DRAFT $3.5M Best Ball Tournament Tips & Advice

DRAFT Tournament: What is it and How Can I Win?

The DRAFT $3.5M Tournament is a $25 buy-in, 2019 season-long best ball league with a whopping $3,500,000 in payouts. The maximum number of entries for this tournament is 150. This tournament will truly test your drafting skills, as there potentially will be over 165,000 participants in this league. The winner of this tournament takes $1,000,000. This prize pool is the biggest we’ve seen from any DFS platform and will decide who has drafted the best fantasy football team for the 2019-2020 NFL season.

Sign up for DRAFT here and receive $3 free with your first deposit.

Basic Rules

When you enter The Draft $3.5M Tournament, you will be placed in a league of 12 teams and assigned a random draft position. You can draft anytime before the beginning of the 2019 NFL season, which kicks off on September 5th. Each 12 team draft will consist of 18 rounds and has a clock with 30-seconds per pick.

This league is best ball, which means there is no roster management after the draft is complete. There are no trades, waivers, or player swaps allowed. Your highest scoring players are automatically started each week. Basically, you draft your team and just watch as you rack up points all season. The team with the most points at the end of the regular season advances to the playoffs.

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Best Ball Tournament Prize Pool

In order to be eligible to win money in this tournament, you’ll need to advance from your 12-team league.

Playoffs

The regular season is from Week 1 through Week 12 of the NFL season. The playoffs for this tournament are Week 13, Week 14, and Week 15. You’ll need to finish in the top three of a 27-person draft in each of the playoff weeks in order to advance. The Finals are in Week 16. It really is pretty simple, keep winning and you move on.

Scoring Format

The scoring format for this tournament is no different than the typical best ball leagues on DRAFT. If you’re new to DRAFT or to the format, it’s 0.5 points per reception. Passing touchdowns are worth four points while rushing and receiving touchdowns are worth six points.

  • Pass Yards: 0.4
  • Passing TD: 4
  • Interceptions Thrown: -1
  • Receptions: 0.5
  • Rushing Yards: 0.1
  • Rushing TD: 6
  • Rushing Yards: 0.1
  • Receiving TD: 6
  • Return TD: 6
  • 2-Point Conversion: 2
  • Fumble Lost: -2
  • Roster Construction

The roster construction is your more traditional format, with one quarterback and one Flex position.

  • 1 QB
  • 2 RB
  • 3 WR
  • 1 TE
  • 1 FLEX (RB/WR/TE)

Tips & Advice

Before you jump right in this tournament, there are a few basic things you should do to prepare.

Be Ready to Draft

The first thing to do seems pretty obvious, but unfortunately, it needs to be said. Too many times you’ll find yourself in a draft where someone is clearly not making their selections and ends up getting an auto-drafted team. Don’t sign up unless you have time to knock this draft out, or at least set your pre-draft selections. There’s nothing worse than waking up in the morning and looking at an ugly auto-drafted team. Most importantly, don’t waste your money unless you’re ready to go.

Roster Construction

There are many different ways to go about drafting your team for best ball leagues. Whether you’ve got an early pick and are targetting a stud running back, or you’ve got a late pick and can’t decide between a stud tight end like Travis Kelce or a stud receiver like Davante Adams, there is ultimately no perfect way to draft your team. Typically, I like to have enough depth at each position to cover my bye weeks, yet not go crazy with worrying about covering those bye weeks until later rounds. If you get lucky and a few studs fall to you, don’t be afraid to grab those studs early and worry about your bye weeks later.

Typically, my roster construction will look something like this:

  • 2-3 Quarterbacks
  • 4-6 Running Backs
  • 6-8 Wide Receivers
  • 2-3 Tight Ends
  • Floor/Upside

In a tournament as big as this one, you’ll really need some players with high upside to make it out of your 12-team league and into the playoffs. You’ll also need some players with solid floors who can assure you some points at the end of each week. The players with the solid floors may not be in your starting lineup each week, but they’re a nice safety net to have. One of the main reasons you’re going to want the guys with a nice floor is for the playoffs. At the end of the day, someone has to win that $1,000,000 prize and if you’re not shooting for that, you might as well join some of the basic best ball leagues.

It can be hard to pass up players with solid floors like Julian Edelman or Mark Ingram. It can also be hard to pass up on players with high upside weeks like DeSean Jackson or Tyler Lockett.┬áRegardless of your thoughts on the players I just mentioned, the main thing to focus on here is having a nice balance of consistency to go along with your high upside players. In a format like this, I’m more likely to target some late-round players with high upside than a “safer” late-round pick. Someone like Mohamed Sanu might have underwhelming numbers at the end of the year, but you’ll definitely want him on your roster when he does blow up for that 100+ yard game with a touchdown or two. That’s the beauty of best ball leagues.

Bye Weeks

PlayDraft ReviewThis may seem like another obvious one but in a tournament like this, a couple ‘zeros’ in your lineup throughout the season could really cost you. Don’t overcompensate and avoid players with the same bye weeks like the plague. When you get into the seventh or eighth rounds, that’s a more reasonable time to cover yourself on bye weeks. One way to cover yourself is to find some players who are more consistent on a week to week basis for these bye weeks. Filling your bye weeks with boom/bust potential players can be risky, but the risk is necessary to an extent in a big tournament like this. Someone like Golden Tate who isn’t a glamorous name could be a solid one to cover your bye week with, as you can typically count on at least a decent week out of him. Ultimately, you want a good balance with your bye weeks.

The 2019 bye weeks have bee set for some time now and are worth reviewing before you go into your drafts. The bye weeks are between Weeks 4 and 12, and the most notable is Week 10 where six teams are on bye. Week 9 is another tough one as the Rams, Saints, Falcons, and Bengals are on bye.

Handcuffs

One way that your team can go completely south in a league like this is by losing a stud running back. We’ve all played fantasy football enough to know about the importance of a handcuff. In this tournament, I’m not going out of my way to overdraft handcuffs, but they do offer good upside in this format in the later rounds of your drafts. Some guys like C.J Anderson or Ito Smith may not even be in your lineups until the back half of the season, but having that handcuff can be so valuable that it’s worth the late-round pick.

In this tournament, I’ll be more likely to target my own player’s handcuffs (I.e owning Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler), rather than targetting any handcuff regardless of owning the starter or not. In a tournament as big as this, your team could be looking great, but losing a stud running back late in the year could absolutely destroy your team. That handcuff could be the difference-maker. I like to have a good balance of my own handcuffs and the handcuffs behind starters I don’t own, that I personally am not as confident in.

Be Unique

The final piece of advice I’ll offer before you enter this tournament is to be unique. In a tournament of this size, there’s a good chance that the winner will end up being someone that hit on a late-round player(s) who turned into a fantasy stud. With potentially 165,000 entrants, your team will need to be either unstoppable, lucky, or some combination of both. Whether you believe that one player who will be that difference maker is currently going undrafted or under the radar, the one late-round flyer could end up being the next Philip Lindsay that gives your team the boost it needs to win. Don’t get too cute with the ‘uniqueness’ of your lineups, but it definitely is something to keep in mind with a player or two with your late-round picks.

Since we all think we are the smartest ones in our fantasy leagues, this tournament is the perfect place to show your skills off. This massive tournament with $3,500,000 in prizes will show us who drafted the best, best ball team for the 2019 NFL season.

Sign up for DRAFT here and receive $3 free with your first deposit.

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