Fantasy Life's Most Drafted Players in Best Ball: July Update
We are all in on hot best ball summer here at Fantasy Life. Many of us are drafting every day on Underdog Fantasy, and we’re streaming drafts on YouTube multiple times per week.
It can be easy to get lost in the sauce of drafting every day, but it helps to zoom out occasionally and take stock of who we have been drafting. We built the Best Ball Hub to help with exactly that. You can use it to evaluate your specific teams and exposures, but today we are using it to see how the Fantasy Life team has been drafting as a whole
Last time we ran the numbers, our team had drafted around 550 teams, and our most frequently selected player was Saints rookie RB Kendre Miller. He still checks in among our top 5 most drafted players, but has surrendered the crown to another RB that our team can’t get enough of (more on him in a minute).
Today, we’re checking in again with more than 1,100 drafts under our collective belt. We’ve got a new most drafted player, a new All Fantasy Life team, and some other fun notes on how our team has been drafting this summer.
Fantasy Life’s Most Drafted Player
Our most drafted player is still a late-round RB with massive contingent value, but it is now Steelers second-year RB Jaylen Warren. The hype has been building throughout the offseason, and I don’t expect it to slow down with explosive plays like this coming out of Steelers camp regularly.
Warren was efficient on a relatively small sample size as a rookie (77 carries + 32 targets). The fact that he was able to earn a meaningful role as a UDFA rookie, and that the Steelers didn’t feel the need to make any significant additions to the RB room this offseason, speaks very highly to how they feel about Warren as their primary backup.
Not only are we really in on Warren, we are pretty out on Najee Harris, who checked in as our 223rd most drafted player, shortly behind Ezekiel Elliot, who isn’t currently on an NFL roster.
Harris did deal with some lingering injuries last year, but any way you slice it, Warren was better when on the field. Even if you go back to Najee’s rookie season when he played better, he doesn’t compare well with the numbers Warren put up.
Of course, Najee has handled much larger workloads each season than Warren did last year, and it is difficult to remain super efficient on a large workload, but that could just as easily serve as an argument for why the team should be looking to split touches more evenly between the two this year.
In addition to Warren solidifying himself as a capable NFL back who deserves a bigger role in year 2, the arrow seems to be pointing up on the Steelers' offense as a whole. Kenny Pickett showed improvement down the stretch last season and has a talented group of pass catchers at his disposal to hopefully improve on what was a bottom-10 scoring offense in the NFL last season.
Dec 11, 2022; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jaylen Warren approaches Baltimore Ravens linebacker Patrick Queen (6) during the fourth quarter at Acrisure Stadium. The Steelers lost 16-14. Mandatory Credit: Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports
If the Steelers' offense can take a step forward in 2023, Warren should offer some decent standalone value and has huge contingent upside if anything happens to Najee.
The All Fantasy Life Team
Four of the seven players on the All Fantasy Life team last time around retained their spot, but that means we’ve got three new names to welcome to the team.