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Correlations are very relevant in NFL DFS, as we like to pair up quarterbacks with their top receiving options. While the running back and defense stack is not as high of an upside stack as using a passing game, it is still viable with the right plays around it, and still brings a small correlation of upside. Game stacks can often be overlooked, but why wouldn't you want exposure to the team trying to keep up or chasing your favorite passing offense? There are ways to be contrarian by still targeting a top offense projected with higher ownership. Shifting from the popular WR1 to a WR2, TE, or even RB is going to help you get exposure at slightly less ownership. WR1, RB1, WR2, and TE1 in that order stand the highest chances of generating the most fantasy points in a stack. This is at least for two man stacks. We will dive into more multiplayer stacks below. Volume, Vegas, opposing defensive stats, pace, and pricing are all calculated into my stacks below. You will find my top, value, contrarian, and game stacks within the article. You can find me on Twitter at @JGuilbault11 to help with the week's slate, or questions/comments about the article.

New Orleans Saints

PlayerPositionFanDuel PriceDraftKings Price
Drew BreesQB$8,000$6,200
Alvin KamaraRB$8,700$8,200
Michael ThomasWR$8,500$8,000
Jared CookTE$6,000$4,700

There are several big team stacks to go with this week, but the Saints come in a great spot as one of those elite offenses. New England of course is in play against the Miami Dolphins, and the flip side of this game is one to target as well. The Rams have a passing attack worth looking at, and the Saints ranked 22nd against the pass last season. Get some exposure in this spot to the Rams, and they make good correlating plays as well. Kansas City is a team to target for a stack on the road against Oakland. Baltimore has an implied total, but I am going to fade as recency bias will be there.

The Saints have four guys in perfect spots this week. It starts with Drew Brees who has been a reliable fantasy option for the last decade. Even with the Saints running more, the efficiency is still there for Brees. In this potential shootouts, his upside is also ticked up a bit. Alvin Kamara works extremely well in the passing game, and Christian McCaffrey just tore this defense up last week. Kamara had a usual Week 1 type of line, he just missed the touchdown. He also had 20 touches. Michael Thomas was in the same boat, just failed to score. The one name that should bounce back this week is Jared Cook. The Rams allowed a hefty amount of points to tight ends last season.

Oakland Raiders

PlayerPositionFanDuel PriceDraftKings Price
Derek CarrQB$6,600$5,100
Josh JacobsRB$6,500$4,700
Tyrell WilliamsWR$5,900$4,400
Darren WallerTE$5,400$3,300

Oakland is dirt cheap this week, and while they were going to be anyway, sites put out Week 2 pricing before they cruised against Denver. Because they are so cheap, ownership will be there. Maybe not as a collective whole, but the value at each position will drive it up. So you will need to get contrarian elsewhere to take anything down. This is a game stack to consider too. You will have essentially an open checkbook for other positions with this stack. The Chiefs defense is still suspect to me, and overall their offense is going to allow other teams to trail from behind and rack up some points. I don't mind tossing in an Oakland stack this week. We know where the targets and touches will go, and all four positions the Chiefs bled fantasy points to last season.

Pittsburgh Steelers

PlayerPositionFanDuel PriceDraftKings Price
Ben RoethlisbergerQB$7,600$5,800
JuJu Smith-SchusterWR$8,100$7,500
James WashingtonWR$5,500$3,600
Donte MoncriefWR$5,400$4,000

The Steelers are not usually on the contrarian side, but they are this week. They get Seattle at home, which the Seahawks have a tendency of keeping opposing ownerships down on the offensive side. However this secondary looked exploitable in Week 1 against the Bengals. After a Steelers mishap in Week 1, and plenty of offenses to target, expect the Steelers to be lower owned. They are a risky bunch just given that targets and snaps are still up in the air for wideouts after JuJu Smith-Schuster. This also creates some value. Moncrief saw a majority of the snaps, but Washington had more big play potential downfield. He racked up over 100 air yards and six targets. When Washington was out there, he was going to be used.

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