NFL DFS Stacking Options for Week 6
Week 6 includes some good stacking options to consider but be careful of putting too much emphasis on good situations without considering game flow. Take the Falcons/Dolphins game for example.
I expect the Matt Ryan/Julio Jones combo to be trendy this week. While the two may hook up for a solid fantasy day, the Falcons are favored by over 11 points which could lead the play calling to focus more on the running game in the second half which will limit the number of pass attempts and the potential upside for Ryan and Jones. Instead look for games that are expected to be closer with high Vegas totals such as the three QB/WR stacks I’m recommending this week, even if the matchup isn’t quite as good.
Note: All salaries are from FanDuel, but stacks can be considered for any DFS site.
So, with that let’s stack ’em up for Week 6.
QB Drew Brees (NO): $8,600 / WR Ted Ginn (NO): $5,100
The Saints/Lions game has the highest Vegas total of the week at 50 points and should be reasonably close which should force Drew Brees and the Saints’ passing game to keep attacking the Lions’ defense. Brees has been excellent this season averaging 283 yards and two touchdowns per game. His numbers typically elevate a little bit when he is playing at home, and he has had a lot of success against the Lions over his career averaging over 343 passing yards and 2.7 touchdowns per game in six regular-season contests.
With Michael Thomas getting attention from Darius Slay, look for Brees to spread around his targets, but it will only take one deep ball to Ted Ginn for him to pay off his low salary. Bring it back with Golden Tate who leads the Lions’ in targets and gets a favorable matchup in the slot.
Bring it back with: Golden Tate (DET): $7,600
QB Aaron Rodgers (GB): $9,000 / WR Davante Adams (GB): $7,200
Aaron Rodgers is on fire right now tossing at least three touchdown passes in three straight games. He will bring the ariel assault to Minnesota this week against the division-rival Vikings as a small road favorite. With a Packers’ defense that is giving up points and facing a solid Vikings’ run defense, Rodgers will need to pass often to move the ball down the field and continue to put points on the board.
Look for Xavier Rhodes to shadow Jordy Nelson, which could limit his production but free up Davante Adams for another big game on the other side of the field. Bring it back with Stefon Diggs assuming his is healthy and cleared to play, otherwise, pivot to Adam Thielen.
Bring it back with: Stefon Diggs (MIN): $7,300
QB Ben Roethlisberger (PIT): $7,400 / WR Antonio Brown (PIT): $9,200
This stack is a gut call that doesn’t have a lot of numbers to support it and will take some courage to fire into a few GPP lineups. Everyone knows that Ben Roethlisberger has been worse on the road than at home in recent years so traveling to Arrowhead to face the undefeated Chiefs is not the place you typically want to take a shot. However, Roethlisberger and the Steelers were embarrassed last week and are the type of team that has the toughness to bounce back even in a tough spot.
He does have a few things going for him as a small underdog in a game with a decent-sized Vegas total and is facing a Chiefs’ defense that has allowed 263 passing yards per game and ranks 25th and 1.8 touchdown passes per game, which ranks 23rd. The obvious WR to pair him with is Antonio Brown, but I’m not against also taking a shot with Martavis Bryant, who is dirt cheap on FanDuel at $5,500, for a double stack. Bring it back with Tyreek Hill or go with a full game stack and also include Kareem Hunt.
Bring it back with: Tyreek Hill (KC): $7,500
RB C.J. Anderson (DEN): $7,000 / DEF Denver Broncos: $5,400
The C.J. Anderson pairing with the Broncos’ defense might be the most obvious stack of the season going against the injury-ravished Giants. The Broncos are a huge 12-point home favorite in a game with the lowest Vegas total of the week.
The Giants’ run defense has allowed 119 yards per game to opposing RBs which ranks 28th in the league this season while Anderson has topped 20 carries in each of the Broncos’ three victories. The Broncos’ defense is expensive, but the Giants’ have no running game and no healthy WRs, so they are worth every penny.
RB Mike Gillislee (NE): $6,200 / DEF New England Patriots: $4,600
The combo of Mike Gillislee and the Patriots’ defense isn’t quite as obvious. Gillislee has had at least 12 carries in every game this season but needs to find the end zone at least once to be worth his price. The Jets’ have allowed three rushing scores through their first five games and have the 25th ranked run defense according to FootballOutsiders’ DVOA rankings. The game script sets up nicely for the Patriots to run the ball against the Jets as a near double-digit favorite.
They may also want to limit the hits on Tom Brady with his sore shoulder and give more emphasis to the running game this week. There is nothing great about the Patriots’ defense, but with limited offensive talent, the Jets are an offense they should be able to matchup against to generate a few sacks and turnovers.