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Last week didn’t provide game-winning stacks like Week 4 did. It turns out those picks dug way too deep into the sewers of fantasy production to find lower ownership plays.
It’s time to learn from Week 5 and pick some better winners in Week 6. Here are three DFS stacks for you to consider this Sunday!
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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No Justin Jefferson, no problem!
That’s a joke, offering some recognition of what Jefferson provides to this team and the acknowledgment that we have never seen this offense without Jefferson. This represents more risk than a “steep stack” would normally carry. But the matchup against the Bears is worth attacking if those windy gusts in Chicago stay to a minimum.
The Commanders, Broncos and Bears stand alone as three defenses that have been gouged by fantasy quarterbacks this year. Sam Howell just finished as the QB5 against the Bears last week.
T.J. Hockenson has been a target hog before in his career when he was with Detroit. Now he’ll get every opportunity to do it again while Jordan Addison stretches the field and K.J. Osborn does a poor man’s impression of Jefferson’s role.
Only Houston, Atlanta and Detroit have allowed more receptions to the tight end, and while the Bears have been surprisingly stingy on yards to the tight end, Hockenson is the type of athlete to break that mold. Howell and Logan Thomas were a winning stack in Week 5, so let’s not overthink it here with a more talented duo.
Consider paying up for Matthew Stafford and Cooper Kupp in a juicy matchup against Arizona as well.
Did you know Baker Mayfield was the QB13 through the first four weeks of the season prior to the team’s Week 5 bye? Now he gets a Lions defense that has allowed the 12th-most points to quarterbacks this season.
Perhaps more importantly, the Lions should put up points opposite Mayfield. The game script should be good enough to force Tampa Bay into passing the ball, something the team didn’t really need to do too often over the first few weeks of the season.
The Buccaneers also have just one rushing score on the ground this season, which showcases Mayfield’s upside for multi-touchdown games. He’s already thrown eight touchdowns in four games to show for that.
Mike Evans was the WR5 prior to his mid-game injury in Week 4. Presuming he is healthy and over his hamstring injury he is the perfect pairing with Mayfield with the highest upside by a country mile.
Things haven’t been as rosy as fantasy managers may have liked for Trevor Lawrence this season. He’s thrown just five touchdowns through as many games and didn’t cross the 300-yard mark until this past week against a banged-up Bills defense in London.
A return stateside could be just what the Jaguars need, however. The Indianapolis Colts have allowed the fifth-most passing yards in the NFL and a ridiculous amount of fantasy points to wide receivers. The Colts, with or without Anthony Richardson, have shown an ability to keep games competitive and therefore at least somewhat pass-happy.
This is the final call on whether Lawrence is worth a play in DFS. If he can’t showcase his ceiling against the Colts at home, there may not be a high enough ceiling to be worth his price.
Christian Kirk’s only “dud” game this year came against the Colts, but he’s been highly productive since. It’s your call whether you go with the up-and-down approach of Calvin Ridley, but Kirk’s snaps were heavily reduced in Week 1 for some unknown reason. Those have returned in recent weeks, resulting in strong production.
Joe Burrow and Ja’Marr Chase is another high-risk/reward stack to consider for a heftier price.
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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