The concept behind stacking a QB with his WR is simple: both players benefit from each completion, doubling the benefit of that play for your fantasy lineup. As Adam Levitan pointed out this offseason, 79 percent of the lineups that won DraftKings’ Fantasy Football Millionaire contests used a QB stack in their lineup. With the significance of stacking in mind, this article aims to highlight the best stacking options for Sunday’s main slate.Sunday’s main slate once again features a smaller number of games than most weeks, with four teams on bye and an early game in London. In Week 8, most of the difficult defenses – the ones fantasy managers most frequently try to avoid – are not on the main slate. The Texans, Jaguars, Vikings and Bills all play either in primetime or in London, while the Titans are on a bye. With those defenses out of the picture, managers can get a little creative. While some matchups are still better than others, managers don’t have to worry about most of the really scary opponents.
5. Josh Rosen ($4,800)/Christian Kirk ($4,500), ARI vs. SFRosen is starting just the fifth game of his career Sunday, and he’s shown more cause for concern than optimism. He’s thrown for 200 yards only once, and he has yet to throw for multiple TDs in a game. But how much of that was his fault, compared to the fault of recently-outed offensive coordinator Mike McCoy? The Cardinals are last in time of possession, plays per drive and total plays called this season. David Johnson, one of the most talented pass-catching RBs in the league, is 18th among RBs in targets. The offense has been terrible, and a ton of the blame rests with McCoy, whose play calling showed no creativity and did not make efforts to take advantage of his players’ talents.
But McCoy is now gone, fired after a Thursday night loss, and the Cardinals will have had 10 days with their new OC by the time they take the field Sunday. Their first opponent under the recently-installed OC Byron Leftwich is an easy one, as the 49ers allow the second-most points per game and they’ve allowed five QBs to top 20 DKFP this season. I’m recommending Kirk over Larry Fitzgerald ($4,400), but both are primarily slot receivers going for almost the exact same salary, so either is a reasonable play. Fitzgerald has seen more targets and red-zone targets than Kirk since Rosen took over as QB, but Fitzgerald has yet to turn that into more than 40 yards in a game. Kirk is averaging 5.5 targets with Rosen, and Kirk has caught four 20-plus yard receptions in the last three games.
4. Andy Dalton ($6,200)/A.J. Green ($8,000), CIN vs. TBAh, the good ol’ Buccaneers boost. It’s the Bengals’ turn to practice running up the score and padding their stats Sunday. Week 7 was the first time the Bucs stopped an opponent from recording 400 scrimmage yards, and that was against a struggling Browns offense. The Bucs still allow the most points and passing yards per game, and they are still last in defensive DVOA, per Football Outsiders. The top fantasy WR facing the Bucs has scored at least 23 DKFP in every single game. Every starting QB to face the Bucs has exceeded 19 DKFP, including Nick Foles.
Dalton hasn’t played great over the past three games, but the Tampa Bay’s defense is enough to help anyone get back on track. And before this little slump, Dalton had back-to-back games with more than 300 yards and two TDs. Meanwhile, Dalton’s slump hasn’t changed much for Green, who is averaging 6.7 catches on 12 targets for 104.7 yards over the past three games. Green has double-digit DKFP in every game this season, and he has scored at least 20 DKFP in four of seven. This pairing is more expensive than I hoped it would be, but the matchup is so perfect that I’d still recommend them even they cost another $500 more.
3. Jameis Winston ($6,000)/Chris Godwin ($4,500), TB at CINAs a starting QB, Winston leads the NFL in pass attempts per game. That’s a great start when going into the game with the second-highest projected score and facing a defense that has allowed six of seven starting opposing starters to top 23 DKFP. That stat is so crazy it warrants emphasis – Ryan Tannehill is the only QB that the Bengals have stopped from scoring 23 or more DKFP. Five of the other six threw for more than 300 yards. When a team is that bad against QBs, it comes as no surprise that they also struggle against WRs, allowing 13 double-digit DKFP games to the position, including six of more than 20 DKFP.
Godwin gets the nod here above DeSean Jackson ($5,300) and Mike Evans ($7,800) primarily due to the value his low salary provides. Evans’ is the Buccaneers’ clear No. 1 WR, but he’s priced accordingly. It’s less clear who the No. 2 WR is, but yet, despite the uncertainty, Godwin is $800 cheaper than Jackson. Winston has only been the starter for two games, and the two players have put up remarkably similar stats. With Winston starting, Godwin has one more target, 13 more yards, and the two have the same number of red-zone targets and 20-plus yard catches.
There is one last big reason to like Godwin in this matchup. Not only do the Bengals give up a ton of points to WRs, but they frequently allow multiple WRs to go off in the same week. Through seven games, five different teams have had at least two WRs score double-digit DKFP against the Bengals. Furthermore, the Bengals allowed two Steelers WRs more than 23 DKFP, and they allowed three Falcons WRs to exceed 20 DKFP. There is plenty of room for multiple Bucs to have great games Sunday.
2. Aaron Rodgers ($6,400)/Geronimo Allison ($5,000) or Marquez Valdes-Scantling ($4,600), GB at LARFor all the offseason hype surrounding the Rams defense, they haven’t been that impressive in recent weeks. They don’t deserve any credit for stopping the C.J. Beathard-led 49ers in Week 7, nor the Cardinals in Week 2. The Rams did well in Week 1 against the Raiders. In Weeks 3, 4, 5 and 6, the Rams defense ranged from OK to below-average. Their schedule has done them a ton of favors, as only two of their seven opponents so far rank in the top half of the league in either points per game or offensive DVOA. All four of the starting QBs from Weeks 3-6 scored at least 17 DKFP, and two got above 23 DKFP. During that same span, eight WRs topped 14 DKFP, and four exceeded 24 DKFP.
Rodgers is attempting 44.8 passes per game over the last five games, a pace that would be highest in the league if it had extended the entire season. He is averaging 333 yards and two TDs per game, and he’s coming off back-to-back 30-plus DKFP games. He’s a great play for Sunday, the only problem is who to pair him with. If Allison (hamstring) were fully healthy, this would be an easier decision – Allison seemed to have taken over the No. 2 WR role before he missed two games. He has at least 64 yards and one 20-plus yard reception in every game he’s played. If both Allison and Randall Cobb (hamstring; $4,900) are out, then Valdes-Scantling ($4,600) becomes an excellent option as their replacement. The real concern is what to do if Allison is out but Cobb is active – this looks like a good opportunity for whoever takes the Packers second receiver spot, and though Cobb is the incumbent, he also did not play particularly well in his last two games. If Allison is out but Cobb is active, I would probably avoid Packers’ WRs in my lineup.
1. Jared Goff ($6,000)/Robert Woods ($6,800), LAR vs. GBIs anyone afraid of the Packers’ defense? I’m seriously asking. Because I am trying to understand why Goff’s price dropped $600 this week.
Ok, maybe I’m exaggerating a little, but the Packers’ pass defense is one of those “good from afar, far from good” situations. At first glance, they might be good – they’ve only allowed one QB to top 300 yards or 20 DKFP. But the schedule has done most of the heavy lifting there, as they’ve faced Josh Allen ($4,700), Mitchell Trubisky ($6,100), C.J. Beathard ($4,900) and Alex Smith ($5,000). And, despite that cake-walk schedule, the Packers still allowed four QBs to throw two TDs against them, and they’ve allowed every opponent except Allen to score at least 15 DKFP.
When Cooper Kupp (knee) sat out in Week 7, Woods took over as the primary slot receiver, running 62% of his routes there, per Graham Barfield of NFL.com. More than 40 percent of the receiving yards allowed by the Packers have been to players lined up in the slot, the fourth-highest rate in the NFL, also per Barfield. Not only is this matchup not that scary in the first place, but it is particularly beneficial to Woods this week.
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