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Fantasy Football Best Ball Rankings 2024

Sam WagmanSports Content Editor
@swagman95
Last Updated: Jul 14, 2023

The summer is here, which means it is time to hop on those best ball sites and start drafting for cash.

This is a comprehensive list of my top 250 overall best ball rankings for the 2023 NFL season. There are nine tier groups to help you decide when to target a specific group of players.

Best ball is a format where you do not have to set a lineup weekly. Instead, your lineup will automatically be populated with the highest-scoring players that you have drafted on your team.

The catch, however, is that there is no waiver wire or trading.

With that said, let’s dive right into my rankings.

Fantasy Football Best Ball Rankings 2023

My best ball rankings are current as of Monday, July 10.

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Now, onto the preseason best ball rankings for 2023:

RankTierNamePosTmPosRk
11Justin JeffersonWRMINWR01
21
Ja'Marr ChaseWRCINWR02
31Christian McCaffreyRBSFRB01
41Travis KelceTEKCTE01
51Bijan RobinsonRBATLRB02
61Cooper Kupp WRLARWR03
71Tyreek HillWRMIAWR04
81Austin EkelerRBLACRB03
91AJ BrownWRPHIWR05
101Jonathan TaylorRBINDRB04
111Stefon DiggsWRBUFWR06
121Saquon BarkleyRBNYGRB05
131Amon-Ra St. BrownWRDETWR07
141Garrett WilsonWRNYJWR08
152Davante AdamsWRLVWR09
162CeeDee LambWRDALWR10
172Jalen HurtsQBPHIQB01
182Josh AllenQBBUFQB02
192Patrick MahomesQBKCQB03
202Chris OlaveWRNOWR11
212Jaylen WaddleWRMIAWR12
222Tony PollardRBDALRB06
232Josh JacobsRBLVRB07
242Nick ChubbRBCLERB08
252DeVonta SmithWRPHIWR13
262Derrick HenryRBTENRB09
272Rhamondre StevensonRBNERB10
283Tee HigginsWRCINWR14
293Breece HallRBNYJRB11
303Lamar JacksonQBBALQB04
313DK MetcalfWRSEAWR15
323Deebo SamuelWRSFWR16
333Najee HarrisRBPITRB12
343Mark Andrews TEBALTE02
353Calvin RidleyWRJAXWR17
363Jahmyr GibbsRBDETRB13
373Amari CooperWRCLEWR18
383Christian WatsonWRGBWR19
393Keenan AllenWRLACWR20
403Drake LondonWRATLWR21
413Justin FieldsQBCHIQB05
423Terry McLaurinWRWASWR22
433DeAndre HopkinsWRFAWR23
443Travis EtienneRBJAXRB14
454Jerry JeudyWRDENWR24
464Joe BurrowQBCINQB06
474TJ HockensonTEMINTE03
484Christian KirkWRJAXWR25
494Mike WilliamsWRLACWR26
504DJ MooreWRCHIWR27
514Kenneth WalkerRBSEARB15
524Aaron JonesRBGBRB16
534JK DobbinsRBBALRB17
544Justin HerbertQBLACQB07
554Chris GodwinWRTBWR28
564Joe MixonRBCINRB18
574Brandon AiyukWRSFWR29
584Tyler LockettWRSEAWR30
594George KittleTESFTE04
604Miles SandersRBCARRB19
614Marquise BrownWRARIWR31
624Trevor LawrenceQBJAXQB08
634Michael PittmanWRINDWR32
644Jordan AddisonWRMINWR33
654Mike EvansWRTBWR34
664Diontae JohnsonWRPITWR35
674Kyle PittsTEATLTE05
684Dameon PierceRBHOURB20
695Jaxon Smith-NjigbaWRSEAWR36
705Dallas GoedertTEPHITE06
715George PickensWRPITWR37
725Kadarius ToneyWRKCWR38
735Brandin CooksWRDALWR39
745Dalvin CookRBMINRB21
755Cam AkersRBLARRB22
765Gabe DavisWRBUFWR40
775Rashod BatemanWRBALWR41
785Treylon BurksWRTENWR42
795Deshaun WatsonQBCLEQB09
805Rachaad WhiteRBTBRB23
815Javonte WilliamsRBDENRB24
825Jahan DotsonWRWASWR43
835Darren WallerTENYGTE07
846Anthony RichardsonQBINDQB10
856Elijah MooreWRCLEWR44
866James ConnerRBARIRB25
876D'Andre SwiftRBPHIRB26
886Isiah PachecoRBKCRB27
896Courtland SuttonWRDENWR45
906Jameson WilliamsWRDETWR46
916Alexander MattisonRBMINRB28
926David MontgomeryRBDETRB29
936Zay FlowersWRBALWR47
946Evan EngramTEJAXTE08
956Dak PrescottQBDALQB11
966David NjokuTECLETE09
976Quentin JohnstonWRLACWR48
986Tua TagovailoaQBMIAQB12
996Zach CharbonnetRBSEARB30
1006Michael ThomasWRNOWR49
1016James CookRBBUFRB31
1026Devon AchaneRBMIARB32
1036Tyler BoydWRCINWR50
1046Antonio GibsonRBWASRB33
1056Damien HarrisRBBUFRB34
1066Dalton KincaidTEBUFTE10
1076Darnell MooneyWRCHIWR51
1086AJ DillonRBGBRB35
1096Kirk CousinsQBMINQB13
1106Rashaad PennyRBPHIRB36
1116Kendre MillerRBNORB37
1126Pat FreiermuthTEPITTE11
1136Samaje PerineRBDENRB38
1146Brian RobinsonRBWASRB39
1156Geno SmithQBSEAQB14
1166Daniel JonesQBNYGQB15
1176Zay JonesWRJAXWR52
1186Odell BeckhamWRBALWR53
1196JuJu Smith-SchusterWRNEWR54
1206Skyy MooreWRKCWR55
1216Alvin KamaraRBNORB40
1226Allen LazardWRNYJWR56
1236Jakobi MeyersWRLVWR57
1246Jared GoffQBDETQB16
1257Chigoziem OkonkwoTETENTE12
1267Dalton SchultzTEHOUTE13
1277Roschon JohnsonRBCHIRB41
1287Khalil HerbertRBCHIRB42
1297Elijah MitchellRBSFRB43
1307Aaron RodgersQBNYJQB17
1317Jonathan MingoWRCARWR58
1327Nico CollinsWRHOUWR59
1337Rashee RiceWRKCWR60
1347Russell WilsonQBDENQB18
1357Adam ThielenWRCARWR61
1367Jerick McKinnonRBKCRB44
1377Rondale MooreWRARIWR62
1387Jaylen WarrenRBPITRB45
1397Jayden ReedWRGBWR63
1407Tank BigsbyRBJAXRB46
1417Jamaal WilliamsRBNORB47
1427Jalin HyattWRNYGWR64
1437Donovan Peoples-JonesWRCLEWR65
1447Marvin MimsWRDENWR66
1457Josh DownsWRINDWR67
1467Romeo DoubsWRGBWR68
1478Michael GallupWRDALWR69
1488Alec PierceWRINDWR70
1498Greg DulcichTEDENTE14
1508Van JeffersonWRLARWR71
1518Tyler AllgeierRBATLRB48
1528Sam LaPortaTEDETTE15
1538Juwan JohnsonTENOTE16
1548Devin SingletaryRBHOURB49
1558Derek CarrQBNOQB19
1568DJ CharkWRCARWR72
1578Kyler MurrayQBARIQB20
1588Marquez Valdes-ScantlingWRKCWR73
1598K.J. OsbornWRMINWR74
1608Cole KmetTECHITE17
1618Irv SmithTECINTE18
1628Jeff WilsonRBMIARB50
1638Raheem MostertRBMIARB51
1648Matthew StaffordQBLARQB21
1658D'Onta ForemanRBCHIRB52
1668Curtis SamuelWRWASWR75
1678Chase ClaypoolWRCHIWR76
1688Jordan LoveQBGBQB22
1698Gerald EverettTELACTE19
1708Rashid ShaheedWRNOWR77
1718Wan'Dale RobinsonWRNYGWR78
1729Trey LanceQBSFQB23
1739Darius SlaytonWRNYGWR79
1749Chase BrownRBCINRB53
1759Tyler HigbeeTELARTE20
1769John MetchieWRHOUWR80
1779Isaiah HodginsWRNYGWR81
1789Bryce YoungQBCARQB24
1799Jerome FordRBCLERB54
1809Ezekiel ElliottRBFARB55
1819Kenny PickettQBPITQB25
1829Hunter RenfrowWRLVWR82
1839Taysom HillTENOTE21
1849Tyquan ThorntonWRNEWR83
1859Leonard FournetteRBFARB56
1869Kenneth GainwellRBPHIRB57
1879Khalil ShakirWRBUFWR84
1889Deonte HartyWRBUFWR85
1899C.J. StroudQBHOUQB26
1909Dawson KnoxTEBUFTE22
1919Mike GesickiTENETE23
1929Michael MayerTELVTE24
1939Tim PatrickWRDENWR86
1949Nathaniel DellWRHOUWR87
1959Desmond RidderQBATLQB27
1969Trey McBrideTEARITE25
1979Mecole HardmanWRNYJWR88
1989Tyjae SpearsRBTENRB58
1999Gus EdwardsRBBALRB59
2009Chuba HubbardRBCARRB60
2019Robert WoodsWRHOUWR89
2029Zach EvansRBLARRB61
2039Joshua PalmerWRLACWR90
2049Terrace MarshallWRCARWR91
2059Kareem HuntRBFARB62
2069C.J. UzomahTENYJTE26
2079Tyler ConklinTENYJTE27
2089Sam HowellQBWASQB28
2099Hayden HurstTECARTE28
2109Isaiah LikelyTEBALTE29
2119Marvin JonesWRDETWR92
2129Jake FergusonTEDALTE30
2139Justyn RossWRKCWR93
2149Ty ChandlerRBMINRB63
2159Clyde Edwards-HelaireRBKCRB64
2169Mac JonesQBNEQB29
2179Jimmy GaroppoloQBLVQB30
2189 Richie JamesWRKCWR94
2199Jelani WoodsTEINDTE31
2209Brock PurdyQBSFQB31
2219Hunter HenryTENETE32
2229Parris CampbellWRNYGWR95
2239Noah FantTESEATE33
2249Luke MusgraveTEGBTE34
2259Deuce VaughnRBDALRB65
2269Israel AbanikandaRBNYJRB66
2279Cedric TillmanWRCLEWR96
2289James RobinsonRBNERB67
2299Greg DortchWRARIWR97
2309Puka NacuaWRLARWR98
2319Laviska ShenaultWRCARWR99
2329DeWayne McBrideRBMINRB68
2339Cordarrelle PattersonRBATLRB69
2349Michael WilsonWRARIWR100
2359Baker MayfieldQBTBQB32
2369Pierre StrongRBNERB70
2379Charlie JonesWRCINWR101
2389Kyle PhillipsWRTENWR102
2399Chris RodriguezRBWASRB71
2409Russell GageWRTBWR103
2419Will LevisQBTENQB33
2429Malik DavisRBDALRB72
2439DeVante ParkerWRNEWR104
2449Corey DavisWRNYJWR105
2459Michael CarterRBNYJRB73
2469Joshua KelleyRBLACRB74
2479Ryan TannehillQBTENQB34
2489Mack HollinsWRATLWR106
2499Tutu AtwellWRLARWR107
2509Quez WatkinsWRPHIWR108

Best Ball Rankings Key

  • Rk: Rank
  • Pos: Position
  • Tm: Team
  • Pos Rk: Positional Rank

Best Ball Rankings Default League Settings

  • Lineup: 1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE, 1 Flex (RB/WR/TE)
  • Standard 0.5 PPR Scoring:
    • 1 point per 10 Rushing/Receiving Yards
    • 4 points per passing TD
    • -1 point per Interception
    • 6 points per Rushing/Receiving TD

Fantasy Football Best Ball Rankings Explained

Quarterbacks

In best ball fantasy football rankings, we’re looking for ceiling, and that obviously will pop up as a recurring theme throughout these rankings.

Jalen Hurts finished as the top QB in PPG (points per game) scoring last season, so he takes the top spot in our rankings. There is definitely a Big 3, though, for this position, so Josh Allen and Patrick Mahomes quickly follow.

New OC Todd Monken may be a godsend for Lamar Jackson and the Ravens’ passing offense, so he gets the call next as QB4. Between him and Justin Fields, there is a good chance you have a QB with at least 850 rushing yards.

Anthony Richardson and Jared Goff may be my favorite sleeper candidates in this group. Both could helm explosive offenses with lots of stacking potential.

Running Backs

Two running backs stand out above all the others: Christian McCaffrey and Bijan Robinson. Both should be locked into exceptional workloads on the ground and in the passing game.

After them, the next handful of backs could be a crapshoot. Players like Austin Ekeler, Jonathan Taylor, and Saquon Barkley are all safer but don’t carry the massive spike potential that Robinson and McCaffrey have.

Regarding sleepers, players like James Conner or Antonio Gibson are players further down the board that could help.

Running back is a position that sometimes gets overlooked in best ball, specifically the non-elite players, since some don’t have as big a spike week potential as the other positions. Make no mistake, though - there are upside plays sprinkled in among the position, particularly in the pass-catching backs.

Wide Receivers

At the top of the list, two names are miles ahead of the next group: Justin Jefferson and Ja’Marr Chase. Both of them are the primary candidates to end up as the top two skill position scorers this season and will be the first names off the board in your best ball drafts in most cases.

When looking for wide receivers to draft, look for receivers that you can pair with their quarterbacks. For example, a quarter-wide receiver “stack" that I am enjoying so far this season has been A.J. Brown paired with Jalen Hurts, and if I can add DeVonta Smith in the third round to that group, I’m over the moon.

Keep an eye out for names further down the board, too. Players like Nico Collins, Skyy Moore, and Van Jefferson are all lower-cost options that can provide the spike week potential we look for on a weekly basis.

A good sweet spot I look for in my drafts is having at least five wide receivers picked after 10 rounds. It’s a position that’s become sharper and sharper when viewed by drafters over the past few years, so the talent pool dries up quickly.

Don’t miss out here, because it can crush your draft.

Tight Ends

Tight ends can be a wild card in best ball leagues especially. Given that there are only a select few that are consistent on a week-to-week basis, you may need to draft two or even three solid tight ends in a draft to have a good shot.

Some sleeper options that you can pair with a Travis Kelce or Kyle Pitts include David Njoku, Dalton Kincaid, and Gerald Everett. You want to look for tight ends who can feature as strong options in the red zone, since a tight end scoring eight or more touchdowns should almost assuredly land in the top eight for the season.

Tight end is not a deep pool as mentioned above, so keep in mind that you can target the position later in your draft with a few high-upside potential players. Don’t force a pick here if it doesn’t feel right just for the sake of getting one early.

Best Ball Advice & Tips

What is a best ball fantasy football league?

A best ball league is a league where you do not have to set a fantasy football lineup on a weekly basis. The system will automatically count the lineup that scored the most points for you in that week, but you don’t have advantages like a waiver wire or trading.

Which scoring system to use in best ball leagues?

You can use multiple scoring systems in best ball leagues, but the most common one is half-PPR.

How do I construct my roster when drafting in best ball leagues?

There are quite a few notable tactics to use when constructing a best ball roster. Some of the most popular strategies are Zero RB (not drafting a running back until Round 7 or later), Hero RB (drafting one running back early and then filling up later in the draft), and Robust RB (where you draft three or four running backs in the first 4-5 rounds).

Author

Sam Wagman

Sam is the Sports Content Editor for The Game Day. He has been in the sports media industry for 4 years, with stints at VegasInsider, Footballguys, and Fantasy Points. Sam specializes in fantasy football content creation and strategy as well as sports betting content strategy with an NFL and PGA focus. Originally from Philadelphia, he enjoys all Philly sports despite now living in Florida. He enjoys playing tennis, pickleball, and golf -- while constantly struggling to break 80 on the course.

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