Pairing or “stacking” a Quarterback and Wide Receiver is a fairly common daily fantasy football strategy. After all, if the duo connects on a long-gainer or touchdown, you’ll get credit for both the QB and WR on the other end. It seems pretty logical, yet it often goes underutilized by a portion of the daily fantasy population.
I’m going to list some of the obvious QB, WR, and (sometimes) TE combinations, then go in-depth with the GPP arrangements that could pay off in a large tournament setting.
Best of luck!
Rodgers will likely be the most popular quarterback this week, and for good reason. The Packers have deployed a pass-heavy approach with virtually all of their offensive production flowing through Rodgers. Jordy Nelson is the safest wide receiver to pair with him. Randall Cobb would be next in line, but he is questionable with a hamstring injury. If he can’t go, Davante Adams will step into a heightened role worth considering in all formats.
On the other side of the highest projected scoring game of the week, Andrew Luck and the Colts will take on an injury-plagued Green Bay defense. Indianapolis mirrors the offensive strategy of the Packers at the moment, abandoning the rushing game in favor of letting Luck distribute through the air. That should lead to plenty of opportunities in a potential shootout. Luck’s top receiver, T.Y. Hilton is questionable, and Donte Moncreif would step into more targets if he can’t go.
The Browns rank 31st against the pass, and there’s a good chance the Cowboys will zip up and down the field on these guys. Prescott has been on a role lately, and the rushing upside doesn't hurt his fantasy cause. As far as the passing game goes, Dez Bryant returned for a monster 4-113-1 line against a solid Philadelphia defense last week. The 14 targets seem promising moving forward. Just because Dez is back doesn’t mean Cole Beasley is chopped liver. Prescott still loves targeting his slot receiver, and there’s a reasonable chance Beasley could end up with another score in this favorable draw.
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Newton had a bye week then a tough matchup against the Cardinals. As strange as it sounds, there’s a good chance people have forgotten about the reigning MVP. Traveling across country to play the Rams presents a mediocre matchup that doesn’t hurt or necessarily boost his fantasy prospects. However, we need to consider that Los Angeles has a solid run defense that tends to funnel production through the air. Remember a few weeks ago when Matthew Stafford gouged the Rams with big plays and four passing touchdowns? It’s not out of the question to expect a similar breakout for Cam. The rushing upside doesn’t hurt either … If I had to choose one receiver to pair him with, it would probably be Olsen. It’s unlikely you’d be able to fit Cam, Benjamin, and Olsen into a solid lineup, and tight end has far less opportunity cost than wide receiver.
Bradford had some solid fantasy performances early in the season, but has since fallen off the fantasy map. There’s a chance he gets things rolling against a subpar Detroit pass defense. Because the Lions pass the ball a ton, they have a chance at bringing opposing teams into a shootout. The Vikings are struggling with the rushing game as of late, which could lead to more opportunities for Bradford to rack up aerial numbers. His receiving corps finally seems healthy for the first time in several weeks, as Stefon Diggs is a strong candidate for around 20 fantasy points. Rudolph is an economical tight end who sees a steady stream of targets every week. It just so happens that Detroit allows some of the most fantasy points to opposing tight ends.
QB Marcus Mariota ($7600) / TE Delaine Walker ($6400)
We all know Mariota has GPP-winning upside, and I’m willing to guess he’ll be underrated this week. He’s playing on the road against a Chargers team that usually performs much better at home. While that’s cause for concern, keep in mind San Diego ranks 24th overall against the pass. Mariota has coveted rushing upside as well, where he could realistically post 10+ fantasy points in that department alone (40 rushing yards, rushing TD). Pairing him with a wide receiver is synonymous with playing Whack-a-Mole, as a new leader randomly emerges every week. Delaine Walker is the most consistent receiving threat for Tennessee, and he’s an economical target at a mediocre tight end position.