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.
Rodgers will probably be the most popular quarterback this weekend. The NFC North title is on the line, facing a Detroit team without their top corner. Rodgers has a ton of momentum coming off his best game of the season, and he posted 26 FP against the Lions earlier this season. He could easily get there again. Jordy Nelson is a cash game WR1, while Davante Adams is a GPP complement.
The Saints rank 30th against the pass, and this game has shootout written all over it. In fact, Atlanta has the highest projected team total this week, and you better believe Ryan will factor into that equation. Julio Jones has a lower salary and a healthier outlook to be considered in all formats.
On the other side of this Atlanta-New Orleans game lies Drew Brees. Even though we tend to favor Brees and the Saints at home, this isn’t a bad spot to consider in all formats. Atlanta ranks 26th in pass defense, and the game script should call for a heavy dose of Brees to keep pace with the Falcons. Brandin Cooks and Michael Thomas can be viewed as his 1a and 1b targets.
The Patriots still need a win to clinch home field advantage. That means Brady and company will keep the pedal down against a Miami team that ranks 30th in overall defense. Julian Edelman has been (and will continue to be) a target-hog for a reasonable mid-range salary.
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The Sunday night game between Detroit and Green Bay should be entertaining in terms of playoff implications as well as fantasy production. Aaron Rodgers will likely hold a heavy ownership rate, as I explained earlier. Stafford has some reasonable clout in this potential shootout, and he’ll likely be underrated in large-field tournaments due to mediocre output over the second half of the season. The Packers have a generous pass defense that resurrected Sam Bradford’s fantasy viability while maintaining a second half lead last week. A similar game script and result could play out with Stafford and company this time around. Remember, Stafford lit up Green Bay for 28 FP earlier this season … Marvin Jones has apparently went into witness protection, meaning Golden Tate has stepped up as the undisputed WR1 within this offense. Throw in TE Eric Ebron, who has seen 19 targets in the past two games, and you have a nice stack for tournament purposes.
The Colts (or Jags) don’t have anything to play for, but sometimes that’s a nice landing spot for fantasy gems. In other words, without so much pressure on this game, Andrew Luck could have some fun playing “backyard football” against a Jaguars team that has been up-and-down all season. He has been warming up as of late, averaging 23 FPPG over the past five. Playing at home helps the chances of being within that total yet again … As far as Luck’s receivers go, Donte Moncrief is highly questionable this weekend. That would free up T.Y. Hilton to see a steady stream of targets towards fantasy viability. Jack Doyle would be a tight end complement you hope finds the end zone.
Everything I said to begin Andrew Luck’s write-up holds true for Bortles. Playing without the pressure of a “must-win” game could really help. Facing a struggling Indianapolis defense that ranks 24th against the pass doesn’t hurt either. On top of that, the emergence of a healthy RB Chris Ivory sets things up for the passing attack. Bortles is coming off his best game of the season, notching 26 fantasy points vs Tennessee. Now he has a better matchup with growing confidence and a still reasonable salary. Allen Robinson is the most talented receiver on this team, but Marqise Lee has been the WR1 through the second half of the season. It’s tough to decipher between the two, but A-Rob has a higher ceiling to utilize for tournament purposes.