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 8/25/19

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