The Z Files: Best Ball Fever

The Z Files: Best Ball Fever

This article is part of our The Z Files series.

I got a fever and the only prescription is more best ball points leagues. I know, to traditional rotisserie players, points leagues are blasphemy. However, there is significant allure to drafting a team and once the last player is on your roster, you're done.

Granted, one format, the NFBC Cutline includes a pair of FAAB periods which can be laborious with multiple teams, but it's still nothing compared to the weekly management of a standard rotisserie roster.

Other popular best ball formats include the new NFBC Best Ball 12, featuring 12-team double ups and pay top-3 and the BestBall10 contests. The BestBall10 isn't technically run by the NFBC, but it uses the same scoring and is under the same company umbrella. Fantrax also offers several best ball options, including double ups and pay top-2.

The Cutline and NFBC 12 are higher stakes contests with entries over $100. Fantrax also has options in that range. BestBall10 and Fantrax feature very low entry points, designed for the draftnik on a budget. The rules and payouts for each are available on their respective websites.

For those unfamiliar with the format, players are awarded points based on specific events (hits, homers, wins, saves, etc.). At the end of the week, the computer determines your optimal lineup and you're credited with the corresponding number of points.

The three formats under the NFBC umbrella use a scoring system incorporating the stats from standard 5x5 rotisserie scoring. It's a unique method designed to keep the player rankings

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Todd Zola
Todd has been writing about fantasy baseball since 1997. He won NL Tout Wars and Mixed LABR in 2016 as well as a multi-time league winner in the National Fantasy Baseball Championship. Todd is now setting his sights even higher: The Rotowire Staff League. Lord Zola, as he's known in the industry, won the 2013 FSWA Fantasy Baseball Article of the Year award and was named the 2017 FSWA Fantasy Baseball Writer of the Year. Todd is a five-time FSWA awards finalist.
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