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!
As of Thursday, it appears that Cam Newton will be on track to play. If that holds true, he checks in as a top-flight QB play against a generous Saints defense. Greg Olsen has been on fire over the past few weeks, serving as his main stacking receiver with Benjamin stepping into a bounce-back spot.
Drew Brees is at home. Do I need to say anything else? I will anyway, as the Saints face a Carolina defense that has been shredded over the past two weeks. This game could be a shootout with plenty of stats from both sides.
Roethlisberger has been amazing over the past two weeks, and it’s no coincidence that the timing coincides with Le’Veon Bell’s return. Bell is a rare RB-stack with Roethlisberger because of his involvement in the passing game. Antonio Brown is a staple, but we’ll need to monitor the status of deep-threat Sammie Coates (questionable with hand injury).
The Seahawks come off their bye week with an excellent home matchup against Atlanta. This tilt could turn into a shootout, and Wilson-Baldwin surely enjoyed the extra time to get healthy.
After starting the season on fire, Stafford has been “meh” (for lack of a better word) over the past two games. I’m expecting a bounce-back performance at home vs a Rams team that funnels offensive production through the air. It’s not like Stafford needed more of an excuse to throw, but LA’s stout front seven will likely force that strategy. Jameis Winston and Tyrod Taylor have posted solid fantasy performances against the Rams in recent weeks, and Stafford is obviously more capable than those two signal callers.
The “west coast bias” continues! Carr and the Raiders have become somewhat of a staple in this column, and I’m expecting them to be underrated once again. Carr’s impressive fantasy average (21.4 FPPG) has inflated his salary close to aforementioned popular picks like Newton, Brees, Roethlisberger, and Wilson. I’m guessing those four will all hold a higher ownership rate than Carr. Let’s not forget that Carr and the Raiders typically perform better at home. They have a quality matchup against Kansas City, who was absolutely shredded by the Steelers in primetime the last time they played. The Chiefs have given up their share of big plays through the air, which bodes well for Carr and his two favorite targets.
Hoyer is still way too cheap. He’ll likely have a larger ownership rate than the other “GPP Stack QBs” listed in this section. You can do a lot of things within your lineup by taking the savings Hoyer allows, such as pay up for elite running backs. You’ll notice Alshon Jeffery is not on this list, as I don’t believe his price/target/health combination warrants consideration. We’ll need to check the status of Eddie Royal, but both he and Cameron Meredith are worth considering as value receivers with Jeffery struggling. Zach Miller may be the best pairing option, as he’s a volume tight end still carrying a reasonable salary.
Smith and the Chiefs are on the other side of the previous outlined matchup with Oakland. As I said, Kansas City’s defense could fall behind in this game, writing a game script that calls for a heavy dose of passing attempts. If you recall, Smith was in that position against the Chargers and Steelers earlier this season, responding with 29 and 19 fantasy points respectively … As far as receiving goes, Travis Kelce has been the most prominent producer in that category. Jeremy Maclin sees a ton of targets on a weekly basis, but he has yet to notch that breakout game. Perhaps a date with Oakland’s 30th ranked pass defense will provide the perfect environment.