Underdog Best Ball Strategy Guide

The time is finally here. Our partners at Underdog return with another season of Best Ball contests ahead of the 2024 NFL season. It’s why we are here to share our Underdog Best Ball strategy guide. 

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With quick drafts, slow drafts, and drafts with price pools as large at $15 million, there is something for everyone. Unlike regular season-long fantasy, Best Ball relies solely on drafted players.

Each week, Underdog inserts the highest scoring players into starting lineups, removing the need for in-season management. This means no waivers or add drops. This piece will breakdown the overall rules, scoring, and strategy to beat the premier NFL season long game this summer. 

Underdog Best Ball Strategy Guide


Underdog uses a 0.5 PPR format and standard scoring outside of that.


Underdog best ball features 18 roster positions. Starting lineups consist of one quarterback, two running backs, three wide receivers, one tight end, and one flex (RB/WR/TE). This leaves ten bench slots.

Positional Allocation

2-3 Quarterbacks

4-7 Running Backs

6-10 Wide Receivers

2-3 Tight Ends

In general, it makes sense to end up on the lower end if drafting a position early. Similarly, it makes sense to end up on the higher end if drafting position late. For example, if a drafter selects Jalen Hurts in the second round, leaving with two quarterbacks should be prioritized. Likewise, if a drafter selects their first running back after round five, drafting six or seven may make the most sense. The shorter benches means most teams should leave drafts with just two quarterbacks and tight ends. 

Drafters should come in with a fluid process. Every draft will be different, meaning hard rules cannot always be applied. 

Lastly, for positions like quarterback and tight end, it is important to remember byes. If your plan is to draft just two quarterbacks, make sure they do not have the same bye. 

Underdog Best Ball Strategy Guide

With Underdog employing a 0.5 PPR scoring structure, quarterback scoring ends up being a higher percentage of overall scoring in lineups. In general, dual threat quarterbacks provide additional upside, compared to their standard pocket passing counterparts. 

This scoring structure also devalues chain moving wide receivers who work around the line of scrimmage. Players like Keenan Allen, who work near the line of scrimmage will account for lower overall scoring, compared to other platforms. This also applies to pass catching running backs like Kenneth Gainwell, who do most of their damage on their downs. 

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Matt Gajewski graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in Economics. Matt has worked in the fantasy industry for the past four years, focusing on DFS and Sports Betting. Matt specializes in NFL, College Football, College Basketball, XFL, and MMA. With GPP victories across the major sports, Matt also qualified for the DraftKings 2020 Sports Betting Championship and won a seat to the College Basketball Tourney Mania final.

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