NFL Manifesto: Best Ball 101

Updated: Sep 10, 2020

The year 2020 has brought us many things, a lot of them being on the negative side. One positive that I'm really amped about is the excitement we've seen surrounding the NFL Best Ball format. While most DFS / Fantasy fans have likely heard about it, there's still a large portion of the community that's not well-versed on Best Ball's key strategic elements.

Let's start from the beginning. While I'm sure some of us genuinely enjoy the grind of the fantasy football season, I'm also confident in assuming that Draft Day is the most exciting part of this game (Besides winning that league trophy in Week 16).

In Best Ball, we don't have to consume ourselves with the weekly grind of waiver wire pickups, rejecting horrible trade offers, or even staying up all night going back and forth on who to put in the Flex spot. That's right; all we need to focus on is the draft itself. This no-transaction format has quickly become my favorite go-to contest on fantasy sites.

We have Season-Long Leagues on sites such as that hosts some of the world's largest fantasy contests. They were one of the first sites that ever advertise Best Ball. Now we even have DFS sites like FanDuel and DraftKings jumping on board and starting their own Best Ball Contests. While sites may differ here and there as far as their scoring goes, the format is almost always the same. Here are some examples of what you can expect.

DraftKings Format

- 12-team leagues, 20-player rosters

- Full PPR, bonuses for 300-yard pass games and 100-yard rush/receiving games.

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