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.

San Francisco 49ers

PlayerPositionFanDuel PriceDraftKings Price
Jimmy GaroppoloQB$7,400$5,800
Raheem MostertRB$6,200$5,800
George KittleTE$8,000$7,200

San Francisco will get a tasty matchup for Week 1 against the Arizona Cardinals. While the Cardinals defense is a work in progress, it will be tough to slow down this 49ers offense. Now I am going to list this stack without wide receivers to start, although I will be keeping an eye on their health over the next few days. With Deebo Samuel out and Brandon Aiyuk questionable, we should get some bargain bin dart throws with Kendrick Bourne and Dante Pettis. Jerick McKinnon is an interesting DraftKings play if Tevin Coleman sits out. He could be a way to make up for targets in the passing game with the injuries. Focusing on their studs, George Kittle gets a prime matchup against a defense that struggled against tight ends in a major way. Although Isaiah Simmons might make it a bit tougher. Kittle is the most expensive part of this stack, and deservingly so. He is a top targeted tight end and one of the best in the business. With the rest of the stack being underpriced, it makes sense. Raheem Mostert is worth a look in this stack and will be a contrarian way to attack it compared to just using him as a one-off. San Francisco are touchdown favorites and Mostert is in a great spot.

Carolina Panthers

PlayerPositionFanDuel PriceDraftKings Price
Teddy BridgewaterQB$6,800$5,900
Christian McCaffreyRB$10,000$10,000
DJ MooreWR$7,100$6,600
Curtis SamuelWR$5,500$4,600

Carolina is going to be in some high scoring games this season as the offense could be one of the best for fantasy, while the defense helps their cause by allowing plenty of points to opposing teams. Christian McCaffrey is the high-priced player here and his work in the passing game is why he is an easy player to use in a stack, compared to some of the other running backs. The Raiders ranked 21st against the run last season and 30th against pass-catching backs. They also ranked 28th and 31st against WR1s and WR2s. Carolina is going to be a little tricky because they did add Robby Anderson. I am going with Samuel here still due to the vertical threat he brings. While Anderson does as well, Samuel will be a sneakier play to consider. DJ Moore is the WR1 and opposing top wide receivers averaged 80.7 yards per game against the Raiders last season. Teddy Bridgewater is a cheap quarterback for Week 1 and while his career has been broken up, he has been a viable quarterback.

Seattle Seahawks

PlayerPositionFanDuel PriceDraftKings Price
Russell WilsonQB$8,400$7,000
Tyler LockettWR$6,800$6,500
DK MetcalfWR$6,400$5,800

Atlanta has been in the midst of injuries on the defensive side and now they are going through some changes as well. Seattle will step in with an elite passing game to take advantage of the mismatch here. I also find DK Metcalf's pricing to be very low, and the stack on FanDuel is way too nice to pass up with Lockett also being below $7,000. The Falcons ranked 18th against WR1s and 30th against WR2s last season. While Seattle isn't the most pass-happy team, the concentrated targets to Lockett and Metcalf help negate that. The same goes for Russell Wilson's efficiency. I also like the idea of bringing this stack back with Julio Jones, Hayden Hurst, or Calvin Ridley on the other side. Seattle is sitting with a 25.25 implied total and the price tags on these stacks for both sites are intriguing.

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