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Fantasy Football: Top best ball team stacks to target ahead of the 2021 NFL season

Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) high fives wide receiver Marquise Brown (15) after a touchdown in the second quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

Building NFL team stacks into best ball rosters is critical to maximizing upside because fantasy points are correlated for offensive players on the same team. When a quarterback has a monster fantasy season, he is likely carrying multiple pass-catchers and/or running backs with him.

For example, Aaron Rodgers was the overall QB2 last year and brought Davante Adams (WR1), Aaron Jones (RB5) and Robert Tonyan (TE4) along for the ride. Ryan Tannehill (QB7), Derrick Henry (RB3), A.J. Brown (WR7) and Corey Davis (WR30) formed a fantasy cheat code, too.

Upside is the name of the game in best ball, and stacking is the premier way to capture each player's ceiling in fantasy football. Here are seven NFL team stacks worth targeting in drafts right now.

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Baltimore Ravens

Lamar Jackson is quickly becoming one of the best value picks in the fifth round. He is only one year removed from an overall QB1 fantasy finish. His 27.7 fantasy points per game in 2019 would have also ranked first in 2020.

Talented wide receivers elevate their quarterbacks. It happened last year with Josh Allen and Stefon Diggs. The 2019 MVP will be throwing to the best group of pass-catchers in his career — Marquise BrownMark Andrews, Rashod Bateman, Tylan Wallace and Sammy Watkins.

Recency bias and the absurd “Lamar is a running back” narrative have made it far too easy to stack Jackson with his pass-catchers.

Cincinnati Bengals

The 2021 Cincinnati Bengals will be one of the most fantasy-friendly offenses in the NFL. They possess the dream fantasy combination of an ascending young quarterback, explosive offensive playmakers and a terrible defense. They are a discount version of the Dallas Cowboys.

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