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FanDuel NFL Stacks: Week 1

by Spencer Limbach
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

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 no Thursday or Monday games will factor into this article.



Happy Stacking!




Obvious Stacks


QB Matt Ryan / WR Julio Jones


This is an excellent matchup for the fantasy-trustworthy duo, facing a Chicago secondary that ranks 30th heading into this season (according to Pro Football Focus player ratings). The Falcons profile as one of the highest projected scoring teams on this slate, and this connection should get off to a nice start.



QB Russell Wilson / WR Doug Baldwin / TE Jimmy Graham


I’ve noticed several projection systems ranking Russell Wilson as the top fantasy QB in this slate (or at least inside the top three). While I’m pumping the brakes on that conversation, I fully acknowledge the potential of Seattle’s passing attack in a likely back-and-forth affair at Green Bay. Wilson has been much better at home throughout his career, so buyer beware.



QB Cam Newton / WR Kelvin Benjamin / TE Greg Olsen


There’s fear of Cam Newton being conservative or rusty here, but a strong matchup against San Francisco eases some of that anxiety. The Panthers are in a position to eat against a 49ers’ secondary that ranks 25th (by Pro Football Focus) coming into this season. Newton’s big targets (Benjamin & Olsen) have winnable individual matchups if called upon. I’m leaning more towards Olsen in a tight end position without much opportunity cost for this slate.



QB Derek Carr / WR Amari Cooper / WR Michael Crabtree


This Raiders-Titans matchup has one of the higher totals of the week, carrying some shootout potential in a likely competitive tilt. Mr. Carr and his tandem of proficient receivers make for logical lifts in what can be considered an above-average matchup on paper.  




GPP Stacks


QB Kirk Cousins ($8100) / WR Terrelle Pryor ($6200)


Cousins isn’t the sneakiest QB on this slate; however, I’m thinking his ownership rate will dwarf the aforementioned obvious picks. That makes him an alluring tournament target, as his fantasy aspirations deserve to be in the same category – at least this week. Captain Kirk has been solid against Philly, averaging 21.8 FPPG through four starts (credit to Rich Hribar’s NFL Week 1 Worksheet for that stat). On top of that, the Eagles’ secondary ranks dead last coming into the season, measured in terms of comprehensive player ratings according to Pro Football Focus. While Terrelle Pryor is unproven in his new home (with an underwhelming preseason), there’s plenty of upside through matchup potential and sheer volume. Of course, WR Jamison Crowder ($6500) and TE Jordan Reed ($7100) are palpable stacking complements to Cousins, but I’m mostly interested in what Pryor has to offer on Sunday.  



QB Marcus Mariota ($7800) / WR Rishard Matthews ($6100) / TE Delanie Walker ($6100)


Mariota gained credibility from DFS enthusiasts last season, but he’s still not of the same pedigree as similarly priced QBs like Wilson, Newton, or Carr. That leads me to believe he’ll carry a lower-than-deserved ownership rate … Mariota and the Titans spread the ball around enough that you don’t necessarily have to pair the Tennessee QB with any receiving options. However, Delanie Walker leads that conversation, especially considering the lack of opportunity cost at tight end on this slate. Rishard Matthews emerged as quality fantasy receiver down the stretch last season, but inconsistent targets has me reserving him towards large-field tournaments only. Still, there’s plenty of upside if this game turns into a barn burner. Speaking to that point, the Titans represent one of the higher projected scoring teams on Sunday, and I already mentioned the back-and-forth shootout potential of this game.



QB Josh McCown ($6600) / WR Robby Anderson ($5200) / RB Bilal Powell ($6300)


Calm down! Let me talk you through this one before hitting up the comment section … At 38 years-old, Josh McCown is well past his prime. There’s not much of a supporting cast to help him either. However, the veteran QB found himself in a similar situation while playing for the Browns last season. He posted some decent fantasy scores despite that, averaging 17.31 FPPG in three games as the full-time signal caller. Most of the offensive production will likely fall on his arm, especially considering the Jets could be trailing throughout the afternoon. The prospect of garbage time numbers is somewhat intriguing itself, and Buffalo’s secondary ranks 26th (according to Pro Football Focus player ratings) heading into this season. Although NYJ doesn’t have a de-facto primary receiving option, WR Robby Anderson is someone who carries some big play potential … Usually running backs and quarterbacks don’t make for the best stacking pairs, but receiving back Bilal Powell could see plenty of targets in the passing game – especially if the Jets fall behind early. 

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