Bestball season is alive and well. Every day we get closer to the start of season and we learn more about what the season will actually look like. Less speculating, more sure things.

Although, nothing is a sure thing, and that’s why we love bestball.

No picking your starters. The highest scoring players get to play. No need to sweat out injuries because your other players will step in if necessary. It’s all about the most points and the best insurance policy.

Let’s talk about strategy…

The FFPC lineup consists of 1 QB, 2 RBs, 2 WRs, 1 TE, 1 K, 1 D, and 2 FLEXs (RB/WR/TE)

When it comes to roster construction, according to historical data curated by, this is the combination with the highest win rate: 2 QBs, 8 RBs, 9 WRs, 5 TEs, 2 PKs, 2 DEFs.

Of the six divisional winners in the 2017 Pros vs. Joes contest (of which I was one), all teams drafted two or three quarterbacks, six or seven running backs, between seven and 10 wide receivers, three to five tight ends, two or three kickers and exactly three defenses.

Last year Mike Beers of Rotogrinders and RotoViz took down the whole contest. I came in second. Here’s are our rosters:


PvJ – 2

PvJ – 5


Mike Beers

Brandon Marianne Lee

Draft Slot




Antonio Brown

Odell Beckham


DeMarco Murray

Jordan Howard


Todd Gurley

Todd Gurley


Alshon Jeffery

Jarvis Landry


Tyreek Hill

Zach Ertz


Mark Ingram

Jamison Crowder


Drew Brees

C.J. Anderson


Coby Fleener

LeGarrette Blount


Kenny Britt

Rishard Matthews


Matt Forte

Philip Rivers


Jonathan Stewart

Cameron Brate


Ted Ginn

Blake Bortles


Sam Bradford

Cooper Kupp


Charles Clay

Kenny Stills


Zach Miller

Brian Hoyer


Adam Vinatieri

SEA Team Defense


Caleb Sturgis

Gerald Everett


LA Team Defense

Mason Crosby


John Ross

Mohamed Sanu


BAL Team Defense

De”Angelo Henderson


Kendall Wright

Greg Zuerlein


Phillip Dorsett

GB Team Defense


NYJ Team Defense

Kenny Golladay


Randy Bullock

Jeremy McNichols


Kamar Aiken

Andrew Franks


Dontrelle Inman

Donnel Pumphrey


Wendell Smallwood

NYJ Team Defense


Adam Shaheen

Jake Butt

Some observations:

We clearly both rode the Todd Gurley pony to victory.

We both drafted at the 4-spot.

If Odell Beckham played, I would have won this league and it would not have even been close.

Neither team looks like the winning team after the fact, but this is what a winning team that drafted in July looks like.

Both teams have balance.

This year, I’m at it again. But I drafted in the 7-spot. Here are the results:

Round 1: Antonio Brown , WR, Pittsburgh Steelers

I’m following in the Beers footsteps with this one, but honestly, has anyone ever made the case to NOT draft Antonio Brown at 1.7? Nah…

Round 2: Devonta Freeman , RB, Atlanta Falcons

In 2016, the Falcons led the league scoring an average of 33.8 points per game. In 2017, they dropped to 22.1 points per game. If they fall somewhere in the middle, Freeman is a top-10 RB, at the very least.

Round 3: Alex Collins , RB, Baltimore Ravens

This felt high, but the running backs were flying off the board. Collins didn’t play in more than 30 percent of the team’s offensive snaps until Week 8 and he finished the season as the 16th highest scoring fantasy running back.

Round 4: Ronald Jones , RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Jones averaged 6.1 yards per carry over his collegiate career, and averaged 3.5 yards after contact alone. Love him for a lot of volume, especially with Jameis Winston starting the season with a suspension.

Round 5: Trey Burton , TE, Chicago Bears

This is a TE premium league, with 1.5 points per reception at the position. Matt Nagy confirmed he’s going to use Burton like he used Travis Kelce , and I am all ears.

Round 6: Jarvis Landry , WR, Cleveland Browns

Landry has the most receptions over the course of the first four years of any wide receivers’ career in history. He did that with a Ryan Tannehill , Jay Cutler , Matt Moore hybrid. So no, TyRod Taylor and Baker Mayfield do not scare me in the slightest.

Round 7: Jamison Crowder , WR, Washington Redskins

It’s Round 7 and I get to draft the slot receiver in an offense led by Alex Smith ? Yes, please.

Round 8: Tyler Eifert , TE, Cincinnati Bengals

In 2015, Tyler Eifert saw 6 red zone target and turned 13 of them into touchdowns. Last year Tyler Kroft saw 12 red zone targets and turned seven into touchdowns. The plan was to pair Eifert with Kroft because one of them will the touchdown guy in Cincy, but I got sniped on Kroft. Still, I’m fine with Eifert here considering the upside and this is bestball so I don’t need to worry about his sordid injury history.

Round 9: Will Fuller , WR, Houston Texans

This is nuts. I haven’t seen Fuller go this late in a draft yet this year. And in bestball, he’s gold. One of the highest upside receivers in the league on a per game basis.

Round 10: Carson Wentz , QB, Philadelphia Eagles

If you’re a member of FA Nation, you know that I wait until the double-digit rounds to get a quarterback almost always. I held strong and still got Wentz? Wow.

Round 11: Jimmy Garoppolo , QB, San Francisco 49ers

But hey, I’m not dumb. Wentz still isn’t practicing due to his ACL rehab, so I grabbed some GQ insurance and I feel great about it. #undefeated

Round 12: Marqise Lee , WR, Jacksonville Jaguars

He’s the number one wide out on a team in the AFC South. He’ll have big games, no doubt.

Round 13: Michael Gallup , WR, Dallas Cowboys

Allen Hurns hasn’t gone over 500 yards or scored more than three touchdowns in years. Gallup has the path of least resistance for any of the rookie wide receivers to be the No. 1 target on his team. And in the 13th round, even if that doesn’t become the case, who cares? We’re going for upside in these rounds, so he’s this year’s Cooper Kupp to me.

Round 14: Paul Richardson , WR, Washington Redskins

I have two Washington wide receivers on this team, but most people don’t know that Alex Smith was the absolute most accurate quarterback on passes 20 yards or more downfield. I think Richardson will have some big games, and that’s what you care about in bestball. Giddy up.

Round 15: Quincy Enunwa , WR, New York Jets

A bit of a dart throw, but whenever there is a vulnerable depth chart, which I believe the Jets have, I’ll try to get a piece just in case it works out in my favor.

Round 16: LeGarrette Blount , RB, Detroit Lions

Not much tread on the tires, but you know the Lions will let him pound the rock. And if he does end up the goal line guy, I am intrigued.

Round 17: Gerald Everett , TE, Los Angeles Rams

Everett was the first draft pick of the Sean McVay era. Rookie tight ends rarely work out for fantasy, but last year he showed some promise. Everett is here because he plays on one of the highest scoring offenses in the league last year, and that will probably be the case in 2018 as well.

Round 18: Darren Sproles , RB, Philadelphia Eagles

He is a bestball only pick for me, but you know if he’s healthy they will get him in the end zone a couple more times as a fan favorite during his farewell season. It just won’t be predictable, so he’s a no-go in traditional leagues.

Round 19: Sam Bradford , QB, Arizona Cardinals

He probably won’t start forever, but when he plays, Bradford has a very high floor. And just in case one of my other QBs goes down, I like to have a third. This is a strategy call, and I’m making it.

Round 20: Josh Lambo , K, Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jags always take the points. Lambo is an incredibly underrated kicker with a solid floor and high, high ceiling.

Round 21: Chandler Catanzaro , K, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Another team that will take the points because they have quarterback woes and they play in a tough division. Catanzaro is the best kicker they’ve had in a while.

Round 22: Blake Jarwin , TE, Dallas Cowboys

Seems like he’s the guy who will get the first crack at trying to semi-fill Jason Witten ’s shoes. Dak needs a short distance guy, so here’s to hoping Jarwin can get it done. And maybe I’m listening to Jim Bowden too much. Ha!

Round 23: Tennessee Titans Defense

I maybe waited too long to take a defense, but I like the Titans to put up a lot of points in a division with not a lot of great offensive play.

Round 24: San Francisco 49ers Defense

Tough division, but their defensive line has three first-round picks on it. They gotta come around, right?

Round 25: Zane Gonzalez , K, Cleveland Browns

He was a rookie last year on the worst team in football. He didn’t have a lot of chances to score. He’s also in a job battle, but I didn’t have choices that were NOT in a battle. And I like to carry three kickers on every bestball team. Kickers get cut. Also, one of the three options usually have a double-digit game. I want points every week because I am greedy.

Round 26: Washington Redskins Defense

I’m only here for the games when they play Eli Manning and get all the interceptions.

Round 27: Alfred Morris , RB, Free Agent

He almost joined the Jets, but they couldn’t agree on money. The next time a team loses a back, Morris gets a job. He was fantastic when he filled in for Ezekiel Elliott last year. He averaged 2.8 yards per carry, 3.3 of which came after contact. Second to last round in a deep league like this is a fine place to take a dart throw.

Round 28: Jeremy Kerley , WR, Buffalo Bills

Kerley is the wide receiver to have on your fantasy team, even after Corey Coleman came to town this week. Kerley is the locked in slot receiver, so his role has nothing to do with Coleman. He’s a veteran, and he has great hands. Up until his last game of the 2017 season, he caught literally every single target thrown his way. On the Jets.