There are many ways to take advantage of the best ball fantasy football format, where we aren't beholden to sit/start questions throughout the season and tend to lean into upside a little bit more than standard leagues. Stacking teammates — typically a quarterback and a receiving weapon — is one of the most popular methods of going after the highest amount of points possible on any given week, as it offers the chance to accrue double the points every time our quarterback and wide receiver connect.
Of course, the best stacks will always include the best players, like Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce or Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams, but there are opportunities to stack players at much lower draft-day costs. Let's take a look at two realistic stacks to target in the early-, middle- and late-rounds of the draft.
All average draft position (ADP) info is sourced from Underdog Fantasy.
Dallas Cowboys QB5 Dak Prescott (66.3 ADP) and WR13 Amari Cooper (32.5 ADP):
The first early-round stack to target comes from America's Team. Most people would suggest stacking Dak with CeeDee Lamb, and that's perfectly fine, but Cooper is currently a cheaper investment and could still easily be the team’s No. 1 wide receiver.
These two are notably dominant together. Dak secured three top-four finishes and two first-place finishes at the quarterback position in five games last season before an injury sidelined him for the year. He also registered a QB5 ranking with 133.5 total fantasy points by way of a league-leading 1,856 passing yards. He also has a history of success, with QB2, QB10, QB9 and QB6 finishes over the course of his young career.
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In those same weeks with Dak starting, Cooper totaled 87.2 fantasy points and earned a WR10 ranking, one spot ahead of Lamb. Their target shares weren’t as close, with Cooper reeling in a 23.9% target share compared to Lamb's 17.6%. Not to mention, Cooper ended the season as the WR15 compared to Lamb’s WR24 ranking and has multiple seasons of consistent success, including WR10 and WR18 finishes in his most recent seasons.
There is no wrong answer when targeting this passing game, but at a discounted price and a clear history of success, Cooper makes more sense.
Seattle Seahawks QB6 Russell Wilson (75.0 ADP) and WR16 Tyler Lockett (36.8 ADP):
There may not be a more underrated and underappreciated player in fantasy football than Lockett. The best ball format takes the decision to start and sit players out of the equation, so his variance really doesn’t affect the bottom line. This duo has been ridiculously consistent over the last few seasons: