We are at the halfway mark for most fantasy football leagues, which is kind of depressing when you think about it. There is only half of the regular season left, snow is right around the corner, and winter is indeed on its way. But on the bright side of things, winter brings some of the most intense football as we start to get into the nitty-gritty of who are the contenders and who are faking it! With that in mind, let’s take a look back at last week’s Fantasy Stacks to see who popped off and who faked us out.
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Looking Back at Last Week’s Fantasy Stacks
To kick things off, we have Jordan Love, who scored a respectable 16.3 points. The only problem was that he spread the ball around so much that his counterpart for last week’s stack, Christian Watson, tied for the most targets with three other players before walking away with a quiet 5.7 points. Not great, Bob.
On the other hand, we had Derek Carr throwing over 50 times again, 15 of the targets going to the other half of the stack in Chris Olave. However, Carr was not very accurate in this contest and only connected with Olave on seven throws. Carr put up an impressive 18.44 points, while Chris Olave scored a decent 12.7.
Finally, there was Tua Tagovailoa and Tyreek Hill. Tua did not impress with a shabby 11.34 points, but he managed to connect with Hill 11 times for 88 yards and a touchdown, garnering him an impressive 25.8 points. It is a mixed bag of results, but overall, we did not hit on any of the Fantasy Stacks last week, in my opinion.
Jalen Hurts and AJ Brown
I am kicking myself because I had originally started writing about Jalen Hurts and AJ Brown. Should have known that the Eagles in those throwback jerseys were the ones to bet on. Alas, what is done is done. Time to move on. And in moving on, we are going to chase last week’s points!
Realistically, this is not just chasing last week’s points; it is chasing every week’s points. Hurts and Brown have been on a tear so far this year. Hurts has scored over 20 points every week except for Week 1. That is an incredible streak and I do not see it slowing down any time soon. He has been throwing for an average of almost 35 attempts per game and has averaged around 39 yards rushing. Add in the fact that Hurts has run in, or been shoved in, for a score almost every week except for two, and it is easy to see why he is half of one of this Fantasy Stack.
The other half, AJ Brown, has been on his own tear this season, as well. It helps that he is Hurts’ favorite target, averaging just over ten targets a game. For the past five weeks, Brown has turned these targets into more than a hundred yards receiving each week. He has averaged 21.6 PPG over the course of this season, which puts him at WR5 in terms of total PPG and has him as WR3 for total points gained this year.
Needless to say, Brown and Hurts have become quite the dynamic duo and should continue to be in the mix, especially this week against the Washington Commanders. In fact, the only thing that I am concerned about is a negative game script where the Philadelphia Eagles do not need Brown in order for them to run up the score. That said, expect the Eagles to lean on the two who have gotten them this far.
Justin Fields and DJ Moore
I was really excited about this Fantasy Stack a couple of weeks ago when I saw it on their schedule. However, there is now a question as to whether half of this stack is ready to go. Justin Fields injured his hand against the Minnesota Vikings, more specifically, his thumb on his throwing hand. Not sure if you knew this, but thumbs are kind of important to throw a football. That said, the matchup against the LA Chargers is too good to pass up. If Fields ends up not going, switch it up and throw in his backup, Tyson Bagent, for a good dart throw toward points.
Regardless of who is throwing him the ball, DJ Moore should be a good play this week, as well. Even with Bagent throwing to him, Moore was still targeted nine times which he turned into a mere 54 yards. Expect that number to rise against an easier defense and with more chemistry built between him and his quarterback, whichever that might be.
Kenny Pickett and Diontae Johnson
This week’s sleeper Fantasy Stack is one that even kind of surprises me to be writing about: Kenny Pickett and Diontae Johnson. Pickett has not had a great year by any means, sitting at QB25 as of the writing of this article and only averaging 12.2 PPG. That said, however, he has one of his best matchups coming up this week against the Jacksonville Jaguars. This should give him a decent chance to score near his season best of 18.5. While he might not be the most exciting, he should be a good target this week.
It is the second piece of this stack that I am most intrigued by, which is Diontae Johnson. Johnson has been on IR for most of the season so far, so we do not have much to go from in terms of how he will do. That said, his first game back last week saw him targeted six times when he only played 66% of the snaps. Johnson turned those six targets into five receptions for 79 yards. That is excellent usage for someone who has been gone for so much of the year. With the rust knocked off, I expect them to make him a focal point of the offense. While that offense might not be that stellar, volume is key, and Johnson should be getting a ton of volume moving forward.
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!