Yahoo Best Ball: An Overview

With the draft-only format taking the world by storm, Yahoo introduced a best ball product this summer. In many ways, it looks identical to DRAFT, Fanball, and the FFPC. However, a few key differences exist and should be noted prior to drafting.

Roster Slots and Scoring

Unlike DRAFT, Yahoo added defenses to the weekly staring roster for best ball leagues. The lineup configuration on Yahoo consists of 1 QB, 2 RBs, 3 WRs, 1 TE, 1 Flex (RB/WR/TE) and 1 D/ST. This lineup mirrors DRAFT, except for the D/ST, which should contribute to higher overall scores on Yahoo.

As for individual scoring, Yahoo uses the same half- point per reception scoring as DRAFT. Yahoo drafts also last 20 rounds, instead of 18, to account for defenses in starting lineups.

Contests

Unlike other best ball platforms, Yahoo only offers 10-person fast-draft leagues. The pick timer is 30 seconds and users must make at least one pick themselves to be eligible for prizes. This differs greatly from other platforms, where users can create leagues, vary their entry fees, play in leagues of different sizes, and choose between fast or slow drafts.

Yahoo also limits users to 50 contests, while other platforms do not. This means users must pay close attention to player exposure throughout a portfolio of drafts.

While the 50-entry limit potentially hurts Yahoo when competing with other best ball platforms, it should keep away some of the sharper players likely operating with a higher bankroll and drawn to formats where greater volume is possible. Many high-stakes best ball players participate in hundreds of drafts each summer.

Yahoo’s entry fees also cap out at $100, further limiting sharp action. The maximum amount a person can get down is $5,000. Conversely, DRAFT has $2,500 individual contests.

ADP Differences

Yahoo does not provide average draft position data on their website, but it does give the order in which players come off the board. A key factor to best ball success is paying close attention to your player portfolio across platforms. Too diverse and you limit overall upside, too narrow and you risk being undone by a single injury. Yahoo’s particular average draft position may make certain players more or less attractive.

Quarterback

Player Yahoo ADP DRAFT ADP
Russell Wilson QB6 QB13
Lamar Jackson QB24 QB16
Josh Allen QB27 QB19
Nick Foles QB11 QB27

Running Back

Player Yahoo ADP DRAFT ADP
Jordan Howard RB29 RB38
Kareem Hunt RB35 RB45
Jaylen Samuels RB54 RB41
Chase Edmonds RB74 RB58

Wide Receiver

Player Yahoo ADP DRAFT ADP
Marquez Valdes-Scantling WR59 WR35
Donte Moncrief WR64 WR46
Nelson Agholor WR49 WR81
Randall Cobb WR46 WR77

Tight End

Player Yahoo ADP DRAFT ADP
Mark Andrews TE22 TE12
Delanie Walker TE11 TE17
Jordan Reed TE24 TE18
Tyler Eifert TE16 TE23

Final Thoughts

Overall, Yahoo’s best ball expansion is a positive step for the industry. For beginners and low-stakes players in particular, Yahoo’s product should be a major draw. The smaller contests and entry limits will likely limit action from experienced players, allowing those just dabbling in the draft-only setup to have a better chance at success.

About the Author

  • Matthew Gajewski (mgajewski)

  • Matt Gajewski graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in Economics. Matt has been playing fantasy football, DFS, and in best ball leagues for over four years. In season, he enjoys the pain that comes from following Chicago Bears and Notre Dame football.

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