Ahead of our slate breakers article, I thought I’d write up some of my favorite DraftKings stacks for Week 15 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 - Washington Commanders (@LAR)
Spread WAS +5 (WAS implied 22 Pts)
QB Sam Howell ($6,300)
WR Terry McLaurin ($5,600)
WR Jahan Dotson/ Curtis Samuel($4,700/ $4,600)
Total $16,600/ $16,500
Optional bring-back Kyren Williams/ Cooper Kupp/ Puca Nacua ($7,500/ $7,800/ $7,300)
This game is going to be a popular game, with a number of cheaper pieces and a high O/U. The home team in particular are going to be targetted heavily this weekend, but there is value to be had with the road team here. The team have been happy to air it out, and the Rams secondary has struggled this season. With Brian Robinson ruled out too, this is likely to mean they lean even more on Howell’s arm. McLaurin has been getting the majority of targets, but hasn’t always been productive with them. This game should give him plenty of opportunity. Then it comes down to who to go as a WR2. Dotson has been more successful finding the endzone this season, while Samuel has upside as a a gadget player. Especially as Robinson has been ruled out here.
This stack is cheap, so allows you to spend up on the bring-back here. The way you go is up to you truly. All three of these can pop. Williams is a redzone weapon and should see plenty of work on the ground. Kupp and Nacua are going to be causing issues all game for the secondary too. It’s a case of going with who you prefer more. (I like to hedge against any season-long leagues if I’m really stuck between choosing).
Stack 2 - San Francisco 49ers (@ARI)
Spread SF -12.5 (SF implied 30)
QB Brock Purdy ($6,800)
RB Christian McCaffrey ($9,300)
WR Brandon Aiyuk ($7,200)
Optional bring-back Michael Wilson (ARI) +$3,300
The 49ers offense is just sizzling at the moment. They’ve been productive and putting together good scores. This stack is expensive though, and might not pan out if it’s a game that Kittle and Samuel perform in. Purdy has been pulling the strings all season at QB, getting the ball into his playmakers quickly. Stacking him with CMC is fine, considering the target share that he gets out of the backfield and receiving ability. I prefer Aiyuk to Samuel as a rule if I’m going with CMC. Reason is that the upside of Samuel’s performance would cap CMC’s. Aiyuk has been great through the air all season, and after having some quiet games (at least where Samuel has taken the plaudits) he will be looking to make some plays here.
With an expensive stack, you have to take a shot here. Trey McBride ($5,200) would be nice, but then you really are punting throughout the rest of the slate. Instead, I’ll take a shot on Wilson being fit in this one. He has missed some time with injury, but looks like he could return here. He had a huge game in the reverse fixture earlier in the season with his size and speed causing an issue for the 49ers secondary.
Stack 3 - Dallas Cowboys (@BUF)
Spread DAL -2.5 (DAL implied 24 Pts)
QB Dak Prescott ($8,000)
WR CeeDee Lamb ($9,200)
TE Jake Ferguson/ WR Brandin Cooks($4,800/ $5,200)
Total $22,000/ $22,400
Optional bring-back Gabe Davis/ Dawson Knox ($5,500/ $2,700)
This game is the blockbuster on the slate with alot riding on it for both teams. Both offenses have been able to make plays, but the Cowboys have alot of momentum heading into this one. Prescott has been balling out in this offense, with Lamb making plays with his huge target share. The Bills secondary can be passed on, so there is no reason to cap the upside of that duo here. The question comes with the third piece. Ferguson is an important on-field receiver for the team, and has some upside with how he is looked at in the redzone to convert. Cooks has more upside though overall, given his ability to find spaces on the field against the secondary coverage. Has been in decent form recently too.
The choice for the third really impacts the bring-back. It’s a not cheap stack, so you need to try and find some saving here. Davis has two games where he has literally done nothing on offense (at least for fantasy- he has made great blocks) and that normally spells a boom game. The secondary of the Cowboys is a rough one to play against though. Instead, think I’d opt for Knox here. Made his return against the Chiefs and looked ok. With rookie TE Dalton Kincaid on the injury report, Knox could see more involvement here.