The Z Files: Tips for Best Ball Leagues

The Z Files: Tips for Best Ball Leagues

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.

I've discussed points leagues previously in Points League Pointers and Strategy for Points Leagues. Today, I'll provide some tips germane to the best ball format.

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

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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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