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 leader board. 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
Gardner Minshew was a solid play for his price tag, passing for just over 200 yards and 2 touchdowns. Unfortunately, D.J. Chark did not play, so hopefully you pivoted onto Chris Conley. Conley hauled in both of Minshew’s scoring passes, while Dede Westbrook had a miserable game. Darren Waller was great and saw a ton of volume in the passing game. He had 8 receptions for 122 yards. Deshaun Watson was disappointing for his price, not even reaching 250 yards passing. Though he did throw 2 touchdowns, he had 2 interceptions as well. DeAndre Hopkins was good enough, eclipsing 100 yards but not finding the end zone. Will Fuller wasn’t very good, as Kenny Stills surprisingly had a monster day. Philip Rivers was terrible, and his time in this league looks borrowed at this point. Keenan Allen was good enough for his salary, going 9 for 99 with no touchdown. Mike Williams managed to reel in a red zone target, which turned out to be Rivers’ only touchdown pass.
Miami Dolphins vs Cincinnati Bengals (game stack)
Two of the worst teams in the league will battle in Cincinnati this Sunday, in what could be a high scoring affair. Neither team has anything close to a competent defense, meaning points should come easy for both offenses. The debate comes down to which quarterback to use. Both Ryan Fitzpatrick and Andy Dalton are similarly priced, though Fitzpatrick probably has the higher ceiling of the two. Also, his receiving weapons are significantly better than what Dalton has at his disposal. DeVante Parker has had a magnificent season of redemption, as most wrote him off as a draft bust. After missing a game with a concussion, Parker returned last Sunday and didn’t miss a beat. A similar performance should be in store this weekend, as the Bengals simply have no one to cover him. Albert Wilson is in the discussion as a viable play; in 3 of the last 4 weeks, Wilson has seen at least 5 targets. He has the speed to break one lose for a big touchdown. However, Dalton should not just be written off. He certainly can outperform his price, and the Dolphins defense provides that opportunity. Tyler Boyd has been inconsistent all season, but this matchup does elevate his ceiling. It’s also not out of the question for John Ross to have a big game, and he will be super low owned as well. He makes for a nice contrarian play, and we saw what he is capable of early in the season. Joe Mixon should be considered as well, since the Dolphins have one if the worst rushing defenses in the league. Ultimately, it will be up to readers to decide what pieces they want from this game. Make no mistake – there will be plenty of fantasy points to be had in this contest.
Houston Texans (Deshaun Watson, DeAndre Hopkins, Will Fuller)
If you are playing the Saturday slate, this is the stack you want. Don’t let last week’s disappointment scare you off the Texans. Heading out to Tampa, Deshaun Watson will have one of his best matchups all season. The Buccaneers cannot stop anyone in the passing game, giving Watson and his weapons one of the highest ceilings on the slate. Both DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller should absolutely feast in this game. Giving credence to this stack is Tampa’s rushing defense. The Texans will definitely try and establish the run with Carlos Hyde, but they won’t be able to. The Buccaneers have one of the top defenses against running backs, and have shut down much more talented players than Hyde. Watson will have to single handled win this game for his team, and the match up could provide him one of the best games of his career.
Denver Broncos (Drew Lock, Courtland Sutton, Noah Fant)
Denver returns home after a rough outing in Arrowhead last Sunday. Drew Lock struggled in against the Chiefs, but the visiting Detroit Lions are a perfect bounce-back opponent. Detroit is just flat out bad on both sides of the ball, especially their passing defense. One of the worst secondaries in the league provides Lock with a high ceiling. He could easily have a game similar to his performance against the Texans a few weeks back, where he passed for over 300 yards and 3 touchdowns. Courtland Sutton has been a revelation this year, and his success should continue in this game. Rookie tight end Noah Fant has had a decent first season, showcasing his good hands and athletic ability. Fant has been limited with a shoulder injury all week, but seems on track to play Sunday. Lock him in your lineup, as he has a great chance at double-digit fantasy points in this contest.