Ahead of our slate breakers article, I thought I’d write up some of my favorite DraftKings stacks for Week 2 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 - Detroit Lions (v SEA)
Spread DET -5.5 (DET implied 27 Pts)
QB Jared Goff ($6,200)
RB David Montgomery ($5,800)
WR Amon-Ra St. Brown ($7,800)
Optional bring-back Tyler Lockett (SEA) + $6,100
Goff led the Lions to a surprising victory over the Chiefs to start the NFL season. He didn’t need to push the ball too much in the game, with their defense playing effectively. But, against Seattle the Lions are going to need to do something differently. Unlike the Chiefs, the Seahawks have plenty of talent at receiver and could cause some issues on coverage. So where else to go in the receiving game than ARSB? There should be plenty of targets and receptions going that way. The play of Montgomery is again opting for the goal-line and early down work in place of Jahmyr Gibbs as the pass-catcher. I was tempted by TE Sam LaPorta who caught all five of his targets but went for Montgomery instead here.
The bring back of Lockett gives exposure to the Seahawks offense, and a part that will be overlooked with a disapponting box score to start the season. The Lions secondary are a decent unit, but I’m not sure how they will be able to deal with the combination of Lockett and DK Metcalf.
Stack 2 - Jacksonville Jaguars (v KC)
Spread JAX +3.0 (JAX implied 24 Pts)
QB Trevor Lawrence ($6,700)
RB Travis Etienne ($6,900)
WR Calvin Ridley ($7,200)
Optional bring-back Isiah Pacheco (KC) +$5,700
Jacksonville looked like they were going to let a fantastic first-half go to waste before they managed to find a gap for Tank Bigsby to get through before finalizing it with an nice run from Etienne. This Jaguars offense is ready to cook, and the Chiefs defense didn’t look too comfortable against the Lions last week. Calvin Ridley looked comforable in his 8 receptions for 101 yards and a score, and Etienne looked dynamic on the ground. With the highest O/U on the slate, this is a game to target.
The bring-back I feel like I’m forcing a little, as there are RB options I’m more comfortable with. The thing is that the Chiefs don’t have many reliable offensive options outside of Travis Kelce, who would crush your salary.
Stack 3 - San Francisco 49ers (@LAR)
Spread SF -7.5 (SF implied 26 Pts)
QB Brock Purdy ($5,700)
RB Christian McCaffrey ($8,900)
WR Brandon Aiyuk/ TE George Kittle ($5,800/ $5,300)
Total $20,400/ $19,900
Optional bring-back Puka Nacua/ Tutu Atwell (LAR) + $4,900/ $4,700
The 49ers offense was firing to start the week, taking apart the Steelers defense. They had their way with however they wanted to attach, with McCaffrey running for 152 yards and a score, and Purdy passing for 220 yards and 2 scores after Aiyuk torched for 129 yards and 2 scores. You really have to stay in the fire with the 49ers this week as they face a Rams defense at home. Yes, they managed to frustrate the Seahawks this past week, but this 49ers unit is just too effective to be contained. With Purdy being underpriced, you can fit McCaffrey in a stack comfortably, as well as any of the pass-catchers in the offense. I’ve opted for Aiyuk and Kittle, with Aiyuk looking sharp on his route-running, and Kittle the potential to blow up against a team he has long had success against.
The Rams offense had a great outing last week, and haven’t really seen a big price jump. Matthew Stafford looks like his has put his injury issues behind him, and was comfortable airing the ball out on offense. Nacua and Atwell were both able to find space on the field. With the waiver wire hype around him, Nacua I expect to have higher ownership. But, I would also bare in mind that the 49ers defense is stronger than Seattle’s, so they might not have their way in the same way. But, their price bakes in some of that risk.
Stack 4 - Cincinnati Bengals (v BAL)
Spread CIN -3.5 (CIN implied 25 Pts)
QB Joe Burrow ($6,900)
WR Ja'Marr Chase ($7,900)
TE Irv Smith ($3,200)
Optional bring-back Gus Edwards (BAL) +$5,300
You don’t need me to tell you that the Bengals didn’t play well on Sunday. Playing at home this week though they are going to need to make a statement, which means that Burrow is going to be airing it out against this Ravens secondary. Despite the Ravens having control of the Texans, rookie QB C.J. Stroud managed to connect effectively with his receivers. This could be a big game for the Bengals through the air. If it wasn’t for Tee Higgins’s price, I’d go for both receivers, but I’ve been forced to go for TE Irv Smith. Smith, like the Bengals offense, didn’t have a great outing last week- but was still able to get 5 targets.
The bring back of Edwards is due to the Ravens defensive line just struggling to stop the Browns running all over them, despite it being obvious that was the game plan. The Ravens will no doubt have taken note of that, and Edwards is more likely than Justice Hill (surely!?) to get the workload here.