This article is part of our Football Draft Kit series.
Author's note: The general strategy talk in this article is meant to apply generally, but some of the ADPs cited refer specifically to the markets as they existed back in April. For the latest, up-to-date thoughts on the best and worst player values as the markets change, keep up with our best ball coverage under the Best Ball Journal column series by clicking here.
Best-ball fantasy football has gone from a relative niche to increasingly mainstream in recent years, catering to diehard fantasy players with its "No Offseason" ethos and reeling in even casual players with its offer of instant gratification at zero commitment. As much as fantasy owners long to hoist the trophy after months of trades and waiver maneuvers in season-long leagues, many find the most fun part of fantasy is the draft itself. Since best-ball owners simply draft and then leave the league software to assemble the highest-scoring combination of players each week — making no transactions otherwise — best ball offers the high of the draft without any of the resulting homework, allowing owners to run up serious league volume without additional stress.
Best ball was introduced to the fantasy mainstream several years ago by MyFantasyLeague's MFL10 formats of yore, named for the site and the $10 buy-in. The MFL game has since been acquired and renamed BestBall10s. Between BestBall10s, DRAFT and FFPC, several big operators now offer the format, and with more buy-in options than ever and payout variations. Owners can buy in at