Conor O’Driscoll

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

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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…...

Best Ball Bible: The 8 Tactics That Will Make You A Best Ball Millionaire

Originally published August 17, the Best Ball Bible will help you win contests like the FFPC’s Best Ball Tournament and the Underdog Best Ball Mania 3. Both are fantastic formats with drafts going off constantly over the holiday weekend. In the Best Ball Bible, Michael Dubner shares the eight key tactics that will help you become a best ball millionaire. He breaks down each concept…...

The Most Fun Team You Can Draft and Why It May Also Be Your Best

Shawn Siegele melds key insights from the Best Ball Workshops with the immense upside from fun drafts in order to turn them into a tournament-winning masterpiece. As the next week’s Thursday night opener hurtles toward us, we’re about to embark on a drafting frenzy that puts every other part of the fantasy season to shame. The Underdog Best Ball Mania 3 contest is 83% full…...

Are These 2 Fantasy Playoff Heroes Still Good Picks at Elevated Prices?

Angad Uppal examines two wide receivers going in the middle rounds and asks whether their 2022 outlooks justify their rising prices. Players who perform well in a previous season often see their ADPs spike the next season. This is even more true for players who perform well at the end of the previous season, leading fantasy teams to championships during the crucial fantasy playoff weeks…....

RotoViz Ranks Versus FFPC ADP: 2 Wide Receivers Who Are Overpriced in FFPC Drafts and 2 to Buy Instead

When sharp rankers, analysts, and fantasy players have players higher or lower in the RotoViz ranks, we should take notice. Last time, we looked at running backs that sat higher or lower on the RotoViz ranks versus FFPC ADP. We shouldn’t follow blindly, but it leads us to challenge or validate our thoughts and research. If anything, it’s a starting point to evaluate whether these players…...

2022 Fantasy Football Sleepers – Upside Plays in Round 16 and Beyond

Looking for juice at the end of your draft? Curtis Patrick shares targets who could be your late-round lifeline in 2022. Whether you consider yourself a calculating, structural drafting expert or a “play the best plays” chest-thumper, everyone can surely see the benefit in staying engaged through the final rounds of a fantasy football draft and selecting players with real upside. If you’ve started a…...

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…...

RotoViz Ranks Versus FFPC ADP: 2 RBs to Avoid at Current Prices, and 2 to Buy at All Costs

We’re at the point where most know the sleepers, breakouts, and players to avoid. There’s nothing like the extra hype from preseason games for Isaiah Likely, Khalil Shakir, Romeo Doubs, or [insert player name here]. But how do we know whether the hype is getting out of control, or whether these young upstarts should replace an aging veteran in our draft plans? A good and…...

4 Structural Guidelines to Double Your Finals Advance Rate in Best Ball Mania III After a 2RB-2WR Start

Bjorn Yang-Vaernet explores how to turn the high floor, low ceiling 2RB-2WR start in Underdog best ball tournaments into a high floor and ceiling roster by following four structural guidelines. One thing that fascinates me is how much dedicated fantasy football players largely remain inside their own little bubble. RotoViz readers know about some of the proven but underutilized best ball roster builds — Zero RB,…...

The Broken Rules Underdog Draft: Can You Do Everything Wrong and Still Build a Monster?

Shawn Siegele analyzes an Underdog Best Ball Mania 3 entry that breaks all the rules. Can you ignore the advice in the Best Ball Workshop and still build a monster? Few article series have been as fun to write as the Underdog Dream Teams, and it’s been a great experience to interact RV writers, readers, and listeners on these topics. I’ve been blown away by…...

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…...

20 Bold Predictions and Other Observations Following a Thrilling Preseason Weekend

Shawn Siegele breaks down 20 of the most exciting developments from the first week of preseason action. He has some fun with bold predictions and dives into a few below-the-radar developments with import for managers in deep leagues. Depending on your perspective, the first week of extensive preseason action was a welcome respite from the summer doldrums or a brutal reminder that football is more…...

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…...

The Unconventional Round 3 or 4 Anchor Running Back Build is in Play for 2022

Bjorn Yang-Vaernet explores the Round 3/4 anchor running back strategy and explains why 2022 might be the best year to utilize this roster construction. Several times on Stealing Bananas, Ben Gretch and Shawn Siegele have promoted the idea of conducting an anchor running back build using an RB after Rounds 1 or 2.((Anchor RB refers to picking one RB early to “anchor” the team and…...

Everything You Need to Know to Win the FFPC Superflex Best Ball 2 Tournament

Shawn Siegele breaks down everything you need to know to take first place in the FFPC Superflex Best Ball 2 Tournament, including league-winning tactics, exploitable ADP elements, and recent price changes. I’m obsessed with the FFPC Superflex Best Ball Tournament. I like everything about it. It’s superflex, for one, a format which isn’t just fantastic for dynasty. The SF element shakes up tactics dramatically and…...

Evolving Underdog QB Values and How They Mesh With a Must-Execute Draft Plan

Shawn Siegele looks at the best quarterback values on Underdog and explains why you need to be aware of the current trends so you don’t waste opportunities in the high-leverage rounds. A little over a week ago, Ben Gretch and I drafted a Stealing Bananas team in Best Ball Mania III where we landed Russell Wilson and Tom Brady each almost a round-and-a-half below ADP…....

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…...

Mind the Gap: Finding Value in Unclear Backfields and Uncertain Offenses

In July, we parsed through the three small-gap backfields. We know from Jack Miller’s research on the win and hit rates for big or small-gap backs and previous work by Charlie Kleinheksel that the ADP gap between a team’s RB1 and their RB2 has significant implications for how we should expect them to perform. A reminder – B1 and B2 running backs refer to the team’s RB1 and…...

How To Find The Next Michael Pittman: 2 Second Year Wide Receivers Ready To Ascend

Michael Pittman is a controversial player this offseason. Those who drafted him last year enjoyed his second-year breakout at a great price. He was being drafted in Round 8 after about 40 other wide receivers. He finished as the WR18 in PPR formats. This finish, combined with the addition of Matt Ryan, has vaulted him all the way up to the early third round in 2022…...

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…...

Best Ball Bible: The 8 Tactics That Will Make You A Best Ball Millionaire

Originally published August 17, the Best Ball Bible will help you win contests like the FFPC’s Best Ball Tournament and the Underdog Best Ball Mania 3. Both are fantastic formats with drafts going off constantly over the holiday weekend. In the Best Ball Bible, Michael Dubner shares the eight key tactics that will help you become a best ball millionaire. He breaks down each concept…...

The Most Fun Team You Can Draft and Why It May Also Be Your Best

Shawn Siegele melds key insights from the Best Ball Workshops with the immense upside from fun drafts in order to turn them into a tournament-winning masterpiece. As the next week’s Thursday night opener hurtles toward us, we’re about to embark on a drafting frenzy that puts every other part of the fantasy season to shame. The Underdog Best Ball Mania 3 contest is 83% full…...

Are These 2 Fantasy Playoff Heroes Still Good Picks at Elevated Prices?

Angad Uppal examines two wide receivers going in the middle rounds and asks whether their 2022 outlooks justify their rising prices. Players who perform well in a previous season often see their ADPs spike the next season. This is even more true for players who perform well at the end of the previous season, leading fantasy teams to championships during the crucial fantasy playoff weeks…....

RotoViz Ranks Versus FFPC ADP: 2 Wide Receivers Who Are Overpriced in FFPC Drafts and 2 to Buy Instead

When sharp rankers, analysts, and fantasy players have players higher or lower in the RotoViz ranks, we should take notice. Last time, we looked at running backs that sat higher or lower on the RotoViz ranks versus FFPC ADP. We shouldn’t follow blindly, but it leads us to challenge or validate our thoughts and research. If anything, it’s a starting point to evaluate whether these players…...

2022 Fantasy Football Sleepers – Upside Plays in Round 16 and Beyond

Looking for juice at the end of your draft? Curtis Patrick shares targets who could be your late-round lifeline in 2022. Whether you consider yourself a calculating, structural drafting expert or a “play the best plays” chest-thumper, everyone can surely see the benefit in staying engaged through the final rounds of a fantasy football draft and selecting players with real upside. If you’ve started a…...

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…...

RotoViz Ranks Versus FFPC ADP: 2 RBs to Avoid at Current Prices, and 2 to Buy at All Costs

We’re at the point where most know the sleepers, breakouts, and players to avoid. There’s nothing like the extra hype from preseason games for Isaiah Likely, Khalil Shakir, Romeo Doubs, or [insert player name here]. But how do we know whether the hype is getting out of control, or whether these young upstarts should replace an aging veteran in our draft plans? A good and…...

4 Structural Guidelines to Double Your Finals Advance Rate in Best Ball Mania III After a 2RB-2WR Start

Bjorn Yang-Vaernet explores how to turn the high floor, low ceiling 2RB-2WR start in Underdog best ball tournaments into a high floor and ceiling roster by following four structural guidelines. One thing that fascinates me is how much dedicated fantasy football players largely remain inside their own little bubble. RotoViz readers know about some of the proven but underutilized best ball roster builds — Zero RB,…...

The Broken Rules Underdog Draft: Can You Do Everything Wrong and Still Build a Monster?

Shawn Siegele analyzes an Underdog Best Ball Mania 3 entry that breaks all the rules. Can you ignore the advice in the Best Ball Workshop and still build a monster? Few article series have been as fun to write as the Underdog Dream Teams, and it’s been a great experience to interact RV writers, readers, and listeners on these topics. I’ve been blown away by…...

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…...

20 Bold Predictions and Other Observations Following a Thrilling Preseason Weekend

Shawn Siegele breaks down 20 of the most exciting developments from the first week of preseason action. He has some fun with bold predictions and dives into a few below-the-radar developments with import for managers in deep leagues. Depending on your perspective, the first week of extensive preseason action was a welcome respite from the summer doldrums or a brutal reminder that football is more…...

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…...

The Unconventional Round 3 or 4 Anchor Running Back Build is in Play for 2022

Bjorn Yang-Vaernet explores the Round 3/4 anchor running back strategy and explains why 2022 might be the best year to utilize this roster construction. Several times on Stealing Bananas, Ben Gretch and Shawn Siegele have promoted the idea of conducting an anchor running back build using an RB after Rounds 1 or 2.((Anchor RB refers to picking one RB early to “anchor” the team and…...

Everything You Need to Know to Win the FFPC Superflex Best Ball 2 Tournament

Shawn Siegele breaks down everything you need to know to take first place in the FFPC Superflex Best Ball 2 Tournament, including league-winning tactics, exploitable ADP elements, and recent price changes. I’m obsessed with the FFPC Superflex Best Ball Tournament. I like everything about it. It’s superflex, for one, a format which isn’t just fantastic for dynasty. The SF element shakes up tactics dramatically and…...

Evolving Underdog QB Values and How They Mesh With a Must-Execute Draft Plan

Shawn Siegele looks at the best quarterback values on Underdog and explains why you need to be aware of the current trends so you don’t waste opportunities in the high-leverage rounds. A little over a week ago, Ben Gretch and I drafted a Stealing Bananas team in Best Ball Mania III where we landed Russell Wilson and Tom Brady each almost a round-and-a-half below ADP…....

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…...

Mind the Gap: Finding Value in Unclear Backfields and Uncertain Offenses

In July, we parsed through the three small-gap backfields. We know from Jack Miller’s research on the win and hit rates for big or small-gap backs and previous work by Charlie Kleinheksel that the ADP gap between a team’s RB1 and their RB2 has significant implications for how we should expect them to perform. A reminder – B1 and B2 running backs refer to the team’s RB1 and…...

How To Find The Next Michael Pittman: 2 Second Year Wide Receivers Ready To Ascend

Michael Pittman is a controversial player this offseason. Those who drafted him last year enjoyed his second-year breakout at a great price. He was being drafted in Round 8 after about 40 other wide receivers. He finished as the WR18 in PPR formats. This finish, combined with the addition of Matt Ryan, has vaulted him all the way up to the early third round in 2022…...

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…...

Best Ball Bible: The 8 Tactics That Will Make You A Best Ball Millionaire

Originally published August 17, the Best Ball Bible will help you win contests like the FFPC’s Best Ball Tournament and the Underdog Best Ball Mania 3. Both are fantastic formats with drafts going off constantly over the holiday weekend. In the Best Ball Bible, Michael Dubner shares the eight key tactics that will help you become a best ball millionaire. He breaks down each concept…...

The Most Fun Team You Can Draft and Why It May Also Be Your Best

Shawn Siegele melds key insights from the Best Ball Workshops with the immense upside from fun drafts in order to turn them into a tournament-winning masterpiece. As the next week’s Thursday night opener hurtles toward us, we’re about to embark on a drafting frenzy that puts every other part of the fantasy season to shame. The Underdog Best Ball Mania 3 contest is 83% full…...

Are These 2 Fantasy Playoff Heroes Still Good Picks at Elevated Prices?

Angad Uppal examines two wide receivers going in the middle rounds and asks whether their 2022 outlooks justify their rising prices. Players who perform well in a previous season often see their ADPs spike the next season. This is even more true for players who perform well at the end of the previous season, leading fantasy teams to championships during the crucial fantasy playoff weeks…....

RotoViz Ranks Versus FFPC ADP: 2 Wide Receivers Who Are Overpriced in FFPC Drafts and 2 to Buy Instead

When sharp rankers, analysts, and fantasy players have players higher or lower in the RotoViz ranks, we should take notice. Last time, we looked at running backs that sat higher or lower on the RotoViz ranks versus FFPC ADP. We shouldn’t follow blindly, but it leads us to challenge or validate our thoughts and research. If anything, it’s a starting point to evaluate whether these players…...

2022 Fantasy Football Sleepers – Upside Plays in Round 16 and Beyond

Looking for juice at the end of your draft? Curtis Patrick shares targets who could be your late-round lifeline in 2022. Whether you consider yourself a calculating, structural drafting expert or a “play the best plays” chest-thumper, everyone can surely see the benefit in staying engaged through the final rounds of a fantasy football draft and selecting players with real upside. If you’ve started a…...

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…...

RotoViz Ranks Versus FFPC ADP: 2 RBs to Avoid at Current Prices, and 2 to Buy at All Costs

We’re at the point where most know the sleepers, breakouts, and players to avoid. There’s nothing like the extra hype from preseason games for Isaiah Likely, Khalil Shakir, Romeo Doubs, or [insert player name here]. But how do we know whether the hype is getting out of control, or whether these young upstarts should replace an aging veteran in our draft plans? A good and…...

4 Structural Guidelines to Double Your Finals Advance Rate in Best Ball Mania III After a 2RB-2WR Start

Bjorn Yang-Vaernet explores how to turn the high floor, low ceiling 2RB-2WR start in Underdog best ball tournaments into a high floor and ceiling roster by following four structural guidelines. One thing that fascinates me is how much dedicated fantasy football players largely remain inside their own little bubble. RotoViz readers know about some of the proven but underutilized best ball roster builds — Zero RB,…...

The Broken Rules Underdog Draft: Can You Do Everything Wrong and Still Build a Monster?

Shawn Siegele analyzes an Underdog Best Ball Mania 3 entry that breaks all the rules. Can you ignore the advice in the Best Ball Workshop and still build a monster? Few article series have been as fun to write as the Underdog Dream Teams, and it’s been a great experience to interact RV writers, readers, and listeners on these topics. I’ve been blown away by…...

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…...

20 Bold Predictions and Other Observations Following a Thrilling Preseason Weekend

Shawn Siegele breaks down 20 of the most exciting developments from the first week of preseason action. He has some fun with bold predictions and dives into a few below-the-radar developments with import for managers in deep leagues. Depending on your perspective, the first week of extensive preseason action was a welcome respite from the summer doldrums or a brutal reminder that football is more…...

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…...

The Unconventional Round 3 or 4 Anchor Running Back Build is in Play for 2022

Bjorn Yang-Vaernet explores the Round 3/4 anchor running back strategy and explains why 2022 might be the best year to utilize this roster construction. Several times on Stealing Bananas, Ben Gretch and Shawn Siegele have promoted the idea of conducting an anchor running back build using an RB after Rounds 1 or 2.((Anchor RB refers to picking one RB early to “anchor” the team and…...

Everything You Need to Know to Win the FFPC Superflex Best Ball 2 Tournament

Shawn Siegele breaks down everything you need to know to take first place in the FFPC Superflex Best Ball 2 Tournament, including league-winning tactics, exploitable ADP elements, and recent price changes. I’m obsessed with the FFPC Superflex Best Ball Tournament. I like everything about it. It’s superflex, for one, a format which isn’t just fantastic for dynasty. The SF element shakes up tactics dramatically and…...

Evolving Underdog QB Values and How They Mesh With a Must-Execute Draft Plan

Shawn Siegele looks at the best quarterback values on Underdog and explains why you need to be aware of the current trends so you don’t waste opportunities in the high-leverage rounds. A little over a week ago, Ben Gretch and I drafted a Stealing Bananas team in Best Ball Mania III where we landed Russell Wilson and Tom Brady each almost a round-and-a-half below ADP…....

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…...

Mind the Gap: Finding Value in Unclear Backfields and Uncertain Offenses

In July, we parsed through the three small-gap backfields. We know from Jack Miller’s research on the win and hit rates for big or small-gap backs and previous work by Charlie Kleinheksel that the ADP gap between a team’s RB1 and their RB2 has significant implications for how we should expect them to perform. A reminder – B1 and B2 running backs refer to the team’s RB1 and…...

How To Find The Next Michael Pittman: 2 Second Year Wide Receivers Ready To Ascend

Michael Pittman is a controversial player this offseason. Those who drafted him last year enjoyed his second-year breakout at a great price. He was being drafted in Round 8 after about 40 other wide receivers. He finished as the WR18 in PPR formats. This finish, combined with the addition of Matt Ryan, has vaulted him all the way up to the early third round in 2022…...

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