NFL DFS Stacks for Week 2
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!
Texans at Browns (-13)
Narrative: Browns onslaught
The combination of a massive 13 point spread and 48 predicted point total has Cleveland checking in at a whopping 30.5 implied points. With that many points projected for one team, it’s worth considering an onslaught stack. That is, fire up as many Browns as you can fit in your lineup.
Kick it off with Baker Mayfield, who as mentioned in the Yahoo DFS picks article, had some poor touchdown luck last week. Since Odell Beckham is still out, let’s first pair Baker with Jarvis Landry. Next, add your choice of big-play threats Donovan Peoples-Jones or Anthony Schwartz. If you wish, feel free to keep going with your choice of running back or tight end to complete the onslaught stack. In this case, you could also run it back with Brandin Cooks on the other side, though I wouldn’t suggest taking a shot with anybody else on the Texans.
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Titans at Seahawks (-6.5)
Narrative: Tennessee tries to keep up
The Seahawks are big home favorites in this game, so it makes sense to start with Chirs Carson. If all goes according to plan for Seattle, they’ll get up early by running the ball and stay up late by continuing to run the ball. Carson saw 16 of Seattle’s 19 rushing attempts in Week 1, and the number could climb into the twenties this week. His underrated use in the passing game gives him an even higher ceiling. Run it back with Ryan Tannehill and A.J Brown, who would get plenty of volume in catchup mode. You can change it up with Julio Jones and/or Anthony Firkser if you want to get unique.
Of course, if you see it going the other way, you can start with Derrick Henry and run it back with Russell Wilson and a combination of his pass-catchers. The Vegas line says this is an unlikely scenario, but the ceiling for this stack is massive if the script gets flipped.
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Cowboys at Chargers (-3.5)
Narrative: High scoring back and forth
Dak Prescott led the NFL with a ridiculous 58 pass attempts in Week 1, so let’s start there in a game where Dallas is the underdog. The absence of Michael Gallup suggests that targets to Amari Cooper and CeeDee Lamb will be even more concentrated. Cedric Wilson, Blake Jarwin, and Dalton Schultz will be lower rostered, albeit much more affordable, pass-catchers with the chance to have an impact. If you’re looking to go full game stack, adding Austin Ekeler on the other side makes the most sense, though I wouldn’t fault you for opting to go with Keenan Allen or Mike Williams instead.
As usual, it’s worth examining the opposite narrative. We could see a big bounce-back game from Ezekiel Elliot that leads to the Chargers playing catch up. In this scenario, pair Zeke with Herbert and your choice of pass-catchers. Williams is my favorite of the bunch, though Jalen Guyton has a shot to catch a deep pass or two himself. Even though he wasn’t targeted in Week 1, I’d still consider Ekeler a pass-catching option for Herbert in this scenario.
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Chiefs (-3.5) at Ravens
Narrative: High scoring back and forth
This could be the game of the week, but since it’s on Sunday night, you won’t be able to play it on any main slates. No worries though, most platforms offer a full-week or late slate that includes the Sunday night game. FanDuel even has a Superflex slate that includes Sunday night, which means you can get Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson in the same lineup. (Yes, it’s possible. I already entered my lineup)
If you play a traditional one quarterback lineup, you’ll have to choose between them. I prefer Lamar and his rushing ceiling, which means you don’t necessarily have to stack him with pass-catchers. It wouldn’t hurt, however, to mix in Mark Andrews, Marquise Brown, or Sammy Watkins. I’d also run it back with either Tyreek Hill or Travis Kelce if Lamar is my quarterback. On the other hand, if you roll with Mahomes, you should be stacking him with either Hill or Kelce, though fitting in all three would eat up a significant portion of your available salary.
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