High Stakes Fantasy Football

Big Money Fantasy Football

High stakes fantasy football. Take a moment, look at those words, and see what comes to mind. Maybe youíre thinking about a bunch of guys in tuxedos smoking cigars while their servants sift through a pile of gold-embossed fantasy football cheat sheets. Or perhaps youíre imagining a normal-looking guy sitting atop a pile of cash, smirking over all the money heís won from the chumps in his various high roller leagues. Then again, maybe youíre thinking about yourself and how youíd like to graduate from free fantasy football leagues into the upper echelons of the hobby.

Whatever the case, thereís nothing wrong with having a desire to move into a different tax bracket when it comes to fantasy football. The risks are greater, the rewards are greater, and your inevitable victory will be that much sweeter. So why not separate yourself from the unwashed masses and give one of the high stakes fantasy football leagues a try? After all, itís only money (yeah, right).

One final note. Many owners expect big money leagues to be packed with fantasy football experts, but thatís often not the case. People with lots of money to spend on fantasy football can be just as dumb as those in free leagues, so donít mistake the size of their wallet for the size of their fantasy knowledge. Who knows? You might enter a high stakes league only to find that youíre the lone guy not glued to a cheat sheet after the 10th round.

High Stakes Fantasy Football Strategy

High Stakes Fantasy FootballIf you decide to join a high stakes fantasy football league, you might be wondering what sort of strategy you should employ. My advice is simple: donít do anything different. Just because more money is on the line, thereís no reason to change your basic strategy. If youíre an aggressive trader, then go with that. If you like to draft a pair of stud wide receivers early, then go out and get the best receivers available in your draft. Even though more cash may be on the line, the game remains the same. Donít start thinking with your wallet, as itís a good way to get into trouble.

High Stakes Fantasy Football Leagues

If youíve read this far, then youíre ready to get involved in some high stakes fantasy football fun. Iíve listed three different high stakes sites below, and each of them offers huge payouts for the owner with a little extra coin in their pocket or purse. Pick one and have fun.

Fantasy Headquarters - This fantasy football website offers leagues for players of all financial levels. In addition, you can choose to participate in either a traditional league (1 QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, 1 TE, 1 K, 1 DT) or a flex league (1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE, 1 flex player, 1 K, and 1 DT). There are six levels to choose from, and the entry fee covers all your expenses throughout the season, meaning you can trade and pick up free agents without ever having to spend another dime. You can also choose to participate in either a 10-team or 12-team league. The entry costs and payouts for first place are as follows:

  • A Level - $49.99 per team. $115 for 1st place in a 10-team league and $141 for 1st place in a 12-team league.
  • AA Level - $99.99 per team. $255 for 1st place in a 10-team league and $306 for 1st place in a 12-team league.
  • AAA Level - $249.99 per team. $755 for 1st place in a 10-team league and $915 for 1st place in a 12-team league.
  • Pro Level - $499.99 per team. $1,815 for 1st place in a 10-team league and $2,200 for 1st place in a 12-team league.
  • All Star Level - $999.99 per team. $4,005 for 1st place in a 10-team league and $4,850 for 1st place in a 12-team league.
  • Hall of Famer Level - $2999.99 per team. $12,750 for 1st place in a 10-team league and $15,450 for 1st place in a 12-team league.

Please note that second and third place also receive a payout in all of the above leagues, as well as the Toilet Bowl Champion. And for the Hall of Famer level, more than ninety-percent of the entry fees are kicked back into the pot.

American Fantasy Football League - Itís been said that the AFFL offers the highest payoffs per entry fee in the U.S., which would definitely qualify it as a high stakes fantasy football league. There are six levels of twelve-team leagues to play in, and in addition to the normal grand prizes offered for each league winner, thereís also a one-million-dollar bonus prize available to anyone who can win the championship in three of the five main pay levels. Talk about an incentive to be involved in multiple leagues! Entry fees and payouts for the grand prize in each level are as follows:

  • Iron League - Free entry per team. $5,000 for the grand prize.
  • Copper League - $50 entry per team. $10,000 for the grand prize.
  • Bronze League - $100 entry per team. $20,000 for the grand prize.
  • Silver League - $200 entry per team. $40,000 for the grand prize.
  • Gold League - $600 entry per team. $60,000 for the grand prize.
  • Platinum League - $1,400 entry per team. $50,000 for the grand prize.

World Championship of Fantasy Football - If youíre looking to really be part of the fantasy football elite, why not take a shot at the World Championship of Fantasy Football? With massive payouts and a wide range of leagues to join, it really doesnít get any better than this. While participants can choose from ladiesí leagues, celebrity leagues, keeper leagues and many more, the big one is known as the World Championship of Fantasy Football Main Event. Payouts for this event include:

  • World Champion of Fantasy Football - $300,000, plus travel and accommodations for two to the Super Bowlís host city on the week of the game, and a trophy marking the owner as the World Champion of Fantasy Football.
  • The runner-up will receive entry into the event the following year plus $50,000.
  • The team scoring the most regular season fantasy points will be awarded $5,000.
  • The winner of the consolation playoff bracket will receive $5,000.

Since 2002, over $10 million in prizes have been awarded to participants in the Main Event. In case youíre wondering, the entry fee for this event is $1,750.

And that concludes our overview of some of the high stakes fantasy football leagues currently available. If youíve got the cash, these leagues will certainly find a spot for you at their table. With a little luck and a lot of skill, you may soon be able to afford your very own personal assistant and gold-embossed fantasy cheat sheets. And even if you donít, youíre guaranteed to have one heckuva good time. And isnít that what itís really all about?

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