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FanDuel NFL Stacks: Week 16

Thursday, December 21, 2017


Pairing or stacking a quarterback and wide receiver is a fairly common daily fantasy football strategy. After all, if the duo connects on a long-gainer or touchdown, you’ll get credit for both the QB and WR on the other end. It seems pretty logical, yet it often goes underutilized by a portion of the daily fantasy population. 

 

 

I’m going to list some of the obvious QB, WR, and (sometimes) TE combinations, then go in-depth with the GPP arrangements that could pay off in a large tournament setting.

 

 

Take note that we are examining the FanDuel MAIN Slate beginning on Sunday at 1:00 ET. This means games played on Saturday and Monday will not be included.

 

 

Happy Stacking!

 

 

 

Cash Stacks

 

QB Cam Newton ($8300) / WR Devin Funchess ($7000) / TE Greg Olsen ($6600) / Christian McCaffrey ($7300) / Damiere Byrd ($4900)

 

Newton will likely be one of the most popular quarterbacks on this slate. Coming off one of his best games of the season and facing a Tampa defense that ranks 29th in DVOA vs the pass makes for an excellent fantasy situation. The real question comes down to his receivers. We have four legitimate pass catchers to pair him with. Devin Funchess has been the lead receiver throughout the second-half of this season. He’s somewhat banged up, but there’s bounce-back potential (TB 19th vs WR1’s) as long as the injury doesn’t plague him. Damiere Byrd is the cheaper route here. He doesn’t see many targets, but a pair of touchdowns last week turned some heads.

 

 

QB Drew Brees ($8400) / WR Michael Thomas ($8200)

 

The Saints are playing at home while representing one of the highest projected scoring teams of the week. That puts Brees and Thomas firmly in the DFS conversation through all formats. There’s some shootout potential against divisional foe Atlanta, who ranks 19th in DVOA vs the pass and 21st vs opposing top receivers. Thomas has been very good as of late, posting one of his best games of the season (10-117-1) against the Falcons two weeks ago.

 

 

QB Alex Smith ($7800) / WR Tyreek Hill ($7400) / TE Travis Kelce ($7000)

 

The only concern with Kansas City’s passing attack revolves around game flow. There’s a chance the Chiefs will build a healthy lead and turn to RB Kareem Hunt through the second half. Having said that, this matchup is ripe for the picking. Miami ranks 27th in DVOA vs the pass, 20th vs WR1’s, and 28th vs TEs.

 

 

 

GPP Stacks

 

QB Russell Wilson ($9000) / WR Doug Baldwin ($7300) / TE Jimmy Graham ($6800)

 

Russell Wilson was pretty bad last week, which could possibly leave to a lower-than-deserved ownership rate this time around. The heavy price tag will likely scare some people away too. However, this is a nice bounce-back situation against a Cowboys team that ranks 20th in DVOA vs the pass. If Wilson gets back on track, then Baldwin and Graham will obviously follow. I prefer Graham of the two, as he sees plenty of red-zone targets, and the Cowboys rank 24th in DVOA vs opposing tight ends.

 

 

QB Jameis Winston ($7100) / WR Mike Evans ($7000) / WR Adam Humphries ($4500) / TE Cameron Brate ($5100)

 

Tampa checks in as 10 point underdogs at Carolina, potentially turning to the passing game while trying to keep pace with Cam Newton and company. Winston and Evans looked pretty good last week, and the Panthers have given up plenty of yardage through the air over the past four games. Keep an eye on DeSean Jackson’s status. If he’s out, Adam Humphries steps in as a legitimate WR3 value through all formats. Also, tight end O.J. Howard has been placed on injured reserve. That frees up Cameron Brate for more snaps and targets to make some noise.

 

 

QB Blake Bortles ($7600) / WR Keelan Cole ($5300) / WR Dede Westbrook ($5900)

 

Jacksonville RB Leonard Fournette is getting plenty of love from the DFS community, but let’s not forget about this Jaguars’ passing attack. Most people have written off Blake Bortles as a “bad quarterback”, but he has actually been solid for fantasy purposes with 24+ FP in three of his past four games. Facing a San Francisco team that ranks 31st in DVOA vs the pass could keep him going. If WR Marquise Lee ends up missing another game, Keelan Cole and Dede Westbrook will absorb majority of the targets. Cole remains underpriced despite catching a touchdown in three straight games. He can be utilized independent of a Jacksonville stack as well. 



Spencer Limbach is a multi-sport daily fantasy specialist for Rotoworld. He can be found on twitter @Spencer_JL.
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