The concept of “stacking players” in fantasy football is aimed at getting the “double-dip” in points. Basically, any two players that are correlated can be “stacked” for fantasy purposes. In this article, I’m going to be looking at five cheap fantasy football stacks you can look to nail down later in your drafts. I’ll be targeting quarterbacks currently being drafted after round 10 while pairing them with skill positions being drafted after round 4.
*All average draft position data referenced will be using Fantasy Football Calculator’s half-PPR ADP.
Lamar Jackson (11.04) and Mark Andrews (13.08)
This stack is going to be the highest variance pairing of the five but I love it. Maybe I’m buying too much into the current Lamar Jackson training camp hype, but I’m a believer. Was it ever really pretty with Jackson as a passer last year? Not at all. Jackson did, however, improve every year while he was at Louisville. We also have to remember the Ravens tried to transition from Joe-friggin-Flacco to Jackson midseason. With a change at offensive coordinator and an entire offseason to prepare as the guy, I’m all aboard the hype train. As for Andrews, he’s the best tight end on their roster. Yes, Hayden Hurst was drafted in the first round in 2018 and Andrews two rounds later, but everyone makes mistakes. Andrews will be one of just a handful of returning receivers that have actual game time with Jackson (Hurst, Willie Snead, Chris Moore). In the seven games that Jackson started, Andrews led the team in receiving yards in four of those. Andrews also had a quietly-historic rookie season for tight ends. His receiving yards rank sixth, yards per reception rank fifth, and yards per target rank sixth. The Ravens will still be a run-first team, but their passing attempts are going to increase and Andrews stands to take advantage.
Ben Roethlisberger (11.07) and Donte Moncrief (10.09)
Fantasy analysts everywhere have been debating the Steelers’ WR2 since May. The guy who has gotten the most consistent drumbeat throughout offseason activities has been Donte Moncrief (speaking of training camp hype). For those that need a reminder, Moncrief ran a 4.4 40-yard dash at 6’2″ 221 pounds. In his last healthy season with Andrew Luck, Moncrief posted a 64/733/6 line. That was while fighting for targets with T.Y. Hilton, Andre Johnson, Coby Fleener, and Frank Gore (yes, the same Pappy Gore you’re thinking about had 58 targets that year). Outside of JuJu Smith-Schuster and James Conner/Jaylen Samuels, the picture for Moncrief is much clearer. With the 168 targets vacated by Antonio Brown, if Moncrief gets 100 of those, he can easily pay off his tenth-round draft price. As far as Roethlisberger goes, he showed last year he still has some gas left in the tank. Big Ben led the NFL in completions, attempts, and yards in 2018. His attempts are sure to regress, but there’s no concern for a drop-off in play.
Dak Prescott (11.10) and Michael Gallup (14.03)
I talked about Prescott going too low during this podcast episode. Long story short, he’s been a fantasy QB1 since his rookie season. New offensive coordinator Kellen Moore should open up their passing game more, giving Dak an even higher ceiling. One of the recipients of a more aggressive passing offense? Second-year receiver Michael Gallup. Due to a questionable-at-best depth chart, Gallup was forced into a WR1 role that he frankly wasn’t ready for. Then Amari Cooper happened. After Cooper arrived in Dallas, Gallup saw at least five targets in five of eight games. That trend should continue along with Gallup seeing an increased average depth of target.
Jimmy Garoppolo (12.10) and Dante Pettis (6.09)
There is unknown with this stack in that we don’t have a large sample size of the quarterback-to-receiver connection. Last year, Garoppolo only started three games before tearing his ACL. In those games, Pettis was targeted by Garoppolo just seven times. Where my excitement comes in is how Pettis finished the year with Nick Mullens:
Pettis should now be taking over the number one receiver role in a Kyle Shanahan offense and that should be enough to get anyone excited. Oh, and did I mention Shanahan’s offense was productive with C.J. Beathard and Nick Mullens last year? Garoppolo is a clear upgrade from those two, even if we aren’t sure how good he actually is.
Mitchell Trubisky (13.07) and Allen Robinson (6.12)
I first want to talk about Allen Robinson here. The fact you can get a bonafide number one receiver, on a good offense, at the end of the sixth is bonkers. Is he likely to repeat his 2015 season with Jacksonville (80/1400/14)? Probably not. Being drafted as WR31, though, he doesn’t need to in order to give you a strong return on your investment. Another year removed from his ACL tear and another year in Matt Nagy’s offense, and I’m ready for the bounceback season. For Mr. Trubisky (sounds like an awesome biology teacher, but I digress), he’s also being undervalued at QB20. Like Robinson, he’ll have another year with Nagy under his belt as well as the new weapons Chicago acquired last year – Robinson, Trey Burton, Taylor Gabriel, and Anthony Miller. I think we see the Bears defense regress a tad, which will lead to more pass attempts, furthering the duo’s chances at filling up our fantasy stat sheets.
There you have it; the five cheap fantasy football stacks I’m targeting for 2019 fantasy drafts. Who are you all targeting? Did I completely overlook a stack? Let me know!