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Best Ball League Draft Strategies and Player Suggestions

RotoExperts Staff June 14, 2017 5:10AM EST
In recent years, Best Ball leagues have become more popular. For those who don’t know, a Best Ball league is a format in which you draft your Fantasy Football team and then let it play out without making any roster changes. Your team is based solely on your draft. You can continue to check the standings and keep up with your team, but you do not make pickups or trades, or even set your lineup. Instead, at the end of every week your optimal lineup is calculated by the highest scorers at each position and the point total is added to your total score. At the end of the season, whichever team has totaled the most points wins. One of the most popular of these leagues seem to be MFL10s from MyFantasyLeague.com, but we have seen the NFFC and others create their own Best Ball style leagues. We will focus mainly on those types of leagues here.

I attack the early rounds in Best Ball leagues in much the same way as I do in my normal Fantasy Football drafts.  In the early rounds I will always load up on WRs and RBs. Ideally, I would like to have one of each through the first two rounds, and at least two at each position through five rounds. The more I think about it, the more I want a pick later in the first round. Yes, I will miss out on the elite talents, but I will end up with a Top-8 WR and a Top-7 RB. I feel like there is a drop-off at each position after these players, so  I want to be sure to snag one at each position. The one difference for me in this format compared to a regular draft is that I am more likely to load up on running backs early. There are a lot of big play wide receivers that can be selected later in the draft, so it’s better to grab safe running backs early. Through five rounds I will usually have three running backs and two wide receivers. However, after the fifth round is where things change heavily in Best Ball formats.

After the fifth round I believe you can start to take some more chances. Additionally, unlike normal drafts, in which I advocate for waiting to pick a quarterback, I think you have to take your first QB in the middle rounds here. The reason for this is you cannot stream QBs throughout the season. In a normal league, you can pick someone up when your QB is on bye. If you wait and grab a QB late and he doesn’t work out, you can stream. If your QB gets injured, you can hit the waiver wire. That is simply not an option in this format.

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