Underdog Rankings, Tools, and Draft Strategy

Jun 06, 2022
Underdog Rankings, Tools, and Draft Strategy

Here you will find everything Underdog related, with links to our tools, guides, strategy bibles, and articles on how to make the most of all contests on Underdog Fantasy.

Underdog Rankings

This tool features 4for4's Top 250 rankings for Underdog Best Ball tournaments and is manually curated by John Daigle using John Paulsen's projections, along with some of the rest of our staff's research. These rankings will remain up to date through the summer to ensure we are always ahead of/behind consensus based on our projections to allow you to create rosters with both upside and value no matter the week.

Underdog Tiers and Rankings By Position

John Daigle has created position-by-position tiers with his reasoning and strategy for Underdog's half-PPR scoring that will be updated throughout the offseason.

View all of 4for4's fantasy football rankings and projections.

Underdog Tools

We know that sometimes tools can be difficult to navigate, particularly when it comes to fantasy football data, so here is a brief description of each tool along with a short video on how to maximize the benefits of each of the more complex tools.

Underdog ADP

This ADP Tool uses a two-day rolling average of drafts and includes all Best Ball Mania III plus sit-and-go drafts for the NFL Best Ball 2022 slate. ADP updates every morning at 9 am ET.

ADP can be sorted by positions and teams, and you're able to change the date ranges according to your specific research needs. It will show players' current ADP, old ADP, and the change in your selected date range, along with the players' overall rank and positional rank.

Underdog Advance Rate Explorer

The Advance Rate Explorer Tool allows you to find historical advance rates for different players and stacks from Underdog's Best Ball Mania tournaments. The Summary Table displays all players that meet the given criteria using the filters and their subsequent advance rates. The Player Advance Rate Explorer allows users to get more granular details on a specific player and players that he was stacked with on rosters.

Note that 16.7% of teams advanced to the second round of Best Ball Mania in 2021 while 20.8% of teams advanced in 2020. Additionally, players accrued an extra week of fantasy points in 2021 with the 17th game added to the schedule. Consider this when comparing Playoffs Adv. Rate and Avg. Roster Points between seasons.

For a quick tutorial on using this tool, check out the video below created by TJ Hernandez, along with the Advance Rate Explorer Guide written by tool creator Sam Hoppen.

Underdog Roster Construction Tool

The Roster Construction Tool allows you to find historical advance rates for various roster builds from Underdog's Best Ball Mania tournaments. You can explore the success of any type of roster build by focusing on a specific position and filtering on positional and player counts.

Note that 16.7% of teams advanced to the second round of Best Ball Mania in 2021 while 20.8% of teams advanced in 2020. Additionally, players accrued an extra week of fantasy points in 2021 with the 17th game added to the schedule. Consider this when comparing Playoffs Adv. Rate and Avg. Roster Points between seasons.

For a brief overview on using this tool, check out the video below created by TJ Hernandez, along with the Roster Construction Tool Guide written by tool creator Sam Hoppen.

Underdog Stacking Tool

Stacking is an increasingly important way to add EV to your best ball teams. The Underdog Stacking Tool allows you to explore how effective different stacking combinations were in previous Underdog Best Ball Mania tournaments. Below are definitions of filters in the Detailed Stack Analysis section:

  • Position: This is a player's position based on where he is drafted relative to others drafted on the same NFL team. It does not matter if they are drafted on the same BEST BALL team. Example: Mike Evans is drafted as the first Tampa Bay WR and Chris Godwin is drafted as the second Tampa Bay WR, so they will have a Position of WR1 and WR2, respectively.
  • Player Drafted As: This is a player's position based on where he was drafted relative to others drafted on the same BEST BALL team. A team's first RB drafted will be considered their RB1, a team's second RB drafted will be considered their RB2, so on and so forth. Example: Saquon Barkley is drafted as a BEST BALL team's first RB in round three and Ezekiel Elliott is drafted as a BEST BALL team's second RB in round five, so they will be considered a Player Drafted As RB1 and RB2, respectively.

Take a look at this quick video guide on the best way to utilize this stacking tool.

Underdog Strategy

Best Ball Mania Strategy Bibles

TJ Hernandez has put together an extensive library of strategy pieces to help you all take down the Best Ball Mania lll in 2022. Each one is well-researched and jam-packed with actionable data and advice.

  • Positional Allocation Guide - This provides the skeleton to Best Ball Mania success in the form of positional allocation guidelines. Knowing how many players to draft at each position is the foundation of being a profitable best ball player and will serve as the framework for future studies on roster construction, positional draft strategies, and stacking considerations.
  • Roster Construction Guide - Understanding overall roster construction will further help best ball managers formulate their draft plan before getting a sense of how to deploy that plan, based on which position they are spending draft capital on.
  • Positional Draft Strategies - In the third part of this Best Ball Mania draft strategy series, you will learn about some of the most common positional draft strategies including which ones work the best depending on how your draft plays out.
  • Anatomy of a Final-Round Roster - Maximizing your chances to get out of the first round is essential to being successful in best ball tournaments, but digging deeper can increase the likelihood of taking down the whole thing. This analysis will dissect all rosters that made it to the final round of Best Ball Mania 1 and 2 in hopes of teasing out lineup-building strategies from the truly top-tier rosters.
  • How to Draft a Unique Roster - This features a few draft approaches to building a unique Best Ball Mania 3 roster. While not all of these strategies should be used in every single draft and some should only be used sparingly, they are good to have in your back pocket when a specific draft falls just right.
  • Stacking Strategy - With two years of data from Underdog’s Best Ball Mania, we can now use the 4for4 Best Ball Stacking Tool to quantify how to optimize our approach to stacking, rather than just relying on feel.
  • Week 17 Targets for Best Ball Mania - With the final round of BBM3 taking place in Week 17, and ultimately deciding who takes home $2 million, targeting games that could be shootouts in that final fantasy week could help you climb the leaderboard if you have one of the 470 entries that make it that far.
  • The Ultimate Underdog Best Ball Mania 3 Draft Guide - Hernandez outlines his position-by-position plan for the rest of draft season along with his favorite targets at each position and general thoughts on how to attack Best Ball Mania 3. These targets will be updated throughout the offseason

Advance Rate Articles for Best Ball Mania

General Underdog Content

This is where you will find other assorted content not related to Best Ball Mania lll. We can't forget about the other smaller tournaments and best ball leagues.

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