There are a lot of different ways to stack 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 QB/WR stacks to consider for you Week 2.
10. Marcus Mariota and Tajae Sharpe
The Titans drew a tough Vikings defense in Week 1. This week, things ease up for Tennessee’s offense when they face the Lions. The Lions allowed the most fantasy points to quarterbacks and the seventh most to wide receivers after one game. It did come against Andrew Luck, so Detroit’s defense probably isn’t as bad as the numbers say right now, but the Titans stack is still an appealing option this week.
Mariota ($6,000) got harassed all day by the Vikings defensive front. He finished with 271 yards passing, two touchdowns and an interception. He faces a Lions defense that allowed 385 yards and four touchdowns to Luck. Tajae Sharpe ($4,100) established himself as Mariota’s top receiver throughout the summer and that carried over to the first game. He caught seven balls for 76 yards on 11 targets. Last week the Lions gave up 16 receptions, 237 yards and a score on 25 targets to Colts receivers.
This stack has a salary of $10,100. When you factor in price and matchup, there’s a lot to like about Mariota and Sharpe this week.
9. Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald
The Buccaneers allowed the sixth most fantasy points to quarterbacks in Week 1. Carson Palmer ($6,400) missed some throws against the Patriots, but he still managed to pass for 271 yards and two scores. Larry Fitzgerald ($6,900) came out of the gate strong this season, catching eight balls for 81 yards and two scores on 10 targets against the Patriots. The Cardinals have a lot of mouths to feed on offense, but Fitz has seen at least nine targets in a game 10 times in his last 17 regular season games.
The Buccaneers allowed the ninth most fantasy points to receivers in Week 1. Tampa Bay’s defense is improved, but this is a tough matchup for them early in the year. You can stack Palmer with any of the Arizona receivers but he continues to target Fitzgerald heavily virtually every week.
I expect a high-scoring game between the Cardinals and Buccaneers that produces a lot of fantasy numbers. This stack is a solid option at only $13,300.
8. Jameis Winston and Mike Evans
Jameis Winston ($6,200) torched the Falcons defense for 281 yards and four scores in the opener. Mike Evans ($7,200) caught 5-of-7 targets for 99 yards and a touchdown. Evans could have had another touchdown but Winston overthrew him when he was wide open in the end zone. It was one of Winston’s only mistakes against Atlanta.
Arizona’s defense allowed the 10th most fantasy points to receivers In Week 1. Evans will see a lot of Patrick Peterson but Cardinals defensive coordinator James Bettcher said Peterson won’t shadow Evans all game.
The Cardinals have a big weakness at their second cornerback spot. Rookie Brandon Williams – a former running back – started opposite Peterson against the Patriots. He was targeted eight times, allowing four completions for 74 yards and a touchdown. The Cardinals only other options are Justin Bethel and Marcus Cooper. Cornerback is going to be a weak link for Arizona all season.
Winston is still undervalued at this point in the season. The presence of Peterson pushes this stack down the list a little but Evans has the ability to beat single coverage. If Evans gets double-covered on the other side of the field, Winston showed last week on the 45-yard touchdown pass that he’s not afraid to still throw him the ball.
Vincent Jackson ($4,000) can also be added to this stack in what has a chance to be a high-scoring game Sunday.
7. Cam Newton and Kelvin Benjamin
Kelvin Benjamin ($6,500) picked up right where he left off after missing the 2015 season. He caught six balls for 91 yards and a touchdown against the vaunted Broncos secondary.
Benjamin will have an easier matchup this week. The 49ers defense comes into this game allowing the fourth fewest fantasy points to receivers and the fewest to quarterbacks. We have to take those numbers with a grain of salt though because the 49ers played the equivalent of a JV high school team in Week 1. Needless to say, San Francisco is in for a much tougher test on Sunday.
Cam Newton ($7,900) played well versus the Broncos. Despite the tough matchup, Cam put up 22.2 fantasy points. In my opinion, he should have little trouble reaching that number again this week. The only factor I foresee that could potentially derail this stack is if the Panthers get a big lead early and don’t throw the ball much in the second half.
6. Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown
It may be surprising to see Roethlisberger and Brown this far down the rankings. The reason for it is because Antonio Brown ($9,900) is actually somewhat human against the Bengals. In three games against the Bengals last year Brown only went over 100 yards once and scored one touchdown. He averaged 84.4 receiving yards versus the Bengals and 144.6 yards versus the rest of the league.
Ben Roethlisberger ($7,500) didn’t have big fantasy days against the Bengals defense last year either. In three games, he averaged 257 yards, threw two touchdowns and four interceptions. Big Ben averaged 38 attempts against the Bengals, but he settled for a lot of underneath throws.
Roethlisberger and Brown are talented enough to use any week, but the Bengals are the one defense that has a recent history of keeping them in check. We’ll see if that trend continues Sunday.
5. Matt Ryan and Julio Jones
Julio Jones ($9,200) tweaked his ankle last week, but he’s expected to play Sunday against the Raiders. Obviously check Jones’ status closer to game time. Assuming he doesn’t suffer a setback, Jones is set up for a big performance. The Raiders allowed by far the most fantasy points to receivers in Week 1. Oakland’s defense gave up 56 fantasy points to the Saints’ receivers.
Jones is coming off a quiet opener. He was held to four receptions for 66 yards on eight targets. Eight targets isn’t the norm for Jones. He was targeted fewer than 10 times in a game just twice last season. Jones has to be licking his chops looking at an Oakland secondary that gave up two 100-yard games and three touchdowns to Brandin Cooks and Willie Snead.
The Raiders gave up the second most fantasy points to quarterbacks in Week 1 after Drew Brees ripped them for 423 yards and four scores. While Jones didn’t have a big fantasy day, Matt Ryan ($6,800) had a strong outing in the loss to Tampa Bay. He threw for 334 yards and two touchdowns. Both of his scores went to Mohamed Sanu.
Jones doesn’t stay quiet for long and after one week, this is a mouthwatering matchup. As long as his ankle checks out, I think the Ryan/Jones stack is worth their $16,000 salary this week.
4. Blake Bortles and Allen Robinson
Allen Robinson ($7,800) is coming off an average Week 1 performance where he caught six balls for 72 yards. The good news is Robinson was still targeted a whopping 15 times versus Green Bay. Robinson has another tough matchup this week against Chargers cornerbacks Jason Verrett and Brandon Flowers. Robinson can beat almost any corner though when Bortles is playing well, and we know the targets will be there.
Going back to last season Robinson has been targeted at least nine times in 13 games. He’s also been targeted 24 times and scored 12 touchdowns in the red zone the last two seasons.
The Chargers defense allowed the third most fantasy points to quarterbacks in Week 1. Alex Smith threw for 363 yards and two touchdowns. Blake Bortles ($6,700) had an inconsistent game in the opener throwing for 320 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
Bortles and Robinson didn’t deliver big fantasy numbers last week, but with Chris Ivory out again, Bortles will likely have to put it in the air 30+ times. The targets should be there again for Robinson, so I expect to see more production as well.
3. Andy Dalton and A.J. Green
No duo was more impressive in Week 1 than Dalton and Green. Facing a tough Jets defense, Andy Dalton ($6,400) threw for 366 yards, one touchdown and an interception. A.J. Green ($8,900) ran past Darrelle Revis for 12 catches, 180 yards and a score on 13 targets.
The Steelers defense played well in Monday night’s win over the Redskins. They come into this game allowing the seventh fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks and the 19th most to receivers. However, Green absolutely torched the Steelers last year. He scored a touchdown in all three games. Overall, Green finished with 22 receptions, 321 yards and three touchdowns on 34 targets. Green played seven quarters against the Steelers last year without an injured Dalton too.
In the first meeting against Pittsburgh last year with Dalton under center, Green was targeted 17 times. He may not reach that number on Sunday but expect Green to once against be the focal point of the Bengals offense. This is easily one of my top stacks of the week even at the $15,300 price tag.
2. David Carr and Amari Cooper
The Falcons were tough against the pass last season. The same can’t be said after one game this year. The Falcons defense allowed 281 yards and four touchdowns to Winston in Week 1. As mentioned above, those numbers could have been even worse if not for Winston missing a wide open Evans in the end zone.
It’s only one game but the Falcons allowed the fourth most fantasy points to quarterbacks. Their defense still did a decent job against the Buccaneers receivers overall, but Evans went for 99 yards and a score.
Derek Carr ($7,200) and Amari Cooper ($7,600) played against air last week. Actually, air might put up more of a test than the Saints pass defense. Carr threw for 319 yards and a score, while Amari Cooper pulled in six passes for 137 yards on 11 targets. The only negative for the two was the Raiders rushed for three scores.
Carr and Cooper each have the ninth highest salary at their respective positions. So, I don’t think this stack will be available for $14,800 much longer.
1. Eli Manning and Odell Beckham Jr.
Last season the Saints defense was a DFS player’s best friend. After one game in 2016, the friendship has been reunited. In Week 1, New Orleans allowed the ninth most fantasy points to quarterbacks and the fourth most to receivers. The good news from the Saints perspective is they only allowed one touchdown through the air. Running backs have to eat against the Saints defense too.
Odell Beckham Jr. ($9,500) only caught four passes for 73 yards on eight targets against a Dallas defense that has consistently done a good job defending him. I think he’ll have much more success against the beatable Saints secondary that’s now without its best cornerback, Delvin Breaux.
Last season these two teams played a wild 52-49 thriller where Eli Manning ($7,600) threw for 350 yards and six touchdowns. Beckham was on the receiving end of three of those scores. He finished with eight catches for 130 yards.
The one drawback is this stack is it’s likely going to be one of the most popular plays of the week. I expect both Manning and OBJ will have big ownership numbers this week. But, in such a favorable position, they are certainly worth a heavy consideration.
I am a promoter at DraftKings and am also an avid fan and user (my username is ThePigskinGuy) and may sometimes play on my personal account in the games that I offer advice on. Although I have expressed my personal view on the games and strategies above, they do not necessarily reflect the view(s) of DraftKings and I may also deploy different players and strategies than what I recommend above.