Pairing or stacking a quarterback and wide receiver is an essential 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 for cash games, then go in-depth with the GPP arrangements that could pay off in a large tournament setting.
Take note that we are examining the Sunday ONLY slate in this article. The Thursday or Monday games are not included in the following analysis.
This connection has been amazing to begin the 2018 season. Brees is currently averaging 30 FPPG through three games with his favorite receiver nearby with 24 FPPG with a 133 yard/game mark and three TD receptions. There’s a chance this stack could keep thriving in a high-scoring contest against a beat-up Giants’ secondary. The way this New Orleans’ defense has been playing, Brees will need to keep chucking to give them a chance.
After a few down performances, Brady and Gronk are looking at a nice “get right” spot while returning home to face Miami. The Dolphins currently hold one of the best pass defenses in the league, but that’s more of a product of their competition than their overall talent level. In fact, Pro Football Focus ranked Miami’s secondary 26th in terms of player grades entering this season. This will be the Dolphins’ first true test, and the step up in competition could show.
People were wondering if something was wrong with Matt Ryan after an inefficient Opening Night performance at Philadelphia. Those concerns have been vehemently silence with Matty Ice tossing for 646 yards, seven TD, and one interception over his past two games. He also rushed for a pair of scores against Carolina. Along with that has come the emergence of Calvin Ridley, who has racked up 11 catches, 210 yards, and four touchdowns on 13 targets over the past two weeks. A home date with Cincinnati could keep this stack going.
If you watched last Thursday’s game between the Browns and Jets, then you probably don’t need much convincing of this stack. For everyone else, I can’t even begin to describe how Baker Mayfield had an immediate presence while repeatedly marching Cleveland down the field in their comeback victory over NYJ. He has an excellent chance to keep the momentum against an Oakland team that ranks 26th in opponent passer rating. Cleveland’s target monster, Jarvis Landry, is an easy receiving extension while Antonio Callaway is a potential big play option who will continue to benefit with Josh Gordon out of the picture.
Eli and his receivers stand on the other side of the cash game stack featuring Drew Brees and Michael Thomas. The Saints have been terrible on defense to begin the season, allowing far and away the most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. Manning and his offensive line had problems against Jacksonville and Dallas, but a momentum-boosting performance at Houston last Sunday (23-29, 297 yd, 2 TD) should help. I would expect the Giants to attack this susceptible secondary with quick passes throughout the afternoon. Odell Beckham is the obvious target to pair with Manning, while Shepard will look to provide another big game in the absence of TE Evan Engram.
Don’t look now, but the Patriots have just been gashed by opposing quarterbacks in two straight games. It’s even more surprising to think that Blake Bortles and Matthew Stafford are responsible for the damage. Obviously it’s risky to expect Ryan Tannehill and company to light up the Patriots in New England, but the opportunity certain presents itself. Tannehill is still cheap on DFS sites despite coming off three straight impressive performances with a 20 FPPG average. He likes to spread the ball around, but Kenny Stills is his favorite big-play receiver who carries interesting tournament upside.