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  • topspinner

    I have never played this before and wonder if there are any good articles on the best ball strategy, do you take pitchers first etc. Also, are you better off only having two reserve infielders and 4 reserve pitchers, since pitchers are most likely to be injured and also have the most potential upside any week, due to potential two seek starts?

  • damndirtyapes

    I haven’t seen any articles. I could be wrong, but I believe it’s a new offering from Draft, so I don’t know that there’s any historical data as far as what the optimal roster construction or strategy is. I’ve gone with 6, 6, and 7 pitchers in the three drafts I’ve done. For the reasons you gave, it logically makes sense to draft more pitchers, but there’s more variance with hitters, so I suppose a case could also be made to draft enough hitters so that you get 3 solid outputs each week for IF/OF.

  • Scumpunch

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    @damndirtyapes said...

    but there’s more variance with hitters

    You sure about that?

  • damndirtyapes

    @Scumpunch said...

    You sure about that?

    That’s the way I look at it, at least on a day by day basis. Most people pay up for pitching for safety in DFS cash for that reason. How that relates to Best Ball exactly, I don’t know, but I’m interested to hear how others are approaching overall strategy & roster construction.

  • Scumpunch

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    @damndirtyapes said...

    That’s the way I look at it, at least on a day by day basis. Most people pay up for pitching for safety in DFS cash for that reason. How that relates to Best Ball exactly, I don’t know, but I’m interested to hear how others are approaching overall strategy & roster construction.

    I actually haven’t run the numbers yet, but I suspect pitchers have a higher variance in this format with only playing 1-2 games/week vs. 5-7 games/week for hitters, and with pitchers getting injured more frequently. For this reason, I have been drafting mostly 8P / 5IF / 5OF.

  • Jvanspro

    @Scumpunch said...

    I actually haven’t run the numbers yet, but I suspect pitchers have a higher variance in this format with only playing 1-2 games/week vs. 5-7 games/week for hitters, and with pitchers getting injured more frequently. For this reason, I have been drafting mostly 8P / 5IF / 5OF.

    That’s exactly how I’ve been doing it as well. I get a couple pitchers early then wait for a long time and take High K guys in the mid to late rounds.

  • infinite420

    i have done about 12 drafts now, and the only team that i took 6 pitchers was the one that i drafted max with my first round pick. most of my drafts i have taken 7 pitchers, but a couple i have taken 8. i think it behooves you to take high k/9 pitchers in this format, even if they are not that good with ratios.

  • Jvanspro

    @infinite420 said...

    i have done about 12 drafts now, and the only team that i took 6 pitchers was the one that i drafted max with my first round pick. most of my drafts i have taken 7 pitchers, but a couple i have taken 8. i think it behooves you to take high k/9 pitchers in this format, even if they are not that good with ratios.

    That is exactly what I’m doing. I literally have them ranked by projected K%. Obviously, I’m not going to take a guy like Glasnow over Clevinger but you get the point.

  • topspinner

    I just drafted a 8 team contest and a guy with a red shield didn’t draft a pitcher until the 11th round, he has morton and madbum as his top two. I understand in this format that pitchers on average score less than batters, but there is a huge difference in scoring between the top tier pitchers and a mid tier pitcher. Just trying to figure out if this is a viable strategy in bestball. I could see in roto where you win all of the hitting categories

  • Tallbrett

    I have done 1 Contest so far.  (Just a $5 BestBall contest)  Here are some thoughts I had after the draft and looking further into the season:

    1. Make sure you set aside at least an hour to do the Draft.  I believe there are 18 rounds!  

    2. Also goes without saying that you need to have a stable internet conection.  (Do not start a Draft in a wind storm when power could go out)

    3. I drafted 7 Pitchers, 5 Infielders. 6 Outfielders.   (I think that distribution is ok if you follow other suggestions.)

    4.  It is important in my view to Draft positional players that play every day!  I made 1 or 2 errors in this and drafted Ohtani and “(player-popup #austin-meadows)Austin Meadows”:/players/austin-meadows-38016.  Probably not daily players.

    5.  I think it is important to go slightly heavy on pitchers and take guys with High strikeout %.  Also take guys that tend to get a great deal of starts throughout the year.

    6.  I had other thoughts ….  Consider…. Snow outs/rain outs?  Colorado Rockies….Maybe pairing 2 or 3 together…Desmond, Blackmon, Arenado, Dahl, Story???  

    7.  Also, consider the time a day that you do the Draft.   You might benefit from doing it on the weekend and/or late at night where you might get more amateurs participating?

    What do you guys think?   

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