2020 Footballguys Subscriber Contest

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Some changes for 2020

We've made some changes to the rules for this year's contest, the most important of which is this:

The terms of our money back guarantee are spelled out on this page. If irregularities in the NFL season cause credits of any amount to be offered to subscribers in accordance with the money back guarantee, then no prizes of any kind will be awarded for this contest. This rule supersedes all other contest rules.

The other major change from previous years is this: this year's contest will be two weeks shorter. The survivor rounds are weeks 1--11, and the three-week final round will take place in weeks 12--14.

There is a bunch more 2020-specific fine print in a big red box at the bottom of the page. We've done our best to account for uncertainty while trying to maintain the traditional rules of the contest to the greatest extent possible. Please read it carefully before finalizing your entry.

As a subscriber to Footballguys.com, you are elgible to enter this contest one time.

Legal Restrictions

The Contest is open to individuals who have reached legal age in their respective jurisdiction. Individuals who have not reached legal age in their respective jurisdiction can enter only with permission of a parent or legal guardian. Void where prohibited by law. Employees and immediate family members of Footballguys.com, its sponsors, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotional agencies are not eligible to win prizes.

The Footballguys Subscribers Contest is open to individuals who are 18 years of age or older and are legal residents in a jurisdiction in which the contest is permitted by law. Residents of Arizona, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana, Vermont, or Washington may play and have their places noted in the standings, but are not eligible to win any prizes. This game is open to legal residents of all other states of the United States, and provinces of Canada. Persons residing in any other jurisdictions may enter (unless this contest or entry into this contest is prohibited by applicable local law), but will not be eligible to win any prizes. All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply.

Game of Skill
The Contest is a game of skill. Winners are determined by the objective criteria set forth below. From all entries received, winners are determined by the individuals who use their skill and knowledge of relevant professional football information and fantasy football rules to accumulate the highest point totals during the Contest according to the official Contest rules.

The deadline to submit/edit your contest entry is 11:59pm (ET) Wednesday, September 9th.

Awarding of Prizes
No substitution or transfer of prize is permitted. All prizes are awarded "as is" and without warranty of any kind, express or implied, (including, without limitation, any implied warranty of merchantability for a particular purpose). All taxes associated with the receipt or use of any prize are the sole responsibility of the winner. A 30% U.S. income tax withholding will be applied to all non-U.S. prize winners. In the event that the awarding of any prizes to winners of the Contest is challenged by any legal authority, Footballguys.com reserves the right in its sole discretion to determine whether or not to award such prizes.

Winners are notified by email or regular mail within 14 days after the official results (and associated winners) are posted at the conclusion of the Contest. Winners are also posted on the Contest web site. Winners must return via email or regular mail an affidavit of eligibility and a liability/publicity release (unless prohibited by law) within 15 days following attempted notification. Failure to comply with this requirement can result in disqualification.

By accepting any prize, the winners grant permission to Footballguys.com to use their names and/or likenesses for publicity and promotional purposes without further compensation, unless prohibited by law, and agree to execute a written consent. In the event of dispute about the identity of any entrant, entries made online are declared made by the authorized account holder of the email address submitted at time of entry. "Authorized account holder" is defined as the natural person who is assigned to an email address by an Internet access provider, online service provider or other organization that is responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted email address. A potential winner can be required to provide the sponsors with proof that the potential winner is the authorized account holder of the email address associated with the winning entry.

By participating in the Contest, you release and agree to hold harmless Footballguys.com, its sponsors, parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, directors, officers, employees and agencies from any liability whatsoever for any claims, costs, injuries, losses, or damages of any kind arising out of or in connection with the Contest or acceptance, possession, or use of any prize (including, without limitation, claims, costs, injuries and losses related to personal injuries, death, damage to or destruction of property, rights of publicity or privacy, defamation or portrayal in a false light, whether intentional or unintentional), whether under a theory of contract, tort (including negligence), warranty or other theory.

Disclaimer, Consent
Footballguys.com and any subsidiary or affiliate of any of the foregoing will not be responsible for: (a) any late, lost, garbled, misdirected, incomplete, or damaged entries; (b) any game disruptions, injuries, losses or damages caused by events beyond the control of Footballguys.com; or (c) any printing or typographical errors in any materials associated with the game. By entering the Game, the entrant grants Footballguys.com the right to use and publish the entrant's proper name, state or province of residence, score, and ranking online and in any other media in connection with the Contest, unless prohibited by law. In the event that the National Football League season is postponed, terminated early, or cancelled for any reason (such as a strike or lockout), Footballguys.com reserves the right to award prizes based on scores at the time the season is disrupted, or to cancel, modify or suspend the game at its discretion. Footballguys.com retains the right to change/ammend the rules at their discretion.

Internet/Technology Problems
If, for any reason, the program is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes beyond the control of Footballguys.com, which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this game, Footballguys.com reserves the right at their sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who violates these Legal Restrictions or the associated Official Rules referenced herein, tampers with the entry process, or engages in any conduct detrimental to Footballguys.com, the $35,000 Contest, or any other entrant (in each case as determined in Footballguys.com's sole discretion), to lock out any individual whose eligibility is in question, and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend this Contest at any time. Released Parties assume no responsibility for, and will not be liable for, any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of entries. No responsibility is assumed for lost, late, misdirected, incomplete or garbled transmissions. None of the Released Parties are in any way responsible or liable for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer on-line systems, servers, or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any e-mail or entry to be received by Footballguys.com on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any Web site, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to participant's or any other person's computer related to or resulting from participation or downloading of any materials in this Game. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT BY ANY PERSON TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEB SITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE GAME IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, FOOTBALLGUYS.COM RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK FROM ANY SUCH PERSON DAMAGES AND ANY OTHER REMEDIES AVAILABLE TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.

OK. enough of the lawyer stuff...

Contest Rules

There will be no draft. A subscriber simply chooses a team from the pre-determined values. Roster selection can be changed until the deadline passes (11:59pm (ET) Wednesday, September 9th) at which point it will be frozen. No roster moves are permitted once the contest starts.

Each team will select at least 18 and no more than 30 players, consisting of quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers, tight ends, kickers and defenses. Each team must select at least 1 QB, 2 RBs, 2 WRs, 1 TE, 1 PK and 1 Def/ST.

Each selection has a different cap value, but all teams must remain at or under the $250 cap. Note: Even though the software should show you if you are within the cap, it is your responsibility to ensure you have a team that is valued at $250 or less. Teams that have spent more than the $250 will be disqualified in week 1.

Players not listed on the entry form are not available.

Each submission is tied in with your login so you can edit and tweak all the way until 11:59pm ET September 9th. Your last submit will be your final roster.

There are multiple Williams, Jones, Brown's, etc in the league. Each player is identified by name, position and team on the entry form. Absolutely no consideration can be given after the fact to mistakes caused by name confusion.

Each week, your top QB, top 2 RBs, top 2 WRs, top TE, top 2 flex (either RB, WR or TE), top PK and top Def/ST will count towards your weekly total. You do not have to select who will play. You will receive the maximum score based on your roster.

Contest will be Survivor style through week 11. By survivor style, we mean that only the high scores for JUST THAT WEEK advance to the next round. Scores reset each week.

The weekly cutoffs are as follows:

Week 1 trim to 13,500 teams (all advance if we have fewer entries)
Week 2 trim to 10,000 teams
Week 3 trim to 6,500 teams
Week 4 trim to 4,500 teams
Week 5 trim to 3,200 teams
Week 6 trim to 2,200 teams
Week 7 trim to 1,500 teams
Week 8 trim to 1,100 teams
Week 9 trim to 750 teams
Week 10 trim to 500 teams
Week 11 trim to 250 teams


Player Scoring for QB, RB, WR, TE

  • Passing TDs = 6 points
  • Interceptions Thrown = -1 points
  • Rushing TD = 6 points
  • Receiving TD = 6 points
  • Passing Yardage = .05 points per yard
  • Rushing Yardage = .10 points per yard
  • Receiving Yardage = .10 points per yard
  • Receptions for RB = 0.5 points
  • Receptions for WR = 1.0 points
  • Receptions for TE = 1.5 points

In the event of a discrepancy among stat providers on any of the above statistics for any of the above positions, the nfl.com player page game logs will be deemed to be official. For players listed on the contest form as QB, RB, WR, or TE, no points will be awarded for any stats not listed above (e.g. return TDs, fumble recovery TDs, receptions for QB, two-point conversions, etc.). 

Kicker Scoring (PK)

  • Made FG = 3 points for FGs 30 yards and lower plus 0.1 points for every yard over 30.
    • Example: a 22-yard FG would be worth 3 points
    • Example: a 29-yard FG would be worth 3 points
    • Example: a 31-yard FG would be worth 3.1 points
    • Example: a 45-yard FG would be worth 4.5 points
  • PAT Made = 1 point
For players listed as PK on the contest form, no points will be awarded for anything other than field goals and PAT. In the event of a discprepancy among stat providers on field goal length, the "Scoring Summary" section of the nfl.com boxscore is deemed to be official. The nfl.com player page game log will be the official source for PAT.

Def/ST Scoring (Def/ST)

  • Sack = 1 point
  • Turnover by the opposing team = 2 points
  • Defensive/ST TD = 6 points 

For the purposes of clarity, we declare a Defensive/ST TD to be any TD that is not a rushing or a passing TD (This will very occasionally INCLUDE a fumble recovery TD by an offensive player, and it might theoretically EXCLUDE a passing or rushing TD that happens on a special teams play. So be it.) A Turnover is defined to be a fumble lost or an interception. For all of the above stats, we will refer to the nfl.com boxscore for the game (the team stats section). For entities listed on the contest form as Defenses, no points will be awarded for any stats other than those listed above.

All scoring is determined final at 11:59pm ET on the day AFTER the last game day of the week (in a typical week, this would be Tuesday). Users have until 5:00 p.m. Eastern time on the following day (e.g. Wednesday in a typical week) to report possible scoring errors or discrepancies for that week's games. All errors reported via the FBG help desk before that time will be corrected as soon as possible. Any error not reported before the deadline specified above (including, but not limited to, errors retroactively introduced by official league stat changes) will stand as posted.

Some words about the uncertainty surrounding the 2020 season

Our primary goal is to create a set of rules that is completely unambiguous, so that no mid-season rule interpretations need to be made regardless of how weird the NFL schedule might get. Our secondary goal is to retain the traditional format of this contest to the greatest extent possible. We hope these two goals don't conflict. If they do, we will be bummed, but we will honor the rules as written here.

These rules might change between their initial posting and the entry deadline. The rules posted at the time of the entry deadline will supersede any prior versions. You should review these rules as the entry deadline approaches before you submit your entry or make any final edits to it.

For the purposes of this contest, subject to the important ensuing clarifications, we define the Weeks as follows:

  • Week 1: all games whose kickoff occurs between September 10, 2020 and September 15, 2020 (inclusive)
  • Week 2: all games whose kickoff occurs between September 16, 2020 and September 22, 2020 (inclusive)
  • Week 3: all games whose kickoff occurs between September 23, 2020 and September 29, 2020 (inclusive)
  • Week 4: all games whose kickoff occurs between September 30, 2020 and October 6, 2020 (inclusive)
  • Week 5: all games whose kickoff occurs between October 7, 2020 and October 13, 2020 (inclusive)
  • Week 6: all games whose kickoff occurs between October 14, 2020 and October 20, 2020 (inclusive)
  • Week 7: all games whose kickoff occurs between October 21, 2020 and October 27, 2020 (inclusive)
  • Week 8: all games whose kickoff occurs between October 28, 2020 and November 3, 2020 (inclusive)
  • Week 9: all games whose kickoff occurs between November 4, 2020 and November 10, 2020 (inclusive)
  • Week 10: all games whose kickoff occurs between November 11, 2020 and November 17, 2020 (inclusive)
  • Week 11: all games whose kickoff occurs between November 18, 2020 and November 24, 2020 (inclusive)
  • Week 12: all games whose kickoff occurs between November 25, 2020 and December 1, 2020 (inclusive)
  • Week 13: all games whose kickoff occurs between December 2, 2020 and December 8, 2020 (inclusive)
  • Week 14: all games whose kickoff occurs between December 9, 2020 and December 15, 2020 (inclusive)

In case games get moved to the other side of the international or interstellar date line, we specify that the date of a game will refer to the local time in the location where the game occurred. In the event that a game occurs outside the traditionally-defined spacetime continuum, it will be considered a Week i game.

If ZERO games are played during one of the Weeks specified above, then that Week is ignored and all the future Week designations shift forward in time. For example, if all games are played as scheduled on Weeks 1, 2, 3, but ZERO games are played on the originally-defined Week 4 (between Sept 30 and Oct 6 inclusive), then Oct 7--13 becomes Week 4, Oct 14--20 becomes Week 5, and so on. In this scenario, Week 14 would be Dec 16 -- 22 (inclusive). Seven-day blocks starting on Wednesday and ending on Tuesday will be added to the end of the schedule as needed. The last potential Week will be June 23--29, 2021. No games played after June 29, 2021 will count toward the scoring of this contest.

If AT LEAST ONE, BUT FEWER THAN NINE, games are played during a given Week, then the week counts (i.e. we will progress to the next week), but NO PARTICIPANTS WILL BE CUT FROM THE CONTEST that week. For example, suppose all games are played as scheduled in Weeks 1, 2, 3, and 4, and then only six games get played in Week 5. In this case, no teams will be cut in week 5. But the following Week will be Week 6 and the Week 6 cut line will be 2200 as originally planned.

If NINE OR MORE games are played during a given Week, then the Week will be scored and the posted cut line will be observed. If it happens that a few games are not played during a given Week, we will be filled with every bit as much frustration as you, the contest participant. But we will score that Week according to the letter of the law.

Note that it is possible that "Week 7" of the contest might not correspond to what the NFL, or the general football-watching community, refers to as "week 7." All mentions of the word "Week" in this document refer to the specific Weeks defined in this red box.

It is unlikely but possible that a player might play more than one game in a given Week. ALL stats accrued by a player during a given week will count toward his score for that Week.

Only regular season NFL games will count. Postseason games will not count regardless of when they get played. A game is considered a regular season game if and only if the game's result (win/loss/tie) is reflected in the official league standings.

Prizes will be awarded as follows:

  • If at least 12 Weeks are played, the prize pool will be allocated as it has been in previous years (outlined below). The contest participants who were not previously eliminated will be ordered, from highest to lowest, by the sum of their scores for weeks 12, 13, and 14.

    1st Place: $20,000 + lifetime All Pro subscription to Footballguys.com + 2021 FPC entry
    2nd Place: $4,000 + FPC 3-Pack + 3-year Season Long Pro subscription to Footballguys.com
    3rd Place: $2,000 + FPC 3-Pack + 3-year Season Long Pro subscription to Footballguys.com
    4th Place: $1,500 + FPC Entry + 3-year Season Long Pro subscription to Footballguys.com
    5th Place: $1,000 + FPC Entry + 2021 Season Long Pro subscription to Footballguys.com
    6th place: $500 + 2021 Season Long Pro subscription to Footballguys.com
    7th place: $300 + 2021 Season Long Pro subscription to Footballguys.com
    8th place: $200 + 2021 Season Long Pro subscription to Footballguys.com
    9th place: $125 + 2021 Season Long Pro subscription to Footballguys.com
    10th place: $75 + 2021 Season Long Pro subscription to Footballguys.com
    11th - 15th place: $50 (sent via PayPal)
    16th - 30th place: $40 (sent via PayPal) or 2021 Season Long Pro subscription
    31st - 150th place: $25 (sent via PayPal) or 2021 Season Long Pro subscription

  • If fewer than 10 Weeks are played, then no prizes will be awarded.
  • If exactly 10 or exactly 11 Weeks are played, the $35,000 prize pool will be equally split among all surviving participants, provided the number of surviving participants is fewer than 875. If there are 875 or more surviving participants, then no cash prizes will be awarded, but a drawing will be held and 875 free 2021 Season Long Pro subscriptions will be awarded.