The most critical aspects to winning at best ball are definitely more on the strategic or structural side. However, we do have to make player selections, and each best ball platform offers us different players that present the most opportunity for us to benefit and get paid off over the course of the season, hopefully culminating in a big score at the end of the year.
There are different ADPs, player positional assignments and site scoring that can drive different player targets on different NBA Best Ball platforms. We’ve also identified a few players that are undervalued relative to their expectation for the season and their upside in best ball tournaments.
Notes for every player will be added shortly!
|DraftKings||Spencer Dinwiddie||Guard||He's not Russell Westbrook, but he's taking over a role that made Russ a fantasy god last year, and the market is showing him no respect.|
|DraftKings||Jalen Suggs||Guard||The murky Magic rotation is keeping the rookie's cost in check, but they should be willing to give their future franchise player all the opportunity to grow this year, and he's hyper productive.|
|DraftKings||Zion Williamson||Forward||Closely monitoring this injury, but if healthy Zion should put up monster numbers in this point forward-ish role.|
|Underdog||OG Anunoby||Wing||If the increased usage from the preseason is real, OG is set to blow up. We know the peripherals will be there, especially the super valuable steals/blocks on UD, but without Lowry (and Siakam to start the year) OG should take on more scoring burden which takes his ceiling to the moon.|
|All||Jusuf Nurkic||Center||The only things that have kept Nurk from fantasy stardom are former coach Terry Stotts' minutes limits and fluke injuries. He's healthy, and reports are new coach Chauncey Billups is going to unleash him this year.|
|All||Jordan Poole||Guard||The price has gotten pretty steep, but I'm still buying the breakout. All the opportunity in the world is there next to Steph, and Poole looks ready to take it and run.|
|All||Precious Achiuwa||Forward||His price has also risen a ton, but he's still probably my favorite pick in the entire player pool. Wildly productive player and should start at the 5 to start the season, but listed as a Wing/Forward for Best Ball.|
|Underdog||Daniel Gafford||Wing||Another riser on UD, but a monster per minute producer as the starting 5 on a fast offense, but listed as a Wing on UD.|
|All||Ja Morant||Guard||The removal of Jonas Valanciunas opens up a ton of usage for a Ja breakout, which he's showing in the preseason. More Jaren Jackson at the 5 will only help, too.|
|Underdog||Kelly Olynyk||Big||Always a great per minute fantasy producer, KO should thrive off the bench in Detroit with an amazing fantasy role. Should also see a little time next to Stewart to unlock his ceiling.|
|Underdog||Jaylen Brown||Wing||The loss of Kemba is going a bit overlooked for Jaylen in drafts, as he's set to take another step forward this year with even more offensive responsibility.|