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Best DFS Stacks for Wild Card Weekend

by Matt Barbato | @realmattbarbato | Featured Writer
Jan 7, 2016
It wouldn't be wise to miss out the flourishing connection between Kirk Cousins (left) and Jordan Reed (right)

It wouldn’t be wise to miss out the flourishing connection between Kirk Cousins (left) and Jordan Reed (right)

Just because the regular season is over doesn’t mean we can’t do some stacking. There will be four NFL games on the docket this weekend, which means our DFS stacking options are obviously limited.

This week’s DFS stacking column will be formatted a bit differently. Instead of giving three particular stacks that I like this week, I will break down the best possible stacks from each Wild Card game.

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Kansas City Chiefs at Houston Texans (Saturday, 4:35 p.m. ET) 

Let’s start with the least appealing matchup of the week for stacking purposes. This game doesn’t feature a particularly great matchup as both defenses rank in the top seven in the NFL in total defense. This game could be a low-scoring, defensive affair so for this stack I am going to take the best playmakers on the field.

Stack: DeAndre Hopkins ($8,800), Travis Kelce ($6,200)

Hopkins and Kelce are the two best playmakers in a game that should be dominated by defense. Hopkins emerged as one of the best wideouts in the NFL and scored 11 touchdowns, but could be matched up with Kansas City’s Marcus Peters. Kelce should see plenty of targets against the Texans and could find the end zone.

Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals (Saturday, 8:15 p.m. ET)

The Steelers made it into the playoffs thanks to good fortune, but they are still one of the most dangerous teams in the AFC. Cincinnati could be starting A.J. McCarron.

Stack: Ben Roethlisberger ($8,400), Antonio Brown ($9,500) or A.J. Green ($8,300)

The Bengals rank 22nd in the NFL in yards allowed to opposing receivers. Brown racked up 134 yards and a touchdown in two games against the Bengals this season. Roethlisberger put up two of his worst performances of the season against the Bengals, but the matchup indicates this duo should have a good day in Cincinnati.

Green has performed well even without Dalton throwing to him. Green has put up 17 catches for 250 yards and two touchdowns against the Steelers’ secondary. Pittsburgh likely won’t find a way to contain him the third time around.

Seattle Seahawks at Minnesota Vikings (Sunday, 1:05 p.m. ET) 

Another game that could be a defensive battle, especially with chilly temperatures expected in Minnesota. The Seahawks will take their show on the road this postseason after owning home-field advantage the past two years. The Vikings will be making their first postseason appearance since 2012.

Stack: Russell Wilson ($8,600), Doug Baldwin ($7,300)

The Vikings won’t get blown out 38-7 like they did when Seattle visited TCF Bank Stadium a month ago, but their offense doesn’t bring enough explosiveness to trust against Seattle’s defense. In this game, go with the connection that has worked so well as of late. Minnesota ranked 14th during the regular season in receiving yards allowed, but that didn’t stop Baldwin from catching five passes for 94 yards and two touchdowns against the Vikings.

Green Bay Packers at Washington Redskins (Sunday, 4:40 p.m. ET)

Nobody expected the Packers to be traveling to Washington for a Wild Card game with the Redskins in September. Green Bay has simply looked static on offense for stretches this season and this matchup may not be as good as some thought against a red-hot Redskins team playing with a ton of confidence.

Stack: Kirk Cousins ($8,000), Jordan Reed ($7,400)

This game could go a number of ways, and nobody knows how Cousins will perform in his playoff debut, but this connection has been too reliable to pass up. Reed has caught 29 passes for 378 yards and five touchdowns during Washington’s four-game winning streak. Riding the hot hand is a smart way to go in this matchup.

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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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