3 Stacks you Need in Your Week 7 Lineup
Stacking a quarterback with a pass-catcher is one of the most common strategies in WFS. There’s justification for it. Especially in a point-per-reception format, you are essentially capturing all available points for a given play when the connection is made between quarterback and pass-catcher.
The common misconception, however, is that it needs to be a wide receiver with a quarterback. Not necessarily. Running backs are active in many teams’ passing games and share the exact same point structure that would capitalize on a completed pass.
The other argument to be made for using a running back with a quarterback as part of a stack is simply that all offense should run through either player. Basically every play can produce points somewhere, and we can capitalize on those points.
The key is to stack with the mindset of casting a wide net all within the realm of reasonable success. No singular plan is going to work in a vacuum. But, spoiler alert, we’ll be looking at a quarterback-running back stack first.
Tennessee Titans vs. KC – QB Ryan Tannehill $6,300, RB Derrick Henry $8,100, and A.J. Brown $6,500
I devoted the entire introduction to different combinations of stacks, so why not start the actual meat of the article with the full QB-RB-WR grouping from Tennessee? The reality is that the Titans are in the ideal position to rack up fantasy points through all angles in all game scripts.
The Chiefs feature one of the worst defense in the league — fifth-most yards and points allowed-per-game — and the Titans cannot possibly stay in any games without scoring regularly. The offense must be a factor, and said offense doesn’t start without Derrick Henry carrying the ball.
The good news is that Henry is not only carrying the ball anymore. Through six games, he is just three receptions away from tying his career-high for a single season. Stacking him with A.J. Brown and Ryan Tannehill covers all bases, gains access to one of the hottest running backs in the game, and actually saves money on the “typical” aerial attack format of the stack with Tannehill and Brown.
Los Angeles Rams vs. DET – QB Matthew Stafford $7,600 and WR Cooper Kupp $7,600
In one of last week’s articles for OwnersBox, I wrote about Cooper Kupp of the Los Angeles Rams being a main target despite his team’s game script eventually leading to a rushing attack with an expected late lead. The reasoning was simple: the Rams would likely have established such a lead because of players like Kupp.
The exact same setup is in-place for Los Angeles on Sunday.
The Rams have one of the most interesting narratives on Sunday, as they will play host to the Lions and the quarterback who spent the first five years of his career in Los Angeles’ organization. The same is also true for the Rams’ current quarterback, Matthew Stafford, who will face the Lions for the first time as an opponent after spending the previous twelve years with Detroit.
All told, the Rams and Lions are heading in completely opposite directions, and Los Angeles should be in position to implement any gameplay it wants on Sunday. That would certainly involve Stafford heavily, and Kupp has been instrumental to the success of Los Angeles’ passing attack in the early stages of the season.
Arizona Cardinals vs. HOU – QB Kyler Murray $8,400 and WR DeAndre Hopkins $7,000
If we can stack the Rams because of their matchup against the Lions, then we have to do the same with the Arizona Cardinals against the Texans. While the NFL has produced its fair share of “upsets” over the years, it’s quite the tall task for Houston traveling to Arizona to face the only undefeated team left in the league.
The reality is that, even if Houston were to somehow compete and force the Cardinals into a back-and-forth affair, that would only help the offensive potential for Arizona. As it stands now, the most likely outcome is for the Cardinals to establish a lead and never look back.
And how would the Cardinals establish said lead? Through quarterback Kyler Murray.
Murray is obviously known for his legs — where his rushing statistics give him a major boost in all formats of fantasy football — but he actually has been less effective as a runner than passer this year. His rush-yards-per-game are half of 2020’s average, and he’s transitioning this nicely into career-bests for completion percentage and passing-yards-per-game. That allows us to pair a pass-catcher with Murray.
Enter DeAndre Hopkins.
Hopkins typically dominates all receiving categories for his respective teams, but the gap has closed in Arizona so far. That’s good for WFS players, as it has helped lower his price, even though his value to the Cardinals remains high.
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