Tyrod Taylor ($5,900) and Jarvis Landry ($6,300) – Cleveland Browns
Last week is a perfect example of Tyrod Taylor showing you why he provides such a safe floor for your lineup, even when he has a bad day throwing the ball. The weather conditions definitely weren’t ideal, but 15 completions on 40 attempts and an interception is not what the Browns expected when they brought in the ex-Bill this summer. But despite all of his throwing woes, he was still able to grind out almost 25 DK points by rushing for 77 yards, running for a TD, and passing for a TD. With his new-found weapons in Cleveland, T-Mobile has slate-breaking upside if he can rush like that and figure out how to be a little bit more efficient in the passing game.
With Josh Gordon looking like he’s going to be sidelined for Week 2 in New Orleans, there is absolutely no doubt who Tyrod’s go-to guy is going to be. Last week in Pittsburgh, on an abysmal day for the passing, Landry was still able to see plenty of work. Although he didn’t score his 15 targets for 7 catches and 106 yards tells us that he is going to be the same volume heavy guy that he was in Miami. Going into New Orleans to play in a dome against a team that allowed 361 yards, 4 scores, and almost 80 fantasy points against the Buccaneers receivers last week should definitely open up some more opportunity for the LSU product. If Landry can find a way to turn those 7 catches for 106 yards into 10 catches for 120+ and a score, this relatively cheap QB-WR1 duo could provide some massive upside with a very high floor.
Ben Roethlisberger ($6,900) and Antonio Brown ($8,800) – Pittsburgh Steelers
If you’re looking to pay up for an elite QB-WR1 combination, look no further than arguably the best combo in the league and easily the best on this slate. There’s not really much to say about Antonio Brown, he’s simply the best WR in the league and there’s not really much of an argument. But Big Ben is always someone you need to pick your battles with, particularly when it comes to whether he’s playing at home or whether he’s away. Over the past three years, his passer rating is almost 25 points higher, he has over double the amount of TD passes, and has a higher completion percentage. Although last weekend wasn’t the best for this Pittsburgh offense, Big Ben was still able to muster over 300 yards and AB still saw 16 targets so nothing has changed in terms of their connection or how much they’re going to throw the ball. I talked about Taylor and Landry’s slate-breaking upside, but this duo has a chance to break the slate every single time they step on the field. Vegas is predicting this game to score 54 total points, this is far and away the highest implied total on Sunday afternoon. With probably the two most explosive offenses in the league squaring off against one another, and the less than mediocre defenses on both sides, this game will definitely see some it’s fair share of scoring and this stack makes for a great play in any format.
Jimmy Garoppolo ($6,000) and George Kittle ($3,800) – San Francisco 49ers
Coming off a not so great opening week against one of the best defenses in the league, you know that Kyle Shanahan and the Niners offense will be looking to rebound in a big way against a team that allowed 48 points against a rookie-lead Jets in week one. Despite the 49ers offensive woes last week, there was clear shining star that emerged in this Shanahan offense, and that is George Kittle. With Garoppolo’s top target in Marquise Goodwin sidelined early in the game with a leg injury, Kittle emerged as the safety blanket for the former Tom brady backup – turning 5 catches on 9 targets into 90 yards against one of the tougher defenses in the league in the Vikings. Although he was only able to nab 5 catches, he made some athletic plays and just barely missed a score. With Goodwin sidelined for at least another week, you know that one of the best offensive minds in the game is going to find ways to get his talented TE the ball in space. Coming off of a pretty ugly showing, there will definitely be people that are afraid to play this offense and should suppress ownership just enough to make this stack fairly low-owned. The floor is pretty low, but I love these two as a GPP stack with some upside at a very reasonable value.
Christian McCaffrey ($7,000) and Devin Funchess ($4,700) – Carolina Panthers
Although the Panthers’ offense didn’t have quite the day that people – including myself – expected, but I think a lot of that was losing All-Pro TE Greg Olsen. Olsen will always be a huge part of the game plan when he’s on the field so I think losing him definitely threw them off their game a little bit. But I think having the whole week to prepare for life again without their star tight end will give them plenty of time to prepare to run the offense through their former Heisman runner-up stud. The Panthers have already said that McCaffrey is going to have a huge workload this year, and that’s only going to get bigger without one of their key cogs in the offense for quite some time. However, McCaffrey definitely isn’t going to be the only one benefiting from the absence of Greg Olsen. Devin Funchess really came into his own last year after his biggest threat at targets went down with a foot injury midyear. After Olsen went down, Funchess saw at least 6 targets from Week 8 through Week 13, racked up 86 yards or more in three straight games, and 5 touchdowns in the 2nd half of the season. The injuries to DB Keanu Neal and LB Deion Jones should definitely open up some more holes for Funchess and McCaffrey in the middle of the field. Not to mention, this is a defense that gave up two rushing touchdowns to Jay Ajayi in week one. Yeah, not great. This is definitely more of a GPP stack, but I wouldn’t condemn anyone for playing this relatively cheap stack in cash games. The value and upside available here is tough to ignore, and with the injuries on the Falcons’ side of the ball this could be a great place to target in Week 2.
Melvin Gordon ($7,400) and the Chargers D/ST ($3,600) – Los Angeles Chargers
For those of you guys who are going to be reading this article on a weekly basis, you will quickly find out that the RB1-D/ST stack is one of my favorite plays in GPPS. This was actually the exact same stack I wrote up last year for Nathan Peterman’s legendary performance in Week 11. Oh what a profitable day it was. Well, this year I am going right back to the well and targeting another Bills rookie QB in Josh Allen. I don’t doubt Allen’s talent one bit, but the knock on him is always regarding his decision making and whether or not he can perform under pressure. Even with Joey Bosa out for the foreseeable future, this defense is still very talented and can definitely bring the pressure on any given week. Not to mention, Allen really doesn’t have much to work with in terms of talent or weapons on his team. With an old Shady McCoy and bust Kelvin Benjamin as his top two options, I really don’t see this offense moving the ball all too much this week against another good defense. We all saw what the Ravens were able to do last week, and I think this defense is an even tougher test for the rookie shot caller. I know people love to gas up Ekeler when he plays well, but Melvin Gordon still saw 24 touches last week with 9 catches and over 100 yards receiving. There’s absolutely nothing to worry about with this stud RB and he should continue to see the bulk of the workload this week against a team they will most definitely be up big on early in the game. If you want to pay up for a top tier defense, this is the one to do that with. The safety and floor of this combo should provide for a great start to a cash game build.
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