Building a stack is a common strategy to use while constructing DFS line ups. It’s an absolute must in GPP tournaments, as the correlation scoring is crucial to finishing top of the leader board. However, I’ve noticed 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 week was another split bag. The Eagles offense played poorly as a whole. Carson Wentz couldn’t muster even 200 yards passing, and threw only one TD. The scoring pass did go to Zach Ertz, but the offense still left a lot to be desired. Alshon Jeffery was quiet, mostly due to game script. Houston was by far the best call of the weekend. Deshaun Watson and Will Fuller took their game to another universe. Watson passed for over 400 yards and 5 TDs, of which 3 went to Fuller. Speaking of Fuller, he stole the show with 3 scores and an amazing 217 yards. Surprisingly, DeAndre Hopkins couldn’t find the end zone, managing only 88 yards on the day.
Meanwhile, the Chargers looked completely lost against Denver. Rivers was terrible, barely compiling 200 yards on the day and he tossed two picks. Keenan Allen was held in check for a dismal 18 yards. Austin Ekeler was great once again, as he transformed into the team’s leading pass catcher on the day. He finished with an amazing 15 receptions. Cincinnati certainly returned value. Dalton was solid though unspectacular, finishing with 261 yards passing and two TDs. Auden Tate luckily returned value with a scoring grab, and Tyler Boyd was a target machine. He finished with 10 receptions for 123 yards and one score.
Baltimore Ravens (Lamar Jackson, Marquise Brown, Mark Andrews)
Baltimore will be facing its third divisional foe in as many weeks when the Cincinnati Bengals come to town. The Bengals have allowed opposing quarterbacks an average QBR of 109.6, and also have only 6 sacks on the year. Lamar Jackson will be efficient and have plenty of time in the pocket to find his two favorite targets, Brown and Andrews. Brown has been very hot and cold, making him a perfect GPP type of player. Andrews has been steady and reliable, despite not playing on all the snaps. The Bengals will certainly try and limit these players, but probably don’t have the personnel to do so. Plus, Jackson always carries 100 yards rushing upside, making him even more appealing on DraftKings. Brown has been nursing an ankle this week, so make sure to monitor that situation closely.
Kansas City Chiefs vs. Houston Texans Game Stack
Let’s go in a different direction this week. Rather than writing up each team separately, I will combine them into one game stack. The Texans travel to Arrowhead Stadium to battle a Chiefs team that has shown cracks in the armor over the past two games. Deshaun Watson and his two main weapons, DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller, are fine plays in this game. On the other sideline, have confidence in rolling out Patrick Mahomes. The lack of touchdowns through his past two games is certainly disappointing, but the yardage numbers continue to impress. Andy Reid is a great coach who will redesign the offense to compensate for his nagging ankle injury. Expect more short quick routes, with the occasional play action bomb sprinkled in. That sets up perfectly for Travis Kelce, who is also getting the yardage but lacking the touchdowns. Where this situation gets tricky is at the WR position. It doesn’t look like Sammy Watkins will suit up for this one, given the hamstring injury he is nursing. Tyreek Hill’s status is still up in the air, and he appears to be 50/50 at this point. If he plays, Hill is a lineup lock. Even still, there are other options to choose from. Demarcus Robinson, Mecole Hardman, and Byron Pringle are all viable if Hill sits. Pringle is the cheapest option and won’t need to do much to return value. Bottom line: keep tabs on Watkins and Hill. There’s plenty of ways to mix and match this game, experiment with different lineups until you settle on some you like.
Arizona Cardinals vs. Atlanta Falcons
Here’s another game with a high point total and valuable fantasy assets. The Falcons head to the desert to take on the Cardinals in a battle of the birds. The Falcons have struggled immensely this season, particularly on defense and in the running game. That has allowed Matt Ryan to reign as the king of garbage time this year. Ryan has thrown for over 300 yards in every game thus far. Amazingly, he also has 3 passing TDs in 3 of 5 past contests. Now, we get him in another great matchup where defense may not exist for either team. The Cardinals simply do not have a single player to cover Julio Jones, and Ryan could throw to him every single play with no worries. Jones has had two quiet weeks after lighting the world on fire early. This Sunday could easily be Julio’s best performance yet, as 100 plus yards and multiple scores are certainly on the table. Elsewhere on Atlanta, it gets a bit dicey. Austin Hooper, Mohamed Sanu, and Calvin Ridley are all in play here. I’d prefer both Sanu over Ridley on DraftKings, due to the safer floor he has and the full PPR format. However, Ridley is appealing on FanDuel where TD scoring is much more important. Hooper is certainly in play on both sites, and may very well be in a better spot than Julio. Arizona hasn’t contained TE’s all year long, besides a decrepit Tyler Eifert last week. On the other side, Arizona has some interesting players. Obviously you can roll out Kyler Murray, who is finally flashing the rushing upside we have been waiting for. Pairing him with Larry Fitzgerald is always a good choice, especially at home where he lives in the end zone. The other options are certainly risky. The Cardinals have a plethora of wide outs that are getting plenty of snaps and targets, but aren’t doing much with them. If Christian Kirk is back, he is certainly in play as this offenses established number two. Keep an eye on David Johnson; he has been listed with a back injury all week. If he sits, Chase Edmonds because a free square. Not only will he see nearly all of the running back reps, he also has great hands and will be used in the passing game. He will be safe to stack with either QB.
Los Angeles Rams (Jared Goff, Cooper Kupp, Robert Woods)
Jared Goff continues to attract more and more doubters as the weeks go on. It’s certainly understandable, as Goff has committed some pretty bad turnovers in every game. Also, he has yet to throw more than 2 touchdowns in a contest, and the offense just isn’t as efficient as last year. Now, the Rams are back at home hosting another divisional rival in San Francisco. The media and public are in love with the Niners defense, especially after the beating they gave the Browns on Monday Night Football. However, let’s consider who San Fran has played thus far: Jameis Winston, Andy Dalton, Mason Rudolph, and the aforementioned Browns. Not exactly a gauntlet of elite talent. This is more of a bet on Sean McVay rather than a play against the Niners. The Rams have had extra time to prepare for this game, since they played last Thursday. Conversely, the Niners are coming off a short week from Monday night. I have faith in the Rams coaching staff to scheme up unique ways to re-establish this offense, especially with extra time. Cooper Kupp is a weekly lock, as he is quickly establishing himself as one of the best receivers in the league. Woods comes into play if Brandin Cooks misses this game with a concussion. Many people will flock to TE Gerald Everett, regardless if Cooks is in or not. While Everett appears to be a decent play, Woods is really who should see an uptick in usage. This was evident last year, when Kupp was lost for the season. Woods became a target monster, and had a career year as a result. Plus, his first TD continues to elude him, but that won’t last all season. He will find the end zone sooner or later, and it could happen this week while the Niners are focused on shutting down Kupp. I’d expect ownership to be very low on this Rams offense, considering all the hype San Fran’s defense is receiving. That makes this stack a good option in large field tournaments.