Ahead of our slate breakers article, I thought I’d write up some of my favorite DraftKings stacks for Week 6 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 - Arizona Cardinals (v LAR)
Spread ARI +7 (ARI implied 21 Pts)
QB Joshua Dobbs ($5,200)
RB Emari Demercado ($4,900)/ WR Marquise Brown ($5,300)
TE Zach Ertz ($3,600)
Total $13,700/ $14,100
Optional bring-back Kyren Williams (LAR) +$6,500
The Cardinals offense has been able to move the ball, and score some points. Feel like a very cheap play on the slate, in a game that could lead to being a bit of a shootout. Dobbs feels like he is constantly threatening to have a big game, with each of his last two games scoring two TDs through the air. With his rushing ability too, he can score points for fantasy quickly if given the opportunity. Zach Ertz is an important part of this offense, with 34 targets to start the season. Great price considering his involvement in the offense and DK’s PPR scoring. The third piece is harder for me to decide upon. Demercado was given the RB duties when James Conner was forced onto the sidelines, and has a good chance to get a bigger workload. I think ultimately my favored option would be Brown. Between Brown and Ertz you are grabbing the vast majority of the Cardinals air offense, in a game that could see them throwing it often.
The bring-back of Williams gives you the cheapest reliable piece of the Rams offense (excluding Tyler Higbee). Should see plenty of carries in the offense, and has the goal-line work too. Leaves plenty of the table to attack elsewhere on the slate too.
Stack 2 - Washington Commanders (@ATL)
Spread WAS +2 (WAS implied 20 Pts)
QB Sam Howell ($5,500)
RB Brian Robinson Jr. ($5,700)
TE Logan Thomas ($3,500)
Optional bring-back Bijan Robinson (ATL) +$7,200
Let’s just be honest to start out- the Commanders were awful on TNF last week. They have now had to deal with a week of seeing that scoreline and have a chance to get things sorted with a game against the Falcons. Howell has had some decent yardage totals this season, the Bears being his highest (388 yards), but two games of more than 290 yards. Right around that bonus mark. There is a bit of a stink on that performance in Week 3, but the Falcons defense isn’t as strong as that Bills unit. Robinson has been running well, looking strong and getting in the endzone too. If they can get him moving the chains early, it will give the team a massive opportunity for success (in the same way the Jaguars did against the Falcons). The easy selection to round this out would be McLaurin. But instead I’m opting for Thomas. Getting plenty of looks in the offense, and the Falcons have given up an average of 16.9 DKPTs to the position this season- one of the best in the league.
The bring back of Robinson feels more like an elimination of others than truly loving Robinson. There isn’t a massive amount of aerial volume. The only player I’d really feel confident in at the price would be TE Jonnu Smith- and going double-TE doesn’t appeal. (I know I went double TE last week with Kelce/ Hockenson, but that is really an exception). Robinson is getting the work out of the backfield to start each game, and you can run on Washington. Robinson is yet to get in the endzone on the ground this season, with only 2 TDs so far this season. With the volume in the offense he gets, that feels like it should change soon.
Stack 3 - Cincinnati Bengals (v SEA)
Spread CIN -3.0 (CIN implied 24 Pts)
QB Joe Burrow ($6,300)
RB Joe Mixon ($6,300)
WR Ja'Marr Chase ($8,300)
Optional bring-back Noah Fant/ Colby Parkinson (SEA) +$3,000/ $2,500
This is an expensive stack. So if you were to go with it, you are going to need to find cheap options at a few positions. Burrow looked better (not at his best) but more like in previous seasons. The Seattle secondary isn’t a strong unit too, and that is going to give Chase another opportunity to have a big game. Not expecting the same heights as last week, but if you told me he’d have a similar box score I wouldn’t be shocked. Well, other than to think it has to be some type of NFL record. Mixon feels due for a big game. Has had 84 carries in the opening 5 games of the season and only a single TD. With his ability to catch passes, and limited competition, has a good floor too.
The bring-back had to be cheap, and the Bengals have struggled to defend the TE position to start the season, giving up an average of 15.6 DKPts to the position this season. Fant has been involved in the offense, and is 4th on the team in targets with 11. Decent floor for the TE position. If you want to save a bit more, you could opt for Parkinson. Only one less target than Fant, but not the same level of production. Feels more risky than Fant, but $500 might help you with a larger gap at a different position group.