Is the Fantasy Football WR Stack a Viable Strategy?

In the 2019 fantasy football season, I opted to try an interesting strategy. One does not see the WR stack often. What I mean by the WR stack, is drafting two receivers from the same team with the intention of starting them both. I drafted Mike Evans and Chris Godwin of the Buccaneers, in a paid standard (non-PPR) scoring league.

Taking a closer look into the numbers, in standard scoring Chris Godwin and Mike Evans finished as WR2 and WR5 respectively. Neither of them played the full 16 games either. It should be noted that Jameis Winston finished with 602 pass attempts, and that I won the championship. This stack happened to perform very well. It made me wonder if there is another stack that would be viable.

In standard scoring, the next best stack would be Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones for a combined 307 points compared to the 355 from Godwin and Evans. 48 point difference is significant enough to say that Godwin and Evans were a fantasy football anomaly. The only way another stack could be better than Godwin and Evans was if you “stole” two players during the draft. In my opinion, Mike Evans is usually undervalued on draft day so I doubt that situation would happen often.

Next, I will look into PPR scoring to see if there is another viable stack. In full PPR scoring, Godwin and Evans combined for 508 points. The next best stack was Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods for a combined 459. A 49 point difference again points to Godwin and Evans have an anomaly season, which I would probably agree with.

It seems like TDs would be the most important stat, but that is not true. Godwin and Evans combined for 17 TDs more than 50% of Winston’s touchdown total. Kupp and Woods only combined for 10 of Goff’s 19 TDs. While a high percentage for this stack, Goff simply did not throw for enough touchdowns for this stack to be closer to Godwin and Evans. Golladay and Jones combined for 20 TDs of a combined 27 TDs for the committee of QBs in Detroit. A shockingly high 74%. As you can see there must be another stat making Godwin and Evans more effective.

Yards. The less exciting when compared to TDs, but it made a difference in WR stacks. Godwin and Evans combined for 2,490 yards while Kupp and Woods combined for 2,129 and Golladay and Jones for 1,879.

I think the Godwin and Evans stack was the benefactor of a true anomaly season in fantasy football. The Bucs opted to throw with Winston enough to give Evans and Godwin the volume they needed for this type of season. Additionally, they both got red-zone targets and broke away a decent amount of receptions for big touchdowns.

Would I do it again? No, I do not think so. I think the risk of owning two receivers on the same team usually risks the team getting shutdown and having a bad week in fantasy. A bad week in fantasy can end your playoff dreams.

In conclusion, while effective for this season due to the Bucs game plan of passing and the talent of Godwin and Evans, the WR stack is not a good strategy for fantasy football.

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