It's no surprise Fantasy Football Best Ball is gaining so much traction around the community. After all, it allows Fantasy players to satisfy their drafting urge without having to manage the league throughout the season. Another trend is not just Best Ball, but superflex and we are going to get into some Fantasy Football Superflex Best Ball Strategy.
The Fantasy Football platform, Sleeper, reported that 80% of new dynasty leagues were superflex, with 50% of redraft leagues being superflex as well. And with both of those league formats becoming popular, it's formed quite a few Best Ball superflex leagues.
50% of redraft leagues are also SF ? https://t.co/7LUvAZ9V5A
— Sleeper (@SleeperHQ) June 27, 2021
Part of this increase in the new hybrid format stems from Sleeper adding a Best Ball feature into their platform. The issue is, not enough people are talking about Best Ball superflex strategies for how many are playing it.
After playing in a number of Best Ball superflex leagues myself this off-season, I figured I would discuss my preferred strategies.
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Fantasy Football Superflex Best Ball Strategy
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For those of you unaware of the superflex format, it simply utilizes a "super" flex position in which any position, including quarterback, can fill the flex. Data from this style format has shown us that we want to start a quarterback in our superflex spot too.
The thing to know with these leagues is that the need for 2-to-3 quarterbacks drives the demand for this more limited in supply position. What that means is that quarterbacks will start going off the board as early as the 1.01.
However, the strategies we may use for this format can quickly deviate in a Best Ball league. This is due to the concept of positional allocation.
In a typical managed league, how much depth you provide after your starters can be vastly different than what's needed in a Best Ball league. This is especially true with a position like quarterback.
Most superflex managers usually grab 2-to-3 quarterbacks. And whether they stop at two or three is usually dictated by how much draft capital they allocated to the position.
We know in a typical one QB Best Ball league that 2-to-3 quarterbacks are already needed due to the volatility in the weekly ceilings for quarterbacks. So that means we should probably rethink the way we view and draft the quarterback position in these superflex Best Ball leagues.
This is why I've found a couple of different strategies that can solve this issue. Let's take a look.
Like I mentioned, if we are already aiming for 2-to-3 quarterbacks in a one QB Best Ball league, we probably want to increase that number for superflex, right? This is why I've determined the ideal number to be 3-to-4 quarterbacks.
The number you stop at will ultimately be dictated by the draft capital spent on the position. At the same time, the number you stop at will dictate the rest of your draft as well.
This has led me to two ideal strategies.
Elite QB (3 QBs Total)
As the name would suggest, the theory behind the Elite QB strategy is to draft elite quarterbacks. This is accomplished by taking three quarterbacks relatively early.
By early I mean preferably taking all three by the end of Round 5 in a 12 team league, or by the end of Round 6 in a 10 team league. Essentially you're looking to draft three top-12 quarterbacks that should be able to provide you with two solid scores to use on a week-to-week basis.
With this build though, you have to be open to pivoting your strategy on the other positions. For instance, in some cases, you may be able to draft Antonio Gibson and Clyde Edwards-Helaire as your first two running backs.
If you managed to draft those two running backs though, it probably came at the cost of ending with Tom Brady and Matthew Stafford as your second and third quarterbacks. On the other hand, you may have been able to secure even more higher-end quarterbacks with the likes of Justin Herbert and Ryan Tannehill as your second and third quarterbacks.
In this latter scenario though, you most likely won't be able to lock up that solid of running backs. More often than not, paying up even more for the quarterbacks may push you to a modified Zero RB or full Zero RB build.
At the end of the day, whether you can draft some high upside running backs may simply be dictated by how the rest of the board is handling the quarterback position. Just remember to avoid quarterbacks with the same bye weeks in this Elite QB build.
Zero QB (4 QBs Total)
Let me start by saying this strategy is not my preferred build. In reality, it's typically only viable in 10 team leagues.
This is because, as the name suggests, you're waiting quite a bit on your quarterbacks. Contrary to the Elite QB build, the Zero QB build focuses on locking up elite players at other positions first.
In contrary to the Elite QB situation of drafting Gibson and CEH, you could find yourself starting with Dalvin Cook and Austin Ekeler with your first two picks. This is because you can reap the rewards of the available non-quarterback players while other teams panic to draft quarterbacks.
But this strategy is not new to the world of superflex. It just comes with some nuances in Best Ball.
The primary thing is that this build requires taking four quarterbacks total. Taking any less puts you at a massive weekly disadvantage compared to any team that took an Elite QB approach.
There's certainly some acquired risk with this strategy though. Quarterback runs in superflex drafts can be very cruel to those who wait.
Overall, I reserve this strategy as more of a pivot off of my preferred Elite QB build. It's also not too easy to pull off successfully in a 12 team league due to positional scarcity.
Overall, I do prefer the Elite QB strategy for superflex Best Ball leagues. For starters, it does allow you to be prepared and stay ahead of the typical crazy superflex quarterback runs.
Waiting on quarterbacks can always be quite risky in superflex. Not to mention, most traditional Best Ball leagues stand by the no trading policy, which can really put you in a tough position if the quarterback runs leave the board dry.
In addition, the Zero QB strategy doesn't really provide too much positional advantage in a 12 team league, as you don't have the luxury of waiting as long for the quarterback position. It's really best reserved for a 10 team league where you can wait much longer on the quarterback position.
Even more so, the Elite QB strategy does exhibit better hit rates in comparison to the Zero QB strategy. In a vacuum, three early quarterbacks will outscore four mid-to-late round quarterbacks.
Personally, I like the easy pivots associated with the Elite QB strategy too. It sets a team up to run a modified Zero RB approach, or a full Zero RB build quite easily. Both of which are common builds in my Best Ball portfolio.
Ultimately, I think either strategy is viable, but it probably comes down to other positional draft strategy preferences. The key aspect is to provide more depth at the quarterback position when it comes to superflex Best Ball.
If you're looking for more depth at the wide receiver position, check out my late round Best Ball wide receiver targets.