This article is part of our Best Ball Journal series.
Large tournaments have been part of the fantasy football scene for at least 15 years, starting with the NFFC's season-long contests and later gaining mainstream popularity in a very different format — DFS. Last year we saw something new when DRAFT came out with a $3.5M Best Ball Championship, awarding $1 million to the overall winner from a huge collection of best-ball leagues.
Reaching the final required a first-place finish over 12 weeks in a 12-team league, followed by top-three finishes in 24-team matchups the next three weeks... all of which led to a 27-team showdown Week 16. Winning the whole thing required a team that was consistently excellent throughout the year, putting up big individual performances while also avoiding those dreaded goose eggs that can ruin even the most star-laden of best ball squads.
I'm not sure who ended up winning the $1 million, but I am sure that their team was ridiculous, likely featuring some combination of Christian McCaffrey, Lamar Jackson, Derrick Henry and Michael Thomas.
It isn't clear if the same contest will be back now that FanDuel has acquired DRAFT, but we're already seeing a similar concept on other sites, including NFFC affiliate BB10s: