Josh Allen leads the way in our 2022 NFL QB Best Ball Rankings.
What are Best-Ball Draft-Only Leagues?
Best ball is a fantasy football format where league managers draft their team but there is no in-season management—no waiver wire, no trades, no setting lineups. Instead, your highest-scoring players are optimized to form your starting lineup. Leagues are decided by cumulative season points rather than head-to-head matchups. Roster size and payout structures vary by platform and while there are traditional live drafts available, slow drafts (1- 2- 4- 6- and 8-hour timers) are also popular for best-ball leagues.
General Strategy to Get Started
A specific strategy for each site varies but, in general, you should go into a draft with the aim to draft the following number of players at each position in hopes of maintaining enough active players through all 17 weeks:
- 2–3 QB
- 4–6 RB
- 6–9 WR
- 2–3 TE
- 2–3 Defenses
- 2–3 Kickers
***Quarterback drafting strategy
As with any other fantasy format, you need a high-upside quarterback if you want to find success in best ball. But it all depends on how early you want to address the position. Every pick comes with its own opportunity cost. Should you take Bills QB Josh Allen in Round 3 or select your WR2 or RB1?
A term you will hear a lot is “stacking.” That’s when you select multiple players from the same team. An example would be pairing QB Jalen Hurts with WRs A.J. Brown and/or DeVonta Smith. When one does well, typically, the others find similar success. I never try to force stacks, but I recommend being cognizant of who you could pair together when selecting your quarterback or No. 1 wide receiver. Not all stacks are created equal or worth the slight reach to pull off.
If you did select a QB early in your best ball draft (Allen, Patrick Mahomes, Lamar Jackson, Kyler Murray, Justin Herbert, Dak Prescott), there’s no rush to draft your QB2. The odds of them being outscored in any given week by a QB in the 18+ range is unlikely, barring injury. One tip could be to target upside at the QB2 position in the later rounds.
For example, you could select Deshaun Watson and then perhaps Derek Carr or Tua Tagovailoa later in the draft. Watson should be a QB1 and, if not for his current legal case, would be a top-six quarterback. However, many feel he could miss time in 2022. In best ball, those risks can be mitigated as, in this example, Carr or Tua would play in the games Watson is out. Once he’s back, your upside as a team shoots up.
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2022 QB Best Ball Rankings
2022 NFL QB Best Ball Rankings
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