Roster Construction: The Science of Stacking
Folklore and myth are prevalent in fantasy football. Conventional wisdom is frequently debunked, then revived via new data that lends support to a modified thesis. Previously, I addressed the obsolescence of handcuffing and now aim to tackle another roster construction strategy: stacking.
For those unfamiliar with the term, stacking is the practice of having two or more offensive players from the same team in a starting lineup.
In the aforementioned article about handcuffing, I cited diversification as a pillar of my argument against handcuffing top running backs to their perceived backups. So it could be expected, as a champion of diversification, that I should denounce stacking due to its negative impact on team diversity.
But in this case, there is magic involved.
When a player scores a rushing touchdown, his team is awarded six points both on the field and in the fantasy universe (although, I’d argue it’s actually a multi-verse…but I digress). The quarterback receives no points for handing him the ball (if it was a standard run play) and the blockers (TEs and WRs included) receive no points for their effort in creating the space. All six points go the runner.
But on passing touchdowns, things get interesting…
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