Last week we saw one of the craziest NFL DFS slates that you’ll ever see, with half of the games having totals of 50 points or higher. This week is more of a return to normal, but still sees four of the week’s matchups have totals of 50 points or higher. We are also treated to one of the biggest daily fantasy football goldmine games of the past few years with the Rams-Saints matchup, which carries an over/under that sits all the way up at 60 points. Talk about a prime game-stacking opportunity in DraftKings contests.
Targeting high total games for your stacks is always a shrewd play, but there are also some lower totaled games that have some appeal, such as the Falcons who are coming off their bye week to face the Redskins and the Chargers, who also come off their bye week and head up to Seattle to face the Seahawks in a game that has plenty of appealing one-off plays to sprinkle into tournament lineups.
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Week 9 NFL DFS Strategy: Top DraftKings stacks for cash games
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QB Jared Goff, WR Cooper Kupp and RB Todd Gurley, Rams @ Saints
The Rams-Saints matchup has one of the highest totals that you’ll ever see in an NFL game at 60 points (well, at least until the Rams take on the Chiefs in a few weeks). You will want to make it your first priority in cash games to jam in as many pieces from this game into your lineup as possible. For me, I’m starting with the Rams trio of Goff, Gurley and Kupp, who is slated to return to his normal role in the slot coming off a sprained MCL. Gurley might be the most obvious cash game play of all time this week, as he has seen his price drop on DraftKings down to $9,500, despite exceeding value in every game and posting a plus-minus of plus-11.4 this season.
The Saints passing defense has been decent at limiting wide receivers on the outside by throwing CB Marshon Lattimore at top wideouts, but they have been getting gashed by the slot time and time again. Kupp has missed the past two games with a knee sprain, but coach Sean McVay indicated that he is on schedule to return to the lineup just in time for the prime matchup against New Orleans. Kupp’s injury actually helped to lower his price down to $6,000 on DraftKings, down from his season high of $7,200 in Week 6, which is just too cheap for a guy who has posted a plus/minus of plus-5.4 and has the best possible matchup against a Saints team giving up the most fantasy points to wide receivers.
QB Kirk Cousins and WR Adam Thielen, Vikings vs. Lions
What more is left to say about Thielen? He is on pace to break the NFL record for most targets in a season, most receptions in a season, and will break Calvin Johnson’s record of consecutive 100-yard games with a strong performance again this week. Despite his complete domination this season, he remains underpriced across the industry and is yet again the top cash game option at WR in a great matchup against the Lions, who struggle against any wide receiver who avoids the lockdown coverage of CB Darius Slay.
Thielen is the only wide receiver to exceed his salary expectations in every game this season, and pairing him with Cousins in cash games will give you an excellent point floor if you go the route of spending up for your QB-WR and choose to save some money at the RB position with value guys such as Philip Lindsay or Nick Chubb. You can even make this a full game stack by rostering breakout Lions RB Kerryon Johnson.
QB Ryan Fitzpatrick and TE O.J. Howard, Buccaneers @ Panthers
As a Buccaneers fan and Florida State Alumni it pains me to see QB Jameis Winston struggle as badly as he has, but his benching in favor of Fitzpatrick opens up an excellent stacking opportunity for the passing offense, as Tampa heads up to Carolina to face the Panthers. Fitzpatrick has been incredible for the Bucs this season outside of a disastrous first half against the Bears in Week 4 and will look to build upon his tremendous plus/minus of plus-10.3 this season.
Fitzpatrick has historically shied away from targeting his tight ends, but that trend seems to be changing this season. It’s easy to see why when he has a physical freak like Howard to target at the position. Howard is having a breakout season in his second year, having put up 50 or more receiving yards in every game that he started and finished this season. Fitzpatrick and Howard connected for a 18-yard touchdown last week against Cincinnati and will look to feast again this week against a Panthers team that ranks dead last DvP against tight ends after coughing up touchdowns to tight ends in five of seven games this season.
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Week 9 DraftKings Picks: Best stacks for daily fantasy football GPPs/tournaments
QB Cam Newton and RB Christian McCaffrey, Panthers vs. Buccaneers
It’s been a whole two weeks since I’ve gotten to write up my favorite stack of 2018 of Newton and McCaffrey, but that streak ends this week as the Panthers have a cupcake home matchup against the Buccaneers “defense”. Newton and McCaffrey have one of the strongest correlation scores in the entire league among a QB and pass-catcher at 0.77, which is also the highest correlation score among QB-RB duos in the league.
You don’t need me to tell you that the matchup against the Bucs is the best possible matchup for a team to have, with Tampa Bay ranking dead last against quarterbacks, 24th against running backs, and 31st against wide receivers and tight ends. This is a ceiling type game for Newton as long as Tampa can keep it within a few scores, and McCaffrey should be fed the rock early and often with the Panthers coming in as seven-point home favorites. This game features a total of 54 points, which would be a headline game on any normal week, but we should see reduced ownership with the majority of the public’s attention going towards the Rams-Saints matchup.
QB Patrick Mahomes, WR Sammy Watkins, and RB Kareem Hunt, Chiefs @ Browns
Mahomes helped win someone a million dollars last week and needs to be in your GPP lineup player pool each and every week regardless of matchup or price point. Mahomes is still way too cheap on DraftKings this week at $7,100 given he has exceeded salary expectation in every game this season and leads the league with a plus/minus of plus-10.6. This week, the matchup for Mahomes and Chiefs is ideal against a Browns team who are coming off an embarrassing loss to the Steelers, which led to the firing of both their head coach Hue Jackson and offensive coordinator Todd Haley.
The decision of who to pair Mahomes with is a little murky this week with WR Tyreek Hill dealing with a groin injury. It’s still too early in the week to know the status of Hill come Sunday, but regardless of his status we can look to ride the hot streak of Watkins, who erupted for over 100 yards and two touchdowns last week against the Broncos. If Hill ends up sitting or is limited, Watkins becomes the top mid-range wide receiver option in all formats. Rounding out the Chiefs onslaught is Hunt, who has at least one touchdown in every game since Week 1 and has seen excellent usage in the passing game with six targets and five receptions in each of the past three games for Kansas City.
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