2020 Best Ball Guide – Where to Play and Pre-Draft Rankings

2020 Best Ball Guide – Where to Play and Pre-Draft Rankings

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Just when we thought the FanDuel acquisition of Draft would be the end of Best Ball, it is back and better than ever for the 2020 NFL season. There are more Best Ball fantasy websites than ever offering players more choices, better promotions, and a better overall Best Ball product than we have ever seen before.

What is Best Ball?

Best Ball is a simplified version of season-long fantasy football. There are no waiver wires, no lineups to set, no trades to make, just draft your team and forget about it. Your optimal lineup is set following each week’s games.

Typically Best Ball on daily fantasy sports websites like DraftKings still features a traditional weekly schedule, playoffs, and a championship game. The payout structure will vary from site-to-site, but generally features a 67% payout to the winner and 33% payout to the runner-up.

The format clearly puts a heavy emphasis on the draft, which should change the way you draft your team. You are drafting 20 players, handcuffing is a must, and avoiding multiple players with the same bye week at the same position is crucial.

Beyond that, with a 20-player roster, set after the games are played consistency is not nearly as important as it would be in your traditional fantasy league. Focus more on high-ceiling players that could potentially win games on their own. Bump up the value to big-play guys like Will Fuller and Marquise Brown, and downgrade slow-and-steady options like Mohamed Sanu and Jamison Crowder

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Where You Can Play Best Ball for the 2020 Season?

As we mentioned in the open, there are more options than ever for Best Ball players. For the past five NFL seasons, we have covered Best Ball exclusively on the DRAFT App. FanDuel killed that after the last football season, and the fear around the DFS industry was that the format was dead.

Fast forward to 2020, and in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, came a glimmer of hope from the fantasy community. DraftKings announced they would run Best Ball contests, Drafters hit the ground running essentially as a DRAFT clone, Yahoo posted a lobby full of paid Best Ball contests, and we were flat-out blow away by the quality of the UnderDog Fantasy app.

While we think each of these products is worth a look, it is hard to argue (and far from a surprise) that DraftKings has the best Best Ball product at the moment. The DraftKings Best Ball lobby has more contests, bigger contests, and more players which means drafts go live constantly.

Best Ball FAQ’s

Assuming you have played in a traditional season-long fantasy league, and who hasn’t, Best Ball should feel extremely familiar to you. Come in with a strategy, draft a team, and dominate.

That being said, it is still a new format to most DFS players, and many season-long guys are not familiar with the DFS platforms on which Best Ball exists. Below are answers to the questions we get most often from both groups of players.

How do payouts work with best ball fantasy football?

So, how does the money work with best ball on daily fantasy sports websites? First, you can make a deposit by either credit card or PayPal. Second, leagues are either winner-takes-all or some sort of split between first and second place. Third, when you do win, you can withdraw your winnings through PayPal and deposit them directly into whatever account you choose.

What happens when my players get injured?

The downside of best ball is clearly the fact that you can not make any changes to your roster in-season. If your top RB or WR gets injured, you are just stuck without them for however long they are out. The best thing you can do is draft the handcuff for each of your top players a round early so you ensure you always have the production for that position on that team.

What is the difference between Yahoo and DraftKings?

While there are small differences in the two platforms, the app, scoring, payouts, etc… the biggest difference you will find is in the players. As a general rule, Yahoo caters more towards the casual player, but has far fewer players overall. DraftKings is considerably more competitive but the huge player pool means drafts fill constantly and you can always find a league ready to draft.

What is the scoring format for best ball leagues?

This will vary based on the site you are playing on. Typically, most DFS websites employ a half-point PPR scoring format, but DraftKings currently uses a full-point PPR scoring format. Everything beyond that is standard, but DraftKings does give bonuses for 100+ rushing/receiving yard games as well as 300+ passing yard games.

What about the DRAFT app?

As of early August, there are no signs DRAFT will ever be back, and while FanDuel has promised snake drafts would be back for 2020 that has yet to be seen as well.

2020 best ball player rankings

Best Ball Player Rankings

The draft is everything when it comes to best ball, and your pre-draft player rankings need to before perfect before you get into the draft room. Starting with solid pre-draft player rankings means you avoid missing out on players that you really want to roster, but are buried on the site’s queue.

Below are our current expert consensus best ball rankings. Simply upload them to DraftKings and Yahoo, or kick it old school and fire up the printer to cross players out as they are drafted.


Rank Player Positon Team
1 Christian McCaffrey RB CAR
2 Saquon Barkley RB NYG
3 Ezekiel Elliott RB DAL
4 Alvin Kamara RB NO
5 Dalvin Cook RB MIN
6 Michael Thomas WR NO
7 Davante Adams WR GB
8 Derrick Henry RB TEN
9 Tyreek Hill WR KC
10 Joe Mixon RB CIN
11 Julio Jones WR ATL
12 Chris Godwin WR TB
13 Nick Chubb RB CLE
14 Kenyan Drake RB ARI
15 DeAndre Hopkins WR ARI
16 Austin Ekeler RB LAC
17 Travis Kelce TE KC
18 Miles Sanders RB PHI
19 Aaron Jones RB GB
20 Josh Jacobs RB LV
21 Clyde Edwards-Helaire RB KC
22 Kenny Golladay WR DET
23 Leonard Fournette RB JAC
24 George Kittle TE SF
25 Patrick Mahomes QB KC
26 Todd Gurley RB ATL
27 Juju Smith-Schuster WR PIT
28 Odell Beckham Jr. WR CLE
29 Adam Thielen WR MIN
30 Amari Cooper WR DAL
31 Cooper Kupp WR LAR
32 James Conner RB PIT
33 David Johnson RB HOU
34 Mike Evans WR TB
35 Calvin Ridley WR ATL
36 Mark Andrews TE BAL
37 Melvin Gordon RB DEN
38 LeVeon Bell RB NYJ
39 Keenan Allen WR LAC
40 Tyler Lockett WR SEA
41 Robert Woods WR LAR
42 A.J. Brown WR TEN
43 Allen Robinson WR CHI
44 D.J. Moore WR CAR
45 Zach Ertz TE PHI
46 Chris Carson RB SEA
47 DJ Chark WR JAX
48 Mark Ingram RB BAL
49 Russell Wilson QB SEA
50 David Montgomery RB CHI
51 Kyler Murray QB ARI
52 Darren Waller TE LV
53 Stefon Diggs WR BUF
54 TY Hilton WR IND
55 DAndre Swift RB DET
56 Courtland Sutton WR DEN
57 DK Metcalf WR SEA
58 Devin Singletary RB BUF
59 DeVante Parker WR MIA
60 Cam Akers RB LAR
61 Hayden Hurst TE BAL
62 Darren Waller TE LV
63 Terry McLaurin WR WAS
64 Deshaun Watson QB HOU
65 Evan Engram TE NYG
66 Will Fuller WR HOU
67 Tom Brady QB TB
68 Julian Edelman WR NE
69 Hunter Henry TE LAC
70 Brandin Cooks WR HOU
71 Marvin Jones WR DET
72 Diontae Johnson WR PIT
73 Jerry Jeudy WR DEN
74 Tarik Cohen RB CHI
75 CeeDee Lamb WR DAL
76 Deebo Samuel WR SF
77 Marlon Mack RB IND
78 Jarvis Landry WR CLE
79 Tyler Higbee TE LAR
80 AJ Green WR CIN
81 Michael Gallup WR DAL
82 Josh Allen QB BUF
83 Kareem Hunt RB CLE
84 Marquise Brown WR BAL
85 Raheem Mostert RB SF
86 Jonathan Taylor RB IND
87 Drew Brees QB NO
88 Kerryon Johnson RB DET
89 Carson Wentz QB PHI
90 Matthew Stafford QB DET
91 Christian Kirk WR ARI
92 J.K. Dobbins RB BAL
93 Matt Breida RB MIA
94 Matt Ryan QB ATL
95 Jordan Howard RB PHI
96 Tarik Cohen RB CHI
97 Emmanuel Sanders WR NO
98 Aaron Rodgers QB GB
99 Darius Slayton WR NYG
100 Sterling Shepard WR NYG
101 Tevin Coleman RB SF
102 Rob Gronkowski TE TB
103 Anthony Miller WR CHI
104 Sony Michel RB NE
105 Alexander Mattison RB MIN
106 LeSean McCoy RB TB
107 Robbie Anderson WR CAR
108 Latavius Murray RB NO
109 Daniel Jones QB NYG
110 Mike Williams WR LAC
111 Noah Fant TE DEN
112 Darrell Henderson RB LAR
113 Dallas Goedert TE PHI
114 Jalen Reagor WR PHI
115 Mecole Hardman WR KC
116 T.J. Hockenson TE DET
117 Jonnu Smith TE TEN
118 Mike Gesicki TE MIA
119 Baker Mayfield QB CLE
120 Henry Ruggs WR LV

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