Zachary Krueger demonstrates why reverse engineering your FFPC $100,000 best ball tournament team could be the key to winning the grand prize.
A few weeks ago I hosted Shawn Siegele on an episode of my best ball live stream, Roster Locked: A Best Ball Show which can be found on the RotoViz YouTube channel. (You should go subscribe before reading on.) You can check out the roster we walked away with below, but what was taken from this moment with Shawn went beyond a fantasy team and a shot at $100,000.
Prior to our draft, we spent a few hours bantering back and forth on a number of draft topics. What began with collectively organizing our player ranks, turned into how we want to approach the draft, and ended with a look back at historical win rates in the FFPC Roster Construction Explorer and the Stack Explorer.
Our pre-draft discussion made for an exciting teacher/student moment if you will. While ranking our players was a fun exercise, the conversations in game theory and roster construction only left me wanting more.
Post-draft, we discussed mapping out for readers how we reverse engineered our draft through the final five rounds to help us better prepare for the earlier rounds. To see how a seasoned vet has reverse engineered a draft in the past, check out Shawn’s 2019 exercise, Reverse Engineering A Monster, where he set up his success that season by prioritizing both Lamar Jackson and D.J. Chark in the late rounds.
Our plan through the first 13 rounds was heavily influenced by our plan for the final five picks. By working backward through the final five rounds of our draft, I’ll demonstrate why the end of your draft can create the foundation for everything that comes before.
Looking at the final five rounds of this FFPC slim format, I will recap how Shawn and I closed out our build a few weeks ago. Later in the week, I’ll circle back in Part 2 to look at a couple of other player groupings you could take in the final five rounds of your FFPC best ball drafts to set you up for other early-round strategies.