Welcome back for another edition of Fantasy Stacks! We have hit Week 10 of the NFL season, which is kind of mind-blowing when thinking about how fast this season is going. The playoffs are becoming clearer, and teams are buckling down for their final push towards them. Just as they are preparing for the next step in the process, you are getting ready for your final push toward a fantasy football victory, as well.
That is why we here at Razzball are doing all we can to help ensure that victory for you by giving you the best fantasy advice around. Before we get into the Fantasy Stacks you should be targeting this week, let’s look back at last week and see how we did.
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Looking Back at Week 9’s Fantasy Stacks
Sam Howell and Terry McLaurin put up decent numbers, although they were not quite what we were hoping for as one of the stacks of the week. Howell had a solid game, completing 29 of his 45 pass attempts for 325 yards and one touchdown while collecting another 27 yards with his legs for a total of 18.7 points. McLaurin was out-targeted by Jahan Dotson, who caught the lone touchdown, but McLaurin had more receptions and yards.
Will Levis and DeAndre Hopkins were less impressive. Levis was unable to break ten points, and Hopkins just barely got over that mark. The one encouraging aspect of the two is that Hopkins was targeted eleven times but was unfortunately only able to secure four of them. Hopefully, these two will be able to work on their chemistry and become more acclimated with one another as the year goes on.
Finally, there was Dak Prescott and CeeDee Lamb for a big win! Dak completed 29 of his 44 pass attempts for 374 yards, while three of those attempts went for touchdowns. Lamb was targeted 16 times, catching eleven of them for 191 yards. This was an impressive outing for the two and should be considered a more normal affair than it is.
Geno Smith and Jaxon Smith-Njigba
Enough about last week’s Fantasy Stacks. Let’s get into why you’re really here and dig into this coming week’s matchups. To start things out, we are going to look at Geno Smith and Jaxon Smith-Njigba. The Seattle Seahawks are coming off of an embarrassing loss to the Baltimore Ravens in which they only scored three points and were unable to get anything going on the ground or through the air. While this season has been far from what Seattle was hoping for, I am expecting things to be different this week.
Geno will be facing a defense that has been recently dismantled as the Washington Commanders went on a fire sale, shipping off two of their best defensive pass rushers. This should spell good things for Smith as he will have more time in the pocket and should be able to execute more efficiently.
On the other side of this is JSN. He has not been the most targeted on the team, but he has been making the most of what he has received by scoring double-digit points each of the last three weeks. As he becomes more integrated into the offense, it is becoming clear that he is carving out a role for himself. It helps that he is teamed up with Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf, two of the league’s better receivers, which gives JSN better matchups in coverage. While the other two might be the “better” play, given their level of talent and play, I believe JSN is going to continue to grow in this offense and carve out a larger piece of it for himself this week.
Gardner Minshew and Michael Pittman
This is another one of the Fantasy Stacks where we are hoping it is a turnaround from the week before, as Gardner Minshew and Michael Pittman are coming mediocre week after facing off against the Caroline Panthers. Minshew, in particular, had a lackluster week, only throwing 26 times for 127 yards and a touchdown. However, there is a lot of positive to go off when it comes to Minshew, as the last four weeks since becoming the starter have looked good for the journeyman quarterback. He has been averaging 15.5 PPG over that time, which is impressive given some of the defenses he has gone up against, such as Cleveland and Carolina. This week the Indianapolis Colts are taking on the New England Patriots, which means that Minshew should be in a good spot to bounce back fantasy-wise.
Michael Pittman is WR11 on the year and has been one of the most consistent wide receivers in the league. He has scored double-digit points every week except for one and has gone through a gauntlet of defenses so far. His matchup against New England might be his best one to date, which is why he made the cut for this week’s Fantasy Stacks. Since Minshew has taken over, Pittman has been averaging 17.15 PPG over the last four weeks. These are solid numbers, and I am expecting that average to increase after this week’s game.
Baker Mayfield and Mike Evans
I have been trying to hold off from making these two a favorite for the Fantasy Stacks of the Week for a while now, but I think it is time. Baker Mayfield may have finally found a home in Tampa, and things are looking good for him there so far. He has averaged 16.9 PPG this season and has been impressive this year, seeing as how there were some who thought his career as a starter in the NFL was over. Mayfield went toe to toe with CJ Stroud this last week and lost by two points in an exciting shootout. My only concern this week is that the game script might not require him to put up another big game this week, but I think that Will Levis will create enough offensive production that it will keep Mayfield relevant this week.
On the other side of things is his receiver, Mike Evans, who, in my opinion, is destined for the Hall of Fame. The man has put up 1000 yards every season he has been in the league and is on his way to doing it for the 10th time in his career. This is not an article about his Hall of Fame status, however, so let’s look at how Evans is doing so far this season. As WR13 on the year in PPR, Evans has averaged 15.8 PPG. He has scored double-digit points every single week except for two and has broken the 20-point barrier twice. This week should be another great one for him to add to his impressive resume as he goes up against a vulnerable defense in the Tennessee Titans.
What is Your Favorite Fantasy Stack?
How about you? What is your favorite Fantasy Stack of the week? What is a Fantasy Stack I should investigate for next week? Let me know in the comments below!