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Campfire Chat: Best-ball Strategies

Footballguys staff members discuss strategy in best-ball leagues

Best-ball leagues are gaining in popularity, largely because they are draft-only (and who doesn't love to draft). In a best-ball league, you don't have to make any starting lineup decisions - your best lineup is automatically started for you. Without discussing specific players, what is your general approach in this format? What is your target roster construction for an FFPC DE (with 28 rounds)? For an MFL10 (with 20 rounds and no kicker)? For a league on DRAFT (with 18 rounds and no kicker and no defense)?

Adam Harstad: There's a lot of debate in season-long about whether to stack byes or stagger them. In best ball leagues, (and their cousins, total points leagues), there is no debate. Stacking or staggering byes across positions makes literally zero difference. Your QB1, RB1, WR1, TE1, and top kicker and defense can all be off on the same week and it literally doesn't matter, because there's no head-to-head to punish a bad week.

Stacking byes *within* a position, however, is sacrificing points. Maybe the guy you take as your WR2 is such a good bargain that you don't care that the fact he shares a bye with your WR1 means you're sacrificing points. That's fine. Just be aware that it's happening, and try to diversify byes within a position as much as you can without sacrificing value.

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