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 Finish a Hyperfragile Draft Strong

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…...

Are Underdog Players Drafting Enough Running Backs?

The RotoViz suite of Roster Construction Explorer tools are awesome. Because we have both tournament data and a long history of data, we are able to rigorously test out roster construction ideas for historical success. I’ve written previously about how to use these tools to build unique and utterly dominant Zero RB, Anchor RB, and Hyperfragile teams. When it comes to the Underdog BBM III…...

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…...

Don’t Overthink Building Unique Best Ball Mania III Rosters: Fixing Hyperfragile

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…...

Don’t Overthink Building Unique Best Ball Mania III Rosters: Anchor Running Back

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…...

Don’t Overthink Building Unique Best Ball Mania III Rosters: The Ideal Zero RB Construction

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…...

4 Rookie Quarterbacks Slide All the Way Out of Round 1

Just one quarterback was taken in the first round of the 2022 draft, which is the first time that’s happened since 2013. After writing The Rookie Quarterbacks Who Could Dominate 2022 Best Ball Leagues, it was obviously disappointing news for me. However, I do think there is some nuance to the picture and I will still be excited to the draft rookie QBs this year,…...

Biggest Best Ball Tournament Impacts and Reactions from Round 1

The NFL has followed up the wildest offseason of our time with the craziest first round we’ve ever seen. Six wide receivers went in the opening stanza and even that was overshadowed by multiple NFL teams transforming their depth charts with trades involving high profile wide receivers. Today I’m looking at the WR news that changed the best-ball tournament landscape. For all of our player…...

Can Christian Watson Break the Combine Superstar Mold?

Christian Watson exploded into the drafting public consciousness after drawing significant praise from scouts at the Senior Bowl and then following up with a great combine performance. In the space of a few weeks he went from mostly undrafted in FFPC Best Ball to a 12th-14th round pick.   At 6 feet 4 inches and 208 pounds, Watson ran a 4.36 in the forty. At…...

The Rookie Quarterbacks Who Could Dominate 2022 Best Ball Leagues

The 2022 rookie quarterback class is widely regarded as one of the weakest in recent memory. Each player comes with notable red flags and their current Underdog ADPs reflect this. Malik Willis is the earliest of the crop at QB28 in the Superflex, while Kenny Pickett, Matt Corral, Desmond Ridder, and Sam Howell all go QB33, QB36, QB37, and QB40 respectively. The Underdog single quarterback…...

DeVante Parker Joins a Patriots Team In Dire Need of Wide Receiver Help, But Is It a Good Fit?

The Patriots receiver corps has been lacking in recent years. In an attempt to bolster it, they’ve traded a 2023 third-round pick in return for DeVante Parker and a 2022 fifth. This makes sense for the Dolphins too after a blockbuster trade for Tyreek Hill gives them some major upside but meant fewer opportunities for Parker. But how much of an upgrade is this for…...

The Packers’ Receiving Corp Gets Thrown Wide Open, But Who is Set to Benefit?

The breakup of Davante Adams and the Aaron Rodgers-led Green Bay Packers is a seismic shift in the fantasy football landscape with significant reverberations for the outlooks of both the Packers and the Raiders. Michael Hitchcock did a great job teasing out how the move impacts Adams’ value and the pieces around him. In this article, I’ll be talking about how things might shakeout for the Packers…....

Tyreek Hill Gets a Downgrade at QB But Could Propel Miami to the Elite Ranks

In what has been an absolutely wild offseason, the Dolphins kept the party going by trading a bevy of picks in return for Tyreek Hill. Shawn Siegele examined how the Chiefs’ offense might operate going forward, and I get to tackle the fun side with Hill. For real life football, this is a questionable use of draft capital and salary by Miami. Hill is 28…...

Deshaun Watson Turns Things Upside Down in Cleveland

Deshaun Watson is accused of sexually assaulting 22 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…...

What Justin Jefferson and Chris Godwin Taught Me About Fantasy Football: Buy Low Report Year-End Review

Like all NFL seasons, 2021 was an interesting year. As a fantasy football experience, the most important development was the proliferation of very detailed analysis regarding player usage across all positions. This evolution is welcomed as it pushes us all towards a greater understanding of what happens every week. On the other hand, it makes life more difficult. As the information becomes more widespread, the…...

Huge Opportunities for Some Budding Zero-RB Stars: Week 15 Buy Low Report

Conor O’Driscoll uses the RotoViz suite of tools to identify opportunities to buy low on players likely to post strong fantasy performances, and to help you see red flags before your opponents notice. The Strength of Schedule (SOS) Streaming App is particularly useful for this as it allows us to see which players have the easiest or most difficult upcoming schedules, a potentially league-winning edge…....

Playoff Smash Spots to Give You an Edge: Week 14 Buy Low Report

Conor O’Driscoll uses the RotoViz suite of tools to identify opportunities to buy low on players likely to post strong fantasy performances, and to help you see red flags before your opponents notice. The Strength of Schedule (SOS) Streaming App is particularly useful for this as it allows us to see which players have the easiest or most difficult upcoming schedules, a potentially league-winning edge…....

Marquise Brown Is Still Wildly Undervalued: Week 13 Buy Low Report

Conor O’Driscoll uses the RotoViz suite of tools to identify opportunities to buy low on players likely to post strong fantasy performances, and to help you see red flags before your opponents notice. The Strength of Schedule (SOS) Streaming App is particularly useful for this as it allows us to see which players have the easiest or most difficult upcoming schedules, a potentially league-winning edge…....

Is It Tyler Boyd’s Time to Shine? – Week 12 Buy Low Report

Conor O’Driscoll uses the RotoViz suite of tools to identify opportunities to buy low on players likely to post strong fantasy performances, and to help you see red flags before your opponents notice. The Strength of Schedule (SOS) Streaming App is particularly useful for this as it allows us to see which players have the easiest or most difficult upcoming schedules, a potentially league-winning edge…....

Plug Your Roster Gaps and Get Your Team Into the Playoffs: Week 11 Buy Low Report

Conor O’Driscoll uses the RotoViz suite of tools to identify opportunities to buy low on players likely to post strong fantasy performances, and to help you see red flags before your opponents notice. The Strength of Schedule (SOS) Streaming App is particularly useful for this as it allows us to see which players have the easiest or most difficult upcoming schedules, a potentially league-winning edge…....

How to Finish a Hyperfragile Draft Strong

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…...

Are Underdog Players Drafting Enough Running Backs?

The RotoViz suite of Roster Construction Explorer tools are awesome. Because we have both tournament data and a long history of data, we are able to rigorously test out roster construction ideas for historical success. I’ve written previously about how to use these tools to build unique and utterly dominant Zero RB, Anchor RB, and Hyperfragile teams. When it comes to the Underdog BBM III…...

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…...

Don’t Overthink Building Unique Best Ball Mania III Rosters: Fixing Hyperfragile

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…...

Don’t Overthink Building Unique Best Ball Mania III Rosters: Anchor Running Back

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…...

Don’t Overthink Building Unique Best Ball Mania III Rosters: The Ideal Zero RB Construction

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…...

4 Rookie Quarterbacks Slide All the Way Out of Round 1

Just one quarterback was taken in the first round of the 2022 draft, which is the first time that’s happened since 2013. After writing The Rookie Quarterbacks Who Could Dominate 2022 Best Ball Leagues, it was obviously disappointing news for me. However, I do think there is some nuance to the picture and I will still be excited to the draft rookie QBs this year,…...

Biggest Best Ball Tournament Impacts and Reactions from Round 1

The NFL has followed up the wildest offseason of our time with the craziest first round we’ve ever seen. Six wide receivers went in the opening stanza and even that was overshadowed by multiple NFL teams transforming their depth charts with trades involving high profile wide receivers. Today I’m looking at the WR news that changed the best-ball tournament landscape. For all of our player…...

Can Christian Watson Break the Combine Superstar Mold?

Christian Watson exploded into the drafting public consciousness after drawing significant praise from scouts at the Senior Bowl and then following up with a great combine performance. In the space of a few weeks he went from mostly undrafted in FFPC Best Ball to a 12th-14th round pick.   At 6 feet 4 inches and 208 pounds, Watson ran a 4.36 in the forty. At…...

The Rookie Quarterbacks Who Could Dominate 2022 Best Ball Leagues

The 2022 rookie quarterback class is widely regarded as one of the weakest in recent memory. Each player comes with notable red flags and their current Underdog ADPs reflect this. Malik Willis is the earliest of the crop at QB28 in the Superflex, while Kenny Pickett, Matt Corral, Desmond Ridder, and Sam Howell all go QB33, QB36, QB37, and QB40 respectively. The Underdog single quarterback…...

DeVante Parker Joins a Patriots Team In Dire Need of Wide Receiver Help, But Is It a Good Fit?

The Patriots receiver corps has been lacking in recent years. In an attempt to bolster it, they’ve traded a 2023 third-round pick in return for DeVante Parker and a 2022 fifth. This makes sense for the Dolphins too after a blockbuster trade for Tyreek Hill gives them some major upside but meant fewer opportunities for Parker. But how much of an upgrade is this for…...

The Packers’ Receiving Corp Gets Thrown Wide Open, But Who is Set to Benefit?

The breakup of Davante Adams and the Aaron Rodgers-led Green Bay Packers is a seismic shift in the fantasy football landscape with significant reverberations for the outlooks of both the Packers and the Raiders. Michael Hitchcock did a great job teasing out how the move impacts Adams’ value and the pieces around him. In this article, I’ll be talking about how things might shakeout for the Packers…....

Tyreek Hill Gets a Downgrade at QB But Could Propel Miami to the Elite Ranks

In what has been an absolutely wild offseason, the Dolphins kept the party going by trading a bevy of picks in return for Tyreek Hill. Shawn Siegele examined how the Chiefs’ offense might operate going forward, and I get to tackle the fun side with Hill. For real life football, this is a questionable use of draft capital and salary by Miami. Hill is 28…...

Deshaun Watson Turns Things Upside Down in Cleveland

Deshaun Watson is accused of sexually assaulting 22 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…...

What Justin Jefferson and Chris Godwin Taught Me About Fantasy Football: Buy Low Report Year-End Review

Like all NFL seasons, 2021 was an interesting year. As a fantasy football experience, the most important development was the proliferation of very detailed analysis regarding player usage across all positions. This evolution is welcomed as it pushes us all towards a greater understanding of what happens every week. On the other hand, it makes life more difficult. As the information becomes more widespread, the…...

Huge Opportunities for Some Budding Zero-RB Stars: Week 15 Buy Low Report

Conor O’Driscoll uses the RotoViz suite of tools to identify opportunities to buy low on players likely to post strong fantasy performances, and to help you see red flags before your opponents notice. The Strength of Schedule (SOS) Streaming App is particularly useful for this as it allows us to see which players have the easiest or most difficult upcoming schedules, a potentially league-winning edge…....

Playoff Smash Spots to Give You an Edge: Week 14 Buy Low Report

Conor O’Driscoll uses the RotoViz suite of tools to identify opportunities to buy low on players likely to post strong fantasy performances, and to help you see red flags before your opponents notice. The Strength of Schedule (SOS) Streaming App is particularly useful for this as it allows us to see which players have the easiest or most difficult upcoming schedules, a potentially league-winning edge…....

Marquise Brown Is Still Wildly Undervalued: Week 13 Buy Low Report

Conor O’Driscoll uses the RotoViz suite of tools to identify opportunities to buy low on players likely to post strong fantasy performances, and to help you see red flags before your opponents notice. The Strength of Schedule (SOS) Streaming App is particularly useful for this as it allows us to see which players have the easiest or most difficult upcoming schedules, a potentially league-winning edge…....

Is It Tyler Boyd’s Time to Shine? – Week 12 Buy Low Report

Conor O’Driscoll uses the RotoViz suite of tools to identify opportunities to buy low on players likely to post strong fantasy performances, and to help you see red flags before your opponents notice. The Strength of Schedule (SOS) Streaming App is particularly useful for this as it allows us to see which players have the easiest or most difficult upcoming schedules, a potentially league-winning edge…....

Plug Your Roster Gaps and Get Your Team Into the Playoffs: Week 11 Buy Low Report

Conor O’Driscoll uses the RotoViz suite of tools to identify opportunities to buy low on players likely to post strong fantasy performances, and to help you see red flags before your opponents notice. The Strength of Schedule (SOS) Streaming App is particularly useful for this as it allows us to see which players have the easiest or most difficult upcoming schedules, a potentially league-winning edge…....

How to Finish a Hyperfragile Draft Strong

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…...

Are Underdog Players Drafting Enough Running Backs?

The RotoViz suite of Roster Construction Explorer tools are awesome. Because we have both tournament data and a long history of data, we are able to rigorously test out roster construction ideas for historical success. I’ve written previously about how to use these tools to build unique and utterly dominant Zero RB, Anchor RB, and Hyperfragile teams. When it comes to the Underdog BBM III…...

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…...

Don’t Overthink Building Unique Best Ball Mania III Rosters: Fixing Hyperfragile

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…...

Don’t Overthink Building Unique Best Ball Mania III Rosters: Anchor Running Back

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…...

Don’t Overthink Building Unique Best Ball Mania III Rosters: The Ideal Zero RB Construction

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…...

4 Rookie Quarterbacks Slide All the Way Out of Round 1

Just one quarterback was taken in the first round of the 2022 draft, which is the first time that’s happened since 2013. After writing The Rookie Quarterbacks Who Could Dominate 2022 Best Ball Leagues, it was obviously disappointing news for me. However, I do think there is some nuance to the picture and I will still be excited to the draft rookie QBs this year,…...

Biggest Best Ball Tournament Impacts and Reactions from Round 1

The NFL has followed up the wildest offseason of our time with the craziest first round we’ve ever seen. Six wide receivers went in the opening stanza and even that was overshadowed by multiple NFL teams transforming their depth charts with trades involving high profile wide receivers. Today I’m looking at the WR news that changed the best-ball tournament landscape. For all of our player…...

Can Christian Watson Break the Combine Superstar Mold?

Christian Watson exploded into the drafting public consciousness after drawing significant praise from scouts at the Senior Bowl and then following up with a great combine performance. In the space of a few weeks he went from mostly undrafted in FFPC Best Ball to a 12th-14th round pick.   At 6 feet 4 inches and 208 pounds, Watson ran a 4.36 in the forty. At…...

The Rookie Quarterbacks Who Could Dominate 2022 Best Ball Leagues

The 2022 rookie quarterback class is widely regarded as one of the weakest in recent memory. Each player comes with notable red flags and their current Underdog ADPs reflect this. Malik Willis is the earliest of the crop at QB28 in the Superflex, while Kenny Pickett, Matt Corral, Desmond Ridder, and Sam Howell all go QB33, QB36, QB37, and QB40 respectively. The Underdog single quarterback…...

DeVante Parker Joins a Patriots Team In Dire Need of Wide Receiver Help, But Is It a Good Fit?

The Patriots receiver corps has been lacking in recent years. In an attempt to bolster it, they’ve traded a 2023 third-round pick in return for DeVante Parker and a 2022 fifth. This makes sense for the Dolphins too after a blockbuster trade for Tyreek Hill gives them some major upside but meant fewer opportunities for Parker. But how much of an upgrade is this for…...

The Packers’ Receiving Corp Gets Thrown Wide Open, But Who is Set to Benefit?

The breakup of Davante Adams and the Aaron Rodgers-led Green Bay Packers is a seismic shift in the fantasy football landscape with significant reverberations for the outlooks of both the Packers and the Raiders. Michael Hitchcock did a great job teasing out how the move impacts Adams’ value and the pieces around him. In this article, I’ll be talking about how things might shakeout for the Packers…....

Tyreek Hill Gets a Downgrade at QB But Could Propel Miami to the Elite Ranks

In what has been an absolutely wild offseason, the Dolphins kept the party going by trading a bevy of picks in return for Tyreek Hill. Shawn Siegele examined how the Chiefs’ offense might operate going forward, and I get to tackle the fun side with Hill. For real life football, this is a questionable use of draft capital and salary by Miami. Hill is 28…...

Deshaun Watson Turns Things Upside Down in Cleveland

Deshaun Watson is accused of sexually assaulting 22 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…...

What Justin Jefferson and Chris Godwin Taught Me About Fantasy Football: Buy Low Report Year-End Review

Like all NFL seasons, 2021 was an interesting year. As a fantasy football experience, the most important development was the proliferation of very detailed analysis regarding player usage across all positions. This evolution is welcomed as it pushes us all towards a greater understanding of what happens every week. On the other hand, it makes life more difficult. As the information becomes more widespread, the…...

Huge Opportunities for Some Budding Zero-RB Stars: Week 15 Buy Low Report

Conor O’Driscoll uses the RotoViz suite of tools to identify opportunities to buy low on players likely to post strong fantasy performances, and to help you see red flags before your opponents notice. The Strength of Schedule (SOS) Streaming App is particularly useful for this as it allows us to see which players have the easiest or most difficult upcoming schedules, a potentially league-winning edge…....

Playoff Smash Spots to Give You an Edge: Week 14 Buy Low Report

Conor O’Driscoll uses the RotoViz suite of tools to identify opportunities to buy low on players likely to post strong fantasy performances, and to help you see red flags before your opponents notice. The Strength of Schedule (SOS) Streaming App is particularly useful for this as it allows us to see which players have the easiest or most difficult upcoming schedules, a potentially league-winning edge…....

Marquise Brown Is Still Wildly Undervalued: Week 13 Buy Low Report

Conor O’Driscoll uses the RotoViz suite of tools to identify opportunities to buy low on players likely to post strong fantasy performances, and to help you see red flags before your opponents notice. The Strength of Schedule (SOS) Streaming App is particularly useful for this as it allows us to see which players have the easiest or most difficult upcoming schedules, a potentially league-winning edge…....

Is It Tyler Boyd’s Time to Shine? – Week 12 Buy Low Report

Conor O’Driscoll uses the RotoViz suite of tools to identify opportunities to buy low on players likely to post strong fantasy performances, and to help you see red flags before your opponents notice. The Strength of Schedule (SOS) Streaming App is particularly useful for this as it allows us to see which players have the easiest or most difficult upcoming schedules, a potentially league-winning edge…....

Plug Your Roster Gaps and Get Your Team Into the Playoffs: Week 11 Buy Low Report

Conor O’Driscoll uses the RotoViz suite of tools to identify opportunities to buy low on players likely to post strong fantasy performances, and to help you see red flags before your opponents notice. The Strength of Schedule (SOS) Streaming App is particularly useful for this as it allows us to see which players have the easiest or most difficult upcoming schedules, a potentially league-winning edge…....

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