Fantasy Duos: Highly Risky but Could Be Highly Rewarding

Daniel MaderContributor IJune 8, 2009

FOXBORO, MA - AUGUST 7:  Randy Moss #81 and Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots watch the game on the sidelines against the Baltimore Ravens during a preseason game at Gillette Stadium on August 7, 2008 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Most of the time fantasy owners have players from different teams, but rarely on the same team.  The reason usually being if one player does well that week for the team then the other player won't produce.

For example, if a fantasy owner happens to have a quarterback and a running back from the same team it could have conflicting results after the game depending on whether the team had a good running game or a good passing game. Very seldom does a team have a productively passing and running game.

However, containing a quarterback and a wide receiver from the same team on your roster  can pose an interesting threat. One play could result in ten or more points given the quarterback and wide receiver hook up for a touchdown. 

This could prove to be the most deadliest weapon in fantasy football but very risky at the same time. 

If the entire teams offense is shut down then you are out two players in scoring, but at the same time if that team has a high scoring game, you are almost guaranteed your two players had great numbers.

In 2007 this writer was able to take Tom Brady and Randy Moss off the draft board.The rest is history.

Needless to say that combination was a big reason why my fantasy team was the highest scoring leader in the league and cruised to a championship victory.

In order to have an elite duo you would have to more than likely have to use your first two picks, but if you can get  one of the top duos I list then it could be your season's success. 


1. Tom Brady/Randy Moss

Just the the flashbacks to the 2007 season get me excited for this match up. In that season the Brady and Moss connection was good for 23 touchdowns and over 1,400 yards. That is about 230 points in fantasy football just off touchdowns alone not to mention the yard totals.

The threat of something resembling that season from these two is very possible. Defenses can't double Randy Moss because of Wes Walker and new addition Joey Galloway.

With teams not affording to be able to ignore any receiver on the Patriots it gives everybody one-on-one matchups for most of the game. Tom Brady is one of the best at finding a way to get the ball to his receivers and the majority of his passes find the hands of Randy Moss.


2. Drew Brees/ Marques Colston

Colston is recovering from injury this offseason. I expect some rustiness at first but these two share great chemistry on the field.

Colston is a big target and Brees loves his big guys in the red zone making this pair highly productive for fantasy.

Colston was injured and played off and on last season but when he was on the field for just ten games Colston had over 700 yards and had five touchdowns. This means even when he was banged up Brees found Colston often.

As long as Colston can stay healthy all season this duo should put up obsolete numbers this season.


3. Peyton Manning/Reggie Wayne

Wayne is now the undisputed top target of Peyton Manning.

Harrison is gone and therefore forfeiting the receiving workload on to Wayne's shoulders. This couldn't be a better thing for the duos production together.

The numbers especially in the touchdown category(six) may not be where you would have liked them to be last season for this duo.

I expect this to drastically increase.

 I don't expect it to increase just because of Harrison's departure but because Manning will not be rusty at the start of the season either.

Not to mention besides the Titans they don't have stellar pass defense teams in their division. The Jaguars were ranked 24th overall in pass defense and the Texans were ranked 17th.

That's four games where the Peyton and Reggie duo should produce almost automatically.


4. Kurt Warner/Larry Fitzgerald

This duo had the best numbers of all the duos between them last season. They hooked up for over 1,400 yards and 12 touchdowns. Their 120 points just off touchdowns alone may just give you an edge throughout the season.

With the running game not proven that it's established yet the Cardinals will do what they do best and throw the ball come hell or high water.

Nobody knows what's going on with Boldin either. As of right now he is still there, but if he were to depart from the team this duo would be electrifying.

Even if Boldin does stay this season I still don't think we will see as much of a split in touches this year. I expect the situation to play out similar to Chad Ochocinco last season were his production falls off due to discontent with the team.

That leaves even more brilliant performances between Warner and Fitzgerald to be had that will have you scoring big points on teams in a hurry.


5. Aaron Rodgers/Greg Jennings

Rodgers and Jennings definitely formed chemistry and trust between them last season.

The combo was good for almost 1,300 yards and nine touchdowns. I expect nothing less than this relationship to flourish this season going into their second year playing on the field together.

The running game is in question and the defense of the Packers is improved but not stellar yet. The Packers will have to throw and throw often. Driver is getting older and has lost a step continuing the dependency that Rodgers will have on Jennings.

The division doesn't exactly have what I would call shut down defenses either. The Vikings ranked 17th in pass defense and now have a hole where Darren Sharper used to be in the secondary. The Bears ranked nearly last in pass defense at 30th. The Lions; well they are the Lions enough said.

Aaron Rodgers and Greg Jennings have the pieces set for them this year to have a great duo season.