One way some people try to gain an advantage in fantasy football is to create a QB/WR stack. Doing so can help you capitalize on the shared production of the players. There are plenty of great options for 2021 so let’s go over the top 10 QB/WR stacks for fantasy football next year.
Top Fantasy Football QB/WR Stacks
#1 | Aaron Rodgers & Davante Adams
Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams sit comfortably at the top of my list for the Green Bay Packers. Adams’s combination of the target volume and yearly high TD totals make him the perfect WR to stack especially with his future Hall of Fame QB. He is coming off a 2020 season where he posted a stat line of 149 targets, 115 receptions, 1374 yards, and 18 TDs. This was all in 14 games!
This is nothing new though as Rodgers and Adams have linked up for double-digit TD totals in four of the last five seasons and Adams’s lowest target total in the past five years is 117 targets. Rodgers’s QBR when targeting Adams last season was 136 which ranked second in the league and Adams averaged 0.78 fantasy points per route run which is top in the league! This duo has been and will continue to be near the top of my redraft QB/WR stacks for fantasy football as long as they are tied to each other.
#2 | Patrick Mahomes & Tyreek Hill
When targeting a QB/WR stack in fantasy football, why not target the top QB in the league and his game-breaking WR1? Patrick Mahomes and Tyreek Hill have built quite some chemistry after the Alex Smith departure. Hill never thought Mahomes would be what he is today but I guarantee you he is thrilled to be tied to the young QB now. Hill apparently was not thrilled after the draft pick when being interviewed he was quoted saying, “I thought he was trash.”
Now he is targeted plenty and puts up outstanding numbers in the Kansas City Chiefs offense. Hill was targeted 32 times on deep routes in 2020 which was second in the league. This is unsurprising since he has a 4.29 speed. Mahomes and Hill could win you a game by themselves in any given week.
In 2020, Tyreek Hill went off against the eventual Super Bowl Champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers for 13 reception on 15 targets for 269 yards and three TDs! That is an abundance of fantasy points if you were to stack the duo. Mahomes has a QBR of 130 when targeting Hill which ranks 6th in the league. These two could get even better together, making them the second-best QB/WR stack in fantasy football next year.
#3 | Josh Allen & Stefon Diggs
Josh Allen and Stefon Diggs seem to be a match made in heaven. The two had a completely dominant year even though they had an abbreviated offseason to get acquainted with each other. The Buffalo Bills gave up plenty of draft capital to acquire Diggs but it seems to have paid off as they have become a top QB/WR duo in the league.
Allen targeted Diggs 168 times for 127 receptions and 1,535 yards which all rank first in the league. Diggs came in and proved that he is among the elite WRs in the NFL after being hamstrung by Kirk Cousins in his tenure with the Minnesota Vikings. Allen also emerged as a top QB in the league improving his completion percentage from 58.8% to nearly 70% in just one season. I can not wait to see how this duo performs in 2021, as they will be a popular QB/WR stack in fantasy football.
#4 | Kyler Murray & DeAndre Hopkins
Another result of a recent trade, DeAndre Hopkins was sent by the Houston Texans for a half-eaten sandwich and a flat Coke to the Arizona Cardinals. This gave Kyler Murray an amazing receiving weapon and he definitely realized it. Hopkins commanded the second-most targets in the league with 160 and was tied with Davante Adams for the second-most receptions with 115. Making him an elite option in fantasy football.
Kyler does not have much in the receiving corps behind DHop. If AJ Green has any juice left he will be a great number two behind Hopkins but should not affect Hopkins volume much. Christian Kirk has not exactly panned out and Larry Fitzgerald may retire. Kyler dealt with a shoulder injury that limited him a bit this year and the duo had to build chemistry quickly as well with the shortened offseason. I am excited to see these two in 2021 as they continue to build chemistry together. They could easily be at the top of this list for QB/WR stacks in fantasy football next year.
#5 | Russell Wilson & DK Metcalf
After a short scare that Russell Wilson may be traded to the Chicago Bears, it looks like he will be back with the Seattle Seahawks and remained paired with DK Metcalf in 2021. Metcalf has turned into a dominant WR for Mr. Unlimited. He came onto the scene hot as a rookie and took another step during the 2020 season.
In 2020 Metcalf was targeted by Wilson 129 times hauling in 83 receptions for 1,303 yards and 10 TDs. His size-speed combo at 6-3, 228lbs, and running a 4.33 makes him a nightmare for NFL corners. He has the potential to develop into an even better receiver as well. Wilson went to him often and targeted him deep 31 times, good for third in the league. Metcalf saw the second most air yards in the NFL at 1,783 yards. He put up 17 fantasy points per game and was one of the top fantasy football options this year. Wilson and Metcalf will be a deadly duo for years to come.
#6 | Ryan Tannehill & AJ Brown
Another Ole Miss Rebels product, AJ Brown, is tied to one of the top QBs in the league right now. Ryan Tannehill has been super-efficient for the Tennessee Titans and AJ Brown is his go-to WR. With Corey Davis and Jonnu Smith moving on in free agency and no real weapons added at the moment, it looks like AJ Brown’s target volume could go up leading to this being an even better QB/WR stack for fantasy football.
Brown nets 2.76 yards per route which is second in the league and Tannehill has a QBR of 126 when targeting him, good for eighth-best when a WR is targeted. Brown also put up the second-highest fantasy points per route run. Even with the low passing volume in this offense, Brown and Tannehill should combine for plenty of fantasy football points for your team.
#7 | Justin Herbert & Keenan Allen
Justin Herbert came into the league and lit it on fire with the Los Angeles Chargers. His favorite target was Keenan Allen who he targeted 147 times. Allen had a 26.8% market share of the targets. These two built a rapport fast and it shows, making them a solid QB/WR stack for fantasy football next year.
Keenan Allen may be one of the most disrespected fantasy football WRs. He finishes high yearly but isn’t drafted where he probably should be, so he could be a value pick for your team. He averages 15.9 PPR fantasy points per game for his career! With the departure of Hunter Henry, some of those targets may go Allen’s way as well. I’m interested to watch Herbert grow as a QB and continue to impress with his WR1.
#8 | Matt Ryan & Calvin Ridley
Julio Jones has been the guy for Matt Ryan for years, but I believe we are witnessing a bit of a shift towards Calvin Ridley. I do still believe Julio will put up solid numbers, however, Ridley is the guy you want to stack with the Atlanta Falcons QB. Ridley dealt with some injuries early in his career but seems to be healthy now.
Ridley may be the closest thing we see to Davante Adams as far as being a target hog and having sticky TD numbers. They say you can not rely on TDs in fantasy football but if a player puts high TD totals up year in and year out, and is getting plenty of volume, that is a safe bet in fantasy football.
In his three-year career, Ridley has scored 10, seven, and nine TDs. In 2018 and 2019 he only started five games and then 10 games. In 2020 he had a true breakout, being targeted 143 times and hauling in 90 receptions for 1,374 yards and the aforementioned nine TDs. Look for this duo to build on their big year together.
#9 | Dak Prescott & Amari Cooper
The Dallas Cowboys have so many offensive weapons along with an awful defense. This can lead to plenty of fantasy points due to playing catch up at times. In fantasy football, volume is king and there should be plenty of target volume to be had in Dallas. Dak Prescott had his best season in 2019 passing for 4,902 yards and I believe he could come near or exceed that mark again. Amari Cooper should be a big reason for that as he has only had one season in his career under 1,000 yards receiving.
In 2020 the duo came out hot! In Dak’s four full games before the injury, he passed the ball 222 times, completing 151 for 1,856 yards and nine TDs. This is a 16 game pace that is not truly sustainable, but the Cowboys showed they are prepared to air it out. Amari Cooper was targeted 51 times for 37 receptions and 401 yards. Let me remind you this was just four games! Cooper and Dak are clearly on the same page and Dak got the bag this offseason. Confidence for these two will be through the roof in 2021.
#10 | Jameis Winston & Michael Thomas
This one is dependent on who wins the New Orleans Saints starting job but I am taking a swing and saying that will be Jameis Winston. Winston would improve the fantasy football stock of any WR tied to him and that includes Michael Thomas. Thomas is a target monster and great in contested catch situations coming down with 75% of them, which is number two in the NFL.
One thing Jameis Winston is not afraid to do is give his WR a chance to make a play. For the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2019, Jameis threw for 5,109 yards. That is not an easy feat. He may have thrown plenty of interceptions but he threw plenty of TDs as well. After learning under Drew Brees and Sean Payton for a year and undergoing Lasik eye surgery last offseason, he could really surprise in 2021. He has what it takes to remind everyone just how great Michael Thomas is as well.
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