It’s always a good time to make money playing fantasy football on a daily basis, but Week 2 still presents a particularly interesting opportunity. The past week has taught us a lot about the NFL, but there is also always some overreaction early in the season that savvy NFL DFS players can take advantage of. Some defenses weren’t as bad as they looked last week. Others … well, they are. Either way, the most opportunistic way to target these weak defenses is to stack teammates in the DraftKings and FanDuel rosters. Whether you are playing cash games or playing tournaments, stacks are useful because they raise the ceiling or the floor of each roster.
The most common stacks rely on the combination of quarterbacks and pass-catching weapons (WR and TE) and the use of running backs in conjunction with defenses. The logic is that if a quarterback plays well, at least one or two of his receivers certainly will too. And if a defense helps prevent another team from scoring, the other team can run more, because they can take the lead earlier.
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Below are some of the best stacks for DraftKings and FanDuel rosters this week. Unsurprisingly, they are dominated by the QBs. Make sure to follow our Twitter account @SN_Fantasy to see all of our DFS content kick off each week.
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QB Russell Wilson, WR DK Metcalf, WR Tyler Lockett, Seahawks vs. Titans (DK / FD Stack)
Seattle is a team you need if you’re playing cash games this week. The Titans were just beaten by the Cardinals’ offense in their first game of the season, and the Seahawks have the same profile as this team.
Russell Wilson looks a lot like Kyler Murray, who just racked up 289 passing yards, 20 rushing yards and five total TDs against Tennessee. The Seahawks are operating a little more cautiously than Kliff Kingsbury’s side, but new offensive coordinator Shane Waldron was willing to let Wilson shoot against the Colts – which is why he threw for four touchdowns while averaging 11 yards. by attempt.
The Titans don’t have the secondary weapons to contain DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett. Metcalf and Lockett combined for 160 receiving yards and three touchdowns on Sunday, good for 64 percent of Wilson’s passing yards and 75 percent of the team’s passing touchdowns. Rolling with those two and Wilson gives the lineups a really high floor, as they will be the bulk of the passing offense for the Seahawks.
STANDARD RANKING FOR WEEK 2:
quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | tight end | D / ST | Kicker
Kyler Murray and DeAndre Hopkins, Cardinals vs. Vikings (DK / FD stack)
Here’s another expensive stack that could pay off big. The Vikings just struggled to slow the Bengals down, allowing 363 total yards and leaving Ja’Marr Chase to go for 101 yards and a touchdown on his NFL debut. Now Minnesota has a date with Murray and Hopkins. This is not going to go well for Minnesota.
Murray looked elite against the Titans and is a constant threat to score. He’s excellent with his legs, and since rushing TDs are worth more than passing TDs, his floor is higher than most other QBs. Having said that, it also has a huge cap. He posted five total touchdowns last week, after all.
Meanwhile, Hopkins led the team in targets (8), catches (6), yards (83) and he scored twice, as did Christian Kirk. Hopkins should continue to see a lot of stares from Murray and will see an even higher volume of targets if the Vikings can at least stay within striking range. Hopkins could post 10+ catches, 100+ yards and another multi-TD game, so we’ll trust him and Murray in the cash game formats. We like this stack in DraftKings a bit more because of the footage bonuses it offers. Murray is a rare QB threat who could at least flirt with 100 rushing yards and three more points.
PPR WEEK 2 RANKS:
quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | tight end | D / ST | Kicker
RB Damien Harris and DEF New England Patriots @ Jets (DK stack)
Bill Belichick is the elite against rookie quarterbacks. He’s posted a 21-6 record against the rookies during his stint with the Patriots, and his last five outings against the rookies have been particularly impressive.
The Patriots have allowed an average of 10.2 points in their last five games against rookie QBs dating back to 2018. The team is averaging two sacks and 1.6 turnovers per game in those competitions. The five QBs they have faced during this time are Josh Allen, Justin Herbert, Tua Tagovailoa, Sam Darnold and Daniel Jones. Not bad. As such, spending on top-level defense like the Patriots can be a worthwhile investment. They should be able to shake off Zach Wilson, who was sacked six times in his debut by the Panthers.
Pairing the Patriots’ defense with Damien Harris also makes sense. Harris had a crucial fumble at the end of the Patriots’ 17-16 loss to the Dolphins, but he still ran 100 yards on 23 carries. His best replacement, rookie Rhamondre Stevenson, also fumbled in his very first career carry, so Belichick seems more likely to trust Harris to bounce back from below-par defense.
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QB Teddy Bridgewater, WR KJ Hamler and TE Noah Fant, Broncos @ Jaguars (DK stack)
It’s not an overreaction to the Broncos’ victory over the Giants. Denver are a legitimately good team with one of the strongest lineups in the NFL. The only thing they lack is a foolproof franchise quarterback.
That said, Teddy Bridgewater looked rock solid during his Broncos debut against the Giants. He threw for 264 yards and two touchdowns in Denver’s win. He also ran for 19 yards. These numbers aren’t shocking, but they’re still good, especially compared to its $ 5,400 price tag on DraftKings. He’s set to post a 20-plus point game against a Jaguars team that couldn’t stop a nosebleed, let alone an attack led by Tyrod Taylor.
Grabbing cheap Bridgewater and a few of its other weapons will allow you to spend elsewhere in your roster while maintaining a steep rise. Fant saw eight targets, a high for the team and scored 10.2 DraftKings points in Week 1. Jerry Jeudy came out with a sprained ankle which will mean more shots for KJ Hamler and Tim Patrick .
Patrick is the most proven option and grabbed a TD last week. However, Hamler is cheaper and more explosive than Patrick, so we’ll be rolling with him in the hopes that he can catch a long TD (as he would have had last week without a sharp drop in the end zone) . This would easily repay its price of $ 3,800.
QB Jalen Hurts, WR DeVonta Smith, TE Dallas Goedert, Eagles vs 49ers (DK / FD stack)
Here’s a stack that might not be as popular as the others, but it could be interesting. The 49ers had a 28-point lead over the Lions and led by 24 with less than two minutes to go, but they won with just eight points. How? ‘Or’ What? Because their high school blew up.
The 49ers have lost Jason Verrett (ripped ACL) for the season to the Lions and are already skinny at cornerback. Their usual No.2 corner, Emmanuel Moseley, was inactive last week due to a knee injury. Kyle Shanahan “remains hopeful” that he will return but otherwise the 49ersr will rely on the following players for the cornerback position.
- Josh Normand
- K’Waun Williams
- Dr Kirkpatrick
- Ambry Thomas (rookie)
- Deommodore Lenoir (rookie)
It’s far from ideal to face an Eagles team that can take advantage of these absences. So Hurts and Smith appear to be solid starts. Goedert also appears as a beautiful piece. He caught four passes for 42 yards and a touchdown against the Falcons. He should also do well against a 49ers defense that allowed TJ Hockenson to catch eight passes for 97 yards and a touchdown.
If Hurts is going to have another big game, this is the place to do it. Don’t hesitate to trust his receiving weapons in a favorable match.
QB Sam Darnold, WR DJ Moore, WR Robby Anderson, Panthers vs Saints (DK Stack)
The Saints are another very slim team at the cornerback position. Marshon Lattimore is suffering from a thumb injury he just had surgery on, so the Saints’ two normal starting cornerbacks – Lattimore and Ken Crawley – won’t be available against the Panthers. This means the team will have to rely on new Desmond Trufant and newly acquired Bradley Roby to lead the team to this position.
Both Roby and Trufant have played well in their careers. However, each will only have been with the Saints for a few weeks. So, New Orleans might face some background communication issues if either one is not fully up to date on the playbook. The other alternative is to play a very simple defense.
Either way, Darnold, Moore, and Anderson seem like a good threesome to trust. Darnold is a bit risky, but Moore and Anderson are both proven receiver producers. Moore had 15.4 DK points against the Jets while Anderson scored 12.7. They’ll both see plenty of Darnold’s targets, and the Saints secondary should prove to be more porous than most realize.
Darnold believes his ownership is low, which will give NFL DFS players a nice differentiation in roster. And as good as the Saints are against the Packers, they have yet to prove they can still win without Drew Brees. It’s a good opportunity for them, but it’s also a great opportunity for the Panthers to take advantage of Lattimore’s absence.