Building a stack is a common strategy to use while constructing DFS lineups but it’s an absolute must in GPP 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.
Week in Review
Last week’s write up had a few duds but overall did very well. Carson Wentz had a solid game for his salary, while Nelson Agholor scored two touchdowns. Zach Ertz was double-teamed most of the time and didn’t find his way into the end zone. On the opposing sideline, Matthew Stafford was inaccurate and underwhelmed. Kenny Golladay was surprisingly shut down, though Marvin Jones exceeded 100-yards and scored as well. The Philip Rivers to Keenan Allen connection was money in the bank. Allen was unstoppable, but the same couldn’t be said for Austin Ekeler. Jameis Winston had a great game, and Mike Evans certainly made a statement. He finished with three touchdowns on the day, while Chris Godwin was a huge let down. Perhaps he was hampered by the hip injury he’s dealing with. Kyler Murray’s day got off to a good start, as he hooked up with Larry Fitzgerald for a touchdown. Christian Kirk continued to be peppered with targets, but still can’t find the end zone. Unfortunately, their offense sputtered as the game went on, and Murray didn’t post the yardage numbers we were hoping for.
Some quick observations for Sunday: Monitor Lions cornerback Darius Slay’s status. If he is out, fire up a Chiefs stack with full confidence. Also, keep an eye on Denzel Ward and the Browns secondary in general. If they are shorthanded once again, running out Lamar Jackson with some pass catchers is a fine play. Anyone playing the Dolphins is viable, so going back to the Chargers is a smart play.
Detroit Lions (Matthew Stafford, Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones/T.J. Hockenson)
The Lions return home this Sunday to face off against an electric Chiefs team at Ford Field. Pat Mahomes and company have been unstoppable all season, and that won’t change this weekend. Detroit will have no choice but to air it out and try and keep pace. Stafford is cheap on both sites, which opens up salary to jam some Chiefs players in a game stack. Expect Golladay to bounce back with a strong outing. Marvin Jones is very viable, though may be higher owned after his great game against the Eagles. Hockenson has been a disappointment these last two games, but he has a great chance at redemption in this spot. He was targeted twice in the end zone last week, and Stafford clearly likes to go to him in those spots. Plus, WR Danny Amendola could miss this game, which should open up some more of the target share for Hockenson.
Seattle Seahawks (Russell Wilson, Tyler Lockett, DK Metcalf)
Russell Wilson reminded the world that he’s one of the elite quarterbacks in the league last week. The game script set up well for him, as Seattle went down big early in the game, and Russ had to single-handedly try and get the win for his team. They head down to Arizona, and will be against one of the worst defenses in the NFL. Sure, Seattle wants to be a run-first team, but how can they ignore the plus matchup here? Their running game has been plagued by fumbles, injuries, and inefficacy thus far. With their divisional rivals Rams and 49ers being undefeated, this is a must-win game for the Seahawks. Expect them to trust the arm of their superstar quarterback once again, as the Cardinals can’t cover anyone right now. Both wideouts have 100-yard upside in this one. TE Will Dissly could also be considered for you lineup. Run it back with either Larry Fitzgerald or Christian Kirk for a nice game stack.
Washington Redskins (Case Keenum, Terry McLaurin, Paul Richardson)
Case Keenum looked absolutely horrendous on Monday night, and that’s precisely what makes him a value-play this week. The nation saw the Redskins get embarrassed at home in primetime, as the Bears made them look foolishly inept. However, the Giants defense is nowhere near the level of Chicago’s. Keenum is dirt-cheap, which allows great flexibility to jam in more studs. More likely than not, no one will want to play him after his turnover plagued outing. He has also eclipsed 300-yards in two of three starts, and thrown at least two touchdowns in each game. The Giants don’t have the pass rush to make Keenum play as bad as he did Monday, and their secondary has been atrocious well. Rookie WR Terry McLaurin looks like the real deal, as he’s scored in all three games. He does carry an injury designation right now, so make sure to monitor practice reports. Meanwhile, veteran receiver Paul Richardson has quietly been solid this season. He has two scores on the year, and has flirted with ten targets twice this season not to mention, he is dirt cheap. That allows you to get Evan Engram and Sterling Shepard in for a game stack, and other studs as well.
Los Angeles Rams (Jared Goff, Cooper Kupp, Brandin Cooks/Robert Woods)
While the Rams currently sit at 3-0 on the year, Jared Goff hasn’t looked quite like the gunslinger from last season. That could easily all change this Sunday, as they host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and their woeful secondary. Believe it or not, the Bucs have been very solid against the run this season. They could nullify Todd Gurley, forcing Goff to once again try and win this game with his arm. Goff tends to play much better at home, and his favorite target Cooper Kupp is emerging as one of the better wide receivers in the league. Brandin Cooks has been solid if unspectacular this season, making his usual downfield catches while boasting two scores. Robert Woods is the real question mark here. He has seen his targets dip from thirteen Week 1, to two and then eight the following weeks. However, Woods is a dependable player and rarely comes off the field. Tampa will be preoccupied trying to stop Kupp in the red zone, and Cooks from getting over the top which should leave great opportunities for Woods across the middle and underneath. His touchdown woes could easily be remedied in this soft matchup, and I’m willing to give him one more shot in my DFS lineups this week. Lock in Kupp, and take your shot on either Cooks or Woods. Heck, in multi-entry tournaments, you could get crazy and play all three if you want!
Atlanta Falcons (Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley)
It feels like Matt Ryan has been criminally overlooked in DFS thus far. Through the first three games, he has passed for over 300-yards and multiple scores in each contest. The Falcons head home to host the Tennessee Titans for an inter-conference battle. Atlanta’s running game has been absent all season, forcing Ryan to attempt an extraordinary number of passes to keep his team in games. While the Titans have a solid defense overall, their numbers are a bit inflated considering the competition faced thus far. They’ve played an unprepared Browns team, Jacoby Brissett, and rookie Gardner Minshew. Their corners are quite beatable, as we’ve seen T.Y. Hilton score on them as well as D.J. Chark. Enter Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley. Jones has been hot fire through three games, scoring those elusive touchdowns and racking up receiving yards on big plays. Ridley was quiet last week, but it turns out he was nursing a hip injury he picked up back in week two. So far this week he has been practicing, seemingly recovered and ready to roll. He has weekly big play upside, and will have a soft matchup with so much attention going to Julio. All three players are good plays that feel a bit like sleepers this week. Though this stack is on the pricier side, the low ownership should offset the cost if this stack hits in a big way.