RealTime Fantasy Sports' Playoff Challenge Fantasy Football ("the Contest") is a fantasy football game where you can join a 10-team public league. Leagues feature total points scored standings with point-per-reception and yardage gained scoring. Leagues play from the Wildcard Weekend through the Superbowl. Leagues are open to all players of all skill levels.
Contest strategy involves putting together the best possible roster before the start of the NFL playoffs. Rosters may include any players from teams appearing in the NFL playoffs but may not be changed after the playoffs begin. The league champion is the team scoring the most points during the NFL playoffs. The rules for this Contest are explained below.
If you are looking for a league where you can customize the rules, try RealTime Fantasy Sports' Playoff Commissioner Service product.
RealTime Fantasy Sports will serve as the commissioner for all Playoff Challenge Fantasy Football leagues and will be responsible for resolving any disputes that arise, such as rules violations or any other matters that may come up in connection with the Contest. All commissioner decisions by RealTime Fantasy Sports are final.
You may sign up and play the Contest up until the final registration deadline of January 9, 2016. You may play "Playoff Challenge Fantasy Football" at any of three levels $19.95, $49.95 or $99.95 per team. As part of the Official Rules, all dollar amounts are in US Dollars. You may register and play as many teams as you like. You may not have more than one team in any league. You will be placed in a league based on your entry fee. All players in each league will have paid the same per team entry fee.
You may register and play as many teams as you like. You may not however have more than one team in any league. If you do register more than one team, each team must be in a different league. To be prize eligible you may not own more than one team per league per household.
RealTime Fantasy Sports' "Playoff Challenge Fantasy Football" are open to:
You will be able to sign up and join a league no later than 4:15 PM ET on Saturday, January 9, 2016. All leagues are required to have 10 participants, or team "owners." No leagues shall be created or filled after the sign up deadline. Any unfilled leagues remaining after the sign up deadline shall be disbanded with its constestants receiving a full refund.
After you sign up for the Contest, you may request a full refund of the purchase price up until your league is filled. After your league has filled you may not receive a refund. Once the league has been filled all sales are final. Honoring refund requests will be subject to the sole discretion of RealTime Fantasy Sports.
Each team in the Constest will consist of a roster of up to 14 players. Team owners are free to choose the player position mix of the players on their roster. There are no restrictions on the number of players at any position that may be on the team's roster. Owners are not required to have a minimum number of players at any position on their roster.
Team owners must select their roster for the entire playoffs before kickoff of the first game of the NFL playoffs. Team owners will not be allowed to make roster moves after kickoff of the first game of the playoffs. The strategy of the game is to assemble a 14 player roster that will yield the most points through out the playoffs without replacing players lost when their team is eliminated from the NFL playoffs. Owners are free to change their starting lineup weekly but not their roster.
The Contest uses a single starting lineup for each team per week. Team owners may change their starting lineups any time between Monday morning at 7:00am Eastern and 9:00pm Eastern on Sunday of each NFL playoff week. Regardless of the deadline for setting a team's starting lineup a player cannot be promoted to a starter or benched after the scheduled kickoff of that player's game.
Each Team's starting lineup will consist of a maximum of:
Players shall score points in all games played during the NFL playoffs. Players on teams with first round playoff byes will receive zero points for the Wildcard Weekend of the NFL playoffs. Once a player's team has been eliminated from the playoffs that player will receive zero additional points for the following weeks of the Contest.
All scoring rules apply to all players, regardless of player's position unless otherwise stated.
Scores and stats are updated immediately as they are received from our statistics provider (usually about every 3 minutes). Some events beyond RTFS' control can make this time longer. Thus, RealTime Fantasy Sports is not responsible for the timeliness and accuracy of the statistics.
Because the statistics are updated "live," some errors may occur. If so, statistical errors are usually corrected by our stats provider during the course of the NFL game, but may take up to 24 hours to be corrected. If an error occurs and is not corrected by our provider, RTFS will correct the stat ourselves, but only if it is overwhelmingly obvious that the stat is in error. If there is any doubt to the validity of the stat, RTFS will maintain the statistic given by its provider.
All stats for a given NFL week are deemed final at noon on Friday of the next week. Even if the NFL changes a stat several weeks later, it will not be changed by RTFS. Nonetheless, RTFS still reserves the right to change any stat at any time for any unforeseen reason.
RealTime Fantasy Sports is not responsible for any inaccuracies, representations, statements, graphics or content of materials that are uploaded onto its servers and website from other vendors, including but not limited to the National Football League, Stats LLC., the Associated Press, and users, members, subscribers, customers or participants.
The Playoff Challenge Fantasy Football season shall run from Wildcard Weekend through the Superbowl. All leagues will begin play with Wildcard Weekend.
At the conclusion of the Superbowl, the team with the most points scored during the entire season will be declared the Winner of the league. The 2nd Place finisher
shall be the team scoring the second most points during the entire season.
In the event that teams are tied with the same number of points scored during the entire season, the tie shall be broken with the following criteria, in order:
Leagues with $19.95 per Team Entry Fee
The Winner in each "Playoff Challenge Fantasy Football" league will receive a prize of $100.
The 2nd Place finisher in each "Playoff Challenge Fantasy Football" league will receive a prize of $50.
Leagues with $49.95 per Team Entry Fee
The Winner in each "Playoff Challenge Fantasy Football" league will receive a prize of $300.
The 2nd Place finisher in each "Playoff Challenge Fantasy Football" will receive a prize of $125.
Leagues with $99.95 per Team Entry Fee
The Winner in each "Playoff Challenge Fantasy Football" league will receive a prize of $600.
The 2nd Place finisher in each "Playoff Challenge Fantasy Football" league will receive a prize of $300.
Prizes will be awarded to one individual per team. All prizes are non-transferable.
Highly experienced fantasy players will be designated in the list of entries in each league. Players will be able to view the list of participants and their designation before joining any league. Designations will be displayed as follows:
Residents of Regulated U.S. States
Not Highly Experienced
Players will see each participant and their designation as determined by the laws and regulatory guidance of their own state of residence. For example, Missouri residents will see participants designated in accordance with Missouri statue and regulatory guidance. A definition of each state's definition of highly experienced may be found here.
All Other Players
Top 100 Player
Top 1000 Player
Ranked lower than Top 1000
For residents of non-regulated U.S. states participants will be ranked and designated by RealTime Fantasy Sports' traditional fantasy rankings. This ranking is based volume of play and success of the participants. An explanation of the rankings may be found here.
Customers must register a personal account with RealTime Fantasy Sports in order to participate in any fantasy contest. Personal accounts must be verified using the customer's full, legal name, current address, date of birth and, when applicable, social security number (when claiming winnings of $600 or more.) RealTime Fantasy Sports uses a third-party verification system to authenticate customer's personal information. Customers may also validate their accounts by submitting an up-to-date photo ID (such as a driver's license) with the current address and date of birth clearly labeled. RealTime Fantasy Sports reserves the right to invalidate any personal account under suspicion of fraud or submission of invalid personal information.
Participants may close out their personal account if desired. In order for a personal account to be closed, participants must request all winnings from their account, and any outstanding credit balance must be refunded. Participants forfeit all unused bonus money upon closure of account. Participants may request re-opening of a closed account, but are subject to re-verification of account information.
Contest participants will not be eligible to receive prize payments until their personal account information has been verified. Prize payments will only be sent to the verified name and address on the personal account, no other name or address will accepted. If prize winner has moved, address information will have to be re-verified before payment can be sent.
All funds in verified, registered personal accounts are sole possession of that participant. Except in cases involving fraud (see section titled, "Fraud" below), withdrawals from a registered player's account by any individual other than the registered player is strictly prohibitied. These funds are not the property of RealTime Fantasy Sports Inc. and are not available to RealTime Fantasys Sports Inc.'s creditors.
One personal account per customer. Customers with more than one personal account may have any extra, or all, personal accounts revoked.
US Residents: Prize winnings of $600 or more per calednar year must be claimed as income. Participants receiving $600 or more in winnings are required to submit their social security number for tax purposes. This SSN will be verified using the participant's account information for validity. By February 15th of the next calendar year all participants receiving $600 or more in winnings will have a tax form 1099-MISC, detailing the taxable amount of their winnings, attached to their personal account. Participats will be notified via e-mail and online (when they access their personal account) of the presence of the 1099-MISC form. It is the sole responsibility of the participant to print out the form and include it in their tax return to the IRS. Per tax law, RealTime Fantasy Sports will provide a copy of the 1099-MISC to the IRS for their records.
Non-US residents: All prize winnings are succeptible to a 30% foreign winnings withholding. Withholdings will be deducted from prize distributions and sent to the IRS. By February 15th of the next calendar year all non-US residents will have a tax form 1042S, detailing the amount of prize money withheld, attached to their personal account. Participats will be notified via e-mail and online (when they access their personal account) of the presence of the 1042S form. It is the sole responsibility of the participant to print out the form and determine the amount, if any, that can be re-claimed. Per tax law, RealTime Fantasy Sports will provide a copy of the 1042S to the IRS for their records.
Prize Winners will be notified by email within 30 days after the official final results (and associated winners) are validated at the conclusion of the Contest. Prize Winners are also posted on the Contest web site. For full season or multiple week contests, the conclusion of the Contest is defined as noon Eastern time on the Thursday following the last day of competition in the league. For daily contests, the conclusion the Contest is defined as noon Eastern on the day following the last event of the Contest. Within 48 hours after the conclusion of the Contest all prize awards will be placed in the winner's RealTime Fantasy Sports account. Prize Winners may use the balance in their accounts to purchase additional RealTime Fantasy Sports games or they may request a prize distribution via check or direct deposit, payable in US Dollars. Prize Winners must complete an affidavit of eligibility and a liability/publicity release (unless prohibited by law) to receive a prize distribution. Failure to comply with these requirements can result in non-payment. Prize Winners are not required to spend the balance in their account nor are they required to receive a prize distribution. Account balances do not expire and may be spent on RealTime Fantasy Sports games at any time in the future.
By accepting any prize, the winners grant permission to RealTime Fantasy Sports 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 a dispute about the identity of any entrant, entries made online are declared made by the authorized account holder of the email address submitted at the 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.
Participants wishing to register complaints regarding whether his or her account has been misallocated, compromised, or otherwise mishandled may do so using the following methods:
By registering, you agree to abide by the general sportsmanship rules set forth in these rules and fantasy games in general. You further agree to accept and abide by the rulings and the decisions of RealTime Fantasy Sports regarding all questions of sportsmanship. Sportsmanship broadly includes actions such as abusive postings and communication, colluding with other teams in the league, deliberately choosing to start incomplete or weak lineups, free agent moves for reasons other than improvement of the owner's fantasy team, and any other actions not conducive to decent, fair, and honest play. If an owner refuses to comply with the sportsmanship rules, or that an owner has acted in an unsportsmanlike manner, RealTime Fantasy Sports reserves the right to disqualify the owner and/or remove that owner from the league without a refund. All decisions by RealTime Fantasy Sports will be final.
Inappropriate, Offensive, or Commercial Communication
The league message boards, league news and league email are provided to facilitate communication with other league owners and enhance the enjoyment of your league. RealTime Fantasy Sports does not permit posting or sending messages or images, to include logos, avatars and team names that could be construed as offensive to other owners. Inappropriate communication can also include spamming team owners with commercial offers and/or posting commercial messages on the league message board. Team owners who violate these guidelines are subject to being restricted from posting in the league. Additionally, RealTime Fantasy Sports reserves the right to disqualify the owner and/or remove that owner from the league without a refund. All decisions by RealTime Fantasy Sports will be final.
All participants are required to abide by the RealTime Fantasy Sports, Inc. (RTFS) Official Policies.
Should a team accidentally drop a player or drop the incorrect player during a free agent transaction, the team may appeal to have the player reinstated to their team. The appeal for reinstatement must occur immediately, without exception. If the appeal is not submitted immediately, for any reason, the appeal will be denied. Submission of an appeal does not guarantee a ruling in favor of the team submitting the appeal. If the team owner is a repeat offender, deemed to be using the appeal to gain an advantage or the appeal is not submitted immediately, the appeal will be denied. RTFS reserves the right to deny any appeal.
In leagues, that allow trading owners may request a review of complete trades. Trade appeals must be submitted immediately after the end of the league voting period for a trade. If any delay in submission occurs, for any reason, the appeal will be denied. Upon submission of an appeal, the trade will be reviewed by a panel of fantasy football experts. Current injuries, bye weeks, season to date performance and other factors will be considered. Trades that are overwhelmingly one-sided will be reversed. Trades that are arguably beneficial to both sides or arguably not overwhelmingly one-sided will be allowed to stand. It is the responsibility of teams within a league to veto a trade if they believe it to be one-sided. Submission of an appeal does not guarantee a trade will be reversed. RTFS reserves the right to reverse any trade or let any trade stand.
Teams may not appeal the veto of a trade. If team owners in a league veto a trade, for any reason, that veto shall stand.
All appeal decisions by RealTime Fantasy Sports are final.
If, for any reason, the Contest 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 RealTime Fantasy Sports which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the Contest. RealTime Fantasy Sports reserves the right at their sole discretion to disqualify any individual who tampers with the registration process or operations of the Contest and to cancel, terminates, modify or suspend the Contest. RealTime Fantasy Sports assumes no responsibility for any error, omissions, interruption, deletion, defect or delay in operation with transmission, communications, line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to or allegation of entries. RealTime Fantasy Sports is not responsible for any problem or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers, equipment or software, failure of any email or user action to be received on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website, phone lines, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to a participant's computer related to or resulting from participation in the Contest. ANY ATTEMPT BY A PARTICIPANT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEBSITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE LEAGUES IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, REALTIME FANTASY SPORTS RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.
RealTime Fantasy Sports is not responsible for any late, lost, garbled, misdirected, incomplete, or damaged entries; any Contest disruptions, injuries, losses or damages caused by events beyond the control of RealTime Fantasy Sports or any printing or typographical errors in any materials associated with the Contest. RealTime Fantasy Sports or any subsidiary or affiliated company of any of the foregoing, are not in any way responsible or liable for any damage, loss or injury (including death) resulting from participation in the Contest and/or acceptance and use of any prize won. RealTime Fantasy Sports is solely responsible for enacting, administering, enforcing the rules, and maintaining the integrity of the Contest. The Contest and website are not sponsored by, endorsed by, nor affiliated with, the National Football League, the National Football League Players Association, Major League Baseball, the Major League Baseball Players Association, National Basketball Association or NASCAR.
By participating in the Contest, you release and agree to hold harmless RealTime Fantasy Sports, 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.
The Contest is subject to all United States laws, and to the Leagues official rules, and cannot be used in connection with any form of gambling. By entering the Contest, you agree to abide by the terms of the official rules and by the decisions of RealTime Fantasy Sports, which are final on all matters pertaining to the Contest. RealTime Fantasy Sports reserves the right to change the official rules at any time, in their sole discretion. Official rules are the rules posted on the Contest website.
Entries into the Contest obtained via fraudulent means such as purchase with stolen credit card, fraudulent bank transaction, checks returned for insufficient funds, credit card chargebacks, etc. shall be disqualified from the Contest. Participants circumventing, attempting to circumvent or subverting the rules of the Contest shall be declared fraudulent and be disqualified from the Contest. RealTime Fantasy Sports reserves the right to seek legal remedies and restitution for all fraudulently acquired entries and for any transactions that defraud RealTime Fantasy Sports of Contest entry fees. Remedies and restitution may include administrative charges and attorney fees. Participants that obtain Contest entries by fraud or defraud RealTime Fantasy Sports shall forfeit all entries and all current and future Contest prizes without recourse or refund.