Ahead of our slate breakers article, I thought I’d write up some of my favorite DraftKings stacks for Week 9 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 - Dallas Cowboys (@PHI)
Spread DAL +3 (DAL implied 26 Pts)
QB Dak Prescott ($6,500)
WR CeeDee Lamb ($8,200)
TE Jake Ferguson ($4,000)
Optional bring-back Dallas Goedert (PHI) +$4,800
I wrote up this stack last week, and it hit. Despite going up by $2.4k in a week, it’s still viable here. The Eagles are solid up front, but their secondary has been giving up a league-high 48.4DKPts to the position on average. Lamb is a target monster, with 56 on the season, and has great production with 46 receptions for 633 yards and 3 scores. Combining him with Jake Ferguson, who has really carved out an important role in this offense. Prescott has looked towards him in important 3rd downs, and close to the goal-line, which gives him decent upside in any given game.
The bring-back of Goedert gives an important part of the Eagles offense, with some upside. But also, the Cowboys have given up an average of 12.6DKPts to the position this season. That mark put them around mid-table of the league, whereas they are among league leaders at others.
Stack 2 - Houston Texans (v TB)
Spread HOU -3 (HOU implied 21.5 Pts)
QB C.J. Stroud ($6,200)
WR Nico Collins ($5,800)
TE Dalton Schultz ($4,200)
Optional bring-back Rachaad White (TB) +$5,600
The Texans didn’t manage to get too much going last week in their loss to the Panthers, but returning back to Houston against this poor Tampa Bay secondary is a great ‘get-right’ opportunity. Stroud has been great to start the season, with four games with over multiple TDs and 2 games with 300+ passing yards- so I’ll chalk his 140 yards and no scores (through the air) as an off day and move on. The pricing of his receivers means you can grab 87 total targets of the 222 for the team. Collins has only had less than 6 targets twice this season, and had 4 games with at least 80 receving yards. Tank Dell ($5,300) is tempting on the slate, with his ability to make big plays, but has been very inconsistent this season. He had a huge game against Jacksonville in Week 2, but since then he has totalled 89 yards in 3 games. Schultz has been a little inconsistent this season, but has been far more involved in the offense in the last four weeks. Last week aside, he has scored in each of his games played in October and had an average of 56 receiving yards.
The bring-back of White is a volume play. The Texans secondary has been a tough unit to pass the ball to, with just 29.3DKPts on average to the position this season. Whereas, they have allowed 22.5DKPts on the ground. Opting for White means you get the lead back for Tampa Bay, with little to worry about it terms of split of carries.
Stack 3 - New Orleans Saints (@CHI)
Spread NO -7 (NO implied 24 Pts)
QB Derek Carr ($5,700)
RB Alvin Kamara ($8,100)
WR Michael Thomas ($4,700)
Optional bring-back Cole Kmet (CHI) +$3,900
Carr has been good not great this season for fantasy, but this matchup should be one that he can have a great game in. The Bears have given up an average of 20.5DKPts to the position this season, and have been ok against the run. That points to the Saints moving the ball through the air, instead of on the ground. That being said, the first piece I want in this stack is ‘running-back’ Alvin Kamara. Kamara gets a chunky workload on both the ground and through the air- so feels a little ‘defense-proof’. Michael Thomas has finally been healthy for a stretch of games, and has been productive. Thomas has only had one game with fewer than 7 targets (where he got 6). At the price, you really are paying for his floor, rather than his ceiling in this game.
Kmet as the bring-back gives a nice discount on D.J. Moore. Kmet has a semi-reliable target share in the Bears offense, with 5 games with 5 or more targets. He has developed a quick and strong relationship with Tyson Bagent, and has redzone upside too.