Welcome in to our brand new DFS article where I'll help with lineup construction for the main slate each and every week. I plan to focus on the biggest decision points each week that you'll be faced with, whether you're playing in cash or GPPs.
Let's start with this. Week 2 is unique in that there are currently four games with a total over 50 points, according to Caesars Sportsbook. What's unique is that all four of those games start in the afternoon at 4:05 p.m. ET or later. The 49ers-Eagles game is the only early game that's truly hovering around 50 points, with everything else at 48 or less.
Don't be alarmed if your scores are low early in the day or, on the contrary, don't be too excited if you're winning a bunch of money early on the main slate. There will be a lot of ownership in those later games.
Speaking of which…
Choosing your stack
This will be your first major decision point in lineup construction this week. Which quarterback you use will be dictated by what game you like most in the afternoon. To no surprise, Cowboys-Chargers is projecting as the highest-owned game on the slate and it makes sense with a 55-point total.
Stack 1: Dak Prescott with Amari Cooper, CeeDee Lamb and more, with Keenan Allen as the bring-back
What we're doing with a stack is tying a quarterback to one, two or even three of his pass catchers and then using a pass catcher from the other team to maximize correlated point outputs. Basically, if Dak Prescott is throwing the ball all over the field to Amari Cooper and CeeDee Lamb, that likely means one or both of Keenan Allen and Mike Williams are going off on the other side.
That's exactly what our Mike McClure is thinking this week, too. On the Fantasy Football Today DFS podcast, Mike revealed how he'll be unique when stacking this game.
"I'm very strongly on the Dallas side with Dak (Prescott). I prefer Dak at quarterback. I'll definitely have Amari Cooper and CeeDee Lamb stacked with him. We know that's going to be popular. I'll have a bring-back of Keenan Allen, also going to be popular… What I will probably have with Dak in this spot is I think they're obviously going to be committed to the pass. I think I'm going to triple stack it with the tight end (Blake Jarwin/Dalton Schultz) or Cedrick Wilson in there as well. The combination of the triple stack with the bring-back will make it just different enough."
It makes a ton of sense too, considering Wilson is just $3,100 on DraftKings this week while Dalton Schultz and Blake Jarwin are $3,300 and $3,100, respectively. If you want to fit all of Prescott, Cooper, Lamb and Allen in the lineup, you need to figure out a way to save some money, and this is a good way to do so. Another way to do that is throwing Jared Cook in at tight end as he's just $3,900 this week and gives you more exposure to the Chargers side of things.
More popular Week 2 stacks
- Russell Wilson to DK Metcalf and/or Tyler Lockett, with A.J. Brown on the other side
- Justin Herbert to Keenan Allen and/or Mike Williams, with any combination of Cowboys pass catchers on the other side
- Tom Brady to one or two of Chris Godwin/Mike Evans/Antonio Brown/Rob Gronkowski, with Calvin Ridley or Kyle Pitts on the other side
- Kyler Murray to one or two of DeAndre Hopkins/Chase Edmonds/Christian Kirk/Rondale Moore, with Justin Jefferson, Adam Thielen or K.J. Osborn on the other side
- Jalen Hurts to DeVonta Smith and/or Dallas Goedert, with George Kittle on the other side
Sia Nejad, also heard on Fantasy Football Today DFS, is a big fan of Brady to Antonio Brown with Calvin Ridley on the bring-back. I'm also a big fan of the mobile quarterback stacks this week with eyes on Kyler Murray and Jalen Hurts. It sounds unbelievable, but Murray is currently projecting for 6-8% ownership in tournaments. Sign me up. Hurts checks in a tad higher in ownership but he looked fantastic in Week 1 and now gets the 49ers traveling east. I'll definitely have at least one GPP lineup with that Hurts-Smith stack and the Kittle bring-back.
So how are we filling out the rest of our lineups?
Once you figure out which stack you want to run out, you'll need to fill out your remaining lineup spots. The good news for you is that this week is loaded with mid-tier value on DraftKings, specifically at wide receiver.
Obviously, we love the Cowboys and Chargers wide receivers, but another team you can turn to will be the Rams with a team total that sits at 25. For some odd reason, Cooper Kupp, Robert Woods, and Tyler Higbee are priced at just $6,000, $5,700, and $4,100, respectively. The Colts secondary is subpar and just got ripped apart by Tyler Lockett, DK Metcalf, and Gerald Everett. Keep in mind that Kupp and Higbee are projecting for high ownership at their positions, so Woods could make more sense for those playing in tournaments.
Here are all the mid-tier options I'll be targeting in some capacity this week, listed by price:
- Najee Harris, $6,300
- Chris Carson, $6,100
- Darrell Henderson, $5,700
- Damien Harris, $5,400
- Chase Edmonds, $4,900
- Keenan Allen, $7,000
- Amari Cooper, $6,800
- CeeDee Lamb, $6,400
- Mike Williams, $6,200
- Allen Robinson, $6,200
- Cooper Kupp, $6,000
- Robert Woods, $5,700
- DeVonta Smith, $5,400
- Ja'Marr Chase, $5,000
- Jaylen Waddle, $4,500
That means there's only one thing left…
At this point we have our quarterback stacked up with pass catchers and a good base of mid-tier options we like. We're always going to be need value, though. Sure, the defense and tight end could help with salary relief, but if you want to play high-end options like Christian McCaffrey, Alvin Kamara or DeAndre Hopkins, you need to find value on the slate.
We've already mentioned Cedrick Wilson earlier, who is just $3,100 and cheap exposure to the most exciting game on the slate. If you're looking for a pivot in that same price range, take a look at K.J. Osborn in that Vikings-Cardinals game. Osborn was on the field for 81% of the snaps last week and, to my surprise, was the Vikings' slot receiver, not Thielen. Osborn ran 47 routes on 51 Kirk Cousins dropbacks, with 37 of those routes coming in the slot. We know Kirk Cousins has always loved options over the middle of the field.
Here are my five best value plays at wide receiver in Week 2: