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.
Take note that we are examining the FanDuel MAIN Slate beginning on Sunday at 1:00 ET. This means no Thursday or Monday games will factor into this article.
This New England-Atlanta matchup represents the highest total of this week. The Patriots’ defensive shortcomings actually help Tom Brady’s fantasy prospects (along with the WRs), forcing him to maintain the tempo with that efficient passing offense. Per usual, Gronkowski is an elite tight end through all formats, as he kindly reminded us with his third (of five) game with 19+ fantasy points … A Chris Hogan bounce-back seems likely as well.
Matt Ryan and Julio Jones have been disappointing this season, but they’ll see an excellent “get right” situation on Sunday Night. As mentioned in the previous write-up, the Vegas oddsmakers expect Atlanta and New England to light up the scoreboard. The Patriots have been very generous on defense this season, ranking dead last against the pass. This has to be the breakout spot, right?
Newton has transformed into a fantasy beast since the calendar flipped to October. He has tossed seven touchdowns while running for another pair over the past three games. There’s a good chance he’ll keep the momentum against a Chicago defense that ranks 20th in DVOA vs the pass. A nice stacking opportunity presents itself as well, given the Bears rank 30th in DVOA vs opposing WR1’s - hello Kelvin Benjamin! The Devin Funchess train came to a halt last week, but his fantasy upside persists with Greg Olsen out.
You don’t have to stack Prescott with anyone, as he likes to spread the ball around on top of running it himself. The matchup looks good against a San Francisco team that ranks 29th vs the pass. On top of that, the 49ers currently stand in the bottom ten (24th) in DVOA vs WR1’s. It’s tough to pay Dez Bryant’s premium given his mediocrity in similar enticing matchups, but take note that things look good here.
Mariota’s fantasy line from last Monday (15.24 FP) wasn’t anything outstanding. However, he looked efficient after missing the previous week with a hamstring injury. Another week of healing should serve him well along with a mouthwatering matchup against a Cleveland team that ranks 31st in DVOA vs the pass. WR Rishard Matthews looks prime for a breakout also, given the Browns rank dead last in DVOA against opposing WR1’s.
Taking Josh McCown on the road may seem like a risky proposition, but I actually like him as a low-owned large-tournament sleeper. This is a classic funnel situation where Miami’s defense ranks 29th in DVOA vs the pass and second against the run. That means NYJ will rely heavily on McCown’s arm to consistently move the ball. He has looked more comfortable in the offense every week, culminated with a sweet 22.26 FP performance (354 yds 2 TD) in last week’s near upset vs New England … Austin Seferian-Jenkins is still underpriced on FanDuel relative to his role within this offense. He’s an obvious stacking extension of McCown, also good through all formats by himself … Robby Anderson isn’t the most efficient receiver you’ll find, but he’s cheap with big-play potential for tournaments.
QB Tyrod Taylor ($7000) / TE Nick O’Leary ($4500)
This is a sneaky-good situation with Buffalo coming off a bye, playing at home vs a Tampa defense that ranks 27th against the pass. Case Keenum, Eli Manning, and Carson Palmer aren’t exactly considered the “cream of the QB crop”, yet they were able to post 29, 28, and 22 FP respectively on the Buccaneers. That opens the door for Tyrod Taylor; however, can he trust any of these Buffalo pass-catchers? TE Charles Clay is expected to miss this week (as of Tuesday evening) while WR Jordan Matthews is highly questionable himself … Insert backup TE Nick O’Leary who posted a solid 5-54 line (6 targets) after Clay left early last game.