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- Best ball draft strategy differs from re-draft leagues. So when should you draft your quarterbacks?
- Sean Koerner ranks all potential starting QBs into tiers, with various strategy options.
Best ball drafts are a great way to get some fantasy football equity in well before the season starts. It’s important to note that the strategy is a bit different than with re-draft leagues, so I’ll highlight how to approach each position.
Let’s start with quarterbacks. For this (and all) positions, we want to target players with high upside rather than high floor, like I typically advocate for in re-draft.
There are two primary reasons:
- Best ball leagues are season-long points leagues, so the team with the most points between Weeks 1-16 wins it, making a high overall score essential. This tends to be overweighted in re-draft, in which you only need to beat your head-to-head opponent each week.
- Best ball takes the highest score(s) from each position every week.