WATCH: WEEK 5 MATCHUPS BREAKDOWN
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 with 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 5 DraftKings lineups:
10. Brian Hoyer and Alshon Jeffery
Brian Hoyer ($5,500) has played pretty well in his two starts replacing Jay Cutler. He’s scored 22 DraftKings points in each start.
Hoyer has a chance to top 20 fantasy points again on Sunday. The Colts are allowing the 11th most fantasy points to quarterbacks and the Indianapolis defense gives up 285 passing yards per game to opposing quarterbacks. The Colts have been surprisingly stingy against receivers this year. The Indy defense is allowing the fifth fewest fantasy points to opposing receivers. Alshon Jeffery ($7,800) is averaging just over six targets a game. He should see his targets increase this week with Kevin White on IR and Eddie Royal dealing with a calf injury.
The Bears defense played well last week but it will have a tough time holding down the Colts in Indy. Hoyer will to need to throw to keep up with Andrew Luck. Jeffery isn’t likely to be highly-owned, but he has a chance to break out and eat up targets in a game where Hoyer should attempt a lot of passes.
9. Carson Wentz and Jordan Matthews
The Philadelphia offense offers a number of intriguing stack options this week. The Eagles are averaging almost 31 points per game under Carson Wentz ($6,400). He’s scored 19.2, 12.6 and 24 DraftKings points in his first three games and could put up another strong game this week.
The Lions allow the second most fantasy points to quarterbacks, giving up 282.5 yards and 3.0 touchdowns per game.
Jordan Matthews ($6,800) has seen his production decline in each of the last three weeks. His targets have gone from 14 to three, while his receptions have gone down from seven to two.
There’s reason to believe Matthews will rebound this week. The Lions give up the sixth most fantasy points to receivers and Detroit’s defense allows an average of 13.5 receptions, 179 yards and 1.5 touchdowns per game on 19.8 targets.
Not only is the Wentz/Matthews stack at $13,200 appealing but tight end Zach Ertz ($3,500) can be added as well. The Lions give up the second most points to the tight end position.
8. Matt Ryan and Julio Jones
You’re likely a week too late if you’re looking to hit the jackpot with Matt Ryan ($7,100) and Julio Jones ($9,600).
Last week against the Panthers, Ryan threw for 503 yards and four touchdowns. He scored 39.5 DraftKings points. Jones caught 12 passes for 300 yards and a touchdown on 15 targets and scored 51 DraftKings points.
It’s going to get tougher this week going up against the nasty Denver defense. The Broncos allow the sixth fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks and the fewest to receivers. It’s strength vs. strength on Sunday when the Falcons offense goes up against the Broncos defense. Jones can light up any defense, but he’s playing a historically good one in the Broncos. At $17,100, the Ryan/Jones duo is a high price, high reward stack.
7. Derek Carr and Amari Cooper
Derek Carr ($6,800) has scored 20+ DraftKings points in three of his first four games. He’s now thrown nine touchdown passes and just one interception on the season.
One of the reasons Carr has been so successful this year is because he’s spreading the ball around. While that’s helped him, it’s hurt Cooper’s value. Amari Cooper ($7,200) has only one game this season with more than five receptions, nine targets and 75 yards receiving and he still hasn’t scored a touchdown.
Cooper will have a good chance to break out at home this week against the Chargers. San Diego’s best cornerback, Jason Verrett, is out for the year with a torn ACL. The Chargers allow 163 yards per game to opposing receivers with Verrett in the lineup. Cooper and Michael Crabtree ($6,900) are both strong starts this week.
6. Andrew Luck and T.Y. Hilton
T.Y. Hilton ($7,400) has dominated targets this season. He’s been targeted at least 10 times in every game this year and has a total of 44 targets through four games. Hilton has at least six catches in three of four games this year.
Andrew Luck ($6,900) has been a DFS disappointment. He’s only topped 20 DraftKings points once in four games. He’s thrown for just one touchdown in two of four games this season.
The Bears defense has been pretty good on paper against both quarterbacks and receivers but this looks like a bad matchup for them. In Luck’s two home games he’s put up 38.5 and 18 DraftKings points. Hilton is seeing double-digit targets in every game and now he gets an undermanned Bears secondary. Look for big numbers out of this stack.
5. Andy Dalton and A.J. Green
Andy Dalton ($5,900) has topped 20 DraftKings points in both of his road starts this season. He’ll look to make it three in a row this week when he travels to Dallas.
The Cowboys allow the 15th most fantasy points to quarterbacks. Opposing quarterbacks are averaging 271 yards and 1.8 touchdowns per game versus the Cowboys.
Dalton’s fantasy numbers would be much better if not for his struggles in the red zone. He only has one red zone touchdown in 24 pass attempts this season. Unfortunately, top red zone target, tight end Tyler Eifert, is not expected to play on Sunday.
The Cowboys’ defense has done better defending receivers. Dallas gives up the eighth fewest fantasy points to receivers. They’ll be put to the test this week. AJ Green ($8,900) has seen double-digit targets in three of four games. He’s scored 35+ DraftKings points twice already this year.
Dalton has fared better on the road than at home early in 2016 and the Cowboys aren’t a formidable defense. With Eifert not expected to play, Green will continue to dominate targets. This a reasonably priced stack at $14,800 with a beatable matchup. Don’t shy away from Dalton and Green this week.
4. Tom Brady and Julian Edelman
Tom Brady ($7,500) makes his return this Sunday and he gets a great matchup to exploit in his first game back.
The Browns allow the 10th most fantasy points to quarterbacks. Opposing quarterbacks are averaging 270.5 yards and 2.5 touchdowns per game against Cleveland. That was against Carson Wentz (first career start), Joe Flacco, Ryan Tannehill and Kirk Cousins.
The Browns struggle to defend receivers too, giving up the 12th most fantasy points to the position. Edelman caught 14 passes on 17 targets when Jimmy Garoppolo was the quarterback but his numbers fell to five receptions on 10 targets once Jacoby Brissett took over.
With some quarterbacks you might have to worry about rust. That shouldn’t be an issue with Brady. He’s been playing at an elite level for over 15 years. Brady also throws a lot of short-to-intermediate level passes that will help get his timing back quickly. Add in the plus matchup and you can feel confident jumping on the Pats stack this week.
3. Eli Manning and Odell Beckham, Jr.
There’s a lot of talk surrounding Odell Beckham ($8,500) and his recent emotional blow-ups. It’s going to be interesting to see his ownership numbers because he has one of the top matchups of the week. For all the talk about Beckham not getting the ball, he is still seeing targets. Over his first four games, Beckham has seen 8, 11, 11 and 9 targets.
The Packers have allowed the third most fantasy points to receivers this year. Opposing receivers average 14 receptions, 227.7 yards and 1.3 touchdowns per game on 21.7 targets.
Eli Manning ($6,000) also has a good matchup this week. The Packers’ defense is giving up the fourth most fantasy points to quarterbacks. Green Bay allows an average of 330.3 yards and 2.0 touchdowns per game to opposing quarterbacks.
Manning’s salary is low this week at $6,000, so this stack isn’t going to break the bank. Given the favorable matchups both Eli and OBJ have, this looks like the week the stack finally pays off big for DFS players.
2. Aaron Rodgers and Jordy Nelson
Aaron Rodgers ($7,700) has put up 23.5, 19.4 and 26.4 DraftKings points in his first three games. He now faces a Giants’ defense with injuries in its secondary. After spending all that money to improve their defense in the offseason, the Giants haven’t forced a turnover in the first four games. New York allows the eighth fewest points to quarterbacks but does give up 262 yards per game.
Jordy Nelson ($7,900) is off to a fast start to the season. He’s been targeted 27 times in the first three games and has 17 receptions with four touchdowns. He’s scored at least 15.2 DraftKings points in every game.
The Giants blitz a lot on defense, allowing receivers to see man coverage throughout the game. Rodgers is one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL at reading when his receivers are one-on-one. Nelson will have plenty of opportunities to make plays Sunday night.
1. Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown
Ben Roethlisberger ($7,200) bounced back last week after getting shut down by the Eagles. He threw for 300 yards and five touchdowns against the Chiefs.
Roethlisberger gets a Jets’ defense that’s allowing the fifth most fantasy points to quarterbacks after four games. Opposing quarterbacks are averaging 304.8 yards and 2.0 touchdowns per game against the Jets. The Jets come in allowing the 11th most fantasy points to receivers. Now they might be without Darrelle Revis who is dealing with a calf injury.
Antonio Brown ($9,800) has put up two strong games in a row after being held in check by the Bengals. He caught two of Big Ben’s five touchdown passes and finished with 22.4 DraftKings points last week. Brown has now finished with at least 20 DraftKings points in three of four games this season.
This stack costs $17,000 because of Brown’s high salary. If you don’t mind paying the price, Roethlisberger and Brown should deliver once again against the reeling Jets’ pass defense.
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