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Stacking is a word you often hear in relation to DFS. For those who are just starting out, or simply have never heard the term, this means pairing up a quarterback with a receiver or tight end. At times, like you’ll see below, you can pair up two receivers with a quarterback if the price is right and the matchup is good. The reason why this is a good strategy is because every time you’re quarterback throws a touchdown to the player you stacked him with, you’re getting 11 points plus the yardage each time, rather than just the four points. This is usually done more in GPPs (guaranteed prize pools), but can also be used in cash games. When you’re playing in these large fields of players, finding an edge is important, and stacking players helps you gain more points in one shot. Below are a couple of stacks for this week.
Aaron Rodgers ($8800) to Jordy Nelson ($8200) and/or Randall Cobb ($6700)
Rodgers has connected for a touchdown with Nelson in four of six games, and with Cobb, in five of six games. This week they face the Panthers in Lambeau Field. In both home games this season, Rodgers has thrown three touchdowns and is averaging 25.44 fantasy points per game. Cobb and Nelson have also scored at least one touchdown in each game at Green Bay. The Panthers are allowing 17.5 fantasy points to quarterbacks and 24.2 fantasy points per game to wide receivers. Rodgers finds a way to get both of these receivers highly involved in every game. That should continue this week against a poor pass defending team. If you can find a way to stack all three, then go for it.
Jay Cutler ($7900) to Brandon Marshall ($6300) or Ashlon Jeffery ($6600)
Stacking all three of these players isn’t as appealing as the trio above. The Bears offense has clicked on all cylinders this season. Cutler has thrown 605 yards, four touchdowns, and four interceptions in two home games this season. Both Marshall and Jeffery are having solid seasons. Jeffery has 31 receptions for 495 yards and two touchdowns and Marshall has 25 receptions for 305 yards and five touchdowns. Keep in mind, Marshal played hurt for a couple of games. Jeffery is averaging 13.6 fantasy points per game in home games, while Marshall is averaging 15 fantasy points per game. The issue with stacking them both is that the two receivers have both scored a touchdown in the same game once this season. In addition, the Bears host the Dolphins which allowed two receivers to score multiple touchdowns just once this season, and that was last week against the Packers. It’s not completely ruled out to stack the trio, but I’d feel more comfortable if you start Cutler with one of the two receivers.
Ben Roethlisberger $5700 to Antonio Brown $7900
Big Ben’s price is one that should be drawing a lot of attention. Granted, he’s coming off of a couple of poor performances against some questionable defenses, but they were away games. On the road this season, he is averaging 12.5 fantasy points per game, but at home Big Ben plays much better, averaging 23.9 fantasy points per game. That’s a big gap if you ask me. His favorite target is Antonio Brown who has seen 61 passes thrown his way this year. Brown has three touchdowns in two home games and he’s 30.7 fantasy points per game at home. He’s as consistent as you can find in the receiver position. The Texans have allowed seven touchdowns and are giving up 23.8 fantasy points per game to receivers. The good thing about this stack is that you’re only using roughly 27% of your salary for two players. This is a good matchup for both players, and you can almost guarantee that when Big Ben throws a touchdown, the recipient will be Brown.
Brian Hoyer ($5600) to Jordan Cameron ($4600)
When you’re thinking GPP, you also think contrarian. Hoyer to Cameron is about as contrarian as you can find. Hoyer has thrown seven touchdowns and one interception this season. He is averaging 15.2 fantasy points per game. Last week, Cameron finally had they game that fantasy owners were expecting from him since the start of the season. He caught three passes for 102 yards and one touchdown. This week the Browns head to Florida to take on the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jags allow the fourth most fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends (11.3) and fifth most fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks (19). They have allowed 12 touchdowns to quarterbacks and six to tight ends this season. The best part about stacking this duo is that you’re using just 20% of your salary, which will allow you to have plenty of money to spread throughout the remainder of your lineup.
Colin Kaepernick ($6500) to Michael Crabtree ($4900)
Crabtree hasn’t really lived up to expectations this season. However, he’s scored three touchdowns in six games and is Kapernick’s go-to guy despite being tied with Boldin for most targets in the team. Kaepernick has thrown six touchdowns and zero interceptions in three road games. He averages 20.1 fantasy points per game, but averages 22.92 on the road. The Broncos have allowed quarterbacks to throw multiple touchdowns in three of their five games. Here’s another fun fact, of the three touchdowns that Crabtree has scored, two have been in road games. Let’s face it, the Niners will likely be trailing which means that Kaepernick will have to sling it. Based on their success on the road this season, this is a duo that can connect on Sunday night and earn you some decent fantasy points. This stack only takes up about 23% of your salary.