2018 Football Draft Kit: Best-Ball Draft Strategy
2018 Football Draft Kit: Best-Ball Draft Strategy

This article is part of our Football Draft Kit series.

I've said it. So have you. We all have. "Sorry, I can't join your league, I'm in too many leagues already." As much as we all love drafting, the time commitment that goes into roster moves, free-agent bidding and trades prevents us from joining as many leagues as we might like. Fortunately, best-ball leagues have changed that.
1. If you miss on quality at a position, go for quantity.
2. Don't let roster construction stop you from drafting good players.
3. Aim for balance – good players vs. roster construction.
4. Stay flexible so you can draft the "best available player" late.
5. Take more risk with injured players in winner-take-all formats;
take less risk in 50/50s.
6. Lean toward boring, steady players.
7. Pay up for a good defense.
Best-ball leagues provide the fun of drafting without the "work" of a traditional fantasy football league. Once you draft, your job is done. No waivers.
No trading. No roster moves. Instead, your highest-scoring players at each position are automatically selected at the end of each week. After 16 weeks, the team with the most total points wins.

Various sites offer best-ball formats, with a wide range of entry fees and payouts. I play in best-ball leagues offered by MyFantasyLeague on Sportshubtech.com. MFLs are 12-team, 20-round drafts that start a QB, 2 RBs, 3 WRs, a TE, a Flex (RB/WR/TE) and D/ST each week. They cost as little as $10 per entry (hence the term MFL10s, though higher-stakes

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Mark Stopa
Mark Stopa has been sharing his fantasy insights for Rotowire since 2007. Mark is the 2010 and 2012 Staff Picks champion (eat your heart out, Chris Liss) and won Rotowire's 14-team Staff League II in consecutive seasons. He roots for the Bills and has season tickets on the second row, press level to the Rays.
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