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Hope you rode our Josh Allen-Stefon Diggs stack to a big payday because that was the best play of Week 4. Let’s keep that momentum going this week!
Stacks are a key part of DFS play, picking a prized duo that connects with each other often enough to dominate a fantasy outing. It’s a game of managing a budget and your expectations, however, so here’s to finding the right duo for you.
This weekly column provides 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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The Pittsburgh Steelers are a sorry excuse of a football team. There, I said it.
There are certainly stars on defense like T.J. Watt and Minkah Fitzpatrick, but the latter had arguably the worst game of his career against the Texans last week. Because the Steelers don’t have that shiny green glow on its matchup ranking against quarterbacks Jackson may be overlooked in DFS circles. He shouldn’t be.
Lamar Jackson has averaged 21.6 FPPG, which is also brought down by a poor performance in Week 1 where the Ravens QB had 7.6 points. Jackson continues to provide sky-high upside thanks to his rushing ability since J.K. Dobbins (Achilles) was injured. His 35 rushes since Week 1 stand out, especially after six carries in Week 1.
Zay Flowers is a tempting pairing, but the value Mark Andrews provides at tight end relative to his competition is substantial. The Ravens’ tight end is averaging 16 PPG this year, the best among his position and even better than Travis Kelce or T.J. Hockenson.
Andrews had nine catches on nine targets for 100 yards in Baltimore’s last game against Pittsburgh on Jan. 1. Interestingly enough, he has never scored against the Steelers in eight career games. Regression suggests that the score is coming, and it could come in Week 5.
Joshua Dobbs is the QB6 since Week 2. Joe Burrow is the QB29 in that span. If you saw that coming, you should probably be writing for us here at WSN. Give us a ring.
Jokes aside, Dobbs has played incredibly well while filling in for the injured Kyler Murray, and not just for fantasy. Almost 94% of his passes are considered catchable, the best in the league. Dobbs also holds the third-best quarterback rating. Now he gets a spiraling Bengals team that sits 18th in points allowed.
The Bengals are also one of seven teams who have allowed 100 rushing yards or more to quarterbacks this year, and Dobbs has shown that he is more than capable of scrambling.
Cincinnati also allows the fourth-most points to the tight end, making Zach Ertz a strong yet cheap stack option with Dobbs. His 30 targets and 20 receptions sit second on the team, just narrowly behind Marquise Brown.
Deep breaths, everyone. It’s a scary idea to trust any Giant with your DFS lineup, but it is the spooky season of October. Embrace it!
Only four teams have allowed more fantasy points to quarterbacks this season than the Miami Dolphins. Not only is the defense struggling to stop opposing offenses, but the Dolphins’ offense is so high-powered that it quickly forces opponents to play catch-up. That’s always good for fantasy football.
Daniel Jones was unwatchable in Week 4, but he should get Saquon Barkley back this week and certainly gets an easier matchup. The Giants quarterback has the rushing ability to provide a top finish if the passing numbers come, with nine rushes or more in all but one game this season.
Wan’Dale Robinson saw his snaps jump from 22% to 64% in his second game back from his ACL tear and has an impressive 11 targets through two weeks despite his lesser role. He should continue to see his snaps increase, and his ability to command targets is something no one else on this Giants team has done. He’s a cheaper option that DFS managers should consider in Week 5.
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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