Building a stack is a common strategy to use while constructing DFS line ups. It’s an absolute must in GPP tournaments, as the correlation scoring is crucial to finishing top of the leader board. However, it’s becoming more and more viable as a cash game strategy as well. As DFS grows so much more every season, it’s getting harder and harder to create an edge over the field. Identifying players, games, or teams to stack that have nice floors is a great way to create an advantage in cash contests. Let’s take a look at stacking opportunities for this week’s main slate:
Week in Review
All in all, Week 9 went fairly well. Matthew Stafford and the Lions passing game hit big in a high scoring affair with the Raiders. Stafford threw for over 400 yards and 3 touchdowns, with 2 going to Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones. Both receivers had excellent performances, with each clearing 100 yards and multiple receptions. Using Matt Moore wasn’t a horrible idea, as he did manage to link up with Tyreek Hill for a great touchdown. Hill has been awesome since his return, and managed to get 140 yards receiving with his score. Sammy Watkins certainly left something to be desired, but didn’t kill you in PPR formats. The Jets had the biggest let down of the weekend, losing to the Miami Dolphins. Darnold was mediocre, only throwing one touchdown. It did go to Jamison Crowder, but Darnold should have been much better based on the matchup. Robby Anderson was non-existent, which was extremely disappointing. Seattle vs. Tampa went exactly as predicted. Russell Wilson and his receivers were spectacular, as was Mike Evans once again. The only disappointing piece from this game was Chris Godwin, as he didn’t manage to score any touchdowns. Otherwise, whichever direction you went with in this game should have won you some cash.
Arizona Cardinals vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Let’s start this week’s write up with a game stack. The Cardinals travel across the country to Tampa Bay in what sets up as another high scoring game. Thankfully, Arizona is coming off their mini-bye, having last played on Thursday night. Don’t expect the time zone change to be as much as a factor this Sunday. Both teams have terrible secondary’s, even with the Cardinals getting Patrick Peterson back. As mentioned in previous weeks, the Bucs are great at stopping the running game. Don’t expect much from David Johnson coming off injury and for Kyler Murray to be depended upon to win this game. Murray is a great value on both sites, especially considering the matchup and his scrambling ability. The problem all year with the Cardinals has been deciding who to stack with Murray. This week, Christian Kirk is the most interesting name of the receiving core. Kirk was dealing with an ankle injury that sidelined him for three weeks earlier in the season but now that he is healthy, he has the best matchup thus far. He should see double-digit targets in this contest, and could definitely have a monster game as a result. Don’t rule out Larry Fitzgerald either. The veteran has been a disappointment lately, but couldn’t ask for a better bounce back spot. Meanwhile, on the Tampa side of things, Jameis Winston is in play once again. In terms of fantasy numbers, Winston has been solidly consistent. With a good matchup, his floor should be 300 yards and 2 touchdowns in this contest. Now, the tricky question is which receiver should be played from Tampa. Mike Evans has been an absolute monster these past two weeks, tallying 23 receptions, 378 yards, and 3 touchdowns. Believe it or not, that makes me like Chris Godwin even more. Godwin is in a great pivot spot, as Evans should garner a large amount of ownership due to recent success. I’d expect Evans to draw coverage from Patrick Peterson, leaving Godwin with a soft matchup across the field. Once again, I’ll be jamming in pieces of this game with confidence.
Baltimore Ravens (Lamar Jackson, Marquise Brown, Mark Andrews)
Baltimore is one of the strongest favorites on the slate, as they head into Cincinnati to face a bad Bengals squad. Many DFS players will lean towards Mark Ingram in this spot, and understandably so. However, I am taking a different approach to this game. This sets up for a bit of a letdown spot for the Ravens. Now, I am not saying they will lose outright, not at all. I do think it may be a bit closer than people are expecting. Coming off the big win against New England last week, Baltimore might overlook the winless Bengals to an extent. Plus, you’ve got a new QB under center in rookie Ryan Finley. Also, the Bengals are coming off a bye, which gave them time to prep Finley and install some new schemes that the Ravens don’t have film on. There could be some stages of this game where Baltimore will be aggressively putting points on the board. Both Marquise Brown and Mark Andrews have been very quiet these past few weeks, but that can change quickly. Brown has the speed to make giant plays at any time, and Lamar certainly likes to go to him downfield. Andrews is Jackson’s favorite target, and also has some big play ability himself. This stack is both a pivot from the Ingram ownership as well as a “game script gamble”.
New York Giants (Daniel Jones, Golden Tate, Saquon Barkley)
The theory behind this stack is pretty simple. The Battle of New York will be taking place this Sunday between the Jets and the Giants. Both teams aren’t good, but the Giants are significantly better than the Jets. Evan Engram has already been ruled out, and Sterling Shepard will likely miss this game as well. That leaves Golden Tate with a significant target share to absorb. Plus, the Jets cannot cover anyone, so it’s doubtful the will be able to stop Tate. Darius Slayton is certainly in the discussion as a cheap option, but I prefer Saquon Barkley in this stack. Not only is he a stud running back, he is very dangerous in the passing game. In the past two games, Barkley has seen 18 targets and hauled one in for a nice touchdown. With so many injuries to the receiving game, Barkley could emerge as the de-facto “WR2” for the Giants this Sunday.