There are a lot of different ways to handcuff players in fantasy football but in the world of DFS, there’s no method more valuable than pairing a quarterback to his stud receiver. It’s always better to get double the points from two players on the same team having a big game. Here are the Top 10 Week 10 QB/WR handcuffs to consider for your DraftKings lineups.
10. Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald
Palmer and Fitzgerald won’t have a high ownership this week because they face the Seahawks. However, if you want to go against the grain, they’re still worth consideration.
Palmer has scored at least 18 fantasy points in every game this year. The Seahawks allow the third fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks but Cam Newton, Andy Dalton and Aaron Rodgers all scored over 20 points on the Seattle defense. The Seahawks’ defense is good but it’s not unbeatable.
Fitzgerald is unlikely to draw Richard Sherman all game long because the Cardinals move him around. Fitz sees time on both the outside and the slot. The Seahawks give up the fewest fantasy points to wide receivers. Depending on whether or not John Brown plays though, the Cardinals have three good receivers, so they present a unique challenge to Seattle’s secondary.
Palmer and Fitz have a tough matchup this week, that’s why they rank down at 10. However, even though Seattle’s defense is good, it’s not as dominant as it’s been as in year’s past. Don’t be surprised if Palmer has a good game on Sunday.
9. Kirk Cousins and Pierre Garcon
Cousins represents everything that’s great about DFS. We don’t have to own him all year but we can use Cousins the couple of times during the season when he has a great matchup.
The Saints allow the most fantasy points to quarterbacks. New Orleans’ defense gives up 306.3 yards and 2.7 touchdowns per game to quarterbacks. Over its last two games, the Saints have allowed Eli Manning and Marcus Mariota to throw for 721 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Cousins’ three fantasy games of 19+ points this year came against the Buccaneers, Giants and Eagles. Two of those teams (Bucs and Giants) rank in the bottom five of NFL defenses when it comes to defending quarterbacks.
The Saints are almost as bad when it comes to defending receivers. New Orleans allows the fifth most fantasy points to wide receivers. Garcon had a terrible game against the Patriots and he’s only averaging 12.6 points on the year. However, the Saints have allowed the most passing touchdowns in the NFL. Now with DeSean Jackson healthy and demanding more attention from opposing defenses, Garcon won’t be miscast as a No.1 receiver.
Cousins has a great matchup this week. You can substitute Jackson for Garcon but he’s still a little risky coming back from that hamstring injury. Both receivers should have good games against the Saints’ secondary. The Cousins/Garcon handcuff costs just $10,000. That’s a heck of a bargain.
8. Peyton Manning and Demaryius Thomas
Manning has had two games this year where he’s scored 20+ fantasy points. One of those games came back in Week 2 versus the Chiefs when he threw for a season-high three touchdowns.
If Peyton is ever going to have a big fantasy performance this year, this is it. The Chiefs allow 272.6 yards and 2.0 touchdowns per game to opposing quarterbacks.
Kansas City’s defense is even worse when it comes to defending receivers. The Chiefs allow the most fantasy points to the receiver position, giving up 15.3 receptions, 215.3 yards and 1.6 touchdowns per game.
Thomas has five games of at least 90 yards receiving this season. In his first meeting against the Chiefs, Thomas caught eight passes for 116 yards.
Manning and Thomas haven’t been a great handcuff this year but given the Chiefs’ struggles against the pass, this is a week they could produce big numbers.
7. Andy Dalton and A.J. Green
Dalton had a hiccup against the Steelers but overall he’s been one of the most consistent fantasy quarterbacks in the NFL. Dalton has scored 20+ points in six of eight games, yet he’s still just the eighth most expensive quarterback on the board.
Dalton should continue to put up big numbers this week. The Texans give up the ninth most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. Houston’s defense allows 245.8 yards and 2.0 touchdowns per game.
This handcuff would be higher up on the board but Green’s numbers have suffered a bit because Dalton is spreading the ball around more this year. He’s had two big weeks but failed to top 20 points in his other six games.
Green has a chance to put up another big performance against Houston. The Texans’ secondary has given up a lot of big plays this year. The Texans’ defense doesn’t allow a lot of receptions or yards to opposing receivers but does give up 1.3 touchdowns per game. Jarvis Landry, Bryan Walters, Allen Robinson, Andre Johnson, Leonard Hankerson and Mike Evans all had 20+ point scoring weeks on the Texans, so their secondary can be exploited.
Green and Dalton cost $14,300. With Green not putting up big numbers in four of his last five games, the handcuff is a nice contrarian play this week.
6. Derek Carr and Amari Cooper
Carr has been red-hot over his last three games. During that span, Carr has thrown for 1,023 yards, 11 touchdowns and one interception. For those numbers players only have to pay $5,800 to own Carr.
Carr has a tough matchup on paper but that’s been the case the last three weeks and he lit up the Jets, Chargers and Steelers’ defenses. The way Carr is playing right now it’s hard not to trust him against any defense.
The Vikings are tough on both quarterbacks and receivers. Minnesota’s defense allows the fourth fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks and the eighth fewest to wide receivers. It’s a challenging matchup but Carr is averaging 28 points over his last three games, while Cooper has topped 20 points in two of his last three.
Carr has started to spread the ball around more but Cooper is still his main target. Cooper has seen 22 targets in the last two games, despite being covered by Darrelle Revis in one of them.
Carr is probably the most undervalued player in DFS right now. Because of that, this handcuff can be owned for just $12,600. They’re worth it even against a tough Vikings’ defense.
5. Eli Manning and Odell Beckham Jr.
Manning and Beckham have been one of the toughest handcuffs to predict this season. When they hit, they hit big. This is one of the weeks they could hit big.
Beckham has been hot over his last two games. He’s caught 17 passes for 235 yards and three touchdowns on 26 targets. Sometimes the Giants don’t feed Beckham the ball enough and Bill Belichick is famous for taking away an opponent’s top offensive weapon. However, if the Giants have any hope of pulling the upset, Beckham has to continue to be targeted heavily.
The Patriots allow 268.3 yards and 1.5 touchdowns per game to opposing quarterbacks. Manning has topped 19 fantasy points five times this season. He’ll have to throw it a lot on Sunday to keep up with Brady and the Patriots. He should hit that mark for a sixth time.
The total for this game is set at 55. That’s the highest total for any NFL game this week, so oddsmakers are expecting plenty of points to be scored. This handcuff is pricy at $15,500 because if Beckham’s salary but expect it to deliver in a game that will produce a lot of fantasy points across the board.
4. Aaron Rodgers and Randall Cobb
Rodgers and Cobb finally broke out last week against the Panthers. The duo scored a combined 56.9 points. The two are in line for another big day this week against the struggling Lions’ defense.
Detroit is giving up the fifth most fantasy points to quarterbacks. The Lions’ defense allows 269.5 yards and 1.8 touchdowns per game.
Detroit’s defense is almost as bad when it comes to defending wide receivers. The Lions give up the eighth most fantasy points to the position. Cobb had been in a slump until facing the Panthers. Now he has the matchup to post his best game since Week 3 when he put up 35 points against the Chiefs.
The Packers are reeling after back-to-back losses to the Broncos and Panthers. The Lions are the perfect tonic to get Green Bay back on track. Don’t be afraid to spend the $14,200 on the Rodgers/Cobb handcuff this week.
3. Blake Bortles and Allen Robinson
Bortles’ salary may be only $5,600 but he’s producing like a premier quarterback.
Bortles is averaging 21.4 points on the season. In his last four games, Bortles has scored at least 26 fantasy points three times.
Robinson and Allen Hurns are both Top 10 fantasy receivers right now. However, Hurns is questionable with a sprained foot, so Robinson could see even more targets this week. He’s averaging just over 19 points per game.
Both Bortles and Robinson have excellent matchups this week. The Ravens give up the second most fantasy points to both quarterbacks and receivers.
Baltimore’s defense allows 300.8 yards and 2.0 touchdowns per game to quarterbacks, while giving up 14.6 receptions, 207.9 yards and 1.8 touchdowns to opposing receivers.
Even though Bortles and Robinson have been productive this season, they still have reasonable salaries, so this handcuff costs just $12,300. Given the matchup, that’s a steal.
2. Drew Brees and Brandin Cooks
The Redskins did a good job of slowing down Tom Brady last week, holding him to under 20 fantasy points for the first time all season. Now as a reward Washington’s defense gets to face the red-hot Brees.
In his last two games, Brees has thrown for 892 yards, 10 touchdowns and three interceptions. He followed up his 49-point fantasy day against the Giants with a 35-point performance versus Tennessee.
The Redskins have been pretty good at defending quarterbacks this year but the Titans rank in the Top 10 and Brees had no trouble lighting them up. When a quarterback like Brees is this hot, most defenses don’t have much of a chance to stop him.
Cooks has been one of the biggest beneficiaries of Brees’ hot streak. He’s caught 10 passes and three touchdowns over the last two games. The Redskins allow the seventh most fantasy points to wide receivers, so Cooks will have a good chance to find the end zone for the third consecutive game.
Brees is playing as well as any quarterback in the NFL right now and with the Saints’ defense being one of the NFL’s worst, he has to put up a lot of points. At a salary of $13,400, this handcuff won’t break the bank either.
1. Tom Brady and Julian Edelman
Brady and Edelman were actually human last week against the Redskins. Brady posted 18.9 points, while Edelman was held to 15.5 points. It was Brady’s lowest output of the year and Edelman’s second lowest.
Don’t expect a repeat on Sunday against the Giants. New York’s defense allows the fourth most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. The Giants give up 314.4 yards and 1.9 touchdowns per game.
The Giants are better against receivers, allowing the 15th most fantasy points to the position but it usually doesn’t matter once Brady gets going. If the Giants struggle to contain Brady, Edelman will have a big game. He’s averaging just under 21 points.
Brady and Edelman had a rare down week last Sunday but look for them to rebound with a big performance against a struggling Giants’ pass defense. This handcuff cost the most to own at $16,800 but it should pay off big for players this week.