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QB/WR Stacks That Will Pay Off In 2022

In the words of one of my favorite musical artists Lizzo, "It's about damn time." That's right. It's redraft season, baby!

The end of August and the beginning of September is when many are drafting their fantasy teams. Whether among family, friends, coworkers, or even random people you meet on the internet, fantasy football brings out the dawg in all of us. Smack talk reaches an all-time high, and everyone is buzzing about how incredible their team is. So let's talk about how you can draft a buzz-worthy squad this year.

When entering a draft, looking at value regarding ADP or average draft position is essential. For example, let's say a player is traditionally going 10th overall but falls to 20th overall in your draft; that is considered value in fantasy football. With this knowledge of value in mind, let's look at three value stacks of a team's quarterback and wide receiver that offer league-winning upside this year.

All values are based on Sleeper PPR ADP as of 8/30/22.

Matt Ryan & Michael Pittman Jr.

The first WR/QB stack that I want to highlight is Matt Ryan and Michael Pittman. Pittman is currently being drafted as the WR14, or 51st overall. This would translate to an early 5th round pick in a 12-team league. Pittman is being drafted after AJ Brown, Tee Higgins, and Terry McLaurin. And don't get me wrong, I think all three receivers are great players. Still, the value you can currently draft Pittman is appealing, especially when you consider that Matt Ryan has supported a top 10 fantasy receiver in 5 of the last 6 seasons. Ryan is a massive upgrade over Pittman's prior quarterback, Carson Wentz.

When you look at where Matt Ryan ranks among quarterbacks, he's being taken as the QB 22 in drafts, or 189th overall. Ryan is an absolute steal this late in drafts. He's going after players like Mac Jones, Deshaun Watson, Trevor Lawrence, and Tua Tagovaiola. So when your league mates are drafting these young quarterbacks (or Watson, who won't play until the back half of the season), you can continue to draft position players such as Brian Robinson (164th overall), Kenneth Gainwell (163rd overall), Jahan Dotson (165th overall) just to name a few. By waiting for Matt Ryan to fall in your draft, you can snatch up other depth pieces for your bench while still taking a solid quarterback for your young WR in Pittman.

Patrick Mahomes & JuJu Smith-Schuster

Another WR/QB Stack that is valuable is JuJu Smith-Schuster and Patrick Mahomes. I know, I know. Mahomes is currently being taken at the beginning of round three as the QB2 or QB3. There's not much to analyze with Mahomes; we all know he's a fantastic player who should be taken at his ADP. But the real value is with JuJu Smith-Schuster and the value that Mahomes brings to him. So pair them on your fantasy team, and you'll be happy you did.

JuJu Smith Schuster has fallen from grace since his 2018 and 2020 seasons. In 2018, Juju was the WR8 on the season and WR16 in 2020. After only playing 5 games in 2021, there has been speculation that JuJu is a bust and shouldn't be trusted as a reliable fantasy option. I'm here to tell you that simply is not the case! JuJu will be the number two target option in Kansas City, and when Patrick Mahomes is the one slinging the rock, being the number two target has proven to be a fine place. While no one can replace the Tyreek Hill-sized hole in Mahomes heart, JuJu is a more than capable fill-in. And at his current price of WR29, he is an incredible value for the amount of production that I project for him. He's going behind Amon-Ra St. Brown, Michael Thomas, Brandon Cooks, and Amari Cooper. One thing all those guys have in common? They have unreliable quarterbacks. I would take JuJu over all of those guys in a heartbeat. The fact that he's going behind them is why you need to draft him at the current ADP, if not sooner. Stacking JuJu with Mahomes is an excellent recipe for winning your league this year.

And for JuJu's injury concern, he's back at practice and will be ready for the season.

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