Goodbye weeks start in week 6, and that means the NFL’s DFS boards will be a little thinner than usual. There are four teams in Week 6 and when you factor in the eight teams that play independent games, there are only 10 games and 20 teams to choose from on the DraftKings and FanDuel main rosters. The condensed player pool will make stacking an even better strategy to use in daily fantasy football tournaments and cash games as it can raise the roof of your lineups.
Generally, you should be looking to pair a quarterback with a receiver or tight end when stacking. Those have the highest ceiling, but corridor / fender stacks can have high floors. This week, those high-floor opportunities could prove important, as there aren’t many great defensive matchups on the board. Therefore, targeting positive defensive game scripts may be the way to go.
DraftKings continues to offer more variable pricing than FanDuel. That can be very useful in weeks like this with fewer options, but savvy daily fantasy players should check the prices on both sites. That can help shape the lineup strategy and identify the underrated players and sleepers people should be targeting this week.
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NFL Week 6 DFS Picks: Best Cash Game Stacks for DraftKings, FanDuel
QB Patrick Mahomes, WR Tyreek Hill and WR Mecole Hardman, Chiefs at Washington (DK / FD stack)
This feels like a good recovery point for the Chiefs. They were humiliated by the Bills on Sunday Night Football, but now they have a chance to face the Washington Football Team.
Washington’s defense is giving up the sixth-most yards per game (407.8) and the second-most points per game (31) this season. The Chiefs should be able to take advantage of this, and Mahomes will want to get into a rhythm early and try to make a statement that the Chief, despite being 2-3, is not done yet.
Washington’s defense is particularly bad against receivers. They have given up the second-most receptions to the WRs this year (79) and are one of only four teams to allow at least 1,000 receiving yards and seven TDs to receivers this season. That should bode well for Hill, but it could also make Hardman, who is coming off his career-best nine catches against the Bills, a good sleeping option.
You could justify trusting Travis Kelce over Hardman if you want to spend too much. He might also consider riding with the price-inefficient Darrel Williams, who will likely start in place of the injured Clyde Edwards-Helaire (knee) as running back. Either way, you can rely on Mahomes and Hill together in some kind of stack, and given Washington’s poor performance against receivers, Hardman seems like the best play to win a stack with lineup differentiation.
WEEK 6 PPR RANKINGS:
Field marshal | Running backwards | Wide receiver | Tight end | D / ST | Kicker
RB Darrell Henderson & Rams D / ST, Rams at Giants (DK / FD stack)
What do we know about the Giants offense right now? Well, in Week 5, Daniel Jones suffered a concussion, Saquon Barkley sprained his ankle, and Kenny Golladay suffered a hyperextended knee.
Will any of them play the Rams? Barkley is out for sure, and the other two may be wasting time, too. If they do, the Giants will be significantly understaffed on offense as Darius Slayton and Sterling Shepard are dealing with hamstring injuries and Mike Glennon is the Giants’ backup quarterback.
The Rams’ defense looks like an attractive play because of all these injuries. They’re the highest-priced defense in both DraftKings and FanDuel, but it’s worth getting that kind of security. Plus, the Giants don’t have a good offensive line anyway, so Aaron Donald will wreak havoc and Jalen Ramsey will have an interception opportunity if the Rams can build an advantage and get the Giants to pitch.
Speaking of which, the Rams should have a chance to build an advantage and lean on the running game in the second half, if not sooner. The Giants have been average against the RBs, but have allowed at least one RB to record more than 93 yards in each of their five games this season. That included Ezekiel Elliott’s 112-yard, two-TD performance last week.
Henderson has a TD in three of his four games and has consecutive games with at least 99 yards of hitting. He’s high on this one and he could have a great day, especially as the Rams are coming off a mini-goodbye.
Jonathan Taylor & Colts D / ST, Colts vs. Texans (Stack DK / FD)
Taylor was an absolute beast for the Colts on Monday Night Football in Week 5. He caught a 76-yard TD on the first drive and never looked back. In all, Taylor racked up 169 yards of scrimmage and two TDs against a solid Ravens defense. He should also be successful against the Texans.
Houston’s running defense has improved from its 2020 performance, which ranked last in yards allowed. However, he has still allowed the seventh most rushing yards with a mark of 562. So far, he has limited running back touchdowns to a total of five, so the numbers of fantasy points allowed are not very high.
That said, Damien Harris could easily have scored twice against the Colts last week if he hadn’t fumbled at the goal line, and Nick Chubb had nearly 100 yards and a touchdown against the Texans on just 11 carries earlier this week. season. Taylor will have a chance for similar production, having had at least 95 yards of scrimmage and a TD in each of his two games against the Texans last year.
Going with the Colts defense isn’t a bad play, either. They looked great against the Ravens and Lamar Jackson until Xavier Rhodes was knocked out of the game late with injury. If he can bounce back, the Colts will have a chance to be the best defense on this list. If not, they may still be able to shake Davis Mills enough to make this a viable strategy.
WEEK 6 STANDARD RATINGS:
Field marshal | Running backwards | Wide receiver | Tight end | D / ST | Kicker
Week 6 DraftKings, FanDuel Picks – Best Stacks for Daily Fantasy Football GPP / Tournaments
QB Taylor Heinicke, WR Terry McLaurin and TE Ricky Seals-Jones, Washington vs. Chiefs (DK stack)
If you want a bold strategy, this is the one to follow. Washington’s offense has been unpredictable this season with Heinicke replacing the injured Ryan Fitzpatrick (hip), but this is a great matchup for them.
The Chiefs’ defense has been lousy so far this year. They are allowing the second most yards (437.4) and the most points (32.6) per game this season. They still have to limit a team to less than 29 points in a single contest.
Kansas City may slow Washington down a bit, but its defensive woes aren’t necessarily easy fixes. Therefore, they are more likely to continue to fail even if they can find a few key stops.
Heinicke seems like the best play. He’s the 12th highest priced quarterback in DraftKings and 10th highest in FanDuel, but he’s playing the lowest ranked defense against quarterbacks. That will make you a big threat.
As for weapons to stack, you should go with McLaurin as he averages 9.8 targets and 80 receiving yards per game. Seals-Jones is a good sleeping option, having eight goals last week as a new starter in place of the injured Logan Thomas (hamstring). It’s only $ 3K in DK and $ 5K in FD, so it won’t be difficult for him to pay that price, especially in DraftKings’ full-point PPR format.
QB Sam Darnold, RB Christian McCaffrey (or Chuba Hubbard, if McCaffrey is out), and WR DJ Moore, Panthers vs. Vikings (stack DK / FD)
It looked like McCaffrey (hamstring) had a chance to come back last week before he was declared doubtful. If he comes back this week, you can face him against the Vikings and alongside their best quarterback and wide receiver.
Darnold’s offense and the Panthers didn’t have a good day against the Eagles in Week 5, squandering a nine-point lead at the end because they couldn’t move the ball. They are poised to rally against a Vikings defense that has been in the middle of the group to start the year.
The Vikings have allowed the 11th most rushing yards per game this season at 130 per pop. If McCaffrey is healthy, he should get the most chances to win those with Hubbard mixing in occasionally and Darnold helping with his new fighting ability as well.
The Vikings are better against passing, but have struggled against the best receivers in the NFL. Minnesota has allowed seven double-digit fantasy scorers at wide receiver for five weeks. In particular, they battled DK Metcalf, Ja’Marr Chase and three of the Cardinals receivers, so they will have trouble against Moore, who was attacked nine times and had four receptions for 61 yards against the Vikings last year.
Carolina should operate better with McCaffrey in the lineup, as she did for the first two games of the season, but Hubbard, who had more than 130 total yards last week with five receptions, also fits well in this pile.
RB Joe Mixon & Bengals D / ST, Bengals at Lions (DK Stack)
There are a few ways you can attack the Bengals-Lions game, but this seems to be the best option.
Mixon (ankle) is a bit bruised and was expected not to play last week. However, he got dressed and split the carries with Samaje Perine. It seems unlikely that it will continue into Week 6 as Perine has landed on the COVID list. That leaves Mixon and sixth-round rookie Chris Evans as the only healthy running backs on Cincinnati’s roster.
The Bengals will likely call in Trayveon Williams or Pooka Williams Jr. to serve as third running back if Perine is out, but it’s hard to imagine them getting a lot of carries. It’s also hard to imagine Evans handling an important job. As such, Mixon could be the workhorse against a Lions defense that is allowing the RBs the fourth most DK points this season (31.6). That includes 10 TD total, which is good for most in the NFL.
This is a good week to trust Mixon, and pairing him with the Bengals’ defense isn’t a bad play, either. They are the fifth highest priced defense on the list, and the Lions are averaging just 19.6 points per game. They also have seven turnovers on the season, and Jared Goff has been sacked 14 times in five games. The Bengals have a high floor, so don’t be afraid to trust them just because they haven’t been a great fantasy defense this year.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.