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Fantasy football rankings 2019: Top 10 QB-receiver stacks to draft

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Fantasy football rankings 2019: Top 10 QB-receiver stacks to draft

Drafting a quarterback and a skill-position player from the same team can be a tricky proposition in fantasy football.

If that team goes off for 42 points, you'll likely make out like a bandit with double the points. But if that team is held in check, you're in trouble.

The other downside to having two top players from one team on your fantasy football roster is that you have to fill two important spots on the same bye week.

But having one of these quarterback-wide receiver stacks could pay off big time for you during the 2019 season.

Drew Brees and Mike Thomas, Saints

Despite throwing for under 4,000 yards for the first time since 2005, we still expect Brees to play well in his age-40 season.

Thomas caught more passes (125) than anyone last season. He's a ball magnet, and without a strong No. 2 receiver, Thomas should still see a high number of targets from Brees.

Matt Ryan and Julio Jones, Falcons

Ryan and Jones are two seasons removed from reaching the Super Bowl. They combine to make one of the most dynamic young duos in the league.

Last season, Jones caught 113 passes from Ryan for an NFL-best 1,677 yards. The emergence of Mohamed Sanu and Calvin Ridley could take some targets away from Jones, but he will still put up monster numbers no matter who's on the field with him.

Patrick Mahomes and Tyreek Hill, Chiefs

This duo possibly has the most upside of any on this list. Both are young and have yet to reach their potential.

Mahomes is the reigning league MVP, while Hill avoided a major suspension at the hands of the NFL following an incident involving his child.

Hill caught just 87 passes last season, but turned that into 1,479 yards and 12 touchdowns. He's a big-play machine and as explosive as any player in the league. If he's on the field, expect big things.

DeShaun Watson and DeAndre Hopkins, Texans

If you polled experts and asked them to pick the best wide receiver in football, a good number of them would pick Hopkins. Last season, he caught 115 passes for 1,572 yards.

Watson finally was able to play an entire season and showed what he's capable of by throwing for 4,165 yards. But he's still got room to improve. Expect big things from Watson and Hopkins this season.

Baker Mayfield and Odell Beckham Jr., Browns

This is the biggest wild card of the group. We all know what OBJ is capable of. When he was motivated in New York, he was a monster.

Mayfield had a good rookie season, and most experts expect him to take the next step this season. With two legitimate options in Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry, Mayfield should put up huge numbers.

Aaron Rodgers and DeVante Adams, Packers

The Packers made a big change at head coach, replacing Mike McCarthy with Matt LaFleur, and they are hoping it pays off with Rodgers and Adams.

Last season, the duo connected on 111 passes for 1,386 yards. Green Bay will need more of the same in order to get back to the playoffs.

Kirk Cousins and Adam Thielen, Vikings

Thielen has been one of the biggest surprise stars over the last three seasons. Last year, he caught 113 of the 153 balls thrown to him for 1,373 yards and nine touchdowns.

Surprisingly, Cousins finished with the second-best completion percentage (70.1) in the league last season.

Derek Carr and Antonio Brown, Raiders

A lot of "ifs" surround this duo.

If Brown's frostbitten feet heal and if he can find a helmet he likes, he should continue to be a dominant, game-changing force.

If Carr can regain his former from 2016 when he threw 28 touchdowns and just six interceptions, the Raiders should bounce back from a disappointing 4-12 season.

Carr and Brown have the chance to be an electric combo, but they must perform to the best of their abilities.

Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper, Cowboys

Cooper's disappointing 2018 season turned around when the Raiders traded him to the Cowboys. In nine games with Dallas, the former first-round draft pick caught 53 passes for 725 yards and one touchdown.

Prescott might not get the massive contract he's looking for, but in a full season with Cooper, he should put up big numbers. That will certainly help his case for a payday.

Ben Roethlisberger and JuJu Smith-Schuster, Steelers

With Antonio Brown out of the picture, Smith-Schuster becomes the No. 1 target for Big Ben, so you can expect numbers similar to his 111 receptions and 1,426 receiving yards from last season.

Roethlisberger led the NFL with 5,129 passing yards, but that was obviously boosted by Brown. Without the All-Pro, defenses could double-team Smith-Schuster and limit his impact.

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Why Raiders should make Emmanuel Sanders priority in NFL free agency

Why Raiders should make Emmanuel Sanders priority in NFL free agency

So, you want to compete with the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs? Well, you're going to need a lot more firepower.

Jon Gruden knows that.

In what was Year 1 of a true rebuild for the Raiders following the teardown in 2018, the Silver and Black showed a lot of promise, with a historic draft class leading them to a 7-9 record. The building blocks are being put in place for the Raiders to march up the AFC West pecking order. While another draft-day haul is needed, Gruden knows he doesn't yet have the offensive weapons to contend with Patrick Mahomes and Kansas City. 

Yes, the Raiders have a big question mark at quarterback, but this is about a different area of need -- the team's biggest area of need -- other than the black hole at linebacker. The Raiders need wide receivers. Many of them. They need dynamic playmakers who can stretch the field, make people miss and rack up explosive plays. Players who can answer a lightning strike from Mahomes that left the Raiders stunned and wobbling last season.

They'll likely select one early in the 2020 NFL Draft and maybe another in the third round. But that won't be enough. With $54 million in projected cap space, expect the Raiders to look to the free-agent market to add a veteran receiver to help Tyrell Williams, Hunter Renfrow and tight end Darren Waller shoulder the load. 

The Raiders don't seem like a home for A.J. Green and we can cross former Raider Amari Cooper off the list. Robby Anderson might be a fit, and the Raiders reportedly had interest in him at the deadline, but his price tag might be a tad high for a guy that isn't a true No. 1.

Gruden needs only look to the Raiders' now-former Bay Area neighbor for a free agent worth their while. 

Emmanuel Sanders came over to the 49ers in a midseason trade with the Denver Broncos and immediately paid dividends. He was able to lead a young receiver group while being successful running every type of route for coach Kyle Shanahan.

Sanders is most effective in a West Coast type of offense such as the one Gruden runs. The 32-year-old completely transformed his game after tearing his Achilles, reinventing himself as a savvy, veteran playmaker. He's a highly efficient route-runner and has some of the surest hands in the game, only dropping one pass last season.

His arrival in San Francisco took the 49ers' passing game from an attack with puppy teeth to one that could shred defenses in an instant. He played a key role in the development of Deebo Samuel, who became a lethal weapon as the season wore on. Sanders also is a good blocker on the outside, as he showcased during the 49ers' run to the Super Bowl.

Don't let Jimmy Garoppolo's overthrow in Super Bowl LIV taint your opinion of Sanders. With the title on the line, Sanders smoked his man, blew past the safety and was in line to be a Super Bowl hero had the pass been on target.

He's played in three Super Bowls and knows what it takes to get to, and win, the biggest game in sports. His leadership and experience would be as valuable as his on-field production.

Some will argue Sanders' age is a red flag or that the 49ers are destined to re-sign him. Due to the 49ers' cap situation, it seems more likely than not that they will let Sanders walk. At age 32, Sanders is exiting his prime, but he's the perfect veteran receiver to complement Tyrell Williams, mentor Renfrow and the incoming top prospect (s) (CeeDee Lamb or Jerry Jeudy) and provide a reliable target for Derek Carr, Tom Brady or whoever is under center for the Raiders in 2020.

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The Raiders need to take their offense to the next level. Their offensive line is stout, running back Josh Jacobs is a star and Renfrow and Waller will be long-term staples of the offensive attack. Gruden will expect more from Williams in Year 2 of his contract after the veteran receiver was hampered by injuries in 2019. 

But they need to get more explosive at receiver. No matter who the quarterback is, Renfrow and Waller can't be the only weapons. If that's the case again in 2020, the results will be the same.

A deep draft class at receiver will help the Raiders stock the arsenal, but they'll need another proven veteran as well.

Sanders, who PFF projects to make around $10 million per season, would give Gruden a do-it-all veteran who has ranked as one of the 25 most valuable receivers in each of the past two seasons. And it also would leave the Raiders with money to spend to improve a defense that needs a lot of work.

An offense with Sanders, Williams, Renfrow, Waller, Jacobs and at least one young star from the draft would give the Raiders' offense the pop Gruden has been missing.

Derek Carr posts photo with Khalil Mack, adding to Bears trade rumors

Derek Carr posts photo with Khalil Mack, adding to Bears trade rumors

The picture of Tom Brady talking to Raiders owner Mark Davis at a UFC fight was burned into Oakland Las Vegas Raiders fans' minds.

What would that mean for Derek Carr? Could he be headed to the Windy City to meet up with an old friend? 

There has been a lot of speculation about Carr getting traded this offseason. Carr had a less than memorable season during the Raiders' last year in Oakland, and a photo on his Instagram just adds to the swirling thoughts.

Carr added a picture of himself and Chicago Bears linebacker Khalil Mack, with no caption.

Naturally, the comments section flooded with speculation. 

The two are former Raiders teammates, and despite Carr's "meh" season, he would be an improvement over current Bears QB Mitch Trubisky -- who could also use a change of scenery. 

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Carr's contract could make a trade hard, but this IG post on top of everything else makes us think.

The quarterback will blow out 29 candles on his birthday cake next month which could only help his cause.