Best ball is a format that continues to grow in the fantasy sports world. It began in NFL and has expanded to MLB. And despite some fits and starts (the former DRAFT.com shut its doors), it's in full force for the 2020 season. Three major contest providers have best ball MLB formats: Best Ball 10s (from Fanball), Fantrax and RT Sports.
If you're not familiar with the best ball format, it's a scoring system that figures out your optimal lineup each week and gives you credit for those points. You draft a starting roster and bench and thereafter there are no free agents, trades or transactions of any kind. You pick your roster and only watch your stats and standings during the season. The upside is you get the enjoyment of the draft without the work of maintaining a roster in a season-long league.
As a result, a paid best ball league with prizes are becoming the best way to learn the player pool in the preseason. Free mock drafts are great (RotoWire used to own a pioneering draft site called MockDraftCentral.com), but most participants bail on a draft after the first few rounds. With a paid-entry best ball league, every pick matters. And there's nothing better to force you to learn the player pool when you are on the clock and need to make a decision.
While best ball leagues are a great vehicle to learn the player pool and mimic most season-long leagues, there are some key