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Underdog Best Ball Mania Rankings and Draft Strategy

Underdog Best Ball Mania Strategy and Rankings
By Aaron White on June 3, 2022

It is officially NFL Best Ball season at Underdog Fantasy, and they are celebrating with a $10 million Best Ball Mania II contest that pays out $2 million to the winner and $1 million to the runner-up. This is the largest fantasy contest in history and is certainly more interesting than mock drafting against bots.

We know what you are thinking, isn't it too early to draft a Best Ball team? Not at all. New players can get up to four free entries, and the $1 million winner from last season's Best Ball Mania tournament drafted his team in June! Here is a look at the million-dollar team he drafted:

Underdog Best Ball 2021 Winning Lineup

Underdog Best Ball Mania III Strategy

While best ball is the closest thing to season-long fantasy that the DFS world has to offer, a lack of waiver wires and postgame roster setting clearly changes the way you should approach best ball drafts. Here are a handful of tips to help you draft a winning roster for this year's Underdog Best Ball Mania contest.

Roster Construction is Crucial, Have a Plan

There are dozens of strategies you can tap into when drafting your season-long fantasy team, but without the ability to play waivers, you have to come into your best ball draft with a rock-solid draft plan. Do your own research and put together your own plan, but here are our thoughts for each position:

QB Draft Plan: Target 2 top 15 players and avoid drafting a third. This typically means taking two QBs in your first 10 picks. This can be a tough concept for season long owners, as many prefer to wait until round 8 or later to draft their QB1. However, we need to get 20+ points out of our QB each week, but can't afford the roster slot a third QB would take up. Had last season's winner drafted a third QB over Amon-Ra St. Brown or Rashaad Penny in rounds 12 or 13 he would not have won.

RB Draft Plan: The number of running backs you draft should be determined by where you draft them. Our recommendation is to stick to your board at the top of the draft. If there is a run on WRs in rounds 1-3, take two solid RBs and you should only need to draft 4. Forget about the zero-RB strategy, it is a proven loser in best ball formats. We need to have 2 running backs in our first 5 picks, and 4-5 by the end of the draft.

WR Draft Plan: We try to draft at least 7 wide receivers, but 8 seems like the magic number here. You are starting 3 every week, and more often than not, a fourth will end up in your slot. This means we need to value the position at the top of the draft. Aim for 4 WRs in your first 7 picks, and gamble on big-upside guys late in the draft.

TE Draft Plan: We have always been fans of waiting as long as possible on your tight end and then grabbing two in the middle of the draft, but if you have followed that trend over recent years you have likely gotten burned by the lack of depth at this position. There is quality and upside at the top of the 2022 tight end class, so move guys like Kelce, Andrew, and Pitts up your board and grab them if the value is there. However, don't feel obligated to reach on a player like Dallas Goedert if there is a run on tight ends. Simply wait for the run to end, load up everywhere else, then grab two quality players in rounds 8-12. Last year's winner won with Noah Fant (round 8) and Mike Gesicki (round 12).

Chase High-Ceiling Players

Boom-or-bust players have a tendency of killing our season-long fantasy teams because they are in our lineups every week, torturing us with their volatility. In best ball leagues, we get the benefits of those high-ceiling games without having to start them in down weeks.

Clearly, wide receivers are typically looked at as boom-or-bust plays, but this applies to running backs as well. Looking at last years winner, Rashaad Penny played on a team with a highly productive run game, but he was only going to be fantasy-relevant if Chris Carson went down with injury. That happened, and Penny went for 20+ in 4 of the final 5 games of the 2021 NFL season.

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2022 Underdog Best Ball Mania III Player Rankings

It is important to update your default rankings before entering any Underdog Best Ball drafts. This will guarantee you are aware of when you should be selecting your sleepers and avoid any issues of missing out on players you like, simply because they are buried on the default rankings.

Find our Underdog Best Ball Mania III player rankings below. We update these rankings at least two times per week this time of the year. You can also elect to download them as a spreadsheet at the bottom of the rankings table.

RankPlayerTeamByeADP
1Jonathan TaylorIND141.2
2Christian McCaffreyCAR133.1
3Cooper KuppLAR72.5
4Justin JeffersonMIN74.3
5Najee HarrisPIT98.4
6Austin EkelerLAC87
7Ja'Marr ChaseCIN105.4
8Travis KelceKC812.5
9Derrick HenryTEN66.5
10Joe MixonCIN1012.4
11Dalvin CookMIN710.7
12Stefon DiggsBUF79.2
13Mark AndrewsBAL1016.4
14Davante AdamsLV611.5
15D'Andre SwiftDET617.1
16Deebo SamuelSF917.6
17CeeDee LambDAL914.1
18Kyle PittsATL1431.5
19Alvin KamaraNO1419.9
20Aaron JonesGB1419.5
21Javonte WilliamsDEN924.1
22Leonard FournetteTB1123.8
23Tyreek HillMIA1121.6
24Mike EvansTB1119.2
25Nick ChubbCLE922.8
26Darren WallerLV642
27A.J. BrownPHI725.2
28Tee HigginsCIN1025.7
29George KittleSF946.5
30Saquon BarkleyNYG927
31James ConnerARI1330.5
32Josh AllenBUF727.1
33Keenan AllenLAC828.3
34Jaylen WaddleMIA1135.5
35Ezekiel ElliottDAL940.7
36Breece HallNYJ1045.8
37David MontgomeryCHI1449
38Antonio GibsonWAS1461.1
39Patrick MahomesKC838.8
40Cam AkersLAR737.7
41Michael PittmanIND1432.6
42T.J. HockensonDET680.5
43D.K. MetcalfSEA1143.8
44Diontae JohnsonPIT938.9
45Travis EtienneJAX1155
46Terry McLaurinWAS1445.2
47Justin HerbertLAC844.5
48Marquise BrownARI1339.2
49J.K. DobbinsBAL1052.7
50Dalton SchultzDAL976.3
51Josh JacobsLV662.3
52Courtland SuttonDEN950
53Rashod BatemanBAL1059.5
54Jerry JeudyDEN948
55Lamar JacksonBAL1049.8
56Chris GodwinTB1151.3
57Allen RobinsonLAR752.3
58Elijah MitchellSF967.5
59Gabriel DavisBUF754.8
60Kyler MurrayARI1361
61Kenneth WalkerSEA1186.4
62Michael ThomasNO1462.3
63Cordarrelle PattersonATL1485.4
64JuJu Smith-SchusterKC856.2
65Joe BurrowCIN1067.7
66Clyde Edwards-HelaireKC880
67Jalen HurtsPHI764.8
68Darnell MooneyCHI1464.3
69Treylon BurksTEN672.5
70Miles SandersPHI778.7
71Brandin CooksHOU662.2
72Drake LondonATL1469.8
73Brandon AiyukSF983.1
74Elijah MooreNYJ1068.8
75Amon-Ra St. BrownDET671.5
76Tony PollardDAL988.5
77Dallas GoedertPHI793.5
78Christian KirkJAX1192.6
79Damien HarrisNE1091.6
80Russell WilsonDEN976.9
81AJ DillonGB1472.7
82DeVonta SmithPHI773.7
83Dawson KnoxBUF797.9
84DeAndre HopkinsARI1375.1
85Tom BradyTB1175.3
86Mike WilliamsLAC833.3
87Amari CooperCLE945
88DJ MooreCAR1337.5
89Dak PrescottDAL984.7
90Adam ThielenMIN775.8
91Chase EdmondsMIA11107.4
92Allen LazardGB14101.6
93Zach ErtzARI13110.3
94Skyy MooreKC882.9
95Matthew StaffordLAR791.3
96Hunter RenfrowLV686.1
97Russell GageTB1194.2
98Kareem HuntCLE996.6
99Robert WoodsTEN6105.4
100Devin SingletaryBUF7104.2
101Tyler LockettSEA1189.6
102Rashaad PennySEA11116.7
103Aaron RodgersGB14100
104Melvin GordonDEN9109.8
105Chris OlaveNO1496.5
106James CookBUF7105.2
107Pat FreiermuthPIT9121.8
108Ronald JonesKC8127
109Christian WatsonGB14101.9
110Dameon PierceHOU6122
111Isaiah SpillerLAC8135.8
112Michael GallupDAL9109.2
113Marquez Valdes-ScantlingKC8103.8
114Michael CarterNYJ10139.8
115Mike GesickiMIA11125.7
116Trey LanceSF9100.3
117Garrett WilsonNYJ1097.8
118Jameson WilliamsDET6115.5
119Rob GronkowskiTB11126.7
120Chase ClaypoolPIT9109.9
121Trevor LawrenceJAX11145.7
122Rondale MooreARI13119.2
123Nyheim HinesIND14149.4
124Derek CarrLV6108.6
125Kadarius ToneyNYG9110.3
126Tim PatrickDEN9129.1
127Rachaad WhiteTB11130.7
128Robert TonyanGB14133.4
129Tua TagovailoaMIA11132.9
130Tyler BoydCIN10114
131Cole KmetCHI14146.2
132Jalen TolbertDAL9155.8
133James RobinsonJAX11153.6
134Kenny GolladayNYG9123.8
135Kirk CousinsMIN7122.7
136Irv SmithMIN7141.4
137Alexander MattisonMIN7125.4
138Rhamondre StevensonNE10123.7
139Mecole HardmanKC8127
140DeVante ParkerNE10133.9
141Jahan DotsonWAS14145.2
142Deshaun WatsonCLE9113.1
143Jarvis LandryNO14136.2
144Darrell HendersonLAR7148
145Jakobi MeyersNE10136.5
146Justin FieldsCHI14135
147Jamison CrowderBUF7138.9
148Kenneth GainwellPHI7161
149David BellCLE9152.3
150Albert OkwuegbunamDEN9140
151D.J. CharkDET6150.8
152Van JeffersonLAR7147
153Hunter HenryNE10149.4
154K.J. OsbornMIN7155.6
155Tyler AllgeierATL14143.9
156George PickensPIT9151.6
157Jameis WinstonNO14156.8
158David NjokuCLE9160.4
159Sammy WatkinsGB14173.9
160Raheem MostertMIA11175.6
161Tyler HigbeeLAR7157
162Alec PierceIND14162.5
163Daniel JonesNYG9170.7
164Joshua PalmerLAC8167.1
165Khalil HerbertCHI14170.5
166Corey DavisNYJ10159.5
167Marvin JonesJAX11177.7
168Gus EdwardsBAL10166.8
169KJ HamlerDEN9174.5
170Jamaal WilliamsDET6181.2
171Zach WilsonNYJ10156
172J.D. McKissicWAS14189.1
173John MetchieHOU6187.5
174Tyrion Davis-PriceSF9171.3
175Robby AndersonCAR13175.1
176Noah FantSEA11166.4
177Odell Beckham179.1123.5Proj
178Hayden HurstCIN10184.4
179William Fuller166.5110.3Proj
180Matt RyanIND14162
181Curtis SamuelWAS14183.3
182Donovan Peoples-JonesCLE9183.9
183Gerald EverettLAC8171.1
184Brian Robinson Jr.WAS14188.1
185Ryan TannehillTEN6178.6
186Laviska ShenaultJAX11200.4
187Devin DuvernayBAL10206.4
188Logan ThomasWAS14183.2
189Marlon MackHOU6188.9
190Jared GoffDET6191.6
191Evan EngramJAX11188
192Wan'Dale RobinsonNYG9191.2
193Keaontay IngramARI13202.2
194Kendrick BourneNE10196.8
195D'Onta ForemanCAR13200.7
196Darrel WilliamsKC8195.7
197A.J. GreenARI13189.2
198Nico CollinsHOU6203.1
199Austin HooperTEN6201.6
200Carson WentzWAS14198.8
201Taysom HillNO14188.4
202Julio Jones----195
203Justyn RossKC8208.1
204C.J. UzomahNYJ10209.7
205Hassan HaskinsTEN6204
206Marcus MariotaATL14209.8
207James WashingtonDAL9205.9
208Davis MillsHOU6203.7
209Parris CampbellIND14212.3
210Isaiah McKenzieBUF7213.1
211Trey McBrideARI13213.2
212Amari RodgersGB14213.7
213Byron PringleCHI14211.3
214Sony MichelMIA11205.9
215Sterling ShepardNYG9210.6
216Bryan EdwardsATL14207.7
217Mark IngramNO14211.8
218Zamir WhiteLV6208.7
219Romeo DoubsGB14211.6
220Randall CobbGB14214.1
221Tyquan ThorntonNE10214.3
222Samaje PerineCIN10214.7
223Emmanuel SandersBUF7215.1
224Calvin AustinPIT9215.6
225Jauan JenningsSF9215.6
226Darius SlaytonNYG9215.7
227O.J. HowardBUF7215.7
228Quez WatkinsPHI7215.3
229Jelani WoodsIND14215.4
230Jalen GuytonLAC8214.6
231Kenny PickettPIT9210.8
232Brevin JordanHOU6209.9
233Kenyan DrakeLV6212.4
234Zay JonesJAX11213.4
235Cameron BrateTB11211.7
236Chuba HubbardCAR13212.9
237Velus JonesCHI14213
238D'Ernest JohnsonCLE9212.8
239Cedrick WilsonMIA11214.2
240Chris EvansCIN10214.5
241James WhiteNE10213.8
242Khalil ShakirBUF7214.2
243Mo Alie-CoxIND14213.6
244Terrace MarshallCAR13214.7
245Mitchell TrubiskyPIT9214.6
246Trey SermonSF9214.8
247Matt BreidaNYG9215
248Damien WilliamsATL14215.1
249Nick Westbrook-IkhineTEN6214.9
250Jared CookLAC8215
251Marquez CallawayNO14214.9
252Jonnu SmithNE10215
253Ricky Seals-JonesNYG9215.5
254Danny GraySF9215
255Kyren WilliamsLAR7215.1
256Drew LockSEA11215.1
257Cole Beasley----215.2
258Malik WillisTEN6215.5
259Tylan WallaceBAL10215.5
260Matt CorralCAR13215.5
261Greg DulcichDEN9215.6
262Braxton BerriosNYJ10215.5
263Pierre StrongNE10215.6
264Baker MayfieldCLE9215.6
265Harrison BryantCLE9215.5
266Zack MossBUF7215.6
267Deonte HarrisNO14215.6
268Myles GaskinMIA11215.7
269Adam TrautmanNO14215.7
270Eno BenjaminARI13215.7
271T.Y. HiltonIND14215.7
272Chris CarsonSEA11215.7
273Desmond RidderATL14215.7
274Josh GordonKC8215.5
275Isiah PachecoKC8215.6
276Tyler ConklinNYJ10215.7
277Jimmy GaroppoloSF9215.6
278Antonio Brown----215.6
279Ke'Shawn VaughnTB11215.8
280Justin JacksonLAC8215.8
281Tommy TrembleCAR13215.8
282Noah BrownDAL9215.8
283Demarcus RobinsonLV6215.8
284Anthony SchwartzCLE9215.8
285Nelson AgholorNE10215.9
286Jonathan WilliamsWAS14215.9
287Jerick McKinnonKC8215.9
288Scott MillerTB11215.9
289Josh ReynoldsDET6215.9
290Tyler JohnsonTB11215.9
291Abram SmithNO14215.7
292Daniel BellingerNYG9215.7
293Boston ScottPHI7215.8
294Benny SnellPIT9215.8
295Ihmir Smith-MarsetteMIN7215.8
296Snoop ConnerJAX11215.8
297Dan ArnoldJAX11215.8
298Salvon AhmedMIA11215.8
299Tyler BadieBAL10215.8
300Antoine WesleyARI13215.8

Underdog Best Ball Mania III FAQs

It is important to understand exactly how the Best Ball Mania tournament works at Underdog, and we address the most important topics in the FAQ section found below.

What is the entry fee?

Best Ball Mania III has a $25 entry fee.

What is the payout structure?

Best Ball Mania III is the biggest fantasy football contest ever. There are $10 million in total prizes available with the winner taking home $2 million and the second place finisher winning $1 million. The top 75,200 finishers win at least $35.

What are the entry limits?

There can be a max of 451,200 total entries. The top 75,200 entries will advance through the first round, which ends after week 14 of the NFL season. Each owner can enter the contest a maximum of 150 times.

What is the Underdog Best Ball roster format?

You will draft a total of 18 players. From that group, you will start 1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE, and one Flex each week.

Do I need to set my lineup?

No, once you draft your team, you are done with managing your roster. Underdog will automatically set your best possible lineup for each week after the games have been completed.

How does scoring work?

Underdog Best Ball scoring always ustilizes a .5 PPR scoring format. This means you will receive a half-point per reception. All other scoring is standard, with intereceptions worth -1 point and fumbles worth -2 points. Review the full Underdog NFL scoring rules prior to drafting.

How do Underdog Best Ball drafts work?

Most players elect to do Underdog's fast drafts, which can be completed in under 30 minutes. However, slow drafts are also available, with each owner receiving 8 hours per pick. Drafts are snake drafts with the last pick of each round receiving the first pick in the next round. Draft order is selected randomly at the start of the draft.

How do I use the free entry received with my Underdog promo code?

If you sign up using the Underdog promo code BAR you will receive a 100% deposit bonus. This means you will receive $25 free with a $25 deposit, or 1 free Best Ball Mania entry. This offer caps at $100, or 4 free Best Ball Mania entries.

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