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FanDuel NFL Stacks: Week 17

Thursday, December 28, 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.

 

 

Happy Stacking!

 

 

 

Cash Stacks

 

QB Ben Roethlisberger ($8500) / WR JuJu Smith-Schuster ($7300)

 

Despite losing top receiver Antonio Brown, Roethlisberger has remained sharp over the past two weeks. Smith-Schuster has emerged as his favorite target with Brown sidelined; that connection should be alive and well against a Cleveland team that ranks 29th in DVOA vs the pass. The Steelers have an outside chance of locking up home field advantage throughout the playoffs, so they’ll likely keep the pedal down here.

 

 

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

 

This pairing is seemingly always in cash game consideration, and an enticing matchup at Tampa Bay (30th in DVOA vs the pass) keeps that sentiment alive. New Orleans is still jockeying for playoff position and a division title, so it should be business as usual for this Saints’ offense. The only problem revolves around Michael Thomas’ lingering hamstring issue. Keep an eye on that development through the week. If Thomas seems limited heading into this game, it probably makes sense to avoid the heavy salary despite the premium draw.

 

 

QB Philip Rivers ($8300) / WR Keenan Allen ($8600) / TE Antonio Gates ($5700)

 

The Chargers are still technically alive for the playoffs, but they’ll need plenty of help to make that happen (win + TEN & BUF losses). Either way, this is an excellent matchup to take advantage of, facing an Oakland team that ranks 27th in DVOA vs the pass. Making matters even better, the Raiders rank 28th in DVOA vs WR1’s – hello Keenan Allen! With Hunter Henry sidelined, old man Antonio Gates stepped up with a big performance (8 targets, 6 receptions, 81 yards, TD, 17.1 FP). He’ll have another steady workload on Sunday.

 

 

 

GPP Stacks

 

QB Matthew Stafford ($7800) / WR Marvin Jones Jr ($7300) / WR Golden Tate ($7100) / TE Eric Ebron ($5600)

 

Stafford has been mediocre from a fantasy point of view for nearly a month now. That could change in his 2017 finale. Even though the Lions have been eliminated from playoff contention, they’ll still roll with their normal starters. That’s good news for DFS, as their opponent (Green Bay) ranks 22nd in DVOA vs the pass, 31st vs WR1’s, and 21st vs tight ends. I’m looking to pair Marvin Jones and Eric Ebron with Stafford in tournaments. Detroit still doesn’t have much of a running game, so most of the production should funnel to the passing game.

 

 

QB Tyrod Taylor ($7300) / TE Charles Clay ($5600)

 

Charles Clay is a fine tight end value by himself. He has amassed 19 targets over the past two weeks. While that hasn’t necessarily translated to solid fantasy production, it’s a promising sign moving forward. The Dolphins rank 26th in DVOA vs the pass and 28th against the tight end position. As for Tyrod Taylor, he racked up 23 fantasy points against this same Miami defense two weeks ago. This is a must-win situation for Buffalo, and Tyrod’s rushing upside could inflate his fantasy total. He’s essentially a poor man’s Cam Newton, good for a look in tournaments.

 

 

QB Jacoby Brissett ($6600) / WR T.Y. Hilton ($6700) / TE Jack Doyle ($5400)

 

This pick is risky, as Indianapolis has had trouble protecting Jacoby Brissett all season. If Brissett finds himself with enough time to get the ball downfield, he has an excellent matchup to take advantage of. The Texans have been flailing as of late, case in point coming against the Steelers last Monday. TY Hilton had one of his best games of the season against Houston, going for 5-175-2 against the Texans on November 5. He certainly has a chance at upside this time around as well. You can consider this stack in large-field tournaments, while Hilton himself is a borderline cash commodity with league-winning upside.



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