It's Week 13 so lets dig deep on our quarterback/wide receiver stacks.
Rank and discuss your top 3 quarterback and wide receiver combo's from the following teams: Arizona, Cleveland, Houston, New York Jets, Miami, Denver, Jacksonville, Indianapolis, Tampa Bay, Green Bay, Baltimore, San Francisco, and Chicago.
- Jameis Winston/Mike Evans - The awful pass defenses of the Buccaneers and Packers gives the game some shootout appeal in Green Bay. Evans has 22 targets in his last two games and he's overdue for a touchdown (or two).
- Brett Hundley/Davante Adams - Adams is the WR8 on DraftKings since Green Bay's Week 8 bye.
- Blake Bortles/Marqise Lee - Bortles passed for 330 yards and a touchdown when Jacksonville faced Indianapolis in Week 7. The Colts just lost their only respectable cornerback, Rashaan Melvin, for the season meaning Lee will finally avoid shadow coverage. Don't be fooled by sub-par performances in each of the last two games. Lee was blanketed by Jason McCourty in Week 11 and Patrick Peterson erased him from the Jaguars game plan last week. Look for him to get back to double-digit targets and 15+ fantasy points.
- Josh McCown/Robby Anderson - All Anderson does is produce. Jets are at home and Kansas City has allowed 28% more normalized fantasy production than league average to opposing wideouts over the last five games.
- Trevor Siemian/Demaryius Thomas - Siemian stinks, but before losing his job to Brock Osweiler in Week 9, he scored more than 20 fantasy points in three separate games. The Dolphins 31st-ranked pass defense (DVOA) has failed to contain every non-Joe Flacco quarterback they've faced since Week 7 and Thomas leads the Broncos in every major receiving category. This is a viable stack given Siemian's low price.
- Deshone Kizer/Josh Gordon - Playing Kizer in San Diego may seem borderline insane, but he's topped 20 fantasy points in two of his last three games due in large part to his rushing ability. It's not inconceivable Kizer goes for another 20 points, which makes stacking him with Gordon for only 17% of the salary cap both intriguing and extremely risky. We have no idea what Gordon will look like after nearly three years away from football, but if he's 75% of his 2013 self, $4,100 is a fair price to pay for a shot at a long touchdown (and possibly much more).
- Tom Savage/DeAndre Hopkins - We've reached the point on the list where I wouldn't actually consider playing these stacks. I like Hopkins fine against Tennessee's dismal secondary, but it's a hard pass on Savage, whose absolute ceiling is only 3x his low salary (DraftKings).
- Jacoby Brissett/Jack Doyle - I realize the question said QB-WR stacks, but no thanks to Indianapolis' outside receivers against Jacksonville. I'm not playing Brissett, but Doyle is a target hog and caught six-out-of-seven passes thrown his way in the Week 7 game between these teams.
- Mitchell Trubisky/Dontrelle Inman - Kind of interesting at home against the 49ers, who have allowed the second-most raw fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season. Still, with the Bears likely to batter San Francisco with a healthy dose of Jordan Howard, this is a pretty thin play. Inman, however, is in play on his own. He's reached double-digit PPR points in two of his last three games and remains affordable across the industry.
- Blaine Gabbert/Larry Fitzgerald - I'll admit I'm somewhat intrigued by the possibility of a Gabbert stack that includes Todd Gurley and at least one Rams receiver on the other side, but who to stack Gabbert with from his own team is the question. Fitzgerald is the only obvious answer, but the Rams don't give up much to wide receivers, particularly from the slot. Ricky Seals-Jones is hovering on the fringes of my radar, but his 61% target per route rate is wholly unsustainable. It's tough to pull the trigger on Seals-Jones without news he's supplanting Jermaine Gresham, which is unlikely due to the latter's run blocking ability.
- Joe Flacco/Benjamin Watson - Blech. Stay far away from all things Flacco, but if you need a Baltimore pass catcher for some reason, go with Watson against Detroit (29th-ranked DVOA vs. tight ends).
- Jimmy Garoppolo/? - Maybe Jimmy Garoppolo plays like a franchise quarterback in his first start for San Francisco, but Siemian and Geno Smith both cost less and have great matchups. Let your opponents pay to find out if Garoppolo is any good without the Patriots supporting cast to prop him up. And for stacking purposes, we have no idea which 49ers pass catcher Garoppolo has developed the most rapport with.
Ryan Fitzpatrick or Jameis Winston with Mike Evans: I agree with Phil that Mike Evans is due for a breakout game as the Buccaneers wide receiver has been peppered with targets since returning from his Week 10 suspension. Evans has yet to crack 100 receiving yards this season but I think this is the week that changes. The Buccaneers wide receiver finished with four 100+ yard performances last season and five 100+ yard games in 2015.
Josh McCown/Robby Anderson: The Jets offense is my third choice from the list as their opponent, the Chiefs, are ranked as the fifth-worst pass defense in the NFL. McCown has multiple touchdowns in five of his past seven games and should have no trouble in this matchup. Robby Anderson has scored in five consecutive games.
Part of the reason the Winston-Evans stack is so attractive is because the Tampa Bay-Green Bay matchup has shootout potential. The Buccaneers pass rush is toothless, ranking dead last in Football Outsiders’ adjusted sack rate. The secondary is also easily beaten and Tampa Bay’s pass defense ranks 30th in DVOA. The Buccaneers have been torched by opposing WR1s, allowing over 90 yards per game. It sets up great for Davante Adams, who has clearly emerged as the top target in the Green Bay offense. He has averaged 9.3 targets per game since Brett Hundley since Week 5. Hundley and Adams are priced right to stack.
My favorite under-the-radar stack is Blake Bortles and Dede Westbrook. Westbrook has clearly emerged as a top-2 receiving option for Jacksonville. He was on the field for 92% of Bortles’ drop backs in Week 12 and saw a whopping 10 targets in his second NFL game. The Jaguars coaches have talked this week about how they need to take more deep shots because teams are stacking the box against the run. Westbrook is a quintessential big-play threat with elite speed and excellent run-after-the-catch skills. The Jaguars face a poor Indianapolis pass defense that has given up more 20+ yard plays than any other team. The Colts will also be without emerging young cornerback Rashaan Melvin and have major questions in their secondary.
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