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 16 QB/WR handcuffs to consider for your DraftKings lineups:
#10) Aaron Rodgers and Randall Cobb
Rodgers and Cobb have been a disappointment this year. If you’re looking for a reason to take this handcuff in a tough matchup, one is Green Bay will likely need to score points against Arizona this week.
The Cardinals allow the eighth fewest points to quarterbacks and the ninth fewest to wide receivers. One good thing in Cobb’s favor is he’s starting to get targeted more. Over the last two games he’s been targeted 19 times.
Rodgers has topped 20 fantasy points once in his last five games. He won’t be highly owned this week against the Cardinals. Once considered fantasy football’s elite quarterback, Rodgers is now part of a handcuff that is the epitome of a contrarian play.
#9) Ryan Fitzpatrick and Brandon Marshall
Fitzpatrick and Marshall don’t have an enticing matchup on paper against the Patriots but there are still reasons to consider them this week.
Fitzpatrick is hot right now. He didn’t have a great game last week against Dallas but Fitzpatrick has scored 25+ points in three of his last four games. Overall, Fitz has seven games of at least 18 fantasy points.
The Patriots are tough on quarterbacks. New England’s defense allows the seventh fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. However, Fitzpatrick scored 21.7 points against the Patriots in Week 7 and remember Brandon Marshall dropped a potential touchdown pass late in that game.
Marshall caught four passes for 67 yards and had that big drop in the first meeting. The Jets will have to throw and make plays in the passing game against New England’s defense. If they can capitalize on their opportunities, this handcuff could be a sneaky play this week.
#8) Jameis Winston and Mike Evans
Winston has been solid this year as a rookie. He didn’t play well in his last game but still managed to put up 24 fantasy points because the Buccaneers got behind the Rams early and had to throw a lot.
Evans has had a disappointing season. He’s dropped may too many balls for a No. 1 receiver. However, with Vincent Jackson injured, Evans should continue to be targeted heavily. Last week against the Rams Evans was targeted 17 times.
Winston has a good matchup and he’s been able to exploit those this year. The Bears give up the 11th most fantasy points to quarterbacks. This isn’t a bad handcuff to roll the dice on at a cost of just $12,800.
#7) Carson Palmer and Michael Floyd
Palmer had one of the more shocking fantasy outcomes of the season last week. Palmer has been as consistent as any player all year and facing one of the worst pass defenses in the NFL, he only scored 15 points. We can thank David Johnson for that.
Palmer did still throw for 274 yards but just one score. Expect him to be relied on more this week in what should be a competitive, higher-scoring game against the Packers.
The Cardinals have three talented receivers but when Floyd has been healthy since Week 6, he’s been the most consistent. Over that span, Floyd has scored six touchdowns and put up at least 15 fantasy points in six of eight games.
You can handcuff Palmer with either one of Arizona’s top three receivers but with a salary of $4,900, Floyd is the most cost effective.
#6) Tyrod Taylor and Sammy Watkins
The Cowboys’ defense has played well this season but Dallas is dealing with injuries in its secondary and Jason Garrett said this week the team will use the last two games to look at some younger players.
Taylor has been about as good a fantasy quarterback since Week 12. Over his last four games, Taylor has put up weeks of 27, 29, 19 and 27 points. Taylor gets a Dallas’ defense that allows the fifth least fantasy points to quarterbacks but he’s been hot.
Watkins has been just as hot. Like Taylor, Watkins has been on fire since Week 12, scoring at least 19 fantasy points in every game over that span. Also, like Taylor, Watkins faces a tough matchup against a Cowboys’ defense that has been tough on receivers this year but again, their secondary is banged up.
On paper Taylor and Watkins don’t have a great matchup this week but don’t shy away from them. This is one of the hottest tandems in the NFL and worth the $12,200 price tag.
#5) Russell Wilson and Doug Baldwin
Baldwin popped up on the injury report this week with a hamstring injury. Pete Carroll said he’ll be a game-time decision. However, Baldwin did practice fully on Saturday, so he’s trending in the right direction to play.
Baldwin comes into this game red hot. He’s the first player since Jerry Rice to score 10 touchdowns in a four-game stretch. The Rams allow the fourth fewest points to receivers but Golden Tate scored against them twice two weeks ago.
Wilson has also been rewarding fantasy over the last month. He’s scored 25+ points in five straight games. Baldwin has become Wilson’s top option, especially in the red zone.
The Seahawks play the late game on Sunday. If you decide to go with this handcuff and Baldwin is inactive, you can always substitute him for Tyler Lockett. Lockett has a salary of only $4,500 and has 18 receptions for 249 yards and three touchdowns in his last three games.
#4) Drew Brees and Brandin Cooks
Brees has a torn plantar fascia in his foot and will a game-time decision Sunday. Brees insists he’ll play. Assuming he does, he’ll have one of the top matchups on the board.
The Jaguars have really struggled against quarterbacks over the second half of the season. The fact that Matt Ryan didn’t have a big game against them last week just goes to show how far he’s fallen off the fantasy map. The Jaguars give up the sixth most fantasy points to quarterbacks.
Cooks is coming off a big game against the Lions on Monday night where he put up 31 fantasy points. Cooks has now scored 25+ fantasy points in two of his last three games. He’ll have an opportunity for another big day if Brees plays.
The Saints/Jaguars game has a chance to be a wild, high-scoring affair. It really depends on Brees’ health. If he plays, this handcuff is certainly worth $12,700.
#3) Matthew Stafford and Golden Tate
Stafford and Tate have really emerged over the last month. They have another favorable matchup to exploit on Sunday.
Stafford has scored at least 17 fantasy points in six straight games. Meanwhile, Tate has scored five touchdowns in his last three games. With Calvin Johnson banged up Tate has become Stafford’s top option, especially in the red zone.
The 49ers give up the 17th most fantasy points to quarterbacks and the 15th most to wide receivers, so this handcuff has a beatable matchup once again. They’re a strong option at a cost of only $11,900.
#2) Blake Bortles and Allen Robinson
Bortles and Robinson are playing the Saints’ defense this week. That’s the end of the analysis.
Really that is about the end of the analysis at this point in the season. The Saints’ defense is on a record-setting pace and not in a good way. New Orleans allows the most fantasy points to quarterbacks by quite a bit.
The Saints’ defense also gives up the 14th most fantasy points to receivers. That statistic is a bit misleading though because New Orleans’ defense is so bad teams can do whatever they want against them. Elite receivers like Robinson have no trouble getting open against New Orleans’ leaky secondary.
Robinson was held in check last week by Atlanta’s Desmond Trufant. Expect a big bounce-back game from him in Week 16.
#1) Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown
Roethlisberger and Brown lit up Denver defense last week that allowed the fewest fantasy points to both quarterbacks and receivers.
Brown put up 50 fantasy points on the Broncos and now faces a Ravens’ defense that allows the most fantasy points to opposing receivers.
Roethlisberger scored 28 points last week and has recorded 25+ in five of his last six games. That trend should continue against a Ravens’ defense that allows the tenth most fantasy points to quarterbacks.
This handcuff costs $16,100. Given the matchup and how hot Big Ben has been over the last month, it’s worth every penny.