In the past taking a top end quarterback and his favorite receiver didn’t seem like the best idea. If the QB got sacked 6 times and threw 3 picks, two (QB and WR1) of your most important fantasy positions most likely had a bad day.
But it’s a passing league now. The rules and fat TV contracts encourage higher scoring. The spread offense in college has made its way into the NFL and even rookie quarterbacks can make big impacts.
It’s the era where doubling down on a QB and his top end receiver isn’t that risky. In fact it’s kind of a safe play. In 2011 Aaron Rodgers threw for 45 touchdown passes, 15 of them went to Jordy Nelson. In the 2011 fantasy drafts, no one was mistaking Jordy Nelson as the Packers number one receiver, but the team that did select Rodgers and later Nelson, probably had them in the starting lineup on most weekends.
The Matt Stafford to Calvin Johnson connection has been effective the past two years, but 2011 was their best in terms of touchdowns. Matt Stafford threw for 41 touchdowns and 16 of them went to Calvin Johnson. He also hauled down 1,681 of Stafford’s 5,038 yards.
As you can tell with the Rodgers to Nelson connection, you don’t necessarily have to target a WR1. So for 2013 a Peyton Manning to Eric Decker could be more dangerous than people think. So could a Tom Brady to Danny Amendola connection.
Think about it, a reliable connection could routinely erase 12 point deficits or create 12 point leads, with just one play.