Adding a RB to your stack isn't always
the best strategy but there are always exceptions to the rule.
With Week 1 in the books and the advantage of using early
season player valuations no longer in play, fantasy owners in
large GPP tournaments will need to incorporate other strategies
to build a winning roster.
One strategy to consider is the concept of stacking, which simply
put means using multiple players on solid offenses that have advantageous
match ups against poor or underperforming teams.
This concept tends to work well in large tournaments where owners
are looking for home run shots who can deliver breakout performances
instead of consistent, non-volatile players that owners in head-to-head
contests are more likely to target. After all, when you are facing
off against tens of thousands of other entries, you need to aim
for the stars and not worry about beating just one opponent.
Pairing a quarterback and wide receiver is the most common and
widely used method of stacking, as logic would tell you that if
the wide receiver scores a passing touchdown the quarterback will
also receive points.
Choosing the running back and quarterback on the same team has
more risk in the fact that a rushing touchdown does not provide
the double-dip effect like a passing TD, and a rushing TD means
a missed opportunity for the quarterback.
But in certain circumstances, having the quarterback, running
back, and top wide receiver on one team can pay huge dividends
if the situation and the salary of each player is just right.
One such circumstance exists for fantasy owners this week as the
Saints host the lowly Tampa Bay Bucs at the Superdome on Sunday.
The Saints offense clearly missed Jimmy Graham in the red zone
in their week one loss against the Cardinals, as Drew Brees managed
only one passing touchdown despite throwing for 355 yards. Although
he threw for only one passing touchdown, he was able to deliver
a decent fantasy performance on the road against one of the best
defenses in the league. Now he returns home to play against a
distraught Buccaneers defense that allowed four passing touchdowns
to rookie Marcus Mariota.
Brees is a decent value at his current salary of $8,900 considering
Rodgers at home against Seattle and Andrew
Luck at home against a tough Jets defense are each going for
a higher cost.
As expected, the Saints struggled to move the ball on the ground
against the Cardinals in Week 1, as Ingram managed only 24 yards
on 9 carries. But the former Alabama star came through for fantasy
owners with 98 yards on 8 receptions, as C.J. Spiller missed the
game with a knee injury. Ingramís emergence in the passing
game is one of the keys that makes playing all three Saints against
the Bucs a viable stacking option, as he proved his value on screens
and the Bucs will need to bring pressure to stop Brees and the
If Ingram hits pay dirt with a rushing touchdown and continues
to be active in the passing game and Spiller misses the contest
due to injury, he is a nice play this week even at his current
$8,000 salary on Fanduel.
Peterson shut down Cooks in their Week 1 contest to the tune
of only 49 yards on 4 receptions. It was a tough outing for the
second year speedster and a rough way to start the year for his
fantasy owners.The bright side for both Cooks and his fantasy
owners is that the Bucs secondary was shredded by the Titans for
42 points at home, providing a nice Week 2 matchup for a bounce
back performance. Stacking home run hitting wide receivers and
their quarterback is a strong strategy in large DFS tournaments,
and the Brees to Cooks connection is one of the best values and
upside plays of the week.
The perfect storm for three-player fantasy stacking appears to
be developing in the Gulf of Mexico and will hit New Orleans this
weekend. An elite quarterback playing at home against a poor defense,
a running back who has value in the passing game for double dipping
and upside of rushing TDs, and a home run hitting wide receiver
facing a defense that gives up big plays. For owners looking for
an edge this week in large DFS tournaments, going heavy on the
Saints may be an excellent option.