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2 Deep Sleepers to Target at Wide Receiver in Your 2022 Best Ball Drafts

Meng Song discusses two deep sleepers at wide receiver and explains why they have the weekly upside you need to win your best ball contests. Names like Tim Patrick and DeVante Parker are oft-discussed wide receivers as values in the double-digit rounds, as both players have opportunities to potentially see high target shares in 2022. But let’s dive further and discuss a couple of deep…...

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…...

Can Kyle Pitts Pay Off His ADP? Atlanta Falcons 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…...

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…...

How to Build a Zero RB Dream Team in Underdog Tournaments

Shawn Siegele uses the Underdog Roster Construction Explorer to break down a Zero RB dream team. After drafting a variety of Anchor RB and Hyperfragile teams in the early going, the people have spoken. The hunger for Zero RB teams won’t be sated with this draft, but it at least starts the process. I drew the 1.06 and put together one of my favorite Zero…...

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…...

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…...

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…...

Why A.J Brown’s Move to Philadelphia Could Vault Him Into the First Round in Best Ball Drafts

We are off and running into the best part of the fantasy football calendar — draft season. 2022 should be the most exciting year yet with best ball tournament prizes growing larger on FFPC and Underdog. Michael Dubner has laid out some incredible thoughts on the optimal time to draft these tournament teams. Conor O’Driscoll has presented a very simple strategy for building a unique…...

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