This Saturday we get our first dose of 2024 NFL Playoff football and it looks like a fun weekend of viewing options all around. One way to heighten those options is to grab yourself a best ball playoff league or two over at DraftKings.
As you probably know, best ball is set up like a draft and trade league, but there is only the draft part to worry about. After you draft you just sit back and coast to a championship or last place or somewhere in between.
For playoff best ball you have to take into consideration how many games you think each team will end up playing. For these rankings I am leaning the two No. 1 seeds in the Ravens and 49ers, while I like the Bills to have the best shot at four games played compared to the three game limit the Ravens and 49ers have with the bye week.
Picking which teams will win is almost impossible, but you don’t want to spread yourself too thin with players from each team, as many of those teams will lose in the first round and give you just one game of stats.
Christian McCaffrey is the No. 1 RB despite the bye week taking a possible game from him. Kyren Williams is tough to drop far, as one game from him could be worth three games from a lesser back, but one loss is also likely not going to have a huge stat day from the star back. I do like the Rams chances against Detroit, but that game is tough to call. The Packers and Steelers are big underdogs in the first round, so even if you have some good vibes from those teams, the chances aren’t great that they’ll play multiple games. But, we have four games with spreads under 4.5 points. The odds are that there will be an upset or two.
Dalvin Cook is an interesting player, as I really like Gus Edwards and Justice Hill, but Cook could take away work as the playoffs go on. I’m still high on both though and will have plenty of Ravens on my teams.
The 49ers feel like they have the best shot, as they trounced the Cowboys and Eagles and beat the Buccaneers and likely would have swept the Rams if not for resting starters. Plus, they have great individual fantasy players, including CMC, who should be healthy with the extra time off.