FFPC “Off-The-Grid” Leagues – Official Rules
$2,000 + $2,000 + $1,000 entry. Bid on your draft spots & weekly free agency. Live, in-person drafts on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019 at Planet Hollywood Resorts & Casino in Las Vegas.
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Off-The-Grid League Details
|Duration:||Regular season Weeks 1-13. League Playoffs Weeks 14-16|
|Entry Fee:||$5,000 total due at registration, broken down in this way:|
|$2,000 towards league prize pool|
|$2,000 towards live draft position bidding|
|$1,000 towards weekly free agency blind bidding|
|Prizes:||Scroll down for details|
|Off-The-Grid Draft:||Live, in-person draft in Las Vegas|
|Prior to draft, there is a live auction for each pick in Round 1 and Round 2 using the $2000 live draft position bidding money (You may bid over $2,000)|
|The bidding will begin with Pick 1 through Pick 12 for Round 1 followed by Round 2, with the highest $ bid being awarded the draft position|
|Round 3 starts a live serpentine (snake) draft that mimics the order of Round 1, which will stand as the order for the remainder of the 20 round draft|
|Number of teams:||12|
|Victory Points (VP) Format:||This format rewards on a weekly basis for H2H victories and for points scored. Scroll down for a detailed explanation of the Victory Points awarding process.|
|Format (Regular Season):||Weeks 1-13|
|H2H matchups using Victory Points scoring|
|Six (6) teams advance to League Playoffs. Three (3) Division winners and Three (3) remaining teams with the most Victory Points.|
|Format (League Playoffs):||Weeks 14-16|
|Six (6) teams are seeded 1-6 in order of total Victory Points|
|Top 2 seeds get bye in Week 14|
|During Week 14, seeds 3, 4, 5 and 6 will compete in a total points competition, with the top 2 scoring teams moving on to the next round.|
|During Weeks 15 and 16, seeds 1 and 2, as well as the two Seeds which advanced from Week 14, will compete in a total points competition, with the highest scoring team being crowned League Champion.|
|Free Agency:||Waivers by way of blind bidding (FAAB)|
|Each team has $1000 actual bidding dollars from their registration fee to use for the entire season|
|Two (2) weekly free agencies on Wednesday & Friday|
|Cutoffs on Wednesday 10 PM ET and Friday 10 PM ET|
|NFL players whose teams played on Thursday may be dropped from FFPC rosters on Friday as long as they were not in that team’s Thursday’s starting lineup.|
|Weekly Team Management:||Yes. Starting lineups and free agency|
|Trades:||No trading allowed|
|Scoring System:||FFPC Scoring rules will be in effect (scroll down for scoring details)|
|Roster Requirement:||Twenty (20) 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)|
$2,000 + $2,000 + $1,000 Entry Fee (See Explanation Below)
Thursday, September 5th, 2019 12:30 pm Pacific
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”) Off-The-Grid league is scheduled as a live event on Thursday, September 5th, 2019 at 12:30 PM Pacific Time at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, NV.
The total entry fee for the Off-The-Grid league is $5,000. The rules below cover the Off-The-Grid league. All references to FFPC below refer to the Off-The-Grid league.
The total entrance fee for the Off-The-Grid league is $5,000 which breaks down in the following way:
$2,000 will be used towards the season prize structure of the Off-The-Grid league.
$2,000 will be used for the draft position bidding, as described below.
$1,000 will be used for the free agent bidding, as described below.
Any portion of the draft position bidding and free agent bidding money that is unused after the season will be returned to the primary participant no later than January 20, 2020.
There is no co-manager fee and no events fee associated with these leagues. 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. The total amount due at registration is $5,000. Entry covers cost for teams with single primary owners or for those who bring a co-manager. No refunds will be issued after August 1st, 2019 or the draft taking place.
Entrants may complete our online entry form and agree to abide by the official rules and regulations governing the Off-The-Gird league. Payment can be made for the $500 deposit via the FFPC’s secure online registration using a credit cards or player’s account balance only. The balance of $4,500 will be due anytime before July 31st, 2019, payable by check, money order or direct bank deposit (ACH) ONLY. Credit cards will not be accepted for payment of balance. After registering and making the payment online, participants will receive an email confirmation of their entry into the Varsity League.
Payment can also be sent by mail using a personal check, money order or cashier’s check to the address below. By sending payment, entrants agree to abide by the official rules and regulations governing the FFPC. Please send payment to:
FFPC, LLC. (make checks payable to this company)
1133 Broadway, Suite 539
New York, NY 10010
Auction Bidding for Draft Slots
There will be a live auction immediately prior to the start of the Off-The-Grid league for Rounds 1 & 2 draft slots. Each team may bid (with real dollars) on a draft position for each of the first two rounds. The draft positions are auctioned off; not a particular player. The league auctioneer will start the bidding for pick 1.01 and end at pick 1.12. Each team can only have one pick in each round. After the first round is auctioned off, the second round is auctioned off in the same way. Round 3 picks will mirror the team’s spots in round 1, as would a typical serpentine draft. Rounds 4 through 20 will continue in a standard serpentine draft order.
Nominating procedure will be as follows. The league auctioneer will bring up each draft position (in order from 1.01 to 2.12) for bidding. There is no limit to what dollar amount a team may bid on a draft position. It is up to the skill and bidding strategy of each team owner to decide.
After a draft position is nominated, the verbal bidding process starts. The bidding process is an open process and there is no sequence for the bids. Team owners may bid at any time. In the event of simultaneous bids, the auction draft facilitator will determine who was first. Bids are made in $1 increments (no cents). To end the bidding, a facilitator will say: “Going once…. going twice… Sold to team X for Y auction dollars.” Team owners can still declare a bid before the facilitator reaches “sold.” Once the facilitator says “sold,” the bidding is completed for that draft position. In the event of a tied bid, the team who bid first wins the draft position. The winning team’s owners will proceed to sit at their appropriate draft position on the draft table.
After each draft slot is won during the auction, the winning team’s manager(s) will proceed to sit in the appropriate spot on the draft table and will have 60 seconds to submit its draft pick. These selections must be made immediately after each of the draft slots are awarded in Rounds 1 & 2.
Each team will use as much or as little of the $2000 they entered toward the draft position bidding. If the team goes over $2000 during the bidding process, the difference must be covered by credit card at the end of the draft. Instructions on processing this payment will be given at the end of the draft. Any unused portion of the $2,000 will be returned to teams by September 30, 2019.
League Structure, Rules and Prizes
The Off-The-Grid league will each be comprised of 12 teams/participants/managers and the regular season will run from Week 1 through Week 13. Each league will be randomly divided into 3 divisions of 4 teams each. The Off-The-Grid individual league structure will be as follows: Each team will play in 13 weekly regular season Head to Head match-ups in Weeks 1-13. H2H results and the weekly standings will be determined using the Victory Points system as described below. The 6 top seeded teams at the end of the regular season will play in a total points format League Playoffs in NFL Weeks 14, 15 & 16 to determine the League Champion. The 2 top seeded teams at the end of the regular season in each league will each be awarded a Regular Season prize and receive Immunity (aka “Bye” in H2H play) in the Week 14 in the League Playoff Round. All references to “points”, “total points” or “points total” implies starting lineup points.
The Off-The-Grid league drafts will be held at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Las Vegas. Draft will last for 20 rounds, with each team selecting one player per round. After Rounds 1 & 2 are completed via the auction bidding process described above, the draft will continue in a serpentine format: Team 1 through Team 12 in Round 3, Team 12 through Team 1 in Round 4, Team 1 through Team 12 in Round 5, 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 complete starting roster, FFPC commissioners may add a player 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. If a starting lineup is not submitted for Week 1, the FFPC Commissioners will submit one at their discretion. 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 12th, 2019. Team managers may access their teams at www.myffpc.com
The Off-The-Grid league Prize Structure (in US dollars):
|Regular Season Prizes (Weeks 1-13)|
|League Playoffs (Weeks 14-16)|
|Weekly Prize Winners (Weeks 1-16)|
|Each week, the team(s) with the weekly high score for each of weeks 1-16 will win 1/16 share of all “Draft Position Bidding” money spent plus 1/16 share of all “Free Agent Bidding” money spent. As an example, if the entire amount of the initially deposited draft bidding and free agent bidding money is spent, there will be a total of $36,000 in the weekly prize pool which will amount to a $2,250 weekly prize for Weeks 1-16. The exact amount of these prizes will be determined after the conclusion of the season and deposited in the winner’s FFPC accounts.|
Each team’s roster will have a maximum of 20 players. 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 Off-The-Grid league pages. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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.
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 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
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 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 use the $1000 free agent bidding dollars they deposited with their entry fee. This real money may use to bid on free agents during a weekly blind bidding process. Any portion of this free agent bidding money that is unused after the season will be returned to the primary participant no later than January 20, 2020.
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 will now be 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 now 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.
The blind bidding process will be available after the completion of Week 1 and end prior to Week 16 for ALL TEAMS. This is done to allow all teams continue competing fairly for the weekly prizes.
Rosters will be updated with the results of all successful bids after 10:00 PM EST, following the completion of the blind bidding process.
Bids will be allowed to be entered from Tuesday 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 FFPC, 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 FFPC, 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. Teams may not purchase additional bidding dollars. 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, on the league management pages. No bids will be accepted by telephone, email, message boards or any via any other form. In the event that the league management website is not able to accept bids, team managers are instructed to go to www.MyFFPC.com, call the 24-hour emergency message center at 1-888-898-3372 or email email@example.com for further instructions.
FFPC League and Playoff Structure:
The 13-week regular season will run from NFL Week 1 through NFL Week 13. Over the course of the regular season, each of the 12 teams in the Off-The-Grid league will play 13 Head-to-Head matchups vs. the rest of the league. Each team will play against the 3 teams in its Division twice: first 3 matchups in Week 1-3 and then 3 more in Weeks 11-13. The rest of the 7 weekly H2H matchups during Weeks 4-10 will be against non-Division teams. All H2H head matchups will be scored based on a Victory Points system and the league standing will be a result of the amount of Victory Points that each team accumulates.
The Victory Points system works in the following way:
Each weekly H2H Win earns 2 VPs
Each weekly H2H Loss earns 0 VPs
Weekly Victory Point distribution:
Top point scoring team – 2 Victory Points
No.2 point scoring team – 2 Victory Points
No.3 point scoring team – 2 Victory Points
No.4 point scoring team – 2 Victory Points
No.5 point scoring team – 1 Victory Point
No.6 point scoring team – 1 Victory Point
No.7 point scoring team – 1 Victory Point
No.8 point scoring team – 1 Victory Point
No.9 point scoring team – 0 Victory Points
No.10 point scoring team – 0 Victory Points
No.11 point scoring team – 0 Victory Points
No.12 point scoring team – 0 Victory Points
Each team will earn 4, 3, 2, 1, or 0 VPs each week based on the criteria above. The weekly league standings will be based on the amount of total Victory Points each team has accumulated to date. If there is a tie between teams in weekly points scored in the H2H matchup, the 2 VP points will be split evenly, 1 for each team. If there is a tie between teams in weekly points scored in separate matchups, the following tie breakers will be used to determine who earns the Victory Points:
1. Most total points to date
2. Regular season win/loss record to date
3. Head-to-head record
4. Starting QB points during the week.
5. Coin toss
At the conclusion of Week 13, 6 teams from each Off-The-Grid league will earn a berth in the League Playoffs in Weeks 14, 15 and 16. These 6 teams will be the 3 Division winning teams and the 3 teams with the next highest amount of Victory Points. These 6 teams will play against each other in total points competition to determine League Champion. The winners are based on weekly points scored and there are no H2H matchups or Victory Points used in the League Playoffs. These 6 teams will be seeded 1 through 6 and the seeding will be determined in order as follows:
Seed 1 – Team with the most Victory Points
Seed 2 – Team with the next highest amount of Victory Points (not necessarily a Division Winner)
Seed 3 – Team with the next highest amount of Victory Points
Seed 4 – Team with the next highest amount of Victory Points
Seed 5 – Team with the next highest amount of Victory Points
Seed 6 – Team with the next highest amount of Victory Points
If there is a tie between teams in Victory Points, the following tie breakers will be used to determine Division winners as well as Playoff seeding:
1. Total Points scored weeks 1-13
2. H2H win/loss record
3. Total starting QB points weeks 1 through week 13
4. Coin toss
Seeds 1 and Seeds 2 will win a regular season award (as listed in the prize section) and earn Immunity in Week 14 of the League Playoffs. This means Seeds 1 and 2 automatically advance to Week 15.
During Week 14, Seeds 3, 4, 5 and 6 will have their scored re-set to zero, will set their lineups and compete in total points competition. The two teams which score the most points during Week 14 will advance in the League Playoffs. The remaining two teams are eliminated.
During Week 15 and 16, Seeds 1 and 2, as well as the two Seeds which advanced from Week 14, will have their scores re-set to zero, will set their lineups and compete in a 2-week total points competition. The team which scores most points during Weeks 15 & 16 will be crowned League Champion. The team which scored 2nd most points will be runner-up. The team which scored 3rd most points will finish 3rd.
In the rare case that there is a tie between teams in any of the League Playoff total points competition, the following tiebreakers will be used in order from 1 to 5 to determine winners:
1. Total Victory Points during the regular season
2. Head-to-head in the regular season
3. Regular season win/loss record (weeks 1-13)
4. Starting QB points in League Playoff game
5. Coin toss
Teams which do not qualify for the League Playoffs will continue to have the ability to set their starting lineups (and participate in free agency) and will have equal ability to compete for the weekly prizes.
The Off-The-Grid league drafts are scheduled to be held at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Las Vegas on Thursday, September 5th, 2019 at 12:30 pm Pacific time. Entrants must arrive in the draft room at least 30 minutes prior to draft time, at the latest. It is the sole responsibility of the participant to know the exact start time of his league. FFPC, 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. FFPC, 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 Off-The-Grid league Live Draft principal owners are required to attend the draft in person. It may be possible to arrange to allow participants the ability to draft with help of a surrogate drafter or online draft room. If a principal owner cannot attend the draft, he can name a surrogate drafter via email or in writing by September 1, 2019. If the principal owner, their surrogate or co-manager cannot draft, FFPC, LLC. will attempt to draft a team in place of the participant.FFPC, LLC. will not be held liable for any draft decisions it will make as the surrogate draftee.
The principal owner in the Off-The-Grid league is permitted to bring one co-manager to the draft. There is no additional fee to bring a co-manager for this year’s draft. 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 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 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 5, 2019 and ends on Monday, December 23, 2019, which is the first 16 weeks of the NFL regular season. If the NFL changes its season for any reason, FFPC, LLC. reserves the right to amend its FFPC league structure accordingly. Any regular season NFL games that take place prior to the Off-The-Grid draft on Thursday, September 5th, 2019 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.
FFPC, LLC. uses its league management service to handle scheduling, blind bidding, transactions, win-loss records, etc. FFPC, 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. FFPC, 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 FFPC, 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. FFPC, LLC. 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, 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. Typically, stat changes are received by Elias and SportsRadar on the Thursday following that particular week. Once the stat changes are received, the FFPC will update the standings and results of all FFPC leagues accordingly. 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 FFPC, LLC. to make any changes not noted by Elias Sports Bureau.
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, 2020 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. FFPC, 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. FFPC, LLC. is not responsible for, or bound by, any agreement between the principal participant and any co-managers or group. FFPC, 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 FFPC, 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 FFPC, 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. FFPC, LLC. may, at its own discretion, refuse to accept any prize splitting request and process the entire award to the principal participant. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org 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, 2020.
Please refer to Terms & Conditions for eligibility, prohibited players and other game rules.