Ahead of our slate breakers article, I thought I’d write up some of my favorite DraftKings stacks for Week 1 of the 2023 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 - Los Angeles Chargers (@MIA)
Spread LAC -2.5 (LAC implied 27 Pts)
QB Justin Herbert ($6,900)
WR Keenan Allen ($7,300)
WR Mike Williams ($5,700)
Optional bring-back Raheem Mostert (MIA) +$5,400
Herbert is due a bounce-back season after a highly disappointing 2022 campaign. New OC Kellen Moore brings his pass-happy play style to SoFi where all pass-catchers will benefit, nobody more so than PPR monster Keenan Allen. And, with Jalen Ramsey suffering an injury in preseason, we could see one of Mike Williams’ big games in this one. The Over/Under in LA is currently at 50.5 – Herbert, Allen and Williams are primed to be a major part of that line.
Mostert should be the lead back in this Miami backfield, and should see plenty of carries as a result against a Chargers defense that will be doing all it can to limit the aerial attack of the Dolphins.
Stack 2 - Seattle Seahawks (v LAR)
Spread SEA -5.5 (SEA implied 27 Pts)
QB Geno Smith ($6,100)
WR DK Metcalf ($7,000)
WR Tyler Lockett ($6,700)
Optional bring-back Tyler Higbee (LAR) + $4,800
Think of Geno and Lockett as a “Budget Herbert and Allen” this week. Geno is fresh off a career best season in 2022 and now he has rookie sensation Jaxon-Smith Njigba to throw to…well, not in week 1. JSN recently had surgery on his wrist and isn’t practicing with contact just yet. With no JSN, expect old faithful Tyler Lockett to see plenty of work against the Rams. Without their star CB Jalen Ramsey, who left for Miami, DK Metcalf could equally have a big game against a divisional rival.
With the health of the offense for the Rams, it’s really last man standing here. The weakness of the offensive line of the Rams isn’t going to allow much play to develop, and as a result we should see Higbee being checked down to.
Stack 3 - Green Bay Packers
Spread GB + 2.5 (GB implied 21 Pts)
QB Jordan Love ($5,000)
RB Aaron Jones ($6,300)
TE Luke Musgrave ($2,900)
Optional bring-back Khalil Herbert (CHI) +$5,300
Bronze may be generous here, perhaps copper or even “fools gold” – but if you’re looking for an uber-cheap stack to accommodate big hitters like Justin Jefferson or Christian McCaffrey, sacrifices have to be made somewhere. I’ve outlined the case for Musgrave above, and whilst an in-division game away to open the season may be daunting, Jordan Love will be looking to prove himself and step out of the Aaron Rodgers-shaped shadow he’s been in since being drafted in the first round back in 2020. One thing that is for certain is that RB Jones is now the ‘veteran’ in this offense and should again see a decent number of touches and targets in this game.
The Bears are going to be doing their damage on the ground, and Herbert looks to be the lead back for the team heading into the season. Not a bad price, and leaves alot of meat on the bone for the heavy hitters mentioned above.