Building a stack is a common strategy to use while constructing daily fantasy (DFS) lineups but it’s an absolute must in guaranteed prize pool tournaments, as the correlation scoring is crucial to finishing top of the leader board. It’s also 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.
Philadelphia Eagles vs. New York Jets (Stack: Carson Wentz, Alshon Jeffery, Zach Ertz)
The Eagles return to Philadelphia following a stunning upset of Green Bay last Thursday night. Expect them to come into this game with confidence and all guns blazing. They are hosting an inept New York Jets team who can’t stop anyone through the air. Alshon Jeffery battled through his calf injury and saw nine targets on the night. Wentz will look to him heavily once more, especially if DeSean Jackson misses this game. Jeffery should perform better after some extra timeoff to let his calf heal. Zach Ertz has been his steady, reliable self. He has yet to find the end zone this season, but expect that to change this weekend. Wentz will look to get his favorite target in the scoring column in front of the hometown crowd.
Houston Texans vs. Atlanta Falcons (Stack: Deshaun Watson, DeAndre Hopkins, Will Fuller)
Houston’s passing attack hasn’t quite been what was envisioned before the season. Deshaun Watson has been under constant duress, which hasn’t allowed him time to complete deep shots downfield. Hopkins has had some drops this year, and Fuller just hasn’t been able to get going coming off injury. That should all change this weekend. The Texans host struggling Atlanta, who simply cannot get to the quarterback. Atlanta is tied for second-to-last in the league in sacks, tallying only five on the year. This will allow Watson time in the pocket, enabling the deep passing game to finally come to life. He narrowly missed Fuller on a bomb last game, and Hopkins will have no issues getting open against Atlanta’s mediocre corners. The good Texans we saw back in Week 1 should rear their head once again this Sunday.
With Melvin Gordon’s return, there are plenty of questions about the Chargers backfield this weekend. Gordon will surely get some run, as Denver has been exposed in the ground game thus far. However, that doesn’t mean Ekeler will be completely out of the game plan. He will still receive passing down work, and designed throws to him out of the backfield. Ekeler has showed to be more than competent in goal line packages, and has the ability to break off huge plays. There’s a decent chance he and Gordon both wind up in the scoring column this week. Also, Denver has been lackluster in getting to the quarterback (save for last week against a rookie) and they’re now without Bradley Chubb, an excellent pass rusher who hit the Injured Reserve this week. Keenan Allen had a quiet game against Miami, and was one of the higher owned players last Sunday. That might force the public to go in another direction this week on which we can capitalize. This game will be more competitive than expected, with the Chargers needing a divisional win and Denver desperate to avoid being 0-5. Keenan Allen has had good games against Denver in the past, and that’s when Denver’s defense was much more fearsome than it is now.
Cincinnati Bengals vs. Arizona Cardinals (Stack: Andy Dalton, Tyler Boyd, Auden Tate)
Here I go again, recommending a pedestrian quarterback coming off an embarrassing defeat on national television. Hopefully, this will work out better than the horrendous Case Keenum writeup. I’m not quite sure how the ownership will be on this stack. The public will certainly be off the Bengals, but sharper players could flock to them. That has to do purely with the on paper matchup here. Dalton and company return to Ohio following one of the worst performances of the year in Pittsburgh. However, they’ve got a much better chance at putting up some points in this contest. Arizona is coming to town, boasting one of the worst pass defenses in the NFL. While average at best in terms of sacks, Arizona is getting torched consistently through the air, allowing an average of 8.5 yards per passing attempt, and an average quarterback rating of 118.4. All of this is good news for Dalton, who hasn’t been as bad as he showed last Sunday night. John Ross has been placed on Injured Reserve, which should open up even more target share for Tyler Boyd. Auden Tate is an interesting name, as he should be stepping into the No. 2 wide receiver role for the Bengals. Tate, in the past two weeks, has played 91 percent of snaps, as well as being targeted twice in the red zone last week. With Ross on the field, that equates to a 16.1 percent target share. Now, with the deep threat out for a while, that number could push 20 percent. Also, Tate is a big receiver. He’s listed at 6-foot-5 and 230 pounds, similar to tight end stature. Arizona has struggled mightily containing tight ends all year and could have trouble against a receiver of Tate’s build. Plus, he’s dirt cheap on both sites. This allows you to jam in studs at other positions, which is always nice.
Week in Review
Last week’s results were about 50/50. The Detroit stack was excellent, as Matthew Stafford had a phenomenal game, throwing three touchdowns. He just barely missed out on the 300-yard bonus on DraftKings, as he put up 291 on the Kansas City secondary. He could have had four touchdowns on the day, if not for an overturned catch by Kenny Golladay. Speaking of which, Golladay was excellent, corralling his red zone looks for two touchdowns. Marvin Jones was serviceable, and T.J. Hockenson came down with a scoring grab of his own. Seattle didn’t pay off whatsoever. Seattle took the lead early, and true to their roots, proceeded to lean on the run game. That limited opportunities for Russell Wilson and his pass catching weapons. Washington was easily the worst call on my part. Washington was awful; Case Keenum missed guys running wide open downfield. He was consequently benched, and rookie Dwayne Haskins was instead thrust into the flames. Terry McLaurin missed the game entirely, and Paul Richardson was a ghost on the field. Tampa Bay came out steamrolling the Los Angeles Rams, forcing the game script we hoped for. Jared Goff threw for more than 500 yards and two scores. Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp shined, as both racked up receptions and cleared 100-yards receiving. Kupp managed to find the end zone, and Woods had a monster points per reception game with 13 receptions. Atlanta, on the other hand, was an extreme disappointment. Matt Ryan threw for nearly 400-yards, yet tossed no touchdowns and even with all that passing, Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley still had dud games.