In the end, there can be only one
The Points Race – Invitational (PR-I) (formerly the Points Race Elimination Fantasy Invitational – PREFI) Tournament is a 17 week, total points, elimination tournament. It is Invitational-Entry, each year putting together a line-up of teams that consist of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 12th place teams from the previous year’s tournament along with 8 other teams from Associated Leagues based on outstanding performances in the previous season. In short, it’s the best of the best, using AF Standard scoring settings, with an elimination format that thins the field down to 1 Champion team by Week 17.
The schedule and individual weekly match-ups in the PR-I don’t matter, and a team’s win-loss record is meaningless. The PR-I is is a total points race. It’s more of a a Gran Prix than a drag race, though, because it’s full of a few twists and turns coaches must navigate to make it to the winner’s circle. First, the draft will only get you your starting roster (AF Standard), teams start with no bench players, those are added one at a time in Weeks 1-6. It’s wide open free agency in Weeks 1-3, but after that, the race switches to Waivers that reset each week to inverse order of total points – so that the last place team, by points, gets the highest priority each week for the rest of the season.
Week 7 is where it really starts to get fun. Two things happen once Week 6 is in the books: first, the 12th place team – by total season points – is eliminated. Gone, sidelined, season over. And their entire roster is put onto Waivers for the rest of the teams to pounce on. Additionally, a new starting roster position is added for use beginning in the following week. This continues each week for the rest of the season; the last place team is eliminated, their roster is purged, waivers reset to inverse order of total points, and a new starting position is added. Every week. Teams that start off strong out of the gates, shoot to the top, but teams at the bottom that manage to survive eliminations each week, get stronger as they snatch up the studs from the teams that don’t make it. By Week 13 or so, when ordinary leagues are entering the playoffs, the teams that make it to the final 5 or 4 or 3 teams left become fantasy juggernauts with large starting line-ups full of studs, careening toward the finish line….but in the end, there can be only one.
2016 Starting Grid