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Top 5 QB/WR stacks to consider in Week 9

The right QB/WR stacks is regularly the difference-maker in DFS contests. We break down some key options to consider for Week 9.

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson rolls out of the pocket against the Atlanta Falcons in the fourth quarter at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome back to our weekly countdown of the best QB-WR stacks! With four teams on bye and an early game in London, Week 9 presents us with one of the smallest main slates of the season. Furthermore, with the Falcons and Bengals on bye and the Texans in London, several of our favorite matchups to target are unavailable. No need to fear, however – we’ve still got plenty of great stacks to choose from. However you want to build your lineup, we’ve got a stack for you.

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. Aaron Rodgers ($6,900)/Allen Lazard ($3,900), Packers at Chargers

Maybe I’m overcompensating for some of the chalky picks later in this article, but I legitimately like this play. The Chargers show up on DraftKings as the ninth-worst QB matchup, but the schedule is doing a lot of the heavy lifting there – they’ve faced Mitchell Trubisky, Devlin Hodges, Joe Flacco, Josh Rosen and Ryan Tannehill. When facing actual NFL QBs, Deshaun Watson, Matthew Stafford and Jacoby Brissett, they’ve given up an average of 21.1 DKFP to the position.

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After a slow start, Rodgers has been excellent. He’s topped 30 DKFP in three of his past five contests, and has thrown 10 TDs and one INT over the past three games. His success over the past three games is particularly relevant to Lazard — during that window, Lazard leads the team in air yards and leads WRs in catches. As long as Davante Adams (toe) is still out, this is my favorite contrarian play this week.

4. Sam Darnold ($5,900)/Robby Anderson ($5,500), Jets at Dolphins

Nothing too fancy about this one. The Dolphins are awful. They rank dead last in defensive DVOA, pass defense DVOA, points allowed, and net yards per pass attempt allowed. Darnold’s and Anderson’s salaries bounced up $500 apiece for the matchup, but that’s probably not enough. Darnold struggled against the Patriots in Week 7, but so has everyone else. In his other two games, he averaged 22 completions on 31 attempts for 278 yards, two TDs and 19.6 DKFP. He also threw four picks in those games, but the Dolphins have forced just one turnover since Week 3. Since Darnold returned to action, Anderson leads the team in targets, receiving yards and air yards, and he’s the only WR with a TD catch.

I’d also consider adding the Dolphins’ DeVante Parker ($4,400) to this stack. He has 18 targets over the past two games and a touchdown in three of his past four. If the Dolphins are going to keep this divisional matchup interesting, they’ll probably need a good showing from Parker.

3. Kirk Cousins ($6,700)/Stefon Diggs ($7,600), Vikings at Chiefs

This is more of a cash games play, as both of these salaries are a touch high. That said, this star combo also has a fairly high floor. They’ve combined for at least 30 DKFP in each of their past four games, including two games of more than 50 DKFP. The Chiefs have given up at least 18 DKFP to QBs five times already this season, and they allow the ninth-most total yards per game. Unfortunately, they’re better against the pass than the run, but no one in their secondary has the speed or skills to keep up with Diggs’ route running. The Chiefs still scored an average of 27 points in their game-and-three-quarters without Patrick Mahomes (knee), so it’s unlikely that the Vikings will be able abandon the pass.

If Adam Thielen (hamstring; questionable; $7,800) is active, then I’d steer clear of this stack, as the salaries are a little too high for me to feel comfortable playing Diggs is he has to split targets with Thielen. But with Thielen out for effectively all of the last two games, Diggs put up back-to-back seven-catch 143-yards games.

2. Matthew Stafford ($6,800)/Marvin Jones Jr. ($6,000), Lions at Raiders

I’m recommending Jones over Kenny Golladay ($7,700) here. Golladay is the better player, but his salary is a little too pricey, inflated by last weekend’s 123 yards and two TDs. Jones, on the other hand, costs almost the same as he did last week, despite a significantly better matchup. Furthermore, his disappointing four catches on five targets for 22 yards will probably turn many managers away from him. But while Jones has underwhelmed in two of his past three games, he’s still hit double-digit DKFP in four of his seven games. He’s the clear No. 2 in this passing attack, with a 19% target share, a 24% air yards share and five TDs so far.

The Raiders are one of the best matchups possible for a QB-WR stack. They’ve allowed six 20 DKFP games to WRs in just seven games, and six more double-digit DKFP games. They’ve also allowed four QBs to top 23 DKFP, including three of their past four opponents. They’re also a pass funnel defense – a good rush defense and a bad pass defense, encouraging opponents to pass more.

1. Russell Wilson ($7,100)/Tyler Lockett ($7,500), Seahawks vs. Buccaneers

The most expensive stack on the slate, and arguably the most obvious. But chalk isn’t always a bad thing – just look at how many chalky stacks topped 55 DKFP last week (Lions, Saints, Texans, among others). The Buccaneers have been the classic pass funnel this season, with the No. 1 ranked run defense according to DVOA, but a bottom-six pass defense. Six of their seven opposing QBs scored at least 15 DKFP against them, including three who topped 27 DKFP. They’ve also allowed seven WRs to top 15 DKFP, including four who scored more than 29 DKFP. Meanwhile, they’ve only allowed three RBs to score more than 8.3 DKFP, underscoring the gap between their strength and their weakness. Wilson averages more DKFP per game than any other QB available, while Lockett leads the Seahawks in most of the leading opportunity indicators – target share, receptions, yards after catch and TDs. DK Metcalf ($5,700), who leads the team in air yards, and TE Jacob Hollister ($2,900) are also options if you want to go for a triple-stack or if you want to attack the Bucs but want a less chalky option.

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