Nate Marchese – April 8, 2022
What’s a fantasy football “stack”? It is rostering multiple players from the same team in an effort to create a scoring synergy. If that offense plays well, then you likely benefit from multiple players racking up points when that team scores. It can be beneficial for both standard redraft and best-ball leagues.
This article aims to identify a handful of mid to late-round stack options that have the potential to go off if everything clicks for them and the systems they play in. Think of them as low-risk, high reward options. There are several Banana Republic stacks out there like Hooker/Tillman, Hartman/Perry, and Ewers/Worthy. We are on a college budget here, so we are shopping at Old Navy instead. We are all trying to find the next Zappe/Sterns combo with the chance to go nuclear and singlehandedly win your matchups.
The Campus to Canton CFF average draft position (ADP) will be listed after each player. Our ADP tool is handy and can be found on the website.
Jaren Hall – QB31, Round 13
Puka Nacua – WR34, Round 7
Hall averaged a sneaky 25.7 ppg in 2021 and finished the season strong, averaging 31.5 over his last four games. Nacua was Hall’s primary target during that strong finish as he was able to reach 20+ fantasy points in four of his last seven outings. Expect OC Aaron Roderick to lean on the passing game more in 2022. Tyler Allgeier and his 276 carries have moved on. WR Neil Pau’u also moves on leaving Nacua and Gunner Romney as the clear top receiving options. There are some legit defenses that BYU faces this year with Oregon, Baylor, Notre Dame, and Arkansas. The rest of the schedule is a cakewalk, and they have playoff weeks against Dixie State and Stanford. BYU could see a negative game script more often, potentially leading to Hall airing it out more. It isn’t totally out of the range of outcomes that we could see Hall and Nacua have a breakout similar to Zach Wilson and Dax Milne a couple of years ago.
QB Casey Thompson- Undrafted
WR Trey Palmer- Undrafted
Looking for the 2022 version of Kenny Pickett and Jordan Addison? Mark Whipple often has his QB/WR1 combo exceedingly outperform their cost in drafts. Thompson has essentially locked up the starting QB spot. Palmer has a close relationship with the new WRs coach that he followed over from LSU. The staff says they plan to use Palmer all over the field. His elite track speed (official 100-meter time of 10.42!) makes him a great “stretch slot” option in Whipple’s scheme. You can target both late in drafts and your QB4/WR5. Pick and choose where to start them as the Nebraska schedule is less than ideal. There are two bye weeks and playoff matchups vs. Michigan, Wisconsin, and Iowa.
Dequan Finn – QB23, Round 9-10
Peny Boone- RB51, Round 10-11
Investing in Jason Candle’s Toledo offense has never been a bad idea for CFF. Yes, a QB/RB stack may be unconventional, but it can also be very profitable under the right circumstances. Some schemes can be heavily focused on QB and RB volume if you have one that emphasizes RBs in the pass game and QBs in the run game. Martinez/Vaughn, Shrader/Tucker, and McCall/Bennett are others that fit this archetype but will cost you significantly more in draft capital. Bryant Koback’s success has been well documented as he averaged 17.8, 20.5, and 23 ppg over the last three seasons for Toledo. He also had a 65/655/6 receiving line over his career. Peny Boone, and his soft hands, transfer in from Maryland to assume this coveted role. Finn is unrefined as a passer, but he averaged 30.5 ppg over his last five games and had a season rushing line of 112/502/9 while not even starting the first month of the season. I don’t think it is out of the question that this Toledo duo combines for 25+ rush TDs. WR Matt Landers, a Georgia transfer, is a big-play threat that you could also target late if you want to push all your chips in on this offense.
Brett Gabbert- Undrafted
Mac Hippenhammer- WR33, Round 6-7
Gabbert’s pass volume of 23 attempts per game did not justify CFF ownership through his first five games. However, we saw a schematic change take place as Miami (OH) moved deeper into MACtion. Gabbert saw his pass attempts climb to 37 per game over the last five, where he had 350+ passing yards in three of them. Hippenhammer, a Penn State transfer, also saw an uptick in production over those last five games. He is likely to benefit from the 117 vacated targets that Jack Sorenson leaves behind. If this trend continues and Gabbert peppers Hippenhammer all season long, then you have a very cheap stack here that could challenge for weekly starter status with a very favorable playoff schedule.
Zack Kuntz – TE3, Round 5-6
Ali Jennings – WR41, Round 11
A WR/TE stack? Sure, why not? Kuntz, a Penn State transfer, and Jennings, a West Virginia transfer, combined for 50% of ODU’s targets, 55% of the receptions, 63% of the yards, and 67% of the TDs. Pure domination! While the ODU pass offense wasn’t exactly stellar in 2021, it was a tale of two halves. Darriel Mack Jr struggled through the first half of the season as the starter with a PFF pass grade of 55.9, then redshirt freshman Hayden Wolfe took over during the second half of the season with a passing grade of 76.6. ODU saw an 18.5% increase in pass attempts with Wolfe under center with Kuntz and Jennings as the beneficiaries. These two will cost you a bit more than some of these others in this article, but they could pay off in spades should Wolfe continue to develop and we see ODU transition to a more pass-centric offense. If you choose to target Kuntz at TE, then follow that up a handful of rounds later with Jennings to corner the market on this pass offense. The clarity among Wolfe, Watson, Jennings, and Kuntz makes this a beautiful offense to invest in.
Chevan Cordeiro- QB40, Round 18
Justin Lockhart- Undrafted
The transfer duo joined forces at San Jose State and showed out very well in the spring game, connecting on two TDs. Cordeiro had an up-and-down few years at Hawaii and Lockhart popped at times at Nevada but was just one of many nice receiving options there. SJSU saw their offense dip in 2021 and this can be to your benefit as the QB1/WR1 here often require a larger investment. Make no mistake though…this staff knows how to produce in the pass game. The Spartans’ passing offense ranked fourth in 2019 and 19th in 2020. Injuries at QB and a lack of reliable pass-catchers limited them in 2021. Cordeiro and Lockhart plan to remedy that in 2022. Lockhart has fellow Nevada transfer teammate, Elijah Cooks, to contend with and it would make sense to scoop up Cooks late in your drafts too if you plan to invest in Cordeiro. Cooks has had trouble staying on the field due to injuries over his career and he was out during the spring while Lockhart built a rapport with Cordeiro.