Hey everyone. :-)
Been a while since I’ve posted here, but I’m back with a great reason.
I’ve seen the future of fantasy football. I’ve played the future of fantasy football.
And I want to tell you about it.
Plus, I worked out a deal that will be of serious benefit to you. (You’re welcome to skip right to the bottom of this post to see what it is, but if I were you I’d learn about all the cool features of the app first.)
And to think … it all started with an email from someone I didn’t know that I damn near hit the SPAM button on.
The subject line said it all …
Ever since Midwest Sports Fans started to pick up steam (oh, around here), I have received email after unsolicited email from PR people trying to entice me to write about some new product, event, or we-hope-this-goes-viral video.
Almost without exception, I delete these emails without even reading them … especially if I don’t know the sender.
But I received one last week and decided to read it. I’m not exactly sure why, but I know that the keywords in the subject line caught my eye:
Rivalry Games: Fantasy Football App Adds Cash Contests in time for NFL Playoffs
Let’s see: a fantasy football app with cash contests for the playoffs?
I was intrigued, so I decided to investigate.
I clicked over to the website of Rivalry Games and watched the short video on the home page. It’s not the most visually or intellectually stimulating video I’ve ever seen, but it gets the point across.
And the point, again: fantasy football app with cash contests for the playoffs.
Here’s why I love this app (and why you will too)
This past Friday I downloaded the app and decided to give it a try, just in time for the Wild Card games. I ended up participating in single-game cash contests for the each of the four games.
Here is how I would sum up my first weekend playing: it’s the most fun I’ve had playing fantasy football since my first season in a head-to-head league.
1. The app is built around single-game contests by half.
The way it works is as follows:
- You build a team of six players — QB, RB, WR, TE, 2 defensive players — from the total player pool for one game.
- You then enter a contest for either the first half or second half … or both, but you do so individually (so you can play the same roster in the first and second half, but they are separate contests with separate scores and separate payouts).
- Points are tabulated live on the app, and a winner is crowned — and money is deposited into the winner’s account — as soon as the half ends. Instant gratification.
Also, you can play in as many challenges per half as you want to. So if you want to play two completely different lineups, set ’em up and enter them in different challenges. (You obviously cannot enter two lineups in the same challenge.)
2. The setup of the game rewards you for watching and paying attention and does not penalize you for the whims of injury.
During the final two minutes of the first (or third) quarter, you can make unlimited substitutions for the second (or fourth) quarter.
- Did your QB get hurt? Sub in the other one for the next quarter.
- Is one team’s gameplan not what you expected? Get a new WR or RB in there.
- Is your lineup the exact same as another player’s? Change it up to ensure there isn’t a tie.
As I was watching the games and keeping tabs on my challenges in the app, this is the feature I ended up liking the most.
3. It’s more challenging than you think to choose a lineup because players are assigned point values based on their expected output.
For example, in the Seattle-New Orleans game tomorrow, you have the following choice at QB:
- Russell Wilson, for whom you get 20 points for a TD and 2 points for every 10 yards passing
- Drew Brees, for whom you get 30 points for a TD and 3 yards for every 10 yards passing.
Clearly the powers that be at Rivalry took into account the regular season meeting between these two teams. So if you think Brees and the Saints will be better in the rematch, choosing Brees offers immense value.
To be more specific, so long as Brees is 67% as good as Russell Wilson, it’ll be a wash. If Brees and Wilson are close to equal, then Brees will deliver you more points.
So, Mr. NFL Amateur Scout and Self-Proclaimed Prognosticator … what do you think will happen? Here is a chance to prove it.
It’s like that for every position, and the system rewards those who go out on a limb to pick an unsung hero.
For example, if you think the Saints may target Lance Moore instead of Marques Colston, thanks to Richard Sherman’s presence, you may want to consider including Moore in your lineup. Why? You get 120 points for a TD and 40 points for every 10 yards receiving for Moore, whereas Colston gives you 60 points for a TD and 20 points for every 10 yards.
Oh, and one more thing. There is a “boost” button that you can apply to one of your players. This doubles their TD points.
So if you think Drew Brees is going to have a great game on Sunday, start him and boost him. You’ll have a huge leg up on anyone starting Russell Wilson.
Or, if you think that Philip Rivers is going to have an especially good game in Denver, start and boost him. He gets double the points (40/20 and 4/2) that Peyton Manning gets.
4. Each challenge is limited to four players, so you always have a 25% chance of winning.
And you have to have four players for a challenge to start. I find this especially appealing as a cash player. I like knowing that there will be a consistent number of opponents for each challenge, and it’s not so high that you can’t get a challenge going minutes before a game starts.
As for how the cash games work, there are four different levels:
Only the winner gets a payout. Payouts are, respectively:
The house takes the cut off the top, which is their revenue model, as I haven’t seen any ads in the app.
So far, every aspect of the game and interface have passed inspection.
There are no glaring glitches in the game play or stat recording. Also, I have both deposited and withdrawn money, and both functions work flawlessly.
Plus, I have emailed back and forth with the game’s founder about questions I’ve had, and he’s responded promptly and kindly. This, to me, is important when I’m investing real money to play.
There are other interesting features of the game — including the ability to play during college games — but I’ll leave those to you to discover for yourselves. :-)
And, yes, they are planning to offer NBA, college basketball, and baseball challenges as well.
Here’s why I’m so eager to tell you about this
I’ve summed up the gist of what makes the game unique and wildly entertaining. I quite enjoy having a completely new way to play fantasy football.
You may wonder why I’m going to such lengths to explain this. Two reasons:
1. The more people that start playing, the more fun it will be
After winning $18 in a $5 cash challenge for the first half of the Green Bay-San Francisco game, I was disappointed that I was only able to enter a cash game for $1 during the second half. I really wanted to get a $10 challenge going!
The app is still very new (it just launched in October of 2013), and while there is decent activity on there, the surface has only lightly been scratched.
I know they don’t have a huge budget for PR (though they are VC-backed and clearly on solid footing), so I want to help spread the word. Why wouldn’t I? It will make my own experience more enjoyable to have more competition and more challenges available.
2. I can get us both extra money
I may look like one sometimes, but I’m no dummy.
As soon as I fell in love with the app, I realized a lot of other people probably would too. This really is the future of fantasy sports: single-game challenges that you can sign up and play for cash in a matter of minutes.
It’s just … fun.
And you can play during the playoffs! When was the last time you had a satisfying fantasy football experience during the playoffs? Never.
Until this weekend. ;-)
Because of all these incredible features, I asked for and was granted an affiliate deal — meaning that I will receive, as a commission of sorts, a percentage of any cash deposits made by people I refer.
I would spread the word about them anyway, but I’m not going to pass up an opportunity to be compensated for my efforts.
Here’s what you need to do to get started (and get $50 free bonus bucks to play)
So, here are you next steps:
First, download the app in the App Store or Google Play.
Get links here — http://www.rivalrygames.com/ — or just search for “Rivalry Games Fantasy”.
Second, poke around and try it out.
You can start setting your lineups and registering for challenges for this weekend’s games right now. And you can play for free (for Fantasy Points), so it’s not like you’re obligated to deposit money and play the cash game.
Third, write down this deposit code to get $50 free bonus bucks: MIDWEST50
Pay close attention here: when you go to make a cash deposit, use this code. Rivalry Games will match up to $50 in deposits. So … if you deposit $50, you’ll have $100 to play with. It’s that simple.
Once you have played in one cash challenge, the deposit bucks are available in your account. They are available for withdraw after just a month.
And again, if you don’t want to deposit $50 right away, do what I did: dip your toes in with an initial $10 deposit and get comfortable, then make a $50 deposit (or less, if you wish) later with the MIDWEST50 code to get the match.
Fourth, friend me on Facebook.
Then send me a message so we can play in challenges against each other.
Get on this … a new batch of games starts in less than 24 hours!
What are you waiting for? What options are there to weigh?
Again: It’s a fantasy football app with cash contests for the playoffs.
Go download the app and get started.
My girlfriend and I had so much fun setting lineups together and watching the games this past weekend, and I know that many of you will find it just as enjoyable.
If you have any questions, post them below. I’ll be happy to answer.
Looking forward to seeing you all in a challenge real soon. ;-)