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Our stacks last week did pretty darn well. Between Kirk Cousins and Justin Jefferson, Gardner Minshew, and Michael Pittman Jr., and Deshaun Watson and Amari Cooper, there seems to be some good juju growing within this column. Here’s to keeping it going into Week 4.
This weekly column will provide you with the information you need before choosing a stack in DFS.
A “steep stack” - A top-priced QB and a top-priced WR or TE — pricey, but still worth it.
A “sleeper stack” - The inverse of a “steep stack” including a QB outside the top-10 and an offensive weapon deep off the radar.
A “no pain, no gain stack” - Exemplifies the risk/reward that DFS players are accustomed to.
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We have yet to see the monster blow-up game from Josh Allen, although Stefon Diggs has already supplied a pair of such games himself. Sometimes the best approach in DFS is to play the opponent, and Miami is one that fantasy owners should always ride on and against.
The Dolphins will stay in games this season and in most, lead for much of the game. That forces Allen and company to sling the rock, which Buffalo hasn’t been forced to do too often this season.
Both Allen and Diggs have the potential to top their position groups for Week 4, which is the upside you want in your DFS lineups. If Miami is without Jaelan Phillips for another week, chalk that up as a bonus.
Honorable mention to stacking Matthew Stafford with Puka Nacua, who have an excellent matchup against the Colts.
Last week this article featured another backup quarterback in Gardner Minshew. History is set to repeat itself in Week 4 with Jameis Winston, who is expected to fill in for the injured Derek Carr (shoulder).
Michael Thomas recorded all six of his receptions in Week 3 with Winston in the second half, who clearly favored the veteran receiver. The return of Alvin Kamara could mix up the pecking order within the receiving game, but Winston has always favored his big-bodied receivers.
The Saints should beat this weak Tampa Bay secondary through the air, and New Orleans’ run game has struggled all year. The Buccaneers are 24th in passing yards allowed per game, which bodes well for Winston and Thomas in Week 4.
Courtland Sutton’s five red-zone targets sit tied for third among wide receivers. With two touchdowns to his name already Sutton likely has the highest ceiling of the Broncos’ pass-catchers.
And for all his faults, Russell Wilson has not been the biggest problem in Denver. It’s been the defense, which helped the quarterback throw for his second consecutive 300-yard game. The Denver duo now faces Chicago, a team that found itself down 36-0 in just two quarters against the Chiefs last week.
There’s always the chance of an utter dud from Wilson, who still isn’t the star he once was. But with a perfect get-right spot in a week with many quarterback options Wilson will likely be underutilized in DFS circles.
For a deeper play, consider rookie Marvin Mims. His big-play ability has been evident with every snap, even though they’ve come far and few between.
Michael Sicoli has been writing about fantasy football and betting within the NFL space since 2020. He works as a writer and content creator with ClubFantasyFFL and runs an NFL defensive (IDP) newsletter with The IDP Guys. A graduate from Quinnipiac University, Michael is a long-time NFL fan with a love for soccer and the NBA.More info on Michael Sicoli
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