Hello, my fellow DFS enthusiasts! Welcome to the Week 6 NFL Main Slate Stack Report for NFL Daily Fantasy Sports Contests. My name is CD Hill (@cdhill81 on Twitter), and as one of DPA’s NFL experts, I will once again be concentrating on Sunday’s best positional correlation pairings for you. As I stated last week, there are a few elements that focus on this particular strategy and that’s what this article concentrates on. Now that you have an understanding of what to expect, best of luck in whatever contests you enter and let’s get down to brass tacks!
QB | Kyler Murray with WR | Larry Fitzgerald
Kyler Murray is really starting to show what he can do on the ground now, in addition to what he can do via the pass. In two of his last three contests combined, Murray has rushed for a total of 162 yards on 18 carries (nine yards per carry) and added in two rushing TDs. He has also put up 287.8 passing yards per game in four out of his past five games with a total of four passing touchdowns and four INTs on the season. His favorite receiving target, WR, Larry Fitzgerald, has been quiet of late after a hot start to the year. In Fitzgerald’s first two weeks of the season, he averaged 6.5 receptions per game, 108.5 receiving yards per game and even had at least one TD in two of the first three weeks of 2019. Fortunately for him and Murray, they have a cake match-up with the Falcons on Sunday who’ve been absolutely terrible at the stopping the pass this year (especially passing touchdowns). Now, while the Cards are also banged up at both starting receiving and rushing positions (starting WR, Christian Kirk, questionable, with an ankle issue & starting RB, David Johnson, also questionable due to an ailing back), Murray and Fitzgerald should still be able to do quite well this week, minimizing fellow starting teammates’ workloads due to those players not being 100%. These two recommended Arizona players should be able to reward DFS owners willing to take a chance on both of them in Week 6 because Murray is already starting to show promise in his rookie season and Fitzgerald has already proven he can step it up big when needed in a tight spot. This Cards duo is looking like a steal GPP play and a sound cash game play, too, thanks to two reasons. They both have very reasonable salary requirements on both DraftKings and FanDuel and Kyler Murray’s not projected to be owned heavily on those sites (especially on DraftKings).
Editor’s Note: If David Johnson is side-lined, Chase Edmonds becomes an excellent play for ARZ as well.
QB | Matt Ryan with WR | Julio Jones &/or
TE | Austin Hooper
Matt Ryan is a top-tier QB, in terms of salary, but he’s showing to be well worth the price tag needed in order to roster him. Ryan has thrown a superb 363.5 passing yards per game in his last two contests, and has completed at least three TD passes in three out of his last four. His teammate and top wide-out Julio Jones, on the other hand, has been relatively quiet in his last two contests despite starting off the season red hot averaging the following stats in two out of his first three games of the season: 6.5-117-1.5. However, it seems inevitable that he’ll break out of his slump sooner rather than later as he faces an Arizona secondary on Sunday that’s vulnerable to the pass. That’s welcoming news for both Jones (who’s also a top-priced play, like Ryan, but a top-priced play who’s projected ownership is way down), Ryan, and a potential DFS owner of theirs who’s looking to get some green this week. Yes, they’re very safe cash game plays but they come in as intriguing options in GPPs because of Jones’ less than elevated projected DFS ownership and because when these two players click, it’s hard to find a better QB/WR combo in the NFL. With that said, you should also consider going with tight end, Austin Hooper, in this stack as well (yup, I said this last week too). Hooper comes in as a very appealing play because the Cardinals have given up the most receiving yards and receiving touchdowns to TEs in 2019. It’s also true that Hooper has never been more involved than he is right now in his team’s offense. He’s been targeted nine times per game in the past three weeks and currently holds a 17.5 DraftKings points per game average as well as a 13.46 FanDuel points per game one. He’s the fourth most expensive tight end on this slate on both DFS sites but he’s also the top fantasy points scorer at the position on both as well.
QB | Deshaun Watson with WR | DeAndre Hoskins
Since wide receiver, Will Fuller V, obviously had an insanely good game against Atlanta in Week 5 (14-217-3), one would think he’d be an automatic/no-brainer suggested start for Week 6 in this match-up, right? Well, considering the secondary Fuller just faced (the Falcons secondary is, well, not good to put it kindly), considering his track record (this receiver is HIGHLY inconsistent), looking at who else starts at WR for the Texans (yeah, you know, that guy named, DeAndre Hoskins), and glancing at how much Fuller’s price tag just increased on DraftKings and FanDuel (his DFS ownership will probably be way up, too), it shouldn’t be too shocking to see that he’s not a proposed start in this article. However, Deshaun Watson and DeAndre Hoskins are and my reasoning for this shouldn’t be too hard to understand. After all, Watson is second in the NFL in passing touchdowns (tied with five other players), tied for second for fewest INTs (1) in 2019, has the sixth highest competition percentage in the league, and is 10th in passing yards this year (not to mention, absolutely demolished Atlanta last week for 426 passing yards and five TDs). Now while Hoskins may not be off to the best of starts this season (only 6.2 receptions, 69.4 receiving yards, and 0.4 TD receptions per game), this is still a stud wide-out that is coming off of 107.3 receptions, 1,490.3 receiving yards, and 11.7 touchdowns per game in three out of his last four seasons. Numbers like that almost ensure that he’ll be a big fantasy points contributor this week. He really seems due, and his match-up with the Chiefs this week is just what the doctor ordered for him. Kansas City is no stranger to giving up a good amount of passing yards and touchdowns. This slate’s game should be a shootout and that will likely lead to big fantasy point total for both Watson and Hoskins in this one. These two won’t be popular GPP starts thanks to their high ownership projections in DFS, but they make for excellent Cash game plays.
QB | Gardner Minshew II with WR | D.J. Chark Jr. or
WR | Dede Westbrook
Gardner Minshew continues to exceed expectations for Jacksonville. Since filling in at the QB position for starter, Nick Foles (collarbone), he has now thrown for a total of nine touchdowns and has only been picked off once in his past five games. Minshew also threw for almost 400 yards (374) against a tough Carolina secondary last week (while connecting on two TD passes that week) and has also shown some ability on the ground as well. He ran for 56 yards on six carries in Week 2, 42 rushing yards on seven carries in Week 5 and more importantly, is still priced quite nicely on DraftKings and FanDuel. Now, in terms of who’s been his wide receiver of choice so far in 2019, the answer is clear. It’s been wideout, D.J. Chark, who has surprisingly maintained one TD grab a week since Week 1 and an average of 128.7 receiving yards per game in three out of his last five contests. Chark would easily be the WR to go with here in this stack, without question, if it wasn’t for one thing that happened just last week. In Week 5, Dede Westbrook finally put up some numbers worth noting after starting off the year dreadfully slow statistically. Westbrook was targeted 11 times by Minshew in that contest and ended up with seven catches and 82 receiving yards. Now, while that stat line still pails in comparison to Chark’s that same week (11-164-2), it’s still worth throwing out there and mentioning because Westbrook is still Jacksonville’s WR1 on the depth chart, technically, and comes in way cheaper than Chark does on FanDuel (however, his price isn’t that much lower than his on DraftKings). In the end, the best two to go with here in GPPs in particular are Minshew and Chark, though, since they’ve been the most consistent QB/WR combo on their team.
Honorable Mentions / GPP Stacks
(Cash) Kansas City Chiefs: QB | Patrick Mahomes (ankle) with TE | Travis Kelce
(GPP) Cleveland Browns: QB | Baker Mayfield with WR | Jarvis Landry
Washington Redskins: QB | Case Keenum with WR | Terry McLaurin
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