Fantasy Football Prizes
Fantasy Football Prize Suggestions
For many owners, fantasy football prizes are the ultimate objective of the season. After all, what better way to show your fantasy dominance than to walk away with a trophy or fistful of cash? In the following article, we’ll take a look at some of the various fantasy football prizes available, the men and women who’ve won them, and even offer some suggestions on various prizes for your own fantasy football league.
Of course, keep in mind that many owners are happy to play for free, as they’re more concerned with building camaraderie with their friends and developing a new appreciation for the game. If you fall into this category, there’s nothing wrong with you. Still, you may want to check out this article just in case you ever decide to take your game to the next level.
Fantasy Football Cash Prizes
When it comes to fantasy football prizes, most owners prefer cash. After all, money makes the world go round, right? In this section, I’ll be taking a look at some of the largest cash payouts offered and the owners who’ve won them. If this doesn’t get you fired up to participate in a money league, then perhaps nothing will.
American Fantasy Football League - This high stakes fantasy football league offers all sorts of huge payouts. Their championship leagues offer the following payouts based on whether an owner joins through the iron, copper, bronze, silver, gold or platinum level.
- Each league champion receives $4,000 for the platinum level, while the bronze level pays $250.
- Each league runner-up receives $1,500 for the platinum level, while the gold level pays $600.
- Each league 3rd place receives $550 for the platinum level, while the copper level pays $25.
- The consolation playoff winner receives $2,000 for the platinum level, while the silver level pays $400.
- Championship fifth place gets $1,500 for platinum, $1,000 for gold, $750 for silver, $500 for bronze, $250 for copper, and the iron level gets a free silver level entry the following year.
- Championship fourth place gets $3,000 for platinum, $1,500 for gold, $1,250 for silver, $625 for bronze, $300 for copper, and the iron level gets a free silver level entry the following year.
- Championship third place gets $5,000 for platinum, $3,000 for gold, $2,500 for silver, $1,250 for bronze, $625 for copper, and the iron level gets a free gold level entry the following year.
- Championship runner-up gets $10,000 for platinum, $6,000 for gold, $5,000 for silver, $2,500 for bronze, $1,250 for copper, and the iron level gets a free platinum level entry the following year.
- Championship grand prize pays $50,000 for platinum, $60,000 for gold, $40,000 for silver, $20,000 for bronze, $10,00 for copper, and $5,000 for the iron level.
In addition to all the money listed above, the grand prize winners also receive a custom Waterford Crystal engraved trophy. These beauties have a retail value of $9,000. Not bad for a fantasy football trophy.
And while we’re on the subject of fantasy football prizes, let’s take a moment and recognize some of the men and women who’ve won the American Fantasy Football league payouts in the past:
- Copper Level Champions - William Seagraves (2006), Dwain McFarland (2007), Gary Daer (2008)
- Bronze Level Champions - Brian Cameron (2006), Gary Yoder (2007), Michael McKee (2008)
- Silver Level Champions - Lynn Renfro (2006), Dennis Gahry (2007), William Donnan (2008)
- Gold Level Champions - Lynn Renfro (2006), John Flieglemyer (2007), Kevin Slegel (2008)
- Platinum Level Champions - Richard Barndt/Ken Rutherford (2006), Thomas Eduardo (2007), Flip Saunders (2008)
NOTE: Those last two names are made up, as I’m guessing that the winners didn’t want their names revealed due to the large payouts they received.
World Championship of Fantasy Football - The top of the heap when it comes to fantasy football leagues, the yearly overall champ can truly claim to be the best fantasy owner on the planet. Just take a look at some of the payouts and prizes they offer:
- The $5K Auction pays $30,000 to the first-place finisher.
- The $25K Platinum High Roller league pays the winner a whopping $150,000.
- The $1K Auction pays $5,000 for the first-place finisher.
- The Main Event, the biggest event in the world of fantasy football, pays $300,000 for the overall champion, plus cash awards such as $1,250 for the most points during the regular season. The winner of the consolation bracket even gets $5,000. That’s not a bad “consolation.”
I would list the names of the Main Event winners, but they’re not available on the WCOFF website. Once again, I guess this is designed to protect them from greedy relatives and would-be kidnappers. I suppose some fantasy football prizes are so large that they can actually alter your life (sorta like winning the lottery, except it takes a lot more skill and time).
Fantasy Football Trophies
Cash is great, but trophies also make good fantasy football prizes. The standard trophy usually looks like a large golden cup, or it might even be in the shape of a football or a NFL player. They’re often made of plastic or some soft metal, but more expensive crystal trophies are also available.
In addition to the normal variety of trophies, there are also some pretty original designs. Here are a few real trophies I came across while writing this article. Keep in mind that fantasy football trophies can be had for as little as $30 (usually an individual prize), or you can spend hundreds of dollars on one which is passed down through the various winners of your league.
- A large beer bottle, complete with bottle opener.
- A horse’s rear end for the winner of your Toilet Bowl (in case you don’t know, some leagues have a “Toilet Bowl” which serves as a consolation bracket for teams which didn’t perform well enough to make the regular playoffs).
- A miniature bronze toilet, once again for the winner of your Toilet Bowl.
- A bronze trophy which depicts an overweight man sitting in a recliner and wearing one of those old leather football helmets.
- A bronze trophy which has a similar pose to the Heisman, except the player is overweight and wielding a pistol. No doubt inspired by the opening scene from The Last Boy Scout.