2023 Best Ball Rankings Post NFL Draft

Apr 29th 2023

Hayden Winks

The 2023 fantasy football season really kicks off once Underdog Fantasy drops Best Ball Mania, the largest fantasy football contest of all time!!! It's a $15M prize with $3M to first place. This year, it's geared for upside with regular season bonus prizes going towards the top 1.5% of teams. My rankings will be geared for upside as usual. Expect updates frequently, as I continue reacting and researching the landing spots from the 2023 NFL Draft.

2023 Best Ball Rankings Post NFL Draft

The rankings above are my unfiltered rankings.

But since I'm against reaching on players well ahead of ADP, I figured it'd be smart to also include uploadable rankings that cap my rankings versus ADP. The rule I have set up below is my rankings can only be 8 spots ahead of the current ADP. To upload these directly to Underdog Fantasy, download the table as a CSV. Go to the "Rankings" tab on Underdog Fantasy, select "NFL", then drag the CSV into the box. If there's an error, make sure the column is labeled as "id" without capitalizations in the CSV.

Players I'm higher on:

  • Cooper Kupp - Has finished 2nd and 1st per game last 2 years.

  • Austin Ekeler - Likely returning to LAC, where he's been top 5.

  • Jalen Hurts - 11th overall last year, despite some 4th QTR leads.

  • Nick Chubb - No Kareem (for now). Watson unlocks team ceiling.

  • Josh Jacobs - Contract year (again) after being top-5 last season.

  • Rhamondre Stevenson - Don't you want to bet against Matt Patricia?

  • David Montgomery - Bellcow upside in O that was 1st in RB usage.

  • Jordan Addison - Somehow underrated as a prospect. MIN cooks.

  • JuJu Smith-Schuster - One of the cheapest team WR1s in fantasy.

  • Dalton Schultz - Stroud and this Texans OL are underrated.

  • Elijah Mitchell - Walking 100-yarder when given the lead role. Upside.

  • Tyler Allgeier - RB2 production and usage if Bijan ever misses time.

  • Juwan Johnson - Good receiver, and NO TE2-3 are Taysom and UDFAs.

  • Nico Collins - Emerging X-WR with limited competition and new QB.

  • Devin Singletary - 3 Texans on my list. What can go wrong?

  • Curtis Samuel - Simply a math/projections play versus cost.

  • Isaiah Hodgins - Giants biggest WR with some unexpected production.

  • Jerome Ford - No RB2 competition, as long as Kareem stays unsigned.

  • Luke Musgrave - Stud athlete with Y traits, projected for Week 1 start.

  • Corey Davis - X traits, who likely finds a starting job after Jets release.

Players I'm lower on:

  • Travis Kelce - His positional replacement level is overexaggerated.

  • Jonathan Taylor - New offense lowers ceiling outcomes for RBs.

  • CeeDee Lamb - The QBs and RBs around him project better.

  • Jaylen Waddle - Regression is coming. RBs around him are strong.

  • Chris Olave - Conservative HC limits spiked weeks vs this cost.

  • DJ Moore - Priced up because Fields stackers are reaching.

  • T.J. Hockenson - I think Jordan Addison is good, so are the TE3s.

  • James Cook - Limited ceiling based on size and role.

  • Kyler Murray - ARZ likely eliminated by the time he's ready off ACL.

  • Cole Kmet - Not a good receiver, now with 2x the target competition.

  • Chigoziem Okonwko - 238 pounder, who may not play in 1-TE sets.

  • Greg Dulcich - New HC has already added Manhertz and Trautman.

  • Dawson Knox - Dalton Kincaid rug pull, despite massive $$$.

  • Raheem Mostert - Did you see McDaniel's reaction to Achane pick?

  • Wan'Dale Robinson - Slot only coming off November ACL tear.

  • Josh Downs - Anthony Richardson could put a hole through his chest.

If you haven't read my Best Ball Mania IV Rules and Strategy column yet, I highly recommend taken a look before getting too deep into drafts. In summary, upside is more important than ever. The regular season is more valuable than in previous seasons with 33% of the prizes going to Weeks 1-14, but those prizes are only for the top 1.5% of teams. That means we need to be stacking, prioritizing "better in best ball" players, and of course picking the best plays. We'll talk about our favorite picks on YouTube all offseason. Join us!