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Best-Ball Strategy: Underrated Stacks

by NBC Sports EDGE Staff
Updated On: August 4, 2021, 12:18 pm ET

At NBC Sports EDGE, our goal is to give you the tools to guide you towards winning a fantasy football championship. As such, we'll be providing you with a few looks into a variety of the tools available in our 2021 NFL Draft Guide from the NBC Sports EDGE+ Premium package as we march closer and closer to the start of the regular season.

Complete with content aimed at providing the knowledge you need to make the perfect draft decisions in a variety of league formats — from projections, tiers, rankings, league sync, sleepers and busts to exclusive expert columns — this year's edition is the finest we've ever produced.

We showed off our first expert mock draftsleepersoverall half-PPR rankings and some overvalued players. Today we're looking at an excerpt from our in-depth Best-Ball strategy, along with some of C.D. Carter's underrated Best-Ball stacks.

Check it out:


Best-Ball Draft Strategy

Best ball fantasy football leagues – for those who haven’t been frantically drafting teams since the day after the Bucs took home the Lombardi trophy – remove the most excruciating part of our little game: start-sit decisions. 

Best ball formats giveth and, naturally, taketh away. We’re working without a waiver wire in best ball leagues, meaning we can’t toss aside the late-round running back or wideout who proves useless for our fantasy squad. The waiver wire is, in many ways, an extension of your bench in redraft leagues; you can dump players left and right, hoping to pick up an every-week starter from the trash heap. Not so in best ball, where we’re stuck with fantasy-irrelevant players for the long haul. These players become a blight on our bench


The path to upside in any fantasy format runs through stacking quarterbacks with their pass catchers. Best-ball drafters can take a cue from daily fantasy winners who emerge from the field – large or small – thanks to pairing receivers, tight ends and even running backs with their quarterbacks. This maneuvering gives us access not just to the fantasy points produced by a QB who goes wild, but the players benefiting from the signal caller’s truckloads of yardage and touchdowns. If you’re confident a QB is going to have a good day – or in best ball, a good season – then someone catching his passes is also going to pile on the stats. I can confirm this is not rocket science. 

Underrated Best-Ball Stacks:

QuarterbackSecondary pass-catcherTertiary pass catcher
Ryan TannehillWR Josh ReynoldsTE Anthony Firkser
Matthew StaffordWR Cooper KuppTE Tyler Higbee
Trevor LawrenceRB Travis EtienneWR Marvin Jones
Justin HerbertWR Mike WilliamsTE Jared Cook



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