It’s always a good time to win some money by playing daily fantasy football, but week 2 always offers a particularly great opportunity. Last week, we learned a great deal about the NFL, but there are also always overreactions at the beginning of the season that savvy NFL DFS players can take advantage of. Some defenses were not as bad as they looked last week. Others … yes, they are. Either way, the most opportunistic way to target these weak defenses is by stacking teammates in DraftKings and FanDuel lineups. Whether you play in cash games or tournaments, stacks are useful as they either raise the ceiling or the floor in each lineup.
The most common stacks rely on pairing quarterbacks and pass-catching weapons (WRs and TEs) and the use of running backs in defense. The logic is that if a quarterback plays well, at least one or two of his receivers will almost certainly do the same. And if a defense helps stop another team from scoring, the other team will be able to run more as they can get ahead early.
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Below are some of the best stacks for DraftKings and FanDuel lineups this week. Not surprisingly, they are dominated by QBs. Be sure to follow our Twitter account @SN_Fantasy to see all of our DFS content begin 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 that you need a piece of if you are playing in cash games this week. The Titans were just beaten by the Cardinals offense in their season opener, and the Seahawks profile resembled that squad.
Russell Wilson is very similar to Kyler Murray, who has just provided 289 passing yards, 20 rushing yards and five overall TDs against Tennessee. The Seahawks are a bit more conservative than Kliff Kingsbury’s team, but new offensive coordinator Shane Waldron was willing to let Wilson take shots down the field against the Colts – so he threw in four TDs, while averaging a fantastic 11 yards / experiments.
Titans do not have the secondary weapons to include DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett. Metcalf and Lockett combined for 160 receiving yards and three TDs Sunday, accounting for 64 percent of Wilson’s passers-by and 75 percent of the team’s passing TDs. Rolling with the two and Wilson gives cash lineups a very high floor as they will make up most of the crime for the Seahawks.
WEEK 2 STANDARD RATINGS:
Quarterback | Ran back | Wide receiver | Close end | D / ST | Kicker
Kyler Murray and DeAndre Hopkins, Cardinals vs. Vikings (DK / FD stack)
Here is another expensive stack that can pay off big. The Vikings just struggled to slow the Bengals, allowing 363 yards in total and letting Ja’Marr Chase go 101 yards and a TD in his NFL debut. Now Minnesota is getting a date with Murray and Hopkins. It’s not going to go well for Minnesota.
Murray looked elite against the Titans and is a constant scoring threat. He is excellent with his legs, and considering that rushing TDs are worth more than passing TDs, his floor is taller than most other QBs out there. That said, he also has a huge ceiling. After all, he sent out five total TDs last week.
Meanwhile, Hopkins led the team in goals (8), catches (6), yards (83), and he scored twice, as did Christian Kirk. Hopkins should continue to see a lot of glances from Murray and will see an even greater amount of goals if the Vikings can at least stay within reach. Hopkins could send 10 plus catches, 100 plus yards and another multi-TD game, so we trust him and Murray in cash-game formats. We like this stack a little more in DraftKings because of the yardage bonuses offered there. Murray is a rare QB threat who could at least flirt with 100 rushing yards and three extra points.
WEEK 2 PPR RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Ran back | Wide receiver | Close end | D / ST | Kicker
RB Damien Harris and DEF New England Patriots @ Jets (DK stack)
Bill Belichick is the elite against rookie quarterbacks. He has recorded a record of 21-6 against rookies in his time with the Patriots, and his last five outings against rookies have been particularly impressive.
The Patriots have allowed an average of 10.2 points in their last five games against rookie QBs back to 2018. The team has averaged two sacks and 1.6 revenue per game. Fight in these competitions. The five QBs they have faced during this span are Josh Allen, Justin Herbert, Tua Tagovailoa, Sam Darnold and Daniel Jones. Not bad. As such, spending on a high-floor defense like the Patriots can be a valuable investment. They should be able to rattle Zach Wilson, who was fired six times in his debut by the Panthers.
Pairing the Patriots’ defense with Damien Harris is also a sensible move. Harris had a crucial game-changing fumble late in the Patriots’ 17-16 loss to the Dolphins, but he still ran 100 yards on 23 carries. His best backup, rookie Rhamondre Stevenson, also fumbled with his very first career, so Belichick seems more likely to rely on Harris in a bounce against a subpar defense.
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Week 2 DraftKings, FanDuel Picks: Best stacks for daily fantasy football GPPs / tournaments
QB Teddy Bridgewater, WR KJ Hamler and TE Noah Fant, Broncos @ Jaguars (DK stack)
This is not an overreaction to the Broncos’ victory over the Giants. Denver is a legitimately good team that has one of the strongest lists in the NFL. The only thing they are missing is a safe-four-franchise quarterback.
That said, Teddy Bridgewater looked rock solid in his Broncos debut against the Giants. He threw 264 yards and two TDs in Denver’s win. He also ran for 19 yards. These numbers are not earthquake, but they are still good, especially compared to his $ 5,400 price on DraftKings. He should post a point plus 20 plus points against a Jaguars team that could not stop a nosebleed, let alone a Tyrod Taylor joint offense.
Taking cheap to Bridgewater and a few of his other weapons allows you to spend elsewhere in your lineup while maintaining a high side. Found then eight goals on team and scored 10.2 DraftKings points in Week 1. Jerry Jeudy is out with a high ankle anchor so that will mean more snaps for KJ Hamler and Tim Patrick.
Patrick is the more documented option and caught a TD last week. However, Hamler is cheaper and more explosive than Patrick, so we roll with him in hopes he can catch a long TD (which he would have had last week, if not for a brutal drop in the final zone). It would easily pay off his $ 3,800 pricing.
QB Jalen Hurts, WR DeVonta Smith, TE Dallas Goedert, Eagles vs. 49ers (DK / FD stack)
Here is a stack that may not be as highly regarded as others, but it can be a nice one. The 49ers had a 28-point lead against the Lions and led by 24 with less than two minutes to go, but they won by just eight points. How? Because their secondary was turned up.
The 49ers lost Jason Verrett (torn ACL) for the season against the Lions and are already thin at cornerback. Their normal corner No. 2, Emmanuel Moseley, was inactive last week due to a knee injury. Kyle Shanahan “maintains hope” that he will return, but if not, the 49ersr will rely on the following players at the cornerback.
- Josh Norman
- K’Waun Williams
- Dre Kirkpatrick
- Ambry Thomas (rookie)
- Deommodore Lenoir (rookie)
It is less than ideal to go up against an Eagles team that can benefit from this absence. So Hurts and Smith seem like solid starters. Goedert is also a good piece. He caught four passes for 42 yards and a TD against the Falcons. He should do just as well against a 49ers defense that allowed TJ Hockenson to catch eight passes for 97 yards and a TD.
If Hurts is going to have another big game, this is the place to do it. Feel free to trust that his receiving weapon is in a favorable matchup.
QB Sam Darnold, WR DJ Moore, WR Robby Anderson, Panthers vs. Saints (DK Stack)
Saints is another team that is knife-thin at the corner kick. Marshon Lattimore is dealing with a thumb injury that he just underwent surgery on, so the Saints’ two normal starting corner players – Lattimore and Ken Crawley – will not be available against the Panthers. That means the team will have to rely on the newly signed Desmond Trufant and the newly acquired Bradley Roby to lead the team on the position.
Both Roby and Trufant have played well over the course of their careers. But each will have been with the Saints for just a few weeks. So New Orleans could handle some communication issues at the back end if one of them is not quite up to speed with the playbook. The second alternative is to play a very simple defense.
Either way, Darnold, Moore and Anderson seem like a good trio to trust in this one. Darnold is a bit of a risk, but Moore and Anderson are both proven producers on the receiving end. Moore had 15.4 DK points against the Jets, while Anderson sent 12.7. They will both see plenty of goals from Darnold, and the Saints’ secondary should prove more porous than most are aware of.
The Darnold numbers are low-key, so this will give NFL DFS players a good lineup differentiation. And as good as the Saints looked toward the Packers, they still need to prove they can consistently win without Drew Brees. This is a good opportunity for them, but it is also a good chance for the Panthers to take advantage of Lattimore’s absence.