Footballguys Players Championship - Rules Explained
Great way to get acquainted with the rules and format.
The Footballguys Players Championship is a sister contest to the FFPC Main Event. The main difference between the two contests are entry fees and subsequently, the prize structure. Lot's of thought and consideration went into the decision making that allowed us to structure this game. As Albert Einstein said: "Make things as simple as possible, but not simpler". And that's what we did. The result is a format which is enjoyed by thousands of high stakes fantasy football players. On the page below, we would like to share the reasoning and thought process behind the Footballguys Players Championship game structure, rules and lineup requirements. If you have any further questions, please email us your questions or comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. We also look forward to your feedback on the message boards.
The Footballguys Players Championship (FPC) Lineup & Scoring Explained:
QB - Start 1 - Score 4 points per TD. We prefer the single QB format, and believe that 4 points per touchdown is a fair value for QB contribution. The passing yardage and other scoring opportunities for QBs permit them to score enough points to be a valuable position on the starting roster.
RBs - Start 2 - Score 6 points per TD and 1 Point Per Reception. Having played in many PPR leagues, our experience is that scoring 1 point per reception is a fair method. It gives lesser RBs real value on a weekly basis. The 1/2 point per reception rule, offered in some formats, is not suitable in a 12-team format and makes a RB less valuable than a WR or TE.
WRs - Start 2 - Score 6 Points per TD and 1 Point Per Reception. Having played various other high stakes events, we as players just like this scoring format, and feel it's the best way to allocate points for WRs.
TEs - Start 1 - Score 6 Points Per TD and 1.5 Points Per Reception. This is where the Footballguys Players Championship breaks from the crowd in a big way, and there are multiple reasons. Having the option of selecting high scoring TEs gives owners more lineup flexibility and adds to draft strategy. Tight ends may be drafted early and often by some drafters and ignored by others. NFL teams have made the tight end more of an offensive weapon in recent years and the FPC has emulated that trend with its Tight End scoring. The 1.5 PPR rule also has bearing on the Dual-Flex option as explained below.
Flex Position - Start 2 - The FPC Dual-Flex. Fantasy owners can choose the Flex from the TE/WR/RB positions. With 6 Points Per TD, 1-Point per Reception (1.5 for TE), fantasy owners have many more lineups choices and decisions using this versatile format. There are 6 different lineup combinations which can be utilized with the Dual-Flex:
- (2RB, 4WR, 1TE)
- (2RB, 3WR, 2TE)
- (2RB, 2WR, 3TE)
- (3RB, 2WR, 2TE)
- (3RB, 3WR, 1TE)
- (4RB, 2WR, 1TE)
With a single Flex position, a fantasy owner is limited to only 3 lineup choices vs. 6 choices in the FPC. The elevated tight end scoring makes all 6 lineup options viable for fantasy owners. Teams with strong running backs, wide receivers and/or tight ends are permitted to field the lineup they want. A fourth running back or a third quality tight end is a viable option. Bye weeks become manageable and permit additional lineup choices due to starting lineup flexibility. Fantasy owners can manage their lineup decisions and can "play to their team strength". The Dual-Flex option even aids in free agent bidding strategy, whereas teams with three strong starting RBs can continue to try and solidify that position and pick up another RB, due to the ability to start all four.
'Action' Scoring - All offensive players will receive points if they score a TD, whether by punt/kickoff return, playing defense, from a fumble recovery, etc. We feel it is fair to reward the fantasy owner that has that player. A player like Devin Hester or Leon Washington may become a valuable starter thanks to this rule addition.
The FPC Rules and Format Explained:
3 Parts to the FPC season - the FPC format was created to form 3 distinct and separate parts of the overall 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 14-16
11-Week Regular Season - 11 Weeks is considered a short regular season by some but is necessary to create a perfectly balanced schedule in the FPC tournament. The 11-week regular season allows for League Playoffs to run in Weeks 12-13 and the Championship Round to run in Weeks 14-16. Since this is a H2H format, it only makes sense that all teams play each other one time during the season. Therefore, creating a format to extend the 11 week season while maintaining H2H balance is short of impossible. In order to counteract this potential issue of the short regular season, we at FPC have chosen to allow 4 teams make the League Playoffs. 33% of each league make the playoffs and each of these 4 teams will have an opportunity to win their League Championship as well as advance to the Championship Round. As each of the past FPC seasons have shown, this format creates an exciting finish and keeps more teams in the playoff hunt late into the regular season. Amazingly, in some leagues, as many as 10 teams where mathematically alive heading into the final week of the regular season (week 11)!
Seeds #1 and #2 Automatically Advance to the Championship Round - What is the dream goal of each participant in the Footballguys Players Championship? To win the $200,000 Grand Prize, of course! But in order to compete for the big money, you have to make sure your team qualifies into the Championship Round in Weeks 14-16. As reward for top performance over the 11 week regular season, the #1 and #2 seed from each league will receive their ticket to the big dance by being automatically placed into the Championship Round. These top 2 seeds will advance regardless of the outcome of their league playoff games.
4-Teams in Head to Head League Playoff - The 2-week H2H League Playoff in Weeks 12 & 13 has a number of desirable attributes:
- - It extends the season for more teams, with 33% of teams making the league playoffs.
- - Head-to-Head playoffs most closely resemble the NFL football playoffs.
- - Most importantly, Head-to-Head playoffs are the most exciting way to play fantasy football. The two week playoff is the culmination of the regular season, and provide for the desired climatic conclusion. The FPC has chosen this method of determining the League Champion vs. other less compelling formats. In this format, we have also created a way for the 3 or 4 Seed team to advance to the Championship Round by winning their League Playoff - another rule unique to the FPC. The top 2 seeds are already rewarded with automatic inclusion into the Championship round.
- - The 4 league playoff teams will play for the following prizes:
(three prize options available)
1) $1,500 Cash
2) Free Entry into 2014 Fantasy FFPC Main Event ($1,650 Total Value)
3) 2014 Footballguys Players Championship 3-Pack and $500 Cash
+ Custom award medal for each league champion
Week 12 - Eagles, Seahawks, Bengals and Bills off on BYE - Once again the NFL threw us a curve in April 2013 by putting teams on bye in Week 12, the first week of the FPC League Playoffs. While having players on bye in the playoffs is unusual and may seem problematic on the surface, since this is a known fact to all FPC owners prior to the draft, it does not put any owner at a disadvantage and is fair to all. Owners ultimately will make the decision to draft or not draft players from the Eagles, Seahawks, Bengals and Bills. This now adds a new wrinkle to player evaluation and draft strategy for the Footballguys Players Championship owners.
Extended Waivers for League Playoff Teams - The 4 qualifying League Playoff teams can continue to pickup players during Weeks 12 and 13. This represents a needed upgrade compared to other formats. The FPC League Playoffs and Championship Round run for five weeks. Due to this, we felt that an additional two weeks of waivers is vital for efficient roster management. This can lead to increased strategy decisions. Free Agency money has increased value for playoff teams. Do you "go for it" if you are close? Or save your FA dollars if you make the League Playoff weeks? You decide, not the schedule; and that's part of the challenge - and flexibility - of the FPC in-season team management.
League Playoff Teams Compete in Smaller-sized Consolation Round - The 3rd and 4th seed in the League Playoffs not only have a chance to win their league and make the Championship Round, but also get their own Consolation Round, if they do not. A minimum of 1 and a maximum of 2 teams per league will be placed in this Consolation Round so there will be less teams to beat should your team get hot in weeks 14-16. All other teams are placed in the Toilet Bowl.
Blind Bid Waiver Wire, with Conditional Bidding Groups - Players will be able to bid on free agents the way they want to - the software doesn't prohibit you from making decisions. Primary bids with conditional bids can be set to your preference via the RTSports.com software. i.e. the player with the highest bid does not have to be your #1 priority; he can be your safety net that week.