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Stacking two players from the same offense is a great strategy, especially in GPP setting. After three weeks, three of the top four fantasy outings were accompanied by a teammate who recorded a top-15 performance in the same game. Those three stacks, two of which were a quarterback-wide receiver, put the managers who used them in commanding positions in their contests.
So, without further adieu, let’s get to my top QB-WR stacks for Week 4.
5. Tyrod Taylor ($5,300) and Jordan Matthews ($3,900)
Frankly, I’d rather stack Taylor with tight end Charles Clay ($3,700), but this article is about wide receiver stacks, not tight end stacks. Matthews leads the Bills in receiving yards, and he leads their wideouts in receptions. The Bills operate a run-heavy offense, but they likely will fall behind quickly to the defending NFC champion Falcons and their potent offense. Even a small shift toward the passing game likely will benefit Matthews, who’s unquestionably their best downfield threat. Matthews saw his highest target count yet in Week 3 — a positive development as the preseason acquisition continues to adjust to his new offense.
Taylor is a decent passer who makes few turnovers and adds yards on the ground. If, as expected, the Falcons pull away early, then a shift to the prevent defense would enable Taylor to pile up extra rushing yards on short-run plays. He has eight rush attempts in each of the first three games.
As for Clay, he ranks second on the Bills in targets, is tied for the lead in touchdowns and has scored six times over the past six games that both him and Taylor were active.
4. Case Keenum ($5,000) and Adam Thielen ($5,800)
Keenum, a mid-tier career backup, exposed the Buccaneers in Week 3 to the tune of 369 yards and three touchdowns. The Bucs’ first game was against the Bears’ injured and struggling offense, so it’s not yet clear whether Keenum’s explosion said more about his abilities or Tampa Bay’s failures. Either way, Keenum is surrounded by quality weapons and is an incredibly cheap option starting for a team that has attempted at least 32 passes in every game.
Two of Keenum’s three touchdowns — along with 173 yards — went to Stefon Diggs ($7,100). Diggs’ salary jumped $600, and it’s never smart to assume someone will reproduce a 40.3 fantasy point outing. Thielen, on the other hand, is flying under the radar, despite going for more than 90 yards for the second time in three games. On the season, Diggs has only one fewer target, two more receptions and 6 more yards than Diggs. This is very much a two-pronged passing attack, and though Diggs has higher upside, he costs $1,300 more and likely will see much higher ownership.
3. Carson Palmer ($6,100) and Larry Fitzgerald ($6,100)
Palmer has the seventh-highest salary among quarterbacks during Sunday’s main slate, but he has averaged more points per game than three of the more expensive players. He’s third in the league in both passes attempted and yards. It makes sense that the Cardinals have been so pass-heavy, after losing RB David Johnson (wrist) in Week 1, and none of his backups have yet to make an impact. Fitzgerald has dominated the passing game, receiving more than a quarter of the Cardinals’ targets and passing yards overall, and an even larger share since Johnson went down.
The Cardinals will face a weak 49ers defense that just gave up over 100 yards to both Sammy Watkins and Robert Woods. The biggest downside to this stack is it’s a little “chalky” — both players might be highly owned.
2. Deshaun Watson ($5,100) and DeAndre Hopkins ($6,400)
Watson has improved each week, both in terms of fantasy points and yards, completion percentage and passer rating. The Titans failed to contain the Raiders’ and Seahawks’ passing games, despite those teams’ struggles against the typically underachieving Redskins and Packers defenses, respectively. Watson’s ability to run and scramble enhances his value. He’s not just fast and athletic — in Week 3 against the Patriots, he made multiple mid-run adjustments after reading the defense, resulting in extending his runs several yards at a time.
Hopkins leads the NFL in targets, accounting for 39.8 percent of the Texans’ passes. So while some managers might balk at the potential impact of the return of Will Fuller (collarbone), Hopkins likely will remain one of the most heavily targeted receivers in the league even if Fuller siphons off a sizable chunk. Fuller averaged 6.6 targets as a rookie in 2016.
1. Dak Prescott ($6,200) and Dez Bryant ($6,500)
The Cowboys began the season facing a series of tough passing defenses, yet Prescott ranks eighth among quarterbacks in fantasy points this season. They’re not quite out of the woods yet, though, facing a semi-difficult Rams defense in Week 4, but Prescott has proven he can perform against anyone after he put up 17.92 points against the Broncos. Additionally, the challenging matchup probably is part of why his price isn’t higher and should help lessen his ownership. Prescott has completed at least 60 percent of his passes in each game, and he has a 5-2 touchdown-interception ratio. His ability to scramble adds to his fantasy repertoire, as he’s averaging three carries for 21.3 yards.
Bryant has been somewhat limited, but a particular strength of all three defenses they’ve faced has been their cornerback play. Despite the tough coverage, Bryant ranks 10th in the league in targets and is tied for fifth in touchdowns. He’ll match up against Trumaine Johnson, by reputation one of the better corners in the league, but the Rams star is fresh off giving up 142 yards to the 49ers’ Pierre Garcon. Prescott and Bryant average a combined 30.8 fantasy points this season — I expect that to improve significantly, but even if it doesn’t, that is pretty decent value for cash games.
Honorable Mention: Jameis Winston ($5,900) and DeSean Jackson ($5,200)
The Giants boast one of the league’s best cornerbacks in Janoris Jenkins. Fortunately for DeSean Jackson, Jenkins likely will spend his afternoon following Mike Evans ($7,400) around the field. Both Winston and Jackson are pretty fairly priced — Jackson might be a slight discount, but nothing major — so this recommendation is built around two principles: First, neither defense is particularly good, and this could become a high-scoring affair. Second, Jenkins likely will nearly shut down Evans, making Jackson the focus of the Bucs’ offense.
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