Welcome to this week's 2021 Fantasy Football Best Ball guide where the focus will be on building value stacks.
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2021 Fantasy Football Best Ball: Value Stacks
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A Brief Introduction to Stacking
For those of you who are new to the concept, stacking is a +EV strategy used to hedge your bets on an offense. Typically, it involves drafting a quarterback with one or more of his pass-catchers in Fantasy Football. These pass-catchers can be wide receivers, tight ends, and even running backs.
The idea is, if a quarterback is throwing the ball frequently and successfully, his pass catchers will stand to benefit from this. Think back to last year, when Josh Allen emerged as a top Fantasy Football quarterback. This success was due in part to Buffalo's addition of Stephon Diggs. With this newly added weapon, both Allen and Diggs became huge fantasy successes.
The idea is simple, if a quarterback is having a solid fantasy season, so will (most of) his pass catchers. And this idea extends further into running backs as well. If the offense is playing well, reaching the end zone frequently, and scoring often, its players should stand to benefit in Fantasy Football.
For the sake of this article, I will be focusing on great values in terms of stacking. These will include stacks comprised of a quarterback and two of his pass-catchers (wide receiver or tight end) each with an ADP of round 8 or beyond, according to RTSports.
By focusing on players available after round 8, we can initially load up our rosters with bell-cow running backs, elite wide receivers, and one of the "Big 3" tight ends. At least we can do so without concerning ourselves with stacking at the time. So let's jump right into some of these stacks.
Trevor Lawrence, QB (ADP: 115)
DJ Chark, WR (ADP: 84)
Laviska Shenault, WR (ADP: 120)
This Jaguars stack is an absolutely phenomenal value. Trevor Lawrence was one of the highest-graded prospects over the last decade, and he now enters an offense with some solid weapons. At the moment, all of Lawrence's weapons, besides his running backs, are available beyond round 8. More specifically, his top two pass catchers of Chark and Shenault have some incredible ADPs.
There's no doubt Chark had a rough year last season, but he's just one year removed from a top-18 season. And while Shenault wasn't at full production either last year for his rookie season, he showed plenty of potential. Both players will be the primary threats in what we can expect to be a pass-heavy offense.
This year should be a fairly productive Fantasy Football season for the Jaguars, which is why I'm attacking this discounted stack in Best Ball.
Washington Football Team
Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB (ADP: 163)
Curtis Samuel, WR (ADP: 106)
Logan Thomas, TE (ADP: 85)
I'm a big fan of this stack because I think we can expect some good things for Washington's offense this year. Fitzpatrick brings a lot to the table Fantasy Football wise, especially for his pass catchers. Although the top receiving threat of Terry McLaurin is high up there on the ADP chart, Samuel and Thomas are still in the value territory.
Thomas is coming off of a 100 target season, where he finished as the TE3, and is a solid tight end choice if you couldn't snag one of the Big 3 tight ends.
On the other hand, Samuel shows some promise as well. He had his most successful season last year and is only looking to improve from here, with some help from the manufactured touches department.
Tua Tagovailoa, QB (ADP: 153)
Will Fuller, WR (ADP: 94)
Jaylen Waddle (ADP: 118)
The NFL draft is over, and it's clear the Dolphins believe in Tua. At least for this year that is. Regardless, the team has begun building around Tua, providing him with some new weapons and offensive line pieces. I'm not saying Tua will be leading a top-5 offense this year, but he's got the potential to exceed expectations, and provide some usefulness in Fantasy Football.
The Dolphins initially provided Tua with some help by signing Will Fuller in free agency. Fuller will add some much needed speed to this receiving corp, and can provide some massive boom weeks for Best Ball.
Waddle enters the picture now too, with the Dolphins reuniting Tua with his former college connection. Waddle brings some serious speed himself, and between the two, Tua is set up for success this year. I'm a fan of this offense for Best Ball, especially considering the cheap price tag.
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