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Fantasy Football QB-WR Stacks: Top DraftKings NFL DFS Quarterback-Wide Receiver Picks for Week 9

Matt Meiselman gives his top QB and WR stacks to consider on DraftKings for Week 9’s main NFL slate, which locks at 1:00 p.m. ET on Sunday.

Welcome to Week 9’s top stacks analysis, where we’ll look at some of the best passing game options to consider for Sunday’s DraftKings NFL main 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 DFS tournaments.

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5. Kirk Cousins ($6,200)/Adam Thielen ($6,700)/Justin Jefferson ($6,100), Minnesota Vikings vs. Detroit Lions

There’s still a lot that’s unknown about this upcoming game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Detroit Lions, namely the health of Lions’ quarterback Matthew Stafford ($6,600). While there’s uncertainty regarding the likelihood of Stafford playing and subsequently the likelihood of a shootout, the constants on the Vikings’ side are well established. If the Vikings do find themselves in a game where they need to prioritize passing, Kirk Cousins along with Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson should be able to pay off well against a mediocre Lions defense. It’s not an ideal matchup and Dalvin Cook’s ($8,200) return should focus things more towards the ground, but that also means that the pass game is likely to be pretty contrarian and that’s the primary reason for the appeal here.

4. Josh Allen ($7,000)/Stefon Diggs ($7,400)/Cole Beasley ($5,400), Buffalo Bills vs. Seattle Seahawks

The Bills passing offense figures to be much more popular than the aforementioned Vikings, but there’s also plenty of justification for that. The Bills are about as likely as any team in Week 9 to be part of a high-scoring game, as they’re going up against a potent offense in the Seattle Seahawks. By DVOA, the Seahawks are the 30th ranked pass defense this season and the Bills are outside the Top 20 against both the pass and the run; so the combined matchup couldn’t really be much better. The appeal on the Bills side in particular is that Stefon Diggs is cheaper than DK Metcalf ($7,800) and should be lower owned than Tyler Lockett ($6,800). The Bills also have a cheap receiver in Cole Beasley, who continues to be heavily involved. Beasley is significantly less expensive than the other receivers in this game, and he should be a relatively contrarian option, as well.

3. Daniel Jones ($5,400)/ Sterling Shepard ($4,800), New York Giants vs. Washington Football Team

The Giants passing game was “respectable” on Monday night against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Week 9’s matchup against the Washington Football Team will be another tough test. Washington ranks second in pass defense DVOA this year and the Giants passing game isn’t particularly good, but the pricing for the Giants is just too low. The ownership on the Giants should be low as well for obvious reasons, so the full package looks pretty appealing even if the expected production isn’t off the charts. Sterling Shepard has turned in two solid games in a row after returning from injury and seems to have reclaimed the WR1 role; yet he’s routinely been lower-owned than his counterpart Darius Slayton ($5,000). Shepard could be a pretty strong contrarian option if that trend continues this week.

2. Kyler Murray ($7,800)/ DeAndre Hopkins ($8,200), Arizona Cardinals vs. Miami Dolphins

This should theoretically be a week where Kyler Murray is in contention for the most popular quarterback, but it seems like there’s more hype surrounding Russell Wilson ($7,600), Josh Allen ($7,000), Deshaun Watson ($7,100) and Justin Herbert ($6,800). The combined cost of Murray plus Hopkins is probably the culprit, as they make for the most expensive QB/WR duo, ahead of even Patrick Mahomes ($8,100) and Tyreek Hill ($7,200). The Dolphins defense has also been much better against the pass than against the run (third in DVOA compared to 32nd) — so there are reasons to look elsewhere — but the upside is still sky-high for a stack combo with this much talent. An even slightly contrarian Murray/Hopkins stack is a rarity in 2020, and any opportunity to grab it seems to be worth taking.

1. Matt Ryan ($6,400)/Julio Jones ($7,200)/ Russell Gage ($4,500), Atlanta Falcons vs. Denver Broncos

It looks like Calvin Ridley ($7,000) is going to miss Week 9 with a foot injury, which means that the Falcons target distribution is likely to become even more concentrated. Julio Jones is the obvious beneficiary and his 78 combined fantasy points over the last three weeks should have him squarely on everyone’s radar, but Matt Ryan and the rest of the Falcons don’t appear to be too popular this week. Russell Gage, in particular, doesn’t seem to be getting much traction as he’s been invisible at times while battling through injuries. However, the opportunities and upside should be there with Ridley off the field. Gage was at his best in Week 1 and Week 2 and, by all accounts, he is trending downward; but the increased involvement in the offense this week should be enough to get him back on track.

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