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    Featured Article: Winning Combination

    By Jeff Paur
    RealTime Fantasy Sports

    Many fantasy owners wonder the combination that works best when stacking a team for the coming season. The question gets asked all the time. How should I stack my team in the early rounds? There are all sorts of way to go about this. Should you go with the old school line of thinking and take running backs with your first three picks? Or should you grab a quarterback early in one of the first three rounds? Or better yet, should you load up on receivers with so many leagues using a PPR format?

    To give you a better idea of how to approach the early rounds, we are here to tell you what worked best last season, pulling the data from all the championship teams in our money league games. So without further ado, the top combination used for the first three picks last season was running back, receiver, running back. This combo was used by 11.65 percent of teams that won last season. There were 46 different combinations used by winning teams last season. Here are the top 10:

    First 3 picks		% picked by champions
    1. RB, WR, RB			11.65%
    2. RB, RB, WR			9.54%
    3. RB, WR, WR			9.47%
    4. WR, WR, RB			7.83%
    5. WR, RB, RB			6.34%
    6. RB, WR, TE			5.38%
    7. RB, RB, RB			5.25%
    8. RB, WR, QB			4.29%
    9. WR, WR, TE			3.95%
    10. WR, RB, WR			3.88%

    If you look at the data, the big thing to take away from this is the top five most popular combinations all contained running backs and receivers. There was not a tight end or quarterback in the top five most successful combinations, accounting for nearly half of all the teams that won (44.83 percent). There was just one combination that cracked the top ten that had a quarterback (running back, receiver, quarterback). The strategy of loading up on running backs and receivers was a big hit last season.

    Featured Team: New York Giants

    Running Backs
    Wide Receivers
    Tight Ends
    Key Additions Kenrick Ellis, DE; Dwayne Harris, WR; George Selvie, DE; Shane Vereen, RB.
    Key Losses Zack Bowman, CB; Antrel Rolle, SS; Walter Thurmond, CB; J.D. Walton, C.
    The Giants have some potential for the coming year, especially if you consider the division to be a little unsettled for the coming year. New York still lacks a little defensively but should have a great offense this season. The Giants are going to score some points, which will keep them in most games. If the defense can make some strides, this team can make the playoffs and win double-digit games.

    2015 Average Draft Pos

    Last Update: 06/29/15

    2.76 Antonio Brown, WR, PIT
    3.57 Le'Veon Bell, RB, PIT
    3.98 Adrian Peterson, RB, MIN
    4.07 Jamaal Charles, RB, KAN
    4.84 Eddie Lacy, RB, GNB
    6.93 Odell Beckham Jr., WR, NYG
    8.38 Julio Jones, WR, ATL
    8.80 Matt Forte, RB, CHI
    9.20 Marshawn Lynch, RB, SEA
    10.84 Dez Bryant, WR, DAL
    Complete ADP Listing

    2015 PPR Average Draft Pos

    Last Update: 06/29/15

    2.66 Antonio Brown, WR, PIT
    3.53 Le'Veon Bell, RB, PIT
    3.99 Adrian Peterson, RB, MIN
    4.13 Jamaal Charles, RB, KAN
    4.92 Eddie Lacy, RB, GNB
    6.95 Odell Beckham Jr., WR, NYG
    8.31 Julio Jones, WR, ATL
    8.67 Matt Forte, RB, CHI
    9.06 Marshawn Lynch, RB, SEA
    10.85 Dez Bryant, WR, DAL
    Complete PPR ADP Listing

    Top Sleepers

    1. Teddy Bridgewater, QB, MIN
    2. Allen Robinson, WR, JAC
    3. James White, RB, NWE
    4. Josh Hill, TE, NOR
    5. Breshad Perriman, WR, BAL
    6. Davante Adams, WR, GNB
    7. Ameer Abdullah, RB, DET
    8. Charles Johnson, WR, MIN
    9. David Carr, QB, OAK
    10. Kendall Wright, WR, TEN

    Top Busts

    1. Darren McFadden, RB, DAL
    2. Emmanuel Sanders, WR, DEN
    3. Marques Colston, WR, NOR
    4. Antonio Gates, TE, SDG
    5. Joique Bell, RB, DET
    6. Michael Crabtree, WR, OAK
    7. Colin Kaepernick, QB, SFO
    8. Kyle Rudolph, TE, MIN
    9. Jeremy Maclin, WR, KAN
    10. Doug Martin, RB, TAM

    Top IDPs

    1. J.J. Watt, DE, HOU
    2. Lavonte David LB, TAM
    3. Luke Kuechly, LB, CAR
    4. DeAndre Levy, LB, DET
    5. Robert Quinn, DE, STL
    6. Bobby Wagner, LB, SEA
    7. C.J. Mosley, LB, BAL
    8. Chandler Jones, DE, NWE
    9. Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, NYG
    10. Navorro Bowman, LB, SFO
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