NFL DFS Stacking Options for Week 1
It is finally here! Week 1 of the 2017 NFL Season is upon us. Everyone rejoice! For those of you who are new to NFL DFS or may have forgotten since last football season, “stacking” is a viable and successful strategy to use when building lineups for both Cash games and GPP tournaments.
The most common type of stack is pairing up a QB with one of his receivers (WR and/or TE) so that when he accumulates yardage and throws touchdowns to your receiver you benefit from both the passing stats and the receiving stats to make large leaps up the standings. Another fairly common stack is when you roster an RB and a Defense from the same team. The idea with this stack is that the team you are stacking is ahead in the game and thus the RB is getting a large volume of carries to kill the clock while the defense is able to generate more sacks and turnovers with the opposing team passing often to try and catch up. These will be the primary two types of stacks in my article each week, however, there could be some variations if the matchup dictates it.
Finally, my QB/WR stacks will also list a player on the opposing team that you can consider to include as part of a game stack. Often when one team is scoring a lot of points the opposing team will need to keep up by also piling up stats and points turning the game into a shootout with big fantasy scoring on both sides. I call this my “Bring it back” player.
So, with that let’s stack’em up for Week 1.
Note: All salaries are from FanDuel but stacks can be considered for any DFS site.
QB Russell Wilson (SEA): $8,000 / WR Doug Baldwin (SEA): $7,500
In the opening weeks of the NFL season, all we have to go on is last year’s statistics, Vegas lines and our perceptions of how teams will improve or regress this season. So, this logic leads me to the Russell Wilson to Doug Baldwin connection on the road in Green Bay. The Packers’ defense allowed the most fantasy points to opposing WR last season. Vegas puts the Seahawks as a small underdog with the game coming in as one of the biggest totals (50.5) for the week. With question marks in the Seahawks backfield and offensive line, Wilson will be looking to air it out to keep pace with Aaron Rodgers and the Packers. Baldwin is the Seahawks most reliable and consistent receiving option and should be able to take advantage of the Packers’ secondary.
Bring it back with Davante Adams (GB): $6,800
QB Derek Carr (OAK): $7,700 / WR Michael Crabtree (OAK): $6,900
The Raiders’ passing game should be one of the most prolific in the NFL Week 1 in a potential shootout against the Titans with the highest Vegas total (51.5) of the week. The Titans featured a stout rush defense last season but allowed the seventh most fantasy points to opposing QBs. Derek Carr was posting MVP-like numbers last season before getting injured late in the year and will look to continue to improve with a familiar set of receivers. While Amari Cooper will be a more popular option to stack with Carr, I will focus on pairing him with Michael Crabtree who has out produced Cooper each of the last two seasons. Meanwhile, the Titans ranked 30th in DVOA according to Football Outsiders against No. 2 WRs last season.
Bring it back with Delanie Walker (TEN): $6,100
QB Carson Palmer (ARI): $7,300 / WR Larry Fitzgerald (ARI): $6,400
While the Seahawks and Raiders stacks figure to be popular choices, a Cardinals’ stack of Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald could fly under the radar. The aging duo still connected over 100 times last season and should be involved in a close game against the Lions at the dome in Detroit. The Lions’ defense gave up a lot of underneath receptions and yardage last season ranking dead last in defending passes under 15 yards which is where Fitzgerald does his best work. Meanwhile, the Lions tied for the fifth most touchdowns to WRs last season. There is nothing sexy about a Palmer/Fitzgerald stack, but they could be the winning combination.
Bring it back with Marvin Jones (DET): $6,100
RB LeSean McCoy (BUF): $8,500 / DEF Buffalo Bills: $4,700
The best scenario to see in a Vegas line when looking to execute an RB/Defense stack is a game with the home team favored by more than a touchdown with a low game total. LeSean McCoy and the Bills fit that scenario to perfection in Week 1 as an eight-point favorite at home against the Jets with a Vegas total of just 40 points. McCoy is the healthiest he will be all season heading into the first game of the year and should get as many touches as he can handle as the primary weapon in the Bills’ offense. Meanwhile, the Bills defense should be able to handle an anemic Jets’ offense that turned the ball over 34 times last season.
RB Todd Gurley (LAR): $7,300 / DEF Los Angeles Rams: $4,600
This may be the only time all season that you see me recommend Todd Gurley and the Rams defense. With Andrew Luck out for Week 1, the Rams defense will get after Scott Tolzien who will be making just his fourth career start. He has tossed five interceptions in his previous three starts. He also plays behind an offensive line that allowed the fifth most sacks last season. Meanwhile, Gurley will look to rebound from a disappointing 2016 season with a new coaching staff and face a Colts’ defense that allowed the sixth most fantasy points to opposing RBs last season. The Rams also come in as a small home favorite with a low Vegas point total. Stack the Rams. It might be your only chance all season.