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The Stacking to Win It article is a lot of fun to dive into each week. In this article I will give you my top stacks for each Week of the NFL season. I'll highlight my top two stacks to consider, a value stack and then a potentially under the radar stack that can help you shoot your way up the leaderboards!

Last week, I highlighted the Giants, Steelers, Chargers, and Broncos as my favorite stacks, and we all know how the Giants debacle turned out. Danny Woodhead left early with a significant injury, and the Broncos did all of their scoring on defense for the most part. Let's move on to Week 3, where there is no shortage of value anywhere on the board:

Top Stack 1

Saints vs Falcons - Team Total 28.25

Name

Position

FanDuel Salary

DraftKings Salary

Estimated Ownership %

Projected Points

Drew Brees QB $9,000 $7,900 10-15 24.47 (DK), 20.46 (FD)
Brandin Cooks
WR $8,100 $7,900 10-15 18.35 (DK), 13.06 (FD)
Willie Snead WR $7,500 $6,500 15-20 14.56 (DK), 10.03 (FD)

Strange how we saw exactly what we expected out of Drew Brees last week. Week 1 (home: 28/42, 423 yards, 4 TD, 0 INT, 35.42 DK points, Week 2 (road): 29/44, 263 yards 1 TD, 0 INT, 14.52 DK points. Now that Brees is back at home, we can safely target the good half of his Jekyll and Hyde situation. The Falcons have been abysmal against the pass in 2016, allowing 580 yards and a 120 QB rating (2nd-worst behind Oakland), facing Jameis Winston and Derek Carr. Now Brees will get the chance to carve them up at home, and both Cooks and "Big Willie Style" Snead are locked in, not only as safe options, but as options with upside as well. This one is a no brainer if your slate includes the Monday Night Football contest. If you want to swerve a little bit, a Matt Ryan/Julio Jones/Tevin Coleman stack looks mighty tasty on the opposite side of this one.

Top Stack 2

Steelers at Eagles - Team Total 24.5

Name

Position

FanDuel Salary

DraftKings Salary

Estimated Ownership %

Projected Points

Ben Roethlisberger

QB $8,400 $7,300 10-15 20.35 (DK), 19.01 (FD)
DeAngelo Williams RB $8,800 $7,500 20-25 25.20 (DK), 19.36 (FD)
Antonio Brown WR $9,500 $9,600 25-30 28.03 (DK), 18.65 (FD)

I hate to eat so much Steeler chalk each week, but given the slate this week, there aren't a lot of options to love. Williams has been the top back in the NFL in terms of volume and production, and this is his final week before the return of Le'Veon Bell. Brown had a down week last week, but should have little issue against this Eagles secondary. The Eagles' defensive numbers are very skewed due to playing subpar offenses (I'm being generous) in the Browns and Bears over the first two weeks. The battle for Pennsylvania is going to be an ugly one if you ask me, and this 24.5 point team total seems far, far too low for the offensive juggernaut that is the Steelers. If you want to go the contrarian route, throw Jesse James in at TE as a part of your stack, but there's no chance I'd be taking Williams out. Brown is as safe as they come, and we saw his absolute floor last week. This isn't the type of stack that will necessarily bink you a GPP, but they provide you with an excellent baseline, and with all the value available, they are easy to fit. If you're looking for a nice floor/upside combo to pair with your contrarian options elsewhere, this is your stack. The next one on the list is going to be the real chalk.

Value Stack

Chargers vs Colts - Team Total 24.75

Name

Position

FanDuel Salary

DraftKings Salary

Estimated Ownership %

Projected Points

Philip Rivers

QB

$8,000

$6,700

5-10

17.95 (DK), 17.00 (FD)

Melvin Gordon

RB

$7,100

$5,800

10-20

16.32 (DK), 13.02 (FD)

Travis Benjamin

WR

$6,900

$5,200

15-20

14.58 (DK), 9.79 (FD)

When you factor in salaries, the Chargers may just be the top stack of Week 3, but I'm including them as my value stack due to their depressed price tags (especially on DraftKings). Rivers was ultra-efficient in Week 2, and didn't miss a beat when his favorite targets Keenan Allen and Danny Woodhead went down in Weeks 1 and 2, respectively. Travis Benjamin still isn't a huge volume target (14 targets in 2 games), but he showed his upside as a deep threat last week, hauling in a pair of scores. We all know that Rivers loves his deep men (see: Floyd, Malcolm) over the years, and he has already built a nice rapport with Mr. Benjamin. Gordon is a player that I expect to be heavily owned, but in all honesty, each of these players should be higher owned than they will be. Their ownership last week was baffling to me, but you aren't sneaking up on anyone with this stack in Week 3. Get some Chargers exposure, and mix in some Antonio Gates into your stacks instead of Benjamin or Gordon if you're looking to find a lower-owned stack.

Contrarian Stack

Jets at Chiefs- Team Total 19.75

Name

Position

FanDuel Salary

DraftKings Salary

Estimated Ownership %

Projected Points

Ryan Fitzpatrick

QB

$7,300

$5,900

2-5

18.30 (DK), 17.25 (FD)

Matt Forte

WR

$7,500

$7,000

5-10

15.74 (DK), 12.95 (FD)

Quincy Enunwa

RB

$6,000

$4,800

1-3

9.84 (DK), 6.65 (FD)

If you read my WR write-ups this week, you may have seen that I'm on Enunwa as a contrarian option. With that said, this stack is more than viable with Eric Decker in at WR as well, assuming he is good to go some Sunday. It looks more and more like Brandon Marshall will be limited at best (if he even suits up), so there will be plenty of opportunities to go around for the rest of this Jet offense. Forte looks like the workhorse back we know and love, and is more than comfortable in this offense. Love him or hate him, Fitzpatrick is the type of QB that will be very low owned and could be a difference maker in a large-field GPP. He threw for 374 yards and a pair of scores against the Bills last week, and with Forte as a quick-hitter option in the short passing game, he has a nice floor as well. The Chiefs' defense has been somewhat of a disappointment over the first two weeks of the season, allowing 23 PPG to the Texans and Chargers, including a whopping 252 yards on the ground. Fire this stack up (with whichever WR you like) as a low-owned option with upside.



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