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NFL DFS Stacks for Week 9

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! 

Vikings at Ravens (-6)

Over/Under: 50.5
Narrative: Teams that would rather run are forced to pass

Both of these teams would prefer to run the ball, but only one has an elite running back, so let’s start this game stack with Dalvin Cook. He’s had a disappointing season thus far but should be back to full strength after last week’s bye. This allows us to stack the other side of the game with the quarterback/running back hybrid that is Lamar Jackson. We can then stack him with Marquise Brown or Mark Andrews. If you want to go full-on super-stack you can add rookie Rashod Bateman to the mix.

Kirk Cousins and his pass-catchers are stackable this week too. The Ravens are just middle-of-the-road against quarterbacks, giving up the 16th most fantasy points to the position this season. I prefer Justin Jefferson to Adam Thielen, though you can double-stack them both. You can’t get Baltimore’s leading rusher to run it back (unless you play a SuperFlex slate), but Brown or Andrews make solid run-back options. Ty’Son Willams is an intriguing dart throw if he’s active coming off the bye week.

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Chargers (-2) at Eagles

Over/Under: 49.5
Narrative: Two very different quarterbacks dual

Jalen Hurts played a good NFL game, but had a disappointing DFS performance last week. I’m willing to go back to the well with him this week, and I’m locking in Dallas Goedert with him. DeVonta Smith could work too, and Quez Watkins is a nice salary-saving option, especially with Jalen Reagor limited this week. On the other side, I like running it back with either Austin Ekeler or Mike Williams, who could both have massive ceilings in this game.

Starting a stack on the other side with Justin Herbert is just as juicy. He’s had two straight down games by his standards, but as we’ve seen earlier this season, he’s capable of putting of slate-winning performances. The stacking options are endless with pass-catchers Ekeler, Williams, Keenan Allen, Jared Cook, and Donald Parham. You can mix and match two or three of them depending on how you see the game going and the salary you want to invest in the Chargers. Goedert is my favorite run-back option, but you can also take deeper shots with Boston Scott or Kenneth Gainwell on the other side.

Packers at Chiefs (-7.5)

Over/Under: 48
Narrative: Jordan Love surprises everyone

We’ve seen the point total plummet since Aaron Rodgers landed on the COVID-19 reserve list, but this is my favorite game to stack on the slate.

What if Jordan Love is serviceable, or even downright good? As I mentioned in my Yahoo DFS picks article, Love’s discount salary gives you access to an unusually affordable Davante Adams stack. I wouldn’t go crazy and stack with any other Packers, but you have all the usual Chiefs studs to run it back with on the other side of the ball.

Speaking of those Kansas City studs, they’re always stackable with Patrick Mahomes. They may not be as popular this week as they’ve been underwhelming recently, but this could end up as a get-right game for the Chiefs offense. I like the idea of going with a Mahomes-led Chiefs stack of your choice of Tyreek Hill and/or Travis Kelce, then running it back with either Aaron Jones or A.J. Dillon, either of which could end up with multiple touchdowns in this matchup. 

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Titans at Rams (-7)

Over/Under: 52.5
Narrative: Sunday night shootout

This game has the highest expected point total of the week, but since it’s the Sunday night game, you’ll have to play it on a secondary slate.

I like starting the stack with Matthew Stafford going up against the Tennessee defense that’s given up the sixth-most passing yards in the league thus far. Cooper Kupp is the obvious stacking partner, Robert Woods makes sense as a mid-range option, and Van Jefferson is a great salary-saver. Tyler Higbee is a high-risk, high reward option at tight end. Run-back options on the other side include playmaker A.J. Brown and pass-catching back Jeremy McNichols.

With Derrick Henry sidelined, starting a stack with Ryan Tannehill and A.J. Brown comes with a huge ceiling. Julio Jones is also in play, and he gets a boost if AJB isn’t able to go due to his knee injury. Darrell Henderson is an ideal run-back option in this scenario in the hopes that the Rams get up early and pound the ball with him as the Titans play catch up.

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