In this week’s article, I will be providing three of my favorite QB+WR stacks that you might want to consider using in your GPPs for week 6 of the NFL season. 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.
Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson- Usually I would start with the more chalky write-up and then work in more contrarian type plays as the article continues. However, this combination this week just excites me more than a contrarian type combo should. Johnson comes into the game with a surprisingly high PFF overall rating of an 83. This is a super sneaky pick, I truly believe that he will not even be 2 percent owned in any type of GPP. I have a fairly high projection on him this week so I will be using him in my GPP lineups this week. The reason I am so high on him this week is because Johnson is being covered by none other than Kyle Fuller. Fuller is someone that I believe to be one of the worst defensive backs in the NFL, and PFF backs me up on this. Fuller has an overall PFF rating of just 50. Not to mention that Matthew Stafford is also a uber-contrarian play this week. The Bears are a middling defense that gives up 17.93 Fantasy points per game against the QB. That makes this a good combination to stack in your GPP lineups.
Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald- The man is starting to come back to earth a little bit after starting the season out of this world amazing. He already has six touchdowns on the season and this week, I like the chances of those numbers going up. Another favorite target of mine to pick on is William Gay, who is going up against Fitzgerald this week in coverage. I like targeting William Gay because he possesses a poor PFF rating of 53.5. The Steelers as a whole secondary are not doing very well this season. And for that reason, I also like John Brown who is going up against Antwon Blake, who has a low PFF rating of 41.6. I prefer Fitzgerald though because the targets are consistently high enough where I am comfortable using a Palmer-Fitzgerald stack in my GPP lineups. Of course, we can’t go without talking about Carson Palmer as well. The Steelers are giving up 18.43 Fantasy points per game against opposing QBs. This makes me confident in Palmer not only as a GPP stack option but as a cash game QB as well. This combination of players should get you 3x value, which is necessary to win GPPs.
Peyton Manning and Demaryius Thomas or Emmanuel Sanders- Sanders is having a great season so far and nobody seems to want to take notice of the fact. He has not gone a game yet without having 65 yards of receiving. Along with consistently high target numbers, it seems to me that Peyton wants Sanders to be more involved in the offense. The coverage for Sanders this week is Joe Haden. Oh, how the mighty have fallen! This guy used to be seen as a threat to other wide receivers in the NFL, but if you look at Haden’s numbers now, he just seems like a joke. Haden comes in with a PFF overall rating of 36.3. That is just downright pathetic. While on the Denver side, Sanders has the highest PFF rating of all the Broncos receivers (85). I see both Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders as good receiver plays this week, but I prefer Sanders in the GPP format because I believe that he will be lower owned compared to Sanders. However, Demaryius Thomas is not one to be completely faded, though. Thomas is going up against Tramon Williams. This is a matchup that I would completely fade if I were to only look at the PFF grades. However, I like this matchup for Thomas just due to the sheer volume of targets that he sees. Only last week did he not see at least 10 targets in a game. And these high numbers of opportunities are something that we as DFS players are looking at in helping us win in any type of game format.
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Good Luck to all this week!