Raybon’s Best Ball Draft Strategy for 6- and 8-Team Leagues

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Sep 01, 2019, 11:30 AM EDT
  • There are six different league sizes for best ball, which can be categorized as small (three/four), mid-sized (six/eight) and large (10/12).
  • Chris Raybon breaks down optimal strategy for six- and eight-team leagues below, including how to attack each position -- the key difference between each league size.

Strategy for mid-size best ball leagues (six to eight teams) can vary from one season to the next more than any other league sizes. This is because small variations among how many players are ranked within each positional tier in a given season can create drastic shifts in strategy.

Mid-sized leagues are similar to large leagues in that running back and quarterback tend to be the most and least important positions, respectively; they’re similar to small leagues in that studs take on increased importance relative to traditionally-sized leagues.

Below is a position-by-position strategy breakdown for six- and eight-team best ball leagues, as well as how it pertains to 2019. But before we get into that, here are a few general strategies I employ across all DRAFT best ball leagues.

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