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
Aaron Rodgers and the Packers passing game was a huge disappointment. Rodgers didn’t even eclipse 200-yards passing, and threw only one touchdown on the day. Unfortunately, it was not to Davante Adams, who also had a quiet outing with only four receptions for 41 yards. Aaron Jones was the lone saving grace, though he was a better solo play than a stack play though. Jones scored and finished with 134 yards on the ground, plus 6 receptions for 58 yards. Jacoby Brissett certainly returned value, as he passed for 251 yards and two touchdowns. One of which went to Zach Pascal, who continues to benefit from T.Y. Hilton’s absence. Parris Campbell was quiet in his return from injury, managing to record only three receptions for a meager 12 yards. Using the Jets stack wasn’t terrible, as Sam Darnold managed a respectable outing with 270 yards and two touchdown passes. Robby Anderson was the main beneficiary, reeling in seven receptions for 117 yards and a score. Jamison Crowder was quiet on the day, only catching three passes for 29 yards.
Jacksonville Jaguars (Gardner Minshew, D.J. Chark, Darren Waller)
This Sunday will be the end of an era in NFL history. The Oakland Raiders will play their final home game, and will be departing California for the bright lights of Las Vegas next season. Expect Jon Gruden to pull out all the stops and get his team a farewell win. A high scoring contest is on the table, considering the Raiders and Jaguars both have inconsistent and mediocre defenses. Oakland has one of the worst passing defenses in the league, and hasn’t stopped anyone all season; Gardner Minshew is affordably priced on both sites, and has a high ceiling based on the matchup. D.J. Chark is listed with an ankle injury, but if he plays, he could feast against this Swiss cheese secondary. If Chark misses this game, substitute him with Chris Conley or Dede Westbrook. Darren Waller is a fine option to run this back with this stack. Jacksonville isn’t what it once was in terms of pass defense, with the loss of Jalen Ramsey and multiple injuries taking its toll. They are considerably weaker in the middle of the field as opposed to the outside. That sets Waller up for a nice outing, as Derek Carr will look to get the ball out quickly against a capable pass rush.
Houston Texans (Deshaun Watson, DeAndre Hopkins, Will Fuller)
Taking the plunge with another AFC South offense is a scary proposition, but Deshaun Watson makes it a little more comfortable. This is a pivotal game, as the outcome will greatly affect the divisional standings. After a huge letdown last week, the Texans are in a pretty good rebound spot on the road against the Titans. Watson will look to lead his team to a much needed victory, and will continue to look to DeAndre Hopkins for big plays downfield. More importantly, it sounds as if Will Fuller will return to action for this contest. This is a big deal, as Houston’s offense is so much better with Fuller on the field. In another game with sneaky shoot out potential, using both receivers with their quarterback is completely viable. Take your shot with Corey Davis or A.J. Brown for a nice game stack. Derrick Henry is another option here, considering the Titans run defense has been suspect in recent weeks.
Los Angeles Chargers (Philip Rivers, Keenan Allen, Mike Williams)
The Chargers will be hosting the Minnesota Vikings this Sunday, one of their last two home games of the year. This could very well be Philip River’s final swan song with Los Angeles, as his contract expires at the end of the season. Rivers is a very prideful man, and will do everything he can to go out with a bang; he has a good chance to do so against Minnesota, who has been fairly pedestrian against opposing passing games all year. Rivers may not put up a barn-burner performance, but he is more than capable of returning value on his salary. Much of this is due to the Vikings secondary; they have just simply not been the elite unit we have grown accustom to in recent years. Xavier Rhodes has struggled all season, and this should continue against an amazing talent like Keenan Allen. Mike Williams finally scored his first touchdown of the year last week and will look to find the end zone once again. Williams has averaged a staggering 28.8 yards per reception, meaning he doesn’t have to do much to return value. Just a few catches will get him there, and a score would be the icing on the cake. Adding to this stack’s viability is Minnesota’s run defense. It’s one of the better units in the league, so Melvin Gordon & Austin Ekeler won’t find much success. The Chargers points will have to come by way of Rivers’ arm, and for the price, it’s hard to find an argument against including this stack in your DFS lineups this weekend.