The Re-Draft Roundtables Series
The Footballguys staff looks at various strategies to help you in redraft leagues.
Participating in a redraft league is a process that starts with the draft and hopefully ends with a championship. The Footballguys staff has answered several questions about various strategies to help you achieve your championship dreams. From the beginning to the end and everything in between, we've got you covered to give you the tools and knowledge needed to dominate your redraft league.
Do you often stack players (draft multiple players from the same team) in redraft leagues? Explain why this strategy can give you an edge. Are there certain stacks that you often find yourself targeting?
Stacking can be a feast or famine, but I jump on it whenever I get the chance. When it hits, your odds of winning increase dramatically. In fantasy football, you need x-number of plays to go in your favor to put points up. If your starting quarterback and wide receiver are tied together and connect for a big play, you need fewer plays to go in your favor for a winning outcome. The risk is that your fantasy team could be in rough shape when your stack has a bad game. But if chosen wisely, they can carry you beyond what your team might have been capable of. In 2020, Josh Allen and Stefon Diggs won me a championship by getting hot at the right time while my team was no better than the middle of the pack.
I am open to stacking players from the same offense. However, I am typically a late-quarterback proponent (in 1QB formats), so I have plenty of pass-catchers before knowing my quarterback. In general, my formula would be a dominant leading receiver for a good-enough quarterback, or the clear WR1 or tight end paired with one of the best quarterbacks in the league. For 2022, Tom Brady and Mike Evans, Deshaun Watson and Amari Cooper, and Matthew Stafford and Allen Robinson are three of my favorites.
I do when it makes sense, but I don’t force it. A quarterback connecting with his pass-catcher for a touchdown provides your lineup with essentially double the points if both players are stacked in your lineup. Football is tough to predict every week, so stacking also provides a major edge because it reduces the number of things we have to get right in our lineups.
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