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 12 QB/WR handcuffs to consider for your DraftKings lineups.
10. Blake Bortles and Allen Robinson
Bortles and Robinson have delivered most weeks. Allen Hurns has also been a Top 10 fantasy receiver but with Hurns now battling injuries, Robinson should start seeing more targets over the final month of the season.
Robinson caught five passes for 113 yards on seven targets against the Titans. He’s now been targeted 29 times in Jacksonville’s last three games.
Bortles has cooled off a little after a hot stretch last month. He’s only topped 20 fantasy points once in his last four games. This week he gets a San Diego defense that allows the 19ths most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks but that stat is a little misleading because the Chargers are so bad against the run. Quarterbacks don’t always have to throw a lot versus San Diego’s defense.
This handcuff is worth a shot at $13,200 with Robinson in it. If Bortles gets back on track, it could be a sneaky good play this week.
9. Brian Hoyer and DeAndre Hopkins
If you’re looking for a sleeper handcuff this week, the one playing the Saints’ defense is always a good option.
Hoyer wouldn’t normally be a popular choice in DFS lineups but any quarterback playing the Saints needs to be considered. New Orleans’ defense gives up the most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks and the Saints have also allowed the most touchdowns passes (28) in the NFL.
The Saints are almost as bad when it comes to covering wide receivers. New Orleans’ defense allows the ninth most fantasy points to receivers. That’s not good news with Hopkins on deck. Hopkins has scored at least 27 fantasy points six times this year.
Hopkins is obviously a popular play but not many players are likely to pull the trigger on Hoyer even with his dream matchup. He’s scored 20+ fantasy points in three of seven games this year and 17 points in two others.
One downside though is this handcuff costs $14,100 because of Hopkins, so you’re not getting the value that comes along with rostering Hoyer but he could still deliver big against the Saints’ awful defense.
8. Derek Carr and Amari Cooper
If you’re looking for a contrarian handcuff play this week, Carr and Cooper are an option.
Carr is coming off one of his worst games of the season last week against Detroit. He posted just 7.6 points. It was his first outing since Week 1 without a touchdown and Carr left that game early with an injury. Before last week, Carr had scored at least 22 points in four straight games.
Cooper appears to have hit the rookie wall. He’s struggled with drops recently and has only topped 20 fantasy points once in his last four games. Despite Cooper’s one-catch performance against the Lions though, it was his first game all season without at least four receptions.
The Titans allow the 13th most fantasy points to quarterbacks and the 19th most to wide receivers but their defense has been more over-achieving than formidable. Expect bounce-back games from Carr and Cooper after the duo had their worst combined performances of the year last Sunday.
7. Kirk Cousins and DeSean Jackson
Cousins threw for 316 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions when he faced the Giants in Week 3. The numbers were decent and Cousins managed to post 20 fantasy points but he didn’t play well. Most of Cousins’ yards and touchdown came late in the game when Washington was behind.
Cousins will have a chance for another 20+ point game against the Giants this time around though. New York’s defense has been awful versus the pass. The Giants allow the second most fantasy points to quarterbacks by allowing 316.4 yards and 1.9 touchdowns per game.
New York’s defense has also struggled at defending wide receivers. The Giants allow the 12th most fantasy points to opposing receivers. Jackson didn’t play in the first meeting but he’s finally healthy again. Jackson scored his first touchdown and put up 20 fantasy points last week versus Carolina.
This handcuff has a strong matchup and only costs $10,500. They’re worth a long look this week.
6. Drew Brees and Brandin Cooks
The Texans’ defense has been playing great over the last month. Now comes their biggest test as Houston faces Drew Brees and the Saints.
After a slow start to the year, the Texans’ defense has really come on of late. Over their last five games, the Texans’ defense has recorded 21 sacks, seven interceptions and four fumble recoveries. Even more impressive is 18 of Houston’s 27 sacks this season have come in the last four games.
After throwing for almost 900 yards and 10 touchdowns over two games, Brees struggled in his last outing before the bye week versus Washington. However, Brees has at least 20 fantasy points in six of nine games this year.
Cooks has exploded after being one of fantasy football’s biggest disappointments over the first month of the season. He’s now scored five touchdowns in his last three games.
This is an interesting matchup pitting Brees and a hot receiver versus a hot defense. At 13,700, the success of this handcuff will likely come down to the battle up front and whether or not the Texans’ defensive line dominates the game.
5. Ben Roethlisberger and Martavis Bryant
Obviously you can never go wrong handcuffing Antonio Brown with Roethlisberger. However, with Richard Sherman expected to shadow Brown on Sunday, Bryant could be a more intriguing option this week.
Again, Brown certainly has the ability to have a big game against Sherman but Cary Williams has struggled at times this year and Bryant is an elite receiver in his own right when Big Ben is healthy. In the Steelers’ last game after Roethlisberger replaced Landry Jones, Bryant caught six passes for 178 yards and a touchdown.
The Seahawks are tough on paper against both quarterbacks and receivers but that’s a bit misleading. Cam New Newton, Andy Dalton and Carson Palmer all scored 20+ fantasy points on Seattle. Roethlisberger can do the same and if you don’t want to pay for Brown, this handcuff could deliver big for just $12,300.
4. Jameis Winston and Mike Evans
Winston is coming off a five touchdown performance against the dreadful Eagles’ pass defense. He likely won’t throw for five touchdowns again this week but Winston has a chance to put up another strong fantasy day.
Winston had been playing well before last Sunday’s breakout performance. He’s now scored at least 18 fantasy points in four of his last five games. The Colts allow the ninth most fantasy points to quarterbacks and will be without safety Mike Adams on Sunday, so Winston has another favorable matchup to exploit.
The Colts also struggle at defending wide receivers. Indianapolis’ defense allows the seventh most fantasy points to opposing receivers. Vincent Jackson is back but Evans still scored last week and has been targeted 39 times in his last three games.
Winston has been playing well lately and that should continue this week against an overmatched Colts’ defense. This handcuff costs just $12,900, so it has value too.
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3. Eli Manning and Odell Beckham, Jr.
Manning and Beckham have one of the best matchups of the week against the Redskins’ defense.
Washington gives up the 12th most fantasy points to quarterbacks. The Redskins’ defense allows 248.3 yards and 2.0 touchdowns per game to opposing quarterbacks.
The Redskins are even worse when it comes to defending receivers. Washington’s defense allows 11.7 receptions 164.6 yards and 1.5 touchdowns per game on 19 targets to opposing receivers.
The Giants and Redskins met back in Week 3. Manning threw for 279 yards and two touchdowns, while Beckham caught seven balls for 79 yards and a score. This handcuff costs $15,200 this week but the tandem has had prior success against the Redskins and the matchup suggests they’ll have success again on Sunday.
2. Matt Ryan and Julio Jones
Julio Jones is a strong play any week but with Devonta Freeman out Sunday because of a concussion, he’s an even stronger play.
Freeman and Jones are the focal part of the Falcons offense but with Freeman out, Jones takes on an even bigger role. After a brief three-game “slump” where Jones didn’t reach 20 fantasy points, he’s been back to business as usual scoring at least 24 points over his last four games.
One of the reasons Jones wasn’t putting up big numbers was because Ryan was also disappointing at the same time. However, he’s rebounded too. Ryan has scored 25, 19 and 21 points over his last three games.
The Vikings give up the seventh fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks and the eighth fewest to wide receivers, so the matchup is tough on paper this week. Still, with Freeman out, expect Ryan and Jones to hook up often on Sunday.
1. Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald
Palmer and Fitzgerald have been good all year and they have another strong matchup this week.
The 49ers all ow the seventh most fantasy points to quarterbacks and the sixth most points to wide receivers. No other QB/WR tandem has a better combined matchup this week.
Palmer is averaging 24.2 points per game and he hasn’t scored below 18 points once all year. Fitzgerald is averaging 21.5 points per game and has put up 17, 26 and 22.4 points over his last three games.
Given the overall performance and premier matchup of this handcuff, it’s well worth $14,500 this week.