Best QB-WR Stacking Options for the 2019 Fantasy Football Season

By Stephen Knox
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In fantasy football, drafting a quarterback and a wide receiver that play for the same team is known as "stacking." It's somewhat of a risky strategy, as a wide receiver's fantasy value is inherently tied to the quarterback's production.

Whenever the quarterback has a poor game, the WR's production is likely to follow suit. Still, the strategy can pay huge dividends in weeks that both players put up big numbers. With that in mind, here are the four best stacking options for the 2019 fantasy football season.

4. Philip Rivers and Keenan Allen, Los Angeles Chargers

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Philip Rivers quietly had one of the best seasons of his career in 2018 with 4,308 yards passing, 32 touchdowns and only 12 interceptions. To accomplish that in his late 30's he needs a strong No. 1 wide receiver, and for the last two seasons Keenan Allen has thrived in that role. After missing nearly all of 2016 and half of 2015 due to injury, Allen has totaled 199 receptions for 2,589 yards and 12 touchdowns in two years. They aren't as flashy as some of the other duos on this list, but Rivers and Allen can rack up fantasy points when they get hot.

3. Baker Mayfield and Odell Beckham Jr., Cleveland Browns

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Baker Mayfield had an eye-popping rookie season, throwing for 3,725 yards, 27 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in only 14 games played. He did all that with Jarvis Landry as his primary option, but Odell Beckham Jr. is Mayfield's new WR1. Beckham caught 77 passes for 1,052 yards and six TDs in 12 games played with the New York Giants last season. Though we haven't seen them play together in a game yet, Mayfield and Beckham have the talent to be one of the deadliest combinations in the NFL.

2. Drew Brees and Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints

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The New Orleans Saints' offense used to be famed for spreading the ball around to a variety of different receivers. That has changed since Michael Thomas was drafted in 2016. As a rookie, Thomas caught 92 passes for 1,137 yards and nine touchdowns. He has hauled in more than 100 passes in each of the last two seasons, tallying at least 1,200 yards in both years. With Drew Brees leading the way, this is a top-tier duo that is remarkably consistent on a week-to-week basis.

1. Patrick Mahomes and Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs

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Patrick Mahomes' 2018 season will be remembered forever. In his first year as a starter, Mahomes threw for 5,097 yards, 50 touchdowns and eight interceptions. The performance earned him an MVP award. While Mahomes was outstanding, Tyreek Hill's otherworldly speed contributed greatly to those gaudy statistics. Hill caught 87 passes for 1,479 yards and 12 touchdowns. Barring an injury, the two are poised for another wildly successful season.

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