Welcome to the Top 10 DFS stacks article where I will be breaking down the DraftKings main slate to identify my top 10 Super Wild Card DFS Stacks. Stacks in DFS can be defined as; playing two or players from the same team in a single lineup. Stacking in DFS contests has become the predominant roster construction strategy particularly for GPP tournaments, with a variety of unique and creative ways to build stacks and maximize your scoring upside each week. The most popular stacking options include the skinny stack, the double-stack, the run back stack, the full-on game stack, and the running back paired with a defense stack.
The skinny stack is traditionally a quarterback paired with a skill position player. The double-stack includes the quarterback and two skilled position players. The run-back stacks normally consist of a quarterback and wide receiver from one team and an opposing wide receiver. A game stack can include up to five players from a single contest and include a 3/2 or 4/1 team ratio, and typically involves the quarterback. The running back stacked with defense is just that. Each week the stacks in the top 10 will include a variety of these stacks based on the scoring upside and likelihood of cashing.
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Top 10 DFS Stacks for Super Wild Card Weekend
1. Dak Prescott (QB) CeeDee Lamb (WR) Dallas Cowboys with Deebo Samuel (WR) San Francisco 49ers
The Dallas Cowboys offense, led by Dak Prescott ($6,400), led the league in scoring, averaging 31.2 points per game during the 2021 regular season. Dak’s 37 passing touchdowns broke the all-time Dallas Cowboy record held by Tony Romo. Stacking Dak with CeeDee Lamb is the play this week against a 49ers defense that relies heavily on zone coverage. Dwain McFarland from PFF tweeted that Lamb has a 22% target rate versus man coverage this season, with a staggering 32% target per routs run against single looks. At only $6,200, Lamb has the explosive potential needed to win you a tournament.
Deebo Samuel only caught six touchdown passes this season. Good thing he ran for another eight. His 14 total touchdowns are second only to Cooper Kupp on the year. Samuel also totaled 1,405 receiving yards and added another 365 rushing yards for a staggering 1,770 total yards. His $8,100 price tag makes him the second most expensive player on the DraftKings main slate, but don’t let that give you pause, the Cowboys won’t have an answer for Deebo. He will be running wild all game. I’m comfortable playing this Super Wild Card DFS Stacks lineup in Cash games and also mid-size single entry GPP contests.
CeeDee Lamb's involvement is down over last few games (13%, 12%, 8% targets), but 49ers predominately play zone (72%).
Highest target rate on the team vs. zone (22%). Against single looks in zone, he has a 32% TPRR.
Route participation is up since Gallup injury: 92% and 97%
— Dwain McFarland (@dwainmcfarland) January 13, 2022
Total Cost: $20,700
2. Joe Burrow (QB) Ja’Marr Chase (WR) Cincinnatti Bengals with Hunter Renfrow (WR) Las Vegas Raiders
Joe Burrow ($6,800) finished his sophomore season (coming off an ACL tear in 2020 no less) tied with Aaron Rodgers for seventh with 21.8 DraftKings points per game. In the last two weeks, Burrow has thrown eight touchdowns and passed for almost 1,000 yards, good for 41.1 and 37.8 DraftKings points respectively. No quarterback is hotter heading into the playoffs. One of the main reasons was his connection with former LSU Tiger Ja’Marr Chase ($7,600), who broke Justin Jefferson‘s 1,400-yard rookie receiving record and add caught 13 touchdowns. Chase finished the regular season with the fifth-most DraftKings points, ahead of the likes of Tyreek Hill, Stefon Diggs, and Keenan Allen. Brandon Facyson, and his 51.7 PFF grade, will be tasked with stopping Chase this week.
Hunter Renfrow ($6,000) ended the regular season on a heater of his own, scoring five touchdowns and averaging 19.45 DraftKings points per game. Renfrow definitely benefitted from an increased role in Darren Wallers‘ injury absence, but even after his return last week Renfrow was targeted in the end-zone and converted for a touchdown. The Bengals gave up close to 35 fantasy points per game to wide receivers, including 2,646 receiving yards and 15 receiving touchdowns on the season. The Bengals are favored and are currently six-point home favorites which means there’s a good chance that the Raiders will need Renfrow to keep in the game or help them play catchup. With Chase picking up only 5% rostership, I am leaning towards playing this stack in high-stakes GPP tournaments like the DraftKings single entry NFL 80K Huddle.
The sky is the limit for Ja'Marr Chase pic.twitter.com/DSqmImTwhC
— PFF Fantasy Football (@PFF_Fantasy) January 13, 2022
Total Cost: $20,200
Players to pair with: Leonard Fournette (RB) Zach Ertz (TE)
3. Matthew Stafford (QB) Cooper Kupp (WR) LA Rams with Christian Kirk (WR) Arizona Cardinals
The last time Matthew Stafford ($6,300) laced them up against the division rival Arizona Cardinals he completed 23 of 30 passes for 287 yards, three touchdowns, and a 139.17 passer rating. That’s good, right? Moving on. The last time Cooper Kupp ($9,000) played the Arizona Cardinals he caught 13 of 15 passes for 123 yards, and a touchdown. The Cardinals secondary ranks 30th in the NFL, giving up 38 points per game to wide receivers. The Cardinals allowed 27 touchdowns to wide receivers in 17 games. The next worst team only gave, the Chicago Bears, only gave up 23. On paper, this looks like a smash matchup for Stafford and Kupp.
The most obvious wide receiver run-back this week is Christian Kirk ($5,300). He currently leads the Cardinals in targets (103), receptions (77), and yards (982). With both James Conner and Chase Edmonds‘ nursing injuries and the Cardinals’ four-point road underdogs, there’s a good chance the Cardinals will need to utilize the passing attack this week to keep the game close. I’m banking on Kirk getting into the end-zone.
— NFL (@NFL) January 10, 2022
Total Cost: $17,300
Players to pair with: Mike Evans (WR) Cedric Wilson (WR)
4. Patrick Mahomes (QB) Tyreek Hill (WR) Kansas City Chiefs
Patrick Mahomes ($7,400) has been unstoppable against the AFC the last two seasons. Over the course of four games against the Texans, Titans, Browns, and Bills, Mahomes has thrown for 1,195 yards, 14 touchdowns, and zero interceptions. The Pittsburgh Steelers on the other hand are bad. According to PFF, the Steelers’ offense is the 28th best and their defense the 14th. Don’t believe PFF? The Chiefs played host to the Steelers back in Week 16 and bludgeoned them 36 to 10. Mahomes was masterful in the game, completing 23 of 30 for 258 yards and three touchdowns. This was despite Travis Kelce missing the game due to COVID-19 and Tyreek Hill ($7,100) playing only limited snaps.
Mahomes has full faith in Hill this week stating, “Yeah, I mean he’s (Hill) a special player,” Mahomes said. “He makes the defense account for everybody. The fact that to have his speed on the field, it makes defenses play different coverages, they know they can’t put him in man-on-man situations because (of) how talented he is.” It’s scary to think what Mahomes is capable of this week with his full complement of offensive weapons.
Patrick Mahomes against AFC opponents the last 2 postseasons:
Texans: 23/35, 321 yards, 5 TD’s
Titans: 23/35, 294 yards, 4 TD’s
Browns: 21/30, 255 yards, 2 TD’s
Bills: 29/38, 325 yards, 3 TD’s
That’s a completion % of 70, 299 passing yards a game, 14 TD’s, 0 INT’s and 4 wins
— Braiden Turner (@bturner23) January 13, 2022
Total Cost: $ 14,500
Players to pair with: Leonard Fournette (RB) CeeDee Lamb (WR)
5. Tom Brady (QB) Rob Gronkowski (TE) Tampa Bay Buccaneers with Dallas Goedert (TE) Philadephia Eagles
Tom Brady ($7,300) and Rob Gronkowski ($6,400) have more touchdowns connections than anyone in the history of the NFL, not named Peyton Manning and Marvin Harrison. The former lead the latter 114 to 104. But Harrison is a wide receiver and Gronk is, well Gronk. Since there’s no Manning or Harrison available on the DraftKings Super Wild Card main slate, I’m banking on the duo who is still active to cash. Brady led all quarterbacks with 43 passing touchdowns in 2021 and Gronk rolls into the playoffs riding two 20-plus point performances. Without Chris Godwin and Antonio Brown, Brady has relied on Gronk as his security blanket. He’s caught seven passes on 10 targets for over 100 yards in back-to-back weeks.
Running it back with Dallas Goedert ($4,500) makes the most sense given his increased role in the offense the last four weeks. Goedert has caught 21 of 26 passed for 339 yards and two touchdowns. If the Eagles have any chance of upsetting the defending Super Bowl Champion Tampa Buccaneers and Tom Brady, Goedert needs to show up. I’m running this stack out in mid-sized GPP tournaments with 3-5 entries per person.
🐐 Highest-graded QB (92.0)
🐐 5,316 passing yards (1st)
🐐 43 TDs (1st)
🐐 Most valuable player per PFF WAR
Tom Brady: PFF’s 2021-2022 MVP pic.twitter.com/SXTY1bH43k
— PFF (@PFF) January 13, 2022
Total Cost: $18,200
Players to pair with: Joe Mixon (RB) CeeDee Lamb (WR)
6. Kyler Murray (QB) Zach Ertz (TE) Arizona Cardinals with Odell Beckham Jr. (WR) LA Rams
Kyler Murray‘s ($7,200) debut playoff matchup comes against old friend and division rival Aaron Donald and the LA Rams. Murray has struggled over his career to put up consistent numbers against the Rams. This year he played well in a Week 4 win, passing for 268 yards and two scores, good for 22.6 DraftKings points. Murray’s Week 14 game didn’t go as well. He threw two interceptions, zero touchdowns, but still incredibly scored 22.4 DraftKings points. Murray’s ability to move the pocket and break contain makes him a threat to run every time he drops back. Murray has averaged 51 rushing yards per game over the last three weeks heading into the playoffs. Murray’s favorite target the last four weeks has been his tight end, Zach Ertz ($4,700). He’s averaging 10.75 targets per game and has double-digit DraftKings points in all four weeks.
Odell Beckham Jr. ($5,100) has been a revelation since he arrived in LA via free agency after the Cleveland Browns released him mid-season. Since joining Matthew Stafford and company, OBJ has flashed for five receiving touchdowns in seven games. He only had seven touchdowns in 29 games with the Browns. Maybe the Browns and Baker Mayfield aren’t good at football. Just a thought. The compelling argument for his stack is the upside relative to the cost. I’m comfortable playing this Super Wild Card DFS Stacks lineup in Cash games and smaller GPP contests.
Highest-graded QB on deep passing
🚀 Kyler Murray pic.twitter.com/Tin2p19C6r
— PFF Fantasy Football (@PFF_Fantasy) January 12, 2022
Total Cost: $17,300
Players to pair with: Mike Evans (WR) Cedric Wilson (WR)
7. Josh Allen (QB) Devin Singletary (RB) Buffalo Bills with Damien Harris (RB) New England Patriots
Josh Allen ($7,800) was the top-scoring DraftKings quarterback in the NFL 2021 regular season, averaging 26 points per game. So, you might be asking, ‘Scott, why are you burying the lead, shouldn’t Allen be ranked higher on your list of stacks? Explain yourself.’ It’s true. We’ve seen Allen look unstoppable at times this year, even against a stout Patriots defense. My issue this week with Josh Allen isn’t playing Josh Allen, but the Buffalo weather Josh Allen will be playing in. According to the Weather Channel, game-time temperatures will be in the single digits with a windchill below zero. I’m not giving up entirely on Allen this week. His rushing upside and propensity to punch it in at the goal-line (14 rushing touchdowns the last two seasons) put him in play, even in a bad weather game.
I am fading his wide receivers given these conditions and instead, I’m stacking Allen with Devin Singletary ($5,700) and then running it back with Damien Harris ($6,400). Quietly, Singletary has averaged 20.3 points over his last five games. Shhhhhhh. Don’t tell anyone. In New England, it’s no secret that Bill Belichick and the Patriots get their jolly’s from establishing the run. Cold weather playoff football is all about who can “run the damn ball” everyone knows that. I’m rolling this creative stack out in the Milly Maker. Watch OUT!!
Bart Scott has a tip for Josh Allen playing in the cold this weekend: take Viagra pic.twitter.com/EDyeA3ZFfI
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) January 13, 2022
Total Cost: $19,900
Players to pair with: Cooper Kupp (WR) Rob Gronkowski (TE)
8. Derek Carr (QB) Darren Waller (TE) Las Vegas Raiders with Tee Higgins (WR) Cincinnatti Bengals
Derek Carr is priced at $5,500. Darren Waller is priced at $5,700. This feels like a trap. Too late. I stacked them in a lineup. Seriously though, Derek Carr might not seem like a great play this week, but let’ take a close look. The Raiders are six-point road underdogs. The last time these two teams met in Week 11, Carr only scored 10.6 DraftKings points and lost 32 to 13. The Raiders might want to run the ball and control the clock with Josh Jacobs, but if they are going to win this game, Carr is going to have to air it out to keep them in the game.
Since Week 12, Tee Higgins has DraftKings performances of 26.4, 31.8, 19.4, and 46.4 points. In those four games, Higgins was targeted 42 times. He caught 32 of those passes for 490 yards and four touchdowns. Higgins’ $6,300 price tag will make him popular, but hopefully, CeeDee Lamb’s $6,200 price will soak up some of Higgin’s rostership. I’m playing this Super Wild Card DFS Stacks lineup in mass entry GPP tournaments as leverage against the field.
Total Cost: $17,500
Players to pair with: Leonard Fournette (RB) Cam Akers (RB)
9. Jimmy Garoppolo (QB) George Kittle (TE) San Francisco 49ers with Ezekiel Elliott (RB) Dallas Cowboys
Free Jimmy G!!! On a team with explosive playmakers like Geroge Kittle ($6,000) and Deebo Samuel, Jimmy Garoppolo ($5,300) is overdue to make a splash in the boxscore. This is just the game for him to pull it off. High game total, 50.5. Check. High implied team total, 24. Check. Explosive game environment. Check. Stacking Jimmy G. with Kittle makes sense if this game shoots out. Kittle has the dynamic burst and ability to break tackles after the catch that make him even more dangerous. Only Deebo has more catches with 10+ receiving yards after contact this season.
Ezekiel Elliott quietly finished the 2021 regular season with 259 DraftKings points, good for sixth-best among running backs. The 49ers aren’t terrible against the run, but they did give up 1,800 total yards and 15 scores to backs this season. Zeke should see plenty of volume, including goal-line touches. He’s the Dallas run-back I want in this stack given his 12 touchdowns during the regular season.
Most catches with 10+ receiving yards after contact this season
💥 Deebo Samuel – 10
💥 George Kittle – 8
This duo is a problem 😤
— PFF Fantasy Football (@PFF_Fantasy) January 12, 2022
Total Cost: $17,400
Players to pair with: Hunter Renfrow (WR) Christian Kirk (WR)
10. Leonard Fournette (RB) Tampa Bay Buccaneers DST
As of Thursday night, Leonard Fournette is still officially on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Injured Reserve (IR). The goodness is that Fournette is practicing this week and all indications are that he should get the start come Sunday. Earlier this season, Fournette exploded for 30.7 DraftKings points against the Philadelphia Eagles. He rushed for two scores and added 82 yards rushing and six catches for 46 yards. He ate the Eagles’ linebackers for lunch in that matchup and should have a decided advantage in the passing game again this week.
The only real concern is whether or not Fournette is on a snap count. Otherwise, he is my favorite running back on the slate and will be in most Super Wild Card DFS Stacks Cash and GPP builds. The Eagles are 8.5 road underdogs this week with a rookie head coach Nick Sirianni getting his first taste of playoff action. He’s going to run the ball, speeding up the clock, trying to limit the number of offensive plays in the game. Advantage Buccaneers’ defense and a lower point total.
Leonard Fournette is practicing and seems in good shape and ready to play. Shaq Barrett is also but still has a brace on his right knee. Lavonte David is practicing as well (video). pic.twitter.com/Cvz6AYOWzF
— Greg Auman (@gregauman) January 13, 2022
Total Cost: $9,300
Players to pair with: Anyone