@Armando_fbguru on twitter
Aaron Rodgers ($9400) to Jordy Nelson ($7600) or Randall Cobb ($7400)
The Packers are coming off of their bye week and will take on a familiar opponent in the Bears. The last time these two met in Week four, the Bears got torched by Rodgers, Nelson, and Cobb. Rodgers threw for 302 yards and four touchdowns. Two of those touchdowns went to Jordy Nelson, and guess who the other two went to? Yes, it was Randall Cobb. Nelson caught 10 catches for 108 yards in that game, and Cobb caught seven passes for 113 yards. The Bears are giving up 18.9 fantasy points per game to quarterbacks and 20.6 fantasy points per game to receivers. Rodgers has a good history against the Bears and should continue that this week. This is an expensive stack, but you know what to expect when they’re in your lineup.
Peyton Manning ($9700) to Julius Thomas ($4900)
For those who want to have Manning in their lineups and pair him up with a player on his offense but are finding difficulty putting together a good supporting cast around them, you should consider Julius Thomas. This will be roughly 29 percent of your salary, which is much better than the option above or even the one below as far as price is concerned. In his worst game this season, Manning still scored over 21 points. He’s thrown two or more touchdowns in every game, and has four 300+ passing yard games. Manning threw 640 yards and seven touchdowns in two games against the Raiders last year. It’s unlikely that they will have an answer for him this week either. Thomas has been playing below his norm as of late, but has a good chance to get back on track this week. We can’t forget that he still has 10 touchdowns in just nine games. What makes him the most appealing isn’t the matchup, but his price. This is the cheapest he’s been all season by $700, and it’s likely the one and only time you’d be able to get him this low.
Ben Roethlisberger ($7500) to Antonio Brown ($8700)
In the last two weeks, these two have connected 21 times for 277 yards and three touchdowns. Big Ben has posted back-to-back six touchdown games, and is looking to continue his hot streak this week against an awful Jets defense. The Jets are allowing the most fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks (20.7). They’ve given up two or more passing touchdowns in every game this season. They have been unable to contain the pass, and it’s unlikely that changes this week. Antonio Brown is as reliable as it comes in fantasy. He’s caught at least five passes in every game, has 90 or more receiving yards in all but one game, and has nine touchdowns. The guy is an absolute beast, and will most certainly remain productive against a secondary that’s giving up 21.7 fantasy points to opposing receivers. It’d be crazy to say Big Ben will throw six touchdowns, but he should still put up solid numbers. This will be a popular stack this weekend.
Matt Ryan ($6300) to Julio Jones ($6600)
Ryan and Jones are both at an affordable price, and have a very good matchup. Pairing the two up will only cost you roughly about 26% of your salary cap, which is much less than the stacks above. The last time they played against the Bucs, they connected nine times for 161 yards and two touchdowns. Ryan threw for 286 yards and three touchdowns in their last meeting and has a good recent history against them. In the last three meetings against Tampa, he has thrown eight touchdowns and two interceptions. The Bucs are allowing the fifth most fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks (18.6) and are giving up the most fantasy points per game to opposing receivers (29.1). They have surrendered two or more passing touchdowns in six of their eight games this year. If you’re considering a triple stack of some sort, I wouldn’t hate to add Roddy White into the mix at his $5100 price tag. Ryan and Julio have struggled in recent weeks, but if there’s a week for them to get back on track, this is it.
Cam Newton ($6600) to Kelvin Benjamin ($4200)
Newton has struggled this season. He’s only scored over 20 fantasy points in one game, has not thrown for over 300 yards in any game, and hasn’t thrown a touchdown pass since Week 7. This is where you begin to be skeptical about this stack, but don’t be. This is a great matchup for both Newton and Benjamin, and stacking them only takes up about 22 percent of your salary. The Eagles allow the third most fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks, and have allowed two or more passing touchdowns in all but one game this season. Against receivers they are just as passive. They give 25.6 fantasy points to opposing receivers and have rendered 11 touchdowns. Something that stood out to me about Benjamin is that in each game this season where he’s failed to score over 10 fantasy points in PPR formats, he’s bounced back with a big game and each time, he’s scored a touchdown. He has five touchdowns this season and leads the teams in targets. Look for these two to connect often on Monday night against a shaky Eagles secondary.