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.
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Rodgers will likely be the most popular QB option for another week. The Packers’ pass-heavy offense feeds his fantasy upside, and he should keep things rolling at Tennessee. Jordy Nelson has a fine individual matchup, and Davante Adams has been a target monster in this new offense as well.
The Miami defense is nothing special, and Rivers could make them pay. He typically performs better at home, setting up a nice fantasy opportunity. His receivers are beat up, as Tyrell Williams, Antonio Gates, and Hunter Henry are all listed as questionable. I like Williams and Gates if they play.
You don’t necessarily have to pair Prescott with anyone, as it’s often difficult to predict which receiver will benefit. Beasley is economical and has been the most consistent target, so clicking him into your WR3 spot isn’t a bad idea. This Steelers defense has been exposed against good quarterbacks this season, and Prescott is on a roll right now.
A bounce-back could be in store for one of the most lethal QB/WR duos in the NFL. Pittsburgh plays so much better at home, and they are hungry for a win after dropping three straight. Roethlisberger has had another week to get healthy, and we could see that finally translate to fantasy points.
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Most people will probably be looking to Arizona RB David Johnson in this game, while the passing attack will be an afterthought. That’s certainly not a bad strategy in cash games. However, the Cardinals will likely move the ball without much issue in this game, and there’s a chance Palmer and his receivers will enjoy a big day. Larry Fitzgerald is the most obvious pairing with Palmer, as he’s a target-hog with excellent red-zone potential. J.J. Nelson has vaulted up the depth chart, and he’s a serious value WR3 to consider regardless if you are utilizing Palmer. Nelson has seen 19 targets over the past two weeks, translating to 11 receptions, 163 yards, and two touchdowns. While the San Francisco defense is most susceptible to the rushing attack, they have also coughed up big plays in the passing game all season.
Mariota is an excellent GPP pick who is cash game playable as well. The $7400 salary is very agreeable, especially considering it comes with realistic 30 fantasy point upside. In fact, Mariota has been over 28 fantasy points in three of the past five games. I mentioned the Packers pass-heavy offense earlier in the article. That type of play-calling has been known to inspire shootouts or increased possessions for both teams. Green Bay has a “funnel defense” that ranks first overall against the run, but much worse against the pass. There’s a chance DeMarco Murray could be taken out of this game, meaning the Titans’ offense will run through Mariota. Speaking of “run” in a literal sense, the impending rushing upside is a nice added feature … Rishard Matthews has turned into Mariota’s favorite wide receiver, hauling in five receiving touchdowns in as many weeks. He is still priced as a WR3 option to make for an easy stack … The tight end position is pretty “meh” once again, and Delaine Walker provides a reasonable solution to that problem. In a back-and-forth game, you could plausibly expect Matthews and Walker to both hit value.
This recommendation is a little further off the board. Jay Cutler certainly has his downfalls, but the matchup looks great against a Tampa pass defense that ranks 27th overall. Alshon Jeffery’s targets have spiked with Cutler back under center, seeing 32 looks over the past three games. The fantasy production hasn’t exactly coincided, but a breakout game is possible in this prime matchup considered the excellent stream of volume … Zach Miller is an economical tight end that can be used in all formats regardless if you are stacking with QB Jay Cutler or not. Miller has struck a nice rapport with Cutler, most recently going for 7-88 on 10 targets against a tough Minnesota pass defense. The draw vs Tampa gives him the green light.