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Ladies and gentlemen, it is that time of year again. March is here and that means we are only six months away from the start of the NFL season. That means it is time to start prepping for your fantasy football season. Best ball leagues are drafting now and the only place to play really is at FFPC in one of their $35 best-ball leagues. Like Kramer always says, you can do a mock draft that no one cares about or your can get down for money and improve your season-long strategy. This FFPC best ball draft may be the earliest in SGPN history and we have to look at how #DegenNation did drafting prior to the draft and free agency.

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FFPC Best-Ball Draft Basics

The basics of an FFPC best-ball contest are pretty simple. First, you draft a roster of players, for this exercise, it was 18-man rosters, 1 QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, 1 TE, and 2 FLEX start each week from your roster, and the best score at the end of the season wins. Scoring is standard, except for a premium on tight end receptions at 1.5 PPR. With such a premium on tight ends and the need to play for upside, you can get some weird picks happening. Looking at how Degen Nation ran their best ball draft there are some things you should copy. And also some things to avoid like the plague.

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The Early Rounds

Like many drafts, the early rounds of the SGPN best ball draft were loaded with running backs. Surprisingly, there was never a heavy pivot to wide receivers despite FFPC utilizing PPR scoring. This was confusing as a target-monster like Stefon Diggs falling into the second round behind guys like Darren Waller, Aaron Jones, and Austin Ekeler. Sure, Waller, Jones, and Ekeler all had solid 2020 seasons and seem primed for a repeat. However, all three of those players are in uncertain situations.

With Waller, will the Raiders be able to target him as heavily as they did in 2020? He may finish as a top-five tight end, but there were better picks available at 2.01. Austin Ekeler has another new coaching staff coming into Los Angeles and with a rookie in Josh Kelley and several other backs in the fold, could Ekeler see a diminished role? Lastly, Aaron Jones is a free agent and with Green Bay up against the cap, there is a chance he does not return. Will he be as productive in a new system? Maybe, but 2.04 seems early to take a chance on him with better players still available.

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A best ball draft is all about hitting on guys who will win you weeks and have several “boom weeks.” The steal of the first three rounds has to be David Montgomery. After the bye week, Monty averaged 25.7 PPR points per game. That absolutely blistering pace may not be possible to hold, but he still finished as RB04 in 2020. Any back who gets that kind of usage and produces at an absolutely elite level should be a top-20 pick. Instead, Degen Nation waited until pick 36 to take him. Well done Mr. Olsen.

The riskiest pick of the early rounds was without a doubt Najee Harris. Rookie running backs are notoriously dependent upon their situation to establish value. Clyde Edwards-Helaire was not highly-regarded as a fantasy player until the Chiefs picked him. Harris could be a breakout star. He could also end up in a timeshare where he fails to get enough work to be worth his 3.07 draft position.

Middle Round Slog

It is possible to have success in best ball by going heavy on the running back position early. Almost no position has as much week-to-week volatility as wide receiver. In a best ball draft, you could pick up two running backs early. Then later, start a run on mid-tier receivers who could blow up in a given week. After going light on the receivers in the first three rounds, the SGPN draft took a hard run after wide receivers and tight ends. Sean Green went all-in on his tight end-heavy strategy picking three in the first six rounds. Kyle Pitts and Dallas Goedert provide some nice boom-bust options next to the ever-reliable Travis Kelce.

The middle rounds also provided a heavier investment in talented rookies who folks believe will produce regardless of their situation. Jaylen Waddle was an absolute monster at Alabama and figures to have an incredibly pro-ready game. Recent years have shown that talented rookies can go out and perform. Players like CeeDee Lamb, Tee Higgins, and Justin Jefferson put up ridiculous numbers when they landed in the right situation. Waddle could be that player in 2021 and there are several great spots for him to land. He has the talent to be a WR1 and could make that happen in the right situation, an absolute heist at 9.03.

So FFPC is a tight end premium scoring system, but sometimes you do not need to reach for a tight end. Unfortunately, the Degen picking at 9.05 missed that memo and picked Zach Ertz. Ertz has only played a full 16 games once since 2014 and is now on the wrong side of 30. Additionally, he is in line to potentially be a cap casualty. Sure, he is one year removed from five straight 100+ target seasons, but he will not be on another team completely devoid of receiving talent. Add in a high likelihood of missing games and that is a recipe for disaster for anyone relying on Ertz.

Late Round Lottery Tickets

In a best ball draft, it is even more important than in a standard draft to take shots at lottery ticket players. These are guys who need a few things to break right to be an absolute breakout year. These are your out of nowhere veterans who get hot for three weeks and dark horse rookies who break out late in the season and carry you to glory. This draft happened the day before the Vikings released Kyle Rudolph. This means that Irv Smith was criminally under drafted. Going at pick 11.04, Smith is likely to close in on the 100 target mark with Rudolph no longer in the fold. This could have him in the top half of the top-ten tight ends. As always, getting value like that in the 11th Round is a league-winning move.

Sure, Cole Beasley may have finished 2020 as WR27. However, he was someone who went for more than 100 yards five times and had double-digit targets five times. Of his 107 total targets, Beasley finished with 82 catches and just shy of 1000 yards. In best ball you are looking for guys who go off in a big way a few times per year. Beasley is that kind of guy and an absolute steal at pick 13.02.

As of now, the Chargers are on track to lose both Hunter Henry and Virgil Green. They do have about $31 million in cap space but have many more pressing issues than at tight end. This could leave the door open for XFL superstar Donal Parham. Parham carved out a nice role for himself over the Chargers’ last two games and could have done enough to earn himself the starting job. At 6-8 Parham would be an absolute matchup nightmare for defenses. After you add in the bevy of offensive weapons the Chargers are running out and Parham will be facing soft coverages all year. Parham has top-ten upside and may end up being the steal of this best ball draft at pick 14.10.

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Full FFPC Best Ball Draft

Overall PickDraft RoundRound PickTeam NameLast NameFirst NamePositionTeam
111Perfect StormMcCaffreyChristianRBCAR
212SeanTGreenKelceTravisTEKC
313He Hate MeCookDalvinRBMIN
414Goin CrazyBarkleySaquonRBNYG
515Michael VickKamaraAlvinRBNO
616BSwissHenryDerrickRBTEN
717BukakeballTaylorJonathanRBIND
818Kush KingsAdamsDavanteWRGB
919Chalupa BatmanChubbNickRBCLE
10110BB2.28slimKittleGeorgeTESF
11111KramerCentricHillTyreekWRKC
12112Dick Olsen BB 35 SlimElliottEzekielRBDAL
1321Dick Olsen BB 35 SlimWallerDarrenTELV
1422KramerCentricEkelerAustinRBLAC
1523BB2.28slimSwiftD'AndreRBDET
1624Chalupa BatmanJonesAaronRBGB
1725Kush KingsDiggsStefonWRBUF
1826BukakeballAkersCamRBLAR
1927BSwissMetcalfDKWRSEA
2028Michael VickJeffersonJustinWRMIN
2129Goin CrazyJacobsJoshRBLV
22210He Hate MeHopkinsDeAndreWRARI
23211SeanTGreenMahomesPatrickQBKC
24212Perfect StormGibsonAntonioRBWAS
2531Perfect StormThomasMichaelWRNO
2632SeanTGreenSandersMilesRBPHI
2733He Hate MeAllenJoshQBBUF
2834Goin CrazyBrownA.J.WRTEN
2935Michael VickRobinsonJamesRBJAC
3036BSwissDobbinsJ.K.RBBAL
3137BukakeballHarrisNajeeRBFA
3238Kush KingsMixonJoeRBCIN
3339Chalupa BatmanRidleyCalvinWRATL
34310BB2.28slimMurrayKylerQBARI
35311KramerCentricAllenKeenanWRLAC
36312Dick Olsen BB 35 SlimMontgomeryDavidRBCHI
3741Dick Olsen BB 35 SlimEdwards-HelaireClydeRBKC
3842KramerCentricRobinsonAllenWRCHI
3943BB2.28slimPrescottDakQBDAL
4044Chalupa BatmanThielenAdamWRMIN
4145Kush KingsAndrewsMarkTEBAL
4246BukakeballHockensonT.J.TEDET
4347BSwissHerbertJustinQBLAC
4448Michael VickRodgersAaronQBGB
4549Goin CrazyJacksonLamarQBBAL
46410He Hate MeHuntKareemRBCLE
47411SeanTGreenEvansMikeWRTB
48412Perfect StormGodwinChrisWRTB
4951Perfect StormEtienneTravisRBFA
5052SeanTGreenPittsKyleTEFA
5153He Hate MeDillonA.J.RBGB
5254Goin CrazyJonesRonaldRBTB
5355Michael VickMooreD.J.WRCAR
5456BSwissWoodsRobertWRLAR
5557BukakeballHigginsTeeWRCIN
5658Kush KingsWilsonRussellQBSEA
5759Chalupa BatmanTonyanRobertTEGB
58510BB2.28slimJonesJulioWRATL
59511KramerCentricWilliamsJavonteRBFA
60512Dick Olsen BB 35 SlimMcLaurinTerryWRWAS
6161Dick Olsen BB 35 SlimGolladayKennyWRDET
6262KramerCentricGaskinMylesRBMIA
6363BB2.28slimMostertRaheemRBSF
6464Chalupa BatmanLockettTylerWRSEA
6565Kush KingsCooperAmariWRDAL
6666BukakeballLambCeeDeeWRDAL
6767BSwissThomasLoganTEWAS
6868Michael VickFantNoahTEDEN
6969Goin CrazyJohnsonDiontaeWRPIT
70610He Hate MeClaypoolChaseWRPIT
71611SeanTGreenGoedertDallasTEPHI
72612Perfect StormAiyukBrandonWRSF
7371Perfect StormHenryHunterTELAC
7472SeanTGreenCharkD.J.WRJAC
7573He Hate MeGesickiMikeTEMIA
7674Goin CrazyCarsonChrisRBSEA
7775Michael VickChaseJa'MarrWRFA
7876BSwissGordonMelvinRBDEN
7977BukakeballKuppCooperWRLAR
8078Kush KingsEngramEvanTENYG
8179Chalupa BatmanJonesMarvinWRDET
82710BB2.28slimEdmondsChaseRBARI
83711KramerCentricSuttonCourtlandWRDEN
84712Dick Olsen BB 35 SlimSmith-SchusterJuJuWRPIT
8581Dick Olsen BB 35 SlimBoydTylerWRCIN
8682KramerCentricWatsonDeshaunQBHOU
8783BB2.28slimHigbeeTylerTELAR
8884Chalupa BatmanDrakeKenyanRBARI
8985Kush KingsJohnsonDavidRBHOU
9086BukakeballBeckhamOdellWRCLE
9187BSwissAndersonRobbyWRCAR
9288Michael VickSamuelDeeboWRSF
9389Goin CrazySmithDeVontaWRFA
94810He Hate MeShenaultLaviskaWRJAC
95811SeanTGreenHurtsJalenQBPHI
96812Perfect StormHarrisDamienRBNE
9791Perfect StormFullerWillWRHOU
9892SeanTGreenParkerDeVanteWRMIA
9993He Hate MeWaddleJaylenWRFA
10094Goin CrazyGainwellKennethRBFA
10195Michael VickErtzZachTEPHI
10296BSwissSmithJonnuTETEN
10397BukakeballJeudyJerryWRDEN
10498Kush KingsHinesNyheimRBIND
10599Chalupa BatmanCousinsKirkQBMIN
106910BB2.28slimBrownMarquiseWRBAL
107911KramerCentricHurstHaydenTEATL
108912Dick Olsen BB 35 SlimFournetteLeonardRBTB
109101Dick Olsen BB 35 SlimPittmanMichaelWRIND
110102KramerCentricKmetColeTECHI
111103BB2.28slimLandryJarvisWRCLE
112104Chalupa BatmanWilsonJefferyRBSF
113105Kush KingsMossZackRBBUF
114106BukakeballEbronEricTEPIT
115107BSwissDavisCoreyWRTEN
116108Michael VickSermonTreyRBFA
117109Goin CrazyCooksBrandinWRHOU
1181010He Hate MeMooreRondaleWRFA
1191011SeanTGreenCohenTarikRBCHI
1201012Perfect StormStaffordMatthewQBDET
121111Perfect StormBradyTomQBTB
122112SeanTGreenLindsayPhillipRBDEN
123113He Hate MeHubbardChubaRBFA
124114Goin CrazySmithIrvTEMIN
125115Michael VickMcKissicJ.D.RBWAS
126116BSwissBurrowJoeQBCIN
127117BukakeballLawrenceTrevorQBFA
128118Kush KingsBrownAntonioWRTB
129119Chalupa BatmanSchultzDaltonTEDAL
1301110BB2.28slimGallupMichaelWRDAL
1311111KramerCentricMattisonAlexanderRBMIN
1321112Dick Olsen BB 35 SlimRyanMattQBATL
133121Dick Olsen BB 35 SlimTannehillRyanQBTEN
134122KramerCentricPollardTonyRBDAL
135123BB2.28slimCrowderJamisonWRNYJ
136124Chalupa BatmanMayfieldBakerQBCLE
137125Kush KingsWilliamsMikeWRLAC
138126BukakeballWentzCarsonQBPHI
139127BSwissValdes-ScantlingMarquezWRGB
140128Michael VickConnerJamesRBPIT
141129Goin CrazySamuelCurtisWRCAR
1421210He Hate MeLazardAllenWRGB
1431211SeanTGreenWilliamsJamaalRBGB
1441212Perfect StormRuggsHenryWRLV
145131Perfect StormHooperAustinTECLE
146132SeanTGreenBeasleyColeWRBUF
147133He Hate MeSingletaryDevinRBBUF
148134Goin CrazyGronkowskiRobTETB
149135Michael VickEdwardsGusRBBAL
150136BSwissKnoxDawsonTEBUF
151137BukakeballReagorJalenWRPHI
152138Kush KingsJonesDanielQBNYG
153139Chalupa BatmanFieldsJustinQBFA
1541310BB2.28slimKirkChristianWRARI
1551311KramerCentricWinstonJameisQBNO
1561312Dick Olsen BB 35 SlimCarterMichaelRBFA
157141Dick Olsen BB 35 SlimJarwinBlakeTEDAL
158142KramerCentricTrautmanAdamTENO
159143BB2.28slimPennyRashaadRBSEA
160144Chalupa BatmanMurrayLataviusRBNO
161145Kush KingsHardmanMecoleWRKC
162146BukakeballCampbellParrisWRIND
163147BSwissDavisMikeRBCAR
164148Michael VickHiltonT.Y.WRIND
165149Goin CrazyCarrDerekQBLV
1661410He Hate MeParhamDonaldTELAC
1671411SeanTGreenHendersonDarrellRBLAR
1681412Perfect StormEverettGeraldTELAR
169151Perfect StormVaughnKe'ShawnRBTB
170152SeanTGreenJohnsonDukeRBHOU
171153He Hate MeFirkserAnthonyTETEN
172154Goin CrazyGurleyToddRBATL
173155Michael VickWilliamsDamienRBKC
174156BSwissTrubiskyMitchellQBCHI
175157BukakeballBatemanRashodWRFA
176158Kush KingsSnellBennyRBPIT
177159Chalupa BatmanDavisGabrielWRBUF
1781510BB2.28slimMimsDenzelWRNYJ
1791511KramerCentricShepardSterlingWRNYG
1801512Dick Olsen BB 35 SlimTagovailoaTuaQBMIA
181161Dick Olsen BB 35 SlimJeffersonJermarRBFA
182162KramerCentricWilsonZachQBFA
183163BB2.28slimJeffersonVanWRLAR
184164Chalupa BatmanAgholorNelsonWRLV
185165Kush KingsHerndonChristopherTENYJ
186166BukakeballDarnoldSamQBNYJ
187167BSwissMooneyDarnellWRCHI
188168Michael VickRoethlisbergerBenQBPIT
189169Goin CrazyCookJaredTENO
1901610He Hate MePeoples-JonesDonovanWRCLE
1911611SeanTGreenPringleByronWRKC
1921612Perfect StormToneyKadariusWRFA
193171Perfect StormGageRussellWRATL
194172SeanTGreenWatkinsSammyWRKC
195173He Hate MeSt. BrownAmon-RaWRFA
196174Goin CrazyGoffJaredQBLAR
197175Michael VickBowdenLynnWRMIA
198176BSwissBernardGiovaniRBCIN
199177BukakeballMackMarlonRBIND
200178Kush KingsMeyersJakobiWRNE
201179Chalupa BatmanPatrickTimWRDEN
2021710BB2.28slimSlaytonDariusWRNYG
2031711KramerCentricDallasDeeJayRBSEA
2041712Dick Olsen BB 35 SlimLockDrewQBDEN
205181Dick Olsen BB 35 SlimHamlerK.J.WRDEN
206182KramerCentricHillTaysomQBNO
207183BB2.28slimMichelSonyRBNE
208184Chalupa BatmanBellLe'VeonRBKC
209185Kush KingsWhiteJamesRBNE
210186BukakeballNjokuDavidTECLE
211187BSwissMillerScottWRTB
212188Michael VickBrownJohnWRBUF
213189Goin CrazyMarshall Jr.TerraceWRFA
2141810He Hate MeWalkerPhillipQBCAR
2151811SeanTGreenMcFarlandAnthonyRBPIT
2161812Perfect StormGreenA.J.WRCIN

Raised on the frozen tundra of Canada Minor, Upstate New York, Adam brings the rabid fandom you expect of Buffalo sports fans. He learned to talk sports while tailgating and practiced writing about it at SUNY Brockport. Now transplanted to the semi-South, he brings his rabid fantasy knowledge to Degen Nation as the Talentless Mr. Roto.

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