Hello again everyone! Welcome to the Week 2 NFL Main Slate Stack Report for NFL DFS contests. My name is CD Hill (@cdhill81 on Twitter), DPA’s newest DFS analyst, and I will be focusing on the best positional correlations concerning DFS scoring yet again. As I stated last week, there are a few factors that concentrate on this particular strategy and that’s what this article will get into. So, with that added, good luck in all of the contests you enter this Sunday, and let’s get to it!
Los Angeles Chargers
QB | Philip Rivers with RB | Austin Ekeler & WR | Keenan Allen
With tight end, Hunter Henry (tibia plateau fracture), listed as out and receiver, Mike Williams, listed as questionable for Sunday, there’s almost no doubt that Austin Ekeler and Keenan Allen will have plenty of work coming their way this week. Ekeler surprised many with his numbers from Week 1 (two touchdowns and 154 total yards with almost 100 of those being receiving yards) and the best part is that he’s still moderately priced, for the most part, especially on DraftKings where his pass catching will particularly be helpful for DFS owners. Allen (who had a notable eight catches for 123 yards and a TD in Week 1), on the other hand, will still cost you a good chunk of change, but should be worth it going up against a porous Detroit secondary next. Now, as for Philip Rivers, the lightning bolt’s captain under center, he still comes in priced quite nicely on DraftKings and very reasonably on FanDuel. He is coming off of a solid performance from last week in where he threw for 333 yards while completing three TD passes (also had one interception but finished with a 73.5% completion percentage), so now you should be able to see why this trio is a stack that’s going to be hard to overlook.
QB | Josh Allen with WR | John Brown
Josh Allen continues to improve each and every week and has a stellar matchup against a Giants defense in Week 2 that had a hard time sacking the quarterback, keeping points off the board, and simply couldn’t stop the run well at all last season (all of that should benefit Allen greatly as he continues to thrive as a runner and grow as a passer). John Brown is the player who stands to benefit the most from his growth, and it’s definitely already showing since he hauled in seven passes via 10 targets last week (three targets over 20 yards and 12.3 air yards per target) for 123 receiving yards. Allen and Brown also come in at solid prices still, and while Allen is less a of catch between the two price tags and upside combined, he could still see big enough numbers on Sunday that could make his $/fantasy point value worth starting him. All of this is what makes this stack a seemingly wise start right now if you’re looking to splurge on other top-priced players for the week. We see Allen as a safe floor / high ceiling play at NYG.
Kansas City Chiefs
QB | Patrick Mahomes with WR | Sammy Watkins or TE | Travis Kelce
It’s hard to find safer plays than these two right now, Patrick Mahomes and Sammy Watkins, but it’s going to cost you quite a bit to give them a start. You already knew Mahomes was going to be expensive, of course, but Watkins’ price tag goes up considerably on both DraftKings and FanDuel this week thanks to his BIG Week 1 performance (11 targets for nine catches, 198 yards and THREE touchdowns). Nevertheless, if you’re not shy with spending up, these two should be able to get you ample fantasy points against a pretty mediocre Raiders defense (they had the fewest team sacks by far in 2018 and also gave up the most points in the league that year). Watkins will also be Mahomes’ top wideout again since Tyreek Hill (collarbone) went down last week with an injury early on in Kansas City’s contest against Jacksonville, and as much as he’ll cost you to plug into your lineup, he still won’t charge you an arm and a leg like Travis Kelce would at the tight end position for the Chiefs. Considering that, Watkins becomes the slightly easier choice then when deciding which player to combo up with Mahomes, especially when you consider his recent performance and breakaway speed for future long ball TD passes. However, Kelce is still the safer big money play considering he’s the only the All-Pro option Mahomes has to throw to at the moment. Either way, you have two solid receiving options to choose from on the Chiefs.
New England Patriots
QB | Tom Brady with WR | Julian Edelman & WR | Josh Gordon
While it’s true that the Patriots just signed wide receiver, Antonio Brown, it’s still looking like a good bet that he won’t be involved much or involved at all really on the offensive end with his team this week. Getting on page with how things work on the offensive end for his new squad is one thing, but Brown is also dealing with a legal issue. With that said, Tom Brady and his current top two receiving options, Julian Edelman and Josh Gordon, could be in for a big day (fantasy points wise). One can imagine a lot of points being scored this week by New England due to who they face on Sunday. Brady and company have the luxury of going up against a Dolphins team now that just gave up 59 points against the Ravens last week in large part thanks to 379 total passing yards and six total passing touchdowns against (I won’t even touch upon the total rushing yards or receiving touchdowns against but they also gave up a plentiful amount of those). Baltimore’s QB, Lamar Jackson, dismantled them and a similar type of annihilation could potentially be seen by Tom Brady in Week 2 once he airs it out. The Patriots gunslinger also comes in at a doable price still. Edelman, on the other hand, comes off a little bit pricey on both DraftKings and FanDuel while Gordon is still very reasonably priced on both. With the Pats easily putting away the Steelers last week by the score of 33-3 with Brady throwing close to 350 yards passing (341) and connecting on three TD strikes, it shouldn’t be hard to imagine a similar, if not worse, fate for Miami. Edelman, as per usual, should see a lot of targets thrown his way leading to a potential 10+ catches, 100 yards and maybe even a TD while Josh Gordon looks like a candidate for another touchdown grab, like last week, and perhaps 100 receiving yards himself. Brady clearly comes in as the safest play out of the tree, but it’s the matchup upside that puts Edelman and Gordon up there as intriguing options that are almost too good to pass up on in this DFS slate.
Honorable Mentions / GPP Stacks
(Cash) Baltimore Ravens: QB | Lamar Jackson, RB | Mark Ingram, WR | Marquise Brown OR TE | Mark Andrews
(Cash/GPP) Los Angeles Rams: QB | Jared Goff, WR | Robert Woods OR WR | Cooper Kupp
(GPP) Dallas Cowboys: QB | Dak Prescott, WR | Amari Cooper, WR | Michael Gallup OR WR | Randall Cobb
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