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100 Fantasy Football Tips in 100 Days, Day 87: Studying Week 5 WRs + How to Overcome a Slow Start

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At DraftKings, I broke down some of the wide receiver options in Week 5.

At RotoWorld, I wrote about how to overcome a slow start to the season. It’s a subscriber-only article, but here’s an excerpt:

Pair a QB and WR

In the daily fantasy sports world, it is very common to see players pair a quarterback with one or more of his receivers in big tournaments because it increases the ceiling of a lineup. That’s because the production of receivers is obviously tied to that of their quarterback.

Below, I charted the probability of certain levels of performance for quarterbacks and their receivers. If the distribution of points on a team were completely random, we’d expect that there would be a 25 percent chance that a WR1 would have a top-four game if his QB had the same. Instead, it’s 40 percent.

SS1

The same goes for bottom-four performances, too. They exceed what we’d expect from randomness alone.

SS2

This shouldn’t be surprising—of course quarterback and wide receiver production is connected—but it seems like many season-long owners overlook the effect that pairing teammates together can have on your fantasy lineup.

If you’re seeking variance after a slow start, I’d recommend trying to pair a quarterback with his WR1, if possible. That might mean picking up someone off of waivers or making a trade, but creating that symbiotic relationship within your lineup can give you upside.

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