NFL Week 10 Stack Em Up: DraftKings
This is one of those weeks where only one game has a projected total of 50 points, however, there are numerous games with an over/under of 47 or more points, so there are some stacks we can target in Week 10.
For those who are not familiar with what stacking means, let’s define what we are calling a stack.
Stacking is pairing multiple players from one team. In this instance I will be referring to a quarterback and one of his receivers, tight ends, or running backs.
Game Over/Under: 48
Cardinals Implied Points: 30.75
Carson Palmer $6,500 is fresh off of a bye week and faces off against the 49ers who are yielding 241.4 passing yards per game and have surrendered 18 passing touchdowns. Since Week 2, no quarterback has thrown fewer than two passing touchdowns against this defense. Palmer went into the bye week on a high note, throwing for 363 passing yards and three touchdowns against the Panthers, scoring 27.52 fantasy points. He has now thrown for over 300 passing yards in two straight games. The Cardinals have the highest implied point total of the slate and while there is the concern for a potential blowout, one of Palmer’s best games of this season was in a matchup where the Cardinals beat the Bucs 40-7. If the Cardinals do win by a large margin, Palmer may have something to do with that and at this affordable price tag, the risk is worth the reward.
Larry Fitzgerald $7,600 has been limited at practice all week with an ankle injury and is currently listed as questionable for this game, so this is something that needs to be monitored before finalizing your lineups. Fitz leads the team in targets, averaging 10.2 targets per game, while accounting for 25.2 percent of the Cardinals target share, as well as, 29.4 percent of the red zone targets. He has been peppered with 25 targets in the last two games and has caught at least nine passes in each of those games. The Niners are yielding 150 receiving yards per game and have surrendered 15 receiving touchdowns to wide receivers (two or more in five consecutive games). If Fitz plays with no restrictions, he is in a very good spot.
Another option to stack with Palmer is, J.J. Nelson $4,200, who had a huge game against the Panthers in Week 8, catching eight of his twelve targets for 79 yards and two touchdowns. He has received 19 targets in the last two games and has been named a starter for the Cardinals. Pairing up the two will cost you 21 percent of your salary, leaving you plenty of cash to spend throughout your roster.
There is no way I can leave out David Johnson $8,400 as an option to pair up with Palmer. Johnson is averaging 6.9 targets per game and accounts for 17.1 percent of the Cardinals targets share. He has received 22 targets in the last games and has seen fewer than six targets in a single game, just twice this season. The Niners are atrocious against running backs and the Cardinals are heavy favorites, so this should equate to a big game for Johnson. If you want all the touchdowns for the Cardinals this week, stacking Palmer and Johnson is the way to go.
My favorite option: Palmer/Nelson/Johnson
Game Over/Under: 45.5
Bears Implied Points: 23.25
Jay Cutler $5,300 made his first start since Week 2 prior to the bye week against the Vikings. Considering the tough matchup, he did not do so bad, throwing for 252 yards and a touchdown, while completing 64.5 percent of his passes. This week’s matchup is much easier as he takes on the Bucs defense that is giving up 294.4 passing yards per game and has surrendered 18 passing touchdowns. In the last two games, quarterbacks have eclipsed 300 passing yards in each game and have each thrown four touchdown passes against Tampa Bay. This is likely Cutler’s last season with the Bears, so some strong performances down the stretch can be helpful for his market value and what better way to start than against a vulnerable pass defense like this one. At this low price, he does not need to do a ton to pay off his salary.
We have yet to see a huge game from Alshon Jeffery $6,600 this season, as he only has one 100+ receiving yard game and has found the end zone just once this season. That being said, he is receiving 7.9 targets per game and has seen 32 targets in his last three games. In addition, this matchup against the Bucs is one that favors him as they are giving up 178.6 receiving yards per game and have allowed 12 receiving touchdowns to opposing wide outs. Two of Jeffery’s best games this season, have come with Cutler under center, so it is only a matter of time before these two connect several times for some big gains and touchdowns. Another intriguing thing about Jeffery this week is his price, which is the second lowest it has been all season.
My favorite option: Cutler/Jeffery
Game Over/Under: 49.5
Titans Implied Points: 23.5
The Titans host the Packers in a contest with the second highest projected total of the slate. Marcus Mariota $5,700 has strung together several solid performances in a row. In the last five games, he has topped 27 fantasy points three times and has thrown for at least two touchdowns in each of those games. He has also displayed his rushing ability with two rushing touchdowns in that five game span and a pair of 60 or more rushing yard games. The Packers are giving up 267 passing yards per game and have surrendered 14 passing touchdowns. Despite being at home, the Titans are under dogs and could be chasing points here, which would create more passing opportunities for Mariota. He is a risky play nonetheless, but considering the matchup, potential game script, and his recent games, he should be able to put together a solid performance.
The player on this offense that receives consistent targets on a week-to-week basis is Delanie Walker $4,600, which is why he is the one that I feel most comfortable pairing up with Mariota this week. Walker is averaging 6.4 targets per game and accounts for 19.4 percent of the Titans targets share, as well as, 14.6 percent of the red zone targets. He has caught at least four passes in three straight games and has score a touchdown in two of the last three games, while scoring double-digit fantasy points in each of those contests. The Packers are yielding five receptions and 64.3 receiving yards per game to tight ends this season, while giving up two touchdowns. I anticipate that this duo will connect often on Sunday in a game they should be trailing in.
My favorite option: Mariota/Walker
There are two quarterbacks that I like a lot this week, Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers, as I think they both are in a great position to have huge games. Brady spreads the ball a ton and although the player you naturally want to pair him up with is Rob Gronkowski, I do not necessarily think it is a must. If you want to, you can, but I like the idea of playing Brady naked this week. I also feel the same with Rodgers, simply because of the uncertainty of his receivers’ status at this time. Randall Cobb is questionable as he deals with a hamstring injury, but played through it last week and Ty Montgomery was on a snap count last week, but was announced after the game started and there is no certainty that he is a full go this week. If any of the receivers miss this game or are going to be limited, it will be much easier to allocate where some of these targets will go, but if they all play, it becomes a guessing game. That being said, Rodgers can be played alone as he will toss the pig skin around all day in a favorable matchup. If I had to choose someone to pair him up with it would be Jordy Nelson, but rolling him out solo is fine by me.
Good luck to all this week. For any questions or concerns, feel free to hit me up on the Twitter machine: @Armando_Marsal