This article is part of our Best Ball Journal series.
I mentioned that last week's Best Ball Journal would be the last of this year, but I was measuring time incorrectly. That I'm posting this now is not meant to be a surprise gimmick, I'm just dumb. Sorry. Anyway, I think this will actually be the last one of the year.
MFL10 slow drafts are done, but live drafts are still available both there and on DRAFT.com. That includes the best ball tourney variations on DRAFT ($5, $25, and $125 variations), which presented a novel twist on the best ball industry this year, offering big winnings to a genre that previously only offered convenient volume on modest per-league winnings.
This article will consider some high-upside targets whose fortunes are inversely tied to those of more commonly coveted players, making them fade picks at the expense of the more valued teammate in question. If you make generally good picks your team should be competitive, but it might add the last bit of necessary wind to your sails if you set yourself up to capitalize in the event that your opponents' early-round buys fall to injury or poor production otherwise.
The most obvious way to do this is to get the handcuff backup of a stud runner, or at least a backup runner in an otherwise good offense. Sometimes there's nothing to extract when a first-round fantasy pick goes down with an injury – the minefield that was the Cardinals backfield last year comes to mind – but Alvin Kamara in the