Power Ranking the Top 10 Fantasy Football Quarterback/Wide Receiver Combinations

Jamal Collier@@JCollierDAnalyst IIIOctober 8, 2012

Power Ranking the Top 10 Fantasy Football Quarterback/Wide Receiver Combinations

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    Reggie Wayne’s performance for the Indianapolis Colts in Week 5 likely won his fantasy owners a lot of matchups. Rookie quarterback Andrew Luck should also get some love from fantasy owners following his own stat line.

    Some people like to double up on quarterback-wide receiver combinations so that big plays get magnified in fantasy owners’ lineups.

    That sort of leverage can backfire if the offense of the QB-WR tandem has a bad game, but it can also provide a solid scoring base for the rest of a fantasy lineup.

    These are the top 10 most productive quarterback-receiver combos in terms of average points scored (in ESPN standard leagues) so far this season.

10. Ben Roethlisberger and Mike Wallace, Pittsburgh Steelers

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    Total Points: 114

    Games Played: 4

    Average Points: 28.5

    Ben Roethlisberger and Mike Wallace arrive on this list mainly by virtue of their performance in Week 3 at the Oakland Raiders.

    Roethlisberger threw for 384 passing yards and four touchdowns in that game, while Wallace caught eight balls for 123 yards and one of those scores.

    They didn’t get much done in Week 5 at home against the Philadelphia Eagles; Wallace had two receptions for 17 yards while Big Ben threw for just 207 yards and no scores.

    That’s the downside of stacking your fantasy lineup with a quarterback and wide receiver on the same team.

9. Aaron Rodgers and James Jones, Green Bay Packers

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    Total Points: 144

    Games Played: 5

    Average Points: 28.8

    Fantasy owners probably didn’t draft Aaron Rodgers and James Jones together with visions of running through opponents using the two as a starting tandem.

    Yet, it’s entirely possible that that is the current situation for Rodgers owners with Greg Jennings going down to injury.

    Jones has scored five touchdowns this season including his two most recent games with a pair of touchdowns each.

    In those two games, Rodgers has been prolific, as well. He’s thrown for 562 yards and seven touchdowns since leaving Seattle’s stadium in Week 3.

8. Tom Brady and Wes Welker, New England Patriots

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    Total Points: 147

    Games Played: 5

    Average Points: 29.4

    All of the hype surrounding Wes Welker’s decline in the New England Patriots offense seems to have dwindled.

    That’s because Welker’s catch total has increased in each week this season, culminating in the 13-reception, 104-yard performance that he produced in Week 5 which also included a touchdown.

    Aaron Hernandez is not yet back in the offense, but for the time being, Welker is back to being Tom Brady’s No. 1 guy.

    Brady has thrown just one touchdown in three of the Pats’ first five games, but has rushed for two already this season.

7. Peyton Manning and Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos

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    Total Points: 151

    Games Played: 5

    Average Points: 30.2

    So the Denver Broncos end up walking away with a win in something over the Patriots this weekend.

    This ranking is obviously worth nowhere near as much as an NFL win, but Peyton Manning and Demaryius Thomas have been great for fantasy owners this season.

    Thomas answered the call through the first third of the year as the No. 1 fantasy option at wideout in Denver, tallying three 100-yard games to Eric Decker’s one.

    He hasn’t caught a TD ball from Manning since Week 2, but recorded nine catches for 188 yards in Week 5. 

6. Andy Dalton and A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals

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    Total Points: 155

    Games Played: 5

    Average Points: 31

    Simply put, A.J. Green has been phenomenal this season. Andy Dalton hasn’t been bad, either.

    Green has scored a touchdown in four straight games entering Week 6. He’s topped 100 yards twice and caught nine passes in two separate games.

    Those touchdowns haven’t all come from Dalton (Mohamed Sanu threw the one in Week 3), but Dalton has played well also.

    He’s topped 20 fantasy points in three games this season, but has tossed a pick in each appearance this year.

5. Eli Manning and Victor Cruz, New York Giants

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    Total Points: 162

    Games Played: 5

    Average Points: 32.4

    So much for Victor Cruz’s 2011 touchdown production being a fluke.

    After entering Week 5 with two touchdowns on the season, Cruz turned five receptions from Eli Manning into three more touchdowns against the Cleveland Browns.

    That’s in addition to 100-yard games in each of the other games in which Cruz scored a touchdown.

    Manning, meanwhile, has nine TD tosses on the year compared to five interceptions. So far this season, the two have come hand-in-hand. In the two games that Manning has not thrown a pick, he’s only got two touchdowns.

4. Matt Ryan and Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons

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    Total Points: 163

    Games Played: 5

    Average Points: 32.6

    In 2012, Matt Ryan has been the “fantasy surprise” that everyone saw coming. He’s thrown multiple touchdown passes in every game and has not thrown for less than 219 yards this year.

    Leading the Atlanta Falcons to a 5-0 record, Ryan’s name has entered the NFL MVP discussion despite throwing three interceptions and losing a fumble in the last three weeks.

    He should really stop doing that.

    Of course, those four turnovers are the only four times Ryan has gifted the ball to the defense this season.

    Other times, he’s gifting the ball to his receivers. Julio Jones, for example, has reached double-digit fantasy scoring three times this season. 

3. Andrew Luck and Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis Colts

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    Total Points: 138

    Games Played: 4

    Average Points: 34.5

    Reggie Wayne had a career day at home in Week 5 against the Green Bay Packers, hauling in 13 catches for 212 yards and a touchdown from Andrew Luck.

    Luck has topped 300 yards passing three times this season with multiple TDs in three games, as well. His fantasy point output has increased with each passing game at the NFL level and he’s starting to look more and more like a viable weekly fantasy starter.

2. Matt Ryan and Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons

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    Total Points: 173

    Games Played: 5

    Average Points: 34.6

    Ryan’s been so nice, I’ll say it twice: the dude’s a beast.

    He’s been playing so well that, if tight ends were eligible for pairings in this list, his connection with Tony Gonzalez would rank fourth among these duos—edging out himself and Julio Jones.

    That should tell you all you need to know about Ryan’s early season thus far.

    Roddy White has been Ryan’s main man (if you could say that he has one) through the season’s first five games. None was more explosive than White’s eight-catch, 169-yard, two-touchdown outburst in Week 4.

1. Drew Brees and Marques Colston, New Orleans Saints

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    Total Points: 181

    Games Played: 5

    Average Points: 36.2

    Marques Colston pops up at the top of this list as his connection with Drew Brees has resulted in 18 catches, 284 yards and four touchdowns in just the last two weeks.

    He started the season slowly, recording 10 total catches for 160 yards and no scores over his first three games.

    Brees has been throwing the ball all over the field while the Saints struggled during a 1-4 start.

    He doesn’t take breaks—he just breaks records.

    Brees has been a fantasy cornerstone this season, never failing to score 19 fantasy points and has scored 28 or more in each of the last two weeks.