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
Last Sunday was not one of the better DFS days this season. Drew Brees and Michael Thomas were perfectly fine. Brees tossed three touchdowns, one of which went to Thomas. Thomas continued his unbelievable season, finishing with 8 receptions for over 100 yards. Meanwhile, on the Tampa side, Jameis Winston came close to his 20 point average. Unfortunately, neither of his top weapons returned value for their salary. Chris Godwin did catch a touchdown, though his final stats were lackluster. Mike Evans was a disappointment, finishing with only 4 receptions for less than 70 yards. Kyle Allen was a disaster for Carolina, throwing 4 interceptions and no touchdowns. D.J. Moore was fine, but still can’t manage to find the end zone. Christian McCaffrey did what he does best, securing 11 receptions in garbage time. He nearly finished with 200 total yards, but didn’t manage to score a touchdown. Tom Brady’s performance was dumbfounding; he barely eclipsed 200-yards passing with no touchdowns. The Eagles defense suddenly looked competent, as they limited Julian Edelman and James White all game long. If not for a touchdown pass on a trick play, Edelman would have been a bust for his price.
Atlanta Falcons (Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley)
Atlanta will be hosting divisional foe Tampa Bay this coming Sunday. Matt Ryan couldn’t be in a better spot for a ceiling game. Being at home is always a huge benefit for the Falcons, as they can utilize their speed and spread formations to maximum effectiveness. That spells big trouble for a Buccaneers secondary that hasn’t been able to stop anyone in years. Julio Jones will continue to see his usual target share, and has a good chance to score against inferior personnel. Calvin Ridley has been a big benefactor from Austin Hooper missing time. Ridley will have no problem beating one-on-one coverage while Jones is double teamed. Tampa is very good at stopping the run, and the Falcons have injury troubles at the running back position. Atlanta will have to do it’s scoring on Matt Ryan’s arm. Running this back with Mike Evans or Chris Godwin is completely viable, though it’s nearly impossible to predict which will have the better game.
Cleveland Browns (Baker Mayfield, Odell Beckham Jr., DeVante Parker)
Lost in the noise of the Browns drama, Baker Mayfield has quietly been performing for fantasy purposes. In the past three games, Mayfield has six total touchdowns and no interceptions. A matchup at home against the Dolphins is a recipe for continued success. Miami has no viable pass rush, which will give Mayfield time to find his receivers downfield. The Dolphins just placed both their starting corners on IR, and will have multiple backups playing in their secondary. This is good news for Odell Beckham Jr. Beckham has been one of the most disappointing players in all of fantasy, but there is a clear path for him to right the ship this weekend. A ceiling game of over 100-yards and multiple touchdowns is certainly on the table. Plus, using Baker and Odell is a natural pivot from Nick Chubb, who will be one of the highest rostered players this weekend. DeVante Parker is a great option to run back this stack with. He is the only viable receiver on the team, and Ryan Fitzpatrick has grown smitten with him as of late. Parker has seen double-digit targets in the past two games, and that trend should continue with Miami playing from behind. Also, with Cleveland’s pass rush hampered after the Miles Garrett incident, Fitzpatrick will have chances to stand in the pocket and deliver. That could expose the Brown’s corners a little bit, who may not be as good as advertised without an elite pass rush in front of them.
Oakland Raiders (Derek Carr, Tyrell Williams, Darren Waller)
The Raiders travel to the Big Apple to battle a Jets team who has seen a sudden resurgence in recent weeks. Offensively, the Jets have looked much better, though they have been facing some pretty bad defenses. Oakland falls into that category, as they have struggled all year long against opposing passing attacks. The Jets will continue to score points in this game, forcing the Raiders to keep pace. Josh Jacobs should be held in check, as New York is pretty good at stopping the run. That leaves the fate of this offense to Derek Carr, and he’s in a good spot to perform. Much like Oakland, the Jets are terrible against opposing receivers. Tyrell Williams should be able to capitalize on this with his speed and big play ability. Meanwhile, Darren Waller will be able to feast against the Jets mediocre linebackers. Waller really has a chance to do some big things once Oakland gets into the red zone. New York has one of the worst red zone defenses in the league, allowing a touchdown on nearly 65% of opponent’s chances. Adding Jamison Crowder to your roster is viable to make a game stack. Crowder has become one of Sam Darnold’s favorite targets, recording a touchdown in each of the past three games. He could easily find the end zone once again, as Oakland is just as bad as the Jets at red zone defense. Crowder is in a nice spot to continue his touchdown streak as this game has sneaky shoot out potential written all over it.