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5 Upside Stacks for the FFPC Best Ball Tournament

By Kevin English 9:22am EDT 7/14/22


The 2022 FFPC Best Ball Tournament boasts a $200,000 grand prize on a $125 entry. A max of 9,072 teams will compete for this mega payout.

Here’s the rundown:

Draft 20 rounds in the FFPC’s “Best Ball Slim” format. No kickers or defenses — just the goods.

Start: 1 QB, 2 RBs, 2 WRs, 2 FLEX and 1 TE.

TEs earn 1.5 PPR; RBs and WRs get 1 PPR.

As for the playoff structure, here’s what we’re looking at (per the FFPC’s Rules page):

— After Week 14, two (2) top scoring teams from each regular season league will advance to Week 15, for a total of 1,512 advancing teams. Advancing teams will be randomly placed into new 12 team leagues with scores reverting to zero.

— After Week 15, two (2) top scoring teams from each league will advance to Week 16, for a total of 252 advancing teams. Advancing teams will be randomly placed into new 12 team leagues with scores reverting to zero.

— After Week 16, three (3) top scoring teams from each league will advance to Week 17, for a total of 63 advancing teams. Advancing teams will be placed into a new 63 team Championship League with scores reverting to zero.

— The final 63 team Championship League will compete in Week 17 with scores reverting to zero. The highest scoring team will be named Champion.

For more info on all aspects of the competition, visit the FFPC Best Ball Tournament overview page.

Now, for the guys to help you earn a chunk of the $1,094,000 prize pool…

Note: For FFPC ADP, visit our ADP page.


Cardinals QB Kyler Murray + WR Marquise Brown

Murray’s ADP: 5.09

Brown’s ADP: 4.08

Murray finished as a top-12 QB in 77% of his 2021 starts — the highest rate league-wide.

Of course, there was upside beyond that. He ranked as the overall QB1 twice; the QB2 once. And that was in only 14 games.

Yes, it’s paramount that Murray — who missed 3 games with an ankle sprain — stays healthy. 20% of his fantasy production came as a runner last year — a top-5 mark league-wide.

When healthy, he simply gives you a fantasy ceiling that few others can access. In league history, only 3 QBs have gained more rushing yards than Kyler Murray over their first 3 seasons.

When Murray goes to the air, Brown — a former college teammate at Oklahoma — can certainly help.

While his efficiency declined last year (11.1 yards per catch; 1.61 yards per route run), Brown still earned a career-high 139 targets. In fact, only 8 WRs beat that target count.

With DeAndre Hopkins slated to miss the first 6 games, Brown will have a chance to establish himself as the #1 or co-#1 option all season. Hopkins, now 30, is also coming off end-of-season MCL surgery.


Chargers QB Justin Herbert + WR Mike Williams + TE Gerald Everett

Herbert’s ADP: 4.10

Williams’ ADP: 4.01

Everett’s ADP: 11.07

Herbert’s week-winning upside doesn’t need much of an explanation. In 2021, he finished as the QB3 (both overall and PPG) in just his 2nd NFL season.

Historically, Herbert’s 9,350 yards and 69 TDs marks the most among all QBs over their first 2 seasons. He’s special — period.

Williams was along for the ride last year, ranking as the #1 fantasy WR over the first 5 weeks. While he does have some injury concerns, Williams is in the thick of his prime years. And any decline risk from 30-year-old Keenan Allen — or further durability issues from Austin Ekeler — would likely push more work Williams’ way.

Everett's stock seemed to be rising after leaving the Rams last offseason. Yet he remained a part-timer in Seattle, playing 65% of the snaps vs. 52% for TE Will Dissly. Everett also saw a target on a lackluster 16.5% of his 356 routes. While he missed 2 games, the 28-year-old's route count ranked just 21st at the position.

He simply wasn't a good fit with where Russell Wilson likes to attack, either. Per ESPN Stats & Information, 25% of Wilson's career pass attempts have been thrown zero to 10 yards beyond the line of scrimmage and between the numbers. That ranked 4th-lowest among 55 QBs with 1,000+ attempts since 2012.

Now away from Seattle’s low-volume passing game (and slower-paced offense), Everett has a real chance to see at least Jared Cook’s 83 vacated targets. And that's enough to supply a high TD ceiling alongside Herbert.


Eagles QB Jalen Hurts + TE Dallas Goedert

Hurts’ ADP: 6.05

Goedert’s ADP: 6.02

I know — this one could be tough based on ADP. Holding a late draft position — say, 10th-12th — allows you the best chance to get both guys, as you’ll be picking late in the 5th and early in the 6th.

Besides, with variations from draft to draft, a Hurts-Goedert stack isn’t impossible to assemble. For example, in this recent tournament draft, Hurts went at 6.06; Goedert at 7.11.

As for Hurts: I think there’s untapped upside as a passer. And year 2 in the same Nick Sirianni system figures to bode well for the young QB’s development.

Goedert is in his prime at 27 and now gets his first full season as the undisputed top TE. Last year, he played 68% of the team’s snaps in 5 healthy games with Zach Ertz. In 10 healthy games without Ertz, Goedert played between 89-96% of the snaps 9 times. (The only reason he fell short in one game was because of a massive blowout at Detroit.)

Goedert’s target share also spiked to 24.6% after the Ertz trade. He was at ~11% pre-trade.

Sure, A.J. Brown’s arrival takes away some target upside. But our current projections still have Goedert for 106 targets, a mark that would have ranked 6th last season.


Jaguars QB Trevor Lawrence + WR Christian Kirk + TE Evan Engram

Lawrence’s ADP: 10.11

Kirk’s ADP: 9.11

Engram’s ADP: 12.9

A large part of this equation is a belief in Lawrence’s natural ability. After an ugly rookie year, it’s easy to forget that he exited college as one of the most accomplished 3-year starters. To post 3,280-30-4 as a freshman at Clemson — and win a national championship — is beyond impressive.

As for the 2021 struggles — recall that Lawrence's offseason was altered by February (left) shoulder surgery. He also had to deal with the disaster that was Urban Meyer at HC. Remember how Lawrence had to split first-team reps with Gardner Minshew until shortly before the Jags’ 3rd preseason game?

Yeah, that’s not happening this year. (Jacksonville’s current backup is C.J. Beathard, by the way.)

Healthy, and now led by former Super Bowl champ HC Doug Pederson, Lawrence’s chances of breaking out got a boost following 2 key arrivals. Owner Shad Khan broke the bank for Kirk, only 25. He’s coming off his highest PFF grade (72.7), catch rate (74.1%) and yards per route run (1.80) of his career.

He'll help fill a downfield role left by DJ Chark, who missed most of 2021 with an ankle injury.

Engram arrives after a hot-and-cold 5-year stint with the Giants. But the 28-year-old has missed just 2 games over the past 2 seasons and should get a major upgrade going from Daniel Jones/Jason Garrett to Lawrence and Pederson.

Pederson praised Engram’s athleticism and route running over the spring and pointed to the TE position remaining a critical one in his offense.

"If you look at any successful quarterback in the league right now, tight end is probably at the top of the list for a quarterback," Pederson said. "You also have to have a dynamic receiver as well, but that tight end position becomes the quarterback's best friend."

The value on all 3 guys gives this stack an extra bit of appeal. Each member of the trio goes close to or beyond Round 10, making this one of the most attainable stacks with legit upside.


Ravens QB Lamar Jackson + WR Rashod Bateman

Jackson’s ADP: 5.08

Bateman’s ADP: 6.06

Jackson’s fantasy upside is no secret. Just look back to 2019 to see his overall QB1 finish. That year, his absurd 30.9 fantasy points per game ranked 4.7 ahead of #2 Jameis Winston.

If more recent history is your thing, Jackson finished as the QB3 in points per game during an injury-shortened 2021.

Bateman isn’t a veteran with years of productivity, but he holds the ultimate trifecta of talent, opportunity and supporting cast.

At Minnesota, he checked the production box, breaking out with 51-704-6 as a true freshman. His tape showed a polished player with pro-ready route running.

While he didn’t test at the Combine, Bateman measured in at nearly 6’1, 190 pounds with 4.43 speed. Baltimore saw enough to make him the 27th overall pick of last year's draft.

Bateman missed part of training camp and the first 5 games of last season following August groin surgery. Upon returning, he hit 80+ yards 3 times in 12 appearances.

Of course, the real draw here is the trade of Marquise Brown. His departure leaves behind 146 targets — a 24.7% share from 2021. While still possible, Baltimore’s yet to invest in a veteran complement to Bateman and Mark Andrews, making this WR corps perhaps the thinnest league-wide.

It all adds up to league-winning potential for fantasy managers.


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