It’s always a great time to earn some money playing fantasy football every day, but Week 2 always presents a great opportunity. This past week taught us quite a bit about the NFL, but there are also always overreactions early in the season that expert NFL DFS players can take advantage of. Some defenses weren’t as bad as they seemed last week. Others … well, they are. Either way, the most opportunistic way to target those weak defenses is by piling on teammates in the DraftKings and FanDuel lineups. Whether you’re playing real money games or tournaments, stacks come in handy as they raise the ceiling or floor of every lineup.
The most common stacks are based on matching quarterbacks and weapons to catch passes (WR and TEs) and using running backs in conjunction with defenses. The logic is that if a quarterback plays well, at least one or two of his receivers will almost certainly do as well. And if a defense helps prevent another team from scoring, the other team will be able to run more, as they can get ahead early.
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Below are some of the best stacks for this week’s DraftKings and FanDuel lineups. Unsurprisingly, they are dominated by quarterbacks. Make sure to follow our Twitter account @ SN_Fantasy to see all of our DFS content on the go every week.
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QB Russell Wilson, WR DK Metcalf, WR Tyler Lockett, Seahawks vs. Titans (DK / FD Stack)
Seattle is a team you need a piece of if you play cash this week. The Titans were beaten by the Cardinals offense in their first game of the season, and the Seahawks have a similar profile to that team.
Russell Wilson is a lot like Kyler Murray, who just racked up 289 passing yards, 20 rushing yards and five total touchdowns against Tennessee. The Seahawks operate a bit more conservatively than Kliff Kingsbury’s squad, but new offensive coordinator Shane Waldron was willing to let Wilson take downfield shots against the Colts; that’s why he threw four TDs while averaging a stellar 11 yards / attempt.
The Titans don’t have the secondary weapons to contain DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett. Metcalf and Lockett combined for 160 receiving yards and three TDs Sunday, which was good for 64 percent of Wilson’s passing yards and 75 percent of the team’s passing TDs. Rolling with those two and Wilson gives the cash lineups a very high floor as they’ll make up the bulk of the Seahawks’ passing offense.
WEEK 2 STANDARD RATINGS:
Field marshal | Running backwards | Wide receiver | Tight End | D / ST | Kicker
Kyler Murray and DeAndre Hopkins, Cardinals vs. Vikings (DK / FD stack)
Here’s another pricey stack that could pay off big time. The Vikings simply struggled to slow down the Bengals, allowing 363 total yards and letting Ja’Marr Chase go for 101 yards and a TD in his NFL debut. Now Minnesota has a date with Murray and Hopkins. That won’t go well for Minnesota.
Murray was elite against the Titans and is a constant scoring threat. He’s great with his legs, and since TDs on the ground are worth more than passing TDs, his floor is higher than most other quarterbacks. That said, it also has a huge ceiling. After all, he posted five total TDs last week.
Meanwhile, Hopkins led the team in targets (8), receptions (6), yards (83) and scored twice, as did Christian Kirk. Hopkins should keep seeing plenty of looks from Murray and will see an even higher volume of targets if the Vikings can at least stay within attack range. Hopkins could post 10+ catches, 100+ yards and another multiple TD game, so we’ll be relying on him and Murray on cash game formats. We like this stack a bit more on DraftKings because of the yardage bonuses offered there. Murray is a rare QB threat who could at least flirt with 100 rushing yards and three extra points.
WEEK 2 PPR RANKINGS:
Field marshal | Running backwards | Wide receiver | Tight End | D / ST | Kicker
RB Damien Harris and DEF New England Patriots @ Jets (DK stack)
Bill Belichick is elite against rookie quarterbacks. He has posted a 21-6 record against rookies during his time with the Patriots, and his last five outings against rookies have been particularly impressive.
The Patriots have allowed an average of 10.2 points in their last five games against rookie quarterbacks dating back to 2018. The team has averaged two sacks and 1.6 turnovers per game in those games. The five quarterbacks they have faced during that span are Josh Allen, Justin Herbert, Tua Tagovailoa, Sam Darnold and Daniel Jones. Nothing bad. As such, spending on a high-floor defense like the Patriots can be a worthwhile investment. They should be able to shake Zach Wilson, who was sacked six times in his debut by the Panthers.
Pairing the Patriots defense with Damien Harris is also a sensible move. Harris had a crucial game-changing fumble late in the Patriots’ 17-16 loss to the Dolphins, but still rushed for 100 yards on 23 carries. His main backup, rookie Rhamondre Stevenson, also fumbled on the first carry of his career, so it seems more likely that Belichick will rely on Harris for a recovery point against an unsatisfactory defense.
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QB Teddy Bridgewater, WR KJ Hamler and TE Noah Fant, Broncos @ Jaguars (DK stack)
This is not an overreaction to the Broncos’ victory over the Giants. Denver is a legitimately good team that has one of the strongest rosters in the NFL. The only thing they lack is a safe franchise quarterback.
That said, Teddy Bridgewater looked rock solid in his Broncos debut against the Giants. He threw for 264 yards and two touchdowns in Denver’s win. He also ran for 19 yards. Those numbers aren’t momentous, but they’re still good, especially compared to its $ 5,400 price tag on DraftKings. It should post a 20+ point game against a Jaguars team that couldn’t stop a nosebleed, let alone an offense led by Tyrod Taylor.
Grabbing Bridgewater cheap and a couple of their other weapons will allow you to spend elsewhere in your lineup while maintaining high potential. Fant saw eight goals, a team-high, and scored 10.2 DraftKings points in Week 1. Jerry Jeudy is out with a sprained ankle, so it will mean more plays for KJ Hamler and Tim Patrick.
Patrick is the most proven option and caught a TD last week. However, Hamler is cheaper and more explosive than Patrick so we will stick with him in the hope that he can catch a long TD (as he would have done last week if not for a brutal drop in the end zone). That would easily pay its price of $ 3,800.
QB Jalen Hurts, WR DeVonta Smith, TE Dallas Goedert, Eagles vs. 49ers (stack DK / FD)
Here’s a stack that may not be as appreciated as others, but it could be a good one. The 49ers held a 28-point lead against the Lions and 24 with less than two minutes remaining, but won by just eight points. How? Because his high school broke down.
The 49ers lost Jason Verrett (torn ACL) for the season to the Lions and are already skinny at cornerback. His normal No. 2 corner, Emmanuel Moseley, was inactive last week due to a knee injury. Kyle Shanahan is “keeping hope” who will return, but if not, the 49ersr will depend on the next players at the corner.
- Josh norman
- K’Waun Williams
- Dre Kirkpatrick
- Ambry Thomas (rookie)
- Deommodore Lenoir (rookie)
That’s less than ideal for facing an Eagles team that can take advantage of those absences. So Hurts and Smith seem like good starts. Goedert also seems to be a good deed. He caught four passes for 42 yards and a TD against the Falcons. He should do just as well against a 49ers defense that allowed TJ Hockenson to catch eight passes for 97 yards and a TD.
If Hurts is going to have another great game, this is the place to do it. Feel free to rely on your receiving weapons in a favorable showdown.
QB Sam Darnold, WR DJ Moore, WR Robby Anderson, Panthers vs. Saints (DK Stack)
The Saints are another very thin team at cornerback. Marshon Lattimore is dealing with a thumb injury who just had surgery, so the Saints’ two normal starting cornerbacks, Lattimore and Ken Crawley, will be unavailable against the Panthers. That means the team will have to rely on newly hired Desmond Trufant and newly acquired Bradley Roby to lead the team at the position.
Both Roby and Trufant have played well during their careers. However, each will have been with the Saints for only a couple of weeks. So New Orleans could deal with some back-end communication issues if either one isn’t fully up to date in the playbook. The other alternative is to play a very simple defense.
Either way, Darnold, Moore, and Anderson seem like a good trio to trust. Darnold is a bit of a risk taker, but Moore and Anderson are proven producers in the catcher’s shoes. Moore had 15.4 DK points against the Jets, while Anderson posted 12.7. They will both see a lot of goals from Darnold, and the Saints’ secondary should turn out to be more porous than most realize.
Darnold believes that it is under-owned, so this will give NFL DFS players some nice differentiation in the lineup. And as good as the Saints did against the Packers, they have yet to show they can consistently win without Drew Brees. This is a good opportunity for them, but it is also a good opportunity for the Panthers to take advantage of Lattimore’s absence.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.