4 TEs to target in best-ball leagues
Playing in best-ball leagues, like those offered by MyFantasyLeague, the FFPC, and PlayDraft, requires a different mindset than regular redraft leagues. These “draft expert” type leagues are draft and forget in nature, without any in-season management after your league’s draft. No trades. No waiver wires. No bailouts due to injury or suspension. They take the score from each player on your overall roster and optimize your best plays of the week to fill out your lineup.
This stresses the importance on the draft immensely. Selecting the right type of players that have high ceilings is a necessity. Most of these leagues are top-heavy, and you need to target the right type of players to put yourself in the best chance of capturing first place. To do that, I’ll be starting a series on the type of players to target in these best-ball formats to help you hopefully finish with some extra green in your pocket by season’s end.
Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen Reed’s injury worry cause quite a slide in his ADP. He was going at the Round 3-4 turn, but now he’s often freely available in the fifth. I’m scooping everywhere at that price.
Over the last two years, Reed has averaged 7.8 targets per game, leading all tight ends over that span. He also leads all TEs in PPR points game during that time frame, as he just dominates targets when on the field. He also has an insane catch rate, hauling in 75.8 percent over the course of his career.
In 2016, Reed led Washington with eight targets inside the 10-yard line, and finished top-three at the position in targets per route run. Reed’s played 26 of 32 games the last two years, and while there are injury concerns, they’re already baked into his ADP. I’ll take Reed’s 12-14 games of TE1 production and prosper in the best-ball format.