The Essentials of Best Ball Strategy – The Wrong Read, No. 28
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Welcome to the 28th installment of the “The Wrong Read,” an article series that reflects on recent podcast episodes, pushing the ideas discussed on the podcasts to their logical conclusions and offering some further thoughts on the topics broached by the guests and hosts. After all the trades the Browns made, I’m a lot less confident in what I previously wrote about Duke Johnson. Jarvis Landry takes a lot of targets that would otherwise go to RBs. You can still read that piece and dream about the Duke Johnson that might have been. We recently finished up the RotoViz Best Ball Series, interviewing several industry experts to get their ideas on optimal best ball strategy. Although there’s some disagreement among the guests about various details of roster construction and player evaluation, there was actually a surprising amount of agreement when it comes to overarching best ball strategies. In what follows I’ll try to distill the major points of agreement into a coherent set of what you might call “best-ball best practices.” I’ll also point out dissenting opinions where interesting. My hope is this piece will add some value even if you listened to every episode of the series. At the very least, maybe I heard something differently than you did and you can consider it anew from my perspective. Or maybe we’re exactly in sync on all this and you can stop this reading now and spend your time on more productive things. Unfortunately the only way to know whether that’s you is to read this whole thing—sorry.