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 4 QB/WR handcuffs to consider for your DraftKings lineups:
10. Tyrod Taylor and Percy Harvin
Taylor has been one of the biggest surprises of the fantasy season so far and he has another strong matchup this week.
Taylor is averaging 23.1 fantasy points and he faces the 32nd ranked Giants pass defense on Sunday. The Giants are allowing 345 yards and 1.7 touchdowns per game to opposing quarterbacks after three games.
Harvin has also been a surprise this year. He’s averaging just under 15 fantasy points and with Sammy Watkins out this week, Harvin should see even more targets. The Giants are allowing 16.7 receptions and 181.3 yards per game to opposing receivers.
Taylor is playing well and Harvin should be his No. 1 receiver this week. This is an inexpensive handcuff to build your lineups around at just $10,400 for the two.
9. Andrew Luck and T.Y. Hilton
Luck is questionable for this game, so you’ll have to make sure he’s active on Sunday.
If Luck does play, he’ll have a good matchup against the Jaguars’ defense. Jacksonville allows 297.3 yards and 1.7 touchdowns per game to opposing quarterbacks.
Luck hasn’t played a complete game yet and he’s a little banged up, so that’s why he’s down at No. 9. However, if he does play, Luck will have some opportunities to make plays against a leaky Jacksonville secondary.
Hilton is averaging just 12.6 fantasy points per game. He’s yet to really take off this year but Hilton did catch four passes for 94 yards last week. The Jaguars’ defense allows 14.3 receptions and 173 yards per game to opposing receivers.
The Luck/Hilton handcuff costs $14,500. It’s worth a shot if Luck plays but there are better options on the board this week.
8. Philip Rivers and Keenan Allen
Allen had a hiccup in Week 2. He only saw four targets against the Bengals. In his other two games, Allen has seen 35 targets and caught 27 passes.
Joe Haden will be on Allen this week but he’s not 100 percent. Haden is dealing with bruised ribs. Expect Allen to once again be heavily targeted by Rivers. Maybe not 18 times, but Allen should see double digit targets.
The Browns are only allowing 11.3 receptions per game to opposing receivers but they do give up 152 yards and 1.7 touchdowns as well.
Rivers has struggled since a strong opener. He hasn’t topped 16 fantasy points in either of his last two starts. The Browns have two good corners in Haden and Tramon Williams and struggle to stop the run. Even with Allen playing well, it’s hard to rank this handcuff much higher until Rivers shows more consistency.
The Rivers/Allen duo has a modest combined salary of $13,100. It’s a decent matchup and at the price, the handcuff could pay off this week.
7. Eli Manning and Odell Beckham Jr.
On paper Manning and Beckham, Jr. have a great matchup against the Bills’ defense. It will be interesting to see if Buffalo’s defense starts to turn the corner and some of those numbers go the other way.
The Bills have allowed 18.7 receptions, 217.3 yards and 1.7 touchdowns per game to opposing receivers through three games. Buffalo’s defense has also allowed an unthinkable 335 yards and 2.3 touchdowns per game to opposing quarterbacks.
One would think the Bills have too much talent on defense for these numbers to continue. Buffalo’s defense played better last week but Rishard Matthews still caught six balls for 113 yards and two scores.
Eli Manning has been playing well after his Week 1 meltdown. Manning is averaging 285 yards and two touchdowns over his last two games.
Beckham, Jr. is averaging 20.3 fantasy points a week. After a rough opener, Beckham, Jr. has scored in each of his last two games.
The Bills’ defensive front has an advantage over the Giants’ offensive line but the numbers point to this as being a great matchup for Eli and OBJ. However, at a combined $16,100, this is one of the most expensive handcuffs on the board.
6. Derek Carr and Amari Cooper
Carr was injured in the season opener against the Bengals but he’s been sensational in his last two games.
In wins over the Ravens and Browns, Carr has thrown for 665 yards, five touchdowns and just one interception. Carr has completed over 62 percent of his passes in each of his last two games.
Cooper has been an absolute beast as a rookie. Joe Haden is a premier NFL cornerback and Cooper made him look like the rookie at times last week. Cooper is averaging 20 fantasy points and he’s seen 22 targets in the last two games with Carr under center.
The Bears’ defense has struggled keeping receivers out of the end zone so far this season. Chicago is giving up 2.3 touchdowns per game and rank 28th overall at defending receivers.
Carr and Cooper are rolling right now and they have a favorable matchup, so there’s no reason to think they’ll slow down this week. Because of Carr’s low salary ($5,300), this handcuff only costs a combined $11,600. Expect it to be one of the more popular handcuffs this week because of the price.
5. Peyton Manning and Demaryius Thomas
There’s one thing you can count on Thomas getting every week: Targets.
Thomas has seen at least 11 targets in every game and a total of 38 on the season. It’s so hard to predict targets for certain receivers but guys like Thomas and Julio Jones are a given pretty much every single week. That’s what makes them so valuable.
Thomas is averaging just under 20 fantasy points a week. He found the end zone in his last game against the Lions and the Broncos’ passing game finally looks like it’s starting to take off.
Peyton Manning has thrown for 580 yards and five touchdowns in his last two games. The Vikings’ defense allows 253 yards a game to quarterbacks and 15 receptions a game to receivers, so they rank in the middle of the pack in both categories.
Manning and Thomas are heating up but one negative with this handcuff is they’re a bit pricey compared to some others. To own the Broncos’ duo, you have to use up $15,300 of your salary cap. However, based on the first three games, Thomas is one of the few receivers assured to see double-digit targets, so you’re paying for volume.
4. Andy Dalton and A.J. Green
Dalton and Green are off to a great start to the season. They also have one of the best matchups this week.
Dalton is a Top 5 fantasy quarterback after the first three games. He’s averaging 25.2 points per game. That’s only 2.5 points less than Aaron Rodgers. Dalton has thrown at least two touchdowns in every game and he only has one interception on the season.
Green is coming off a huge game against the Ravens where he caught 10 passes for 227 yards and two touchdowns. He should have another big game this week facing a Chiefs’ defense that ranks last in the NFL at defending receivers by quite a bit.
Kansas City’s defense has allowed 19 receptions, 250 yards and 3.0 touchdowns per game to opposing receivers. The Chiefs are also giving up over 44 fantasy points a game to receivers.
The Chiefs’ defense also ranks last in the league versus quarterbacks. Kansas City is giving up 307 yards and 3.3 touchdowns per game to quarterbacks. Keep in mind, the Chiefs played the Houston Texans in their first game too.
Dalton and Green are hot and their matchup is just too good to overlook. Throw in a combined salary of only $13,500, and this is a handcuff that needs to be strongly considered this week.
3. Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald
Palmer and Fitzgerald came in at No. 5 last week but after another strong performance, they move into the Top 3.
Palmer has topped 20 fantasy points in every game this season. He’s thrown for over 300 yards twice and he has nine touchdown passes. Over his last nine games, Palmer is averaging 288 passing yards. He’s still relatively cheap though. Palmer’s salary is only the eighth most expensive among quarterbacks this week.
Fitzgerald has been on fire over the last two weeks. Fitzgerald has 17 receptions, 246 yards and 5 touchdowns on 20 targets in his last two games.
The Rams rank high at defending receivers because they’ve done a good job at keeping them out of the end zone. However, St. Louis’ defense does give 15.7 receptions per game to opposing receivers, so Fitzgerald should have plenty of opportunities.
Despite their hot start, the Palmer/Fitzgerald only takes up $13,300 of your salary cap. They’re well worth the price this week.
2. Matt Ryan and Julio Jones
In fantasy boring is good. Ryan and Jones are the most boring handcuff in DFS. They produce every week, regardless of the matchup.
Ryan has been his usual steady self. He’s averaging 21 fantasy points through three games this season. Ryan doesn’t put up Aaron Rodger numbers but he’s good for around 300 yards and a couple of scores most weeks.
The star of this handcuff is obviously Jones. Julio is averaging a ridiculous 37 fantasy points a week. He has 34 receptions on the year and has easily topped 100 yards in every game. Jones has seen an insane 46 targets in three games.
The Texans’ defense has been tough on receivers this year. Houston allows just 10 receptions, 135 yards and 0.7 touchdowns per game. However, the Cowboys were good at defending receivers on paper going into last week and Jones ripped them for 12 receptions, 164 yards and two touchdowns.
This handcuff is defense proof but as usual they’re one of the most expensive on the board because of Jones’ salary ($9,300). The Ryan/Julio combo costs a combined $16,200 but they’ve been producing every week.
1. Aaron Rodgers and Randall Cobb
If it’s not broke, don’t fix it. Rodgers and Cobb were the No.1 handcuff last week and they have another great matchup on Sunday.
Cobb is averaging 24.2 fantasy points a game. He’s coming off a three-touchdown performance against the Chiefs and he’s now been targeted 23 times in his last two games.
Rodgers continues to roll. He threw for 333 yards and five touchdowns against the Chiefs last week. Rodgers is averaging almost 28 fantasy points a week.
Rodgers and Cobb should continue to put up big numbers on Sunday versus the 49ers. San Francisco’s defense has given up 303 yards and 1.7 touchdowns per game to opposing quarterbacks.
The 49ers rank even worse (29th) when it comes to defending wide receivers. Through three games, San Francisco’s defense has allowed 12.7 receptions, 221.7 yards and 1.3 touchdowns per game to receivers.
Antonio Brown and Larry Fitzgerald are coming off big games versus the 49ers’ defense. The Rodgers/Cobb handcuff costs a combined $15,300 but it will continue to be well worth the money.