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Daily Fantasy Stacks for Week 3

by Matt Barbato | @realmattbarbato | Featured Writer
Sep 23, 2015

Russell Wilson and the Seahawks have a tasty matchup against the Bears in Week 3

Russell Wilson and the Seahawks have a tasty matchup against the Bears in Week 3

My daily fantasy stacks went so well last weekend that I treated myself to a Double Stack from Wendy’s. Two of my three stacks did quite well, while the New Orleans Saints showed just how mediocre they actually are.

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Week 2 Recap

Let’s review my Week 2 stacks. Once again, all point totals come from FanDuel.

Week 2 Premium Stack

Ben Roethlisberger – 30.66 points
DeAngelo Williams – 29.2 points
Antonio Brown – 32 points

Analysis
If you took all of these Steelers, you were likely celebrating a victory. I expected Big Ben and Brown to have big games, but who saw Williams’ three touchdowns coming? That was the cherry on top of what was a wonderful fantasy stack. I might have peaked too soon with this one.

Week 2 Value Stack

Joe Flacco – 22.56 points
Justin Forsett – 10 points
Crockett Gillmore – 23.3 points
Baltimore Ravens D/ST –  -1 point

Analysis
Let’s forget about how bad Baltimore’s defense was against the lowly Raiders and relish in Crockett Gillmore. The Raiders proved they cannot cover tight ends and and Gillmore got in on the action. Flacco also had a big day. This could’ve been as good as the Steelers stack if Forsett had a better game.

Week 2 Risky Stack

Drew Brees – 13.1 points
Mark Ingram – 11.3 points
Brandin Cooks – 8.3 points

Analysis
It’s a good thing I didn’t instill more confidence in New Orleans. The Saints clearly are not unbeatable at home anymore. Brees is now injured and the Saints are sort of a mess. New Orleans joins the Minnesota Vikings as teams I’ll likely stay away from in stacking situations, especially if Brees is out.

Week 3 Predictions

On to my Week 3 stacks. The theme of this week’s stacks is that I like all of them, but there is a slight degree of risk with a few. All prices come from FanDuel.

Premium Stack 

Chicago Bears @ Seattle Seahawks (4:25 kickoff E.T.)

Players of note
Russell Wilson ($8,400), Marshawn Lynch ($8,700), Tyler Lockett ($5,000), Seattle Seahawks D/ST ($5,300)

Rationale
I love this stack. The Seahawks might be 0-2, but they are a completely different team at home. In last year’s home opener the Seahawks dismantled Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers 36-16. Jimmy Claussen is far from Aaron Rodgers.

The Seahawks defense will play angry and will create a ton of turnovers. Chicago’s defense is a mess and just surrendered 48 points to Carson Palmer. Russell Wilson will have a monstrous day and will end up as the best fantasy QB in Week 3. Marshawn Lynch will pound a Bears defense that has allowed 248 yards on the ground in the first two games.

Now, you may be asking why I picked Tyler Lockett. The reason is Lockett’s big-play propensity. The Bears gave up a kick return touchdown on the first play of the game against Arizona last week. Lockett’s value comes in his returning ability. He will bust a big play or two in this game.

Value Stack

Indianapolis Colts @ Tennessee Titans (1 p.m. kickoff E.T.)

Players of note
Andrew Luck ($9,000), T.Y. Hilton ($7,600), Frank Gore ($7,000)

Rationale
You may look at the prices of these players and ask “where’s the value?” The value lies in that people may opt to stay away from the Colts after two poor performances. Andrew Luck may not be owned by as many people this week as he usually is, which gives you the advantage.

Luck threw for 553 yards and six touchdowns in two games against Tennessee last season. The Titans have been stingy against the pass through two weeks, but that was facing Jameis Winston and Johnny Manziel. Luck is looking for a rebound after two horrible weeks and will carve up the Titans.

If Travis Benjamin can catch three passes for 115 yards and two touchdowns, what can T.Y. Hilton do against the Titans? Now it’s important to monitor Hilton’s health throughout the week, but if healthy, Hilton could have a big game on Sunday.

Tennessee surrendered 72 yards and a touchdown to Isaiah Crowell last week. I have a feeling Gore will put on a motivated effort after that costly fumble against the Jets Monday night.

Risky Stack

Jacksonville Jaguars @ New England Patriots (1 p.m. kickoff E.T.)

Players of note
Tom Brady ($8,700), Rob Gronkowski ($8,400), Dion Lewis ($6,700)

Rationale
I don’t think these players will play poorly against the Jaguars, I just don’t know if they will live up to lofty expectations. This feels like a letdown game. At home against a team that doesn’t garner much respect. The Patriots have been rolling through the first two weeks, but I think Jacksonville’s defense is underestimated. I still like the Patriots this week, just not as much as the two stacks listed above.

Brady is on an absolute role and is facing a mediocre Jaguars secondary on Sunday. The Jaguars rank 17th against opposing tight ends and did a great job of shutting down Greg Olsen in Week 1. Rob Gronkowski should find some seams against Jacksonville.

Lewis is a sleeper at running back. He caught six passes for 98 yards last week against Buffalo and the Patriots seem content with using him as just another facet of the passing game. The Jaguars have been stout against the run, but Lewis may cause them fits in the passing game.

I’d recommend stacking the Patriots against Jacksonville, but I’m not sure they come at a great value against a Jaguars team that will surely come to New England with something to prove.

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Matt Barbato is a correspondent at FantasyPros. For more from Matt, you can view his archive or follow him @realmattbarbato.

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