High Stakes Fantasy Football: Trying to win the FFPC Main Event and take home the new $1,000,000 top prize! Yup, you heard that right. A MILLION BUCKS. That’s up from last year’s $500,000 top prize. If you’re new to the Main Event, stay tuned, because I’m going to try and help you take down the massive grand prize… If I don't win it first. For all of you experienced high stakes FFPC players, feel free to use this strategy guide against me.
I’ve been playing in high stakes leagues for 10 years and have found a home at the Fantasy Football Players Championship (FFPC). The FFPC offers leagues from $35 Best Ball tournaments to $10,000 High Society cash leagues.
Their flagship competition is the Main Event. The entry fee is $2,000 ($2,125 live in Vegas). Every team purchased after that is a $400 discount from the original price.
I started playing in the Main Event 9 years ago and have cashed in 7 of those 9 years. 2019 was a nice year for me as I finished 5th overall -- good for a cool $15,500. I played in 3 Main Event Leagues that year, winning a total of $17,500 in prizes. I have learned a little something every year and hope to pass that knowledge on to you.
In 2020, the FFPC started doing Main Event slow drafts that began on July 4th. I hate the idea of a high stakes tournament being dragged out over 2 months, as it adds more luck and risk to a format that already has enough of both. I do, however, understand why my friends over at the FFPC start that early. In order to have a million dollar top prize you must have as many leagues as possible – and I love that there is a million dollar prize. The advantage of having drafts so early is that now we have Main Event ADP data available.
The FFPC offers slow drafts (2 hours or 6 hours per pick), online fast drafts starting August 12th and live drafts in Vegas at Planet Hollywood starting September 8th. I highly recommend getting out to Vegas to do a draft. It's a great chance to meet your competitors … but also the competition is a little softer due to the convenient bar located in the ballroom.
The FFPC Main Event rules are important to understand in this unique competition. The Main Event consists of 4,200 teams -- that’s 350 leagues of 12 teams. You compete with your league for Weeks 1-12. League playoffs start Week 13 with 4 teams qualifying. There are cash prizes awarded to the team with the best regular season record, most points, playoff winners and for finishing second or third in the league playoffs.
New in 2021 was the all-play Week 6. The 6 highest scoring teams get a win and the 6 lowest scoring teams get a loss in Week 6 only. This is due to the NFL going to 17 games.
The top 2 regular season teams and playoff league winner will qualify for the “Championship Round” to compete for the Milly. The Championship Round runs from Week 15-17 and is a total points sprint with all the qualifiers from all the other leagues. The team with the most points at the end of those 3 weeks wins the grand prize and the trophy. The Main Event pays out down to 150th place.
The FFPC has unique scoring and roster requirements. The thing that differentiates them from other high-stakes leagues is the TE-premium scoring. TEs get 1.5 points per reception while all other positions get 1 PPR. It doesn’t seem like a big difference, but it is… I promise. The multi-flex option for setting a lineup is also a bit unique. More on that later.
Bringing your A+ game is absolutely crucial when competing in the Main Event. Nobody is spending $2K and coming to the draft unprepared. Most sites that offer mock drafts will not be able to help you with the unique scoring and roster requirements of the FFPC. Don’t worry, we got you. The Draft Sharks Mock Draft Trainer is an incredible tool that allows you to create your own mock draft and draft from any slot. Sync your FFPC Main Event league to the Mock Draft Trainer and get mocking! FFPC Main Event ADP is also kept up to date in the Mock Draft Trainer to make it the best practice you can get.
The TE-premium scoring sets the FFPC apart. The 1.5 PPR for TEs moves them up draft boards and can be a bit odd if you aren’t used to it. Travis Kelce will be a top 7 pick in many Main Event drafts this year with Mark Andrews not likely to get out of the first round either. I’ll discuss when to target certain players/positions in future strategy articles.
The Main Event has a 20-man roster. Starting requirements are as follows:
2 Flex (RB, WR, TE)
The 2 flex spots allow drafters to get a little more unique in their builds. Getting the most points you can in those flex spots is key to winning big money in the Main Event.
One of the things that has helped me the most is just listening and reading other great players. The Draftsharks FREE Discord Channel is the perfect place to get FFPC info from myself and the rest of the DS staff. Join the free Discord.
If Discord isn’t your thing, how about our award-winning podcast?
I listen to 9-10 podcasts during the week to gather insight on players and draft strategies. I also co-host The Deep End podcast with Mike Schopp that is primarily focused on high stakes fantasy football.
Nervous to dive into the high stakes waters? Don’t be! I’m here to help you build your strategy or tweak an existing one. The Draft Sharks Draft War Room is what I use and is the greatest tool you can have at your disposal. It’s a dynamic cheat sheet that syncs with your draft and will adjust on the fly to give you up-to-the-second rankings. If you did no other research and just used the Draft War Room, you would still be ahead of most competitors.
Over the next few installments, I’ll dig deeper into what has made me successful and how you can apply it to your drafts. Follow me @Adam_Krautwurst on Twitter for all things FFPC.
In the next part of this FFPC Main Event Strategy Guide, I’ll discuss how to build a championship-winning foundation in the early part of the draft.