Three MFL10 stacks that could turn a profit in 2016

The stack is common in DFS, but less so in season-long formats. Pat Thorman has a few ideas for stacks in this year's MFL10 games.

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(AP Photo/Steven Senne)

(AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Three MFL10 stacks that could turn a profit in 2016

Stacking players — using two or more teammates in the same lineup — has become common practice in daily fantasy roster construction. It is an effective way to inject statistical upside, as well as variance, into tournament lineups. But the practice has other applications.

When building rosters in MFL10 formats, which are increasingly popular draft-only PPR best-ball leagues offered during the offseason by, we seek the same level of upside as in DFS tournaments. (“Best-ball” means you have a full roster of 20 players, and each week your starting lineup is automatically filled by the highest-scoring player at each slot. In other words, you don’t have to agonize as much over boom-or-bust types.) Whether we are a high-volume MFL10 players or simply using them to keep abreast of current ADP trends, the fact that only one out of 12 teams win in this format requires us to hunt for ceiling. The typically accompanying variance, however, is a tougher pill to swallow.

Striking a balance between high-ceiling/low-floor players and low-variance production is a tricky egg to crack — especially with such low starting odds of seeing a return on investment. Making sure that the valleys are smoothed over well enough to make hay when our roster peaks is valuable, but paying too much just to hold serve can rob us of league-winning firepower.

Let’s look at some affordable MFL10 “stacks” which not only possess enough upside to push us up the standings, but uniquely complement each other in a way that offers consistent point output.

Tom Brady and LeGarrette Blount, New England Patriots

Not having to call a “Blount Game” in best-ball leagues is nice, although he usually excels when the Patriots are large favorites and can pound away a late lead. Often he is tacking on touchdowns after Brady has thrown his share. Against Jacksonville in Week 3, Blount had three touchdowns, two coming in the fourth quarter with Brady already having posted 316 yards and two scores. Blount was the fantasy RB4 in PPR leagues that week, and Brady was the QB5.

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Pat Thorman is a lead writer for PFF Fantasy and a Fantasy Sports Writers Association award winner.

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