7 Great QB/WR Combos for the 2014 Fantasy Football Season
Stacking is an interesting aspect of fantasy football. When you stack, you choose more than one player on the same team, usually a quarterback and a receiver. The hope is that they will collaborate on high-impact plays, and earn your team a ton of points. This strategy is often feast or famine. Some weeks, your stack my absolutely go off, and end up being a large part of why you did well. Other weeks though, if the players you chose ran face first into a tough matchup and fell flat, your fantasy team may end up paying the price.
Obviously some stacks are better than others, and can be relied upon to deliver on a consistent basis. Here are seven great QB/WR combos to potentially stack for the 2014 fantasy football season.
1. Peyton Manning (FanDuel Price: $10,200) and Demaryius Thomas (FanDuel Price: $8,700)
A wonderful choice. Peyton Manning threw 55 touchdowns last season, and Demaryius Thomas was the recipient of 14 of them. Peyton Manning makes his teammates better, and Thomas is proof of that. Demaryius has had two seasons of over 1000 receiving yards, and I don’t think it’s any coincidence that both have come since Denver signed the older of the NFL’s Manning brothers.
Also, this is a stack that will usually always do well for you, but has the ability to have explosive games that will net you tons of fantasy points. Last year, the two Broncos hooked up for four multiple touchdown games, with the best being a three touchdown performance against the San Diego Chargers. The Broncos are primed for another big year, and you can be sure that these two are going to be a huge part of it.
2. Tony Romo (FanDuel Price: $8,300) and Dez Bryant (FanDuel Price: $8,500)
People criticize Tony Romo for not being able to win “the big game”, but in fantasy football, that doesn’t matter. What matters is that he’s been leading the Cowboys offense since 2006, and puts up gaudy regular season numbers (31 TD, 3,828 yards in 2013).
Dez Bryant is headed into his fifth year in the league, and has spent the past two breaking out, and building a great on-field relationship with number nine. Dez has had back to back seasons with 1000 plus yards and 10 plus touchdowns, catching 12 last year from Romo. Also, the star Cowboy receiver has been a very reliable threat on a consistent basis. He caught at least one touchdown pass in eight of the 15 games he played with Romo last season, and had four 100-plus yard games .
With a lackluster defense, the Cowboys are going to have to put up a lot of points this season, which probably means plenty of hook ups between Bryant and Romo.
3. Jay Cutler (FanDuel Price: $8,000) and Brandon Marshall (FanDuel Price: $8,100)
Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall have been doing their thing together for a while, and are definitely a very solid quarterback-wide receiver duo.
The two first teamed up in Denver on a full-time basis during the 2007 and 2008 seasons. Those were the first seasons that Marshall had over 1000 yards receiving, and he hasn’t looked back since. Cutler and Marshall managed to reunite in Chicago in 2012, and have gone back to being a force to be reckoned with. Marshall has caught 21 touchdowns in the past two seasons from Cutler, including 10 of his career-high 12 last season. 10 touchdowns is an impressive number, considering the fact that in 2013, Cutler only managed to play in 11 games.
At almost a one touchdown per-game average, it’ll be interesting to see what these two can accomplish if they are both healthy for the entire 2014 season.
4. Aaron Rodgers (FanDuel Price: $9,600) Jordy Nelson (FanDuel Price: $7,700)
Over the past three seasons, Aaron Rodgers and Jordy Nelson have been the most effective pairing in all of football. According to Pro-Football Reference, Nelson and Rodgers have had the best QB-WR combo passer rating over that span (143.9).
The key to their success in 2014 is going to be Rodgers’ health. Last year, Nelson had his second best year in the NFL, racking up 1,318 yards receiving, and eight touchdowns. Rodgers on the other hand, played nine games, and threw only 17 touchdown passes. Nelson caught almost half of the touchdowns Mr. Discount Double Check threw, as the two linked up seven times. If that’s not telling, I don’t know what is.
As long as they’re both healthy, Jordy Nelson is going to be catching plenty of balls from Aaron Rodgers. They’re like Tom Cruise and Renée Zellwegger in Jerry Maguire. They complete each other.
5. Matt Stafford (FanDuel Price: $9,300) and Calvin Johnson (FanDuel Price: $9,200)
Matt Stafford and Calvin Johnson have played in every regular season game over the last three years, and have teamed up for 33 touchdowns during that span. That sentence alone is enough to stack these two on your team, but I’ll tell you more about them.
Stafford had the best year of career in 2011, throwing 41 touchdowns, and is a quarterback that puts the ball in the air a ton. He has had no less than 4000 yards passing in any of the past three seasons, and the other two seasons where he didn’t reach the 4000 mark, he played a combined 13 games. Stafford is definitely a good quarterback, but it sure doesn’t hurt that he has arguably the best target in the league to throw to in Calvin Johnson.
Johnson, AKA Megatron, has been a force for the Lions since he stepped onto the scene. Calvin put up 12 touchdowns last year, marking the fourth time he has scored 12 or more touchdowns in a season. He also broke 100 yards receiving in seven games last season, and scored at least one touchdown in 10 games. Simply put, these two are fantasy stacking gold.
6. Andy Dalton (FanDuel Price: $7,900) and AJ Green (FanDuel Price: $8,300)
There is one thing about the tandem of Andy Dalton and AJ Green that is irrefutable. They have each put up better offensive numbers in every year since 2011, when they simultaneously broke into the NFL.
Here are Dalton’s numbers so far since 2011.
And here are Green’s
That does look promising, and with Dalton signing a brand new deal, these two should get to work their magic for a while longer. 29 touchdowns together in three seasons certainly isn’t anything to scoff at. The only thing that is a bit deceptive are Dalton’s numbers. They are good, but not pictured above is the fact that his interception numbers have increased in concert with his touchdown output. Dalton threw a putrid 20 interceptions in 2013. That will definitely sting for fantasy owners, but AJ Greens adequacy may be enough to sort of ignore it.
If Dalton can cut down on the INTs, they will be a no brainer stack going forward.
7. Matt Ryan (FanDuel Price: $8,100) and Julio Jones (FanDuel Price: $8,000)
I can’t stress it enough with these two, make sure Julio Jones is healthy. When he is, they’re a great pair to rely on.
Jones has only played in 34 games over his first three seasons, with his best effort coming in 2012, when he caught 1,198 yards and 10 touchdowns. The speedy receiver has 20 career touchdowns, and all of them have been thrown to him by Matty Ice.
Matt Ryan didn’t have his best season in 2013. I mean, he threw for over 4000 yards, and found the end zone 26 times, but also threw 17 interceptions. I would say that it’s possible that Jones only playing in five games made it harder on the Falcons’ franchise quarterback, and throwing to less skilled receivers may have resulted in the increase in interceptions. Some proof? Ryan threw three interceptions in the five games that Jones played in, and 14 in the 11 games without him.
Word on the street is that Jones is healthy and ready to go. So, if these two are on the field at the same time, take your chances, it definitely has the potential to pay off.