Ideal fantasy stack options for best-ball players

Pairing teammates is a popular strategy in best-ball games. Brandon Marianne Lee highlights some of the top stacks for 2017.

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Ideal fantasy stack options for best-ball players


Stacking two or more players from one team is a mainstay in DFS strategy. When you’re entering a tournament lineup, often the variance provided by a stack is exactly how you differentiate yourself from your competitors.

Treat MFL10s like a season-long tournament. Because it is.

Only the first-place finisher will get $100. Second place gets an entry for next season. Third place through 12th gets nada. It’s best-ball instead of DFS, but the winnings are allocated in the same manner and higher variance strategies give distributions with fatter tails.

Although drafting the fantasy player with the most projected points at the appropriate draft position is always the goal, the ability to pair a quarterback and a wide receiver from the same team should be a tie breaker when you’re drafting an MFL10.

Here are some great stacking options to consider when you’re drafting your optimal best-ball lineup. Below are some of the obvious position pairings; I’ll check back in later this week with some less-obvious groupings.

All ADP data comes directly from MyFantasyLeague.com

Elite QB/WR combinations

Matt Ryan and Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons

Recency bias can be a bizarre thing. On one hand, the Falcons went to the Super Bowl and almost beat the Patriots with an offense that scored a league-high 33.8 points per game. On the other hand, they blew a 28-3 lead, experienced a crazy amount of turnover with their coaching staff, and most notably lost their offensive coordinator, Kyle Shanahan, to the San Francisco 49ers. With or without Shanahan, Jones averaged over 100 yards per game in each of his last four seasons. Ryan has thrown for at least 4,500 yards in each of the last five seasons. Not surprisingly, Jones’ ADP is in the middle of the first round, but you can wait and take Ryan in the seventh of eighth round since his current overall ADP sits at 86.

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Brandon Marianne Lee is a PFF Fantasy contributor, a SiriusXM host, co-founder of Her Fantasy Football and was a finalist for FSWA's Newcomer of the Year in 2014.

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