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 17 QB/WR handcuffs to consider for your DraftKings lineups.
#10) Drew Brees and Brandin Cooks
Despite suffering from a torn plantar fascia in his foot, Brees ripped a hapless Jaguars’ pass defense for 31 fantasy points last week. He’ll have a much tougher task on Sunday against the Falcons.
Atlanta allows the seventh fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks and the second fewest to receivers. The last time these two teams met in Week 6, Brees put up 19.7 fantasy points. However, most of his passes went to tight end Ben Watson. Cooks only caught four balls for 41 yards.
Brees is always a threat to go off for big numbers and while he’s worth consideration in what could be a high-scoring game, the bottom line is there are better handcuff options on the board this week considering how stingy the Falcons are against receivers.
#9) Sam Bradford and Jordan Matthews
Chip Kelly was fired this week but offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur will take over for the season finale, so it shouldn’t impact the play calling much.
The Giants have the NFL’s last ranked pass defense and allow the second most fantasy points to quarterbacks. New York gives up 306.7 yards and 1.9 touchdowns per game to opposing quarterbacks. Bradford has thrown for over 300 yards and scored 20+ fantasy points in his last two games.
The Giants’ defense also struggles when it comes to defending receivers. New York allows the 11th most fantasy points to receivers. Matthews has recorded back-to-back 100-yard games. He’s scored 33 and 25.4 fantasy points in those games.
Bradford and Matthews have come on of late and they have a favorable matchup. At a salary of just $10,000, the Eagles handcuff is an intriguing low-cost option this week.
#8) Ryan Fitzpatrick and Brandon Marshall
Fitzpatrick and Marshall continued to put up big numbers last week against a good New England defense. Fitzpatrick scored 24 fantasy points, while Marshall scored 34.5.
Fitzpatrick has now scored 20+ points in four of his last five games. Meanwhile, Marshall has scored 27+ points in four of his last five games.
Fitzpatrick struggled when these two teams met back in Week 10. He completed just 44 percent of his passes and scored 16.7 fantasy points. It’s still a beatable matchup though. The Bills give up the 14th most fantasy points to quarterbacks and the 13th most to receivers.
This handcuff is hot and it’s facing an average defense. Don’t be afraid to spend the $13,300 on them this week.
#7) Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald
Palmer and Fitzgerald both had big games the first time these two teams met in Week 10. Palmer threw for 363 yards and three touchdowns. Fitzgerald caught 10 passes for 130 yards.
The Seahawks give up the third fewest points to receivers and the second fewest to quarterbacks. However, the Cardinals have the personnel to give Seattle’s defense problems. Like the Steelers, Arizona has three quality receivers, so the Cardinals can exploit weaknesses in Seattle’s secondary.
In the first matchup, Fitzgerald moved all over but did his most damage out of the slot. Expect the Arizona coaching staff to use a similar gameplan this time.
#6) Blake Bortles and Allen Robinson
Bortles and Robinson are both coming off big games last week after going up against air known as the Saints’ defense. Bortles scored 34.2 points, while Robinson came in at 30.1.
Things won’t be as easy this week for Bortles and Robinson. The Texans give up the 12th fewest points to quarterbacks and the seventh fewest to receivers. The Texans are locked into the fourth playoff spot though, so it’s not a given that their starters will play the whole game.
Bortles has scored 25+ fantasy points in five straight games. Robinson has scored at least 30 in two of his last four. The handcuff is still a strong play despite the tough matchup this week.
#5) Russell Wilson and Doug Baldwin
Wilson didn’t have a great game against the Rams last week but he still managed to put up 21.3 fantasy points. Wilson has now scored 20+ points in six straight games.
Baldwin continues to be red hot. Baldwin has scored 11 touchdowns in his last five games. Baldwin has put up 20+ fantasy points in five consecutive games.
Wilson and Baldwin have a tough matchup this week against the Cardinals. However, Seattle can’t run the football at all right now. The Seahawks’ offense is going to have to revolve around Wilson once again on Sunday.
Wilson and Baldwin will be a nice contrarian play this week. They probably won’t have a large ownership because of the matchup but are still worth consideration.
#4) Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson
The Bears can’t be happy to see Johnson on the schedule. Megatron has tortured Chicago throughout his career.
Back in Week 6, Johnson caught six balls for 166 yards and a touchdown against the Bears. Megatron’s 31.6 fantasy points were his second best output of the season.
Stafford also had a huge game the first time he faced the Bears. Stafford’s 38 fantasy points tied a season high. Stafford has scored 20+ fantasy points in back-to-back games, so he’s been productive to end the year.
Johnson is dealing with an ankle injury but it expected to play. This handcuff has had success in the past vs. their opponent and costs an affordable $13,100. They are one of the stronger plays this year when you combine history, price and matchup.
#3) Matt Ryan and Julio Jones
Fantasy players get to take advantage of the Saints’ defense one more time this season.
The Saints’ defense kept its record-setting pace of futility going last week by allowing a 350-yard passer and two 100-yard receivers against Jacksonville.
Ryan hasn’t scored 20 fantasy points since Week 11 but he has the best matchup on the board Sunday. The Saints allow the most fantasy points to quarterbacks by a wide margin. New Orleans’ defense gives up 294.7 yards and 2.9 touchdowns per game to opposing quarterbacks.
The Saints give up the sixth most points to receivers. Jones has scored 30+ points in back-to-back games. He’ll have little trouble getting open against New Orleans’ phantom secondary.
Ryan and Jones cost $14,000 but considering who they’re facing, the handcuff is worth every penny this week.
#2) Eli Manning and Odell Beckham Jr.
The Giants and Eagles are playing out the year in what has a chance to be a high-scoring game between teams with awful defenses.
The Eagles are bad at defending everything but Manning and Beckham have particularly strong matchups. The Eagles’ defense gives up the second most fantasy points to both quarterbacks and wide receivers.
The Giants’ offense was surprisingly shut down by the Eagles when the two teams met back in Week 6. It was probably the best defensive game Philadelphia played all year. Manning scored 10.7 points and Beckham had 19.1.
The Giants’ offense struggled badly last week without Beckham in the lineup. The handcuff costs $14,600 this week but it should be worth it considering the elite matchup against the Eagles.
#1) Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown
The Steelers’ offense laid an egg last week against the Ravens. Roethlisberger scored just 6.5 points and Brown came in with 13.1 in what was a dream matchup on paper.
Expect a big bounce back week from Big Ben and the Steelers receivers. The Browns allow the sixth most fantasy points to quarterbacks and the fifth most to receivers. It’s not likely that Roethlisberger and Brown bomb against elite matchups two weeks in a row.
The first time these two teams met in Week 10, Brown scored 40.9 fantasy points and Big Ben scored 31. It should be more of the same this week.