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When you sign up, you'll receive a $200,000 salary cap with which to draft your team. Do your research, max out your dollars with the most promising contenders and compete against friends and the world. Learn how to play.
How to Play & Frequently Asked QuestionsWhat is the Fantasy Freeride League?
The Fantasy Freeride League (FFL) is a fantasy league for pipe, park and big air skiing competitions. Just like you might play fantasy football, hockey or basketball, the FFL lets you pick a team of athletes for events throughout the season. The better your picks perform, the more points you get. Buy and sell skiers after each event and go again.
New this year, compete against your friends or co-workers by starting a league.
You earn points throughout the season at all the events listed on the calendar page. On weekends where there are two major events, we chose the event ranked higher by the AFP to count for that week's points. That way, there is never more than one event per week.
I played last year. What's changed?
The biggest change (thanks to your feedback) is that you now get the current value for a skier when you sell him/her, instead of having to hold on to a skier that you bought at $20,000 and is too expensive to buy back. More on that below.
Skier values now increase by half as much as last year and max out at $35,000. $50,000 is just too much when you start with only $200,000, and the price for the top skiers jumped way too fast last year.
Since now all skiers will be cheaper, we got rid of the 8-skier limit on your team. Now, you can add as many as you can afford.
We also added the much-requested "leagues" feature. Though everyone in FFL competes against each other for world supremacy, you can now also create a private league, invite your friends, and compete with a smaller group of FFL enthusiasts. More on that below.
How does buying and selling skiers work?
When you sign up, you're given $200,000 of FFL money with which you can draft a team. On the skiers page, you can see a list of all draftable skiers and how much they cost to add to your team. Each skier is given a starting value of $20,000 and after each event, athlete values are recalculated.
After an event, once trading opens again, you can buy and sell people on your team. Let's say you bought an athlete for $20,000 and she won X Games, making her value go up to $23,000. Selling her will put $23,000 back into your account for you to buy and sell. This way, not only do skiers who perform well on a given weekend earn you points, they can also earn you some extra money to put together an even better team for the next event. Of course, buying other athletes who did well will now cost you more.
You can have as many skiers on your roster as you'd like, so long as you can afford them.
How are athlete prices changed after an event?
After each event, before trading is reopened, athlete values are recalculated. Here is how they are determined:
First place through 10th place: Current Price + ($5,000 - ((rank - 1) * $500) * event weight) up to a maximum of $35,000. So, someone who gets a second place at an X Games will have their value increased by $4,500. If an athlete gets two seconds (one in pipe, one in slope), his or her value will increase by $9,000. Third place in X Games increases by $4,000. Fourth by $3,500, etc.
Anyone who made finals but is not in top ten: no change.
What do the numbers mean in the team and skier charts?
The skier list consists of the following:
Skier: The skier's name (duh)
Value: This is his or her current price to buy or sell
Points: Total number of points this skier has accumulated so far this season
Owned: The percentage of people who have this skier on their team
Buy: If you can buy this skier (you have enough money, trading is open and you don't already have them), this will be a "Buy" link. Otherwise, it will display an x.
Points per Week: This is the skier's year to date performance at each event
Your team's page consists of:
Skier: Yep, still just the skier's name
Purchased: The amount you pay for this skier
Value: The current value of the skier. If it's higher than what you paid, you can sell for a profit.
Points: The total number of points this skier has accumulated so far this season
Points per Week: This is the skier's year to date performance at each event
What do the P/Q/O/IR mean in skier lists?
These indicate some level of injury.
P: Probable. This skier has an injury, but can probably compete. Example: Broken thumb.
Q: Questionable. This skier has an injury that is likely to keep them out of the competition. Example: Mild concussion.
L: Limited. This skier has an injury. They are going to compete, but their ability to perform is limited. Example: Coming back from an ACL tear.
O: Out. This skier's injury will keep them out of the competition for the short term. Example: Broken collarbone.
IR: Injured reserve. This skier has a serious injury and they are unlikely to return this season. Example: Torn ACL.
How are points awarded?
Each contest is weighted according to the AFP's classification. Each contest is either platinum or gold, with gold events being worth 85% as many points as platinum. The top 10 results from each contest final is scored. Picking the 11th place finisher yields zero points.
Here is the formula used to calculate how many points an athlete earns on a given weekend:
Points Earned = (100 * 0.85 to the power of (rank - 1)) * event weight
So if an athlete gets first place at the X Games superpipe, he or she will earn you 100 points. Second place, 85. Third place 72, etc.
How do Leagues work?
New this year, you can now create a private league and invite your friends to compete with a smaller group. You can create and join as many leagues as you want.
No matter how many leagues you create, you only pick one team, and multiple players in the same league can own the same skiers.
To create a league, go to the leagues page and click the link in the right-hand sidebar.
Give your league a name, hit create, and you're the manager of your very own FFL league.
Once you create your league, you will be given a link that you can use to invite friends. Share it on your Facebook wall, tweet it, e-mail, or spread it any way you want. There's no limit to the size of a league, so you could technically invite everyone using the forums if you want.
If you lose your invite link, just go back to the leagues page, click the league you created, and the link will display for you at the top of the page.
How do contest divisions work?
During any given event, there will be different disciplines in play. For instance, an event might just have a big air, or it may have men's and women's slope and pipe. You will not be able to buy/sell athletes in between each discipline, so you should choose your team with the weekend's contests in mind.
When is trading open?
You are allowed to buy and sell athletes while there are no contests going on. Generally, this means Monday (after we score the previous weekend's contest) to Thursday night. Trading will close the night before the start of the event. So if prelims start on Friday morning, trading will close Thursday night (as late as we can stay up).
How did you choose which skiers to include in the league and their starting price?
We took the top 30 men and 10 women from the AFP overall list, plus the top 10 men and top 5 women from each halfpipe, slopestyle and big air AFP rankings. We then added a couple skiers based on this summer's events, or skiers who were injured for much of last year but who are likely to do well this season.
Prices were set based on last year's AFP points, using the formula of $15,000 + total AFP points (and then rounded to the nearest $500). Injured athletes were added at $15,000.
If there's someone you want to draft who isn't available, remember: the same athletes are available for everyone so you need to choose based on what's given to you. Plus, no one wants a list of 500 skiers to have to scroll through to find their picks.
Who's running this thing?
The Fantasy Freeride League is brought to you by your friends at Freeskier Magazine.