We publish our weekly Sunday Stack column to help you with setting your Fanduel lineups.
If you're new to DFS (daily fantasy sports), a "stack" is starting multiple players from the same team to capitalize on scoring opportunities in good matchups.
As always, there is a cash-game stack. Cash-games are 50/50's, double-ups, head-to-heads, and other contests with small player pools, or contests with large player pools but where the percentage of those winning is high. There is also a tournament or GPP (guaranteed prize pool) stack. Tournaments are contests with large numbers of players and with large payouts, but the odds of winning are much smaller.
Last week's Sunday Stack was spot on, and you likely would have cashed playing both the cash-game and tournament stack. The cash-game stack last week featured an Oakland Raiders stack with Carr and Cooper and/or Crabtree. It worked out well. My Carr lineup scores ranged from 141 to 176. The tournament stack was Marcus Mariota and Delanie Walker, who combined for over 60 fantasy points and were the top scoring QB-TE tandem for the week. My Titans lineup scored 188 points.
If you want to see two of our complete rosters, check out this week's Fanduel Faceoff where we each pick one cash-game lineup to play against each other head-to-head.
The cash-game stack is typically more expensive and more conservative, as cash games have higher winning percentages. The tournament stack is typically less expensive but riskier since the odds of winning a tournament are much smaller and starting players with lower ownership percentages is much more important. All values listed are the current Fanduel values.
This week there are two tiers of two playable cash-game quarterbacks. The Packers play the lowly Lions, and the Patriots play the Giants who were gutted by the Saints a couple of weeks ago. Rodgers and Brady are always obvious plays, but this week they are both values even at their extremely high prices. The second tier of two is Drew Brees and Cam Newton. Both Brees and Newton are excellent plays this week, and neither require that you stack a receiver or tight end - Brees because he spreads the ball around so much, and Cam because he has no receivers. If you go the Brees or Newton route, you can spend up on multiple high-end receivers without being handcuffed to a Saints or Panthers pass catcher. If you want a less expensive option, it's hard to avoid the 3C's in Oakland, Carr-Cooper-Crabtree.
- QB - Tom Brady (NE - $9,100). Brees lit the Giants up, and so should Brady.
- WR - Julian Edelman (NE - $8,000). He's Brady's boy.
- TE - Rob Gronkowski (NE - $8,000). Ben Watson scored 25+ vs. the G-Men.
Again, there's a tier of two: Bortles and Cousins. Bortles draws the Ravens, so he should connect with Robinson early and often. A Bortles-Robinson stack makes perfect sense (in fact, I'm playing a few), especially with Hurns hurt. However, given how awful the Saints secondary has been, and how QBs have feasted on it (see Manning and Mariota the last two weeks), Cousins is the tourney play here. DJax is the classic boom or bust tournament play, but Garcon is the safer bet with a surer floor.
- QB - Kirk Cousins (Was - $6,500). He's not Eli or Mariota, but he plays the Saints.
- WR - Pierre Garcon (Was - $6,400) and/or DeSean Jackson (Was - $6,000).
- TE - Jordan Reed (Was - $5,800). He's the no-brainer.
May these stacks stuff your Fanduel account.