There’s no debate that the best-ball format is the best thing to happen to fantasy football in recent years. Few things are better than scratching the fantasy draft itch — with skin in the game — in anticipation of your home fantasy football draft.
That said, drafting with other degenerates in the best ball streets — especially on Underdog Fantasy —means stiff competition. Opponents aren’t the casual drafters who show up to the draft with a fantasy football magazine from a local 7-Eleven. They know their stuff.
It then becomes critical to leverage tiered rankings to gain an edge. Using these rankings makes it simple to extract value from the players available in each round and gain an advantage over other drafters.
Below, you’ll find my tiered rankings for QB, RB, WR and TE, with some insight on select tiers. Recall that the best ball format favors lineups that are strong down the stretch as opposed to early on, so that’s while you see slight discrepancies between these versus PPR and Half-PPR rankings.
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QB scoring tends to be flat across the board, meaning there are few major jumps in output — the difference from one ranking to the next is negligible.
Selecting the final quarterback remaining in any given tier is the best way to extract value, and the best approach is to target QBs from Rounds 6-14 (the quarterback sweet spot) so that a third quarterback isn’t required.
Drafting two QBs within the top four tiers should ensure that you don’t need to overinvest in the position. However early your QB1 gets selected should influence how long you wait to pick your QB2 — invest in a Tier 1 QB? Wait until Tier 4 to snag QB2.
TIER 1: THE FANTASTIC FOUR
- PATRICK MAHOMES, KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
- JOSH ALLEN, BUFFALO BILLS
- KYLER MURRAY, ARIZONA CARDINALS
- LAMAR JACKSON, BALTIMORE RAVENS
TIER 2: TOP-TIER UPSIDE
- DAK PRESCOTT, DALLAS COWBOYS
- RUSSELL WILSON, SEATTLE SEAHAWKS
- JUSTIN HERBERT, LOS ANGELES CHARGERS
- JALEN HURTS, PHILADELPHIA EAGLES
- AARON RODGERS, GREEN BAY PACKERS
- JOE BURROW, CINCINNATI BENGALS
TIER 3: POCKET PASSERS AND MOBILE ROOKIES
- RYAN TANNEHILL, TENNESSEE TITANS
- TREY LANCE, SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS
- JUSTIN FIELDS, CHICAGO BEARS
- TOM BRADY, TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
- TREVOR LAWRENCE, JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS
- MATTHEW STAFFORD, LOS ANGELES RAMS
- MATT RYAN, ATLANTA FALCONS
- BAKER MAYFIELD, CLEVELAND BROWNS
Chicago Bears rookie quarterback Justin Fields has essentially played one full game of football through two preseason games. He has totaled 222 passing yards, one passing touchdown, 79 rushing yards and one rushing touchdown in those contests, good for a whopping 26.7 fantasy points.
High-end fantasy football production is exactly what best-ball drafters should expect from Fields once he takes over the starting gig from veteran Andy Dalton. Just make sure you pair Fields with another solid quarterback option so you don’t post low numbers at the position while head coach Matt Nagy maintains his eagerness to keep the Red Rifle under center.