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Fantasy Football: 2021 Value QB/WR Stacks

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In my last article, I wrote about the advantage of stacking a QB/WR combo and ranked my top ten. Stacking can be great but some of us, including me, like to wait on QB and draft them late in redraft leagues. In this article, we will go over a few value QB/WR stacks that will allow you to load up on RB and maybe a high-end TE in the first few rounds of your draft! These are not guaranteed to hit as they are values but if they do, your team is set. If not, you grab another streamable QB. ADP is based on a 12 team one QB league and pulled from the Fantasy Football Calculator site.

Fantasy Football Value QB/WR Stacks for 2021

1 | Kirk Cousins & Justin Jefferson

Kirk Cousins is severely underrated year in and year out. Now he has a new favorite target in an offense that is humming! Justin Jefferson is the WR1 for the Minnesota Vikings and this makes for a great value QB/WR stack in fantasy football! On an offense that features pieces like Dalvin Cook, Irv Smith, and Adam Thielen I like Jefferson’s value the most.

Kirk Cousins finished last season as QB11 in six-point per passing TD leagues. He did this while dealing with a top 12 number of drops on his passes. Cousins passed the ball 516 times, completing 349 of them for 4,265 yards (ranked eighth), 35 TDs, and 13 INTs. Cousins passes the ball decently deep down the field 8.2 yards per attempt, ranking 13th in the league and ranks 10th in fantasy points per drop back with 0.53. Much of this success is owed to his new target, Justin Jefferson.

Justin Jefferson came into the league and set it on fire! He caught 88 of his 125 targets for 1,400 yards and seven TDs with only two drops on the season. JJ finished as the WR6 in PPR having six games over 20 points in his rookie year. In points per game he is still number 10 with 16.9 and finished near the top in a few other categories:

  • Fantasy points per target 2.16 – 14th
  • Fantasy points per reception 0.51 – 7th
  • Yards per target 11.2 – 4th
  • YAC 450 yards – 8th
  • Air yards share 37.1% – 9th
  • Air yards 1,490 yards -7th
  • Target rate 25.7% -9th

Draft these two accordingly as the fantasy football calculator website has Kirk Cousins going 140th overall and JJet at 38th overall (4.02). These two could spell big numbers for your fantasy squad.

2 | Tom Brady & Chris Godwin

Who would think that the GOAT would be disrespected with his ADP purely due to age? Currently, Tom Brady has an ADP of 92nd overall (8.09). His counterpart and value WR for his team as of now is Chris Godwin who has an ADP of 53rd overall (5.05). Godwin finished as the WR3 in 2019 and dealt with injuries throughout 2020. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers duo should be able to build more chemistry in a true offseason. This seems like the perfect time to buy in on the young wideout in redraft and dynasty.

Tom Brady finished as the QB7 in 2020. He passed the ball 610 times completing 401 of his attempts for 4,633 yards, 40 TDs, and 12 INTs. Brady looked to be just as great as ever on his run to the Super Bowl. He finished with 11 games over 20 fantasy points in six-point per passing TD leagues and five games over 30 fantasy points! That is huge!

Chris Godwin had a hand to play in Brady’s success hauling in 65 receptions on 84 targets for 840 yards and seven TDs. He did this in just 12 games giving him a 16 game pace of 1,120 yards! Brady had a 131.1 QB rating when targeting him ranking fifth in the league. A catch rate of 77.4%, fourth overall, 2.27 fantasy points per target, eighth overall, and a 70% contested catch rate, ninth overall. Godwin is great at contested catches no matter who is throwing to him as he ranked third in that category in 2019 with Jameis Winston.

With these two you may be able to catch lightning in a bottle. Godwin has signed the franchise tag and teams can not focus on him with Mike Evans opposite of him. Antonio Brown has not signed yet with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and this could free up more targets for Godwin and even if he does sign Godwin will get his regardless!

3 | Daniel Jones & Kenny Golladay

Daniel Jones got a shiny new toy in Kenny Golladay via free agency this offseason. Danny Dimes has shown flashes in the past but he has NEVER had a WR1 like Golladay. The New York Giants are building and this has created a fantasy football value QB/WR stack for us. Daniel can push the ball downfield and Golladay can sure as hell go get it! It helps that FFC shows Jones as undrafted and Golladay is going at pick 50 (5.02).

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DETROIT, MI – SEPTEMBER 29: Kenny Golladay #19 of the Detroit Lions celebrates a late fourth-quarter touchdown during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Ford Field on September 29, 2019, in Detroit, Michigan (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Daniel Jones plays in a division that only truly boasts one good defense, the Washington Football Team. The offenses seem to be on the rise as well so there may be plenty of games where Jones needs to throw plenty and that means more targets for Golladay and the rest of the squad. With Saquon Barkley coming back healthy teams will respect the running game more opening up the passing game.

In 2019 his play-action completion percentage was 69.4% but without Saquon Barkley, teams didn’t seem to bite as he took a huge hit completing 59.2% ranking 34th in the league. Where he did perform well in 2020 was throwing the deep ball ranking seventh in deep ball completion percentage at 46.2%.

Many of Jones’s flashes came in his rookie year as he had five-games of more than 30 fantasy points! With the addition of Golladay and hopefully some improvements up front, Daniel Jones could see a huge jump in production especially when he cleans up those ugly turnover numbers. Golladay is leaps and bounds better than what Jones is used to throwing to but the WR corps is solid. Sterling Shepard, John Ross, and Darius Slayton are solid secondary options.

Kenny Golladay was the best WR available in free agency and the Giants scored big. The former Detroit Lion dealt with injury last year but in 2019 he was number one in deep targets with 37 and posted 65 receptions for 1,190 yards and 11 TDs. He had a contested-catch rate of 54.2% ranking seventh in the NFL. This seems like a perfect match with Jones slinging it deep and his willingness to give his WRs a chance even if it puts the pass in danger of being intercepted. These two could be a problem in 2021 for fantasy football teams matching up against them weekly.

4 | Ryan Fitzpatrick & Terry McLaurin

Ryan Fitzpatrick can elevate a whole WR corps for fantasy football, they do not call him Fitzmagic for no reason! Fitzpatrick is now the starting QB for an up-and-coming Washington Football Team. He will upgrade from Devante Parker, Mike Gesicki, Myles Gaskin, Preston Williams to Terry McLaurin, Curtis Samuel, Logan Thomas, Adam Humphries, and Antonio Gibson. The main benefactor from Fitzpatrick’s signing is Terry McLaurin as he has proven to be an alpha WR even with a revolving door at QB.

Last season Fitzpatrick averaged 19.9 fantasy points per game on the season and put up games of 28.3, 29.2, 21.3, 33.6, and 22.04 from weeks two through six as the starter. In the six consecutive games he held the starting role, he had a 70.5% completion percentage and was on pace for 525 attempts, 368 completions, 4,093 yards, 27 TDs, 19 INTs, and even 67 carries, 360 yards, and five rushing TDs.

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LANDOVER, MARYLAND – NOVEMBER 08: Terry McLaurin #17 of the Washington Football Team makes a catch while being guarded by James Bradberry #24 of the New York Giants in the first quarter at FedExField on November 08, 2020, in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Fitzpatrick is a gunslinger and I don’t expect that to change in 2021. He should have a more efficient run game and definitely has better passing game weapons. Look for him to put up massive numbers in 2021.

Terry McLaurin gets his own upgrade being able to catch passes from Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick had the second-highest deep ball completion percentage and was fifth in total QBR. This is much better than the ragtag group of QBs Terry had the pleasure of playing with in 2020. McLaurin now has a true number two receiver across from him in Curtis Samuel. Even without these upgrades, he posted 87 receptions on 134 targets for 1,118 yards and four TDs.

With Fitzpatrick, Terry can become an even more valuable fantasy football asset. They can be had for cheap in redraft leagues with Fitzpatrick being drafted 162nd overall (14.06) and McLaurin at 39th overall (4.03). Terry is a YAC monster picking up 468 yards after the catch and should receive plenty of volume from his new QB!

5 | Ben Roethlisberger & Diontae Johnson

Ben Roethlisberger is always a decent fantasy football QB. With the inefficiency of the run game, he may have to throw the ball plenty in 2021 unless they address it this offseason. Roethlisberger hyper-targeted Diontae Johnson and with another offseason together, the third-year wideout could truly breakout for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Roethlisberger is still a very good NFL QB even though some may think he has lost a step. He finished as QB13 in 2020, posting nine games above 20 fantasy points, three over 30, and only three under 15. This shows he can win a week for you but typically will not lose a week. He passed the ball 608 times, third in the league, threw deep 72 times, third in the league, and his WRs dropped 129 passes, also third in the league. He had a true completion percentage of 83.6%, which was sixth in the NFL. He passed the ball 144 times to Diontae even though he was a main contributor to the drops.

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NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – OCTOBER 25: Diontae Johnson #18 of the Pittsburgh Steelers is congratulated by teammate Ben Roethlisberger #7 and head coach Mike Tomlin after scoring a touchdown against the Tennessee Titans during the first half at Nissan Stadium on October 25, 2020, in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

Diontae Johnson caught 88 of the passes thrown his way for 923 yards and seven TDs while also receiving the most targets per snap of any WR in the NFL. Roethlisberger knows Diontae is a hell of a player or he would not have kept targeting him even through his drop issues. He is a solid route runner, as he did not separate quite as well in 2020 but ranked first in target separation in 2019 with 2.39 yards.

Johnson and Roethlisberger both go late in drafts with Roethlisberger 73rd overall (7.01) and Johnson 52nd overall (5.04). Loading up on RB/ TE talent in the early rounds and still getting a target monster could spell big things for your 2021 fantasy football roster.

6 | Trevor Lawrence & D.J. Chark

We deal with recency bias every year in fantasy football. D.J. Chark was a rising star after his 2019 season and now is almost an afterthought even though much of his lack of production was due to poor QB play. Enter Trevor Lawrence, one of the most highly touted QB prospects in recent years. He is almost sure to be the first overall selection for the Jacksonville Jaguars and would give Chark an immediate upgrade.

Trevor Lawrence has done nothing but win in his college career for the Clemson Tigers. He has only two losses in his college career, one to an all-time great LSU Tigers team in the National Championship game and one to the Ohio State Buckeyes in the first round of the College Football Playoff earlier this year.

Sunshine has passed for over 3,000 yards in all three of his college seasons and has a 91st percentile QBR in college (87.3). He also is one of the best deep-ball passers coming out this season with 70% of his attempts being on target! This is huge as Chark can be utilized on deep routes with his blazing 4.34 speed. No prospect is a sure thing but he seems to be as close to it as we have seen.

D.J. Chark had an amazing breakout season in 2019 hauling in 73 receptions for 1,008 yards and eight TDs in 14 games started. This was good for 13.4 yards per reception. In 2020 things slowed down as Gardner Minshew dealt with injuries and a team that was trying to tank. He was forced into playing with Jake Luton and Mike Glennon. He still was able to net 706 yards on 53 receptions and was targeted 93 times scoring five TDs. Chark only dropped two balls all season and the target accuracy he received ranked 98th in the league, a steep drop off from 2019.

With better QB play, Chark should thrive and with all of the weapons on the Jaguars, so should Trevor Lawrence. Chark is being drafted 95th overall (8.11) and Lawrence 141st overall (12.10). Getting a possible WR1 and QB1 this late in the draft is almost a cheat code. Buy this super value up in your redraft fantasy football leagues and reap the benefits.

These value QB/WR stacks could be a game-changer for fantasy football teams in 2021. There is an abundance of WR talent in the NFL and you can capitalize on this by stacking great WRs with late-round QBs.

Thanks for reading my Fantasy Football: 2021 Value QB/WR Stacks article. Let me know if your thoughts and what other duos you may add to this group!

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GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN – JANUARY 24: Tom Brady #12 and Chris Godwin #14 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers celebrate at the end of the second quarter against the Green Bay Packers during the NFC Championship game at Lambeau Field on January 24, 2021, in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

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