Best Ball Strategy Series: Draft for the Site Scoring & Format

My weekly best ball strategy tip of the week video was about drafting for the best ball site’s scoring and format. There are three main best ball sites, and I will break down the scoring and formats below. More importantly, I will analyze which players and strategies should be utilized most on each site.

All three sites roster the same starting positions (1 QB, 2RB, 3WR, 1TE, 1 Flex). For all sites, we want to emphasize stacking our quarterbacks and team stacking/correlation. But here are the other considerations we should make for each site below.

 

UNDERDOG FANTASY:

Scoring:

-1/2 point PPR

-No Bonuses

-Interception:  -1 / Fumbles Loss:  -2

-Think FanDuel Scoring = Touchdown Hunting!

Format:

-Playoff format in Weeks 15-17 (see the particular contest you’re in for advancements to and in playoffs)

-Now some tournaments like the Best Ball Mania 4 (BBM4) have Regular season prizes too!

-18 round drafts

 

Types of Strategies I Like Most for Underdog:

Hero QB

This has more benefit in 1/2 point PPR the other positions cannot separate as much, so the QB position can be a big outlier. If you do not draft one of the top 5-10 QBs, that is fine. But I would strongly recommend 3 QBs, so the quantity makes up for less quality.

Ex:  Dak Prescott, Russell Wilson, and Kenny Pickett can be as effective as Patrick Mahomes and Derek Carr. But I do love most of the top 8 QBs on Underdog as the hero QB.

Hero RB or Dual Hero RB

This is weighted a little more because of the touchdown hunting. That means drafting one or two RBs in the top 2-4 rounds. My favorite is a double hero RB build where I draft a stud WR in round 1, and then draft a RB in rounds 2 and 3. Then I can really address the WR, QB, and TE for the next 7-8 rounds and dip back to the RB position later.

If you go WR-heavy or zero RB strategy, that is fine too. Just make sure to target running backs by at least rounds 5 or 6 so that you can get a few RBs that you are confident in a starting workload and get goal line or high-value touches.

You want to make sure you’re team is built to advance into playoffs (usually 2 of 12 advances). But you also want to build a team that can succeed in 3 playoff weeks. There will be many more strategies this summer on different strategies to help give your teams the best chance to advance!

 

Types of Players to Target/Prioritize:

-Hero QBs or later-round QBs that could ascend this year like Trevor Lawrence did last year.

-RBs that get high-value touches and plenty of goal-line opportunities.

Ex in various rounds:  Nick Chubb, Derrick Henry, Jammal Williams, and David Montgomery

-WRs and TEs that get volume but deep targets/high ADOT. Also, receivers that get plenty of red zone targets.

Ex in various rounds:  Justin Jefferson, Tee Higgins, Mike Williams, Brandin Cooks

 

DRAFTKINGS:

Scoring:

-Full Point PPR

-Bonuses for 100-yard receiving/rushing and/or 300-yard passing = 3-point bonus

-Interception:  -1 / Fumbles Loss:  -1

Format:

-Playoff format in Weeks 15-17 (see the particular contest you’re in for advancements to and in playoffs)

-20 round drafts

 

Types of Strategies I Like Most for DraftKings:

-QBs with high 300-yard passing equity. I’m fine waiting on QB on DraftKings more than the other sites and targeting QBs that can have several 300+ yard passing games. Because of full point PPR and bonuses, the other positions can really outscore the QB position.

-Zero RB or Hero RB that is passing catching RB (one RB in first couple rounds) – because of the full point PPR format and bonuses, I weigh the receiver and TE position more.

-Elite TE – Tight ends like Travis Kelce, Mark Andrews and others that have 100-yard equity can really set themselves apart from the pack as opposed to Underdog where we are really just touchdown hunting at the TE position.

-You want to make sure you’re team is built to advance into playoffs (usually 2 of 12 advances). But you also want to build a team that can succeed in 3 playoff weeks. There will be many more strategies this summer on different strategies to help give your teams the best chance to advance!

 

Types of Players to Target/Prioritize:

-QBs like Joe Burrow, Dak Prescott, Tua Tagovailoa, etc that have high 300-yard equity, but I don’t need to draft in the top couple of rounds.

-Elite receivers and receivers that get a ton of targets in the PPR format.

Ex:  All top elite receivers, and receivers like Keenan Allen, Chris Godwin, Tyler Lockett, Diontae Johnson later are good examples of DK targets (pun intended – think target monsters and potential for 100-yard bonus)!

-Running backs with 100-yard equity/bell cow RBs like Josh Jacobs. Also, pass-catching running backs throughout the draft.

Ex:  Christian McCaffery, Jahmyr Gibbs, Jerick McKinnon

 

DRAFTERS:

Scoring:

-Full Point PPR

-No Bonuses

-Interception:  -2 / Fumbles Loss:  -2

Format:

-Regular Season (Weeks 1-17) Cumulative Scoring – NO Playoffs!

-Week 1 means just as much as Week 17! No Week 17 correlation or playoff advancement considerations!

-20 round drafts

 

Types of Strategies I Like Most for Drafters:

-Hero QB or combo of two mid-round QBs with upside

-Hero RB or Zero RB – similar to DraftKings without bonuses

-Elite TE – similar to DraftKings without bonuses

-Avoid players with suspensions, coming back from serious injury, and rookies you’re unsure of their early role. This is because every week weighs the same.

-We are not building a team to advance to playoffs or have playoff correlation. We are truly trying to build the best team possible.

-Build a more balanced team – do not sacrifice one position you can get away with doing that more on Underdog and DraftKings because of the playoff format.

 

Types of Players to Target/Prioritize:

-Similar to DraftKings except no weight to 300-yard passers or 100-yard rushers/receivers.

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