2023 NFL Best Ball Superflex Draft 9.0 + Jalen Hurts Contract
The guys (@GamblingPodcast) continue their NFL Best Ball draft series with another Superflex Draft podcast. Plus Jalen Hurts contract reaction and they’re joined by Andrew Raub (@ARaub23) from the SGPN Fantasy Football Podcast.
Best Ball 9.0 comes on the same day of some big news with Jalen Hurts signing the biggest contract in NFL history at a value of 255 million dollars. His contract is very backloaded though so the Eagles still have the ability to have a very competitive team the next couple years without money being an issue. The next quarterbacks likely to sign their long contract extensions are Burrow and Herbert and they very well could exceed Hurts’ number.
(9:13) Start of Draft
As always with a Super Flex league, the quarterbacks go extremely quick, essentially 85% of the starters going in the first two rounds. Even guys without a solid landing spot like Lamar Jackson will go early. Reports are that the Ravens offered Lamar a 200 million dollar guaranteed contract. Him turning this down is hard to imagine after all this turmoil, but crazier things have happened. Don’t wait too long in these Super Flex drafts though, as some people will easily take three quarterbacks in the first four rounds.
(25:53) Team Outlooks
Eric Bieniemy is going to get the chance to prove that it wasn’t just the talent of Patrick Mahomes that propelled the Chiefs offense to elite levels. Sam Howell seems to have the job over in Washington and will help Bieniemy churn out offensive production. Down south, Mike Evans seems like a hard fade as there is questions on whether or not he will be able to gel with the quarterback that starts for the Buccaneers and he struggles in the red zone. Somehow, the Panthers have the best odds to win the division which probably should not be the case at all. Ridder showed good promise at the end of the year and could definitely upgrade the Falcons. The Rams are a dark horse out west if everyone is healthy as Sam Darnold will probably be the starter for 49ers, and he stinks.
(37:30) Rookie Running Backs
As time has progressed, the incoming running back class seems less and less impressive. Bijan Robinson is in a league of his own but everyone else is growing underwhelming. Even Jahmyr Gibbs just doesn’t seem like the same type of Alabama running back we are used to seeing enter the league. Despite the pessimism, if these running backs go low enough they turn into great late round value plays.
(42:45) Number of Quarterbacks
In Super Flex leagues, you should definitely grab 3 quarterbacks, but you do not need much more than that. Some people get five but truthfully this is unnecessary. If you can get 3 QBs you really like, you might as well stick with them as long as you can see your third quarterback actually starting some games.
QBs: Lamar Jackson, Bryce Young, Anthony Richardson, Sam Howell, Sam Darnold
RBs: Kenneth Walker, Aaron Jones, Rachaad White, AJ Dillon, Jaylen Warren,
WRs: Davante Adams, Mike Williams, Jordan Addison, Quentin Johnson, DJ Chark, Terrace Marshall, Cedric Tillman
TEs: Hayden Hurst, Isaiah Likely, Austin Hooper
QBs: Derek Carr, Matt Stafford, Jimmy G, Kyle Trask
RBs: Khalil Herbert, Jamaal Williams, Leonard Fournette, Michael Carter, Josh Kelley, Sean Tucker, Pierre Strong
WRs: Jamar Chase, Deandre Hopkins, Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Jakobi Meyers, Rashid Shaheed
TEs: Travis Kelce, Taysom Hill, Tyler Higbee
QBs: Deshaun Watson, Aaron Rodgers, Hendon Hooker
RBs: Christian McCaffrey, Najee Harris, Damien Pierce, Roschon Johnson, Devin Singletary, Kareem Hunt
WRs: Chris Olave, Amari Cooper, Michael Pittman, Gabe Davis, Michael Thomas, Zay Flowers, Darnell Mooney, Van Jefferson
TEs: David Njoku, Jake Ferguson, Jelani Woods