Ahead of our slate breakers article, I thought I’d write up some of my favorite DraftKings stacks for Week 3 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 - Denver Broncos (@CHI)
Spread DEN -3.5 (DEN implied 25 Pts)
QB Russell Wilson ($5,800)
RB Javonte Williams ($5,500)
WR Courtland Sutton ($5,300)
Optional bring-back Khalil Herbert (CHI) +$4,700
Well, I thought the Broncos would be improved this year with a stronger coaching team. The good news is they were involved in a record scoring game last week……….the bad news that they were the wrong end of it. A matchup against Justin Fields and the Bears, even on the road, should get them a better result. This stack is a cheap option, in a game that has a decent O/U. Williams has been given a massive share of the backfield, with 36 of the 65 team rush attempts. With his involvement in the passing game too, his price is great. Sutton is having a quietly decent season, with 17 catches for 189 yards and 2 TDs.
The bring back of Herbert comes with him being a fantastic price, and being one of just a handful of Bears players worth consideration at all. Roschon Johnson ($4,900) is another worth thinking about. The split of opportunities is pretty equal, with Herbert having a combined 33 (rush attempts and targets) and Johnson 28.
Stack 2 - Buffalo Bills (v MIA)
Spread BUF -3 (BUF implied 28 Pts)
QB Josh Allen ($8,200)
WR Gabe Davis ($5,900)
TE Dawson Knox ($3,800)
Optional bring-back Tyreek Hill (MIA) + $9,200
Buffalo didn’t start the season well, but look like they might be getting back on track after a dominating game against Washington. With how effective the Dolphins look on offense, the Bills are going to need to score early and often to keep pace. I’ve gone for a cheaper stack option here for the Bills, with Davis and Knox. Davis had a great time in Week 2, and has done well against the Dolphins in previous games in his career. (Nothing huge, but decent enough). The selection of Knox comes with a chase for snaps. The veteran is simply on the field more often than alot of the offense, and has been a favored redzone weapon of Josh Allen. At the end of last season, Knox destroyed this defense for 6 catches for 98 yards and a TD.
The bring back here is somewhat obvious, albeit expensive. Hill is looking undefendable in this offense, scoring in every game he has played this season. Could be inline for another big game against this Bills secondary- especially if Jaylen Waddle ends up missing the game.
Stack 3 - Los Angeles Rams (@IND)
Spread LAR +1.5 (LAR implied 22.5 Pts)
QB Matthew Stafford ($5,700)
RB Kyren Williams ($6,000)
WR Puka Nacua/ Tutu Atwell ($6,700/ $5,500)
Total $18,400/ $17,200
Optional bring-back Zack Moss (IND) +$6,000
The Rams are playing fantastically considering the fact their offensive line has been struggling to really make a large impact. Stafford doesn’t have much of a rushing floor, but he has been able to look after the ball effectively and find his receivers. The pricing allows you plenty of options elsewhere too. The backfield situation is now very clear after the team traded away Cam Akers. Williams has looked great with the volume that he has been given, and getting into the endzone too. The receivers are going to be popular, with Nacua in particular making headlines. Ultimately, on this slate, I’d opt for the cheaper Atwell who has been performing well, and is more likely to be overlooked by defensive co-ordinators (and the Colts secondary).
The bring-back of Moss comes with the sheer volume in the offense that he is getting, combined with production. He has been given 48 of the team 84 carries, with 7 targets too. The Rams are a team you can run on too, which should help him maintain his productive start to the season.
Stack 4 - Minnesota Vikings (@CAR)
Spread MIN -3.5 (MIN implied 24.5 Pts)
QB Kirk Cousins ($7,100)
RB Alexander Mattison ($5,800)
TE T.J. Hockenson ($6,500)
Optional bring-back Adam Thielen +$4,500
I’ll be honest, I’m not sure Cousins at this price-tag fills me with joy. But he is having a great start to the season with 1,075 yards and 9 TDs after 3 games (300+ yards in each game). With the general pricing of QBs on the slate, I don’t hate him. Hockenson has established himself as the second receiver in this offense, behind the elite Justin Jefferson. Paying up at TE is tough, but Hockenson’s target share and TD upside give him a ceiling hard to ignore. The play of Mattison feels a little risky, after the team traded for Cam Akers, but he finally had a decent performance after struggling in the opening two weeks.
The bring-back of Thielen has the revenge game narrative (always fun). But, more analytically, he is one of the few bright spots of this offense. With 20 receptions for 211 yards and 2 TDs, he is clearly a massive part of this offense and at the price tag- a great value.
Stack 5 - Los Angeles Chargers (v LV)
SpreadLAC -5.5 (LAC implied 27 Pts)
QB Justin Herbert ($7,800)
WR Keenan Allen ($7,900)
WR Joshua Palmer ($4,000)
Optional bring-back Jakobi Meyers (LV) +$5,500
The Chargers duo of Herbert and Allen is an almost automatic selection, with the Chargers offense built around that connection. Not much more to say that hasn’t been said before. The selection of Palmer is going to be a popular one, with the pricing and being the likely beneficiary of the injury to Mike Williams.
The bring back of Meyers is an easy one, with him being such an important part of the Raiders offense. Has had 10 or more targets in each of the games that he has played, with good production in both. The O/U is an attractive one to target too.