Building a stack is a common strategy to use while constructing DFS lineups. 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:
It was another good weekend for readers of this column. The Cardinals/Buccaneers game went almost as predicted. Jameis Winston cleared 300-yards passing, but only threw one touchdown (to O.J. Howard, of all people). Coincidentally, receivers Mike Evans and Chris Godwin underwhelmed compared to their price point. On the other sideline, Kyler Murray was dynamic. He tossed the football a whopping 44 times, resulting in over 300 yards and three touchdowns. All three of those scores went to Christian Kirk, who had an absolutely monstrous performance. Kirk hauled in 6 receptions for 138 yards on a career day. Using Baltimore’s stack was a terrific play as well. Lamar Jackson scored a total of four touchdowns, three by air and one by land. Mark Andrews brought in two and Hollywood Brown found the end zone as well. The cherry on top was Jackson’s 47 yard run for a touchdown. Daniel Jones absolutely lit up the Jets secondary, passing for over 300-yards and four touchdowns. Golden Tate was the beneficiary of two, as was rookie Darius Slayton. While Slayton wasn’t in the core of the stack, he was mentioned as a viable play in the write up. Unfortunately, Saquon Barkley had a career worst outing and was not able to get anything going on the ground or in the passing game.
New Orleans Saints vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Once again, the Bucs make a game stack write up. Readers might start to think I’m a Tampa fan, but fortunately this is not the case. The bottom line is Jameis Winston is a great fantasy asset, despite his short comings as a quarterback. He is almost a guarantee to score 20 or more points each week. This is mostly due to Tampa’s awful secondary, which constantly has the Bucs in catchup mode. New Orleans had a decent pass defense early in the season, but recent injuries are holding them back. Both Mike Evans and Chris Godwin can be stacked with Winston, though it appears to be a mystery as to who will have the best game each week. On the other side, Drew Brees will have no issue picking Tampa Bay apart. The Buccaneers simply do not have a single person that can cover Michael Thomas, and he will feast this Sunday. Alvin Kamara is an interesting name, despite the Bucs having a good rushing defense. Kamara thrives while catching the ball in space, and is always a big play threat. Trust Sean Payton to not foolishly run Kamara up the gut against this front, as other coaches have done with their backs. Expect the Saints to be creative in getting Kamara an opportunity to do what he does best. There is a strong possibility of him taking a screen pass or dump off to the house every time he touches the ball.
Facing an awful Falcons defense at home sets up for a ceiling game from Kyle Allen. Atlanta struggles to cover opposing pass catchers, and the Panthers have a pair of dynamic weapons to test their limits. Both D.J. Moore and Curtis Samuel are in play here, as Samuel is more than capable of finding the end zone. Moore is the more consistent option, and seems to have earned Allen’s trust as the season progresses. Through the past three games, Moore has seen 30 targets and cleared 100-yards in the past two. He only has one touchdown this season and is due for some positive regression in that department. Does recommending Christian McCaffrey really need an explanation? He has been simply unreal this season as the Panthers’ do-it-all weapon. Kyle Allen loves dumping it off to him while under pressure, and McCaffrey is always a threat to break the slate. Plus, Atlanta’s struggles containing pass catching backs is well documented, giving him one of the highest ceilings of all players this week.
New England Patriots
New England travels to the City of Brotherly Love to battle the Eagles in a Super Bowl rematch. Both teams are coming off a bye, which makes for a very interesting game. The Patriots have had some issues with pass protection this season, which could be a problem against a stout Philadelphia front. However, coming off the bye could have given them time to figure some things out. Brady will have success with short timing routes against this weak secondary. The Eagles have big problems containing opposing wide receivers; they have been torched all season long by nearly every team they’ve faced. This sets up well for Julian Edelman, whose great route-running and agility will be a problem for this Philadelphia squad. He could easily recorded double-digit receptions in this contest. An even more interesting name is James White. The Eagles have been very solid against the run, but White is a different animal. He is more of a receiver than a running back, and Brady loves to dump the ball off to him. White is great in space, and could very well be an X-factor on Sunday afternoon. I believe he has a great opportunity to excel in the passing game, and he is very dependable in the red zone.