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According to the Data: When To Pair QB-WR Teammates

Jonathan Bales

Jonathan Bales

Jonathan Bales is the author of the Fantasy Football for Smart People book series. In addition to RotoWire, Jonathan also provides content to the New York Times, Dallas Morning News,, and NBC.

Is pairing your QB with his WR a good idea?

I've been playing a whole lot of daily fantasy lately because I think it's really the wave of the future in the industry. Daily fantasy is all about assessing individual matchups, but a lot of the principles can be applied to season-long leagues. One of those is known as "stacking."

In the world of daily fantasy sports, stacking is when you pair your quarterback with one or more of his wide receivers (or tight ends). This is done for a few reasons, the most important of which is that it increases your team's ceiling. When your receiver scores, you get 10 points just for the touchdown (in four-point passing TD leagues). Daily fantasy owners typically stack their teams in tournaments where upside is required. What's the point of fielding a team that can consistently finish in the top 25 percent, but not better, if you get paid only for a top-10 percent finish?

The downside of stacking is a reduced floor.

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