2023 Week 17 DraftKings Stacks

Ahead of our slate breakers article, I thought I’d write up some of my favorite DraftKings stacks for Week 17 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 - Houston Texans (v TEN)

O/U 44

Spread HOU -4 (HOU implied 24 Pts)

QB C.J. Stroud ($7,100)
WR Nico Collins ($7,200)
TE Dalton Schultz/ WR Noah Brown ($4,300/ $5,100)

Total $18,600/ $19,400

Optional bring-back DeAndre Hopkins/ Chigoziem Okonkwo (TEN) +$6,000/ $4,600

This stack is somewhat obviously dependent on Stroud managing to play (which looks likely at the moment). With him at the helm, the Texans were putting up points and production quite freely. The Texans need to win this game too, which helps, to make the playoffs. A matchup against this secondary is a nice one, the Titans are one of the worst teams in the league. Their corners keep getting beaten up deep, and the team can’t get pressure on the QB consistently. Collins is the WR1 for the offense now, and Brown has been productive when given the opportunity. The selection of Schultz is a little less obvious, as the Titans have been good at limiting TE production this season. But, with them leaking points to the WR position, it’s been that teams haven’t needed to use their TE. Schultz is an important part of the offense, with 11 targets last week.

The bring-back here dependents on the third piece you went for in the main stack. It’ll be interesting to see how the Texans secondary comes out after being shredded last week by Amari Cooper. Hopkins has an obvious revenge game here, and is the clear target leader in this run-first offense. Collins/ Okonkwo is my preferred mix here. The Texans have struggled to perform against the position consistently all season, and Okonkwo is coming off the back of a 6 reception, 63 yard and a TD game.

Stack 2 - Kansas City Chiefs (v CIN)

O/U 44

Spread KC -7 (KC implied 26)

QB Patrick Mahomes ($7,500)
WR Rashee Rice ($6,900)
RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire/ TE Travis Kelce ($5,300/ $7,000)

Total $19,700/ $21,400

Optional bring-back Joe Mixon/ Tyler Boyd (CIN) +$6,400/ $4,700

The Chiefs have been struggling recently, but if there was a game that they could use to get right- this is a decent one. The Bengals defense just allowed Mason Rudolph (third-string QB) to look great leading the Steelers normally toothless offense to 290 yards and 2 TDs. Mahomes is obviously an upgrade here, and is primed for a boom game as a result. With the struggles the team has been having, he is a decent play here at the price. Rice has been his top WR and should be able to stretch this Bengals secondary. Kelce is obviously in play in any Chiefs stack, with his target share and how the Bengals have struggled to defend the position all season. CEH has some appeal here as a salary saver, especially if Pacheco is ruled out again here. He is an effective runner and pass-catcher, and should be on the field for every down with the injuries the team has had.

The bring-back options here again depend on who you went for as the third piece. Mixon is a (safe?) volume play in the backfield. He gets near-enough all the carries, and gets plenty of checkdowns in the offense. The Chiefs gave up plenty on the ground last week to the Raiders, so the Bengals could look to ease the pressure on Jake Browning to make plays. To save some money, with Ja’Marr Chase still questionable, I’d be fine to go for Boyd here. Should get a few targets here, and offers a massive salary saving option.

Stack 3 - Denver Broncos (v LAC)

O/U 36

Spread DEN -3 (DEN implied 20 Pts)

QB Jarrett Stidham ($4,800)
WR Jerry Jeudy ($5,100)
WR Brandon Johnson/ Marvin Mims ($3,300/ $3,500)

Total $13,200/ $13,400

Optional bring-back Austin Ekeler/ Quentin Johnston (LAC) +$6,700/ $3,700

The battle of the backups. Both offenses with their leading receivers on the sidelines too. Low O/U. The absolute peak target game? Not really, but the pricing here allows you PLENTY to use elsewhere. The Chargers defense haven’t really caused many issues for QBs this season, and Stidham has been decent in his career- and can run the ball if given the opportunity. With Sutton looking like he is set to miss the game, Jeudy is the WR1 for the team, and then it’ll be a case of getting the right backup that works as the WR2. Mims is questionable with a hamstring injury, so I’d go with Johnson. But, strangely after his 3 receptions for 47 yards and a TD, he might be a popular play on the slate.

The bring-back of Ekeler gives you the leading back out of the backfield as well as (normally) a big piece of the passing offense. Was only to get 4 targets last week against the Bills, but should be able to get back to normal here. Johnston is potentially the WR1 for the Chargers here. There isn’t much point for Keenan Allen to be active here, and Joshua Palmer has been in the concussion protocol this week. I’d be tempted with Gerald Everett ($3,500) too, if you aren’t sold on the other TE options on the slate.

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