1. Kansas City Chiefs (Patrick Mahomes, Tyreek Hill/Travis Kelce)
It’s rare to recommend spending this much on a single stack, but this week it makes sense. Sunday is a short slate of games, with four taking place from Friday-Saturday. Pickings are slim, and heavy ownership will fall on the higher end running backs. Spending up for a QB/pass catcher stack is an easy way to be contrarian in most tournaments, and even more so on a limited slate. Patrick Mahomes has the highest ceiling of any player in football, and has a great chance to reach those heights against the Falcons. Atlanta has an awful secondary and no pass rush to speak of, meaning Mahomes will shred this defense apart. The Falcons are actually pretty solid against the run, so expect this to be a pass happy game from Kansas City. Mahomes should easily eclipse 300-yards, and is almost a lock for 3 touchdowns. He will do damage with his legs when necessary as well, adding even more potential to his fantasy performance.
Who to stack with Mahomes is pretty much a coin-flip decision. Both Tyreek Hill have been elite throughout the season. Hill has been unstoppable, and Kelce feeds on the cleanup yardage he leaves behind on double teams. It really depends on how you want to put your line up together. If there’s a cheap tight end you want to play, use Hill. If not, lock Kelce into your tight end slot. He provides an incredible edge at the position, as his fantasy output is closer to a top wide receiver. No other tight end offers the ceiling/floor combo that Kelce provides, and he is worth the price of admission. Hill will certainly get his, but the positional battle gives Kelce the nod in my opinion. Plus, Atlanta is giving up some of the most points to tight ends this year, giving even more credence to Kelce’s potential in this game.
2. Philadelphia Eagles (Jalen Hurts, Dallas Goedert, Jalen Reagor)
Despite the drama coming from the Eagles quarterback controversy, Jalen Hurts has performed well – all things considered. In his first two career starts, Hurts has displayed a great ability to escape pressure and make plays with his legs. He’s tallied 29 rushing attempts for 169 yards and one touchdown. His passing has been serviceable as well, with 505 yards and four touchdowns in the same time frame. This makes him completely viable in fantasy lineups, especially against the Cowboys. Dallas has struggled containing opposing quarterbacks all season, especially those who can scramble like Hurts. His rushing floor and cheap salary makes him a nice cash play, and the matchup gives him the needed ceiling for tournaments.
The problem with Philadelphia has been their scoring offense. They had been struggling to put points on the board, but Hurts has helped change that. It’s also been beneficial that their skill position starters have slowly returned from injury. Dallas Goedert was beginning to come into his own before an ankle injury caused him to miss significant time. He came back strong, though the quarterback change has stalled his production. Expect that chemistry to be ironed out, which could happen in this game. Goedert dropped a touchdown this week, and I expect him to rectify that mistake if given the chance against the Cowboys.
Jalen Reagor had injury issues as well, which set back his development as a rookie. He’s slowly become more involved in the offense, with Hurts targeting him 12 times in the past two games. Reagor’s strongest attribute is his speed, and he should have a few chances downfield on Sunday. Eventually, Reagor should capitalize on these targets and have a big fantasy day. With such a cheap salary, it’s worth taking a shot on this weekend. This stack can help you save some salary to spend at other positions in your lineup.