This article is part of our The Z Files series.
One of the ways draftniks are passing the time is by participating in best ball leagues. These are points leagues where the hosting site determines your optimal lineup each week. Some contests feature free-agent periods, while others are draft and hold. When playing the latter, once you make your last draft pick, you're done managing your club. Hence the allure. Everyone loves to draft, but the time required for in-season management limits the number of leagues most can join.
Several sites offer best ball leagues, most for economical entry fees. The only national contest is the NFBC Cutline but hurry as they're closing the signups Sunday. RTSports, Fantrax and BestBall10s (part of the SportsHub Game network, the same company running the NFBC) all continue to fill best ball leagues.
1. Know Thy Scoring Rules
This is mandatory for all points-leagues formats as there isn't a universal system.
2. Multi-Position Eligibility
Make sure you know how each site handles players eligible at more than one position, as some, notably Fantrax, assign just one spot per player. Others have software capable of determining your optimal lineup by incorporating any eligible positions of the associated players. This extends to how the site handles Shohei Ohtani. The NFBC and BestBall10s determine optimal lineups considering Ohtani at either pitcher or utility.
3. Hitting versus Pitching
The scoring system