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 and 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 your Week 3 DraftKings lineups:
10. Marcus Mariota and Tajae Sharpe
No QB/WR stack has a better matchup this week than Mariota ($5,900) and Sharpe ($4,700). The Raiders’ pass defense hasn’t been able to stop anyone through the first two games. Oakland’s defense is giving up the most fantasy points to both quarterbacks and wide receivers.
It’s only a small sample size but the numbers the Raiders’ defense is giving up through two games are eye-opening. Quarterbacks are averaging 409 yards and 3.5 touchdowns per game, while receivers are catching 17.5 balls for 282 yards and 2.5 touchdowns on 21.5 targets.
Mariota and Sharpe had a good matchup last week too, but disappointed in a sloppy, poorly officiated game against the Lions. There were 18 accepted penalties in the first half of that game alone. Mariota rallied late to record 17.6 DraftKings Points (DKFP) but penalties constantly put the Titans offense in long yardage situations throughout the game.
The Titans are a run-first football team but Mariota and Sharpe might not have a better matchup all year. The stack only costs $10,600.
9. Matthew Stafford and Marvin Jones
The Lions signed Jones ($6,200) to be their No. 1 receiver, and that role has been confirmed after two games, during which Jones has been targeted 21 times. Last week versus the Titans Jones caught eight passes for 118 yards (14.8 avg).
The Packers’ defense has allowed the 14th most fantasy points to wide receivers. After Stefon Diggs lit up Green Bay’s defense last week, the Packers are now giving up an average of 14 receptions, 208 yards and 0.5 touchdowns per game to opposing receivers.
The Packers allow the 18th most fantasy points to quarterbacks, but are giving up an average of 303 passing yards per game. Stafford ($6,800) had an average outing against the Titans but again, it’s hard to criticize him because of all the ridiculous penalties called in that game. He had a touchdown pass to Eric Ebron called back on a ridiculous offensive pass interference penalty.
The Packers/Lions total is set at 47. There’s a good chance we see a lot of points in this game and at a salary of $13,000 this stack won’t break the bank.
8. Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald
Rex Ryan brought in his brother to help fix the Bills’ defense. After two games opposing quarterbacks are throwing for 316 yards per game and the Bills have allowed the third most fantasy points to wide receivers. To solve this problem, Buffalo fired its offensive coordinator.
Palmer ($7,200) is averaging 23.1 DKFP points through his first two games. He’s thrown five touchdowns and no interceptions. The Bills had trouble matching up with the Jets’ three receivers last week. It won’t get any easier on Sunday against the Cardinals’ receivers.
You can stack Palmer with either Fitzgerald ($6,900) or Michael Floyd ($5,800) but it’s Fitz that’s been better this season. He’s been targeted 10 times in each of the first two games and has three touchdowns. Last week the Jets Quincy Enunwa burned the Bills’ defense by lining up in the slot, and Fitzgerald will exploit that same matchup.
The Bills’ defense was in complete disarray against the Jets. Palmer and Fitzgerald will have matchups to take advantage of versus a defense that makes few in-game adjustments.
7. David Carr and Amari Cooper
Tennessee faced a Vikings’ offense led by Shaun Hill in the opener. Last week they faced a more explosive offense in the Lions but there were so many penalties in that game that Detroit once went from a touchdown to first-and-goal from the 30.
The Titans’ defense looks to be improved, but their numbers are probably skewed if you break down their first two games. This is a good spot for Carr ($6,900) and Cooper ($7,700) to have a potentially big game.
Cooper has seen 20 targets through the first two games, and he’s racked up 11 receptions and 208 yards receiving. The one negative is that Cooper hasn’t scored yet. He’s only seeing 18.2 percent of the Raiders red zone targets early in the year. That should change moving forward.
Carr has scored 25 DKFP in each of his first two games, but his salary is still only eighth among quarterbacks. This stack is a good option once again this week, despite Tennessee’s defensive numbers.
6. Philip Rivers and Travis Benjamin
After two games the Colts’ defense is allowing the fifth most fantasy points to quarterbacks. Surprisingly, Indianapolis is allowing the ninth fewest points to receivers, despite all the injuries to its secondary early in the year.
One of the reasons the Colts’ numbers look good against the receiver position is because its defense struggles defending every other position. Not only do quarterbacks rank high versus the Indianapolis defense but the Colts allow the most fantasy points to running backs and the 13th most to tight ends.
Even with Keenan Allen out for the season, Rivers ($6,700) threw four touchdown passes versus the Jaguars last week.
Benjamin ($5,200) took over as Rivers’ go-to receiver last week with Allen out. He caught all six of his targets for 115 yards and two touchdowns. Benjamin’s salary is still affordable, so he remains a strong play. However, you can also substitute or stack Tyrell Williams ($4,300) if you prefer. Williams caught three balls for 61 yards and a touchdown on six targets against Jacksonville.
5. Blake Bortles and Allen Robinson
The Ravens are another team where we’ll find out if their numbers are a product of competition. Baltimore’s defense comes in allowing the third fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks and sixth fewest to receivers, but they’ve faced the Bills and the Browns.
What’s wrong with Jacksonville? How can a receiver like Robinson ($7,500) go into the fourth quarter with no catches? There’s no corner good enough to completely shut Robinson out, so that’s part bad game planning and part Bortles ($6,500) playing poorly. Robinson did finish with three catches for 54 yards on five targets, but he was a non-factor for most of the game against the Chargers.
Bortles put up 24.5 DKFP points last week but in real football he was awful. Most of those points came in garbage time when the Jaguars were trailing 35-0. The Jaguars offense was off from the start.
Robinson has yet to go off this year. He’s averaging just 10.8 fantasy points. The Ravens haven’t seen a receiver like him. Sammy Watkins isn’t close to 100 percent healthy. Rookie Corey Coleman torched Baltimore’s defense for 104 yards and two touchdowns last week. Robinson is a good bet to break out after two down games to start the season.
4. Andrew Luck and T.Y. Hilton
The Colts had to face the Broncos’ defense last week. As mentioned above, Jason Verrett and Brandon Flowers did a great job against the Jaguars receivers but Jacksonville was never in that game mentally. Luck ($7,600) playing at home on Sunday will be a different story.
Hilton ($6,800) has been targeted 23 times in two games. That ranks second in the NFL. Now with Donte Moncrief out, Hilton should be an even bigger part of the offense this week. Phillip Dorsett ($4,400) is a good play too if you want to take the cheaper of the two Colts receivers, but Hilton will likely see more targets.
The Chargers allow the fourth most fantasy points to quarterbacks and the 17th most to receivers. San Diego’s defense is giving up an average of 346 yards and two touchdowns per game to opposing quarterbacks. Luck is an elite DFS play. Stack him with either of his receivers or tight end Dwayne Allen ($3,800).
3. Eli Manning and Odell Beckham Jr.
Manning ($7,000) and Beckham ($9,100) were a popular play last week against the Saints’ defense. The result? The Giants didn’t score an offensive touchdown.
The Giants tandem have a shot to redeem themselves against a Redskins’ defense allowing the eighth most fantasy points to quarterbacks and the second most to receivers through two games. Both Antonio Brown (8/126/2) and Dez Bryant (7/102) had big games against Washington’s defense.
In two games against the Redskins last year, OBJ caught 16 passes for 221 yards and two touchdowns on 27 targets. Of course, that’s before the Redskins had Josh Norman. Norman didn’t shadow Brown or Bryant in the first two games, however he’s expected to follow Beckham most of the time on Sunday.
Even with Norman on him, Beckham will have opportunities to make plays against the Redskins. He scored on Norman once last year and dropped what would have been a second long touchdown catch early in the game. It will be a fun matchup, but Eli and Beckham should win this battle.
2. Aaron Rodgers and Jordy Nelson
Rodgers ($7,700) struggled last week against a tough Vikings’ defense. He threw for 213 yards, one touchdown and an interception. Rodgers did save his fantasy day by rushing for 29 yards and a touchdown.
Rodgers is in a good spot to rebound against the Lions, a team he’s had success against in the past. He’s thrown for 26 touchdowns and just six interceptions versus Detroit in his career. In two games against the Lions last season, Rodgers threw for 606 yards, four touchdowns and one interception.
Nelson ($7,400) has scored in each of the first two games and been targeted 20 times. He’s also been a big factor in the red zone, with five targets there, catching four and scoring twice.
The Lions are allowing the second most fantasy points to quarterbacks and the seventh most to wide receivers after two games. This is the week to own Rodgers and Nelson.
1. Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown
The Eagles’ defense has been one of the NFL’s big surprises in the first two games. Philadelphia comes in allowing the fifth fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks and the seventh fewest to receivers. Those numbers came against the Browns and Bears. The Steelers will present a different challenge.
Last year the Bengals were one of the few teams to hold Brown ($9,600) in check. He averaged 84.4 receiving yards versus the Bengals and 144.6 yards versus the rest of the league. Cincinnati’s defense did it again, limiting Brown to just four receptions and 39 yards on 11 targets. That won’t happen two weeks in a row. Last season Brown only had four games with fewer than 100 yards receiving when Roethlisberger ($7,300) was the quarterback. In the following games Brown put up yardage totals of 284, 118, 189 and 187.
Philadelphia’s defense is much improved from a year ago, but Roethlisberger and Brown are a nightmare matchup. For those who want to spend the $16,900, the Steelers stack should reward you with big numbers this week.
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