Ahead of our slate breakers article, I thought I’d write up some of my favorite DraftKings stacks for Week 18 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 Jets (@MIA)
Spread NYJ +1 (NYJ implied 19 Pts)
QB Mike White ($5,300)
WR Garrett Wilson ($5,800)
TE Tyler Conklin ($3,600)
**Joe Flacco ($4,800) is the starter ahead of Mike White (Injury). I'm fine subbing him into this stack**
Optional bring-back Tyreek Hill (MIA) +$8,600
Last week was not a good one for Mike White, with 240 yards and 2 INTs against Seattle last week. But this Dolphins secondary has given up big plays all season. He has also combined very nicely with Wilson this season, with a total of 41 targets for 22 receptions, 353 yards and 2 TDs in the four games they have played together (last week was a bit of a dud with 11 targets, 3 receptions and 18 yards). The play of Conklin is all to do with the matchup. Conklin has been effective at times this season, with 83 targets so far. The Dolphins aren’t a great unit against the TE position either, giving up a top 3 15.8 DKPts to the position this season.
With the stack being cheap, you can afford to splash the cash here on Hill. He was held effectively in the game earlier this season, when the Dolphins ran the ball instead of airing it out. With the Dolphins in the playoff hunt, they are going to need to get Hill involved in the offense early and often.
Stack 2 - Indianapolis Colts (v HOU)
Spread IND -3 (IND implied 21 Pts)
QB Sam Ehlinger ($5,000)
RB Zack Moss ($5,200)
WR Michael Pittman ($6,100)
Optional bring-back Brandin Cooks (HOU) +$4,800
The Texans have been a target for RBs this season, and Moss seems to have won the backfield for the Colts. The Texans are pretty much the worst run-defense in nearly enough every metric. The risk here comes from the QB/ WR combination. Ehlinger threw his first career TD to Pittman last week, but the Texans secondary is actually a strong unit. Pittman is still the leading receiver in the offense though, and should be able to command a decent target share in the offense.
The bring-back of Cooks is probably not needed, because this stack allows you to spend up elsewhere so you don’t need the saving. Cooks has been getting decent target numbers in the offense, and probably the only part of the offense worth considering in the matchup.
Stack 3 - Seattle Seahawks (v LAR)
Spread SEA -7 (SEA implied 17 Pts)
QB Geno Smith ($6,000)
RB Kenneth Walker III ($6,400)
WR DK Metcalf/ Tyler Lockett ($6,700/ $6,400)
Total $18,800/ $19,100
Optional bring-back Tyler Higbee (LAR) +$4,400
Seattle are in the playoff hunt, which means they have something to play for in this game against the Rams. The Rams secondary isn’t a strong unit, giving up an average of 36.2 DKPts to the position. As a result, I’m fine to go with either Lockett or Metcalf in this one. Of the two, I’d lean Metcalf, you could even have both if you can find savings elsewhere. Walker as RB is a great play, with the volume in the offense that he gets combined with the Rams struggling on the ground recently (especially since Aaron Donald has missed time through injury).
The bring-back of Higbee is all to do with the matchup. The Seahawks give up a league-high 17.3 DKPts to the position. With there being so few effective offensive pieces in the Rams offense too, Higbee is one of the only pieces worth considering.
Stack 4 - San Fransisco 49ers (v ARI)
Spread SF +14 (SF implied 27 Pts)
QB Brock Purdy ($5,700)
RB Christian McCaffrey ($9,300)
TE George Kittle ($6,000)
Optional bring-back Greg Dortch (ARI) +$3,800
The 49ers are playing for playoff seeding, tied with the Vikings on 12 wins and one game behind the Eagles. As a result, they are going to play hard in this one. Purdy has been working well in the offense, getting the ball out to his playmakers and let them do the work. The salary saving is nice too, with helps you spend up for McCaffrey. Since he joined the 49ers he has been returned to the CMC of old, getting carries and being efficient with them. Arizona have struggled to defend the run this season too, with an average of 27.8 DKPts given up to the position. Another position they have struggled against is the TE (16.9 DKPts) and Kittle has been i a great run of form with Purdy at the helm, with 14 receptions for 236 yards and 5 TDs in the past three weeks.
The bring-back of Dortch is a great price point, with DeAndre Hopkins having been ruled out of the game. David Blough has been announced as the starter for the Cardinals, and while it’s a tiny sample, Dortch was targeted 10 times last week against the Falcons.