There are few things that the fantasy community agrees on together, but stacks are one of them. We love stacks! Finding that combination of a quarterback with the right receiver is electrifying come game day. It can completely change the outcome of your fantasy matchup. In my first installment of Fantasy Stacks, I will discuss three quarterbacks for Week 2, as well as their top targets that you should be looking at adding to your team.
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Sam Howell and… a TE?
This young man is quickly endearing himself to the hearts of the people and is a part of my first Fantasy Stack. Howell won his first game of the season, and while it was not the most decisive victory, he had a good day. He threw 19 completions on 31 passes for a total of 202 yards and one touchdown. Howell also picked up another 11 yards on the ground on his feet, which his rushing ability should not be overlooked. He walked away with a respectable 16.2 points in standard scoring. I expect that number to rise as he becomes more comfortable in the system and with his receivers.
This brings us to the stack, which there are several you can go with because of how Howell showed a willingness to spread the ball around. I am suggesting the TE11 for Week 1 at the writing of this article, Logan Thomas. Thomas was targeted eight times out of Howell’s 31 passes, giving him a 26% target share. Thomas has been somewhat obscure in fantasy in recent years, but it appears his new quarterback has found him to be a favorite outlet. This only resulted in 8.3 points in point-per-reception (PPR) leagues, but he also only caught half of his targets. As the two continue to grow more chemistry, I expect them to become in sync, which should result in better production for them both.
This next week sees the two going to the airy heights of Denver, Colorado. The Broncos have a solid defender in Patrick Surtain, but he will be busy trying to shut down either Jahan Dotson or Curtis Samuel, which should open things up a bit more for Logan Thomas. Expect him to be a target hog again this coming week as Howell looks for a safety outlet in what should be a higher-scoring game.
Derek Carr and Chris Olave
There have been questions around our next Fantasy Stack as to how Carr would transition to his new team. While it was not the prettiest win, they still got the W against a decent Titans defense. He threw for 305 yards and a touchdown, completing 23 of his 33 passing attempts this last week. Carr did not have an explosive game, but he kept up with his counterparts and came away with a middle-of-the-road 15.6 points. This is where his floor is; you should expect to walk away with this kind of production at least every week with him.
Chris Olave was Carr’s favorite target, which is a good sign for the second-year receiver to pick up right where he left off last season. The two players are still getting used to one another, and this first game gives me optimism that they will continue to move in the right direction. Olave caught eight of the 10 targets thrown his way, which gives him a 30.3% target share, something we should be able to expect from him for the rest of the season. He turned those eight targets into 112 yards, and although he was scoreless in the endzone, Olave still managed to walk away with 19.2 points, which puts him at WR9 at the writing of this article for the week.
Carr and Olave will have a much more favorable matchup this coming week against Carolina. The Panthers were able to hold Ridder to 8.9 points this past week, but I expect that has more to do with Ridder than with the Panthers’ defense. Expect the Saints to come into the week with more firepower. Carr will continue to focus on throwing to Olave, and the two should have a good game that will keep fantasy owners happy.
Lamar Jackson and Zay Flowers
Lamar Jackson is an electric quarterback who has proven time and again he can carry fantasy teams on to championships. This past week was not a great example of this, as he produced only 7.56 points. However, there was not much of a need for him to produce against a lackluster Houston team that had Lamar only throwing 22 times. Despite this lack of throwing, what was there gives cause for optimism as he completed an impressive 17 of his attempts. Jackson also picked up an additional 38 yards on six rushing attempts, which shows his always explosive ability to pick up yards with his feet when needed.
Zay Flowers has been a name that many people have been hyped about coming into this season. If you’ve spent any time listening to Razzball’s Dynasty Diehards, you will have heard Nate Polvogt and Matt Chester discuss how excited they were for Flowers’ debut. He did not disappoint, turning 10 targets into nine receptions and 78 yards. Flowers finished as WR 15 as of writing this and showed why he should be Jackson’s favorite target moving forward. Flowers might be the best receiver Jackson has had the opportunity to play with.
I do not typically put a lot of stock into rookie receivers, but they are my favorite Fantasy Stack of the week. A big reason they are my favorite is what they are walking into this week with facing the Bengals. The Bengals are a high-powered offense that should turn this game into a shootout. Unlike the Texans, the Bengals will create a scenario that causes Jackson and Flowers to put on a show. Expect them both to put up big numbers this coming weekend.
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!