DraftKings Week 9 Starting Stacks

FAT STACKS (Cash Game Stacks) and A Dollar and a Dream (GPP Stacks)

In this weekly DraftKings article, we will discuss some FAT STACKS (Cash Game Stacks) that should provide a high floor for your 50-50 and H2H cash game contests. These stacks are safe to use in your GPP tournaments as well, but they may carry a high ownership percentage. In the second half of this article, it’s all about A Dollar and a Dream. DraftKings will be crowning another Fantasy Football Millionaire this weekend! For just a $20 entry, you have an opportunity to win some life changing money!  

 

FAT STACK$ ($$ Cash GAME STACKS $$)

 

Kansas City Chiefs Stack vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

RB Charcandrick West $4,400 with DST Chiefs $3500 (Cash Games or GPP)

Chiefs RB Spencer Ware suffered a concussion last week, and his Week 9 status is currently unknown. As of Thursday, Ware still has not practiced. Jamaal Charles was placed on injured reserve due to a setback with his knee injury. This opens the door for the value play of the week, Charcandrick West. If Ware is inactive, as I expect him to be, West be the chalk in both cash games and GPP tournaments. West has a limited track history of production when he is the main RB. Last season over a three-game stretch in Weeks 7-10, West produced 75 touches for 402 total yards and 4 touchdowns. Vegas has the Chiefs as 9-point home favorites vs. a struggling Jacksonville Jaguars team. The Chiefs defense has been a reliable fantasy option over the past three weeks, averaging 10.6 DraftKings fantasy points/per week. Blake Bortles has regressed in his third season, with 9 interceptions and 2 fumbles through his first 7 games. Rostering West with the Chiefs defense will be a popular option when starting lineup construction this week.

New Orleans Saints Stack at San Francisco 49ers

QB Drew Brees $7,200 with WR Michael Thomas $5,500 (Cash Games or GPP)

While most eyes will be on the Green Bay/Indianapolis matchup, Vegas has the New Orleans Saints as a 4-point road favorite in San Francisco with the second highest game total of the week at 52 points. Expect the Saints to march up and down the field as the 49ers play at the fastest pace in the NFL and the Saints check in with the 4th fastest pace. Drew Brees typically has much lower ownership in road games as compared to when he plays in the Superdome. It has gotten to the point where many are risk averse to starting Brees on the road. Do not fall into that line of thinking because Brees will have a good opportunity to end up as the highest scoring QB this week. Brees has 4 games this season with at least 367 passing yards and 3 touchdowns. Michael Thomas is the preferred stacking option as he is underpriced on DraftKings at $5,500 considering his recent production and matchup. Thomas has been the most targeted Saints receiver over the past five weeks, averaging 8.8 targets/per week.

Indianapolis Colts Stack at Green Bay Packers

QB Andrew Luck $6,700 with WR Donte Moncrief $5,800 (Cash Games or GPP)

Colts WR T.Y. Hilton suffered a hamstring injury last week and his status for Week 9 is currently unclear. Hilton practiced fully on Thursday but it would not surprise me if he is limited with the Colts bye week looming next week. Whether Hilton plays or not, expect Donte Moncrief to be heavily involved with the Colts passing game moving forward. Last week in his first game back from his shoulder injury, Moncrief was targeted 9 times with 4 receptions for 41 yards and 1 touchdown. That was against a more difficult Chiefs defense. The Colts are projected to be playing from behind in this matchup as they are 7-point road underdogs with a game total of 54 points. Through 8 games, Andrew Luck has the fourth most passing attempts in the NFL. Over the past 4 weeks, he has been remarkably consistent averaging 25.1 DraftKings fantasy points/per week. This is a week to pay up at the QB position on DraftKings. Luck and Drew Brees will be anchoring most my teams in Week 9.

 

A DollaR and A DREAM (GPP STACKS)

Here are some GPP stacks that should carry a low ownership percentage but provide multi-touchdown upside.

Green Bay Packers Stack vs. Indianapolis Colts

QB Aaron Rodgers $7,800 with WR Jordy Nelson $7,800

Correlation Play: Donte Moncrief $5,800

On the other side of the field, we have the Green Bay Packers offense, who has the highest projected team total of the week at 30.5 points. The Packers offense is difficult to project due to multiple injuries. Randall Cobb, Ty Montgomery, and James Starks were all inactive last week. With multiple question marks in Green Bay, Aaron Rodgers has stepped up his production over the past two weeks. Last week at Atlanta, Rodgers passed for 246 yards with 4 touchdowns. In Week 7, Rodgers passed for 326 yards and 3 touchdowns. Expect Rodgers to continue his momentum this week vs. a terrible Colts defense, who has allowed the 2nd most passing yards/per week (287.8) in the NFL. Colts CB Vontae Davis suffered a concussion last week. If Davis is inactive, Jordy Nelson is the preferred stacking option. If Davis plays, pivot toward other options in the Packers passing attack.

*Keep an eye on Friday practice and injury reports for the Packers and Colts. As this is a 4:25 PM start on Sunday, we may have limited information which will affect roster construction.

Los Angeles Rams Stack vs. Carolina Panthers

QB Case Keenum $5,000 with WR Kenny Britt $4,400

Correlation Play: Greg Olsen $6,200

When paying down at the QB position, most will roster Dak Prescott or Colin Kaepernick. While I prefer to pay up at the QB position this week, I will have some exposure to the Rams offense for the first time this season. The Rams matchup is “cream cheese” this weekend. Over the past four weeks, the Panthers have allowed the most fantasy points/per game to opposing quarterbacks. Case Keenum has passed for at least 266 yards in each of his past four games. He took advantage of a prime matchup back in Week 6 vs. the Detroit Lions passing for 321 yards with 4 total touchdowns. Keenum is truly a “boom or bust” play that has no business near a cash lineup. Kenny Britt is the number one option in the Rams passing game but I don’t mind pivoting with a Rams stack to either Lance Kendricks or Brian Quick. All three of these receiving options have a high ceiling with a low floor. For a correlation play, consider Greg Olsen who will bounce back from his first disappointing game of the season last week vs. Arizona. Olsen has a track record of consistency, which is a rarity at the TE position this season. Prior to last week, Olsen had at least 7 targets in each of his first 6 games.

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