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Applying Optimal Bestball Principles to a Hyperfragile Draft

I recently wrote about Hyperfragile drafts in Bestball Mania and how to draft them optimally. It can be an exciting way to draft, but it is usually not implemented very well and the results reflect it. RB3 BEFORE ROUND 5, FIVE OR FEWER RBS Fortunately, the errors are easy to correct and result in a contrarian monster. Doing this research made me extremely excited about…...

Have We Seen the Best of Kyler Murray? Arizona Cardinals Fantasy Football Multiverse

The idea of the multiverse is fascinating to me. You change one small thing in one timeline and it breaks off and affects things down the road in profound ways. In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, that has Earth-shattering, Thanos-snapping implications. In fantasy football, it’s just my fancy way of saying that a range of outcomes exists. My goal for this series is to pick a…...

Best Ball Evolution, the Impact of Structural Drafting, and How to Benefit from the Accumulation of Small Edges

Shawn  Siegele uses the Best Ball Win Rate Explorer to break down the all-important middle rounds of the 2022 MFL10 of Death. It’s been a blast to draft against the top minds in fantasy, and I want to thank Pat Thorman for creating and continuing this charity event. As Michael Dubner explained in his epic look at best ball strategy, most of what we want…...

MFL10 of Death: The Best and Most Controversial Picks – 15 Flag-Plant Selections from Top Experts

Shawn Siegele looks at the best and most controversial picks from Pat Thorman’s MFL10 of Death and explains how his selections fit into an overall strategy. The MFL10 of Death is always my favorite draft to analyze. It’s loaded with the top minds in fantasy football, and it occurs at a moment in the calendar where we’re still operating with partial information on many players…...

In Defense of Ageism: Why Drake London Is the Top Rookie Wide Receiver in 2022 (and Why It Could Also Be Jameson Williams)

Earlier this offseason I made an appearance on Ship Chasing to participate in a rookie mock draft. I had the second pick and took Drake London, explaining that I was breaking the tie between him and Treylon Burks in favor of London because he is more than a year younger than Burks. The responses in the comments included joking accusations of ageism. All I can…...

Structural Drafting and Detours for Value in the FFPC Superflex Best Ball Tournament

Shawn Siegele breaks down an FFPC Superflex Best Ball Tournament draft and explores the intersection of structure and value. The FFPC Best Ball Tournament has been one of my favorite formats to draft this offseason, and its popularity suggests a bigger tournament next year. Until then, I love the intimate 4,752-entry field and compelling $10,000 grand prize. I’ll be drafting fairly heavily in this format,…...

Best Ball Workshop: Can We Rescue a Weird QB Build in the FFPC Superflex Tournament?

Can Shawn Siegele and Ben Gretch finish off their contrarian Superflex Best Ball build in style? Shawn breaks down Rounds 9 through 20 and further explores the strategy that could lead to a tournament championship. In Part 1, we examined the key tactics for building out your Superflex Best Ball roster in the FFPC Tournament. To add a personal flair, I used a recent Stealing…...

Fixing Hyperfragile: Dominating with a Contrarian Approach

Best Ball Mania III is a 451,600-entry tournament with a 470-team Week 17 final. Because of this, finding ways to build high-upside teams that are meaningfully different from the field is of the utmost importance. Accounting for the fact that a large percentage of the prize pool is dedicated to the top few places (38% is for the top-five finishers) is a core facet of…...

Best Ball Workshop: Early Round Picks and Contrarian Tactics in an FFPC Superflex Best Ball Tournament Draft

Shawn Siegele breaks down the early picks in an FFPC Superflex Best Ball Tournament draft and explores contrarian tactics from an unfortunate draft slot. Last year, Blair Andrews and I used the FFPC Roster Construction Explorer to win a nice little chunk of money in the Best Ball Superflex formats, and we tended to choose the prize option with a bunch of $35 credits. Those…...

How to Inexpensively Build Uniqueness and Upside Into Your Best Ball Roster

Shawn Siegele uses the Best Ball Explorers and best ball research concepts from Michael Dubner and Blair Andrews to build a case for some unlikely options. Getting to co-manage drafts with some of the top minds in the game is one of my favorite parts of working with best ball gurus like Conor O’Driscoll, Michael Dubner, and Zachary Krueger. I’m in drafts with all of…...

Is Bully Tight End Viable in Best Ball Mania 3?

As a former tight end, I’ve always had an affinity for using two elite tight ends. In Madden, I’m notorious among my friends for getting two elite ones, like George Kittle and Kyle Pitts, and using their combination of receiving and blocking ability to lock the defense into one personnel and smash them in a hurry-up offense. In short, I’m a full-on tight end nerd…....

An Unusual Anchor RB Approach With Even More Upside

Best Ball Mania III is a 451,600-entry tournament with a 470-team Week 17 final. Because of this, finding ways to build high-upside teams that are meaningfully different from the field is of the utmost importance. Accounting for the fact that a large percentage of the prize pool is dedicated to the top few places (38% is for the top-five finishers) is a core facet of…...

Dynasty Superflex Workshop: Perpetual Reloading – Blockbuster Trade Tactics

Shawn Siegele explores the dynamics of a blockbuster superflex trade and looks at three scenarios where you can craft huge win-win moves that shake the foundations of your league. In the Dynasty Workshop, we explore how to create a Permanent Championship Window through a process I call Perpetual Reloading. We’ve been working through these lessons in real leagues from the RotoViz TriFlex format at the…...

Dynasty Workshop: Permanent Championship Window – Rookie Draft Trades Edition

Shawn Siegele breaks down the trades from a RotoViz TriFlex rookie draft and explains how the right rookie draft tactics can help you create a permanent championship window in dynasty. Rookie draft tactics and dynasty trade tactics are both part of my Dynasty Workshop: The Permanent Championship Window, and they intersect during this glorious month of wall-to-wall rookie drafts. In today’s exercise, I’ll go through…...

Tier Breaks, Land Mines, and Crazy Values in Round 2 of RotoViz TriFlex Rookie Drafts

Shawn Siegele breaks down the second round of RotoViz TriFlex rookie leagues, including all of the tier breaks, trade opportunities, and player targets. Yesterday I looked at Round 1 of RotoViz TriFlex for two reasons. First, I love the format. These rookie drafts have been among the most fun I’ve had playing fantasy. Second, the format is very similar to the majority of leagues that…...

Breaking Down Rookie Draft ADP: How to Navigate the 6 Mini-Tiers in Round 1

Shawn Siegele breaks down the first round of RotoViz TriFlex rookie leagues, including all of the tier breaks, trade opportunities, and player targets. We’ve been talking a lot about the RotoViz TriFlex format because we’re participating in rookie drafts this week, but the best thing about the TriFlex is the similarity of the  format to most of the new leagues forming for readers and listeners…....

Don’t Overthink Uniqueness in a Zero RB Build

Best Ball Mania III is a 451,600-entry tournament with a 470-team Week 17 final. Because of this, finding ways to build high-upside teams that are meaningfully different from the field is of the utmost importance. Accounting for the fact that a large percentage of the prize pool is dedicated to the top few places (38% is for the top-five finishers) is a core facet of…...

Drafting Early Has Its Advantages Too: Optimal Draft Month for Best Ball Tournaments

Best Ball platforms are starting to release their big tournaments: Underdog’s Best Ball Mania 3 tournament, Drafters’ Million Best Ball Championship, FFPC’s Best Ball Tournament, and DraftKings will likely follow soon as well. Michael Dubner examines when we should draft our best ball teams in order to maximize our odds of finishing in first-place. There are a lot of nuances that go into winning a…...

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