Building a stack is a common strategy to use while constructing daily (DFS) lineups. It’s an absolute must in guaranteed prize pool (GPP) tournaments, as the correlation scoring is crucial to finishing top of the leaderboard. 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 another mixed bag of results, as is often the case. Matt Ryan and the Atlanta offense were surprisingly held in check by Tampa Bay. Julio Jones didn’t have the monster day many expected, and Ryan was pulled once the game was out of reach. Calvin Ridley had a nice day, which included a late touchdown reception in garbage time. Baker Mayfield led the Cleveland offense to the break out for which we were hoping. Mayfield eclipsed 300 passing yards and tossed three touchdown passes. One of those went to Odell Beckham, which finally ending his scoring drought. Meanwhile, DeVante Parker was fine for game stack purposes. He nearly had 100 receiving yards, finishing with 91 yards on six receptions. Oakland’s offense was simply awful in the messy conditions against the New York Jets. Derek Carr and his weapons flat out laid a stinker on the road. None of Oakland’s players came close to returning their salary price.
Kansas City Chiefs (Patrick Mahomes, Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce)
Coach Andy Reid holds an astonishing record coming off a bye week as his teams are 17-3 with an extra week to prepare, and big things are coming this Sunday. The Chiefs are hosting divisional rival Oakland, looking to firmly secure their lead in the AFC West. With Oakland having one of the worst pass defenses in the league, and Mahomes has had time to rest his injuries. More importantly, Kansas City’s offensive line has had time to get healthy, giving him some much needed protection. With a clean pocket, he is going to slice the Oakland secondary apart like a surgeon. Tyreek Hill will find himself open all game long, setting up for a 35-40 point ceiling game. Travis Kelce has been as reliable as always on the underneath routes, serving as his quarterback’s favorite safety net. Running this stack back with Tyrell Williams or Josh Jacobs is completely viable, as Oakland will be playing catch up all game.
Green Bay Packers (Aaron Rodgers, Davante Adams, Sterling Shepard)
Green Bay will look to bounce back after a pathetic showing in San Francisco last Sunday night. The Packers are in a good spot to do so, traveling to MetLife taking on the New York Giants. The Giants have been an awful pass defense all season, signaling a nice bounce back spot for Aaron Rodgers. Adding to Rodgers’ upside is New York’s awful pass defense, which has allowed wide receives to feast all season long. The Giants will have no answer for Davante Adams, who has consistently seen double-digit targets in each game since his return. On the other side of the field, Sterling Shepard is in a nice spot to outperform his cost. Both Golden Tate and Evan Engram will miss this game. That leaves plenty of target share split between Shepard and Slayton, who is also a value at his price. Any piece of the Giants passing game or Saquon Barkley makes for a very nice mini game-stack.
The Rams suffered a stunning defeat last Monday night, getting absolutely destroyed by Baltimore. Jared Goff has been struggling in an extreme fashion for several weeks now. He hasn’t thrown a touchdown pass since Week 8! Positive regression is coming, and in a major way. Taking on Arizona is a perfect bounce back spot for this entire offense. Arizona simply cannot stop anyone in the passing game; it ranks towards the bottom of the league in almost every category. That’s great news for the Rams receiving core, who have felt the effects of their quarterback’s struggles. Patrick Peterson is a good player but he cannot cover all three wideouts himself. Cooper Kupp is a rebound candidate, especially with Gerald Everett sitting this one out. He and Robert Woods will handle the short and intermediate routes in the passing game. Unlike last season, the Rams offensive line has not been up to par. Unfortunately for Brandin Cooks, this has limited the downfield and deep passing game. Yes, Cooks is undoubtedly talented enough to break some long plays at any time. However, for DFS purposes, look to Kupp and Woods. Both are viable red zone targets and can rip off chunk plays against a soft defense.