2023 Week 5 DraftKings Stacks

Ahead of our slate breakers article, I thought I’d write up some of my favorite DraftKings stacks for Week 5 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 - New York Jets (@DEN)

O/U 43.5

Spread NYJ +2 (NYJ implied 21 Pts)

QB Zach Wilson ($4,900)
WR Allen Lazard ($3,900)
TE Tyler Conklin ($3,200)

Total $12,000

Optional bring-back Courtland Sutton (DEN) +$5,400

Going to start with an uber cheap, GPP only, might not at all pull off option. Last week we saw Zach Wilson look impressive. So much so I had someone (only watching because of Taylor Swift) ask if Wilson was the better QB. He isn’t clearly, but this Broncos defense isn’t a strong unit. Lazard was able to find the endzone close to the goal line, using his big body effectively. The selection of Conklin is simply chasing targets with his involvement in the offense only beaten by star receiver Garrett Wilson.

Staying with the idea of cheap targets- Sutton is a decent bring-back here. Leading the Broncos in targets, receptions and TDs (would be in yards if it wasn’t for Marvin Mims). The only reason to consider this stack, given the risky nature, is that it leaves plenty on the table to spend up elsewhere.

Stack 2 - Detroit Lions (@CAR)

O/U 45.0

Spread DET -8.5 (DET implied 27 Pts)

QB Jared Goff ($6,300)
RB David Montgomery ($6,600)
TE Sam LaPorta ($5,000)

Total $17,900

Optional bring-back Adam Thielen (MIN) +$5,100

The Lions are leading the NFC North, and their offense is looking strong off the back of it. Goff has been efficient in moving the ball downfield, and hasn’t been turning the ball over as he did to start his career. Not a massive ceiling, with the majority of scoring coming on the ground. But, has a decent-ish floor. Montgomery is the clear lead runner in the offense. Leading the team in carries by 30, even after missing a game. Should have plenty of work on the ground against this Panthers defense too. Opting for LaPorta gives you exposure to the passing attack of the Lions, but one that is overlooked in favor of St. Brown (understandable). The rookie TE is second on the team in targets and has become an important check-down option for Goff.

The bring-back of Thielen is a nice mid-tier option. The Panthers offense is really not a great unit, and there isn’t alot to really rely on- other than the veteran. Seeing plenty of targets in the offense, which helps his floor with DK’s PPR scoring.

Stack 3 - Philadelphia Eagles (@LAR)

O/U 50.5

Spread PHI +5.0 (PHI implied 28 Pts)

QB Jalen Hurts ($8,000)
RB D'Andre Swift ($6,000)
TE Dallas Goedert ($4,200)

Total $18,200

Optional bring-back Tyler Higbee (LAR) +$4,100

The Eagles offense struggled to a victory over the Commanders last week. Well at least they couldn’t really get the ground game going- they definitely did through the air with A.J. Brown having 175 yards and 2 scores. In this game against the Rams, I think they are going to see more success on the ground and stick with it. Swift is the clear lead back now, looking like the player that he was hoped to be with the trade that was made. Hurts is playing well, and can always attack a slate with his legs. The question here will be why Goedert? The Rams aren’t great at defending the position, giving up 12.5 DKPts on average to the position. Goedert hasn’t seen much usage so far this season. So much so that head coach Nick Sirianni has said he is going to look to get him more involved. Could be coach-speak, but a discounted pass-catcher for the Eagles is worth it.

The bring-back of Higbee brings you into that strange double-TE lineup. But, it’s hard to really offer up for one of the Rams receivers with the return of Cooper Kupp shaking the roles up. Instead, with the struggles the Eagles have had at defending the position, I’ll go for Higbee. Getting a decent target share- and feels like he is due a score this season.

Stack 4 - Cincinnati Bengals (@ARI)

O/U 44.5

Spread CIN +3 (CIN implied 24 Pts)

QB Joe Burrow ($6,200)
WR Ja'Marr Chase ($7,900)
WR Tyler Boyd/ RB Joe Mixon ($4,500/ $6,400)

Total $18,600/ $20,500

Optional bring-back Zach Ertz (ARI) + $3,500

The Bengals surely have to get going at some point right? Burrow has only thrown for 2 TDs in 4 games, and hasn’t looked too comfortable in the pocket against the pass rushes he has faced with 8 sacks. But this Cardinals pass rush, while it has 12 sacks on the season, got half of them in the season opener. Chase is the target hog for the Bengals, and should have a good day against this secondary. The third option I’m inbetween two players. Mixon has seen plenty of volume, but hasn’t hit those big fantasy scores with a single TD on the ground this season. Good opportunity to get right here. Boyd is very viable if Tee Higgins is forced to miss time with his injury from last week- especially at the price and (likely) uptick in targets.

The bring-back of Ertz gives you some salary relief, and an important part of the Cardinals offense. The veteran has 30 targets this season, which has led to production of 20 receptions for 136 yards. With DK’s PPR scoring that gives him a nice floor, and if he manages to fall into the endzone smash his value point.

Stack 5 - Kansas City Chiefs (v MIN)

O/U 47.5

Spread KC -6 (KC implied 30 Pts)

QB Patrick Mahomes ($8,200)
WR Rashee Rice ($3,600)
TE Travis Kelce ($7,600)

Total $19,400

Optional bring-back TE T.J. Hockenson (MIN) +$6,500

The Chiefs didn’t have a great outing against the Jets. I won’t get into the specifics of that game- other than to say it wasn’t the offense we are used to seeing. Returning to Arrowhead, they are going to want to flex their muscles. Mahomes is always a player worth considering with his ceiling being among the highest at the position with his arm talent. A pricy tandem with Kelce is one that has a good chance to pay off, with the star TE his go-to target wherever the team is on the field. But, particularly in the redzone he has great upside. Rice gives a nice bit of salary relief which is needed with the combination of Mahomes and Kelce. The rookie is the next man behind Kelce in targets and receptions and at just $3.6k he really doesn’t need to do to much to hit value here.

The bring-back of Hockenson gives you a big part of the Viking passing offense, which is going to need to get going if they are going to try and keep up with the Chiefs. It might be a double-TE, but the argument is that really both of these can be considered as WRs instead of TEs.

Stack 6 - Minnesota Vikings (@KC)

O/U 53.5

Spread MIN +6.0 (MIN implied 24 Pts)

QB Kirk Cousins ($6,900)
RB Alexander Mattison ($5,700)
WR Justin Jefferson ($9,400)

Total $22,000

Optional bring-back Rashee Rice (KC) +$3,600

Staying in the same game, on the other side of the ball. Cousins has been great this year, with 3 of his 4 games having over 300 yards and scoring multiple TDs in all four. Being priced down after struggling a little against Carolina helps you slot in his star receiver Jefferson. Jefferson has eclipsed 100 yards 3 times this season, and managed to find the endzone twice in the game he didn’t. Has a safe floor with this target share, and upside with his ability against this secondary. Mattison has looked like the back that was hoped for last week, which might keep Akers in a bit-part role out of the backfield.

The bring-back of Rice, as I covered above, is great for salary relief and still gives you an important part of the Chiefs passing attack.

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