4 NFL FanDuel Stacks for Week 6
If you're new to daily fantasy football, then you'll have to make some changes to your fantasy football strategy. You don't have "your guys" on a weekly basis -- and you need to adjust to each and every matchup.
A big part of building your roster is weekly quarterback selection. In terms of salary, passers range from the top of the player pool to the bottom, with some replacement-level passers sitting at the same price point as kickers and defenses on FanDuel.
Along with those quarterbacks, though, you have the option of pairing pass-catchers with your signal caller, and per 4for4, a quarterback's top receiver has the strongest positive correlation to quarterback success -- while his tight end and second receiver are next in line.
If you're going to stack, though, you need to have a purpose. If you're trying to win a big tournament, you'll want to find a combination that can put up points in bunches -- especially if that also comes with low ownership percentages. Who fits that mold in Week 6?
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
This stack should end up at the forefront of the ownership bubble come Sunday morning given that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are implied for 27.25 points in a game with the highest over/under on the main slate (57.5). Jameis Winston put up 8.5 FanDuel points in their last game after taking over for Ryan Fitzpatrick at half-time. He completed 16 of 20 passes for 145 yards and a touchdown, but was held back by two interceptions. Targeting the Atlanta Falcons has been a viable strategy in each week thus far, as they come into Week 6 ranking 27th against the pass according to numberFire's Adjusted Defensive Passing Net Expected Points (NEP) per play metric and third in passing touchdowns allowed. Winston has never averaged under 15 FanDuel points per game for an entire season, and with this defense being so banged up he should be able to put up points with all of the offensive weapons at his disposal.
One of those weapons is Mike Evans, who is averaging 18.27 FanDuel points per game this season on the back of seven or more targets in each game. The Falcons have faced the eighth-most pass attempts in the NFL this season, and with the expected game environment in this contest Evans should be in line for a steady diet of targets once again. This is the premier game of the entire main slate, so it's definitely an option to game-stack by using someone like Julio Jones who is in equally as good of a spot as Evans against this Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense that allowed 354 passing yards to Mitchell Trubisky in their last game.
Deshaun Watson popped up on the injury report after taking a beating running the ball on Sunday night football, but as of now it looks like he should be good to go for this showdown against the Buffalo Bills. The Bills are the opposite of the Atlanta Falcons, ranking seventh against the pass by our metrics, and star corner Tre'Davious White will be active for this game. That being said, we have seen them give up multiple big games to the likes of Philip Rivers and Joe Flacco this season, and with DeAndre Hopkins, Will Fuller and Keke Coutee all expected to active for this game, Watson will have a full arsenal of weapons. Watson has averaged 23.19 FanDuel points per game this season, and remains one of the highest-floor quarterback options, seeing that he has 40 or more rushing yards in each of the last three weeks.
Coutee has only been active for two games, but he has seen target totals of 15 and seven over that span, as they are basically using him as an extension of the run game. Lamar Miller is not a pass-catching running back, and as a result the 22 targets Coutee has seen have come at an average depth of less than six yards from scrimmage. The game should naturally filter towards Coutee and Fuller with White covering Hopkins, and given Coutee's cheap price we won't feel as bad about spending over $8,000 on Watson.
Andy Dalton has been a regular in this article through five weeks, and it's easy to see why, with Bill Lazor's offense humming and coming into Week 6 ranked fourth in the NFL in points scored per game (30.6). This game features the second-highest O/U on the slate at 52.5 points, with the Cincinnati Bengals accounting for 26.75 of those expected points. The Pittsburgh Steelers are another team that have dealt with injuries this season, and really haven't been the same since Ryan Shazier got injured last season. They've allowed the most passing touchdowns in the NFL (13) as well as the fourth-most passing yards (1,481).
Last week, Joe Haden gave Julio Jones the shadow treatment, resulting in just a 5-62 line from Jones on nine targets. Haden has notoriously shut down A.J. Green throughout his career, and given that he shadowed Jones last week we can expect he will give Green the same treatment this week. This will result in some more open looks for Tyler Boyd, who has seven or more targets in each game this season outside of week one. Given the expected offense in this game, it does profile as a game-stack option and you can select either of Antonio Brown or JuJu Smith-Schuster to run it back with.
This one might come as a surprise, but there is typically value in picking on a west-coast team traveling east for an early game. The Los Angeles Chargers defense has struggled without the presence of Joey Bosa, and they have already given up two monster games to opposing wideouts this season in Tyreek Hill and Robert Woods. Mayfield threw for 342 passing yards in his first home start last week, and that was against a much better defense in the Baltimore Ravens. He's thrown no less than 41 times in a start this season, and with this being just a one point spread the Browns should be motivated to keep throwing the ball, despite them leading the NFL in rushing yards currently.
As mentioned above, the Chargers have given up a few big games to opposing wideouts this season which bodes well for Landry in this spot. Rashard Higgins, who put up 66 yards and a touchdown last week is set to miss this game which opens up things even more for Landry. Browns Offensive Coordinator Todd Haley is using Landry similarly to how he used Antonio Brown when he was in Pittsburgh, Landry's average depth of target (aDOT) has doubled this season with the Browns and he double-digit targets in each game Mayfield has played.
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