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The best and worst fantasy receivers for best-ball formats

ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS, NOV. 1-2 - FILE - In this Oct. 26, 2014, file photo, New Orleans Saints rookie wide receiver Brandin Cooks (10) pulls in a touchdown reception in front of Green Bay Packers cornerback Tramon Williams (38) in the second half of an NFL football game in New Orleans. Rookies, especially those selected high in the draft, not only are given a chance to prove themselves but are expected to contribute immediately. (AP Photo/Bill Haber, File)

There are, in one way of looking at things, two kinds of football players for fantasy. The first is the consistent player who chugs along, giving you a decent performance every week. Maybe they have a few big weeks, but their real benefit is in never disappearing from the stat page.

The second, though, is the boom-or-bust type. They might give you a huge game one week and one fantasy point the next. The highs are great, but these players can get frustrating in regular, season-long leagues, because they are tough to trust, and tough to plan around.

But there is absolutely a place for these players, and that place is in best-ball formats, like the MFL10s offered by MyFantasyLeague. For those who are unfamiliar, this format involves you selecting a full roster, and then the starters in a given week are chosen automatically after the fact based on which players perform the best.

Today, we’ll look at wide receivers in best-ball formats.

The studs

Brandin Cooks, Saints: What Cooks did in his sophomore campaign was impressive, finishing as the No. 12 fantasy wide receiver. What that finishing number doesn’t show is the five times where he scored fewer than five fantasy points, or the six times he was held to fewer than 50 yards receiving.

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