My last two DFS articles (week 11 and Thanksgiving) both had Matt Stafford as my top QB with Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate as a double stack option, and each time Stafford came through for us in a big way. Stafford continues to prove that he can sling the football if he has time, so he’s always a great option in good match-up spots.
I had a pretty good week 12 already with the Thursday slate, so I’m extra motivated to parlay that success into a huge Week 12 with the remaining Sunday and Monday games. Let’s get into it.
Brian Hoyer ($5,000) + DeAndre Hopkins ($9,100)
The Hoyer-Hopkins stack is going to be my most used this week. The Saints defense is just awful and that’s not going to miraculously change just because Rob Ryan’s gone. The Saints are the perfect team to target with a QB because their defense is bad, but their offense is still able to put up points in a lot of spots, which allows the QB to continue to throw throughout the game (look at Brees vs Eli earlier this year). Some experts are saying that the Saints D could be better coming off a bye-week with a new defensive coordinator, but I’m not buying into the hype. And even if the defense is ready to go for this game, it also likely means Brees and company will be ready, which will at least keep the ball in Hoyers hands throughout the game.
Even in the lineups that I don’t use Hoyer, I see Hopkins as an absolute plug and play this week. Yes, he’s got a high price tag and will be high owned, but he’s shown this year that he may be the best receiver in the league. I don’t see how you keep Hopkins out of your lineup.
Ben Roethlisberger ($6,700) + Antonio Brown ($8,700)
This is a bit of a contrarian play that I like this week. Most people will be staying away from picking on the Seahawks defense, but I still think the Big Ben to Antonio Brown connection can go off against anyone. The Seahawks are also expected to be winning this game, which could leave some late game points to be had by both of these guys. When Big Ben plays, Brown is almost a lock for 30+ points. With Julio, Hopkins and Beckham all having fairly good matchups as well, Brown could be lower owned than he should be.
I see these two as a strong GPP play (not cash games), but I’ll probably be using Brown even when I pay down at QB.
Russell Wilson ($6,000) + Tyler Lockett ($3,000)
I could see the Seahawks and Steelers game turning into a bit of a shootout. The Steelers defense is underrated against the run and is actually 4th best against opposing running backs this year. The Seahawks are #1 against opposing running backs. If the ball stays out of the hands of the running backs this also slows down the game, which allows for more plays to get off. I see Wilson throwing for 300+ yards for the first time this year, as he looks like he’s once again becoming more comfortable in the pocket.
The thing with Wilson is he doesn’t have a lot of high end WR’s to throw to, which is why I like the stack with Lockett at min price. I really like some of the very high priced WR’s this week and paying minimum on Lockett can allow you to get to a few of them in the same lineup. Lockett went off for 21.3 fantasy points last week and he looks like he’s becoming a bigger part of this offense. Even if he’s able to get 15 fantasy points I’ll be very happy with this pick.
Those are my 3 favourite QB stacks this week. I might also toss Carr in a lineup with Carr as a bounce back week for the two of them, but the majority of my looks will be these three. I’ll likely go with half Hoyer, and 25% Big Ben and Wilson.