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Best Ball Rankings for 2023 Fantasy Football

Best Ball fantasy football leagues are a great format for those who don’t have time or don’t want to manage a roster for an entire season. Once a team is drafted, there’s not much left to do but root for all of your players each week. Every player is available in your lineup, but best ball formatting optimizes the highest-scoring players at each position to give you the best, highest-scoring lineup possible.

There’s a lot to consider when drafting a best ball team. Generally speaking, you should be targeting players you believe can put up big point totals in multiple weeks throughout the season. Keep in mind, there’s no waiver wire, trades, or adjustments to rosters so having depth is extremely important. Above all else, go with your gut! The best part of best ball leagues is investing in players you think are in for a big season.

Below, I’ve listed my best ball rankings of players at each position. Of course, these are bound to change following the 2023 NFL Draft, training camp, and any other news that comes our way. I’ll be sure to update them frequently with a note of the last revision.

Rankings last revised May 25, 2023

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Positional Rankings for 2023 Best Ball Leagues


1Jalen HurtsPhiladelphia Eagles
2Patrick MahomesKansas City Chiefs
3Josh AllenBuffalo Bills
4Lamar JacksonBaltimore Ravens
5Justin FieldsChicago Bears
6Joe BurrowCincinnati Bengals
7Justin HerbertLos Angeles Chargers
8Trevor LawrenceJacksonville Jaguars
9Deshaun WatsonCleveland Browns
10Dak PrescottDallas Cowboys
11Kirk CousinsMinnesota Vikings
12Tua TagovailoaMiami Dolphins
13Anthony RichardsonIndianapolis Colts
14Daniel JonesNew York Giants
15Jared GoffDetroit Lions
16Geno SmithSeattle Seahawks
17Aaron RodgersGreen Bay Packers
18Russell WilsonDenver Broncos
19Derek CarrNew Orleans Saints
20Kenny PickettPittsburgh Steelers
21Jordan LoveGreen Bay Packers
22Matthew StaffordLos Angeles Rams
23Kyler MurrayArizona Cardinals
24Bryce YoungCarolina Panthers
25C.J. StroudHouston Texans
26Jimmy GaroppoloLas Vegas Raiders
27Desmond RidderAtlanta Falcons
28Trey LanceSan Francisco 49ers
29Sam DarnoldSan Francisco 49ers
30Ryan TannehillTennessee Titans
31Sam HowellWashington Commanders
32Baker MayfieldTampa Bay Buccaneers
33Mac JonesNew England Patriots
34Jacoby BrissettWashington Commanders
35Mike WhiteMiami Dolphins
36Will LevisTennessee Titans
37Taylor HeinickeAtlanta Falcons
38Jameis WinstonNew Orleans Saints
39Kyle TraskTampa Bay Buccaneers
40Gardner Minshew Indianapolis Colts

Quarterbacks with rushing upside are going to get a boost in value in almost every format, but especially in best ball leagues. Having the ability to rack up points on the ground is a huge advantage. So, even for a player like Justin Fields, who threw for just 2,242 yards last season, he still scored 20.0 or more points in seven of 15 applicable games last season, with two games of 40.0+ points, as well.

Running Backs

1Christian McCaffreySan Francisco 49ers
2Bijan RobinsonAtlanta Falcons
3Austin EkelerLos Angeles Chargers
4Saquon BarkleyNew York Giants
5Jonathan TaylorIndianapolis Colts
6Josh JacobsLas Vegas Raiders
7Tony PollardDallas Cowboys
8Rhamondre StevensonNew England Patriots
9Nick ChubbCleveland Browns
10Derrick HenryTennessee Titans
11Aaron JonesGreen Bay Packers
12Jahmyr GibbsDetroit Lions
13Travis EtienneJacksonville Jaguars
14Breece HallNew York Jets
15Najee HarrisPittsburgh Steelers
16Dalvin Cook Minnesota Vikings
17Miles SandersCarolina Panthers
18Kenneth Walker IIISeattle Seahawks
19J.K. DobbinsBaltimore Ravens
20Joe MixonCincinnati Bengals
21Dameon PierceHouston Texans
22D'Andre SwiftPhiladelphia Eagles
23Cam AkersLos Angeles Rams
24James ConnerArizona Cardinals
25Alvin KamaraNew Orleans Saints
26Rachaad WhiteTampa Bay Buccaneers
27Isiah PachecoKansas City Chiefs
28James CookBuffalo Bills
29Jamaal WilliamsNew Orleans Saints
30Damien HarrisBuffalo Bills
31Alexander MattisonMinnesota Vikings
32Samaje PerineDenver Broncos
33David MontgomeryDetroit Lions
34Javonte WilliamsDenver Broncos
35Zach CharbonnetSeattle Seahawks
36A.J. DillonGreen Bay Packers
37Devon AchaneMiami Dolphins
38Rashaad PennyPhiladelphia Eagles
39Brian Robinson Jr. Washington Commanders
40Antonio GibsonWashington Commanders
41Elijah MitchellSan Francisco 49ers
42Roschon JohnsonChicago Bears
43Jeff Wilson Jr. Miami Dolphins
44Tyler AllgeierAtlanta Falcons
45Devin SingletaryHouston Texans
46Jerrick McKinnonKansas City Chiefs
47Kendre MillerNew Orleans Saints
48Khalil HerbertChicago Bears
49Jaylen WarrenPittsburgh Steelers
50Raheem MostertMiami Dolphins

I aim to have at least five running backs on my best ball teams. If your best ball league awards 0.5 or one point per reception, then pass-catching running backs are obvious targets. We can debate all day about which of the notable studs are best suited for your 2023 best ball teams. However, I would rather spend a few words encouraging you to draft a few rookie running backs.

This 2023 class is loaded with talent. Pay attention to those who could mix in to their team’s backfield and carve out a sizable role, especially as the season progresses. Besides Bijan and Gibbs, few guys I’m keeping an eye on in that regard are Kendre Miller, Roschon Johnson, and Tank Bigsby. They could be key handcuffs or emerge as starters by season’s end.

Wide Receivers

1Justin JeffersonMinnesota Vikings
2Ja'Marr ChaseCincinnati Bengals
3Cooper KuppLos Angeles Rams
4Tyreek HillMiami Dolphins
5Ceedee LambDallas Cowboys
6Stefon DiggsBuffalo Bills
7Amon-Ra St. BrownDetroit Lions
8A.J. BrownPhiladelphia Eagles
9Davante AdamsLas Vegas Raiders
10Jaylen WaddleMiami Dolphins
11Garrett WilsonNew York Jets
12Chris OlaveNew Orleans Saints
13DeVonta SmithPhiladelphia Eagles
14Tee HigginsCincinnati Bengals
15D.K. MetcalfSeattle Seahawks
16Amari CooperCleveland Browns
17Keenan AllenLos Angeles Chargers
18DeAndre HopkinsArizona Cardinals
19Drake LondonAtlanta Falcons
20Calvin RidleyJacksonville Jaguars
21Jerry JeudyDenver Broncos
22Deebo SamuelSan Francisco 49ers
23Christian WatsonGreen Bay Packers
24D.J. Moore Chicago Bears
25Terry McLaurinWashington Commanders
26Marquise BrownArizona Cardinals
27Brandon AiyukSan Francisco 49ers
28Chris GodwinTampa Bay Buccaneers
29Michael Pittman Jr.Indianapolis Colts
30Diontae JohnsonPittsburgh Steelers
31Mike EvansTampa Bay Buccaneers
32Tyler LockettSeattle Seahawks
33Christian KirkJacksonville Jaguars
34Jordan AddisonMinnesota Viking
35Mike WilliamsLos Angeles Chargers
36Jahan DotsonWashington Commmanders
37Jaxson Smith-NjigbaSeattle Seahawks
38Kadarius ToneyKansas City Chiefs
39Juju Smith-SchusterNew England Patriots
40Brandin CooksDallas Cowboys
41Zay FlowersBaltimore Ravens
42Jakobi MeyersLas Vegas Raiders
43Treylon BurksTennessee Titans
44Courtland SuttonDenver Broncos
45Quentin JohnsonLos Angeles Chargers
46Elijah MooreCleveland Browns
47Tyler BoydCincinnati Bengals
48Jameson WilliamsDetroit Lions
49George PickensPittsburgh Steelers
50Odell Beckham Jr.Baltimore Ravens
51Michael ThomasNew Orleans Saints
52Allen LazardNew York Jets
53Zay JonesJacksonville Jaguars
54Darnell MooneyChicago Bears
55Skyy MooreKansas City Chiefs
56Wan'Dale RobinsonNew York Giants
57D.J. CharkCarolina Panthers
58Nico CollinsHouston Texans
59Jonathan MingoCarolina Panthers
60Donovan People-JonesCleveland Browns
61Rondale MooreArizona Cardinals
62Joshua PalmerLos Angeles Chargers
63Adam Thielen Carolina Panthers
64K.J. OsbornMinnesota Vikings
65Rashid ShaheedNew Orleans Saints
66Hunter RenfrowLas Vegas Raiders
67Marquez Valdes-ScantlingKansas City Chiefs
68Mecole HardmanNew York Jets
69Alec PierceIndianapolis Colts
70Rashee Rice`Kansas City Chiefs
71Jayden ReedGreen Bay Packers
72Josh DownsIndianapolis Colts
73Gabe DavisBuffalo Bills
74Curtis SamuelWashington Commanders
75Romeo DoubsGreen Bay Packers

There is a change in mindset amongst a large portion of fantasy football managers to draft wide receivers with their first-round picks. In best ball specifically, quarterbacks are likely the first position off of the board. However, if you end up with a later pick in the first round, and just about everyone before you locks up a stud quarterback, it’s okay to zag while everyone else is zigging. Snag a stud wide receiver with your pick, preferably one you expect to see at least 150 targets.

Tight Ends

1Travis KelceKansas City Chiefs
2Mark AndrewsBaltimore Ravens
3T.J. HockensonMinnesota Vikings
4Darren WallerNew York Giants
5Kyle PittsAtlanta Falcons
6Dallas GoedertPhiladelphia Eagles
7George KittleSan Francisco 49ers
8David NjokuCleveland Browns
9Pat FreiermuthPittsburgh Steelers
10Chigoziem OkonkwoTennessee Titans
11Evan EngramJacksonville Jaguars
12Dalton KincaidBuffalo Bills
13Dalton SchultzHouston Texans
14Michael MayerLas Vegas Raiders
15Mike GesickiNew England Patriots
16Tyler HigbeeLos Angeles Rams
17Dawson KnoxBuffalo Bills
18Trey McBrideArizona Cardinals
19Greg DulcichDenver Broncos
20Gerald EverettLos Angeles Chargers
21Irv Smith Jr.Cincinnati Bengals
22Sam LaPortaDetroit Lions
23Cole KmetChicago Beara
24Juwan JohnsonNew Orleans Saints
25Foster MoreauNew Orleans Saints

Tight ends are even more of a headache in best ball than they are in just about every other format. Some best ball leagues will boost scoring for tight ends, making them somewhat more of a premium position. If that’s the case for your best ball league, I suggest being one of the managers with a top-five guy. It’s never a bad thing to have Travis Kelce on your roster.

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