Ahead of our slate breakers article, I thought I’d write up some of my favorite DraftKings stacks for the Week 8 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 - Miami Dolphins (@DET)
Spread MIA -3 (MIA implied 27 Pts)
QB Tua Tagovailoa ($6,200)
WR Tyreek Hill ($8,500)
WR Jaylen Waddle ($6,700)/ RB Raheem Mostert ($5,900)
Total $21,400/ $20,600
Optional bring-back Amon-Ra St. Brown (DET) +$6,900
The Dolphins offense was firing to start the season, and despite struggling against the Steelers, they are still able to move the ball through the air well enough. They just didn’t convert when they needed to. Against this Detroit defense, we should see that change. Detroit showed up last week against the Cowboys, but I’m not expecting the same here. I’m not sure which combination I’ll ultimately end up with, but at the moment I’m opting for Hill and then back and forth on Waddle/ Mostert. I could even make an argument for a 4 player stack in this one.
This game is likely to force the Lions to have to pass the ball early and often, so adding St. Brown who (according to reports) didn’t suffer a concussion, makes sense.
Stack 2 - Philadelphia Eagles (v PIT)
Spread PHI -11 (PHI implied 28 Pts)
QB Jalen Hurts ($8,300)
WR A.J. Brown ($7,700)/ DeVonta Smith ($6,300)
TE Dallas Goedert ($5,000)
Total $21,000/ $19,600
Optional bring-back Diontae Johnson (PIT) +$5,600
The Eagles offense is the best performing unit on the slate, with teams on bye or playing earlier/ later. As a result, I can see them being highly popular as the field gravitate to them. The only way I can see that you really manage to be different from the field is going all-in with a three stack. The issue will be whether the Steelers force the Eagles to keep going, or if they get a lead and then just sit back and defend their lead. The spread in his one is insane and I could see it going either way on that one.
The Steelers are going to need to pass the ball in this one, and Johnson is the clear lead receiver in the offense. It’s not pretty, as he has only managed to catch 38 passes for 337 yards and is yet to score this season, but his target share really helps in DK’s PPR scoring.
Stack 3 - Arizona Cardinals (v MIN)
Spread ARI +3.5 (ARI implied 23 Pts)
QB Kyler Murray ($7,500)
WR DeAndre Hopkins ($7,400)
TE Zach Ertz ($5,100)
Optional bring-back Justin Jefferson (MIN) +$9,100
The return of Hopkins for the Cardinals happened at just the right time, and he made an immediate impact catching 10 passes for 103 yards. The Cardinals offense has really been forced to air it out to keep up with their opponents, and that isn’t likely to change against the Vikings offense. The combination of Murray and Hopkins last season was a strong one, and adding Ertz as a TE gives you exposure to (effectively) the whole aerial attack.
A bring back of Jefferson is an expensive one, but he is an elite receiver on a team that gives him plenty of opportunity with a big target share in the offense.
Stack 4 - New Orleans Saints (v LV)
Spread NO +2 (NO implied 23 Pts)
QB Andy Dalton ($5,500)/ Jameis Winston ($5,300)
RB Alvin Kamara ($7,100)
WR Chris Olave ($6,000)
Total $18,600/ $18,400
Optional bring-back Josh Jacobs (LV) +$7,500
The weird thing with this stack is the uncertainty here is at the QB position, rather than a ‘skill position’. The Saints offense has been able to be effective with Andy Dalton at the helm, but Winston looks to be nearing a return to action. The Raiders secondary has struggled to stop teams doing anything against them through the air. Chris Olave has been great all year, with only one game of less than 6 targets (which was the season opener). Kamara is always a consideration on a slate, as he has the ability to have a big week against pretty much any opposition. Against the Raiders who have given up 24.0 DKPts on average to the position, Kamara surely scores his first TD of the season.
A bring-back with Jacobs gives you the volume play in the Raiders offense. The offense flows through the RB as the leader of the backfield, who is heavily used on the ground and through the air. And we just saw the way the Cardinals ran the ball against the Saints- a nice blueprint for this week.
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