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 + Running Back + Opposing Running Back
- Ryan Tannehill ($6700 DraftKings, $7700 FanDuel)
- Derrick Henry ($9500 DraftKings, $10,200 FanDuel)
- D’Andre Swift ($6400 DraftKings, $6700 FanDuel)
The obligatory Derrick Henry late-season stack.
The Titans bruising running back returned to form last week with the overall RB1 performance. Henry produced 222 total yards, with two receptions, and two total touchdowns. Now he faces a Lions defense that has allowed the seventh-most scheduled-adjusted fantasy points to opposing running backs, including a league-high 23 touchdowns.
Favored by 11 points, Tennessee is likely to see a wealth of positive game script against a Detroit team likely missing quarterback Matthew Stafford (ribs), wide receiver Kenny Golladay (hip), and center Frank Ragnow (throat). With Henry leading the league in rushing yards (1532), ranking second among all running backs in total touchdowns (14), and two overall RB1 games in the past three weeks, it’s impossible to omit him from any list of DFS stacks.
The Lions defense has been generous to all fantasy positions, including quarterbacks. This brings Tennessee’s Ryan Tannehill in play, as cheaper quarterback option. Henry’s high price tag neccesitates savings at other positions, and Tannehill only ranks as the sixth quarterback on DraftKings. He has three overall Top 9 or better quarterback performances, including the overall QB2 in Week 13 against Cleveland. It’s difficult to determine whether A.J. Brown or Corey Davis will be his top target, so I recommend just using Tannehill along with Henry.
The Titans have the highest implied teams total (31.3 points), making it reasonable that both Henry and the cost-effective Tannehill could exceed value.
With the Lions projected for negative game script without their franchise quarterback, we look to running back D’Andre Swift to have huge volume. Swift finally looked back to full health in Week 14 after missing three games with a concussion and illness. His four receptions were the most since Week 7, and he tallied 50 total yards and a touchdown.
Swift’s receiving prowess with be a huge weapon for backup quarterback Chase Daniel, and he faces a Tennesee defense that allows the seventh-most fantasy points to opposing running backs.
Henry’s price tag did not limit roster construction, given the savings with Tannehill. Using the FantasyLabs optimizer, I generated the following two DraftKings lineup, giving me exposure to explosive wideout Tyreek Hill.
Derrick Henry’s projected ownership is high for a reason. I can’t fade him in such a fantastic matchup at home against a pitiful Lions defense. But we use that game script to stack safety with Tannehill and volume with Swift.
Quarterback + Wide Receiver +Tight End
- Jared Goff ($6300 DraftKings, $7800 FanDuel)
- Cooper Kupp ($7900 DraftKings, $7100 FanDuel)
- Tyler Higbee ($3800 DraftKings, $5700 FanDuel)
You knew this was coming.
Stacking the offense facing the winless Jets is now a weekly play. Last week’s Wilson-Metcalf stack certainly worked out well. We go back to the well with the Rams playmakers at home.
The Jets have allowed the second-most fantasy points per game to opposing signal-callers including a league-high 29 total touchdowns. This is great news for Goff, who has thrived in these situations under head coach Sean McVay.
In the six home games with McVay against teams with less than a 40% winning percentage, Goff has exceeded his projected fantasy total by over five DraftKings points per game.
With wide receiver Robert Woods missing practice this week with a thigh injury, the easy stacking choice is teammate Cooper Kupp. Currently ranking 11th at the position in targets (111), and ninth in receptions (79), Kupp already has three games this year with 10 or more targets. He caught his first touchdown since Week 3 against New England, and is always a great play in the PPR format on DraftKings.
The surprise second choice is tight end Tyler Higbee, who does share time with teammate Gerald Everett. However, as the eighth cheapest tight end on FanDuel, his price discount is worth it against a Jets team that has allowed the most fantasy points to opposing tight ends including 12 touchdowns.
The cost of this stack is cheap enough to allow room for some other big plays in our lineup. Using Goff/Kupp/Higbee as my based, I created the following lineups in both DraftKings and FanDuel using our FantasyLabs optimizer:
This also gave me exposure to high-priced options like Travis Kelce, Dalvin Cook, and Mike Evans.
The Jets have struggled all season, and McVay’s passing attack at home will be too much to handle.
Running Back + Defense/Special Teams
- Jonathan Taylor ($7200 DraftKings, $7400 FanDuel)
- Colts D/ST ($3600 DraftKings, $4900 FanDuel)
Jonathan Taylor enters Week 15 with consecutive RB5 and RB2 finishes the past two weeks. He has three consecutive games with over 100 total yards, along with three total touchdowns during that time. Indianapolis has finally turned the lead RB role over to the explosive rookie from Wisconsin.
I expect a strong effort from a Colts team that needs to keep pack with the Titans atop the AFC South. Indianapolis has won four of their past five games, including a 26-20 win at Houston just two weeks ago.
The Texans run defense has ranked near the bottom of the league all season. Houston ranks 30th overall in DVOA including 28th in run defense efficiency (FootballOutsiders). Houston will have to attempt to limit Taylor without starting defensive tackle Brandon Dunn, who is out for the season with a pelvic fracture.
With a 7.5-point spread, this profiles as a comfortable Colts win with a game total of 50.5 points. This is a pick based on game script and Taylor’s momentum. With the Texans more focused on Deshaun Waton’s new restaurant, it appears like the stage is set for a strong Taylor-Colts Defense Week 15 combination.