Building a stack is a common strategy to use while constructing DraftKings 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.
This stack is viable in both tournaments and cash games, and is the best value on the slate. Playing all three together will cost $12,800. That amounts to just 25% of the total salary cap, which leaves a lot of flexibility to pay up at other positions. Carr and the Raiders performed well in their Monday Night opener against Denver. They’ve got Patrick Mahomes and company coming to town this Sunday for another divisional match up, setting the table with a positive game script for fantasy production. With such low price points, running it back in the same game with some Chiefs players is a great option.
The nation watched as the Steelers got absolutely demolished by the Patriots last Sunday night. It was a truly embarrassing performance through all phases of the game. Now, Big Ben and the boys are back on their home turf for a matchup with Seattle. Pittsburgh is a proud team, and I’d expect a much better showing from them in this contest. Roethlisberger is a significantly better fantasy QB at home than in road contests. Ben will take his shots downfield, and should pepper JuJu with targets all game long. McDonald is the contrarian stack piece here, as most players with throw in either James Washington or Donte Moncrief. McDonald wasn’t utilized at all last week, but that should change this Sunday. The Bengals were able to consistently move the ball with their tight ends against the Seahawks, mainly with screen passes. Look for the Steelers to follow suit and get McDonald into space, where his athleticism will provide some big play opportunity.
Jared Goff did not have the greatest game last weekend. There was a lot of the old Goff from last year, as the Panthers were able to pressure him consistently into making poor throws. However, the Rams are now back at home, were Goff performs much better as opposed to on the road. I have faith in Coach Sean McVay to develop a game plan that will help him find a rhythm and get comfortable early. As for the receiving core, consider Cooper Kupp as a lock from the talented trio. Kupp looked healthy and nimble coming off his ACL rehab. Also, as we saw in their contest against Houston, the Saints defenders couldn’t cover the slot receiver all game long. That’s were Kupp does most of his damage, and Goff likes to target him in the red zone as well. As for the other two, Brandin Cooks is a strong play. He’s got the revenge narrative working for him, as he was traded away by the Saints several seasons ago. Not only that, he is still an elite deep threat, capable of breaking a huge play at any time. Don’t discount Robert Woods in this spot either. His target share is a weekly guarantee, and Goff loves targeting him in crucial moments. Woods has great hands, and if the Saints manage to limit Cooks going deep, he could easily have double-digit receptions in this one. Lean Woods in cash, and Cooks in GPP once again.
Opening Sunday at Lambeau Field will be a tough divisional bout between the Packers and Vikings. On paper, this looks like a poor matchup to use Rodgers or the Packers offense in general. The Vikings locked down the Falcons last week, only giving up a few scores in garbage time. Regardless, this is Aaron freaking Rodgers we’re talking about here. The Vikings have gotten accustomed to going up against the old Green Bay scheme under the direction of previous coach Mike McCarthy. There’s a new regime in town, and Minnesota won’t have the same film history on this offense that they’ve had in the past. Meanwhile, Rodgers is plenty familiar with Coach Mike Zimmer’s defensive scheme and should know what to expect. Green Bay hasn’t won a game against the Vikings since 2016, and they’ll be highly motivated to reverse that trend in front of their hometown crowd. Davante Adams has had no problem performing against this secondary in the past. New starter Valdez-Scantling showed his chops last Thursday, getting deep against a tough Bears secondary. Outside of Xavier Rhodes, Minnesota’s corners aren’t that great, which will allow this receiving core to be productive. Finally, this stack is an almost guarantee to be low owned. People will be nervous to play these guys at their elevated price points, and against a perceived bad match up. For that reason, this makes for a great high upside tournament/GPP stack.
Let me start by saying I realize I’m on a limb here by myself. Yes, the Ravens destroyed Miami last week. Baltimore is a tough place for any team to play, and they have one of the best coaches in the league. Kyler Murray and Kliff Kingsbury are two rookies coming into a game that sets up terribly for them. I get all that. But, digging deeper, there is both upside and value to be had here. Two options are on the table in terms of game script: Baltimore blows them out, or the contest is closer than to be expected. Either way, that gives Murray upside at his price. Last week, we didn’t get to see Kyler show off his athleticism against the Lions. I’m expecting some running from the rookie in this match up. Also, Baltimore lost corner Jimmy Smith to a knee sprain, which will force them into playing some depth players against this spread offense. Plus, the Ravens have the Browns, Steelers, and Bengals on the schedule after the Cardinals. This just screams look-ahead spot, especially after thrashing the Dolphins last Sunday. This stack is cheap, amounting to $14,500 which is just under 30% of total salary cap. Even an average game will return value, and it offers an opportunity to pay up for other positions. Just the sheer amount of passing volume in Kingsbury’s offense is enough to provide upside. Definitely consider this a pure tournament play, and you won’t need much exposure here either. Arizona players will likely be one of the least owned stacks on the slate.