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Underdog Best Ball Mania Rankings and Draft Strategy

Underdog Best Ball Mania Strategy and Rankings
By Aaron White on August 7, 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 year's 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 an 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.

Rank Player Team Bye ADP
1 Jonathan Taylor IND 14 1.2
2 Christian McCaffrey CAR 13 3.1
3 Cooper Kupp LAR 7 2.5
4 Justin Jefferson MIN 7 4.3
5 Najee Harris PIT 9 8.4
6 Austin Ekeler LAC 8 7
7 Ja'Marr Chase CIN 10 5.4
8 Travis Kelce KC 8 12.5
9 Derrick Henry TEN 6 6.5
10 Joe Mixon CIN 10 12.4
11 Dalvin Cook MIN 7 10.7
12 Stefon Diggs BUF 7 9.2
13 Mark Andrews BAL 10 16.4
14 Davante Adams LV 6 11.5
15 D'Andre Swift DET 6 17.1
16 Deebo Samuel SF 9 17.6
17 CeeDee Lamb DAL 9 14.1
18 Kyle Pitts ATL 14 31.5
19 Alvin Kamara NO 14 19.9
20 Aaron Jones GB 14 19.5
21 Javonte Williams DEN 9 24.1
22 Leonard Fournette TB 11 23.8
23 Tyreek Hill MIA 11 21.6
24 Mike Evans TB 11 19.2
25 Nick Chubb CLE 9 22.8
26 Darren Waller LV 6 42
27 A.J. Brown PHI 7 25.2
28 Tee Higgins CIN 10 25.7
29 George Kittle SF 9 46.5
30 Saquon Barkley NYG 9 27
31 James Conner ARI 13 30.5
32 Josh Allen BUF 7 27.1
33 Keenan Allen LAC 8 28.3
34 Jaylen Waddle MIA 11 35.5
35 Ezekiel Elliott DAL 9 40.7
36 Breece Hall NYJ 10 45.8
37 David Montgomery CHI 14 49
38 Antonio Gibson WAS 14 61.1
39 Patrick Mahomes KC 8 38.8
40 Cam Akers LAR 7 37.7
41 Michael Pittman IND 14 32.6
42 T.J. Hockenson DET 6 80.5
43 D.K. Metcalf SEA 11 43.8
44 Diontae Johnson PIT 9 38.9
45 Travis Etienne JAX 11 55
46 Terry McLaurin WAS 14 45.2
47 Justin Herbert LAC 8 44.5
48 Marquise Brown ARI 13 39.2
49 J.K. Dobbins BAL 10 52.7
50 Dalton Schultz DAL 9 76.3
51 Josh Jacobs LV 6 62.3
52 Courtland Sutton DEN 9 50
53 Rashod Bateman BAL 10 59.5
54 Jerry Jeudy DEN 9 48
55 Lamar Jackson BAL 10 49.8
56 Chris Godwin TB 11 51.3
57 Allen Robinson LAR 7 52.3
58 Elijah Mitchell SF 9 67.5
59 Gabriel Davis BUF 7 54.8
60 Kyler Murray ARI 13 61
61 Kenneth Walker SEA 11 86.4
62 Michael Thomas NO 14 62.3
63 Cordarrelle Patterson ATL 14 85.4
64 JuJu Smith-Schuster KC 8 56.2
65 Joe Burrow CIN 10 67.7
66 Clyde Edwards-Helaire KC 8 80
67 Jalen Hurts PHI 7 64.8
68 Darnell Mooney CHI 14 64.3
69 Treylon Burks TEN 6 72.5
70 Miles Sanders PHI 7 78.7
71 Brandin Cooks HOU 6 62.2
72 Drake London ATL 14 69.8
73 Brandon Aiyuk SF 9 83.1
74 Elijah Moore NYJ 10 68.8
75 Amon-Ra St. Brown DET 6 71.5
76 Tony Pollard DAL 9 88.5
77 Dallas Goedert PHI 7 93.5
78 Christian Kirk JAX 11 92.6
79 Damien Harris NE 10 91.6
80 Russell Wilson DEN 9 76.9
81 AJ Dillon GB 14 72.7
82 DeVonta Smith PHI 7 73.7
83 Dawson Knox BUF 7 97.9
84 DeAndre Hopkins ARI 13 75.1
85 Tom Brady TB 11 75.3
86 Mike Williams LAC 8 33.3
87 Amari Cooper CLE 9 45
88 DJ Moore CAR 13 37.5
89 Dak Prescott DAL 9 84.7
90 Adam Thielen MIN 7 75.8
91 Chase Edmonds MIA 11 107.4
92 Allen Lazard GB 14 101.6
93 Zach Ertz ARI 13 110.3
94 Skyy Moore KC 8 82.9
95 Matthew Stafford LAR 7 91.3
96 Hunter Renfrow LV 6 86.1
97 Russell Gage TB 11 94.2
98 Kareem Hunt CLE 9 96.6
99 Robert Woods TEN 6 105.4
100 Devin Singletary BUF 7 104.2
101 Tyler Lockett SEA 11 89.6
102 Rashaad Penny SEA 11 116.7
103 Aaron Rodgers GB 14 100
104 Melvin Gordon DEN 9 109.8
105 Chris Olave NO 14 96.5
106 James Cook BUF 7 105.2
107 Pat Freiermuth PIT 9 121.8
108 Ronald Jones KC 8 127
109 Christian Watson GB 14 101.9
110 Dameon Pierce HOU 6 122
111 Isaiah Spiller LAC 8 135.8
112 Michael Gallup DAL 9 109.2
113 Marquez Valdes-Scantling KC 8 103.8
114 Michael Carter NYJ 10 139.8
115 Mike Gesicki MIA 11 125.7
116 Trey Lance SF 9 100.3
117 Garrett Wilson NYJ 10 97.8
118 Jameson Williams DET 6 115.5
119 Rob Gronkowski TB 11 126.7
120 Chase Claypool PIT 9 109.9
121 Trevor Lawrence JAX 11 145.7
122 Rondale Moore ARI 13 119.2
123 Nyheim Hines IND 14 149.4
124 Derek Carr LV 6 108.6
125 Kadarius Toney NYG 9 110.3
126 Tim Patrick DEN 9 129.1
127 Rachaad White TB 11 130.7
128 Robert Tonyan GB 14 133.4
129 Tua Tagovailoa MIA 11 132.9
130 Tyler Boyd CIN 10 114
131 Cole Kmet CHI 14 146.2
132 Jalen Tolbert DAL 9 155.8
133 James Robinson JAX 11 153.6
134 Kenny Golladay NYG 9 123.8
135 Kirk Cousins MIN 7 122.7
136 Irv Smith MIN 7 141.4
137 Alexander Mattison MIN 7 125.4
138 Rhamondre Stevenson NE 10 123.7
139 Mecole Hardman KC 8 127
140 DeVante Parker NE 10 133.9
141 Jahan Dotson WAS 14 145.2
142 Deshaun Watson CLE 9 113.1
143 Jarvis Landry NO 14 136.2
144 Darrell Henderson LAR 7 148
145 Jakobi Meyers NE 10 136.5
146 Justin Fields CHI 14 135
147 Jamison Crowder BUF 7 138.9
148 Kenneth Gainwell PHI 7 161
149 David Bell CLE 9 152.3
150 Albert Okwuegbunam DEN 9 140
151 D.J. Chark DET 6 150.8
152 Van Jefferson LAR 7 147
153 Hunter Henry NE 10 149.4
154 K.J. Osborn MIN 7 155.6
155 Tyler Allgeier ATL 14 143.9
156 George Pickens PIT 9 151.6
157 Jameis Winston NO 14 156.8
158 David Njoku CLE 9 160.4
159 Sammy Watkins GB 14 173.9
160 Raheem Mostert MIA 11 175.6
161 Tyler Higbee LAR 7 157
162 Alec Pierce IND 14 162.5
163 Daniel Jones NYG 9 170.7
164 Joshua Palmer LAC 8 167.1
165 Khalil Herbert CHI 14 170.5
166 Corey Davis NYJ 10 159.5
167 Marvin Jones JAX 11 177.7
168 Gus Edwards BAL 10 166.8
169 KJ Hamler DEN 9 174.5
170 Jamaal Williams DET 6 181.2
171 Zach Wilson NYJ 10 156
172 J.D. McKissic WAS 14 189.1
173 John Metchie HOU 6 187.5
174 Tyrion Davis-Price SF 9 171.3
175 Robby Anderson CAR 13 175.1
176 Noah Fant SEA 11 166.4
177 Odell Beckham 179.1 123.5 Proj
178 Hayden Hurst CIN 10 184.4
179 William Fuller 166.5 110.3 Proj
180 Matt Ryan IND 14 162
181 Curtis Samuel WAS 14 183.3
182 Donovan Peoples-Jones CLE 9 183.9
183 Gerald Everett LAC 8 171.1
184 Brian Robinson Jr. WAS 14 188.1
185 Ryan Tannehill TEN 6 178.6
186 Laviska Shenault JAX 11 200.4
187 Devin Duvernay BAL 10 206.4
188 Logan Thomas WAS 14 183.2
189 Marlon Mack HOU 6 188.9
190 Jared Goff DET 6 191.6
191 Evan Engram JAX 11 188
192 Wan'Dale Robinson NYG 9 191.2
193 Keaontay Ingram ARI 13 202.2
194 Kendrick Bourne NE 10 196.8
195 D'Onta Foreman CAR 13 200.7
196 Darrel Williams KC 8 195.7
197 A.J. Green ARI 13 189.2
198 Nico Collins HOU 6 203.1
199 Austin Hooper TEN 6 201.6
200 Carson Wentz WAS 14 198.8
201 Taysom Hill NO 14 188.4
202 Julio Jones -- -- 195
203 Justyn Ross KC 8 208.1
204 C.J. Uzomah NYJ 10 209.7
205 Hassan Haskins TEN 6 204
206 Marcus Mariota ATL 14 209.8
207 James Washington DAL 9 205.9
208 Davis Mills HOU 6 203.7
209 Parris Campbell IND 14 212.3
210 Isaiah McKenzie BUF 7 213.1
211 Trey McBride ARI 13 213.2
212 Amari Rodgers GB 14 213.7
213 Byron Pringle CHI 14 211.3
214 Sony Michel MIA 11 205.9
215 Sterling Shepard NYG 9 210.6
216 Bryan Edwards ATL 14 207.7
217 Mark Ingram NO 14 211.8
218 Zamir White LV 6 208.7
219 Romeo Doubs GB 14 211.6
220 Randall Cobb GB 14 214.1
221 Tyquan Thornton NE 10 214.3
222 Samaje Perine CIN 10 214.7
223 Emmanuel Sanders BUF 7 215.1
224 Calvin Austin PIT 9 215.6
225 Jauan Jennings SF 9 215.6
226 Darius Slayton NYG 9 215.7
227 O.J. Howard BUF 7 215.7
228 Quez Watkins PHI 7 215.3
229 Jelani Woods IND 14 215.4
230 Jalen Guyton LAC 8 214.6
231 Kenny Pickett PIT 9 210.8
232 Brevin Jordan HOU 6 209.9
233 Kenyan Drake LV 6 212.4
234 Zay Jones JAX 11 213.4
235 Cameron Brate TB 11 211.7
236 Chuba Hubbard CAR 13 212.9
237 Velus Jones CHI 14 213
238 D'Ernest Johnson CLE 9 212.8
239 Cedrick Wilson MIA 11 214.2
240 Chris Evans CIN 10 214.5
241 James White NE 10 213.8
242 Khalil Shakir BUF 7 214.2
243 Mo Alie-Cox IND 14 213.6
244 Terrace Marshall CAR 13 214.7
245 Mitchell Trubisky PIT 9 214.6
246 Trey Sermon SF 9 214.8
247 Matt Breida NYG 9 215
248 Damien Williams ATL 14 215.1
249 Nick Westbrook-Ikhine TEN 6 214.9
250 Jared Cook LAC 8 215
251 Marquez Callaway NO 14 214.9
252 Jonnu Smith NE 10 215
253 Ricky Seals-Jones NYG 9 215.5
254 Danny Gray SF 9 215
255 Kyren Williams LAR 7 215.1
256 Drew Lock SEA 11 215.1
257 Cole Beasley -- -- 215.2
258 Malik Willis TEN 6 215.5
259 Tylan Wallace BAL 10 215.5
260 Matt Corral CAR 13 215.5
261 Greg Dulcich DEN 9 215.6
262 Braxton Berrios NYJ 10 215.5
263 Pierre Strong NE 10 215.6
264 Baker Mayfield CLE 9 215.6
265 Harrison Bryant CLE 9 215.5
266 Zack Moss BUF 7 215.6
267 Deonte Harris NO 14 215.6
268 Myles Gaskin MIA 11 215.7
269 Adam Trautman NO 14 215.7
270 Eno Benjamin ARI 13 215.7
271 T.Y. Hilton IND 14 215.7
272 Chris Carson SEA 11 215.7
273 Desmond Ridder ATL 14 215.7
274 Josh Gordon KC 8 215.5
275 Isiah Pacheco KC 8 215.6
276 Tyler Conklin NYJ 10 215.7
277 Jimmy Garoppolo SF 9 215.6
278 Antonio Brown -- -- 215.6
279 Ke'Shawn Vaughn TB 11 215.8
280 Justin Jackson LAC 8 215.8
281 Tommy Tremble CAR 13 215.8
282 Noah Brown DAL 9 215.8
283 Demarcus Robinson LV 6 215.8
284 Anthony Schwartz CLE 9 215.8
285 Nelson Agholor NE 10 215.9
286 Jonathan Williams WAS 14 215.9
287 Jerick McKinnon KC 8 215.9
288 Scott Miller TB 11 215.9
289 Josh Reynolds DET 6 215.9
290 Tyler Johnson TB 11 215.9
291 Abram Smith NO 14 215.7
292 Daniel Bellinger NYG 9 215.7
293 Boston Scott PHI 7 215.8
294 Benny Snell PIT 9 215.8
295 Ihmir Smith-Marsette MIN 7 215.8
296 Snoop Conner JAX 11 215.8
297 Dan Arnold JAX 11 215.8
298 Salvon Ahmed MIA 11 215.8
299 Tyler Badie BAL 10 215.8
300 Antoine Wesley ARI 13 215.8

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 EWB 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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