NFL DFS Stacks for Week 8
Welcome to the weekly DFS game stacking strategy article. At this point, most DFS regulars understand the concept of stacking, that is rostering multiple players from the same team on your DFS roster. The idea is to take advantage of positive correlation to maximize your potential ceiling. While this has become more commonplace, using point spreads and projected point totals to stack entire games is less prevalent. That’s what this article will focus on each week.
When game stacking, it’s important to look at the outcomes you expect and tell yourself a story about how it gets there. For each game I’m looking to stack below, I’ll include the point spread, the projected over/under point total, and the implied narrative that gets the game to that outcome. From there, I’ll explore the stacking options that would provide the biggest DFS boost if the narratives come to fruition. Let’s dive in!
Buccaneers (-4.5) @ Saints
Narrative: Jameis Winston revenge game
Tom Brady is the QB1 through seven weeks, but that’s not where I want to start. Instead, I’m starting with Jameis Winston and hoping he goes full DGAF in comeback mode against his former team. Marquez Callaway is the best stacking option, but if you’re entering large-field tournaments, why not take a dart throw with Tre’Quan Smith or Adam Trautman? You can even stack him with Alvin Kamara, who leads New Orleans with a 23% target share and four receiving touchdowns. You could run it back with Leonard Fournette on the other side, but the Saints have allowed the second-fewest fantasy points to running backs this season. I’d prefer to go with red-zone targets Mike Evans or Rob Gronkowski.
Of course, the way Brady is playing this season, he’s always a stacking option. You can combine him with any two of his pass-catchers and run it back with Kamara, but I wouldn’t go with any New Orleans wideouts or tight ends without Winston.
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Dolphins at Bills (-14)
Narrative: Bills blowout and garbage-time Dolphins
With the Bills as massive favorites against Miami this week, Josh Allen and Stefon Diggs make a great stacking combination. Adding a second Buffalo pass-catcher makes sense considering they’re two-touchdown favorites. Emmanuel Sanders or Cole Beasley could work, but in tournaments, I’d rather take a shot with Gabriel Davis or Tommy Sweeney, who could each see increased work in the absence of Dawson Knox. Jaylen Waddle is my favorite option to run it back on the other side, but Mike Gesicki or Davante Parker could also work for the pass-happy Dolphins.
Stacking Tua Tagovailoa is bold, but Miami has the third-most pass attempts in the NFL and will continue to air it out if they’re trying to keep up with Buffalo. He has six touchdowns in the past two games and gets an upgrade if DaVante Parker returns as expected. Tua and two of his pass-catchers with Diggs on the other side is an intriguing contrarian stack. Zack Moss is another option on the Buffalo side if you believe the Bills get it working on the ground against Miami, who’s allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to running backs this season.
Panthers at Falcons (-3)
Narrative: Air show in The Benz
This game has a modest over-under, and I’d be taking the over in a game that I think has sneaky stacking options. As I mentioned in my Yahoo DFS picks article this week, I love stacking Matt Ryan with both Calvin Ridley and Kyle Pitts. You can also get a little different and add Cordarrell Patterson to the mix or go off the board and take a shot with Russell Gage. D.J Moore, who thrives in weather-controlled stadiums, is my favorite run-back option.
Sam Darnold has been a turnover machine lately, but we saw him put up huge games earlier in the season. The matchup with Atlanta is not intimidating, so you could take a shot with him, Moore, and long-shots Robby Anderson or Tommy Tremble. Ridley or Pitts makes the best run-back options, or you could go with Mike Davis if you want to save some salary and make a unique lineup.
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Vikings (-3) at Cowboys
Narrative: Back and forth shootout at Jerry World
It was a struggle to find four games worth stacking on this week’s main slate, so let’s take a look at the Sunday night game. If Dak Prescott is able to play, stacking him with CeeDee Lamb and Amari Cooper gives your lineup a massive ceiling, though you could swap one of them out with Dalton Schultz or Michael Gallup to save some salary and get different. Dalvin Cook is the perfect run-back option on the other side, though Justin Jefferson or Adam Thielen also makes sense if you believe the game turns into a full-blown shootout.
If we find out late Sunday that Dak can’t go, you can pivot to Kirk Cousins and a combination of his pass-catchers. The beauty of this move is that you can also swap Dalvin Cook for Ezekiel Elliot as your run-back option. However you look at it, you can find late-night leverage by playing on slates that include the primetime game Sunday.