th, 2017 at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, at 1:30 pm Pacific
4. Friday September 8th, 2017 at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, at 6:00 pm Pacific
5. Saturday September 9th, 2017 at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, at 10:00 am Pacific
6. Saturday, September 9th, 2017 at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, at 3:00 pm Pacific
7. Saturday, September 9th, 2017 at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, at 7:00 pm Pacific
Online drafts are scheduled daily from Friday September 3rd thru Saturday, September 9th, 2017. Click HERE for complete online draft schedule.
Hotel Reservations – Discounted Room Rates for FFPC Guests:
You can also email Greg Sidoris at LVCH777@aol.com for help you with your stay and any other Vegas-related needs.
Main Event drafts and NFL Week One Opening Game on Thursday:
Starting in 2016, Online & Live, In-person Main Event drafts will be scheduled before and after Week One Opening Game on Thursday. All team owners, whether drafting before or after Thursday’s game will be able to submit and edit their starting lineup after Thursday’s game, including players which played in Thursday’s game. To confirm, all Main Event team owners will have the same choice on whether to start or sit Thursday players retroactively after they have watched that game. Fantasy stats for Thursday’s players will count towards Week One scores if they are in the starting lineup. This is exclusive to Week One. Starting in Week Two, players must be inserted into the starting lineup prior to the start of their games. For more information about this rule, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Fantasy Football Players Championship (FFPC) is a unique event offering a hybrid draft format. The FFPC Main Event will hold both live and online drafts. The live drafts will take place in Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, NV. Click for a complete schedule of Live FFPC Events in Las Vegas. Entrants must arrive in the draft room 15 minutes prior to the start of the draft, at the latest. The following rules cover both the live and online drafts; Online Draft entrants should also see Online Main Event Rules found below.
Teams may be reserved with simple $200 deposit per team or full payment option is also available. Multiple team discount is available for owners purchasing additional teams as shown directly below.
Early Bird Discount: Register before Wednesday, May 31st 2017 and receive $100 off the regular price for the first team, $250 off the regular price for each additional team. Each early bird entry becomes eligible for a drawing into the coveted FFPC Pros vs Joes Challenge. Teams may be reserved with simple $200 deposit per team or full payment.
Entry Fee Pricing:
$1,875 — Live, in-person draft team, price for single team
$1,750 — Online draft team, price for single team
Multiple Team Discount: $250 off the regular price for each additional team.
$1,625 — Each Additional Live, in-person draft team, $250 off regular entry price
$1,500 — Each Additional Online draft team, $250 off regular entry price
Early Draft Slot Announcement #2: All teams which are fully paid by Monday August 14th will be eligible for the Early Draft Slot Announcement #2 and will receive their FFPC Main Event draft positions on Wednesday, August 16th, 2017.
There is a co-manager fee of $75 for teams drafting Live which have a co-manager attending. No mandatory hotel stay in Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. There are no additional fees for the Online draft.
No refunds will be issued after draft slots are drawn and/or the draft taking place. Participants may enter the Fantasy Football Players Championship in the following manner:
Entrants may complete the Online Entry Form for the FFPC Main Event and agree to abide by the official rules and regulations governing the FFPC. Payment can be made via the FFPC’s secure online registration using a credit card or player’s account balance. Payment can also be sent by mail using a personal check, money order or cashier’s check. Teams may be reserved with a $200 deposit or full payment. For those paying a $200 deposit, the remaining balance will be due by Monday July 24th, 2017. Full payment by July 24th will also qualify the participant for the Early Draft Slot announcement on Monday July 31st, 2017.
Please note that after July 24th, 2017, the Deposit option will no longer be available and only full payment will be accepted upon registration. Checks must be made out to For Players-By Players LLC. We cannot accept an application without payment or an electronic signature authorizing participation.
For Players – By Players LLC is able to reject or disqualify any team at its discretion. For Players – By Players LLC also shall not be held responsible for any late, misplaced or lost applications. Once our event is full or registrations are closed, we cannot accept further applicants. For those paying by mail, upon completion of the online application, please print out your email confirmation, enclose the entry fees and mail to:
As a courtesy, we will offer a 100% refund of entry fees up until July 1, 2017. After July 1, 2017, entry fees are not refundable unless the FFPC changes its prize structure and offers a refund. Any entrant that seeks to enter this contest after July 1, 2017 will be entered on a first come, first serve basis. We may, however, refuse future entrants to the event at any point based on space, availability, as well as reject any potential entrant for any other reason. Any player that has a refund request should make it in writing and mail it to the address above.
Attorney Escrow Account:
The Fantasy Football Players Championship is the first and only fantasy event to place its entire prize pool into a secured Attorney Escrow Account. For Players – By Players LLC will hold all prize monies in this secure Attorney Escrow Account, where they will remain for the duration of the NFL season. All funds will be placed into the Attorney Escrow Account prior to the draft on Friday, September 8th, 2017. At no point during the season will any member of For Players – By Players LLC access these funds. Upon the completion of the season, and once winners have been determined, funds will be disbursed directly to the winning players and the process shall be overseen by our Certified Public Accountant. Prizes will be mailed on or before January 20th, 2018 using the prize funds in the Attorney Escrow Account, provided the winners have completed and returned all required paperwork to For Players – By Players, LLC. Failure to provide the necessary paperwork will delay prize payment.
League Structure, Rules and Prizes
The FFPC Main Event is made up of 12-team leagues and a maximum of 1,440 teams. Starting in 2014, in order to be in full compliance with the federal law known as the UIGEA which governs fantasy sports, we will be placing a “hard cap” on total number of entries in the FFPC Main Event. When the FFPC announces a guaranteed prize structure, we must stick to that number. Changing prize structure, even upward, is a questionable practice according to the UIGEA. Since it is never possible to truly project participation, our hard cap numbers will be higher than what we actually project for final entries. The hard cap for the 2017 FFPC Main Event will be 1,440 teams (last year the Main Event finished with 1,380 teams). If the contest finishes under the cap number, participants still get the benefit of the larger guaranteed prize pool. If the contests reaches the cap, registrations close immediately. The announced prize structure is guaranteed regardless of final amount of entries.
There are three distinct parts of the FFPC Main Event season:
- Part 1 – Regular season Weeks 1-11
- Part 2 – League Playoffs Weeks 12 & 13
- Part 3 – Championship Round and Consolation Round Weeks 14-16
The FFPC individual league structure will be as follows; the regular season will run from NFL Week 1 through NFL Week 11. The 2 top seeded teams at the end of the regular season in each league will each be awarded a regular season prize and earn an automatic berth to the Championship Round in NFL Weeks 14, 15 & 16 and a chance at the $250,000 Grand Prize. The 4 top seeded teams at the end of the regular season will play in a Head-to-Head League Playoffs in NFL Weeks 12 & 13 to determine the League Champion. League Champion will also earn an automatic berth to the Championship Round, if he has not already done so. Typically there will be a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 3 teams advancing to the Championship Round from each league.
All FFPC Main Event Drafts will be held daily starting on Friday September 1st thru Saturday September 9th, 2017 at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas and Online via the Internet. Online drafts will be separate from the live drafts and teams will not be combined to form partially live and partially online leagues (unless necessary to fill a final league). All drafts will last for 20 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, submit a starting lineup for Week 1 and sign off with the facilitator before leaving the Draft. Starting rosters may include any player on a team’s roster, including players who played in the Thursday’s game between the two scheduled NFL teams. If a starting lineup is not submitted for Week 1, the FFPC Commissioners will submit one at their discretion. All teams will begin Week 1 with a starting lineup based on their drafted roster. After Week 1, all lineup changes will be submitted on the individual league website. Should a starting lineup not be submitted, the starting lineup for the previous week will be used. 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 14th, 2017. Team managers may access their teams at www.myffpc.com, on the official FFPC league management web site.
FFPC Prizes (in US Dollars)
Individual League Prizes – $11,000 per each Main Event league
|Regular Season Prizes (Weeks 1-11)|
|A total of $5,000 is awarded to the 1-seed & 2-seeds for the regular season performance (Weeks 1-11) with the following breakdown:|
|1-Seed – Team with the best H2H record||$2,000*|
|2-Seed – Remaining team with most points||$2,000**|
|*If the 1-Seed team also finishes with the most regular season points, it will be awarded a $1,000 “Sweep Bonus” for a total regular season prize of $3,000|
|**If there is no winner of the $1,000 “Sweep Bonus”, both the 1-Seed and 2-Seed teams will split the $1,000 for a total regular season prize of $2,500 each|
|League Playoffs Prizes (Weeks 12-13)|
Regular Season Overall Leaderboard Points Leader (Weeks 1-11)
Championship Round (Weeks 14-16)
|FFPC Overall Champion||$250,000 + Custom FFPC Championship Helmet trophy|
Consolation Round (Weeks 14-16)
Toilet Bowl (Weeks 12-16)
|1st||Free Entry – 2018 FFPC Main Event ($1,800 Value)|
FFPC Scoring, Lineup Submission and Position Designation
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. Starting lineups may be submitted on the MyFFPC.com league management page. The deadline for lineup submission for each player via web site or email is the scheduled start time of the game in which the player is participating. Lineup changes which are submitted by email to email@example.com must be sent and have a time stamp prior to the start time of the game in question. Lineup changes which are made by phone to our 1-888-898-FFPC 24-hour message center must be called in no later than 15 minutes prior to kickoff. The following must be provided for a valid email or phone transaction: 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.
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:
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.
FFPC Free Agency Acquisitions and Blind Bidding:
The following free agent blind bidding process is the only means by which free agents may be acquired in the FFPC. There are no other ways to acquire free agents like ‘worst-to-first’ and ‘first-come-first-served’ or any other waiver methods other than blind bidding as described below.
Any active NFL player which is not on a roster in the individual league is considered a free agent for that league and may be available for pick-up. Players dropped by a team are placed into the free agent player pool and will be available for pick-up (see below for exclusions).
The free agent acquisition process is made by way of “blind bidding”. Each team will be given $1000 blind bidding “dollars” (not real money, just bidding dollars) to be used for the entire season. IMPORTANT: once these bidding dollars are used up, you will no longer have the ability to pick up free agents. Bids will remain hidden from the rest of the league until after all the winning bids have been awarded. Free agent players will be awarded to the team with the highest bid for that free agent, and the winning bid amount will be deducted from that team’s free agent dollars. Besides the winning bid, all other bids for that free agent are considered losing bids and are cancelled. At this point, the highest remaining bid by any team for any remaining free agent will be considered. The team with this winning bid will be awarded the free agent and all losing bids for that free agent will be cancelled. This process will continue until every remaining bid has been considered.
Starting in 2012, due to the addition of weekly Thursday games to the NFL schedule, there are now two (2) weekly blind bidding processes. The first “Primary” blind bidding process will take place on Wednesday with the second “Supplementary” process taking place on Friday.
The deadline for bid submission for both Wednesday and Friday is 10:00 pm Eastern.
All free agent NFL players will be available for the Wednesday bidding process.
NFL players which are dropped during Wednesday’s bidding process will NOT be available for pickups on Friday (48 hours later) and will ONLY become available for next week’s Wednesday bidding process.
Free agent NFL players whose teams played on Thursday will NOT be available for pickups on Friday (following Thursday’s game) and will ONLY become available for next week’s Wednesday bidding process.
NFL players owned and rostered by FFPC teams whose teams played on Thursday may be dropped on Friday as long as they were not in the starting lineup for that FFPC team on Thursday.
The blind bidding process will be available after the completion of Week 1 and end prior to Week 11 for all teams NOT advancing to the League Playoffs. Teams which ARE advancing to the League Playoffs will have the blind bidding process available to them in Weeks 12 and 13 and will end prior to Week 13. Only the 4 teams which make the League Playoffs in each FFPC league will be allowed to continue making bids in Week 12 and Week 13. There will be no free agent pickups after the completion of the FFPC regular season for teams which did not make the League Playoffs. There will be no free agent pickups for ANY team in the FFPC in Weeks 14, 15 and 16.
Bids will be allowed to be entered from Sunday at 9:00 AM EST until Wednesday 10:00 PM EST for Wednesday’s bidding process. Bid will be allowed to be entered from Wednesday at 11:00 PM EST until Friday 10:00 PM EST for Friday’s bidding process.
All bids will be processed and the rosters updated with the results of all successful bids after 10:00 PM EST on Wednesday & Friday, following the completion of the blind bidding process.
All team managers are strongly encouraged to place their bids as early in the week as possible.
QBs, RBs, WRs and TEs which are cut during Week 10, Week 11 and Week 12 free agent bidding processes will be REMOVED from the free agent pool and may not be re-acquired by any team for the remainder of the season. This is done to minimize the possibility of potential collusion.
Kickers and Team Defenses cut during Weeks 10, Week 11 and Week 12 free agent bidding processes WILL REMAIN in the free agent pool and will be available to be re-acquired by teams as long as the free agency bidding processes remain open.
FFPC Commissioners and For Players-By Players LLC reserve the right to remove a dropped player from the free agent pool or reinstate that player back to its original team, if FFPC Commissioners and For Players-By Players LLC determine that doing so is the interest of upholding the integrity of the contest, or that the dropped player would unfairly impact the outcome of the FFPC, or to correct an error. In this rare instance, all participants will be notified and an explanation will be given.
In the event that there is a tie between bids, the team which is awarded the player will be determined in order by:
- Worst total points.
- Worst won/lost record**.
- Worst previous week score.
- Loser of head-to-head match-up, if applicable.
- Virtual coin toss.
**Won/lost record is based on the standings at the time of blind bidding process, which may change from Wednesday’s to Friday’s bidding processes based on stat changes issued by Elias and NFL.
Bids shall be placed individually, or in groups, with conditional bids following the primary bid. The top bid is the primary bid in a bidding group. The bids underneath are conditional bids. If you lose the primary bid, the first conditional bid directly below will be considered next. If you lose the primary and the first conditional bid, then the second conditional bid will be considered, etc. The rest of your bidding groups will be processed in the same manner. A maximum of one player can be won in each bidding group. Bids within a group may have different designated drop players. It’s important to remember when placing multiple free agent bids that you cannot win two players if they both have the same drop player. You may not place different bid amount on the same player. In this case, only the highest dollar bid will be considered.
Teams may submit as many bids as they like. There are no limitations as to the amount of players that may be acquired by any one team during the course of the weekly blind bidding processes or during the course of the year, provided teams remain within the maximum number of 20 players allowed on each roster.
Teams will no longer have the ability to acquire or bid on free agents once their initial 1,000 free agent “dollars” have been spent. All bids must be in increments of dollars, with no cents. The minimum bid amount is $1.
Bids may only be accepted on each individual FFPC league pages. No bids will be accepted by telephone, email, message boards or any via any other form. In the event that the league management pages are not able to accept bids, team managers are instructed to go to www.MyFFPC.com, call the 24-hour emergency number at 1-888-898-3372 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further instructions.
FFPC Main Event League and Playoff Structure:
There are three distinct parts of the FFPC Main Event season:
- Part 1 – Regular season Weeks 1-11
- Part 2 – League Playoffs Weeks 12 & 13
- Part 3 – Championship Round and Consolation Round Weeks 14-16
The 11-week regular season will run from NFL Week 1 through NFL Week 11. Over the course of the regular season, each of the 12 teams in each FFPC league will play each other in a Head to Head match up, resulting in a Win, Loss or Tie. This will constitute the Win/Loss record for each team. All references to “points”, “total points” or “points total” implies starting lineup points. All references to “record” refer to a team’s regular season’s head to head record.
At the conclusion of Week 11, two teams from each league will be awarded the regular season prize and each will earn an automatic berth to the Championship Round and a chance at $250,000 Grand Prize in Weeks 14, 15 and 16.
These two teams will be:
1) the team with the best regular season record
2) the remaining team with the highest point total during the regular season.
These two teams will also participate in the Head to Head League Playoff explained below.
At the conclusion of Week 11, four teams in each league will advance to a two-week Head to Head League Playoff in Weeks 12 & 13 and will play for league prizes and one berth to the Championship Round.
These four teams will be:
Seed 1) the team with the best regular season record
Seed 2) the remaining team with the highest point total during the regular season
Seed 3) the remaining team with the best regular season record
Seed 4) the remaining team with the highest point total during the regular season
These teams will be assigned as Seed 1, Seed 2, Seed 3 and Seed 4.
If there is a tie between two or more teams for best win/loss record or total regular season points at the conclusion of the regular season, the following tiebreakers will be used in order from 1 to 4 to determine playoff participants:
1. Total points during the regular season
2. Head-to-head win/loss record
3. Total starting QB points weeks 1 through week 11
4. Coin toss
The following head to head match-ups will take place in Week 12 of the League Playoff:
Seed 1 will play Seed 4 and Seed 2 will play Seed 3.
The winners of the Seed 1 vs. Seed 4 game will play the winner of the Seed 2 vs. Seed 3 games in Week 13 League Championship Game of the League Playoffs with the winner earning the title of League Champion*. The loser of the League Championship Game will become the 2nd place finisher in the League Playoff. The losers of the Seed 1 vs. Seed 4 game will play the loser of the Seed 2 vs. Seed 3 game in Week 13 Third Place Game of the League Playoffs. The winner of this match-up will become 3rd place finishers of the League Playoff and loser will become the 4th place finisher. The League Champion, 2nd place finisher and 3rd place finisher will all win League Prizes as listed in the Prize section. The League Playoff prizes will be awarded in addition to the Regular Season prizes
If there is a tie between teams in any of the League Playoff games, the following tiebreakers will be used in order from 1 to 5 to determine winners*:
1. Total points during the regular season
2. Head-to-head in the regular season
3. Regular season win/loss record (weeks 1-11)
4. Starting QB points in League Playoff game)
5. Coin toss
*In the event of a tie between teams in the Week 13 League Championship Game, both teams will earn a berth into the Championship Round.
The League Champion will earn a berth to the Championship Round and a chance at $250,000 Grand Prize and other prize(s) listed in the Prize section. If the League Champion is one of the two teams which already earned an automatic berth to the Championship Round at the end of the regular season, no other teams will go to the Championship Round from that particular league. Each league will have a minimum of two and a maximum of three teams qualifying for the Championship Round. Any team which finishes Top 10 in scoring on the Overall FFPC Leaderboard at the end of the 11-week regular season will also have an automatic berth to the Championship Round, regardless of its league playoff Seed #.
Any of the four teams in the League Playoff round which do NOT make it to the Championship Round will earn berths to the Consolation Round and will compete for prize(s) listed in the Prize section. Each league will typically have a minimum of one and a maximum of two teams qualifying for the Consolation Round.
FFPC Championship Round
All aforementioned qualifying playoff teams will play in the Championship Round which will run during NFL Weeks 14, 15 and 16. Any team which finished in the top 2% of the FFPC Main Event Overall Leaderboard at the conclusion of Week 11 will automatically qualify for the Championship Round regardless of how this team performs in the League Playoffs (i.e. based on 1200 teams, top 24 teams are considered as the top 2%).
The Championship Round format is based on the sum of total points scored for each week – there are NO H2H MATCHUPS!
Each playoff team will start the Championship Round with their one-game point average from the regular season (weeks 1-11) and will be seeded according to these points in the Championship Round Leaderboard. Points scored during Weeks 12 & 13 are not counted toward this one-game average. Championship Round winners will be determined based on each team’s combined total points scored during Weeks 14, 15 & 16 and added to their one-game point average from the regular season. The team with the most points will be crowned the FFPC Overall Champion. The teams with the next highest points will win prizes as listed in the Prize section.
FFPC Consolation Round
All teams that participated in the League Playoffs but did not qualify for the Championship Round will compete in the Consolation Round which will run during NFL Weeks 14, 15 and 16. In addition, any team which did not qualify for the League Playoffs but finished in the top 20% of the FFPC Main Event Overall Leaderboard at the conclusion of Week 11 will qualify for the Consolation Round (i.e. based on 1200 teams, top 240 teams are considered as the top 20%). Each team will start the Consolation Round with their one-game point average from the regular season (weeks 1-11) and will be seeded according to these points. Consolation Round winner(s) will be determined based on each team’s total points scored during Weeks 14, 15 & 16 and added to their one-game point average from the regular season. The team with the most points will be the Consolation Round winner and will win prize(s) as listed in the Prize section. The team(s) with the next highest points will win prizes as listed in the Prize section.
Any team which did not qualify for either the Championship Round or the Consolation Round will compete in the Toilet Bowl. The Toilet Bowl will run during NFL Weeks 12 through Weeks 16. Each team will start the Toilet Bowl with a zero score. Toilet Bowl winner(s) will be determined based on each team’s total points scored during Weeks 12 through Weeks 16. The team with the most points will be the Toilet Bowl winner and will win prize(s) as listed in the Prize section.
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, 2018 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 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 email@example.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 adviser 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, 2018.
The FFPC Live Drafts are scheduled to be held at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Las Vegas on Thursday thru Saturday, September 9th, 2017. 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.
At its sole discretion, For Players – By Players, LLC reserves the right to terminate Fantasy Football Players Championship at any time prior to its completion 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), or failure of operations by our league management platform. In the event that For Players – By Players, LLC terminates the Fantasy Football Players Championship, all entry fees would be returned to the entrants, with the exception for the $125 Main Event Fee, which is non-refundable.
For Players – By Players, LLC may also cancel FFPC in its entirety for any reason prior to September 7th, 2017. In this unlikely event, For Players – By Players, LLC will refund ALL entry fees within 48 hours of cancellation. For Players – By Players, LLC is not responsible for any loss or liability incurred by any participant or co-managers due to cancellation of Fantasy Football Players Championship whether prior to the NFL season or during the season, including but not limited to travel or hotel expenses, time taken off from employment, etc.
All FFPC Live Draft principal owners are required to attend the FFPC Draft in person. (FFPC Online participants are permitted to draft online.) The FFPC drafts are to be held in Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, NV. If a principal owner cannot attend the draft, he can name a surrogate drafter via email or in writing by September 1st, 2017. If the principal owner, their surrogate or co-manager cannot draft, For Players – By Players, LLC will attempt to draft a team in place of the participant. For Players – By Players, LLC will not be held liable for any draft decisions it will make as the surrogate draftee.
The principal owner in the Fantasy Football Players Championship is typically permitted to bring one co-manager to the FFPC draft and event day but additional co-managers may be permitted to attend depending on available space. Each additional co-manager request will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The additional fee for each co-manager is $75. This fee is used to offset food, ballroom rental and draft costs. The co-manager is also 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 Participant 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 a 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 Main Event season begins on Thursday, September 7th, 2017 and ends on Monday, December 25th, 2017, 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 or during 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.
All Fantasy Football Players Championship leagues will have a Week 1 schedule as follows: Team 1 vs. team 2; team 3 vs. team 4; team 5 vs. team 6; team 7 vs. team 8; team 9 vs. team 10; team 11 vs. team 12.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with the words LINEUP CHANGE in the subject line, or called into 1-888-898-FFPC emergency message center, 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: 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 email@example.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. For Players – By Players, LLC will use their best judgment to make a fair decision.
Draft Order/Slots Announcement/League Assignments:
All teams that have paid in full for FFPC prior to July 24th, 2017 will be eligible for the Early Draft Slot announcement and receive their draft positions on Monday July 31st, 2017. The remaining draft slots will be selected and announced at a later time or once all entries are closed. The draft order selection of each FFPC team 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 league assignments will be made once all entries are closed in late August or early September. The draft slot and league assignment of each FFPC team will be conducted in a 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 league assignment 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 Early Draft Slot announcement, if necessary.
The 2017 FFPC Online drafts are draft are scheduled for Friday September 1st thru Saturday, September 9th, 2017. Online drafts are conducted in the FFPC “live draft” room. Participants must familiarize themselves with the draft room by checking in a few days before the draft. Teams will be able to sign in to their draft 30 minutes prior to the draft start time. It is strongly recommended that each team sign in at this time. The draft will be conducted in a serpentine method 1-12 in round one, 12-1 in round 2, 1-12 in round 3, etc, until 20 rounds have been completed. This will result in a 20 player roster. Most drafts last approximately 2 ½ hours, however, participants should allow for 3 hours or more.
IMPORTANT: The draft room software will require each team to draft a starting lineup of 1-QB, 2-RB, 2-WR, 1-TE, 2-FLEX, 1-K, 1-D/ST. As an example, if you do not have a Kicker in the final round of the draft, the software will not allow you to draft another position and you will be required to draft a Kicker.
Online Draft Commissioner:
Each online draft will have a live draft commissioner to watch over the draft and assist as needed. The commissioner will provide his or her contact phone number at the beginning of the draft. Even if you have high speed internet and have never had a connection issue, we highly recommend that you write the number down near your computer. If a participant has an issue or gets disconnected for a few minutes, please call the commissioner. For Players-By Players, Inc. will absolutely act in the fairest way possible to insure that no one gets passed over due to computer issues. If a participant’s computer is down for an extended period of time and they do not call in to the commissioner, the commissioner will be forced to continue the draft by having a surrogate take over the draft for that team or placing its draft on computerized auto-pick.
Online Draft Attendance:
Draft attendance is mandatory. Please contact For Players – By Players, LLC should you expect to be late for the draft. Participants must log into their league and sign into the online draft no later than five minutes prior to the draft start time. In the event that the participant (or co-manager) does not sign in to the online draft, a surrogate drafter may make selections for the team in question or the team may be placed on auto-pick. If a participant signs into the online draft after the draft has started, he will be able to select his next player; however, if any previous surrogate selections have been made, they would still apply. Check your connections in advance of the draft. If you cannot gain access to the draft, you will need to arrange another method to access the draft. The FFPC is not responsible for connection issues, and will not issue a refund.
Online Co-Management during the Draft:
The primary participant is responsible for his draft. If the primary participant chooses to allow his co-managers to be logged in during the draft, they will both have equal ability to select players. This means that if a co-manager selects a player before the principal participant, his/her selection is the one taken.
Online Time Limit:
Each player will receive one & a half minutes (90 seconds) to make a selection. Participants should try to make a selection as soon as they are on the clock, as For Players-By Players cannot be held responsible for a sudden loss of internet service. If the team manager does not make a selection within the allotted 90 second time frame and does not alert the commissioner to internet or computer problems WITHIN THIS TIMEFRAME, this team may be assigned a player according to the auto-pick computer or by the FFPC live draft Commissioner. This selection may not be changed. The draft software may then place this team’s draft on an auto-pick for the remainder of the draft. Draft facilitators and FFPC Commissioners have discretion to rule on any discrepancy involving player selection. All rulings by the FFPC Commissioners are final.
Online: The Team Roster: Each team’s roster is limited to 20 players. IT IS THE PARTICIPANT’S RESPONSIBILITY TO VERIFY THAT HIS/HER TEAM ROSTER IS CORRECT BEFORE LEAVING THE DRAFT, AND AFTER IT IS UPLOADED TO THE LEAGUE MANAGEMENT WEBSITE. It is the participant’s responsibility to report any errors to FFPC within 24 hours of the roster being uploaded to the league management website.
Online Week 1 Lineups: The FFPC suggests that each team set their Week 1 lineup as soon as lineup submission is available. However, teams will be allowed to modify their Week 1 lineup based on normal lineup submission.
Please refer to Terms & Conditions for eligibility, prohibited players and other game rules.