The Fantasy Sharks Writers Best-Ball Analysis Draft is complete. This popular off-season league style is known by some as Best-Ball, to others Draft-Only and to some old school fantasy folks, Draft Master leagues. MyFantasyLeague launched MFL10s leagues a few years back (that are now operated by fanball) that are this same concept. For those “not in the know” the way these leagues operate are first you draft a team, then each week of the season your highest scoring players from your roster are used to fill your starting lineup automatically. The team with the most points at the end of Week 17 (usually, though some may not use the last week) is declared the winner. There is no free agency, lineup submissions, trading, or any of that. It’s just a draft; the rest takes care of itself.
We rounded up some of our Shark writers to conduct a 20-round player analysis draft that matches exactly the rules and lineup requirements of the MFL10s leagues this season. We hope you find it useful for early drafting in all styles of leagues.
2 Running Backs
3 Wide Receivers
1 Tight End
1 Flex (RB/WR/TE)
1. Jay Devineni
2. Mark Chamberlin
3. Jordan Ginger
4. Lisa London
5. Gary Davenport
6. Ryan Black
7. Will Weiler
8. Chase Crampton
9. Tony Holm
10. Michael Carline
11. David Olivarez
12. Jody Smith
What follows are Rounds 11-20, Rounds 1-10 are located here.
11.01 Philip Rivers, QB, Los Angeles Chargers
Jay Devineni: Despite amazing consistency, Rivers is a perennially underrated fantasy QB. He has thrown at least 26 touchdown passes in each of the last 10 seasons, and he eclipsed 4,000 passing yards in nine of them. In 2017, he was second in the league with 4,515 passing yards and fifth in the league with 28 passing TDs, while limiting himself to just 11 turnovers. Rivers also hasn’t missed a single game since he became a starter in 2006, which helps mitigate the risk I took when I drafted the injury-prone Andrew Luck. In addition, the signing of C Mike Pouncey and the return of OG Forrest Lamp should help Rivers stay upright, as they bolster an offensive line that has struggled in recent years. Rivers may not be the flashiest QB, but he produces steady numbers, and the offense is trending upward. A top-12 season seems likely.
11.02 Corey Clement, RB, Philadelphia
Mark Chamberlin: While the Eagles run game is heading towards a week-to-week nightmare for fantasy owners, they all serve as quality bullets in best-ball. I have no idea which handful of games will be quality starts for Clement, but in this format I don’t need to guess correctly. This team is going to win a lot of games, which is usually a good thing for running backs.
11.03 Devontae Booker, RB, Denver
Jordan Gingery: With the departure of C.J. Anderson, the bulk of the work in Denver is up for grabs. Denver tried their hardest to incorporate Booker last year despite Anderson being the clearly better back. Another year of experience should serve him well.
11.04 D’Onta Foreman, RB, Houston
Lisa London: So this may be more shares of the Texans than I have ever owned. I just feel like if Foreman gets healthy he is going to be money.
11.05 Mike Williams, WR, Los Angeles Chargers
Gary Davenport: Williams rookie season was a wash, but the Bolts drafted him seventh overall in 2017 for a reason.
11.06 Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh
Ryan Black: Ah, my first QB selection. Big Ben is notorious for being a “boom or bust” fantasy option, but I really want him in this format for his “boom” games. A no-brainer selection in the 11th round.
11.07 Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Buffalo
Will Weiler: While I’m not the biggest Kelvin Benjamin fan, he’s the only receiver currently on the Bills’ roster with any sort of successful track record at the NFL level. Benjamin’s 2017 was marred by playing through a meniscus tear suffered in Week 11 (that ultimately required surgery) on top of being thrust into a new offensive system mid-season after being traded from Carolina to Buffalo. However, Benjamin is a former first round draft pick who did average 974.5 receiving yards and 8 touchdowns per season across his two 16-game campaigns in 2014 and 2016. Benjamin’s health cannot be taken for granted given the chronic knee issues (missed all of the 2015 season due to a torn ACL), but he’s in a great spot to produce as a 6’5” target funnel for inexperienced quarterbacks A.J. McCarron and/or Josh Allen. (Comments Added Sun May 20 8:32:05 p.m. ET 2018)
11.08 Marqise Lee, WR, Jacksonville
Chase Crampton: I wanted Kelvin Benjamin here, but he got snatched right before so I am going with the next best receiver. The Jaguars let Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns walk this season because they were comfortable with what they saw from Lee & Westbrook last season. I give Lee the edge of being the top dog on the depth chart to open the season and I have my fingers crossed that he keeps it. While they still are using Blake Bortles as their starter at quarterback, who won’t get you any flashy numbers, he will put up some serviceable numbers when he has good matchups.
11.09 Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee
Tony Holm: After drafting Matt Stafford with my last pick, I would have been OK going back to collecting wide receivers or running backs. Kenny Stills was high on my list here or maybe Jack Doyle as I really should draft a tight end at some point. Though I’ve purposely shunned the tight end position so far in this draft, I am starting to think about drafting one here in the 11th. Then I glanced at the QB list and saw Mariota sitting there and he just screams “upside” this year to me. So I paired him with Corey Davis (I drafted him earlier). We’ll see how much upside Mariota really has as one of this years consensus sleepers.
11.10 Giovani Bernard, RB, Cincinnati
Michael Carline: Giovanni Bernard is going to get his touches coming out if the backfield. He should work out fine as a 4th RB and as a possible flex spot. Depth is key in a best-ball league.
11.11 Patrick Mahomes, QB, Kansas City
David Olivarez: I love the situation almost as much as I like Mahomes’ skill set. He’s faster than he looks and has a real cannon for an arm. His supporting cast is dripping with talent giving the second-year signal caller plenty of firepower. Sammy Watkins, Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce and Kareem Hunt are all excellent options in the passing game and Mahomes can use his legs a bit too. Alex Smith seemed to do very well in this offense a year ago and he didn’t have Watkins. I don’t doubt that there will be bumps in the road in his first year at the helm but he could easily have some monster games too. Worth a shot for the price at this point.
11.12 Jameis Winston, QB, Tampa Bay
Jody Smith: Tampa was actually fourth in the NFL in passing last season and if you combine Jameis Winston and Ryan Fitzpatrick‘s numbers, they would have finished as the QB7 in fantasy football last season. Winston is surrounded by an impressive group of skill-position talent and has QB1 potential, making an ideal QB2.