As we get deeper into the doldrums of the NFL offseason, best ball drafting is at a fever pitch. Underdog is my favorite platform for best ball drafts, but you can participate across several platforms, including DraftKings, FanDuel, Yahoo, and Sleeper. Essentially, best-ball leagues allow you to draft a team and never set your lineup – each week during the season, your best score is automatically calculated based on the players on your roster.
On some of those platforms listed above, there are large-field tournaments with significant cash prizes up for grabs. Building stacks into your lineup is critical in those tournaments as it is for DFS lineups during the season. Essentially, you want to draft one or multiple skill players with their quarterback to boost correlation in your lineup. The name of the game in best ball is maximizing upside and securing the highest-upside range of outcomes, and stacks are incredibly valuable to that goal.
This article will identify the five best ball stacks that I believe are being slept on at the moment. All of these stacks can be built in the tenth round or later, so you don’t need to be overly aggressive at the top of your draft in chasing stacks. Still, don’t reach on a player simply due to the prospect of correlation. The ADP market is typically highly efficient, and you’re hurting your expected value in larger tournaments when you ignore ADP in drafting. Let’s take a look at these undervalued stacks.
QB Jameis Winston and WR Chris Olave, New Orleans Saints
Through the first seven games of last season, Jameis Winston had turned a corner with an impressive rate of 14 touchdowns to three interceptions on the back of a career-high 8.7% TD rate and a 7.1% big-time throw rate per PFF that would have ranked second in the league throughout the entire season. Those numbers should scream regression, but that prospect of regression is fully baked into his current ADP as he’s currently being taken as the 19th quarterback off the board. Winston had two top-five QB finishes over the first five weeks last season, and you’re drafting for those high-upside weeks at this ADP.
The Saints are hoping to get Michael Thomas back healthy this season, but his actual status for this season remains a massive question mark as he has caught 40 passes since 2019. Thomas is far from a sure thing to be close to the player he was before the injury. The Saints spent a first-round pick (plus additional capital in two trades) to land Chris Olave, and he has a pro-ready game with his smooth route-running, refined ball skills, and explosive verticality. Olave is barely going inside the top-50 at the WR position right now, and I’m buying that price with his immense weekly upside.
QB Justin Fields and TE Cole Kmet, Chicago Bears
Last season was clunky for Justin Fields as former head coach Matt Nagy rarely put him in positions to succeed. Fields only started ten games in his rookie season, but he still had four top-ten QB finishes in his final five games despite playing behind one of the worst offensive lines in the league and in a detrimental system. The skill-position talent still isn’t great, and the offensive line hasn’t improved much, but Fields’ unique rushing upside and downfield arm talent give him massive fantasy potential. Fields ran for 361 yards over his final seven games, which would be a season-long pace of 875 yards. That would have been the most of any quarterback last season.
Given the lack of skill-position depth, the Bears’ offense figures to be funneled primarily through Darnell Mooney and Cole Kmet. Mooney has intriguing upside at current ADP, but Kmet is my preferred target of the two and one of my favorite late-round tight ends. Kmet is primed for positive touchdown regression after 60 catches for 612 yards and no scores last year. Kmet saw 12 red-zone targets last year, and that was with Jimmy Graham getting eight such targets as well. Even with Graham on the team, Kmet had 93 targets (ninth among tight ends) and has the ability to be used as a dynamic receiver across the formation.
QB Daniel Jones and WR Kadarius Toney, New York Giants
It’s been a troubling start to Daniel Jones’ career as he’s ranked as the 25th fantasy quarterback on average over the past three years, but the arrival of new head coach Brian Daboll could change things for him. Jones had two top-six fantasy finishes over the first four weeks of last season before the Giants’ season derailed, and he could find that top-end on a slightly more consistent basis this year. Jones has averaged about 27 rushing yards per game in his career with some big performances mixed in, which helps boost his fantasy profile. The upside is intriguing for the 21st quarterback off the board to have a career year.
The Giants have a surprisingly solid crew of pass-catchers, and I don’t mind stacking Jones with Kenny Golladay, Wan’Dale Robinson, or even Saquon Barkley. However, I believe Kadarius Toney has the highest upside. Toney’s sample size was limited in his rookie season, but he tied Tyreek Hill at 11th in yards per route run and was a dynamic weapon with his dangerous YAC ability. Toney was only one of two rookie receivers to have over 2 yards per route run, and the other was Ja’Marr Chase. The range of outcomes is wide for Toney after some troubling reports surfaced earlier this offseason, but as the 45th receiver off the board, the risk-reward calculation is superb.
QB Ryan Tannehill and WR Robert Woods, Tennessee Titans
Would you believe me if I told you that you could draft a quarterback who has ranked seventh in average fantasy points over the last two seasons as the 23rd quarterback in best-ball drafts? What if I told you that a receiver who had three straight top-20 fantasy seasons before a season-ending injury in 2021 was currently the 51st receiver off the board? That’s currently the case for Ryan Tannehill and Robert Woods, who both come at a significant discount. Tannehill is being left for dead after losing A.J. Brown. While that might hurt his overall upside, the return of Derrick Henry will help Tannehill regain solid weekly potential in fantasy.
Woods figures to be the WR1 for the Titans in 2021 as Treylon Burks adapts to the NFL. Burks has potential, but he’s raw in route-running and press-release mechanics, so it wouldn’t be shocking to see him take some time to adjust. Woods had ranked as the 10th, 17th, and 13th wide receiver in half-PPR scoring before his season-ending ACL injury last year. He could be funneled targets this year as the Titans lead the NFL in vacated targets and air yards. He should get plenty of opportunities for downfield receptions against loaded boxes in the play-action-heavy Tennessee offense.
QB Mac Jones and TE Hunter Henry, New England Patriots
Looking for a late influx of correlation to your lineup? Need another high-upside tight end option to round out your roster? The pairing of Mac Jones and Hunter Henry might be the best way to kill two birds with one stone. Mac Jones impressed in his rookie season as he finished as the QB17 overall and had five top-ten weeks along the way, all of which came in his final eleven games. Jones doesn’t offer immense rushing upside, as he only ran for 129 yards in 17 games as a rookie, but he has room to improve from his 4.2% touchdown rate, which was around league average. Even if he produces precisely the same as last year, he’ll return value as the QB25 off the board.
Hunter Henry emerged as one of Mac Jones’s preferred targets last season, particularly in the red zone, as he scored nine touchdowns on 17 red-zone targets. He scored on all nine catches in the red zone, so it’s unlikely he replicates his touchdown productivity, but there’s a wide gap between his current TE18 ADP and his TE9 finish from last year. Henry finished as a top-12 tight end in 47.1% of his games last year, the eighth-highest rate of tight ends who played 12 or more games.