Drafting from the early position is an advantage in 2022, but we can short-circuit a great start if we lose focus after the first few picks.
This week, I drafted 27 best-ball teams on DraftKings in an effort to put my draft strategies and tier articles into an actionable format.
In this article, I will walk you through my strategy for tackling picks No. 1 through 4 by walking through a recent draft round by round. Some of the key concepts we will cover:
- Roster construction goals
- When to be aggressive vs. ADP
- When to wait for value vs. ADP
- Stacks and correlation
DraftKings Best Ball Overview
Starters: 1QB, 2RB, 3WR, 1TE, 1FLX (RB, WR, TE)
Scoring: PPR with 3-point bonuses for 300 yards passing, 100 yards rushing and 100 yards receiving
Roster spots: 20
The contests have a top-heavy payout structure that requires advancing through multiple rounds to ultimately play in a final week, similar to a DFS contest.
Round 1: Weeks 1-14, top two seeds out of 12 advance
Round 2: Week 15, the top seed out of 12 advances
Round 3: Week 16, the top seed out of 12 advances
Round 4: Week 17, 969-team pool for $3.5M Millionaire ($1M to first) and 135-team pool for $300K Play-action ($30K to first)
|DraftKings $300K Play-action: Pick 1|
|Starting Lineup||QB||Kyler Murray||ARI||72||62|
|RB||Darrell Henderson Jr.||LAR||144||142|
|RB||Ronald Jones II||KC||145||134|
|WR||Odell Beckham Jr.||–||193||186|
Build: 2QB, 6RB, 9WR, 3TE
Quarterback-receiving stacks: 2 (Murray–Brown, Murray–Hopkins)
Super-Stack 12 Options: 50% (ARI, LAC, SF, LAR, KC, DEN, DAL)
Week 17 Stacks: 5 (ARI-ATL, IND-NYG, JAX-HOU, LAC-LAR, KC-DEN)
Round 1 (Pick 1): Jonathan Taylor, Indianapolis Colts
If McCaffrey is healthy the whole season, he will likely outscore Taylor in PPR formats. However, gaining exposure to Taylor is a priority, and it is tough to do without the No. 1 selection.
Round 2 (Pick 24): Keenan Allen, Los Angeles Chargers
While Hill was in consideration, Allen made the most sense, leaving a potential stack with Justin Herbert open in the fourth round (which I don’t have yet). The Chargers play a juiced schedule with seven 50-point games and two more matchups against 10-win teams (Broncos and 49ers).