8 Values in Early Underdog Best Ball Mania III Drafts

Underdog’s big, $2 million-grand-prize Best Ball Mania III tournament is off and running. It’s a 451,200-team contest, so drafts figure to be firing off all through August and maybe into September.

There are pros and cons to drafting this early; pros and cons to drafting later. (If you’re entering a bunch of teams, I’d recommend spacing out your drafts.)

One advantage of drafting now: The Draft Sharks projections. We’ve already spent 100+ hours digging into all 32 teams. That work has unearthed quite a few players that the masses are overlooking.

They might not be values by the time we get to August, but here are 8 players going too late in current Underdog drafts.

Brandin Cooks, WR, Texans

Draft Sharks Rank: WR14

Underdog ADP: WR30, 6.04

Cooks is the single biggest value in Underdog drafts right now.

We could really just leave it at this: He finished 21st among WRs in half-PPR points last year and is currently WR30 in ADP.

We don’t see much changing for him in 2022.

Cooks benefitted from big volume last year, finishing 12th at his position with 133 targets. Expect more of the same this year. The only notable addition Houston made to the WR corps this offseason was 2nd-round rookie John Metchie, who might not even be ready for the start of the season after tearing his ACL last December.

Cooks deserves the targets anyways. The 28-year-old remained super effective last season, ranking 27th in Pro Football Focus receiving grade and 17th in yards per route run among 90 qualifying WRs.

He ranked 19th in PFF grade and 15th in yards per route in his 1st season with the Texans in 2020, when he finished 15th among WRs in half-PPR points.

Cooks might even get better QB play this season from Davis Mills, who’s coming off a promising rookie campaign. Cooks averaged more targets, catches, yards and TDs in 10 full games with Mills last year than he did in his other 6 outings.