In this article, I will be providing three of my favorite QB+WR stacks that you might want to consider using in your GPPs this week. I will be using stats from Pro Football Focus’ (hereby referred to as PFF) rating system to justify my selection. Keep in mind that the new rating system rates each player from 0-100 on each of the player’s stat categories.
Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown- The only person happier to get Big Ben back than the typical Pittsburgh Steelers fan is Antonio Brown. While Ben was out, Antonio Brown played terribly; this was obviously not his fault. His PFF grade went down from 94 to 92.4 (I know so dramatic right?). The matchup is very favorable to Brown as he goes up against the Oakland Raiders and the CB David Amerson. Amerson comes into the game with a PFF rating of 50.8. For reference, that is Kyle Fuller level (more on him in a little bit). I expect this to be a very solid game for Brown, who will be lower owned than per usual in a matchup of this caliber. This is a nice stacking opportunity with Brown and Roethlisberger due to the solid QB matchup that Big Ben has. The Oakland Raiders allow the 6th most fantasy points per game against the QB 20.49 per. This is one of the safer stacks that you will find in DFS football this week.
Derrick Carr and Amari Cooper- On the other side of this game is Amari Cooper. The Steelers pass defense is dreadful at best. Even though they performed rather well last week. This might start a new trend with an Antwon Blake special. I might say that Kyle Fuller is bad, but Antwon Blake is even worse. He comes in with a 38.5 PFF overall rating. Being the dominate rookie receiver that he is, I expect a ton of upside from Cooper in a matchup against a horrible pass defense. I would also be for stacking Derek Carr with Cooper. This game features one of the higher totals of the week with 48. Carr is in a good spot in this game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, as they give up 17.76 fantasy points per game to opposing QBs. Again, as one of the higher scoring affairs this weekend, it will be safe to stack the opposing side of this game where the Steelers are favored by 4.5.
Philip Rivers and Malcom Floyd- Seeing players get hurt is one of the worst things about sports in general. You never want to say that a player getting seriously injured is a good thing. However, we can take advantage of situations such as this in DFS. With Keenan Allen now out for the season, his targets will have to go somewhere. One of the players I expect to benefit from the injury is Malcom Floyd. He is low priced across the industry, and this makes him a great value play in all formats. His matchup for this week is against Tracy Porter of the Chicago Bears. Porter comes into the game with a PFF overall rating of 39.4, significantly worse than his infamous counterpart, Kyle Fuller. I expect a solid game, along with low ownership to be greatly in the favor of Floyd in this game. With Rivers, you are getting the guy who has thrown for the most yards in the NFL to date. In my own opinion, this is one of the riskier stacks, due to the unknown uptick in targets for anyone just yet. However, you do get one of the best QBs in the NFL right now playing the pass defense that gives up 20.45 fantasy points per game to opposing QBs.
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