DFS Roundtable: Thinking Outside the Box - QB/RB Stacks

Thinking Outside the Box - Ranking Week 11 top QB/RB Stacks.

Winning a big GPP can take a lot of thinking outside the box and sometimes that means stacking your quarterback with his running back. Rank these Week 11 QB/RB stacks and back up your top choice with reasons why you prefer that stack.
·      Drew Brees/Alvin Kamara
·      Drew Brees/Mark Ingram II
·      Jared Goff/Todd Gurley
·      Kirk Cousins/Chris Thompson
·      Alex Smith/Kareem Hunt
·      Philip Rivers/Melvin Gordon III
·      Nathan Peterman/LeSean McCoy
·      Blake Bortles/Leonard Fournette

John MamulaHere is how I currently have them ranked:

1. Alex Smith/Kareem Hunt 2. Drew Brees/Mark Ingram II 3. Drew Brees/Alvin Kamara 4. Philip Rivers/Melvin Gordon III 5. Kirk Cousins/Chris Thompson 6. Nathan Peterman/LeSean McCoy 7. Jared Goff/Todd Gurley 8. Blake Bortles/Leonard Fournette   As previously mentioned, I expect to be overweight on Chiefs this week. The other team that I will be overweight on is the Saints as they are going in the opposite direction of their opponent. The Redskins have allowed 29.75 points per game over their past four contests. The Saints offense has been red-hot averaging 35 points per game over their past five matchups. 

Justin BonnemaHere is how I currently have them ranked:

1.       Alex Smith/Kareem Hunt
2.       Drew Brees/Alvin Kamara
3.       Drew Brees/Mark Ingram II
4.       Kirk Cousins/Chris Thompson
5.       Nathan Peterman/LeSean McCoy
6.       Jared Goff/Todd Gurley
7.       Philip Rivers/Melvin Gordon III
8.       Blake Bortles/Leonard Fournette

Apparently, I’m on the Chiefs this week. The great thing about starting Smith and Hunt is you get a chunk of the offense for a fraction of the ownership. I hate to fade Travis Kelce given the supreme matchup, but in GPPs, I think it’s the right move. If you do select him, you’re essentially buying into damage control and just sheltering your lineup in the event he goes nuts. By fading him, you gain a huge advantage over the crowd should he have a mediocre game. And with Smith in your lineup, you still get a piece of anything he does. 

Justin HoweBrees-Kamara is always one of my favorite deep stacks. The correlation is obvious: when Brees throws more, we can intuitively expect more snaps and touches for the mega-dynamic Kamara. But that correlation doesn't even matter much anymore: Kamara is entrenched as RB1b and doesn't need wild receiving volume to produce value. Now, Brees/Kamara is best utilized as a dynamic way to buy into Saints matchups while differentiating when Ingram makes more game-script sense.

Brees/Kamara
Brees/Ingram
Smith/Hunt
Peterman/McCoy
Goff/Gurley
Cousins/Thompson
Bortles/Fournette
Rivers/Gordon

Chris FeeryHere’s how my rankings stack up at the moment: 

Alex Smith/Kareem Hunt
Drew Brees/Mark Ingram II
Drew Brees/Alvin Kamara
Nathan Peterman/LeSean McCoy
Jared Goff/Todd Gurley
Philip Rivers/Melvin Gordon III
Kirk Cousins/Chris Thompson
Blake Bortles/Leonard Fournette

I’m sold on the Chiefs against the Giants this week, and a stack of Smith and Hunt makes for an interesting way to approach the game. We can expect Travis Kelce to be popular this week, as the Giants have been quite fantasy friendly to opposing tight ends. If we can zag away from the obvious Smith-Kelce stacks that will be out there in abundance, we gain a leg up on the field if it doesn’t pan out. While Hunt started to slow down heading into the bye, that could’ve been more of a result of protection from the proverbial rookie wall by the team’s coaching staff. He remains a major dual-threat weapon with tremendous upside potential on a weekly basis, and there’s nothing to suggest that a Giants club that appears to have thrown in the towel on 2017 will be able to slow him down.

Dan Hindery

Alex Smith/Kareem Hunt
Philip Rivers/Melvin Gordon III
Kirk Cousins/Chris Thompson
Blake Bortles/Leonard Fournette
Drew Brees/Mark Ingram II
Drew Brees/Alvin Kamara
Nathan Peterman/LeSean McCoy
Jared Goff/Todd Gurley

I mentioned some of the reasons to like Kansas City this week in previous answers. Andy Reid has been the league’s best off of bye weeks and he’s had a week to prepare some new wrinkles for an awful New York Giants defense. The Giants season has been smashed in back-to-back weeks and head coach Ben McAdoo has clearly lost the team. On multiple occasions in Week 10, Giants defensive backs made only a token effort at tackles. A similar effort would be disastrous against Kareem Hunt, who is amongst the league leaders in broken tackles. 

The Chiefs have a huge implied team total of 27.5 points and nearly all of those points should come through Smith and/or Hunt. The only two teams with higher implied team totals this week are New England (who has been employing at least three backs in rotation) and New Orleans (who has been splitting things between two backs). Hunt has at least four targets in each of the past six games and has a pair of receiving touchdowns, so there is a legitimate chance of a receiving touchdown. 

James Brimacombe: It is hard to not be impressed with what the New Orleans Saints are doing right now with their duo of running backs in Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram II. The obvious pairing would be to pair up Drew Brees with Kamara and hope that the two can continue to connect with each other. Kamara now has 54 targets on the season for 43 catches, 373 yards and a pair of receiving touchdowns. Add in both Brees 2,398 passing yards and 13 touchdown passes (plus a pair of rushing touchdowns), and Kamara's 417 rushing yards and 4 rushing touchdowns, you have a pretty safe floor for these two as a stack even if they didn't connect for a touchdown. After saying all that my gut still likes the call of Alex Smith and Kareem Hunt as a safer option as the Giants are giving up so many points right now.

1. Alex Smith/Kareem Hunt, 2. Drew Brees/Alvin Kamara, 3. Jared Goff/Todd Gurley, 4. Drew Brees/Mark Ingram II, 5. Philip Rivers/Melvin Gordon III, 6. Nathan Peterman/LeSean McCoy, 7. Blake Bortles/Leonard Fournette, 8. Kirk Cousins/Chris Thompson


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