4 FanDuel Stacks to Target in Week 11
Stacking in daily fantasy football on FanDuel is a key strategy and a way to shoot for upside. There are a few different ways to correlate lineups that can help us maximize our ceiling.
The classic stack is a quarterback with one of his pass-catchers. Sometimes, it makes sense to use two pass catchers with their signal-caller, especially when the target share is concentrated around two players.
In other situations, we can pair a running back and a defense on the same team. This makes sense when a team is a huge favorite and expected to dominate, which can lead to carries for the back and chances for sacks and turnovers for the D/ST. We also can look to deploy a game stack -- rostering a QB, one of his pass-catchers, and a pass-catcher from the other team. Game stacks can work best in matchups that have high totals and close spreads.
Our Brandon Gdula did a study on stacking that is worth checking out before you make your lineups.
Here are four of the best stacks to zero in on in NFL DFS for this week's main slate.
Tua Tagovailoa ($8,400), Tyreek Hill ($9,800), and Jaylen Waddle ($7,100)
They haven't been on the main slate in a few weeks, but we'll get the Miami Dolphins in what looks like a pristine spot for Week 11's slate.
Miami had a bye week and wanted to emphasize getting Jaylen Waddle fully healthy during the week off. He's saying that he feels fresher now, and a healthy Waddle is a great value element of this stack.
Tyreek Hill had his worst game of the season in Germany in Week 9, but he still leads all wide receivers in half-PPR points per game by more than two points. He and Waddle combine for 55% of the targets and 58% of the end zone targets when they are both on the field (via PFF).
Playing with these two explosive wide receivers gives Tua Tagovailoa high weekly upside. He's had three top-three fantasy finishes this season.
The Dolphins are at home against the Las Vegas Raiders this week. The Raiders' defense isn't actually that terrible, ranking 13th in numberFire's pass-defense metrics. The oddsmakers don't think they'll be able to slow down Miami though; the Dolphins implied team total is the highest on the main slate (29.5).
Dak Prescott ($8,500) and CeeDee Lamb ($9,200)
The Dallas Cowboys looked like they were going to be a run-first team that relied on their defense this season. They may have started out that way, but things have greatly shifted.
Dallas is now a team that consistently exceeds their expected pass rate on a week-to-week basis. This new strategy has been working like a charm.
the cowboys pass rate over expected in their last 4 games:— Tej Seth (@tejfbanalytics) November 15, 2023
vs. chargers: +0.7%
vs. rams: +15.8%
vs. eagles: +8.7%
vs. giants: +9.7%
they are letting the dak prescott to ceedee lamb connection cook and the results have been very good pic.twitter.com/Hn0ZxAMEqz
There doesn't seem to be much reason for the Cowboys to go away from this -- and to keep featuring CeeDee Lamb. Lamb has seen a 37% target share in the past three games and is the WR1 by some distance in that time. He's averaging 30.5 half-PPR points; no one else is even averaging 20.
This new style has also vaulted Dak Prescott as the best fantasy QB in the past three weeks. He has thrown 11 touchdowns and added one more with his legs last week.
The Cowboys will play the Carolina Panthers on the road this week. The matchup is solid since the Panthers rank 20th in nF's adjusted pass-defense metrics.
With Dallas having a 26.0-point implied team total, this passing game should be able to explode in fantasy again. Those fantasy managers who have rostered Tony Pollard know it's difficult to expect him to be the one scoring the touchdowns for the Cowboys at this point, so we should target this stack instead.
C.J. Stroud ($8,000), Nico Collins ($7,200) and Tank Dell ($7,000)
Stroud has thrown 15 touchdowns compared to just 2 interception -- fairly unheard of for a rookie. Zach Wilson -- a fellow number two overall pick -- had four interceptions in his second career start. Stroud has translated that to fantasy success, as well, averaging just 0.2 fewer fantasy points per game than Patrick Mahomes.
He was without top receiver Nico Collins last week, and a lot of the volume shifted to Noah Brown. It looks like these will flip, as Collins is off the injury report while Brown missed practice all week and is questionable.
Another rookie that has been playing well for Houston is Tank Dell. He saw 14 targets for a 36% share last week. Between him and Collins, they could combine for over 50% of the targets this week.
The Texans will play the Arizona Cardinals at home this week. Arizona's a great defense to target with a stack of QBs and WRs. They are 28th in adjusted fantasy points per drop back allowed to QBs and 31st in adjusted fantasy points per target allowed to receivers.
The return of Kyler Murray may make Arizona more competitive in this game, which will help Houston's offense. With the Texans holding a 26.5-point implied team total, they are definitely one of the best stacks on the board.
Trevor Lawrence ($7,000), Christian Kirk ($6,900), and Calvin Ridley ($6,500)
This stack is an opportunity to buy low on a Jacksonville Jaguars team that hasn't gone off in the passing game too often this season.
The hype on Trevor Lawrence heading into the season has not come to fruition for fantasy purposes. He has just two games with multiple passing touchdowns and is 24th in fantasy points per game at QB.
This obviously means the receivers haven't been amazing, either. Christian Kirk has been the best as the half-PPR WR22. He has the best usage on the team, seeing 23% of the targets.
It looked like the Jaguars had gotten just what they needed when Calvin Ridley dominated in his first game. He's been fairly boom-or-bust with four games of double-digit FanDuel points but five under 5.5 FD points. He does see 41% of the team's end zone targets, so a game with multiple touchdowns isn't out of the question.
The Jags get a matchup against the Tennessee Titans that have a classic pass-funnel defense. They rank 27th in pass defense but 10th against the run, according to numberFire. They also are 29th in adjusted fantasy points per target to receivers and 22nd in adjusted fantasy points per drop back to QBs.
If Jacksonville is to get their passing game going, this is the perfect opportunity to do it. Their 23.75 implied team total is definitely healthy enough for them to warrant consideration -- especially when you can get them for these low salaries.
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