The great thing about Daily Fantasy is that you get a fresh reset every week: Drafted Tyreek Hill as your WR1, but now he’s out with no timeline? No problem! Just reset again next week and plug in his replacement. Picking a fresh team every week means that you can react to news and take advantage of the latest updates without having to mortgage your whole season.
A great way to take advantage of an in-form player or a sudden replacement in your Daily Fantasy lineup is by utilising stacks. Simply put, these are two players from the same offence who will help each other score points, typically a QB with a WR or a TE. So every time your QB throws to his WR that you also have in your team, you’re raking in the points for both!
There are a couple of strategies you can utilise with stacks, but the most popular are picking a pair of reliable studs to carry your lineup, or picking the starting QB and receiver on an offence with the easiest matchups that week. The former is pricier but can offer a safer floor on the potential points returned. The latter will give you more breathing room in your budget, but you’ll be banking on the upside of your chosen duo.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at a couple of stacks you should be targeting for your Week 2 lineups:
Pricey: Tom Brady and Julian Edelman – New England Patriots @ Miami Dolphins – combined €/£14,900
History be damned, the Patriots are not losing to THIS Dolphins team in September. Anybody who watched both teams’ opening games can tell you that Miami appear to already have their sights set on next year’s No.1 pick, while in New England they’re targeting February football.
The temptation is to take Brady and stack him with Josh Gordon or Phillip Dorsett after each snagged touchdowns in Week 1, but the pair were only targeted 4 times each compared to 11 for Edelman. Presuming Antonio Brown suits up he’ll eat further into their targets, but Edelman is Brady’s go-to guy so take the safe floor and watch the points rack up in south Florida.
Mid-range: Dak Prescott and Michael Gallup – Dallas Cowboys @ Washington Redskins – combined €/£13,900
The Cowboys’ offense is for real. After a career-high 4 passing TDs and 405 yards through the air against the Giants in Week 1, Dak Prescott looks poised to take advantage of another divisional opponent in Washington this week. The Redskins looked stout in defence against the Eagles last Sunday until Carson Wentz went off in the second half, finishing with 313 passing yards and 3 TDs.
With the Cowboys looking similarly explosive and a new emphasis on the passing game under offensive coordinator Kellen Moore, it would be no surprise to see Dak do similar for America’s Team here.
Amari Cooper is Dallas’ no.1 wide receiver, but Michael Gallup broke out with a huge game last week, hauling in a team-high 7 balls for a career-best 158 yards. At only €/£6,2000, he’s the clear value play in a high-powered passing game that can take advantage of a Washington team who struggled against Philly.
Bargain: Gardner Minshew II & Chris Conley – Jacksonville Jaguars @ Houston Texans – combined €/£11,500
There’s a reason that a rookie 6th-round backup QB and a journeyman no.3 WR are so affordable, but there’s a method to this madness: Getting your stack on the cheap lets you spend on stars in other positions, while still getting the benefit of stacking your points scored.
After taking over from Nick Foles when the former Super Bowl MVP went off injured last week, Minshew came in and looked not just competent, but good on a Jaguars team already chasing an early deficit. Sure, the Chiefs passing D can be comically inept and some of his 275 passing yards and two touchdowns came with the Chiefs already out of sight, but the Texans defence is also weak against the pass and garbage time points count just the same as any other points in Fantasy!
Dede Westbrook is a more established name with the Jags, and DJ Chark racked up more yards in the season opener, but most of that was on chunk plays and came on only 4 targets. Chris Conley, on the other hand, caught 6 of the 7 balls thrown his way and flirted with a 100-yard game, while also finding his way into the end zone. Save your budget for other positions and take a flyer on the Minshew/Conley connection. This could be the future in Jacksonville!