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Aaron Rodgers $9000 to Jordy Nelson $7700
Rodgers and Nelson have connected 83 times for 1,320 yards and 12 touchdowns. This one two combo is one of the best in the game. They struggled last week against the Bills, and Nelson dropped a big pass, but they should have no problem getting back on track this week. The Bucs struggle against both quarterbacks and wide receivers. They’re yielding 16.6 fantasy points per game to quarterbacks, and have given up 26 touchdowns. They allow 250 passing yards per game. The Bucs have allowed 18 touchdowns to opposing receivers. They are also allowing 24.4 fantasy points per game, and surrender 263.9 receiving yards per game. The Bucs have allowed a receiving touchdown in four consecutive games. The last time Rodgers had a poor performance, he threw for 315 yards and six touchdowns in the following game. These two should hook up often and both should get back on track this week. This is an expensive stack, but for the most part they are great investments each week.
Drew Brees $8300 to Jimmy Graham $6300
Brees has played well in recent weeks; it’s been Graham that has struggled. Brees has score more than 30 fantasy points in three of the last four games. In that span, Brees has thrown 12 touchdowns, 1,287 yards, and just two interceptions. The Falcons are yielding 16.4 fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks. They’ve surrendered 18 touchdowns, and are giving up the most passing yards per game (293). Graham finally had a respectable game last week. He caught five passes for 87 yards. Prior to last game, he had three catches for 25 yards in his previous two games combined. In the first game of the season, he caught eight passes for 82 yards against the Falcons. He’s actually had plenty of success against this defense. In nine career games against Atlanta, Graham has caught 43 passes for 582 yards, and seven touchdowns. This should be a high scoring game, and both Brees and Graham should have a big day.
Tom Brady $8000 to Rob Gronkowski $7000
This is one of my favorite stacks of the week. Brady is playing like a possessed man, and Gronkowski is on his own level at the tight end position. Since getting embarrassed by the Chiefs in Week 4, the Patriots offense has turned it around. Brady has thrown two or more touchdown passes in each game since. The last time he faced the Jets he threw for 261 yards and three touchdowns. That was good for 22.44 fantasy points. The Jets can’t stop the pass. They are allowing 18.1 fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks. They’ve given up 29 passing touchdowns, and are yielding 242 passing yards per game. Gronk also had a decent outing against the Jets in Week 7. In that game, he caught five passes for 68 yards. The Jets are even more susceptible to tight ends than they are to quarterbacks. They allow the second most fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends (9.4). They’ve also surrendered 12 touchdowns to tight ends. This is the cheapest price Gronk has been in the last six weeks, and arguably has the best matchup a tight end can have. With Julian Edelman out, there’s a good chance Brady looks Gronk’s way even more. These two should light up the Jets with ease.
Matthew Stafford $7000 to Calvin Johnson $8700
The Lions take on the Bears who have been just awful on the defensive side of the ball this season. They’ve allowed the most passing touchdowns (33), and are giving up 19.6 fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks. The Bears allow 277 passing yards per game, which is second most in the NFL. In their last two games, the Bears have allowed six passing touchdowns and 580 passing yards. These two teams faced off in Week 13. In that game, Stafford threw for 390 yards and two touchdowns. In their last four meetings, Stafford has actually played solid against the Bears. He’s thrown nine touchdowns, three interceptions, and 1,123 passing yards. His price also makes him very intriguing. Calvin Johnson absolutely smashed the Bears defense in Week 13. He caught 11 passes for 146 yards and the only two touchdowns that Stafford threw. That was good enough for 40.6 fantasy points. In fact, Calvin has scored five touchdowns in the last three games he’s faced the Bears. He has a good history against them, as he has scored nine touchdowns in 14 career games against them. The Bears are surrendering 23.4 fantasy points per game to opposing receivers. They’ve given up 17 receiving touchdowns, and allow the second most receiving yards per game (286.1). In the last four games, the Bears have yielded six receiving touchdowns. The Lions are playing for a division title race; this duo should take full advantage of the awful Bears pass defense.
Alex Smith $5600 to Travis Kelce $4600
If you’re looking to take the cheap route in your stack this week, this duo is one to consider. Smith has been playing some solid football in the last couple of weeks. In three of the last four games, he’s scored more than 17 fantasy points. He’s not a quarterback who will get you 30+ points, but in the last two weeks, he’s thrown for more than 290 yards in each game, and has thrown four touchdowns. He also has a good matchup this week. The Steelers allow the sixth most fantasy points per game (17.7). They have allowed two or more passing touchdowns in each of the last eight games. Kelce has played well recently too. He has scored double digit fantasy points in three of the last four games. The Steelers have surrendered 10 touchdowns to opposing tight ends this season, six of those in the last seven games. If you stack Smith and Kelce, you’ll be left with plenty of money to fill in the rest of your lineup with some nice pieces. These two should continue to produce solid numbers against a weak defense.