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Andrew Luck ($9700) to T.Y. Hilton ($8100)
This is an expensive stack, but if you’re considering pairing a high-level quarterback with one of his receivers or tight ends, Luck should be the one to target. Of the top five salaries for quarterbacks, he has the best matchup. The Redskins have allowed at least one passing touchdown in every game for a total of 21 this season. They’re giving up the third most fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks (19.3). Luck had an eight game streak of 300+ yards per game come to an end last week. The last time he threw for fewer than 300 yards, he had a 370 yard and four touchdown performance. He should get back on track this week. Hilton should benefit from the matchup as well. The Redskins are giving up 22.1 fantasy points per game to opposing receivers, and have allowed eight touchdowns in the last six games. Hilton has scored three touchdowns in the last five games. You know what you’re getting out of Luck week in and week out. There’s no reason why he shouldn’t get the job done again this week.
Tom Brady ($8400) to Rob Gronkowski ($7800)
When you look at the over/under of this game, it’s tempting to pile up on Patriots and Packers players. I decided to go with the cheaper of the two options. In recent games, the Packers have been more quarterback friendly than they were at the start of the season. In the first five weeks of the season, the Packers have allowed five passing touchdowns. However, in the last six weeks they’ve allowed 12 passing touchdowns. Brady has thrown 22 touchdowns in his last six games. So here’s a quarterback that has been playing lights out going up against a defense that has been struggling against the pass. By now we know who he will be targeting throughout the game. Yes, Gronk! In the last four games, Gronkowski has scored five touchdowns and gone over 100 receiving yards twice. The Packers have done well against tight ends this season, but did struggle against the two best tight ends they played against. Greg Olsen caught eight passes for 105 yards and Jimmy Graham caught five passes for 59 yards and a touchdown against the Packers. It should be business as usual for Brady and Gronkowski this weekend at Lambeau.
Ben Roethlisberger ($7600) to Antonio Brown ($9000)
If you’re trying to save at the quarterback position, then this is a stack I recommend. Big Ben has thrown 18 touchdowns and just one interception in Heinz Field this season, and is averaging 30.4 fantasy points. That includes two, six touchdown games in Week 8 and 9. He has thrown 314 or more yards in four of the five home games. He is taking on the Saints that are allowing 16.9 fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks. In the last five games, they have allowed at least one touchdown in all but one game. He’ll be throwing it often to Brown who leads the team in receptions. This season he has caught five or more passes in every game, scored 10 touchdowns, caught 88 passes, 1,161 yards, and is averaging 25.2 fantasy points per game. He averages 31.3 fantasy points per game at home, and has scored six of his 10 touchdowns. The Saints have allowed over 200 receiving yards in three of their last five games. For the season, they’ve surrendered 13 receiving touchdowns and are giving up 24 fantasy points to opposing receivers. This is a good time for a team coming off of a bye and being well-rested, to take advantage of a team playing subpar on a short week, and coming off of a huge loss.
Ryan Tannenhill ($6900) to Mike Wallace ($4600)
Tannenhill is having a pretty good season if you ask me. He’s thrown 20 touchdowns and just eight interceptions. He has scored more than 20 fantasy points in five of the 11 games this season. The only thing he hasn’t done this year is exceed 300 passing yards in a game. He’s come close a of couple times, but hasn’t done it. This week there’s a good shot for him to do so. The Jets allow the most fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks (19.7). They have allowed two or more touchdowns in all but one game. This is the nest matchup Tannenhill has had all season, so my expectations are somewhat high. In recent weeks, Jarvis Landry has been his go-to guy, but I’m still pairing him up with Wallace. Wallace is cheaper and has still played well despite fewer looks. Not to mention, this is a great matchup. The Jets are giving up 22.2 fantasy points per game to receivers and have allowed 12 touchdowns. Wallace scored a touchdown in five of his six first games of the season, and has scored twice in the last two games. Despite the lack of targets, he is still getting it done. This is the cheapest price he’s been all season, and it’s one of the better matchups he’s had. It’s been a while since these two carved up a defense. If there’s a week to make it happen, it’s this one.
Andy Dalton ($6100) to A.J. Green ($8200)
It is quite apparent that the Bengals offense isn’t the same without Green. Besides that poor performance against the Browns, the Bengals offense has ran smoother in recent weeks. Dalton hasn’t thrown for three touchdowns and 300 yards in a game this season. If there was a team he should be able to do it against, it’s the Bucs. They have allowed 16.5 fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks, have given up one or more touchdown passes in all but one game this season, and have allowed 300+ passing yards in five games. Dalton has actually played better on the road than at home this year. He’s thrown seven of his twelve touchdowns in road games, and has thrown a pick just once. Green is back!!! He’s put together two strong games in a row. He has 18 catches, 249 yards, and a touchdown in the last two games. He scored more than 27 fantasy points in each of those games. The Bucs have allowed nine touchdowns in the last six games to receivers. Dalton and Green should have no problem connecting this weekend.