DFS Roundtable: Game Stacks

Favorite 3 games to stack this week with top QB/WR stacks.

Game Stacks - Rank your top 3 games to stack this week. Follow it up with your favorite QB/WR stack (or any other stack) of the week.

Phil Alexander:

1. Miami at Kansas City
2. Atlanta at New Orleans
3. Tampa Bay at Carolina

While I like the idea of Alex Smith-Travis Kelce, Smith-Tyreek Hill, or Smith-Kelce-Hill stacks quite a bit, my favorite QB-WR stack doesn't come from any of the aforementioned games. 

The first one I'd look to is Philip Rivers-Keenan Allen. The Jets have allowed the third-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season, despite facing one of the least intimidating schedules. Rivers and the Chargers are fighting for their playoff lives, and the Jets -- with Bryce Petty at the helm -- don't figure to offer much resistance. Rivers and Allen predictably struggled in a road division rematch against the Chiefs last week, but from Weeks 11-14, they ranked as the cumulative QB3 and WR2 respectively. Hopefully, recency bias from last week's dud, coupled with concerns about Allen's back injury (he's expected to be fine) lowers the duo's ownership. If Allen suffers a setback, Rivers-Tyrell Williams becomes extremely appealing.

Bonus stack: Blake Bortles-Dede Westbrook. The Jaguars need a win to clinch the division and they'll travel to San Fransico to face the 49ers 29th-ranked pass defense. The field will be on Keelan Cole after about 96% of Millionaire Maker entrants missed out on his breakout performance last week, leaving Westbrook -- whose price mysteriously went up by $1,000 from Week 15 (DraftKings) after being targeted only twice -- the forgotten man. But Westbrook saw no less than eight targets in each of the Jaguars three previous games and the 49ers have no one in their defensive backfield who can stay with the rookie. Cole is a fine play as well, but Westbrook is the WR1 in this offense with Marqise Lee sidelined.

Justin Howe:

Miami v. Kansas City
Atlanta v. New Orleans
Tampa Bay v. Carolina

Like Phil, I love the idea of stacking and running back that MIA-KC matchup. A Smith/Hunt/Kelce stack is awfully sexy, with Kenyan Drake and Jarvis Landry intermittently thrown in.

There's another obvious answer here in Le'Veon Bell/PIT DST, which will be my cash-game core. You don't need me to tell you about the workload likely in place for Bell with Antonio Brown out, and the Steelers' aggressive, sometimes smothering defense looks great against sack-prone Texans quarterback T.J. Yates. This could be a full afternoon of short fields that Bell keeps turning into chunk runs and touchdowns; considering the Texans' recent dip in run defense, there's virtually no ceiling to project here. Bell/PIT will be an exceptionally chalky stack, but you can diversify by slipping in an underpriced gem like Ezekiel Elliott.

Justin Bonnema:
1. Seattle at Dallas – tied with a couple other games as the highest over/under of the slate, neither defense worries me and both offenses excite me. Both teams have a ton to play for. I expect lots of scoring even if Dallas attempts to go clock-control with the return of Elliott. 

2. Atlanta at New Orleans – the NFC South is still up for grabs and this game obviously plays a huge role. The worry I have is, do we see enough aggression from either team since both can control the clock via the run-game? When they met a few weeks ago, they combined for only 37 points in a game that featured lots of turnovers, most of them on the Falcons side of the ball. But I think we see a lot more scoring this week with so much on the line. 

3. Buffalo at New England – I’m alone here, but I think the Bills make the playoffs, which means they almost have to win this game. The Patriots are currently 12-point favorites, so maybe I’m being too optimistic. But I like a lot of players in this game and will probably stack it heavy across a few GPPs. 

That leads me to one of my top stacks of the week, which is Taylor/McCoy. It’s risky, to be sure, but McCoy is a top play every single week, and Taylor’s rushing ability keeps his floor intact. His ceiling is a little shaky where GPPs are concerned, but he’s still a great play for the price on both sites. 

I also like cross-stacking Wilson with Elliott. The Seahawks just got blown out at home and now have to travel to Dallas and take on a fired-up Cowboys squad that just avoided an ugly loss and is getting its best player back. Elliott is a no-brainer play. Wilson is the entire Seahawks’ offense and the Cowboys’ defense just struggled to contain Derek Carr, who had 47 rushing yards last week. 
 
Chris Feery:
Atlanta @ New Orleans
Miami @ Kansas City 
Seattle @ Dallas 
 
While I could build a stack that I’m quite happy with from any of these games - Brees-Thomas, Smith-Kelce, or Wilson-Baldwin - I’ll likely be looking at lesser-owned stacks for GPP purposes. The guys mentioned some intriguing options with both Rivers and Taylor, but I’ll add another to the mix that’s a little off the grid. Kirk Cousins and Washington face off against the Denver Broncos in one of the few games without playoff implications, but I’m not going to sleep on this one while doing research. Cousins is still in the market for a long-term deal, and this is one of his final opportunities to cement his case. While he’s already proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that he’s a viable starter in the league, one can’t help but think that he’ll be looking to make a big statement in Washington’s final home game of the season. I’ll take a sneaky stack of Cousins and Jamison Crowder, and then use the salary savings to build what should be an awfully competitive roster.  
 

John Mamula:

New Orleans versus Atlanta
Philadelphia versus Oakland
Dallas versus Seattle

One of my favorite QB/WR stacks is Jared Goff paired with Robert Woods. The Rams offense has been electric averaging an NFL best 31.3 points per game. Much of the attention will be on Todd Gurley after his 180 total yards with four touchdown performance. Don't sleep on the Rams passing attack in this matchup. The  Titans defense has held up much better versus the run (3rd best) as compared to the pass (8th worst) this season. Goff has multiple touchdowns in six of his past seven games and has flashed GPP-winning upside with four touchdowns on the road versus the Giants and three touchdowns versus the 49ers and Texans. Robert Woods has emerged as the Rams top receiving option with five touchdowns in his past four games. 

James Brimacombe: Atlanta vs New Orleans, LA Rams vs Tennessee, and Seattle vs Dallas are my top three games to target this week. Matt Ryan to Julio Jones is my favorite stack of the week as I can always trust Julio Jones but Matt Ryan is more of a hunch this week. The Saints have proven to be one of the elite teams this year in the NFC with their running game and improved defensive play. They can put up points against anyone and in turn if they do just that this week, it will be the Falcons who will have to counter the scores with some of their own and Ryan to Jones will have to be a big part of that this week. Ryan does not have a single game this year where he has thrown for more than two touchdowns so there is a lot of risk here in this play. Julio Jones is also a player that only has three touchdowns on the season and two of them came in one game. Last time out against the Saints he saw 11 targets for 5/98/0. 


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