FFPC Main Event – Quick Overview
Quick 5-minute read to get familiar with our flagship contest.
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 and an industry leading $250,000 grand prize. With the entire prize pool placed in an attorney escrow, your money is secure and protected. With an expanded draft schedule for 2016, 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 is an overview assembled for your convenience as an introduction to the FFPC Main Event. Please read the FFPC Main Event Official Rules and Rules Explained pages prior to registering for complete details.
Draft: Draft Live, In-person or Online. Multiple draft options are available starting on Friday September 2nd thru Saturday, September 10th, 2016. Owners may choose to draft on any of these dates/times. Multiple teams may also be owned by a single owner in separate leagues. Grand prize stands at $250,000 with $11,000 in league prizes as well as other prizes. See the complete prize structure below.
Multiple Team Discount: $250 off the regular price for each additional team.
Main Event Pricing:
$1,875 — Live, in-person draft team
$1,750 — Online draft 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
Live, In-Person Draft (Complete schedule of Live FFPC Events in Las Vegas):
1. Thursday September 8th, 2016 at Westgate Resort & Casino, at 12:30 pm Pacific
2. Friday September 9th, 2016 at Westgate Resort & Casino, at 9:00 am Pacific
3. Friday September 9th, 2016 at Westgate Resort & Casino, at 1:30 pm Pacific
4. Friday September 9th, 2016 at Westgate Resort & Casino, at 6:00 pm Pacific
5. Saturday September 10th, 2016 at Westgate Resort & Casino, at 10:00 am Pacific
6. Saturday, September 10th, 2016 at Westgate Resort & Casino, at 3:00 pm Pacific
7. Saturday, September 10th, 2016 at Westgate Resort & Casino, at 7:00 pm Pacific
Online drafts are scheduled daily from Friday September 2nd thru Saturday, September 10th, 2016. Click HERE for complete online draft schedule.
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 email@example.com.
Prize Pool: Main Event prize money is deposited and secured in an attorney escrow account. All prize money is placed into this account for the duration of the season. Prizes are drawn from these funds and the checks will be released by January 20th, 2017. Safe, secure and simple.
Costs: The Early Bird entry fee for the FFPC Main Event is $1,650 for the Online draft and $1,775 for the live, in-person draft at Westgate Resort & Casino, Las Vegas. Multiple team discount of $250 per team is available for owners who wish to purchase additional teams. There are no additional fees for the Online draft. No mandatory hotel stay.
There is a $75 co-manager fee for Live In-person drafts for teams which have a co-manager attending. This is a one-time fee whether the owners purchase one or more live draft teams. Food will be served during the draft. Pay online or by mail. Checks, money orders, ACH (direct bank transfers) and major credit cards are accepted. A $200 deposit is required or pay in full at registration.
Format: The FFPC is comprised of 12 team leagues with 20 roster spots. The draft format is classic serpentine; 1-12, 12-1, 1-12, etc. The FFPC Main Event’s format gives more teams a chance at extending their regular season and winning prizes. 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
League Playoffs: At the end of the regular season, the 2 top seeds from each league each win the regular season prize and automatically qualify for the Championship Round, regardless of how they perform in the League Playoff. The 4 top seeds (including the 2 above) from each league will compete in the 2-week, Head-to-Head League Playoff in Weeks 12 & 13. The winners of the Week 12 match-ups will play each other in Week 13 for the League Championship. The losing teams will play for 3rd place in Week 13. The League Champion will win a berth in the Championship Round, if they have not already secured an automatic berth after the regular season. In other words, if Seed 3 or Seed 4 wins the League Championship, that team will also play in the Championship Round along with Seeds 1 & 2. A minimum of 2 and a maximum of 3 teams per league will qualify for the Championship Round. Any League Playoff team which did not qualify into the Championship Round will enter the Consolation Round.
There are two safeguards in place for higher scoring teams
– 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%). The rest of teams from each league which did not qualify for the League Playoffs will enter the Toilet Bowl in Weeks 12-16.
– 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%).
Championship Round: The Championship Round format is based on the sum of total points scored for each week – there are NO H2H MATCHUPS! 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.
Free Agents: The Free Agent process is via 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. The FFPC has extended the free agent time period (for playoff teams) beyond the 11-week regular season into weeks 12 and 13. All teams NOT qualifying into the League Playoffs will have their rosters locked at the end of Week 11 and will no longer have the ability to make free agent moves. There are no free agent moves for any teams in Weeks 14-16.
Roster/Lineup/Scoring: The FFPC has revolutionized the typical high-stakes scoring format by adding a few ‘tweaks’ in an effort to add to strategy and roster management flexibility. FFPC starting lineup allows for two (2) Flex positions, also known as the FFPC Dual-Flex. Flex positions can be filled by either a RB, WR or TEs. FFPC scoring system gives 1 point per reception for RBs & WRs but also gives 1.5 points per reception for TEs, putting extra weight to the TE position. The Dual-Flex combined with 1.5 ppr for TEs creates a completely new dynamic both during the draft and with roster management decisions. The FFPC also implements Action scoring for all TDs: any TD scored by a player is scored as 6 pts to that individual player, in addition to any D/ST scoring that may apply. FFPC will automatically correct statistical errors using Elias Sports Bureau. 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.
Starting roster: 1-QB, 2-RB, 2-WR, 1-TE, 1-K, 1-D/ST and 2-Flex Players (RB/WR/TE)
IMPORTANT: For the Online drafts, 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. For the Live drafts, if an owner forgets/neglects to draft a full lineup (missing say a K or D/ST), then their final pick will be replaced with the position which is needed to have a complete starting lineup. If replacing the final pick results in an invalid lineup, then the 19th round pick would be replaced instead (or 18th round, etc).
- 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 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
Number of entries in the FFPC: 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 2016 FFPC Main Event will be 1,380 teams (last year the Main Event finished with 1296 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.
Prizes: The 2016 Main Event prize structure below is guaranteed regardless of final amount of entries.
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 trophy|
Consolation Round (Weeks 14-16)
Toilet Bowl (Weeks 12-16)
|1st||Free Entry – 2017 FFPC Main Event ($1,750 Value)|