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Aaron Rodgers ($9800) to Jordy Nelson ($8100) and/or Randall Cobb ($7400)
You may often see me write about this stack, but what is there not to like? This game will be a Lambeau Field, where Rodgers has thrown 20 touchdowns and zero interceptions. He is averaging 29.1 fantasy points and 296.8 passing yards at home. This is also a great matchup for him. The Falcons are allowing the most passing yards per game (285) and are giving up 15.4 fantasy points per game. As far as the receivers are concerned, Nelson has scored a touchdown in every home game this season and is averaging 24 fantasy points. He has only 26 receptions at home, but has made good use of those catches. He has scored seven of his ten touchdowns and is averaging 111.5 receiving yards in Lambeau Field. Cobb is also playing well at home. He is averaging 20.3 fantasy points per game and has five touchdowns. The Falcons give up 292 receiving yards per game, allow the sixth most fantasy points per game to opposing receivers (24.2), and have surrendered 11 touchdowns. This is a great matchup for a red hot offense.
Drew Brees ($9100) to Jimmy Graham ($6500)
What makes this stack the most appealing is Graham’s price. He can be considered a wide receiver playing the tight end position and is just $6500. He is coming off of a terrible game, but should have no trouble bouncing back this week against the Panthers. The last time he played the Panthers was in Week 9. In that game, Graham caught seven passes for 83 yards and one touchdown. He has carved up the Panthers throughout his entire career. In nine career games against them, he’s caught 53 passes for 675 yards and scored eight touchdowns. In fact, he has scored a touchdown in every game he’s played against them besides the first one, where he wasn’t the starter. Brees has put together some nice games in consecutive weeks. He has scored more than 30 fantasy points in the last two games, something he hasn’t done all season. There’s a good chance that hot streak continues this week, as he has a favorable matchup. The Panthers have been unable to stop the pass, especially on the road. They have given up two or more touchdown passes in every road game. For the season, they have surrendered 22 touchdowns passes and are giving up 17.3 fantasy points per game to quarterbacks. Both Brees and Graham should be in line for a big game.
Matthew Stafford $7900 to Calvin Johnson $9500
After two tough road games, Matthew Stafford bounced back with a big game on Thanksgiving Day. He threw for 390 yards and two touchdowns. In his last two home games, he’s thrown four touchdowns and 570 yards. It’s clear he’s happy to have Johnson back. In those two games, Johnson has caught 18 passes for 159 yards and three touchdowns. The Bucs defense has allowed at least one touchdown pass in all but one game. Against receivers, they are giving up 24.5 fantasy points per game and have allowed 16 receiving touchdowns, which ties them for the second most. They’ve been playing well against the pass as of late, but if you look at some of their numbers on the road against good quarterbacks, it’s scary. They gave up more than 300 passing yards and two or more touchdowns in three games on the road against Drew Brees, Matt Ryan, and Ben Roethlisberger. There’s only one concern with them this week, and that is, will they get benched because of blowout? I’ll take my chances.
Ryan Tannenhill ($7300) to Mike Wallace ($5200)
I’m going to try this one more time. Last week I had these two as a stack, and that didn’t go as planned. Mike Wallace dropped a touchdown pass and Tannenhill over threw one of his receivers who was open in the end zone. If Tannenhill had connected with those two passes, it’s an entirely different outcome. Despite a subpar performance last week, Tannenhill is having a solid season. This week he has a favorable matchup against a very vulnerable secondary. The Ravens surrender 18.1 fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks and have yielded 22 passing touchdowns. In the last four games, they have allowed 13 passing touchdown and three 300+ passing yard games. Tannenhill has yet to throw for 300 yards in a game, and to be honest, I thought he would have done so last week. He didn’t, but has another great opportunity to do so this week. Wallace hasn’t been as consistent as he was early in the season, but has still managed to score double digit fantasy points in three of his last four games. He’s also caught four or more passes and scored two touchdowns in the last four games. Jarvis Landry has dipped into Wallace’s targets, and is also a good option to stack with Tannenhill. However, Wallace is cheaper, has the big play ability, and if he would have caught that touchdown pass last week, he’d have three scores in four games. The Ravens secondary can’t stop receivers. They allow 27.4 fantasy points per game to opposing receivers and have yielded 14 receiving touchdowns. Their defense allows the most receiving yards per game. There’s not much to dislike about this duo this week.
Andy Dalton ($6000) to A.J. Green ($9300)
Dalton had a favorable matchup last week, and did not play well. The good news is that he has another favorable matchup this week, and will be playing at home. The Steelers are giving up 16.9 fantasy points per game to quarterbacks and have surrendered 24 passing touchdowns. They have allowed two or more touchdowns in six consecutive games, and were torched by Drew Brees last week. Despite a poor performance by Dalton last week, his only touchdown pass of the day went to A.J. Green. In the last three games, Green has score more than 15 fantasy points in each game. He’s scored two touchdown, caught 22 passes, and has 205 receiving yards in the last three weeks. That includes two 100+ receiving yard games. For the season, the Steelers defense is allowing 22.2 fantasy points per game to opposing receivers, but in the last five games, they have allowed more than 22 fantasy points in four games. It’s tough to trust Dalton on a weekly basis, but this is a good matchup and he should be able to get the job done. If you’re looking for a cheaper quarterback to pair up with a stud receiver, Dalton is a good option.