Conor O’Driscoll

2021 FFPC Bestball Tournament Champion and RotoViz writer. Find me on twitter at https://twitter.com/DricoOut

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How to Take Down Underdog’s Week 10 Battle Royale Contests

Best ball season does not have to end (ever). After we are done with the seasonal best ball, daily best ball contests are arguably even more fun to play. Daily best ball is very similar to DFS, except instead of using salary we get to apply the drafting skills we’ve built up all summer. I’ll be focusing the majority of my in-season action on these…...

How to Take Down Underdog’s Week 8 Battle Royale Contests

Best ball season does not have to end (ever). After we are done with the seasonal best ball, daily best ball contests are arguably even more fun to play. Daily best ball is very similar to DFS, except instead of using salary we get to apply the drafting skills we’ve built up all summer. I’ll be focusing the majority of my in-season action on these…...

How to Take Down Underdog’s Week 7 Battle Royale Contests

Best ball season does not have to end (ever). After we are done with the seasonal best ball, daily best ball contests are arguably even more fun to play. Daily best ball is very similar to DFS, except instead of using salary we get to apply the drafting skills we’ve built up all summer. I’ll be focusing the majority of my in-season action on these…...

How to Take Down Underdog’s Week 6 Battle Royale Contests

Best ball season does not have to end (ever). After we are done with the seasonal best ball, daily best ball contests are arguably even more fun to play. Daily best ball is very similar to DFS, except instead of using salary we get to apply the drafting skills we’ve built up all summer. I’ll be focusing the majority of my in-season action on these…...

How to Take Down Underdog’s Week 5 Battle Royale Contests

Best ball season does not have to end (ever). After we are done with the seasonal best ball, daily best ball contests are arguably even more fun to play. Daily best ball is very similar to DFS, except instead of using salary we get to apply the drafting skills we’ve built up all summer. I’ll be focusing the majority of my in-season action on these…...

How to Take Down Underdog’s Week 4 Battle Royale Contests

Best ball season does not have to end (ever). After we are done with the seasonal best ball, daily best ball contests are arguably even more fun to play. Daily best ball is very similar to DFS, except instead of using salary we get to apply the drafting skills we’ve built up all summer. I’ll be focusing the majority of my in-season action on these…...

How to Take Down Underdog’s Week 3 Battle Royale Contests

Best ball season does not have to end (ever). After we are done with the seasonal best ball, daily best ball contests are arguably even more fun to play. Daily best ball is very similar to DFS, except instead of using salary we get to apply the drafting skills we’ve built up all summer. I’ll be focusing the majority of my in-season action on these…...

How to Take Down Underdog’s Week 2 Battle Royale Contests

Best ball season does not have to end (ever). After we are done with the seasonal best ball, daily best ball contests are arguably even more fun to play. Daily best ball is very similar to DFS, except instead of using salary we get to apply the drafting skills we’ve built up all summer. I’ll be focusing the majority of my in-season action on these…...

How to Take Down Underdog’s Week 1 Battle Royale Contests

Best ball season does not have to end (ever). After we are done with the seasonal bestball, daily best ball contests are arguably even more fun to play. Daily best ball is very similar to DFS, except instead of using salary we get to apply the drafting skills we’ve built up all Summer. I’ll be focusing the majority of my in-season action on these contests…...

The High Ceiling Potential Monsters to Draft if You Miss out on the Top Five

At this stage of the draft season, the first sweat after you join the draft lobby is all too familiar. Will Loki bless us with a draft slot that allows us to select a member of the Power 5? I don’t remember a time when the 1.01 tier stretched quite so deep. Unfortunately, when you miss out it can seem like you are starting from…...

Last Year’s Champion Lays Out the Blueprint for Winning the 2022 FFPC Best Ball Tournament

Originally published August 25, Conor O’Driscoll’s master class in FFPC Best Ball gives you all the inside tips from the drafter who took down the championship last season. The FFPC has tournament drafts throughout the holiday weekend. I’ve written a lot about best ball and structure this summer. I thoroughly examined how the field built teams in Underdog’s BBMII and then how to exploit those…...

How to Win the FFPC Best Ball Tournament, Part 2

I’ve written a lot about best ball and structure this summer. I thoroughly examined how the field built teams in Underdog’s BBMII and then how to exploit those tendencies using Zero RB, Anchor RB, and Hyperfragile. What’s strange is that I have written nothing about an overall approach to attacking the tournament I actually won last year in the FFPC Best Ball Tournament. Seems like…...

Deshaun Watson Suspension: How to Play it

Deshaun Watson is accused of sexually assaulting 24 women. Many of the details are disgusting. It feels odd to be writing about him purely through the lens of fantasy football in the face of such allegations. However, we are playing a game of numbers based on NFL outcomes with money on the line. Therefore, a thorough understanding of how he impacts the fantasy landscape is…...

The Tight Ends Poised to Smash in the FFPC and Beyond

Your tight end strategy is one of the defining pillars of a draft. It is arguably the most important decision you will ever make (in fantasy football). Like quarterback, it is also often one of the most overlooked elements of roster construction. A key part of this decision is whether or not to use an early pick on a tight end. The factors that drive…...

Using the Range of Outcomes and Projection Machine to Crush Your TE Selections

Your tight end strategy is one of the defining pillars of a draft. It is arguably the most important decision you will ever make (in fantasy football). Like quarterback, it is also often one of the most overlooked elements of roster construction. A key part of this decision is whether or not to use an early pick on a tight end. The factors that drive…...

The Key to Predicting Future Pass Rates Is Hiding in Plain Sight: How to Use The NFL Pace App to Find High-Powered Stacks

A team’s pass rate is one of the most important variables in deciding how many fantasy points each player will score. The first order impact is on aggregate rushing attempt and target volume, but it’s also a huge determinant in the overall production of an offense. Pass attempts are more efficient than rush attempts, earning more yards (7.1 versus 4.3) and scoring more touchdowns (4.4%…...

Why Rondale Moore Will Emerge as a Star in 2022

Second-year wide receivers have long been one of the cornerstones of winning in fantasy football. However, recent ADPs have made it more challenging to draft these breakouts, particularly on Underdog. This means that we need to pay particular attention when these players carry discounts. Rondale Moore goes at the end of the 10th round on Underdog and the 12th on FFPC. That he plays with Kyler Murray…...

Is Late-Round QB Dead? Using the RotoViz Tools to Win the Quarterback Position

The quarterback position has seen some of the biggest strategic shifts. QBs score easily the most points, so in earlier years, the top quarterbacks went incredibly early. In 2015, two quarterbacks were being drafted earlier than Josh Allen’s current ADP. 2015 QB ADPs, Fanball Yet this ADP was woefully inefficient. Cam Newton entering his fifth season at the peak of his powers should not have…...

Does the Running Back Dead Zone Still Exist? Comparing Underdog and FFPC

The running back dead zone has entered the public consciousness in a big way. An understanding of how to approach the draft once all the top running backs are off the board and exciting wide receivers are still available has become much more widespread. With this greater understanding comes a shift in ADPs. The Win The Flex tool is uniquely well placed to objectively analyze…...

Why the Third Receiver Slot Is So Important on Underdog: Lessons from the Win The Flex App

On Underdog, it is no secret that the half-PPR scoring favors running backs more than the wide receivers. And yet, wide receivers go earlier on Underdog than in any other format. It would be tempting to surmise that running backs are dramatically undervalued. In fact, the projections based on the Win The Flex app suggest that running backs will outscore the next available wide receiver…...

How to Take Down Underdog’s Week 10 Battle Royale Contests

Best ball season does not have to end (ever). After we are done with the seasonal best ball, daily best ball contests are arguably even more fun to play. Daily best ball is very similar to DFS, except instead of using salary we get to apply the drafting skills we’ve built up all summer. I’ll be focusing the majority of my in-season action on these…...

How to Take Down Underdog’s Week 8 Battle Royale Contests

Best ball season does not have to end (ever). After we are done with the seasonal best ball, daily best ball contests are arguably even more fun to play. Daily best ball is very similar to DFS, except instead of using salary we get to apply the drafting skills we’ve built up all summer. I’ll be focusing the majority of my in-season action on these…...

How to Take Down Underdog’s Week 7 Battle Royale Contests

Best ball season does not have to end (ever). After we are done with the seasonal best ball, daily best ball contests are arguably even more fun to play. Daily best ball is very similar to DFS, except instead of using salary we get to apply the drafting skills we’ve built up all summer. I’ll be focusing the majority of my in-season action on these…...

How to Take Down Underdog’s Week 6 Battle Royale Contests

Best ball season does not have to end (ever). After we are done with the seasonal best ball, daily best ball contests are arguably even more fun to play. Daily best ball is very similar to DFS, except instead of using salary we get to apply the drafting skills we’ve built up all summer. I’ll be focusing the majority of my in-season action on these…...

How to Take Down Underdog’s Week 5 Battle Royale Contests

Best ball season does not have to end (ever). After we are done with the seasonal best ball, daily best ball contests are arguably even more fun to play. Daily best ball is very similar to DFS, except instead of using salary we get to apply the drafting skills we’ve built up all summer. I’ll be focusing the majority of my in-season action on these…...

How to Take Down Underdog’s Week 4 Battle Royale Contests

Best ball season does not have to end (ever). After we are done with the seasonal best ball, daily best ball contests are arguably even more fun to play. Daily best ball is very similar to DFS, except instead of using salary we get to apply the drafting skills we’ve built up all summer. I’ll be focusing the majority of my in-season action on these…...

How to Take Down Underdog’s Week 3 Battle Royale Contests

Best ball season does not have to end (ever). After we are done with the seasonal best ball, daily best ball contests are arguably even more fun to play. Daily best ball is very similar to DFS, except instead of using salary we get to apply the drafting skills we’ve built up all summer. I’ll be focusing the majority of my in-season action on these…...

How to Take Down Underdog’s Week 2 Battle Royale Contests

Best ball season does not have to end (ever). After we are done with the seasonal best ball, daily best ball contests are arguably even more fun to play. Daily best ball is very similar to DFS, except instead of using salary we get to apply the drafting skills we’ve built up all summer. I’ll be focusing the majority of my in-season action on these…...

How to Take Down Underdog’s Week 1 Battle Royale Contests

Best ball season does not have to end (ever). After we are done with the seasonal bestball, daily best ball contests are arguably even more fun to play. Daily best ball is very similar to DFS, except instead of using salary we get to apply the drafting skills we’ve built up all Summer. I’ll be focusing the majority of my in-season action on these contests…...

The High Ceiling Potential Monsters to Draft if You Miss out on the Top Five

At this stage of the draft season, the first sweat after you join the draft lobby is all too familiar. Will Loki bless us with a draft slot that allows us to select a member of the Power 5? I don’t remember a time when the 1.01 tier stretched quite so deep. Unfortunately, when you miss out it can seem like you are starting from…...

Last Year’s Champion Lays Out the Blueprint for Winning the 2022 FFPC Best Ball Tournament

Originally published August 25, Conor O’Driscoll’s master class in FFPC Best Ball gives you all the inside tips from the drafter who took down the championship last season. The FFPC has tournament drafts throughout the holiday weekend. I’ve written a lot about best ball and structure this summer. I thoroughly examined how the field built teams in Underdog’s BBMII and then how to exploit those…...

How to Win the FFPC Best Ball Tournament, Part 2

I’ve written a lot about best ball and structure this summer. I thoroughly examined how the field built teams in Underdog’s BBMII and then how to exploit those tendencies using Zero RB, Anchor RB, and Hyperfragile. What’s strange is that I have written nothing about an overall approach to attacking the tournament I actually won last year in the FFPC Best Ball Tournament. Seems like…...

Deshaun Watson Suspension: How to Play it

Deshaun Watson is accused of sexually assaulting 24 women. Many of the details are disgusting. It feels odd to be writing about him purely through the lens of fantasy football in the face of such allegations. However, we are playing a game of numbers based on NFL outcomes with money on the line. Therefore, a thorough understanding of how he impacts the fantasy landscape is…...

The Tight Ends Poised to Smash in the FFPC and Beyond

Your tight end strategy is one of the defining pillars of a draft. It is arguably the most important decision you will ever make (in fantasy football). Like quarterback, it is also often one of the most overlooked elements of roster construction. A key part of this decision is whether or not to use an early pick on a tight end. The factors that drive…...

Using the Range of Outcomes and Projection Machine to Crush Your TE Selections

Your tight end strategy is one of the defining pillars of a draft. It is arguably the most important decision you will ever make (in fantasy football). Like quarterback, it is also often one of the most overlooked elements of roster construction. A key part of this decision is whether or not to use an early pick on a tight end. The factors that drive…...

The Key to Predicting Future Pass Rates Is Hiding in Plain Sight: How to Use The NFL Pace App to Find High-Powered Stacks

A team’s pass rate is one of the most important variables in deciding how many fantasy points each player will score. The first order impact is on aggregate rushing attempt and target volume, but it’s also a huge determinant in the overall production of an offense. Pass attempts are more efficient than rush attempts, earning more yards (7.1 versus 4.3) and scoring more touchdowns (4.4%…...

Why Rondale Moore Will Emerge as a Star in 2022

Second-year wide receivers have long been one of the cornerstones of winning in fantasy football. However, recent ADPs have made it more challenging to draft these breakouts, particularly on Underdog. This means that we need to pay particular attention when these players carry discounts. Rondale Moore goes at the end of the 10th round on Underdog and the 12th on FFPC. That he plays with Kyler Murray…...

Is Late-Round QB Dead? Using the RotoViz Tools to Win the Quarterback Position

The quarterback position has seen some of the biggest strategic shifts. QBs score easily the most points, so in earlier years, the top quarterbacks went incredibly early. In 2015, two quarterbacks were being drafted earlier than Josh Allen’s current ADP. 2015 QB ADPs, Fanball Yet this ADP was woefully inefficient. Cam Newton entering his fifth season at the peak of his powers should not have…...

Does the Running Back Dead Zone Still Exist? Comparing Underdog and FFPC

The running back dead zone has entered the public consciousness in a big way. An understanding of how to approach the draft once all the top running backs are off the board and exciting wide receivers are still available has become much more widespread. With this greater understanding comes a shift in ADPs. The Win The Flex tool is uniquely well placed to objectively analyze…...

Why the Third Receiver Slot Is So Important on Underdog: Lessons from the Win The Flex App

On Underdog, it is no secret that the half-PPR scoring favors running backs more than the wide receivers. And yet, wide receivers go earlier on Underdog than in any other format. It would be tempting to surmise that running backs are dramatically undervalued. In fact, the projections based on the Win The Flex app suggest that running backs will outscore the next available wide receiver…...

How to Take Down Underdog’s Week 10 Battle Royale Contests

Best ball season does not have to end (ever). After we are done with the seasonal best ball, daily best ball contests are arguably even more fun to play. Daily best ball is very similar to DFS, except instead of using salary we get to apply the drafting skills we’ve built up all summer. I’ll be focusing the majority of my in-season action on these…...

How to Take Down Underdog’s Week 8 Battle Royale Contests

Best ball season does not have to end (ever). After we are done with the seasonal best ball, daily best ball contests are arguably even more fun to play. Daily best ball is very similar to DFS, except instead of using salary we get to apply the drafting skills we’ve built up all summer. I’ll be focusing the majority of my in-season action on these…...

How to Take Down Underdog’s Week 7 Battle Royale Contests

Best ball season does not have to end (ever). After we are done with the seasonal best ball, daily best ball contests are arguably even more fun to play. Daily best ball is very similar to DFS, except instead of using salary we get to apply the drafting skills we’ve built up all summer. I’ll be focusing the majority of my in-season action on these…...

How to Take Down Underdog’s Week 6 Battle Royale Contests

Best ball season does not have to end (ever). After we are done with the seasonal best ball, daily best ball contests are arguably even more fun to play. Daily best ball is very similar to DFS, except instead of using salary we get to apply the drafting skills we’ve built up all summer. I’ll be focusing the majority of my in-season action on these…...

How to Take Down Underdog’s Week 5 Battle Royale Contests

Best ball season does not have to end (ever). After we are done with the seasonal best ball, daily best ball contests are arguably even more fun to play. Daily best ball is very similar to DFS, except instead of using salary we get to apply the drafting skills we’ve built up all summer. I’ll be focusing the majority of my in-season action on these…...

How to Take Down Underdog’s Week 4 Battle Royale Contests

Best ball season does not have to end (ever). After we are done with the seasonal best ball, daily best ball contests are arguably even more fun to play. Daily best ball is very similar to DFS, except instead of using salary we get to apply the drafting skills we’ve built up all summer. I’ll be focusing the majority of my in-season action on these…...

How to Take Down Underdog’s Week 3 Battle Royale Contests

Best ball season does not have to end (ever). After we are done with the seasonal best ball, daily best ball contests are arguably even more fun to play. Daily best ball is very similar to DFS, except instead of using salary we get to apply the drafting skills we’ve built up all summer. I’ll be focusing the majority of my in-season action on these…...

How to Take Down Underdog’s Week 2 Battle Royale Contests

Best ball season does not have to end (ever). After we are done with the seasonal best ball, daily best ball contests are arguably even more fun to play. Daily best ball is very similar to DFS, except instead of using salary we get to apply the drafting skills we’ve built up all summer. I’ll be focusing the majority of my in-season action on these…...

How to Take Down Underdog’s Week 1 Battle Royale Contests

Best ball season does not have to end (ever). After we are done with the seasonal bestball, daily best ball contests are arguably even more fun to play. Daily best ball is very similar to DFS, except instead of using salary we get to apply the drafting skills we’ve built up all Summer. I’ll be focusing the majority of my in-season action on these contests…...

The High Ceiling Potential Monsters to Draft if You Miss out on the Top Five

At this stage of the draft season, the first sweat after you join the draft lobby is all too familiar. Will Loki bless us with a draft slot that allows us to select a member of the Power 5? I don’t remember a time when the 1.01 tier stretched quite so deep. Unfortunately, when you miss out it can seem like you are starting from…...

Last Year’s Champion Lays Out the Blueprint for Winning the 2022 FFPC Best Ball Tournament

Originally published August 25, Conor O’Driscoll’s master class in FFPC Best Ball gives you all the inside tips from the drafter who took down the championship last season. The FFPC has tournament drafts throughout the holiday weekend. I’ve written a lot about best ball and structure this summer. I thoroughly examined how the field built teams in Underdog’s BBMII and then how to exploit those…...

How to Win the FFPC Best Ball Tournament, Part 2

I’ve written a lot about best ball and structure this summer. I thoroughly examined how the field built teams in Underdog’s BBMII and then how to exploit those tendencies using Zero RB, Anchor RB, and Hyperfragile. What’s strange is that I have written nothing about an overall approach to attacking the tournament I actually won last year in the FFPC Best Ball Tournament. Seems like…...

Deshaun Watson Suspension: How to Play it

Deshaun Watson is accused of sexually assaulting 24 women. Many of the details are disgusting. It feels odd to be writing about him purely through the lens of fantasy football in the face of such allegations. However, we are playing a game of numbers based on NFL outcomes with money on the line. Therefore, a thorough understanding of how he impacts the fantasy landscape is…...

The Tight Ends Poised to Smash in the FFPC and Beyond

Your tight end strategy is one of the defining pillars of a draft. It is arguably the most important decision you will ever make (in fantasy football). Like quarterback, it is also often one of the most overlooked elements of roster construction. A key part of this decision is whether or not to use an early pick on a tight end. The factors that drive…...

Using the Range of Outcomes and Projection Machine to Crush Your TE Selections

Your tight end strategy is one of the defining pillars of a draft. It is arguably the most important decision you will ever make (in fantasy football). Like quarterback, it is also often one of the most overlooked elements of roster construction. A key part of this decision is whether or not to use an early pick on a tight end. The factors that drive…...

The Key to Predicting Future Pass Rates Is Hiding in Plain Sight: How to Use The NFL Pace App to Find High-Powered Stacks

A team’s pass rate is one of the most important variables in deciding how many fantasy points each player will score. The first order impact is on aggregate rushing attempt and target volume, but it’s also a huge determinant in the overall production of an offense. Pass attempts are more efficient than rush attempts, earning more yards (7.1 versus 4.3) and scoring more touchdowns (4.4%…...

Why Rondale Moore Will Emerge as a Star in 2022

Second-year wide receivers have long been one of the cornerstones of winning in fantasy football. However, recent ADPs have made it more challenging to draft these breakouts, particularly on Underdog. This means that we need to pay particular attention when these players carry discounts. Rondale Moore goes at the end of the 10th round on Underdog and the 12th on FFPC. That he plays with Kyler Murray…...

Is Late-Round QB Dead? Using the RotoViz Tools to Win the Quarterback Position

The quarterback position has seen some of the biggest strategic shifts. QBs score easily the most points, so in earlier years, the top quarterbacks went incredibly early. In 2015, two quarterbacks were being drafted earlier than Josh Allen’s current ADP. 2015 QB ADPs, Fanball Yet this ADP was woefully inefficient. Cam Newton entering his fifth season at the peak of his powers should not have…...

Does the Running Back Dead Zone Still Exist? Comparing Underdog and FFPC

The running back dead zone has entered the public consciousness in a big way. An understanding of how to approach the draft once all the top running backs are off the board and exciting wide receivers are still available has become much more widespread. With this greater understanding comes a shift in ADPs. The Win The Flex tool is uniquely well placed to objectively analyze…...

Why the Third Receiver Slot Is So Important on Underdog: Lessons from the Win The Flex App

On Underdog, it is no secret that the half-PPR scoring favors running backs more than the wide receivers. And yet, wide receivers go earlier on Underdog than in any other format. It would be tempting to surmise that running backs are dramatically undervalued. In fact, the projections based on the Win The Flex app suggest that running backs will outscore the next available wide receiver…...

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