2018 Fantasy Football Draft Kit

2018 Fantasy Football Quarterback Stacks


When you look at almost everything you buy these days, around the corner there is an accessory to go with it. Many successful business models thrive on nothing but accessories for a main product.

If you look around your home, you’ll see tons of stuff that augments something else. Even in your pocket. For example, a smartphone. It fuels accessories of all kinds. I’m not just talking about the apps, but also the charger, a fancy case, expansion chips, etc.

In Fantasy Football, we can accessorize too. One of these accessories, commonly known as a ‘stack’, is a powerful extension for your fantasy team. The stack is a quarterback pairing with another pass catcher on the same team. In most cases, we define it as a quarterback combined with a wide receiver or tight end, but we can broaden it somewhat to include the higher pass targeted running backs.

The best ones are difficult or impractical to acquire. For instance, if you were to actively pursue the Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams stack in your draft, it would likely come with detriment to other positions on your team. Therefore, we cannot make the stack a fully sound principle to build an exclusive strategy out of for high-value players.

For the most part, you can easily make stacks with quarterbacks who fall outside the elite. Like anything else, we cannot predict how effective a stack will be in practice during the season. Yet, we have to investigate the potential of making a robust fantasy block of points with players on the same NFL team.

2018 Fantasy Football Quarterback Stacks

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In order to put some perspective on all this, I had to create a weighted index based on the average ECR (Expert Consensus Rankings) with the ADPs at FantasyPros to create a list of players with their starting quarterbacks.

I debated whether or not to factor in Average Draft Position, but since a snake draft holds so much sway in stacking decisions, I felt the ECR alone fell short in providing enough weight to give a fair estimate. As for running backs, some of whom are very strong in the department of all-purpose yardage, I decided to factor them as part of the discussion only.

Heavy Weapon Stacks

These quarterbacks have the most fantasy weapons to make stacks from outside of the leading receiver or tight end.

Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers (ADP 28)

Davante Adams 18, Jimmy Graham 58, Randall Cobb 96, Geronimo Allison 208

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Rodgers holds a unique distinction in fantasy as the only early round quarterback you can safely draft. Some might argue that Russell Wilson is almost as close, but generally, the rest of the NFL quarterbacks after Rodgers in single quarterback leagues fall much later.

If you want to pair Rodgers in a stack, Davante Adams is just too risky at the early stages of a draft. Your best bet is to look at the lower levels with Jimmy Graham or Randall Cobb.

Tom Brady, New England Patriots (ADP 53)

Rob Gronkowski 21, Chris Hogan 73, Julian Edelman 84, Jordan Matthews 190

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Pairing Gronkowski with Tom Brady is a bit more feasible. However, Gronkowski is similar to Rodgers in that he is an early draft sacrifice at the expense of backs and receivers. You need make up ground before even thinking about lofty quarterback acquisitions like Tom Brady. In mock experiments, you might swing it, but always remember the business end of matters first.

Outside of Gronk, you just cannot pass on the 2018 value of Julian Edelman if you land Tom Brady in your draft. Yes, of course, I know Edelman is serving a suspension to open 2018, but with a typical 30% or so target share from Brady you should just forget about that and make the set.

Overall, you should make an effort to grab at least one more fantasy relevant player from the Patriots if you draft Tom Brady. It’s worth it – even if the guy is a typical matchup flex.

Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles (ADP 59)

Zach Ertz 33, Alshon Jeffery 50, Nelson Agholor 114, Mike Wallace 273

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Okay, I made it clear my apprehensions concerning Carson Wentz in other articles. That does not mean we should throw out his arsenal of stacks. His bunch are good choices and well within reach of high pairings in your draft.

Zach Ertz and Alshon Jeffery accounted for over 40% of the targets on the Eagles in 2017. Both are obvious targets as a matter of regular selections and among the last draftees before the first wave of quarterbacks start falling of the board.

I would still place some effort to stack either player with Wentz if an opportunity exists and your needs allow it. The problem here is getting that opportunity. For whatever reason, some people have that impulsive desire to claim Wentz with an ADP of 59 when his ECR value is only 72.

Nelson Agholor is all that remains if you draft Wentz first. He’s good for upwards of 90 targets I suppose, but at that stage you might have other choices in mind. These may include Corey Clement – the rising star in the Eagles backfield. So give both these guys at least some consideration if Wentz was your quarterback selection in the draft to that point.

So, as much as I like the stack possibilities with Wentz, the reachers might beat you to him. Myself, because of the regression Wentz is likely to have this season, I would pass on Wentz rather than make any overly bold efforts.

Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings (ADP 72)

Adam Thielen 30, Stefon Diggs 34, Kyle Rudolph 68, Kendall Wright 397

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Where would we be today if Case Keenum beat the Eagles and the Vikings went on to win the Super Bowl?

Just something to ponder.

The Vikings obviously felt that Cousins was the one remaining piece required for that final thrust to a championship. The Vikings want that ever elusive Super Bowl. They want to do it for the city, the fans, and old Bud Grant. We shall see an effort from this team in 2018 like never before. Call it my prediction.

If either Thielen, Diggs or Rudolph land on your team, Cousins should be among your quarterback targets. Like Wentz, he is high value, but his ADP currently sits at 72. which is much closer to the ECR of 75. You have a better chance of getting him when the first wave of quarterbacks start falling in the middle rounds.

Kyle Rudolph is still a bargain at his ADP of 68 (ECR 85), so you might consider closing this deal as a pairing if you are near the turn in the snake and have yet to fill your quarterback and tight end positions.

Matt Stafford, Detroit Lions (ADP 85)

Golden Tate 52, Marvin Jones 61, Kenny Golladay 141, Luke Willson 224

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We start getting into some very interesting territory here. Matt Stafford is in the 200 career passing TD club. He is among only 30 other quarterbacks since the merger to achieve that distinction. Surprised?

Of all the stuff that falls apart for the Lions, e.g. running game, Matt Stafford remains the best part they have.

If you draft Matt Stafford, make a stack with one of his weapons. I would even go as far to say grabbing Golladay as well as a bench extra. Even slightly reaching if your draft situation permits.

The only concern is regarding the target spread among the Detroit receivers. Tate and Jones should continue to hover around 20% with 100+ targets, but Golladay could start making a statement this season. I doubt very much that Golladay remains below 10% with a paltry 50 or so targets. Since T.J. Jones is out of the picture, we hope everything just balances out.

That said, every year I tend to flirt with statistical traps like this on pass-heavy teams. Ted Ginn of the Saints was the only guy I got right in applying that logic last season. Coby Fleener? Embarrassing.

The good thing is that we do not have to factor in Eric Ebron anymore. Hooray! So I hope, gulp, that Luke Willson is a non-factor so that everything fits as it should for three decent stacks to pair with Matt Stafford.

Other High-Value Stacks in Brief

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Here are a few other valuable 2018 Fantasy Football quarterback stacks that are more or less self-explanatory.

Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers (ADP 102)

Antonio Brown 7, JuJu Smith-Schuster 44, Vance McDonald 176, James Washington 237

Late quarterback drafters with Antonio Brown on their team should strongly consider making a set with Ben. I include all-purpose running back Le’Veon Bell in the stack conversation here too. JuJu is no less valuable either.

Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs (ADP 109)

Travis Kelce 26, Tyreek Hill 29, Sammy Watkins 70

The type of offense we will see in Kansas City remains in the blurry future, but Mahomes is projecting pure optimism among fantasy enthusiasts this season.

The weapons are superb. Travis Kelce, however, may not be the best stack despite his higher ADP. Mahomes is a deep passer, so you might consider Mahomes and Watkins as a kind of “sleeper stack” to consider in your draft.

Jared Goff, LA Rams (ADP 108)

Brandin Cooks 49, Robert Woods 80, Cooper Kupp 88, Gerald Everett 313

On the other side of optimism, Goff continues to gather rather unfair fading fantasy interest in 2018. I think because the Rams have Todd Gurley, our fantasy eyes tend toward that shiny object.

Goff is a young quarterback growing in experience and getting better. Gurley owners also have to consider the amount of all-purpose strength that a Goff pairing has the potential of. As for the rest, they are all sound PPR stacks with Goff, except for Gerald Everett, the tight end.

Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints (ADP 65)

Michael Thomas 15, Cameron Meredith 155, Ted Ginn 200, Benjamin Watson 209

In the past, Brees had one of best stacks ever in fantasy with Jimmy Graham. Sadly, time and tide on the Saints has left Brees with much less than those good old days.

Michael Thomas is the only worthy stack here, but a healthy Cameron Meredith could surprise. The backfield with Kamara and Ingram are somewhat stackable, but not something to proactively pursue in your draft.

Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers (ADP 62)

Greg Olsen 63, Devin Funchess 78, D.J. Moore 128, Curtis Samuel 342

In a sense, you get a twofer deal with Cam Newton. He likes to run it in himself and pass to Greg Olsen too.

I should mention Christian McCaffrey here as a very strong running back choice to pair with Cam and arguably the best stack in that sphere. Funchess and Moore hold only medium interest at best.

Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans (ADP 39)

DeAndre Hopkins 8, Will Fuller 74, Keke Coutee 325

The ECR for Watson is around 60, so the public is going their own way on Watson.

Don’t get me wrong, Watson and Hopkins are a great stack to have. However, the ADP of Watson suggests that it is impractical from a drafting perspective to make the set.

As a side note, keep your eyes on Keke Coutee in the preseason. This guy might start turning on fantasy light bulbs in 2018.

In Summary

There are other stacks you will see with potential as you go through your draft. Every quarterback needs someone to throw to. These are just a few of the good stacks you can put together in your draft. I didn’t mention Andrew Luck, Matt Ryan, Philip Rivers, Derek Carr, Marcus Mariota, etc.

All these quarterbacks have strong stack receivers. You might wonder why this is not an orthodox strategy in the canon of Fantasy Football. Well, among the reasons is that we tend to let the draft come to us. If we start going on tangents by forcing a stack, we can easily lose sight of perhaps some better choices for our team during a draft. We have to be careful.

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Another thing is that bad games happen and your stack falls apart. When things are going well, it’s no problem. So remember that stacks have that double-edge. Personally, though, I like them. They can really inflict heavy damage or destroy your head to head opponent on Sunday – sometimes in a single play.

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About Richard Savill

Richard is an NFL Fantasy Football Writer and Editor of Fantasy Six Pack. Host of The Fantasy Edge Podcast. FantasyPros Contributor. Member of the FSWA. Richard is known for his "outside the box" insight into NFL fantasy football. Winner of the 16-Team 2015 FSWA challenge.

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