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 14 QB/WR handcuffs to consider for your DraftKings lineups.
10. Drew Brees and Brandin Cooks
QUARTERBACK: Drew Brees – $6800
WIDE RECEIVER: Brandin Cooks – $6200
TOTAL SALARY: $13000
This will be an interesting game for the Saints. They played their Super Bowl last week against the Panthers and came up just short. Now they have to go on the road and try to get back up to face a team in the Buccaneers fighting for the playoffs.
Tampa Bay ranks in the middle of the pack at defending both quarterbacks and receivers. The Buccaneers allow the 15th most fantasy points to both positions. It’s hard to take away stats from their first meeting back in Week 2 because that’s the game where Brees injured his shoulder.
Brees is coming off a good performance against a tough Panthers’ defense but that was the first time he’s scored over 20 fantasy points in three games. With Mark Ingram out, the Saints will likely pass more but on the other hand, the Buccaneers won’t have to worry as much about New Orleans’ running game.
Brees and Cooks are a decent handcuff but given all the factors, there are better options on the board this week.
9. Tom Brady and Danny Amendola
QUARTERBACK: Tom Brady – $7800
WIDE RECEIVER: Danny Amendola – $5200
TOTAL SALARY: $13000
Rob Gronkowski returned to practice this week and is going to be a game-time decision but most reports don’t think he’ll play until next week.
If Gronk doesn’t go, Amendola will see a ton of targets because he’s really the only Patriots receiver that can catch. In Amendola’s last three games he’s been targeted 11, 12 and 13 times, so even if Gronkowski plays, seeing the ball come his way won’t be a problem for Amendola.
This isn’t a great matchup on paper for the Patriots. The Texans rank 16th against quarterbacks and 23rd against receivers in terms of points allowed. However, J.J. Watt has never recorded a sack on Tom Brady and New England has done a good job against Houston’s defense in the past.
Brady and Amendola may not be widely owned this week because of the tough matchup and high price tag. However, Brady coming off two straight losses and could be a nice contrarian play against a defense that was just burned by Tyrod Taylor for 29 fantasy points.
8. Eli Manning and Odell Beckham, Jr.
QUARTERBACK: Eli Manning – $6100
WIDE RECEIVER: Odell Beckham Jr. – $9100
TOTAL SALARY: $15200
Manning had scored back-to-back 20+ point fantasy games but last week he couldn’t take advantage of a Jets’ secondary missing Darrelle Revis.
This week Manning gets a Dolphins’ defense that gives up the 12th most fantasy points to quarterbacks. Miami’s defense allows 271.7 yards and 2.0 touchdowns per game to opposing quarterbacks, so the matchup is beatable for Eli.
Beckham has been hot over the last month. Beckham has scored at least 22 fantasy points in five straight games. Beckham has a strong matchup on Monday night. Miami allows the 11th most fantasy points to wide receivers.
This handcuff has the matchup to put up some good numbers but you’ll have to pay for it. At a combined salary of $15,200, Eli and Beckham are one of the most expensive handcuffs on the board.
7. Ryan Fitzpatrick and Brandon Marshall
QUARTERBACK: Ryan Fitzpatrick – $5400
WIDE RECEIVER: Brandon Marshall – $7600
TOTAL SALARY: $13000
Fitzpatrick continues to be one of the better fantasy quarterbacks. Last week against the Giants Fitz scored 29 points for the second straight game. Fitzpatrick has now put up at least 17 points nine times this year.
Fitz has another good matchup this week. The Titans allow the seventh most fantasy points to quarterbacks. Tennessee has also been generous to receivers. The Titans’ defense gives up the 10th most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers.
Marshall has topped 30 points in back-to-back games. He’s scored at least 20 points seven times this year. He’s hot and given the plus matchup, he should continue to rack up the points for fantasy owners.
Fitz and Marshall have been one of the most productive handcuffs all season and they have another favorable matchup this week. The tandem is well worth the $13,200 salary.
6. Jameis Winston and Mike Evans
QUARTERBACK: Jameis Winston – $5500
WIDE RECEIVER: Mike Evans – $7200
TOTAL SALARY: $12700
You know there are a lot of good handcuffs this week when the one that plays the Saints’ defense only ranks sixth. The problem with the Saints’ defense is it’s awful at defending everything.
The Buccaneers can pick their poison against New Orleans. The Saints can’t stop the run, they can’t defend tight ends and they can’t stop receivers. It’s like Christmas Day for opposing offenses.
Playing the Saints’ defense is still a dream matchup for any quarterback. New Orleans allows the most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks and averages giving up three touchdowns per game. The Saints also allow the ninth most points to wide receivers.
Winston and Evans could rank higher but it’s hard to know what an offense will do against New Orleans or who will catch Winston’s touchdowns because so many players are open. Still, this is a very strong option this week at $12,700. It will also be a popular one though as fading the Saints’ defense has become a weekly fantasy tradition.
5. Andy Dalton and A.J. Green
QUARTERBACK: Andy Dalton – $6600
WIDE RECEIVER: A.J. Green – $7900
TOTAL SALARY: $14500
The first time the Bengals and Steelers met Cincinnati won 16-10. It’s a good bet there will be more points scored this time around.
Pittsburgh’s offense is rolling, so Dalton will likely need to score more than 16 points on Sunday. He certainly has the matchup to do it. The Steelers allow the 11th most fantasy points to quarterbacks. Pittsburgh’s defense gives up 293 yards per game through the air.
Green destroyed the Steelers’ secondary in their first meeting. He caught 11 passes for 118 yards and a touchdown on his way to 31.8 fantasy points. Green should have another big game facing a Steelers defense that allows the sixth most fantasy points to wide receivers.
This is a big game for both teams but it’s hard to see a repeat performance of the defensive battle they had in the first meeting. Don’t be afraid to spend the $14,500 for this handcuff.
4. Tyrod Taylor and Sammy Watkins
QUARTERBACK: Tyrod Taylor – $5400
WIDE RECEIVER: Sammy Watkins – $6100
TOTAL SALARY: $11500
Taylor and Watkins have been red hot over their last two games. Taylor has scored 27 and 29 points in the last two weeks, while Watkins has put up 23 and 37 points.
Now that Taylor and Watkins are both healthy, the Bills’ offense is back on track. This week they face an Eagles’ defense that has given up 13 passing touchdowns in its last three games.
The Eagles allow the third most fantasy points to quarterbacks. Philadelphia’s defense is even worse when it comes to defending receivers. The Eagles give up the most fantasy points in the NFL to wide receivers.
On paper, Taylor and Watkins have the best matchup of any handcuff this week. With a price tag of only $11,500, they’re one of the most affordable ones too.
3. Russell Wilson and Doug Baldwin
QUARTERBACK: Russell Wilson – $6300
WIDE RECEIVER: Doug Baldwin – $4500
TOTAL SALARY: $10800
Speaking of hot QB/WR tandems, no one his hotter than Baldwin and Wilson over the last two games. Baldwin has five touchdown receptions over that span, as the Seahawks’ passing offense has taken off.
Wilson has scored at least 25 fantasy points in his last three games and over 30 in his last two. Baldwin has scored at least 26 fantasy points in three of his last four games with six touchdowns during that time.
There’s no reason to think this tandem will slow down on Sunday against the Ravens. Baltimore’s defense allows the 10th most fantasy points to quarterbacks and the fifth most to wide receivers.
The Seahawks’ offense is red hot and its facing a Ravens’ defense that’s struggled defending the pass all season. This handcuff is a bargain at just $10,800. Start them with confidence.
2. Blake Bortles and Allen Robinson
QUARTERBACK: Blake Bortles – $6000
WIDE RECEIVER: Allen Robinson – $8000
TOTAL SALARY: $14000
Robinson is coming off a 46-point fantasy outburst last week against the Titans and he has another juicy matchup on Sunday.
The Colts allow the third most fantasy points to wide receivers. Indianapolis’ defense gives up 13.4 receptions, 190.8 yards and 1.3 touchdowns per game on 23.8 targets to opposing receivers.
The Colts’ defense is almost as bad when it comes to defending quarterbacks. Indianapolis gives up the eighth most fantasy points to quarterbacks.
Robinson has scored at least 19 points in six of his last eight games. Bortles has put up 26 points in three of his last five. This duo has been producing and they have one of the top matchups of the week.
1. Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown
QUARTERBACK: Ben Roethlisberger – $6800
WIDE RECEIVER: Antonio Brown – $8900
TOTAL SALARY: $15700
Roethlisberger has a tough matchup on paper this week but how can you go against him right now?
The Bengals allow the fourth fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks but Big Ben just played a Seahawks’ defense that gives up the third fewest two weeks ago and ripped them for 27 points.
Roethlisberger faced the Bengals in his first game back from a knee injury in Week 8 and had a miserable game. Big Ben threw three interceptions and was visibly rusty. That was a defensive struggle. Expect this game to be different with the way the Steelers’ offense is playing right now.
This handcuff costs $15,700 but in an important game for the Steelers playoff chances, Roethlisberger and Brown will have a big day versus the tough Bengals’ defense.