Another week of football means another week of Fantasy Stacks! Every week we get jacked up for our favorite NFL teams, our fantasy teams, and stacking quarterbacks with their receiving targets. Before we get into this week’s stacks, let’s take a look at the picks for Week 2 Fantasy Stacks and see how they did.
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Revisiting Week 2 Fantasy Stacks
Sam Howell and the Commanders managed to hold off the Broncos for another thrilling victory. Howell himself managed a season a high of 21.3 points, putting him at QB12 on the year so far, while his counterpart Logan Thomas managed to get 10.2 points after leaving the game due to a hit to the head. Had he stayed in, I believe Thomas would have had an outstanding day.
Derek Carr and Chris Olave had the targets there. However, Carr grossly underproduced, with less than eight points on the night. Olave did turn 11 targets into 86 yards but was held scoreless in the endzone. Lamar Jackson and Zay Flowers disappointed a little, as they only connected four times, where Zay finished with a lackluster 10.8 points in point-per-reception (PPR) scoring.
Matthew Stafford and Puka Nacua
The first of the Fantasy Stacks that we are going to talk about might be the most obvious: Matt Stafford and Puka Nacua. Stafford has been playing well after starting the season now healthy again. Nothing too big to write home about yet, as he has averaged a little over fifteen points per game so far, but he has been serviceable. Still, the first week was him knocking off the rust after not playing since week eleven of last season, and last week had him going up against one of the better defenses in the league. I expect him to come in swinging this week, going up against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Puka Nacua, on the other hand, has been one of the most surprising stories to watch this season. The rookie has come onto the NFL scene in a big way. His first week of 21.9 points had people wondering whether it was a fluke or not. He showed everyone last week that he is going to be a problem for defenses this season, as he scored 30.1 points against the stout defense. Nacua had twenty, that’s right, twenty targets that he turned into 147 yards. What is even more impressive is the fact that he is putting up these numbers while remaining scoreless. That is going to change at some point, and I could see it happening this week.
Expect the Bengals to give a better matchup than they had last week.
Kirk Cousins and T.J. Hockenson
The next of the Fantasy Stacks to talk about is my favorite quarterback and tight end combo: Kirk Cousins and T.J. Hockenson. At the writing of this article, both are the scoring leaders at their given positions despite having lost both of their games. This past week, Cousins scored 28.6 points off 31 completions that he turned into 364 yards and four touchdowns. He has been one of the most consistent quarterbacks over the past few years and is frequently a top-10 quarterback. Cousins is putting on another show this year, and while the wins might not show it, I expect him to continue being one of the top fantasy quarterback options.
Hockenson has continued to be one of Cousin’s favorite targets this year, targeting him eight times last Thursday night. Hockenson turned those targets into 66 yards on seven receptions, two of which were for touchdowns. He has been averaging eight and a half targets since coming to the Vikings last season, and I do not expect that consistency to change any time soon. Even in a star-loaded offense, Hockenson has created a chemistry with Cousins that cannot be overlooked, and he should continue to be a top target.
This week against the Chargers might be a little more difficult for the team, but expect Kirk to continue looking for his favorite safety outlet in Hockenson.
C.J. Stroud and Nico Collins
For the third pairing of Fantasy Stacks, we are going to look at a rookie quarterback who came up big on Sunday for the Texans and his favorite target: C.J. Stroud and Nico Collins. Stroud bounced back from a poor showing in Week 1. It was not enough to secure the win for his team, but it did secure him as QB13 on the week. He had thirty attempts that he turned into 384 yards and two touchdowns. Stroud is young and still getting his feet under him in the NFL, but he showed people why he was the second quarterback taken off the board in last year’s draft. Expect him to continue to grow and improve, especially this week against the Jaguars.
As Stroud continues to grow, expect him to continue to rely on the guy who is looking like his favorite target early on. Nico Collins has had the most targets over the past two weeks on the Houston Texans. He is up to twenty targets from his quarterback, which includes nine from this past week that he turned into seven catches for 146 yards and a touchdown. There were a lot of questions as to who was going to be the primary target for Stroud. While that question remains to be answered, Collins has made himself the most efficient of the receivers, which should spell good things for him if he keeps it up.
The Texans are turning into one of the more past happy offenses in the league, having trailed in both of their contests, which should not change against the Jacksonville Jaguar’s efficient offense. This is why they are my Fantasy Stacks of the week.
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!