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Tom Brady ($8400) to Rob Gronkowski ($7600)
This stack is a bit on the pricey side, but if you can manager to build a solid supporting cast around these two, I’d suggest you do so. Brady is averaging 26.86 fantasy points in his last three home games. This week he faces the Broncos who have surrendered five touchdowns in the last two road games. They are allowing 17.4 fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks. Brady and Gronk connected nine times for 149 yards and three touchdowns. Gronk has seven touchdowns in eight games. In the last four games, he has caught five or more passes and has scored more than 11 fantasy points. The Broncos are allowing 8.6 fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends and have surrendered three touchdowns in the last three games. If you’re willing to cough up the doe, this would be a good duo to spend it on.
Nick Foles ($7700) to Jeremy Maclin ($7600)
Foles and Maclin paired up nicely last week. Foles hit Maclin 12 times for 187 yards and two touchdowns. Maclin now has six touchdowns in seven games. He’s been targeted more than 10 times in five games this season. The Texans have allowed receivers to score at least one touchdown in every game since the season opener and in the last five weeks they’ve allowed two touchdowns to receivers in three games. They give up the fifth most fantasy points to opposing receivers (24.6). Foles hasn’t lived up to everyone’s expectations this season, but has managed an average of 19.5 fantasy points per game. He’s scored at least 15 fantasy points in all but one game this season. He has a pretty high floor, if you ask me. This week’s matchup is also a good one, as the Texans have allowed two or more passing touchdowns in every game since Week 3. They are a tad pricey. This duo will take up 31 percent of your salary, but there’s some decent value at other positions, so if you can make it work, do it.
Colin Kaepernick ($7000) to Michael Crabtree ($4500)
These two are coming off their bye week and facing a team they played in Week 6. In that game, Crabtree caught three passes for 49 yards and a touchdown. Kaepernick threw for 343 yards and three touchdowns. In the last three meetings against the Rams, Kaepernick has thrown six touchdowns and 785 yards. The Rams have allowed nine touchdowns in the last five games and are allowing 18.9 fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks. Keep in mind, his only three touchdown game this season came against the Rams. As far as receivers are concerned, the Rams are allowing 23.6 fantasy points per game to opposing receivers and have allowed nine touchdowns. They’ve also allowed 100 or more receiving yards in six of the team’s seven games, including two, 200+ yard games. This is a good matchup for both players, and unlike some of the stacks above, it’s only costing you 23 percent of your available salary cap.
Andy Dalton ($6300) to A.J. Green ($6300)
Dalton is expected to get his start wide out back this week. Green is listed as questionable, but was able to participate in practice all week on a limited basis. If he ends up playing, this will be a steal. The Jaguars defense has played well as of late, but a receiver like Green is tough to contain. Green has five or more catches in the three full games he’s played this season and has 80 or more yards in each of those games. This is the cheapest that Green has been all season, and it’s likely the cheapest you’ll see him for the rest of the year. In the last two home games, Dalton has scored over 20 fantasy points and scored two touchdowns in each of those games. The last game that Dalton and Green played together was in Week 5. In that game, Dalton connected with Green five times for 81 yards and one touchdown. I’m expecting them to pick up right where they left off this week. If Green is active, this is a stack to consider.
Ryan Fitzpatrick ($5700) to DeAndre Hopkins ($5400) or Andre Johnson ($5500)
This is one of those stacks that you’re rolling the dice on for a big game. Fitzpatrick has already scored over 19 fantasy points in two games this year. He’s facing an Eagles defense that has been very vulnerable against the pass. They have allowed 15 touchdowns this season and are giving up 19.3 fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks. The Texans could likely be chasing points, which will provide Fitzpatrick the opportunity to sling it. Hopkins and Johnson are both viable options, but if I’m rolling the dice with Fitzpatrick, I’m swinging for the fence, so I’m plugging in Hopkins. Johnson is averaging 13.1 fantasy points per game, while Hopkins is averaging 14.5. Both are close in price, so what sets them apart? In this case I’m looking for the big play potential. Hopkins’ longest reception this season is for 76 yards and Johnson’s is just 26 yards. The Eagles are giving up the fourth most fantasy points per game to receivers (26.6) and have allowed the second most touchdowns (10). This is a great matchup for both receivers and you can raise an argument to start either of them, but as I mentioned before, I’m going to take the receiver with the higher ceiling.