Crushing DRAFT's Bestball Contests

David Dodds takes you through his process of crushing 12-team best ball drafts at DRAFT.com

DRAFT's best ball contests are fun, addictive, and can be extremely profitable. With a 30-second draft clock, one can usually jump in a contest and complete a draft within 30 minutes. As Best-Ball contests, one does not need to allocate any additional team after the draft. Your top quarterback, top two running backs, top three wide receivers, top tight end, and top flex will play every week. Draft a deep/solid roster and reap the rewards.

Simple Checklist to dominate Draft's 12-Team contests

  1. Enter your pre-draft rankings into the website. Don't attempt to participate in these type of contests without entering a list into their rankings form. The 30-second clock is fast and a list safeguards you from overlooking something when picks get sniped. Use this link to enter your NFL rank list. If you would like to piggyback on my current list, I have provided it at the end of this article.

  2. Use the first eight picks on running backs and wide receivers. Ideally, you should have four of each after eight rounds. These players make up your core build.

  3. Wait at the quarterback and tight end positions. I end up with my best teams by waiting until round nine or later before even considering adding tight ends and/or quarterbacks.

  4. Use your 18 roster spots to secure three quarterbacks, six running backs, seven wide receivers, and two tight ends. Although I will sometimes deviate from this roster construct, I will craft 90+% of my rosters with this configuration. It's a proven winning build strategy.

  5. Stay flexible. If you have drafted running backs with your first three picks, strongly consider choosing a wide receiver next. Staying flexible maximizes your chance to get value with every pick.

Draft List

current as of 7/8/19

  1. RB Saquon Barkley, NYG/11 (ADP = 1)
  2. RB Christian McCaffrey, CAR/7 (ADP = 2)
  3. RB Ezekiel Elliott, DAL/8 (ADP = 3)
  4. RB Alvin Kamara, NO/9 (ADP = 4)
  5. RB David Johnson, ARI/12 (ADP = 5)
  6. WR DeAndre Hopkins, HOU/10 (ADP = 7)
  7. RB Melvin Gordon III, LAC/12 (ADP = 6)
  8. RB Le'Veon Bell, NYJ/4 (ADP = 10)
  9. TE Travis Kelce, KC/12 (ADP = 9)
  10. WR Davante Adams, GB/11 (ADP = 8)
  11. WR Julio Jones, ATL/9 (ADP = 13)
  12. RB James Conner, PIT/7 (ADP = 14)
  13. WR Odell Beckham Jr Jr., CLE/7 (ADP = 15)
  14. WR Michael Thomas, NO/9 (ADP = 12)
  15. RB Joe Mixon, CIN/9 (ADP = 11)
  16. RB Nick Chubb, CLE/7 (ADP = 19)
  17. WR Antonio Brown, OAK/6 (ADP = 21)
  18. RB Damien Williams, KC/12 (ADP = 20)
  19. RB Dalvin Cook, MIN/12 (ADP = 17)
  20. RB Todd Gurley, LAR/9 (ADP = 18)
  21. WR JuJu Smith-Schuster, PIT/7 (ADP = 16)
  22. WR Mike Evans, TB/7 (ADP = 22)
  23. TE Zach Ertz, PHI/10 (ADP = 24)
  24. WR T.Y. Hilton, IND/6 (ADP = 27)
  25. WR Adam Thielen, MIN/12 (ADP = 26)
  26. RB Leonard Fournette, JAX/10 (ADP = 29)
  27. TE George Kittle, SF/4 (ADP = 23)
  28. RB Derrick Henry, TEN/11 (ADP = 30)
  29. WR Keenan Allen, LAC/12 (ADP = 33)
  30. RB Aaron Jones, GB/11 (ADP = 32)
  31. RB Marlon Mack, IND/6 (ADP = 25)
  32. RB Devonta Freeman, ATL/9 (ADP = 31)
  33. WR Amari Cooper, DAL/8 (ADP = 28)
  34. RB Kerryon Johnson, DET/5 (ADP = 35)
  35. WR Stefon Diggs, MIN/12 (ADP = 37)
  36. WR A.J. Green, CIN/9 (ADP = 34)
  37. WR Julian Edelman, NE/10 (ADP = 38)
  38. WR Brandin Cooks, LAR/9 (ADP = 40)
  39. QB Patrick Mahomes II II, KC/12 (ADP = 39)
  40. WR Kenny Golladay, DET/5 (ADP = 43)
  41. RB Josh Jacobs, OAK/6 (ADP = 36)
  42. RB Phillip Lindsay, DEN/10 (ADP = 45)
  43. WR Robert Woods, LAR/9 (ADP = 42)
  44. RB Sony Michel, NE/10 (ADP = 49)
  45. WR Chris Godwin, TB/7 (ADP = 46)
  46. WR Tyler Lockett, SEA/11 (ADP = 48)
  47. RB Kenyan Drake, MIA/5 (ADP = 41)
  48. RB Mark Ingram II, BAL/8 (ADP = 50)
  49. WR Tyreek Hill, KC/12 (ADP = 47)
  50. WR Calvin Ridley, ATL/9 (ADP = 56)
  51. WR Cooper Kupp, LAR/9 (ADP = 55)
  52. RB James White, NE/10 (ADP = 54)
  53. RB Chris Carson, SEA/11 (ADP = 57)
  54. WR DJ Moore, CAR/7 (ADP = 58)
  55. RB Tarik Cohen, CHI/6 (ADP = 59)
  56. TE Evan Engram, NYG/11 (ADP = 61)
  57. TE Hunter Henry, LAC/12 (ADP = 60)
  58. WR Robby Anderson, NYJ/4 (ADP = 62)
  59. WR Mike Williams, LAC/12 (ADP = 52)
  60. WR Allen Robinson, CHI/6 (ADP = 64)
  61. RB Tevin Coleman, SF/4 (ADP = 65)
  62. RB David Montgomery, CHI/6 (ADP = 44)
  63. WR Tyler Boyd, CIN/9 (ADP = 67)
  64. RB Lamar Miller, HOU/10 (ADP = 69)
  65. QB Deshaun Watson, HOU/10 (ADP = 68)
  66. WR Sammy Watkins, KC/12 (ADP = 53)
  67. QB Andrew Luck, IND/6 (ADP = 63)
  68. WR Alshon Jeffery, PHI/10 (ADP = 73)
  69. TE O.J. Howard, TB/7 (ADP = 51)
  70. TE Jared Cook, NO/9 (ADP = 74)
  71. RB Rashaad Penny, SEA/11 (ADP = 70)
  72. RB Latavius Murray, NO/9 (ADP = 75)
  73. QB Aaron Rodgers, GB/11 (ADP = 71)
  74. RB Derrius Guice, WAS/10 (ADP = 78)
  75. WR Jarvis Landry, CLE/7 (ADP = 72)
  76. RB Miles Sanders, PHI/10 (ADP = 80)
  77. WR Christian Kirk, ARI/12 (ADP = 77)
  78. TE Eric Ebron, IND/6 (ADP = 81)
  79. WR Marvin Jones Jr, DET/5 (ADP = 84)
  80. WR Will Fuller V, HOU/10 (ADP = 76)
  81. QB Matt Ryan, ATL/9 (ADP = 87)
  82. RB Royce Freeman, DEN/10 (ADP = 86)
  83. WR Corey Davis, TEN/11 (ADP = 89)
  84. WR Dante Pettis, SF/4 (ADP = 79)
  85. TE David Njoku, CLE/7 (ADP = 88)
  86. WR Keke Coutee, HOU/10 (ADP = 90)
  87. RB Jordan Howard, PHI/10 (ADP = 95)
  88. WR Sterling Shepard, NYG/11 (ADP = 94)
  89. WR Courtland Sutton, DEN/10 (ADP = 97)
  90. WR Curtis Samuel, CAR/7 (ADP = 92)
  91. QB Carson Wentz, PHI/10 (ADP = 98)
  92. RB Ronald Jones, TB/7 (ADP = 85)
  93. WR Larry Fitzgerald, ARI/12 (ADP = 103)
  94. QB Kyler Murray, ARI/12 (ADP = 91)
  95. WR Dede Westbrook, JAX/10 (ADP = 104)
  96. TE Vance McDonald, PIT/7 (ADP = 83)
  97. TE Austin Hooper, ATL/9 (ADP = 108)
  98. RB Darrell Henderson, LAR/9 (ADP = 66)
  99. QB Russell Wilson, SEA/11 (ADP = 107)
  100. RB Jerick McKinnon, SF/4 (ADP = 111)
  101. RB Austin Ekeler, LAC/12 (ADP = 101)
  102. RB LeSean McCoy, BUF/6 (ADP = 110)
  103. QB Baker Mayfield, CLE/7 (ADP = 82)
  104. QB Cam Newton, CAR/7 (ADP = 113)
  105. QB Drew Brees, NO/9 (ADP = 99)
  106. RB Kareem Hunt, CLE/7 (ADP = 100)
  107. WR Golden Tate, NYG/11 (ADP = 115)
  108. QB Jared Goff, LAR/9 (ADP = 116)
  109. QB Jameis Winston, TB/7 (ADP = 112)
  110. WR James Washington, PIT/7 (ADP = 117)
  111. WR D.K. Metcalf, SEA/11 (ADP = 120)
  112. RB D'Onta Foreman, HOU/10 (ADP = 119)
  113. QB Ben Roethlisberger, PIT/7 (ADP = 124)
  114. WR DeSean Jackson, PHI/10 (ADP = 106)
  115. RB Peyton Barber, TB/7 (ADP = 127)
  116. RB Ito Smith, ATL/9 (ADP = 126)
  117. TE Trey Burton, CHI/6 (ADP = 125)
  118. TE Kyle Rudolph, MIN/12 (ADP = 128)
  119. WR Tyrell Williams, OAK/6 (ADP = 131)
  120. QB Dak Prescott, DAL/8 (ADP = 122)
  121. QB Josh Allen, BUF/6 (ADP = 132)
  122. QB Lamar Jackson, BAL/8 (ADP = 135)
  123. RB Dion Lewis, TEN/11 (ADP = 140)
  124. WR Donte Moncrief, PIT/7 (ADP = 137)
  125. QB Mitchell Trubisky, CHI/6 (ADP = 138)
  126. RB Nyheim Hines, IND/6 (ADP = 134)
  127. TE Chris Herndon, NYJ/4 (ADP = 121)
  128. WR Michael Gallup, DAL/8 (ADP = 144)
  129. TE Delanie Walker, TEN/11 (ADP = 142)
  130. TE Mark Andrews, BAL/8 (ADP = 141)
  131. WR Anthony Miller, CHI/6 (ADP = 139)
  132. QB Philip Rivers, LAC/12 (ADP = 136)
  133. RB Adrian Peterson, WAS/10 (ADP = 146)
  134. RB Jaylen Samuels, PIT/7 (ADP = 105)
  135. QB Kirk Cousins, MIN/12 (ADP = 143)
  136. WR N'Keal Harry, NE/10 (ADP = 96)
  137. TE Jack Doyle, IND/6 (ADP = 148)
  138. QB Jimmy Garoppolo, SF/4 (ADP = 150)
  139. TE Dallas Goedert, PHI/10 (ADP = 130)
  140. QB Tom Brady, NE/10 (ADP = 149)
  141. TE Jimmy Graham, GB/11 (ADP = 152)
  142. RB Kalen Ballage, MIA/5 (ADP = 151)
  143. WR Devin Funchess, IND/6 (ADP = 123)
  144. WR Emmanuel Sanders, DEN/10 (ADP = 159)
  145. TE Jordan Reed, WAS/10 (ADP = 154)
  146. RB Carlos Hyde, KC/12 (ADP = 118)
  147. TE Greg Olsen, CAR/7 (ADP = 158)
  148. WR Trequan Smith, NO/9 (ADP = 133)
  149. WR Kenny Stills, MIA/5 (ADP = 162)
  150. WR DeVante Parker, MIA/5 (ADP = 157)
  151. WR Geronimo Allison, GB/11 (ADP = 93)
  152. WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling, GB/11 (ADP = 102)
  153. WR Mohamed Sanu, ATL/9 (ADP = 171)
  154. RB Matt Breida, SF/4 (ADP = 156)
  155. WR Jamison Crowder, NYJ/4 (ADP = 170)
  156. TE Noah Fant, DEN/10 (ADP = 167)
  157. QB Derek Carr, OAK/6 (ADP = 165)
  158. TE T.J. Hockenson, DET/5 (ADP = 147)
  159. QB Matthew Stafford, DET/5 (ADP = 168)
  160. WR Daesean Hamilton, DEN/10 (ADP = 153)
  161. WR Albert Wilson, MIA/5 (ADP = 175)
  162. RB Jamaal Williams, GB/11 (ADP = 161)
  163. RB Duke Johnson Jr, CLE/7 (ADP = 173)
  164. WR Deebo Samuel, SF/4 (ADP = 174)
  165. TE Mike Gesicki, MIA/5 (ADP = 176)
  166. RB Chris Thompson, WAS/10 (ADP = 183)
  167. RB Devin Singletary, BUF/6 (ADP = 166)
  168. QB Andy Dalton, CIN/9 (ADP = 179)
  169. RB Mike Davis, CHI/6 (ADP = 185)
  170. WR John Brown, BUF/6 (ADP = 160)
  171. RB C.J. Anderson, DET/5 (ADP = 178)
  172. TE Darren Waller, OAK/6 (ADP = 182)
  173. RB Chase Edmonds, ARI/12 (ADP = 180)
  174. QB Sam Darnold, NYJ/4 (ADP = 164)
  175. WR Marquise Brown, BAL/8 (ADP = 169)
  176. WR Zay Jones, BUF/6 (ADP = 193)
  177. RB Alexander Mattison, MIN/12 (ADP = 163)
  178. RB Giovani Bernard, CIN/9 (ADP = 194)
  179. WR David Moore, SEA/11 (ADP = 187)
  180. WR Parris Campbell, IND/6 (ADP = 129)
  181. TE Tyler Eifert, CIN/9 (ADP = 172)
  182. RB Jalen Richard, OAK/6 (ADP = 202)
  183. WR Mecole Hardman, KC/12 (ADP = 109)
  184. QB Marcus Mariota, TEN/11 (ADP = 195)
  185. RB Damien Harris, NE/10 (ADP = 114)
  186. TE Gerald Everett, LAR/9 (ADP = 198)
  187. QB Nick Foles, JAX/10 (ADP = 191)
  188. WR Randall Cobb, DAL/8 (ADP = 197)
  189. WR Quincy Enunwa, NYJ/4 (ADP = 204)
  190. WR Marqise Lee, JAX/10 (ADP = 208)
  191. WR Adam Humphries, TEN/11 (ADP = 192)
  192. WR Taylor Gabriel, CHI/6 (ADP = 199)
  193. WR Andy Isabella, ARI/12 (ADP = 155)
  194. TE Jason Witten, DAL/8 (ADP = 210)
  195. RB Gus Edwards, BAL/8 (ADP = 205)
  196. WR Marquise Goodwin, SF/4 (ADP = 181)
  197. WR A.J. Brown, TEN/11 (ADP = 211)
  198. TE Ricky Seals-Jones, ARI/12 (ADP = 189)
  199. RB Justice Hill, BAL/8 (ADP = 145)
  200. RB Malcolm Brown, LAR/9 (ADP = 184)
  201. WR Antonio Callaway, CLE/7 (ADP = 188)
  202. WR Paul Richardson Jr, WAS/10 (ADP = 223)
  203. WR Nelson Agholor, PHI/10 (ADP = 213)
  204. WR Ted Ginn Jr, NO/9 (ADP = 218)
  205. WR Josh Doctson, WAS/10 (ADP = 222)
  206. RB Rex Burkhead, NE/10 (ADP = 217)
  207. QB Joe Flacco, DEN/10 (ADP = 216)
  208. WR Demarcus Robinson, KC/12 (ADP = 196)
  209. RB Theo Riddick, DET/5 (ADP = 224)
  210. WR Trey Quinn, WAS/10 (ADP = 200)
  211. WR Robert Foster, BUF/6 (ADP = 177)
  212. RB Elijah McGuire, NYJ/4 (ADP = 221)
  213. RB T.J. Yeldon, BUF/6 (ADP = 225)
  214. RB Justin Jackson, LAC/12 (ADP = 203)
  215. QB Dwayne Haskins, WAS/10 (ADP = 207)
  216. TE Will Dissly, SEA/11 (ADP = 229)
  217. WR Cole Beasley, BUF/6 (ADP = 234)
  218. WR DJ Chark, JAX/10 (ADP = 232)
  219. RB Benny Snell, PIT/7 (ADP = 215)
  220. WR Willie Snead IV, BAL/8 (ADP = 240)
  221. WR Josh Reynolds, LAR/9 (ADP = 235)
  222. QB Josh Rosen, MIA/5 (ADP = 238)
  223. WR Terry McLaurin, WAS/10 (ADP = 237)
  224. RB Darwin Thompson, KC/12 (ADP = 206)
  225. WR Danny Amendola, DET/5 (ADP = 247)
  226. TE Cameron Brate, TB/7 (ADP = 219)
  227. TE Geoff Swaim, JAX/10 (ADP = 246)
  228. WR Phillip Dorsett, NE/10 (ADP = 242)
  229. WR Demaryius Thomas, NE/10 (ADP = 228)
  230. WR J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, PHI/10 (ADP = 220)
  231. WR Chris Hogan, CAR/7 (ADP = 243)
  232. TE Ben Watson, NE/10 (ADP = 250)
  233. TE Ian Thomas, CAR/7 (ADP = 214)
  234. QB Eli Manning, NYG/11 (ADP = 260)
  235. RB Alfred Blue, JAX/10 (ADP = 260)
  236. TE Tyler Kroft, BUF/6 (ADP = 249)
  237. RB Doug Martin, OAK/6 (ADP = 260)
  238. RB Devontae Booker, DEN/10 (ADP = 260)
  239. TE Matt LaCosse, NE/10 (ADP = 201)
  240. WR Jakeem Grant, MIA/5 (ADP = 260)
  241. TE Jordan Thomas, HOU/10 (ADP = 253)
  242. WR John Ross, CIN/9 (ADP = 260)
  243. RB Frank Gore, BUF/6 (ADP = 260)
  244. RB Corey Clement, PHI/10 (ADP = 260)
  245. RB Wayne Gallman, NYG/11 (ADP = 260)
  246. TE Vernon Davis, WAS/10 (ADP = 260)
  247. WR Travis Benjamin, LAC/12 (ADP = 260)
  248. WR Breshad Perriman, TB/7 (ADP = 260)
  249. QB Case Keenum, WAS/10 (ADP = 260)
  250. WR Tim Patrick, DEN/10 (ADP = 260)
  251. WR Equanimeous St. Brown, GB/11 (ADP = 260)
  252. TE Hayden Hurst, BAL/8 (ADP = 260)
  253. TE Jonnu Smith, TEN/11 (ADP = 260)
  254. WR Chris Conley, JAX/10 (ADP = 260)
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