Footballguys Players Championship, Quick Overview

A quick five-minute read to get familiar with the world’s largest season-long, online tournament.

Quick Overview Rules Explained Official Rules Prizes Register Now

Over $2.3 million in prizes will be awarded after the 2019 season including the $250,000 grand prize. At only a $350 entry fee, can you afford not to play in this tournament? Daily online drafts start Sunday, May 5, 2019. Register and choose your draft date today. You’ll get your draft slot as soon as your league fills – which won’t take long, we promise!

Who

The Footballguys Players Championship (FPC) is an online tournament presented as a combined effort of David Dodds and Joe Bryant of Footballguys.com and David Gerczak and Alex Kaganovsky of the FFPC, operated by FFPC, LLC. This will be the 10th year for the FPC after being launched in 2010.

When

Footballguys Players Championship drafts will be held as online live drafts. Drafts will be scheduled daily, beginning on Sunday, May 5 through Thursday, September 5, 2019. Please check the Registration page for the draft schedule and available teams.

How to Enter

Entry fee into the FPC is $350 per team. Registration is quick and easy. Entrants may register online with a credit card.

Multiple FPC teams may be owned by a single owner and a 3-Pack discount is available. Owners may purchase a 3-Pack of teams for $1,000 ($50 savings).

Early Bird Incentive & Deadline

Register for the FPC by June 30, 2019, and draft your team no later than July 15, 2019, to receive a FREE $35 team credit toward any $35-entry FFPC league. Maximum of three (3) $35 team credits are given per person or account regardless of teams purchased or drafted by Early Bird deadline. $35 credits will be added to a player’s account immediately after the qualifying FPC league fills. To be eligible for $35 credit, FPC teams must be purchased with cash funds. FPC credits are not eligible for the promotion.

Changing Draft Dates

Teams which register early may be able to change their draft date providing their original draft date has not been filled. The new draft date chosen must be later than the original draft date. Example: if the original draft date is August 10, the new requested draft date must be August 11 or later.

Drafts dates will become official and will not be changed once 12 teams have been registered and drafts slots have been drawn. Please email support@MyFFPC.com for more information or to change your draft date.

Refund Policy

Refunds of entry fees may be requested until all 12 teams have registered for an FPC draft date. No refunds will be granted after a draft date is filled and draft slots have been announced. No refunds will be granted to owners who do not show up for their draft date. Refund requests will be granted at the sole discretion of Footballguys Players Championship Commissioners and FFPC, LLC.

Draft Slots

As soon as 12 teams are reserved for any individual FPC draft date, draft slots for that league will be randomly selected and announced to the 12 participants by email.

Protection of Prizes

FFPC Customer Deposits and Player winnings are held in a separate, segregated bank account held by ForPlayers-ByPlayers, LLC, the special purpose entity for FFPC, LLC. This Special Purpose Entity was created in compliance with various states’ fantasy sports legislation to ensure the protection of consumer funds. The segregated account is established and held in trust for the benefit and protection of authorized FFPC players. Withdrawals will be made from this segregated account, and checks issued may bear the name ForPlayers-ByPlayers, LLC. ForPlayers-ByPlayers, LLC funds do not belong to FFPC, LLC, nor are the funds available to creditors, except for players whose funds are held in such account. FFPC, LLC and ForPlayers-ByPlayers, LLC are forbidden to commingle funds and will function as two separate legal entities.

Prize Splitting is Available

Prize splitting among principal participant and their co-managers is available. Please refer to the Full Rules, the section titled “Footballguys Players Championship Prize Structure & Distribution” for complete details.

Number of entries in the FPC

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 the total number of entries in the Footballguys Players Championship. When the FPC 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 2019 contest will be 8,400 teams. If the contest finishes under the cap number, participants still get the benefit of the larger guaranteed prize pool. If the contest reaches the cap, registrations close immediately. The announced prize structure is guaranteed regardless of the final amount of entries.

Prize Structure

The $250,000 Grand Prize as well as the entire FPC prize structure is fully guaranteed regardless of the final amount of entries.

Individual League Prizes

Regular Season Prizes (Weeks 1-11)
Place
Prize
1-Seed -- Team with the Best H2H Record
Automatic Berth in the Championship Round
2-Seed -- Remaining Team with the Most Points
Automatic Berth in the Championship Round
League Playoff Prizes (Weeks 12-13)
Place
Prize
1st
(pick one of three available prize options)
* $1,500 Cash
* Free Entry into 2020 FFPC Main Event ($1,850 Value)
* $500 Cash Plus 2020 FPC 3-Pack ($1550 Value)

Plus a Custom Award Medal for Each League Champion
2nd
$500

Regular Season Overall Leaderboard Standings Point Leaders (Weeks 1-11)

Place
Prize
1st
$3000
2nd
$2000
3rd
$1500
4th
$1000
5th
$750
6th
$500
7th
$500
8th
$500
9th
$500
10th
$500

Championship Round (Weeks 14-16)

Place
Prize
1st -- Overall Champion
$250,000
2nd
$30,000
3rd
$15,000
4th
$11,000
5th
$10,000
6th
$9000
7th
$8000
8th
$7000
9th
$6000
10th
$5000
11th
$4500
12th-13th
$3500
14th-20th
$3000
21st-30th
$2500
31st-40th
$2000
41st-55th
$1500
56th-100th
$1000
101st-150th
$500
151st-550th
Entry Into 2020 FPC ($350 Value)
551st-650th
Footballguys.com Season Long Pro LIFETIME Subscription
651st-800th
Footballguys.com Season Long Pro 3-Year Subscription

Consolation Round (Weeks 14-16)

Place
Prize
1st
$3000
2nd
$2000
3rd
$1750
4th
$1500
5th
$1250
6th-7th
$1000
8th-10th
$750
11th-15th
$500

Toilet Bowl (Weeks 12-16)

Place
Prize
1st
$1500
2nd
$1000
3rd
$750
4th-5th
$500

FPC Game Format

FPC is comprised of 12 team leagues with 20 roster spots. Draft format is classic serpentine: 1-12, 12-1, 1-12, etc.

There are three distinct parts of the Footballguys Player Championship season. Teams have an opportunity to win prizes for succeeding in each of the three:

  • Part 1 – Regular season Weeks 1-11
  • Part 2 – League Playoffs Weeks 12 & 13
  • Part 3 – Championship Round and Consolation Round Weeks 14, 15 & 16

League Playoffs

At the end of the regular season, the two top seeds from each league each earn an automatic berth into the Championship Round, regardless of how they perform in the League Playoffs. The four top seeds (including the two 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 League Champion and runner up will win cash awards as described in the prize structure. All teams which did not qualify for the League Playoffs will enter the Toilet Bowl in Weeks 12-16.

Championship Round

In addition to the cash awards, each 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 move on to the Championship Round along with Seeds 1 & 2. A minimum of two and a maximum of three 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 FPC Overall Leaderboard at the conclusion of Week 11 will qualify for the Consolation Round (i.e. based on 7,200 teams, top 1440 teams are considered as the top 20%). This typically only effects a couple of dozen or so teams.
  • Any team which finished in the top 2% of the FPC 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 7,200 teams, top 144 teams are considered as the top 2%). This is a safeguard for a very rare instance where a high scoring team does not qualify as either Seed 1 or Seed 2.

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 FPC Overall Champion.

Free Agents

The Free Agent process is via blind bidding. Each team will be given 1000 blind 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 free agent time period is extended beyond the 11-week regular season into weeks 12 and 13 for all playoff teams. 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.

Starting in 2016 there will now be TWO “pre-season” free agency processes. The first is scheduled on the Friday prior to Labor Day weekend, at 10:00 pm ET for any FPC league which draft concludes on or before the Thursday prior to Labor Day weekend. The second is scheduled on Wednesday after Labor Day weekend, at 10:00 pm ET for any FPC league which draft concludes on or before Tuesday, after Labor Day weekend. All FPC leagues drafted on or after Wednesday, after Labor Day weekend will begin free agency after NFL Week 1 has concluded.

Roster/Scoring

The FPC starting lineup allows for two (2) flex positions, also known as the Dual-Flex. The 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. Action scoring is implemented for all TDs: any TD scored by a player is scored as 6 points to that individual player, in addition to any D/ST scoring that may apply. Stat errors will be automatically corrected using the Elias Sports Bureau. The deadline for lineup submission for each player via the web site or email is the scheduled start time of the game in which the player is participating.

Starting Roster

  • 1 QB
  • 2 RBs
  • 2 WRs
  • 1 TE
  • 2 flex players (RB/WR/TE)
  • 1 K
  • 1 D/ST

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.

Scoring System

  • 4 points for passing TDs, 6 points for all other TDs
  • 0.05 point for every 1 yard passing
  • -1 point for every interception thrown
  • 0.1 point for every 1 yard rushing or receiving
  • 1 point per reception for RBs and WRs
  • 1.5 points per reception for TEs
  • 2 points for 2-pt conversion
  • 1 point for PAT conversion
  • 3 points for every FG of 1 – 30 yards plus 0.1 points for every yard thereafter
  • 1 point for D/ST sack, 2 points for all turnovers
  • 6 points 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).
  • 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

League Software

MyFFPC.com will be the official live draft and league management software for the FPC. This software provides live scoring, live leaderboards and all facets of team management including the blind bidding interface.