Ahead of our slate breakers article, I thought I’d write up some of my favorite DraftKings stacks for Week 17 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 - Detroit Lions (v CHI)
Spread DET -6 (DET implied 29 Pts)
QB Jared Goff ($5,600)
WR Amon-Ra St. Brown ($7,800)
WR D.J. Chark ($4,300)
Optional bring-back David Montgomery (CHI) +$6,900
The Lions are constantly being involved in high-scoring games, and they are cheap plays which is great for DFS. The running game has been inconsistent this season, but Goff has managed to consistently move the ball downfield. St. Brown is the lead receiver, looked at to move the chains as well as make big plays. Had a nice mid-season streak of 100+ yard games, but hasn’t managed to reach that mark in 3 games. This should be a nice opportunity to bounce back. With the inconsistent nature of the ground attack, my second piece is another receiver. Chark has been great for fantasy since returning to action. He has scored 2 TDs, and had another 100+ yard game. He has had another two games with more than 90 yards, so he has been constantly in and around that mark. At the price, I’ll give it a go.
The only part of the Bears offense that is working effectively is their ground-game, so the bring-back is pretty straightforward. Montgomery is getting plenty of touches in the offense, and has been in decent scoring form too.
Stack 2 - Philadelphia Eagles (v NO)
Spread PHI -7 (PHI implied 26 Pts)
QB Gardner Minshew ($5,500)
WR A.J. Brown/ DeVonta Smith ($7,900/ $7,100)
TE Dallas Goedert ($4,700)
Total $18,100/ $17,300
Optional bring-back Rashid Shaheed (NO) +$4,000
I was out on the Eagles last week, outside of A.J. Brown, with the switch at QB to Gardner Minshew. But, he played well against the Cowboys defense. Ending the game with 355 yards and 2 TDs (as well as 2 INTs) he has shown his ability in this offense. The Eagles offense is well-balanced, but I’m expecting them to the most of their damage through the air. As a result, I’m happy to mix in Brown and Smith who are both in great form with multiple scores, 100+ yard games both are in play. If you can get them both in a lineup, you can absolutely do that too, as they can both perform alongside each other. But that is going to need some serious compromises elsewhere. So I’ll look to Goedert as the third piece. With the expected lead in this game, you could go for Miles Sanders ($5,900) or Kenneth Gainwell ($4,400) too. Goedert returned to action last week and looked free of his injury, catching 3 passes for 67 yards. The TE position is a bit rough, but Goedert has a nice price on the slate.
With the Saints offense being hit with injury, Shaheed has been putting up decent box scores, with a total of 13 receptions for 264 yards and 2 TDs in his last four games, he should be able to hit value with his low price point.
Stack 3 - Minnesota Vikings (@GB)
Spread MIN +3 (MIN implied 23 Pts)
QB Kirk Cousins ($6,400)
RB Dalvin Cook ($7,000)
TE T.J. Hockenson ($5,400)
Optional bring-back Allen Lazard (GB) +$5,400
The Vikings have been part of some exciting games, with alot of production coming late in games. Cousins has been inconsistent this season, but recently has been effective with multiple TD scores and high-yardage totals. The Packers defense have struggled for a long time to stop production on the ground, and Dalvin Cook has been getting plenty of volume in the offense and been effective With 3 TDs in his last four games. With the pricing on the slate, it’s hard to get Justin Jefferson ($9,500) into a lineup with Cousins and Cook, and the other pieces of the offense has been inconsistent. So I’d opt for Hockenson as the third part of the stack here. Hockenson has been strongly involved in the offense since he was traded to the Vikings mid-season, and has shown his upside in the redzone. The Packers defense can also be attacked through the TE position effectively.
The bring-back of Lazard comes from the fact that he is the lead target for this offense. I’d keep an eye on injury reports too though, as I don’t mind a pivot to Christian Watson ($5,900) and Romeo Doubs ($4,700). The Vikings secondary is a weak unit, and is where the Packers should be looking to attack here.
Stack 4 - Kansas City Chiefs (v DEN)
Spread KC - 13 (KC implied 29 Pts)
QB Patrick Mahomes ($8,500)
RB Isiah Pacheco ($5,600)
TE Travis Kelce ($8,100)
Optional bring-back Courtland Sutton (DEN) +$5,100
The Chiefs are going to look to pile it onto the Broncos, as they look to be the #1 seed in the AFC. Mahomes is constantly in play, with his ability to pick defenses apart through the air and make plays. He has also been making plays with his legs, with 3 TDs in four games. Kelce is the lead receiver in the offense, and having a huge season. Shown his ability to have 100+ yard games and multiple scores, and Denver have struggled to defend the position this season (although managed to limit him in Week 14). With the Chiefs expected to win by a decent margin, Pacheco is going to see plenty of carries in the offense. At the price, he is a nice play on the slate.
The bring-back of Courtland Sutton is all to do with the price-point. After missing a few weeks, and Jerry Jeudy establishing himself in the offense, Sutton returned last week with 7 targets, 5 receptions for 64 yards. He hasn’t done too much for fantasy on the season, but he can flash. With Denver expected to need to pass the ball in this one, Sutton should have an opportunity for solid production.
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