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Drew Brees ($8200) to Jimmy Graham ($7000)
The Ravens are usually known for their defense, but this season they’ve been generous to opposing quarterbacks. They are giving up 16.4 fantasy points per game, have allowed 10 touchdowns in five road games, and have allowed over 300 passing yards in three of those road games. This could be because they have a banged up secondary. Brees has thrown 11 of his 19 touchdowns passes in the dome. There’s a chance he will be looking towards Graham more often this week, because Brandin Cooks is out. The Ravens have been solid against tight ends this year, but that doesn’t matter with a player like Graham. On the brightside, the only two touchdowns they’ve allowed to tight ends have been on the road. This is a Monday night football game, and for the most part, Brees plays at a high level in prime time games. The Saints need to win if they want to stand a fighting chance in their division, so expect this offense to come out firing. Brees and Jimmy will likely put on a show on Monday night.
Jay Cutler ($7700) to Brandon Marshall ($7100)
The Bears will host the Bucs this week. The Bucs defense is giving up 17.5 fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks and the second most fantasy points per game to opposing receivers (26.4). They have surrendered 14 touchdowns to receivers and 20 passing touchdowns this season. The Bucs have been unable to stop the pass this season and asking them to do so against the Bears will be a tough task. Cutler is coming off a big game against the Vikings. He threw for 330 yards, three touchdowns and two picks. He’s been hit or miss in his last four games, but should not find trouble throwing the football against the Bucs. Marshall is dealing with an ankle injury, but that hasn’t kept him out of any games. In the last four games, he’s been targeted 40 times (10 targets in each game). In that span, he’s 24 passes for 285 yards and three touchdowns. He’s scored at least one touchdown in back-to-back games. I’m expecting his streak to continue this week.
Tony Romo ($7500) to Dez Bryant ($8100)
Thiis is a stack that I have not heard many people giving love to, but the last time they played the Giants, both Romo and Bryant had a nice game. The Giants are allowing 16.7 fantasy points per game to quarterbacks and 19.1 fantasy points per game to receivers. In their last meeting, Romo threw for 279 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception. Bryant caught nine passes for 151 yards. Romo has a decent history against the Giants. In 18 career games he’s thrown 34 touchdowns and 19 interceptions. Not impressive I know, but in the last three games he’s played against them, he has thrown seven touchdowns and three picks. Bryant on the other hand, hasn’t scored a touchdown against the Giants since 2011. However, he has still managed to score double digit fantasy points in PPR formats in four of the last five meetings. Based on the pricing on some of the other high-level stacks, this duo can save you a couple of bucks and let you spread it elsewhere.
Matt Ryan ($6300) to Julio Jones ($7000)
The Falcons have been on the road in 60 percent of their games this season, and by now most people know that Ryan doesn’t play his best football on the road. This week they will be in the Georgia Dome facing the red hot Cleveland Browns. This is the week that I think the Browns get a reality check, and the Falcons offense comes out of its shell. In four homes games this year, Ryan has thrown nine touchdowns and two picks, and is averaging 22.1 fantasy points. The Browns have allowed just 14 passing touchdowns, which is good for the third fewest. That can be deceiving because if you look at their schedule, they have only faced two of the top 12 quarterbacks (based off fantasy points). Julio Jones has not scored a touchdown since week three. In my opinion, he’s way overdue. The Browns have clamped down on receivers, but guys like Antonio Brown and Mike Evans have found success on against this secondary, so Jones should be able to do so as well. Not to mention, of the nine touchdowns the Browns have allowed to receivers this year, five have been on the road. Ryan and Jones haven’t connected for a touchdown for a while; and it’s only a matter of time before we see it happening again.
Kyle Orton $5600 to Sammy Watkins $5600
This is my wild card stack. It can either give you a decent amount of points, or frustrate you. The last time that the Bills played the Jets, Orton threw for 238 yards and four touchdowns. One of them went to Watkins, who caught three passes for 156 yards and a touchdown. The Jets are surrendering 22.4 fantasy points per game to opposing receivers and allow the most fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks (19.9). The only major concern here is the off the field distractions that the Bills have had to deal with this week. They had to move this game to Monday night and to Detroit due to the weather in Buffalo. However, I’m not too concerned about that. This is a great matchup for the Bills passing offense because the Jets have been unable to stop quarterbacks. This stack only takes up 22 percent of you salary cap, and allows you to spread your money around at other positions.