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 your Week 4 DraftKings lineups:
10. Derek Carr and Amari Cooper
Derek Carr ($6,700) and Amari Cooper ($7,600) face a tough matchup on paper this week. The Ravens are allowing the fifth fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks and the eighth fewest to wide receivers. Baltimore’s defense allows the third fewest passing yards in the NFL (188.3) through three games.
While the Ravens defense has played well early in the season, it has benefitted from some favorable matchups. Baltimore has faced Buffalo, Cleveland and Jacksonville. Those teams are a combined 1-8. Sammy Watkins wasn’t 100 percent when they played. Rookie Corey Coleman and Allen Robinson each scored two touchdowns against the Ravens defense.
Cooper has been targeted nine times in each of the first three games. He’s yet to score and Cooper has only topped 100-yards once. Carr is averaging 39 attempts early in the year. He’s scored 25 DK points in two of his first three games.
Last week we gave out Blake Bortles and Allen Robinson against the Ravens. Not quite as high on the Raiders duo this week, but they’re still one of the ten best stacks with teams like the Colts, Packers, Giants and Jaguars off the board Sunday.
9. Trevor Siemian and Demaryius Thomas
Trevor Siemian ($5,400) operated as a game manager in the first two weeks. The Broncos relied on him more against the Bengals and Siemen responded with 312 yards and four touchdown passes. He scored 32 DK points last week.
Siemian has the matchup to make it two strong fantasy games in a row on Sunday. The Buccaneers come in allowing the sixth most fantasy points to quarterbacks. Tampa Bay’s defense is giving up an average of 279.7 yards and 2.3 touchdowns per game to opposing quarterbacks through three games. The Buccaneers allowed Case Keenum to throw for 190 yards and two touchdowns last week. Matt Ryan lit them up in Week 1.
Demaryius Thomas ($6,700) has seen his production increase in every game this season. Last week against the Bengals he caught six passes for 100 yards and a touchdown. The Buccaneers are allowing the second most fantasy points to receivers.
Siemian passed his first road test with flying colors. The Buccaneers defense is terrible right now, so I think this stack is worth a look at an affordable $12,100 salary.
8. Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald
Carson Palmer ($6,300) is coming off an atrocious game last week where he threw four interceptions and no touchdowns against the Bills.
Palmer will look to bounce back this week against a Rams defense that’s allowing the 19th most fantasy points to quarterbacks. Those numbers are skewed a little bit because the Rams faced Blaine Gabbert and a hobbled Russell Wilson in the first two games. Last week Jameis Winston threw for 405 yards and three touchdowns.
Larry Fitzgerald ($7,200) caught seven passes for 60 yards on 12 targets against the Bills. That’s not a bad outing for Fitz considering how off Palmer was in that game. Fitzgerald has been targeted at least 10 times in each of the first three games.
Palmer topped 350 yards both times against the Rams last season with three touchdowns and one interception. Look for him to rebound from last week’s disaster with a strong performance at home.
7. Matt Ryan and Julio Jones
Last season this stack was hurt because while Julio Jones ($9,200) was a fantasy stud, Matt Ryan ($7,000) was inconsistent. It’s the same story for this duo this year, just flip the script.
Ryan has scored 27.3, 31.8 and 20 DK points in his first three games. Jones is coming off a dud against the Saints that saw him catch one pass for seven yards in a game where the Falcons scored 45 points. The good news for Jones is while his targets and receptions are down he’s still getting into the end zone. Last week was the first game Jones didn’t score.
The Panthers always represent a tough test. Carolina’s defense allows the 10th fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks and the second fewest to receivers.
Both Jones (calf) and Ryan (wrist) are dealing with injuries but are expected to play. The last time Jones faced the Falcons he caught 9-of-11 targets for 178 yards and a touchdown. There are better stacks to consider this week in my opinion, but Ryan and Julio can go off against any defense.
6. Philip Rivers and Tyrell Williams
Tyrell Williams ($4,400) caught 6-of-9 targets for 69 yards against the Colts. His role in the offense continues to grow with Keenan Allen and Danny Woodhead out for the season. Williams has been targeted a team-high 15 times over the last two games.
Williams has a favorable matchup this week against the Saints in what should be a high-scoring shootout. The projected total for this game at 53.5. That’s by far the highest total of the week. The Saints allow the 10th most fantasy points to receivers, so this is a matchup Philip Rivers ($6,900) and Williams can exploit.
The Saints give up the 13th most fantasy points to quarterbacks. New Orleans is allowing 309 passing yards per game. Rivers had a down game last week in a favorable matchup against the Colts. He did throw for 326 yards, but Rivers was held without a touchdown pass for the first time this season. He’s thrown for 695 yards and five touchdowns in two career starts against the Saints.
This game has shootout written all over it. The stack costs just $11,300 thanks to Williams’ low salary. You can also use Travis Benjamin ($5,900), but Williams is getting the looks and the price of this stack is hard to pass up.
5. Kirk Cousins and DeSean Jackson
Kirk Cousins ($6,500) and DeSean Jackson ($6,200) have one of the best matchups of the week. Teams have thrown the ball all over the Browns defense in the first three games of the year.
Cleveland’s defense comes into this game allowing the ninth most fantasy points to quarterbacks and the third most to receivers. Quarterbacks are averaging 300 yards and 2.3 touchdowns per game against the Browns, while receivers are catching 12.7 passes for 192.7 yards and 2.0 touchdowns.
Cousins is averaging 41 pass attempts through three games. Jay Gruden keeps saying he wants to run the ball more and maybe this is the game the Redskins finally get a lead and he can do it. Even so, with Washington’s lack of a rushing attack, Cousins is going to put the ball in the air 30+ times most weeks.
Jackson has put up two good fantasy games and one clunker. Jamison Crowder ($4,200) is off to a strong start and can be substituted here for those who want to go with a cheaper receiver. Cousins is a good stacking option with multiple Redskins pass catchers this week in my opinion.
4. Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown
Ben Roethlisberger ($7,100) found out last week that the Eagles defense is the real deal. He finished with just nine DK points.
The Chiefs defense is no joke either. Kansas City is coming off a game where it intercepted Ryan Fitzpatrick six times. Marcus Peters is one of the top cornerbacks in the NFL. The Chiefs allow the second fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks. Things won’t get any easier for Big Ben this Sunday.
Antonio Brown ($9,700) was one of the few bright spots against the Eagles. After a rare down game against the Bengals, Brown rebounded to catch 12 passes for 140 yards on 18 targets. Brown has been targeted at least 11 times in every game this season. He’s put 29+ DK points in two of his three games.
This is another tough matchup for Roethlisberger and Brown, but I expect a big bounce back game from the entire Steelers team at home after they got embarrassed last week. With Le’Veon Bell back from suspension, Pittsburgh’s offense should be hitting on all cylinders again.
3. Drew Brees and Brandin Cooks
Usually when Drew Brees ($7,600) has 54 pass attempts and throws for 376 yards and three touchdowns, Cooks has a big game too. That wasn’t the case last week against the Falcons. Cooks finished with just two catches for eight yards.
Brandin Cooks ($7,400) will have a chance to buck that trend on Sunday because Brees should once again have a big day. The Chargers are allowing the fifth most fantasy points to quarterbacks after three weeks. San Diego’s defense gives up an average of 341 yards and 1.7 touchdowns per game to opposing quarterbacks. The 341 passing yards is second worst in the NFL to the Raiders.
The Chargers allow the 16th most fantasy points to receivers. Jason Verrett and Brandon Flowers are both good corners, but Verrett struggled last week against T.Y. Hilton. Hilton caught eight passes for 174 yards and a touchdown on 11 targets. Cooks is a similar kind of receiver to Hilton, so he should also give the San Diego secondary problems.
As stated above, this is likely to be a high-scoring affair. You can add Michael Thomas ($3,800) to this tandem as well. Cooks has had two quiet games in a row. I don’t think it will get to three. This stack well be well worth its $15,000 price tag in my opinion.
2. Matthew Stafford and Marvin Jones
Marvin Jones ($7,300) is red hot to start the season. Through three games Jones has 18 receptions for 408 yards and two touchdowns on 29 targets. He’s clearly established himself as Stafford’s No. 1 receiver.
Jones should continue to stay hot versus a struggling Bears defense without top cornerback Kyle Fuller. The beat up Chicago defense is giving up the 19th most fantasy points to receivers.
Matthew Stafford ($7,300) has to be licking his chops. Rookies Carson Wentz and Dak Prescott both looked like Hall of Famers against the Bears. Stafford had an average performance in an ugly, penalty-filled outing against the Titans but has put up 29 and 30 DK points in his other two games.
The Bears give up the 15th most fantasy points to quarterbacks. Those numbers could actually be much worse, but one good thing the Chicago defense has done this season is tackle opposing pass catchers down at the 1-yard-line.
Jones’ salary is finally creeping up to where it should be, so this stack doesn’t have the value it did in prior weeks. It’s still not overly expensive though, and based on the matchup, I think Stafford and Jones are one of the top QB/WR tandems of the week.
1. Cam Newton and Kelvin Benjamin
The Vikings defense put on a clinic against the Panthers last Sunday. Minnesota sacked Cam Newton eight times and shut out Benjamin.
The Vikings are loaded on the defensive side of the ball. Expect Cam Newton ($7,800) and Kelvin Benjamin ($7,100) to both bounce back Sunday. Benjamin was only targeted once against the Vikings. He had been targeted 21 times in the first two games. Last week was the exception, not the rule.
Newton is set up for a huge game. The Falcons have allowed the second most fantasy points to quarterbacks in the first three games. Atlanta’s defense is giving up an average of 318.7 passing yards and 3.3 touchdowns per game to opposing quarterbacks.
The Falcons did a good job shutting down Cooks last week, but Benjamin presents a different kind of challenge. Atlanta’s defense allows the 13th most fantasy points to receivers. Mike Evans is similar to Benjamin. He caught five passes for 99 yards and a touchdown on seven targets against the Falcons. He was also wide open for another touchdown but Jameis Winston missed him.
The Vikings defense has been dominant early in the year. Last week was an aberration for Cam and Benjamin. I think tis is one of the top stacks in what is a much more favorable matchup for the Panthers duo.
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