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Top 5 QB/WR stacks to consider in Week 11

The right QB/WR stacks is regularly the difference-maker in DFS contests. We break down some key options to consider for Week 11.

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson and head coach John Harbaugh react during the fourth quarter against the New England Patriots at M&T Bank Stadium. Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

The concept behind stacking a QB with his WR is simple; both players benefit from each completion, doubling the benefit of that play for your fantasy lineup. As Adam Levitan pointed out, 79 percent of the lineups that won DraftKings’ Fantasy Football Millionaire contests used a QB stack in their lineup. With the significance of stacking in mind, this article aims to highlight the best stacking options for Sunday’s main slate.

5. Drew Brees ($6,900)/Michael Thomas ($9,900), Saints at Buccaneers

Usually a stack like this would be one of the top two for the week, but this one gets downgraded because it’s just so gosh-darn expensive. This is the most expensive QB-WR stack in Week 11 by far. That said, they’re probably worth it. When these two teams faced off in October, Teddy Bridgewater and Thomas combined for a whopping 75.5 DKFP. The Buccaneers are the ultimate pass funnel, with the No. 1 DVOA rush defense and the 27th DVOA pass defense. And they aren’t just good against the run, they’ve been great – the difference between the Bucs and the No. 2 rush defense is more than the difference between the No. 2 team and the No. 7 team.

Thomas leads all WRs active in Week 11 in DKFP per game, he’s scored at least 16 DKFP in every game, and he’s topped 30 DKFP three times in nine games. Brees is coming off a down game in Week 10, but he’s been great against the Buccaneers throughout his career, including eight 300 yard games this decade. Since 2010, he’s scored a TD in all but one of his 18 starts against them, and he’s thrown for multiple TDs in 10 of those games.

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4. Matt Ryan ($6,200)/Russell Gage ($3,300), Falcons at Panthers

The Kyle Allen-D.J. Moore stack, listed below, is likely to be a fairly popular choice this week. So if you’re looking to get some differentiation into your lineups, this Ryan-Gage pairing is worth considering. Gage was a rarely-used afterthought until after the Falcons traded away Mohamed Sanu ahead of Week 8. In the two games since, Gage has caught 11 of his 14 targets and played on 63% of snaps. While his targets are not generally far downfield – he’s seen significantly fewer air yards than Calvin Ridley, despite that Gage has more targets, over the last two games – Gage has seen a red-zone target in both games.

With Austin Hooper (knee), the team leader in receptions and receiving TDs, now out, Gage is in line for even more offensive attention. The matchup is not ideal, but that should help to deter other managers from using this stack, and the Panthers have given up several big games. Ryan Tannehill and Gardner Minshew both put up 27-plus DKFP against Carolina, as did three WRs. Ryan has cooled off after his statistically dominant start to the season, but let’s not forget that that he scored at least 19 points in each of his first six games.

3. Derek Carr ($6,100)/Hunter Renfrow ($4,000), Raiders vs. Bengals

Carr has looked a lot more like he did from 2015 to 2017, when he was a three-time Pro-Bowler and finished third in the MVP voting in 2017, than he did during his ugly 2018 campaign. He’s putting up the second-highest TD rate and the second-lowest INT rate of his career, and he’s averaging 15.6 DKFP despite a pretty brutal schedule. That schedule takes a hard turn in Week 11, when he faces the Bengals’ last-ranked DVOA defense. They’re allowing a QB rating of 107.4, and every QB they’ve faced has scored at least 16.6 DKFP.

Renfrow leads the Raiders WR corps in targets over the last four games, and he leads the whole team in targets over the last three weeks. His ceiling is probably lower than Tyrell Williams ($5,400) and TE Darren Waller ($5,500), as Renfrow sees considerably fewer air yards than those two. However, the lower ceiling is worth it for the more than $1,000 in savings and the increase in targets.

This article focuses on QB-WR stacks, but Waller has been the Raiders’ top target this season, and he’s also a great option, either for the triple-stack or in place of Renfrow.

2. Kyle Allen ($5,300)/D.J. Moore ($5,900), Panthers vs. Falcons

I can’t blame them, but DraftKings’ pricing strategy for the Panthers appears to assume that literally every play will go through Christian McCaffrey ($10,500). McCaffrey has been an other-worldly fantasy stud this season, but his teammates have occasionally done some things, too. Foremost among those is D.J. Moore, who leads the team (including McCaffrey) in targets, receptions and receiving yards. And despite his mid-range salary, Moore has been one of the best WRs in the league this season. He’s currently 13th in yards per game, and he’s seen at least eight targets in each of the last five games. While the Falcons were bizarrely effective last week against their biggest rival, the Saints, they still rank as one of the very worst pass defenses in the NFL. The Bengals’ and Dolphins’ pass defenses are similarly bad, but those three teams are all more than 40% worse, according to DVOA, than the fourth-worst defense. The Falcons have given up six 40-DKFP QB-WR stacks this season, including a shocking 90-DKFP stack in Week 5.

Curtis Samuel ($5,300) is also a major discount, and he leads the team in air yards and is second in targets and receiving yards. Samuel’s floor is lower though, as he’s been more of a boom-or-bust play, and the two have similar upsides. If you’re playing multiple lineups, it makes sense to get some exposure to Samuel, but Moore is the superior value.

1. Lamar Jackson ($7,700)/Marquise Brown ($5,600), Ravens vs. Texans

Sometimes the obvious answer is the right one. You’ll have to pay up for Jackson – his salary is $800 more than the next-highest QB – but he’s worth it. He’s been dominant this season, and he holds a giant lead over all other QBs in DKFP per game. He combines a top-tier RB with an above average QB, but that combination would cost $11,000 or more if split into two players. He’s 11th in the NFL in rush yards per game and seventh in rushing TDs, and ninth in QB rating with an excellent 15-5 TD-INT ration.

The Texans have been one of the most favorable passing matchups this season, and they’ve allowed six of the nine QBs they’ve faced to score at least 20 DKFP. If you exclude the two games Brown missed, he dominates the team in target share and air yard share, and he scored four touchdowns in seven games.

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