This piece will identify some of my favorite DFS stacks of the weekend. Be sure to use our Stacking tool found within our Player Models to find the highest projected stacks, the stacks that figure to be chalky and more. Our Correlations page is also a great resource to find hidden edges in stacking positions and games.
Quarterback + Wide Receiver
- Matt Ryan ($6100 DraftKings, $7500 FanDuel)
- Calvin Ridley ($5400 DraftKings, $5300 FanDuel)
Sure, the Falcons defense is abysmal. They rank 31st in pass defense DVOA only ahead of Miami. For fantasy purposes? This creates the ideal stacking opportunity.
Before his injury, Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan had thrown for over 300 yards in seven consecutive games dating back to last season. Despite being on the road against New Orleans, the necessary pass volume to compensate for the Falcons poor defense puts Ryan squarely in the mix for high upside DFS stack.
With Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore likely shadowing Julio Jones for at least part of the game, I suggest pivoting to Atlanta’s cheaper wideout Calvin Ridley. In two games as a rookie against New Orleans, Ridley produced the WR10 and overall WR1 performances. With Mohamed Sanu now in New England, look for more opportunities for Ridley to outperform expectations. His 4.43 40-Yard Dash speed is a huge advantage on the indoor surface in New Orleans.
The Saints run defense has quietly crept up to the sixth-most efficient group in the NFL. New Orleans has allowed the fourth-fewest receiving yards and fewest overall rushing yards to opposing running backs. If Atlanta needs to score, it will likely be through the air.
This game’s 51.5 over/under is the second-highest in Week 10, making it a desirable DFS target. With the return of Ryan under center, the Falcons passing attack should resume efficiency in a game where their own defense will necessitate their offensive production.
Running Back + DEF/Special Teams
- Jaylen Samuels ($6300 DraftKings, $6200 FanDuel)
- Steelers D/ST ($2600 DraftKings, $4100 FanDuel)
Volume is king in fantasy football, and few running backs will have more opportunities than Pittsburgh’s Jaylen Samuels.
Two straight DNPs for Trey Edmonds (ribs). State of PIT RBs:
1. James Conner (D, shoulder)
2. Jaylen Samuels
3. Benny Snell (O, knee)
4. Trey Edmonds (Q, ribs)
5. Tony Brooks-James
— Adam Levitan (@adamlevitan) November 7, 2019
With the Steelers’ backfield suffering injuries across the board, look for the versatile Samuels to command the overwhelming majority of backfield touches. In Week 9, he totaled 13 receptions of 13 targets for the PPR RB10 performance despite not tallying a touchdown.
Samuels will face a Rams defense that has limited opponents rushing totals, but his receiving targets make him virtually matchup proof. With lead wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster now questionable with a toe injury, the opportunity for Samuels has never been greater.
Since acquiring safety Minkah Fitzpatrick, Pittsburgh defense has played at a different level, which has directly translated to team success. If you exclude the road game at San Francisco the week Fitzpatrick actually joined the team, the Steelers are 4-1.
The Pittsburgh defense has rounded into form, generating an amazing 20 turnovers in those last six games with Fitzpatrick, including five in that road game against the still undefeated 49ers. Pittsburgh has risen to the fifth-most efficient defense, including sixth-best in pass defense DVOA.
The Steelers also present a difficult challenge for Rams running back Todd Gurley. Their traditionally-strong run defense has limited opposing teams to just 3.7 yards per carry and has allowed just four touchdowns to opposing running backs all season.
Pittsburgh always plays well in home games with minimal spreads. Under Mike Tomlin, the Steelers are 27-15-4 in home games with a spread between +3 and -3 per Bet Labs.
I believe in the Steelers at home, which should translate to a positive game script that favors a Samuels + Steelers D/ST stack.
Quarterback + Wide Receiver + Opposing Wide Reciever
- Kyler Murray ($6500 DraftKings, $7700 FanDuel)
- Christian Kirk ($5200 DraftKings, $5700 FanDuel)
- Chris Godwin ($7400 DraftKings, $7400 FanDuel)
As the projected highest-scoring game on the main Sunday slate, it is important to find exposure to both the Cardinals and Buccaneers. With both teams featuring bottom-fourth pass defenses, a QB + WR + Opposing WR stack seems completely appropriate.
Tampa Bay returns home for the first time since September 22nd and will face a Cardinals defense that ranks 28th in overall efficiency. The return of cornerback Patrick Peterson from a six-game suspension has failed to provide help.
Since his return, Peterson is only the 81st ranked cornerback per Pro Football Focus. He will likely shadow Tampa Bay wide receiver Mike Evans, whose production puts him squarely in the argument as the NFL’s top wide receiver. Over the past two weeks? Evans has finished as the overall WR2 and WR1 consecutively.
Arizona has allowed the fourth-most passing yards per game this season, with opponents totaling an average of 280.7 yards through the air per game.
This puts Chris Godwin squarely in line for another huge performance. Godwin ranks fourth among all wide receivers with an average of 20.9 PPR fantasy points per game. Despite the huge performances by Evans, Godwin has still commanded 17 targets over the past two games.
In the three weeks prior to Week 8, Godwin tallied the overall fantasy WR1, WR6, and WR3 performances respectively.
Meanwhile, Arizona quarterback Kyler Murray and wide receiver Christian Kirk are an ideal play against a Tampa Bay pass defense that allows the most fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers.
Kirk finally looks healthy after missing three games with an ankle sprain, and his poor Week 9 Thursday Night performance (two receptions, eight receiving yards) should keep his ownership low. Before his injury in Week 4, Kirk ranked third among all wide receivers in targets, and garnered 11 targets in Week 8 against the Giants.
The Buccaneers also allow the third-most fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks, providing Murray with a safe DFS fantasy floor. The rookie signal-caller has produced three Top 9 fantasy performances over the past five weeks.
A konami-code quarterback with high pass volume combined with two highly-targeted wideouts is a strong DFS play in the highest-projected game of Week 10.