This the the Thanksgiving Day edition of the Sunday Stack, which is designed to help you with setting your Fanduel lineups.
A daily fantasy sports (DFS) "stack" is starting multiple players from the same team in good matchups to try and capitalize on scoring opportunities. For example, a quarterback and wide receiver or quarterback and tight end to score ten points for each touchdown, rather than the four (QBs) or six (WRs).
As usual, there is a cash-game stack and tournament stack. Cash-games are 50/50's, double-ups, and other contests with a low number of contestants or high winning percentages. There is also a tournament or GPP (guaranteed prize pool) stack. Tournaments have large player pools and large payouts, but the odds of winning are much smaller.
The stack hot streak came to something of an end last week as Derek Carr (cash-game) and the Raiders struggled on offense and Case Keenum (tournament) was concussed. I also offered a bonus cash-game stack which worked out fine if you played Stafford-Megatron, but not if you played Eric Ebron, who put up a goose egg against one of the league's worst defenses against tight ends. I also suggested a Sanchez-Matthews tournament stack which probably didn't win you any tournaments.
This week, because of all the games on Thursday, I will offer a Thanksgiving Day stack and a typical Sunday stack.
A reminder about the difference between the two: cash-game stacks are more conservative and typically more expensive because cash games have higher winning percentages and less risk is involved. Tournament stacks are less expensive but riskier as the odds of winning are so much smaller, and starting players with lower ownership percentages is much more important in tournaments. The values listed are the current Fanduel values.
Thursday Cash-Game Stack:
The safe play is Aaron Rodgers at home vs. the Bears, but good luck figuring out which pass catcher will have a good game. He's also the most expensive option, so you can play Rodgers if you can pinch pennies elsewhere. Cam has been an absolute beast lately, but this figures to be a low-scoring slug fest. He's also the second most expensive option on Thanksgiving Day. The Eagles have a decent rush defense, and a bad pass defense, so for the second week in a row, my cash-game stack is a Lions stack. I guess our resident Lions homer, TJ, is rubbing off on me.
- QB - Matthew Stafford (Det - $7,200). Better at home and indoors.
- WR - Calvin Johnson (Det - $8,200). Five straight over 80+ yards and due for a touchdown.
Thursday Tournament Stack:
It's like deja vu all over again. As I wrote last week, you can play Stafford as your tournament stack given his value. You can also play whichever Eagle's quarterback starts because of the Lions generous defense; but the Packers defense is almost as generous to opposing quarterbacks, and Cutler is priced under $7,000, which allows you to spend up elsewhere. If Alshon Jeffrey doesn't play, however, you can hedge and play Marquess Wilson and a Packers wide receiver.
- QB - Jay Cutler (Chi - $6,900). Junk time counts.
- WR - Alshon Jeffrey (Chi - $7,600). When healthy, he's a stud; or
- WR - Marquess Wilson (Chi - $5,800). If Jeffrey is out, he's all that's left.
Sunday Cash-Game Stack:
There are options aplenty on Sunday as the bye weeks are, mercifully, over. However, of the top seven quarterbacks going on Sunday, only Carson Palmer has a choice matchup against a defense in the top five in terms of points allowed to opposing quarterbacks - the San Francisco 49ers. I also like Derek Carr in a bounce-back game vs. the Titans who have a decent rush defense, but I'm still a little stung from Carr's performance last week. Carr is also $700 cheaper than Palmer.
- QB - Carson Palmer (Ari - $8,100). Averaging over 26 fantasy points over last three.
- WR - Larry Fitzgerald (Ari - $7,400). Use Fitz. Save JJ Nelson for tournaments.
Sunday Tournament Stack:
Week nine's tournament stack was my best call of the year to date resulting in a QB-TE combining for over 60 points, and this week that tight end has a matchup just as juicy. Delanie Walker is also the best pass catcher is Tennessee and Marcus Mariota's favorite target. I am also playing a Hoyer-Hopkins stack against the Saints, but any stack that includes Hopkins and the Saints defense is somewhat predictable and hardly cheap.
- QB - Marcus Mariota (Ten - $7,000). When he hits, he hits big.
- TE - Delanie Walker (Ten - $6,100). Wide receiver value without the wide receiver price tag.
May your Fanduel accounts be filled on this Black Friday weekend.