Welcome to Week 10’s top fantasy football stacks analysis, where we’ll look at some of the best passing game options to consider for Sunday’s main DraftKings NFL slate. The concept to care about here is that quarterbacks and wide receivers generally have correlated fantasy point totals, meaning that one of them scoring points corresponds to the chances of the other one scoring points. For GPPs, we’ll want to keep an eye on ownership estimates, too, so the goal is to present a comprehensive breakdown of which passing game combinations could provide an edge in those DraftKings DFS tournaments.
5. Alex Smith ($5,200)/Terry McLaurin ($6,800), Washington Football Team at Detroit Lions
Alex Smith is far from an ideal fantasy quarterback, but he’s throwing to one of the most under-appreciated wide receivers in the NFL in Terry McLaurin. The Washington Football Team is in Detroit to face a porous Lions defense, and the game is also in a dome while many others are dealing with difficult weather conditions. It’s not that Washington is necessarily going to score a ton of points this week, but their offense has been heavily concentrated around McLaurin all season and he looks to be far less popular than most of the other top receivers of Week 10.
4. Russell Wilson ($7,700)/DK Metcalf ($7,600), Seattle Seahawks at Los Angeles Rams
Metcalf enters Week 10 on a roll, with 19 receptions for 269 yards and three touchdowns over his last two games. The Seahawks have been scoring as well as any team in football week after week, but Metcalf actually looks to be a semi-contrarian option against the Rams despite that. The main reason for this is that his teammate Tyler Locket ($6,500) is substantially cheaper, and while Metcalf isn’t really even a better bet than Lockett to put up a big game, his price should cause most people to drop down to Lockett when picking a Seahawks receiver. Lockett is the better choice based on price, but Metcalf may be the better choice based on ownership.
3. Drew Brees ($6,400)/Michael Thomas ($7,400), New Orleans Saints vs. San Francisco 49ers
The Saints are coming off of undoubtedly their best game of the 2020 season and probably Drew Brees’ best game as well, but the fantasy production was so spread out in Week 9’s win over the Buccaneers that it doesn’t look like anyone will be too excited to prioritize the Saints’ passing game. The matchup is a good one — getting the 49ers’ mediocre pass defense at home — but the problem is that high passing volume may not be necessary if the Niners can’t keep pace. If the Saints’ defense underperforms a little, however, a big day for Brees, Thomas, and also Alvin Kamara ($8,200) could be in the cards and the stack should come at severely diminished ownership.
2. Teddy Bridgewater ($6,100)/Robby Anderson ($6,100), Carolina Panthers vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Panthers draw a tough matchup this week against the aforementioned Bucs, but it’s a defense that’s struggled of late with a blowout loss to the Saints and a near-loss to the Giants the week before that. The Panthers will also be missing Christian McCaffrey (shoulder) yet again, which should mean a few extra targets going towards the wide receivers. Anderson, DJ Moore ($5,100) and Curtis Samuel ($4,900) will all benefit from this, but Anderson in particular looks like one of the top options of Sunday’s slate as he’s been playing like a No. 1 receiver all year without getting the subsequent price bump he probably deserves.
1. Josh Allen ($7,500)/Cole Beasley ($4,700), Buffalo Bills at Arizona Cardinals
Josh Allen and Stefon Diggs ($7,500) will likely be the most popular quarterback-receiver combo of the week, and while there’s good reason for that in a strong matchup against the Arizona Cardinals, it may simply be too popular of a stack to warrant much GPP consideration. Moving to a different Bills receiver could be the way get around that, and Beasley in particular is apparently going under the radar. Beasley hasn’t been great lately with just five catches for 63 yards across his last two games, but the game prior to that was his best of the year with 11 catches and 112 yards. Many people may be fooled by the recent duds, but Beasley is arguably the best choice among all of the sub-$5K wide receivers in Week 10.
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