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 15 QB/WR handcuffs to consider for your DraftKings lineups.
10. Aaron Rodgers and Randall Cobb
Rodgers and Cobb got things going last week against the Cowboys. Cobb caught eight passes for 81 yards on 12 targets. He had his best fantasy day in five weeks.
Cobb will try to keep that momentum rolling Sunday against the Raiders. Oakland has actually been tough on wide receivers this year. The Raiders give up the 22nd fewest points to receivers.
The good news though is the Raiders have been much more generous when it comes to allowing points to quarterbacks. Oakland’s defense gives up the eighth most fantasy points to quarterbacks. The Raiders allow 285.5 yards and 1.6 touchdowns per game to quarterbacks.
The Packers got Cobb more involved in the offense last week and that should continue against the Raiders. This handcuff is a bit pricey at $13,700 but still worth a look given Rodgers’ favorable matchup.
9. Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown
It’s not often Roethlisberger and Brown will be this far down the rankings. However, given their salary and matchup, it’s difficult to put them in the Top 5.
The Broncos allow the fewest fantasy points to both quarterbacks and wide receivers. This is a case of strength versus strength. Roethlisberger and the Steelers’ passing game comes in red hot, while the Broncos’ defense is like a vice grip.
All the offensive numbers favor the Steelers, while all the defensive stats favor Denver. It’s going to be a great chess match. Big Ben and Brown have the talent to beat any defense and could make for a profitable contrarian play this week but they’ll cost a hefty $15,100 to own.
8. Tyrod Taylor and Sammy Watkins
Taylor didn’t have a monster game against the Eagles last week but he still put up a respectable 19 points. He’s now scored 27, 29 and 19 points over his last three games.
Like Taylor, Watkins delivered a solid 19 points against the Eagles. He too has been rewarding fantasy players over the last three games with performances of 37, 23 and 19 points.
The Redskins have been pretty good against quarterbacks this year. Washington allows the 18th most fantasy points to the position. However, the Redskins give up the eighth most points to quarterbacks.
Taylor and Watkins have been producing since both players have been healthy and the matchup is beatable this week. The handcuff is also affordable at just $11,800 to own. This is one of the top lower-cost handcuffs on the board.
7. Blake Bortles and Allen Robinson
Bortles and Robinson have been one of the top handcuffs all year but this week they face a tough matchup.
The Falcons allow the fifth fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks this season. Atlanta’s defense has been even tougher on wide receivers. The Falcons have given up the second fewest fantasy points to receivers.
On paper, that’s an awful matchup but if you look further in depth, all is not lost for Robinson. Elite receivers have actually given the Falcons’ secondary trouble. Odell Beckham scored 30 points on Atlanta, DeAndre Hopkins scored 28 and Mike Evans scored 17.
Robinson is coming off a poor performance against the Colts but he had scored at least 16 fantasy points in his previous eight games. Bortles has scored at least 26 points in three straight. The Falcons’ pass defense good but not elite to the points where you need to avoid this handcuff entirely.
6. Drew Brees and Brandin Cooks
On paper, it looks like the Saints/Lions game could be high-scoring. It’s a game where both teams are out of the playoffs and have suspect defenses. That’s also the type of game where Brees could go off.
The Lions allow the 15th most fantasy points to quarterbacks and the 18th most points to wide receivers. Those numbers aren’t awful but Detroit’s defense has been up and down this year.
The other thing about the Lions is they’re now coming off back-to-back losses to the Packers and Rams. A couple of weeks ago Detroit was talking playoffs. Now the Lions are just playing out the season. When we get to this point in the year, you don’t always get the same effort from teams. We saw some of that on Thursday night with Tampa Bay.
Cooks is in a pattern over his last four week where he has a big game followed by a poor one. Last week he scored just 5.9 points, so if that pattern continues, Cook is in line for a big day against Detroit. Brees will have an opportunity to make plays at home against the Lions’ defense on Sunday. This handcuff has a chance for a big week.
5. Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson
It’s hard to trust a receiver that put up 2.6 fantasy points his last time out. For him to be ranked this high, he must be playing against the Saints’ defense. Yep.
The Saints’ still allow the most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks and they’re still on pace to give up the most passing touchdowns in NFL history. New Orleans’ defense surrenders an average of 2.8 touchdowns per game to opposing quarterbacks, along with 292.2 yards.
The Saints are a little better against wide receivers. New Orleans’ defense gives up the 12th most fantasy points to receivers. It’s a little misleading though because the Saints are so bad at defending tight ends and stopping the run, offenses can do anything they want against them.
Johnson has only topped 20 points three times this year and he’s been battling an ankle injury. He didn’t practice on Saturday but Megatron is expected to play. He’s a bit of a risk ranked this high. Still, given Stafford’s elite matchup and in a game that’s projected to be high-scoring, the handcuff is worth $13,000 this week.
4. Matt Ryan and Julio Jones
Ryan laid another egg last week when he was suffocated by the Panthers’ defense. Ryan managed just seven fantasy points and hasn’t scored over 20 points since Week 11.
Jones managed to salvage his day in garbage time. After being controlled by Josh Norman for most of the afternoon, Jones put up 15.8 fantasy points with some late receptions.
Even though Ryan has been struggling lately, he has a chance to break out of his slump this week against Jacksonville. The Jaguars allow the third most fantasy points to quarterbacks. Jacksonville’s defense gives up 278.5 yards and 1.8 touchdowns per game to opposing quarterbacks.
The Jaguars are better against wide receivers. Jacksonville only gives up the 19th most points to receivers. However, Ryan is really the key here because when he’s on, few defenses can stop Jones. The fact that the Jaguars struggle to stop quarterbacks makes Ryan and Jones an intriguing play this week.
Ryan and Jones haven’t had a really big game since Week 8. They have the matchup to end that streak this week.
3. Tom Brady and Danny Amendola
Julian Edelman practiced this week but he won’t be able to return against the Titans. Amendola should continue to eat up targets in what is a strong matchup.
Amendola has been targeted 44 times over his last four games. He’ll face a Titans’ defense on Sunday that allows the ninth most points to wide receivers.
Tennessee’s defense is even worse when it comes to defending quarterbacks. The Titans allow the fifth most fantasy points to quarterbacks. Tennessee gives up 251 yards and 2.2 touchdowns per game to opposing quarterbacks.
The Patriots are thin at receiver and at the running back position. Amendola and Gronk will dominate targets once again this week. Given the strong matchup, $13,500 is a reasonable price to own this handcuff.
2. Russell Wilson and Doug Baldwin
Wilson and the Seattle passing game are red hot right now. Baldwin is the hottest receiver in the NFL. He has eight touchdown catches in his last three games.
That hot streak is likely to continue against the Brown. Cleveland gives up the ninth most fantasy points to quarterbacks and the seventh most points to wide receivers.
Baldwin has scored at least 26 points four of his last five games. Meanwhile, Wilson has topped 25 points in four straight games and 30+ in his last three.
There’s a concern that Seattle may get up big and rely on the running game. It’s possible but Seattle doesn’t have an established running back right now. Baldwin will still see plenty of targets and Wilson is going to remain the focal point of the offense.
Because Baldwin’s salary is still reasonable, this handcuff only costs $12,800. That’s a bargain considering their recent success and matchup this week.
1. Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald
Palmer and Fitzgerald are always a strong play but this week the duo has the strongest matchup on the board.
The Eagles allow the second most fantasy points to quarterbacks and the second most fantasy points to wide receivers. Anything can happen in a football game but on paper Palmer and the Arizona passing attack is an awful matchup for the Eagles’ defense.
You can pick Fitzgerald, John Brown or Michael Floyd to handcuff with Palmer. There’s a chance all three have big games against the Eagles on Sunday. However, Fitzgerald has owned Philadelphia in his career. Fitzgerald has scored at least one touchdown in each of the seven games he’s played against the Eagles. Of the 105 touchdowns Fitzgerald has scored in his career, a little more than 10 percent of them have come versus Philadelphia.
Fitzgerald hasn’t scored since Week 8 but he’s facing a team he’s dominated in the past. Palmer and Fitzgerald have the best matchup of any handcuff this week, so they’re worth the $14,300 price tag.