Ahead of our slate breakers article, I thought I’d write up some of my favorite DraftKings stacks for Week 15 of the 2022 season. There are a few articles you can find on why stacking is effective for DFS, so we won’t recap that here.
Instead, I’ll outline the criteria for being included:
- Main slate only
- Stack will include QB & 2 other players (optional bring back noted)
Stack 1 - New York Giants (@MIN)
Spread NYG +3.5 (NYG implied 22 Pts)
QB Daniel Jones ($5,600)
RB Saquon Barkley ($7,900)
WR Richie James ($3,900)
Optional bring-back Dalvin Cook (MIN) +$7,200
This game has a nice expected O/U, so is definitely one to target for stacks. The Giants side is cheaper than the Vikings side, starting with Jones at QB. Jones has managed to have a decent season this year, protecting the ball alot more effectively, but more importantly running the ball more often. Barkley has been looking more like the rookie version that performed so well, handling a decent workload. The real question mark comes at receiver, where the Giants have been hurting plenty this season. If I’m taking a risk on a position, typically I opt for the cheapest option I’m happy with and that’s James. He is getting a few targets each game, and has been a scoring threat recently.
The bring back with Cook is about getting an effective part of this Vikings offense. Cook has been getting 20-ish (or high teens) touches per game between rushing attempts and receptions. With his ability to keep the chains moving, and scoring upside a nice bring-back in a game with plenty of scoring opportunities.
Stack 2 - Minnesota Vikings (v NYG)
Spread MIN -3.5 (MIN implied 26 Pts)
QB Kirk Cousins ($6,300)
RB Dalvin Cook ($7,200)
WR Adam Thielen/ K.J. Osborn ($5,300/ $4,500)
Total $18,800/ $18,000
Optional bring-back Saquon Barkley (NYG) +$7,900
I’ll stay in the same game here for another stack. The Vikings stole headlines last week after their historic comeback victory. Cousins didn’t look like he was comfortable in the first half, but settled and ended up with 460 yards and 4 TDs. There’s no doubting the talent of Justin Jefferson, who is having a huge season, but the other pieces of the aerial attack are starting to perform too. Thielen is on a bit of a scoring streak, with 3 TDs in the last four games. Still feels very TD dependent. Osborn is a little bit of a points-chase it feels like. He absolutely blew up last week, finishing with 10 receptions for 157 yards and a score. He looked good on the field too, finding space against a tough Colts secondary. Of the two, I’d go for Osborn who can go nuts with his production.
The bring back of Barkley is covered above, his importance to the offense is too high to not consider, and there are going to be plenty of chances to score here.
Stack 3 - Kansas City Chiefs (v SEA)
Spread KC -10 (KC implied 29 Pts)
QB Patrick Mahomes ($8,400)
RB Jerick McKinnon/ Isiah Pacheco ($5,900/ $5,700)
TE Travis Kelce ($8,000)
Total $22,300/ $22,100
Optional bring-back Noah Fant (SEA) +$3,400
And here were are again with another edition of Mahomes/ Kelce and a third piece that fits. The Chiefs are going to want to make a statement and catch up with the Bills after struggling to a win against Houston. Mahomes has constantly shown his ability to break the slate with his arm strength and receiving talent. Kelce is having a huge season, and gives you a massive positional advantage. Neither of those really need too much consideration. The backfield is the bit that needs working out. Pacheco I thought would have a big week as the Chiefs ran down the throat of the Texans. He had carries, but didn’t manage to get the important scores. Instead, that went to McKinnon who again had a decent number of carries to go along with targets in the offense. Being honest, this backfield could go either way, so I’ll have a mix of both in my lineups.
The bring back of Fant is on the assumption that Tyler Lockett misses this game, leaving targets in the offense. Fant has been trending to getting more targets, and should continue to do so here. Seattle are expected to be chasing a lead too, so there should be plenty of work through the air for the team.