2023 Pros Vs Joes Best Ball Challenge

2023 Pros vs Joes

“The only way to survive in this world is to be smarter than the next man” — Thomas Shelby

It’s the 2023 installment of the Pros vs Joes Best Ball Draft Challenge!!! OUR 15TH YEAR!!!

As in the past, the competition pits the high stakes players (Joes) of the FFPC (Fantasy Football Players Championship) against a slew of fantasy industry experts (the Pros). In 2023 we continue to draft using the FFPC’s 20 round Best Ball Slim league format. 20 rounds of TE premium Best Ball drafting with NO KICKERS OR DEFENSES. These drafts are a lean and mean 20 rounds of high intensity drafting against the best minds in the industry (analysts and players alike). Your weekly starting lineup will consist of 1 QB – 2 RB – 2 WR – 1 TE – 2 Flex (RB,WR,TE). The compressed format also means your live draft will be much shorter as well.

These drafts are conducted at the end of July before training camps open. Draft your skill players and go to war. With “groupthink” often seeped in to the fantasy community around certain players, you may need to reach early and get your guy. Last year’s overall winners “The Goat District” took a flier on Isiah Pacheco which helped immensely.

To get into this event, you must have been invited as an industry “Pro”, or won a spot via lottery as an early bird entrant into the 2023 FFPC Main Event. This is about bragging rights, showing who the best drafters are, and who wants the FREE entry into a 2024 FFPC Main Event (valued at $2,000) which is awarded to each winner of the seven 12 team leagues. There is no prize for any finish except first in your league. You must draft with that mindset. None of that “multiple teams advance to the next round” applies here. Go big or go home. Play it safe with your picks, and you will likely be mired in mediocrity.

Seven individual 20 round Slim Best Ball drafts are conducted to see who the best fantasy prognosticators are, as they draft BEFORE the preseason games of the NFL begin.

Six of these drafts are BROADCAST LIVE on the FFPC You Tube Channel. We have added one additional league which will be a SLOW draft, likely kicking off shortly before the first live one.

Prizes for the league winners in 2022 once again consist of FREE entries into the 2024 FFPC Main Event valued at $2,000 per entry. That’s a 1 in 12 shot at a huge prize for each participant, so this continues to be a highly coveted, limited, and exclusive contest.

The 2023 Draft dates (unconfirmed) but likely:

Sunday July 23- 8:00 PM EST
Monday July 24- 9:00 PM EST
Tuesday July 25- 10:00 PM EST

Sunday July 30 – 8:00 PM EST
Monday July 31 – 9:00 PM EST
Tuesday August 1 – 10:00 PM EST

Slow Draft starting TBD (but before the first live draft starts).

So how does one get an invitation to participate?

The “Joes” consist of players from the Fantasy Football Players Championship. A lottery system is used to determine who will participate, and the candidates for selection are pulled from the players who register early for the 2023 FFPC Main Event. Registration by Wednesday May 31st, 2023 makes you eligible for the drawing. In addition, you will receive $100 off the regular price for the first team, and $400 off the regular price for each additional team. Each team purchased counts toward one (virtual) ping pong ball in the selection lottery.

The “Pros” consist of industry experts/analysts, and are included via an invite-only basis after consideration by the FantasyMojo/FFPC selection committee.

The Pros: Currently under review…Please stand by…

The Joes : To be selected randomly in June From Early Bird entrants into the 2023 FFPC Main Event