2022 Main Event Preview and 2021 Retrospective
The Main Event is the FFPC’s flagship high stakes season long format competition with an entry fee of around $2,000 (less when leveraging discounts for multiple teams). Slow drafts begin 4th of July, and Live Drafts are scheduled to begin August 12th. Prizes are awarded for finishing as 1 or 2 seeds within your league after the 12 week regular season ($2,000) and additional prize money for placing 1st ($4,000), 2nd ($1,500), or 3rd ($500) in the league playoffs (week 13 and 14). A total of $12,000 is allocated to league prize money among the top finishers in individual leagues. The true goal, obviously, is to make it to the Championship Round (total points weeks 15 to 17) of the competition and win the $1,000,000 overall prize. Second place receives $200,000, and 3rd Place wins $100,000. Lesser amounts of cash prizes scale down to 150th place, beginning at $50,000 for 4th down to $1,000. In 2022, there will be a maximum of 350 leagues (4,200 teams). In 2021 there were 250 leagues (3,000 total), 214 drafted online and 36 drafted live in Las Vegas. Come and hang with us in 2022!!.
Here is a comparison of the 2021 top payouts vs 2022. The bulk of the money has been added to the top finishers, but we now have THREE six figure payouts for top finishers.
The competition’s schedule is broken into 3 segments :
- Regular Season – The 2022 regular season will again be 12 weeks. Week 6 will be conducted as an “ALL-PLAY” week, where the 12 teams will be ranked according to points. The top 6 teams get a win, and the bottom 6 teams a loss.
- League Championships – Weeks 13 and 14 are a 2 week head to head elimination between the top 4 seeds coming out of the regular season (seeds based on overall record and win loss record).
- Championship Round – From each league, 2 to 3 teams will earn a berth to the Championship Round, which is a 3 week total points sprint in weeks 15 -17 for the overall title. The regular season overall points leader and win-loss leader from each league automatically win berths into the Championship Round. An additional third team can make it to the Championship Round if they win the league championship, but were not the league point / win-loss leader (ie. seeds 1 and 2 entering the league playoffs).
For complete rules and prizes, visit the OFFICIAL overview of the competition HERE.
In 2021, the contest was comprised of 250 individual leagues of 12 teams. The drafts for these leagues were conducted over the course of the preseason, beginning July 4th, and running thru Saturday September 11th, the day before the Sunday Week 1 kickoff. Similar to our Best Ball Analysis, we have examined the drafts of the winning teams in this competition to identify trends on player selection and roster construction. Most of the analysis focuses specifically on what was done during online drafts because data from Live drafts held in Las Vegas is not available. Picks made on giant cardboard grids are not translated to digital format unfortunately. Even so, with so few drafts in Vegas, we have draft data from 86% of leagues to base analysis on where that is needed. Though when it comes to advance rates to the championship round, 100% of the teams are represented via roster capture upon the conclusion of league playoffs.
If you are a new player, the data contained in these reports should help provide you with a framework for drafting in 2022. If you are an experienced player, a lot of what you see may seem like things you already know, but seeing the numbers crunched should confirm a lot of the best practices that you have been implementing when drafting these teams in the past. Also note that unlike best ball, the drafts for these season long contests are only a partial component of overall success. Waiver wire pickups and weekly lineup decisions also play a huge part in determining your success. You may find reviewing the 2021 waiver wire pickups helpful to provide some guidance there. You can see how much FAAB is generally required to win players based on the particular week of the season. You can find that data HERE.
The analyses provided here are in the context of making it to the Championship Round. Success during the Championship Round is going to be based primarily on the production of players within that 3 week (15-17) sprint which can be unpredictable. In 2021, there were 608 teams in the Championship Round (about 20% of the overall pool). There is a lot of player overlap among the teams obviously. Having the top performers during weeks 15-17 (and actually starting them) is the primary determination of your success there. Unlike the trendy best ball tournaments in the fantasy world these days, this is not a week by week elimination. Your total points accumulated over that 3 week period is what counts. When you review the “Deep Dive into the Top 5 Overall Winners”, we note a player’s performance at a position specifically within that timeframe.
Enough of the chit chat, let’s look at the data! (FYI, the analyses themselves are premium subscriber material)
Roster Deep Dive of the Top 5 Winners Overall
An in depth look at the rosters of top 5 teams overall from 2021 with a master chart that breaks down the detail from each of those teams. These teams won between $500,000 (1st) and $15,000 (5th).
The master chart that we compile will show:
• Every player rostered on every top 5 finisher during the championship rounds (weeks 14-16)
Draft Slots of Winning Teams
This analysis examines the draft slots of the teams that made it into the Championship round
Winning Roster Construction of Drafted Teams
This analysis breaks down the number of players drafted at each position for every team, and compares those metrics with the number of players drafted at each position by every team that made it to the Main Event Championship Round in 2021.
Championship Round Teams Player Ownership Rate
This analysis looks at the drafts of the teams that made it to the championship round and looks at the percentage of players owned on those teams.
Rookies Drafted Per Main Event Championship Round Team
This analysis looks at the drafts of the teams that made it to the Main Event Championship Round and counts the number of rookies drafted by those teams to determine if there is an optimal number of rookies to draft.
We have created a few player “Stack Explorer” tools on the site. These have been very popular during the tournament draft season. We also created a stack explorer which lets you analyze player stacks for the teams that made it to the Championship Round. Based on a particular player stack, you can see which teams in the Championship Round had that stack, and also what their final standing was. The Joe Burrow / Ja’Marr Chase stack was VERY successful with 6 of the top 20 overall teams owning that stack. (Note that the teams in the Footballguys Championship Round can also be analyzed using this tool).