Quick Bit: Whether you’re a best ball aficionado or you’re taking the plunge for the first time in 2022, we have tips on everything you need to know to dominate your league. From the basics of how to play to draft strategy advice, consider this the ultimate guide for fantasy football’s hottest new trend.
Best ball leagues have gained steam in the fantasy football landscape over recent years, and its popularity has only increased heading into 2022. Since best ball is a somewhat new, trendy format, there are still many novices just figuring out how to play and formulate a draft strategy to target sleepers and build a winning roster.
Best ball leagues are unique in that owners cannot make roster moves after the draft is complete. Essentially, they are drafting a full team — starters, backups and potential waiver wire wild cards — that will fill out their roster for the entire 17-week fantasy season.
There’s no need to agonize over start-or-sit decisions every week either. The highest scoring player at each lineup position will be automatically be put into your weekly lineup. Rosters usually consist of at least 20 players, so you should (hopefully) always have a live body to slot in each position, but sometimes injuries and bye weeks can pile up and conspire against you.
Naturally, this format elevates the draft to the utmost importance. It’s absolutely critical to nail almost every pick and create a strong roster that can put up consistently solid points every week while also having a sky-high ceiling.
How can you do that? Here are some of Sporting News Fantasy’s best strategy tips for best ball drafts, from the basics to the position-by-position specifics.