Fantasy Football 2018 Stacking Options

16 Aug 2018 - 12:54am | DFS_Tom | Updated: 16 Aug 2018 - 12:54am | Likes: 15 Like 

Fantasy Football Stacking Options

We are yet another week closer to the start of fantasy football season, so we are going to take a look at another aspect of drafting and building your rosters. That aspect is stacking. What is stacking? Should you stack, should you not? I have an inherent bias towards stacking due to my exposure in DFS, but I remember stacking in season-long fantasy football all the way back with Peyton Manning and Marvin Harrison. It’s a viable option in season long, which can really help you rack up points in a hurry, especially once the touchdowns start rolling in. Let’s take a look at a few options who are outside of the obvious, i.e. no need to talk about a Brady and Gronk stack.

-          Jimmy Garoppolo and Marquise Goodwin

Both of these players are relatively popular for this upcoming fantasy football season, especially Jimmy Garoppolo, who is the 11th quarterback off the board in terms of ADP. Jimmy G only started five games last season, but still ended the year with 1,560 yards, along with seven touchdowns and five interceptions. Very encouraging numbers, which are a nice spot to buy in on now, if you are expecting the same level of production for an entire season. Goodwin, on the other hand, is the 34th wide receiver being taken in drafts for an overall ADP of 82, which is about right considering he only had two touchdowns the entire season. But, if you look at the game logs when Garoppolo was starting, Goodwin put up 99 yards or more in three of those five games, with eight or more targets in those same three games. Great stack to try and grab in your season long leagues as they are an offense who is being highly projected this season.

-          Eli Manning and Odell Beckham Jr.

Right now, Manning has an ADP of 170, making him the 27th quarterback being taken in drafts, so he’s basically free or going undrafted at some points. Yet, OBJ is the third receiver being taken off the board and many analysts are projecting him to return from his injury and put up another 1,000+ yard season, as he had done in his first three years in the NFL. So if the receiver is being so highly projected and is apparently going to have all this production, all the yards, and all the targets, why are we not talking about Manning as being a top fantasy option? Ok, well maybe not a top option, but he is vastly underrated and under drafted right now. Currently, Baker Mayfield, Tyrod Taylor, Lamar Jackson and Jameis Winston all have an ADP higher than Manning. Two of those quarterbacks are competing for the same job, one is a confirmed back up and the other is suspended for the first four games of the season. It makes no sense.

-          Case Keenum and Demaryius Thomas

Last season, Keenum had over 3,500 yards while posting a 22:7 touchdown to interception ratio, which are very strong numbers in real life or fantasy. He had the 12th most yards and the 12th most touchdowns for a quarterback last season and is now the 28th quarterback being taken in drafts, an ADP of 173. I’m all for factoring regression from season to season, but dropping from a borderline top-10 QB to one who is essentially on the outside looking in, is a bit crazy. Thomas on the other hand is coming off his “worst” year as a pro, posting under 1,000 yards for the first time, but had to deal with three different starting quarterbacks and having one of the worst offenses in the league. Keenum is also basically free in drafts, while DT is sought-after, so find the middle ground and draft them in a stack.

-          Dak Prescott and Allen Hurns

This is clearly one of the riskier options on this list, but a little risk can pay off sometimes. Simply put, the Cowboys passing attack is looking bad. They lost Dez Bryant and Jason Whitten in the offseason and really only added Allen Hurns. We know they are a run-first offense with Zeke, but when it comes to passing, they really don’t have anyone else other than Hurns. Terrance Williams, Cole Beasley, Michael Gallup and Deonte Thompson round out the Cowboys options at wide receiver. What it really comes down to, is that there is no one they can really throw the ball to, since Hurns is just their best receiver and I use the term “best” very loosely. Hurns has dealt with a few injuries over the past two season, but he put up over 1,000 yards along with 10 touchdowns in 2015, so he does have a very solid ceiling. Hurns is very available in drafts with his ADP of 118, while Dak is at 129. This stack could go a long way in PPR if Dak feeds him targets all season, or it could bust if the opposing defense double team Hurns the whole time since there is really no one else for Dallas to throw to. 

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