Fantasy Football 2022: Ranking the best QB-WR stacks | News, Scores, Highlights, Stats & Rumors

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    A good wide receiver-quarterback stack can be the backbone of a fantasy football championship team.

    Stacking refers to the pairing of teammates on your roster. When done correctly, it gives you the high floor that comes with a target hog in a PPR league while also allowing for the advantage of a great week if your quarterback and receiver connect for multiple touchdowns.

    The key is to identify the right combination of quarterback and receiver. Ideally, we’re looking for the type of receiver who’s going to command the lion’s share of red zone targets and looks with a quarterback who’s going to constantly light up the scoreboard.

    Stacks can also involve tight ends. Pairing Lamar Jackson and Mark Andrews or Patrick Mahomes with Travis Kelce are winning strategies. But here, we’ll focus on the receiver-quarterback tandems that have the potential to help you dominate your league.

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    There are many powerful pairings in the league that can help you win fantastic matches. These duos might not get you to the championship alone, but they deserve an honorable mention.

    QB Dak Prescott and WR CeeDee Lamb, Dallas Cowboys

    CeeDee Lamb could lead the league in targets with Amari Cooper now gone and Michael Gallup still recovering from a torn ACL. Prescott is still a relevant quarterback for the fantasy. This pair barely misses the top five because we’ve yet to see Lamb’s full potential as the offense’s undisputed top receiver.

    QB Kirk Cousins ​​and WR Justin Jefferson, Minnesota Vikings

    Justin Jefferson established himself as one of the best receivers in fantasy football for the foreseeable future last season. Kirk Cousins ​​has been a solid, if not great, fantasy football quarterback, but there may not be enough non-Jefferson production to make him a staple in your draft.

    QB Derek Carr and WR Davante Adams, Las Vegas Raiders

    Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams have been one of the best QB-WR stacks to have in recent years. But it’s hard to put Derek Carr and Davante Adams on the roster when we don’t know what kind of target share Adams will have with Hunter Renfrow and Darren Waller on the roster.

    QB Jalen Hurts and WR AJ Brown, Philadelphia Eagles

    Jalen Hurts is fantastic gold thanks to his rushed production. AJ Brown should help breathe life into the passing offense, but volume is an issue in a heavy offense that also features Dallas Goedert and DeVonta Smith.

    QB Trey Lance and WR Deebo Samuel, San Francisco 49ers

    The potential is huge here, but there are questions. Specifically, what kind of passer Trey Lance is going to be and whether his athleticism translates into rushing production in his first season as a starter. Deebo Samuel has established himself as a fantasy star, but it’s unclear if he’ll return to his role as the running back/receiver hybrid.

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    Consistency. It’s a good thing to have in fantasy football, and it’s a word that Tom Brady and Mike Evans epitomize.

    Using FantasyPros’ quality starter metric, Brady was the eighth most consistent quarterback, while Evans was the eighth most consistent wide receiver in terms of solid performances on a weekly basis.

    But that’s not even the week-to-week consistency you buy with the Tampa Bay Tandem. It’s consistency from year to year.

    Evans has had eight straight receiving seasons for 1,000 yards and 10 or more touchdowns in four of them. Regardless of quarterback, coach or surrounding talent, he delivered.

    Since Brady came to town, he’s been a touchdown machine, scoring 27 times over the past two seasons.

    What’s really impressive about Evans’ touchdown numbers is that they came when he only saw 15.5 percent of red zone targets. Chris Godwin led the way with 21.6. Now Godwin is recovering from an ACL injury and Brady is without Rob Gronkowski.

    Julio Jones could eat away at some of those targets, but it stands to reason Evans will have even more touchdown potential in 2022.

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    No one had their quarterback’s attention quite like Cooper Kupp in 2021.

    According to PlayerProfiler, Kupp commanded a 31.7 percent target share in the Rams offense. This number was even higher (33%) when the team entered the red zone.

    The reward for Matthew Stafford was one of the most prolific seasons of his career and a rare Triple Crown for Kupp. He led the league in receptions, yards and touchdowns while racking up a fantastic 439.5 points in PPR leagues.

    Kupp was a dominant force and Stafford put up worthy starting numbers throughout the season and finished as the fifth-best quarterback in fantasy football.

    Receiver dominance made this duo one of the most prolific of last season. However, the difficulty that comes with repeating a season like that is the reason they are not higher on the list.

    The Rams have added Allen Robinson this offseason, Van Jefferson is more experienced (although he will miss the next few weeks with a knee injury), and a healthy Cam Akers could see the Rams run the ball a bit more this season. Add to that the elbow pain Stafford faced in training camp and there are a few reasons to temper expectations.

    Still, these two won plenty of fantastic games last season, and they will do so again in 2022.

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    This one comes with a caveat, as it’s hard to decide which receiver is the optimal stack with Justin Herbert.

    Ultimately, pairing a Herbert pick with either Keenan Allen or Mike Williams will be a solid strategy. Which one is optimal may depend on your league’s scoring settings.

    In standard leagues, Williams was the ninth-highest scoring receiver, while Allen was 15th. However, Allen was the better option in PPR, finishing 11th with Williams just behind him in 12th.

    For the sake of those rankings, we went with PPR where Allen is the best play. The veteran receiver is still clearly Herbert’s go-to guy with 157 targets last season compared to Williams’ 129.

    Expect the pair to put up more big numbers in 2022 as Herbert enters his third year with room to grow after a phenomenal second season. He was only outclassed by Josh Allen last season, but threw 15 interceptions and scored just three on the ground.

    If he can narrow down some of those picks and find some money as a runner a few more times, he could be even better in 2022.

    Allen’s consistency and volume give managers a high floor every week

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    Joe Burrow and Ja’Marr Chase were good enough to lead the Bengals to the Super Bowl last season. They just might be good enough to take your team to a fantasy football championship in 2022.

    Burrow and Chase established themselves as one of the best quarterback-receiver tandems in the league last season. Chase was fifth among all receivers at PPR formats as a rookie, while Burrow was QB8.

    Chase has the ability to take control of a game like few other receivers can. He topped 20 PPR points in a game six times last season, including a 55-point performance that likely won many championships in Week 17.

    Now the Bengals have an improved offensive line with Ted Karras, La’el Collins and Alex Cappa all coming to Cincinnati this offseason.

    That should mean better protection for Burrow and more time for the star quarterback to hit Chase on vertical routes.

    The pair aren’t as cohesive as the duo coming in at No. 1. Burrow had several games where he won fantastic matchups on his own, but he also scored under 15 points on four occasions.

    That, and a lack of upside rushing, kept them from placing No. 1.

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    Josh Allen was already fantasy football’s top scorer last season. His ability to post elite passing stats, combined with his role as one of Buffalo’s biggest threats from close range, gives him the opportunity to have a huge week any Sunday.

    Allen accounted for 29.1 percent of the Bills’ red zone run attempts last season. Only Jalen Hurts had a bigger share as a quarterback. And when Allen backed up into the red zone, it was Stefon Diggs he was looking for.

    Diggs saw 34 targets inside the 20 last season. Only Cooper Kupp (37) had more of those valuable opportunities, and the result was a 10-touchdown season for Diggs and a WR8 finish.

    This season, the Bills’ receiving corps is going to be different. Cole Beasley and Emmanuel Sanders are gone. While Gabriel Davis could step in and the team added Jamison Crowder, Diggs is still the offense’s most prolific receiver.

    With Allen’s strong preference for Diggs in critical situations and his inside-out rush, drafting both players is still a strong play.

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