4 NFL FanDuel Stacks for Week 2
Stacks are usually the backbone of the best FanDuel lineups, especially in tournaments. Brandon Gdula's piece examining hit rates and correlation for stacks is a must-read article whether you're already familiar with stacking or new to the concept.
This piece will lay out my favorite weekly stacks. So, read on to see the stacks I'm firing up this week.
Las Vegas Raiders
Bring-back Option: Greg Dortch ($5,500)
I discussed the case for Carr as a value pick earlier this week -- I'll reference my values plays piece often in this article. The outlook remains bright for Carr. So, let's turn our attention to Adams.
It didn't take Adams much time to rekindle rapport with his college teammate. According to Sports Info Solutions (SIS), Adams was first in target share (48.6 percent) and intended air yards (187) in Week 1. Thankfully, they weren't empty targets and misfired air yards. Instead, Adams had 10 receptions for 141 yards and a touchdown against the Los Angeles Chargers.
This week, he has a cupcake matchup against the Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinals are dead last in pass defense by our numbers, and they have Pro Football Focus' (PFF) lowest team coverage grade after getting flamed by Patrick Mahomes.
In addition, Adams has the largest matchup advantage among all wide receivers in Week 2 on PFF's wide receiver-cornerbacks matchup chart. A.J. Brown was atop this list last week, and he had the second-most receiving yards (155) in Week 1. Matchups can be overrated, but this is an obvious smash spot for Adams.
Thankfully, the numberFire's projections agree, projecting Adams to tie for the most FanDuel points on Sunday's main slate. Moreover, Adams, like Carr, has the highest point-per-dollar value score at his position. So, there's no reason to overthink stacking Carr and Adams in cash games. However, they also have a sky-high ceiling tailor-made for carrying a lineup to the top spot in a tournament.
Indianapolis Colts-Jacksonville Jaguars
The Indianapolis Colts had to settle for a tie in Week 1. Still, you can't blame Taylor for Indy's failure to claim a win. He toted the rock 31 times for 161 yards and a touchdown. After leading the NFL in rushing yards per game (106.5) and touchdown runs (18) in 2021, Taylor's dominant showing in the opener wasn't entirely surprising.
However, his passing-game usage was a different story as it was a pleasant surprise. According to PFF, Taylor ran 34 routes and had six targets, four receptions, and 14 yards. Comparatively, Nyheim Hines ran only 22 routes. An increased role in the passing attack would elevate Taylor's floor and kick his ceiling into outer space.
Taylor should be busy on the ground again this week. The Colts are 3.5-point road favorites, setting the stage for a good or neutral game script where Taylor can pile up carries.
Kirk is an exciting game-stack partner for Taylor. The consensus was that the Jacksonville Jaguars overpaid Kirk in free agency. Well, he did his best out of the gate to prove that the Jags made a sharp decision.
Kirk blew up for 117 yards on six receptions against the Washington Commanders. He was 10th in target share (31.6 percent) and fourth in intended air yards (141). Basically, he was the apple of Trevor Lawrence's eye.
Head coach Doug Pederson deployed Kirk in an exciting fashion for continued success. According to PFF, Kirk played 39 of 46 passing snaps in the slot, and he was used as a field-stretcher, sporting a 12.9-yard average depth of target (aDOT).
Kirk is an excellent selection in this game stack or as a one-off pick.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers-New Orleans Saints
I highlighted Jones and Johnson as FanDuel values earlier this week. The cases for using them remains the same. Unfortunately, there are injury concerns that warrant watching.
Chris Godwin (hamstring) out, Mike Evans (calf), Julio Jones (knee) questionable to play for Buccaneers vs. Saintshttps://t.co/MCMHwee9G1 pic.twitter.com/UlEIxSWjFU
— Around The NFL (@AroundTheNFL) September 16, 2022
Jameis Winston is listed as questionable, but they would probably have to tie him down somewhere for him to miss THIS game.
— Rod Walker (@RodWalkerNola) September 16, 2022
Fortunately, Winston's questionable designation doesn't appear to be a serious concern. Jones's knee issue is a bigger mystery. However, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have many integral pieces listed on the injury report, so maybe they're partaking in gamesmanship or listing the players on the injury report only because of limiting their practice activity this week.
Nevertheless, Jones and Johnson are intriguing GPP choices with cap-friendly salaries as long as Julio and Jameis suit up.
Edmonds is one more call back from my values article. The cliff notes on his write-up are that he played 64.41 percent of the Miami Dolphins' offensive snaps in Week 1 and ran 21 routes to Raheem Mostert's 13. Additionally, Edmonds was targeted beyond the line of scrimmage (3.8-yard aDOT). Now, he opposes a team, the Baltimore Ravens, that yielded 13 receptions for 78 yards to the running backs from the New York Jets.
Miami's defense is a new suggestion, though. They're a brilliant pivot from the Cincinnati D/ST ($3,900). Cincinnati's defense will be extremely chalky against a lousy offensive line and backup quarterback. That makes the Dolphins an intriguing contrarian choice in GPPs against a quarterback prone to taking sacks and turning the ball over.
Lamar Jackson's production has slid since his 2019 MVP campaign. According to StatHead, Jackson has had the third-highest sack rate (8.05 percent) out of 25 quarterbacks with at least 600 pass attempts. He's also had the second-highest interception rate (2.9 percent). Even though Jackson can do remarkable things on the football field, he's gifted plenty of fantasy points to opposing defenses.
Additionally, Jackson has struggled against the blitz, and the blitz-heavy Miami Dolphins befuddled him last year. He took four sacks and threw an interception in a 22-10 loss in Week 10 last season.
It's an uncomfortable feeling swerving from Cincinnati's D, but the Dolphins have the upside to make the move worth it. Finally, Edmonds is game-script proof, and the Dolphins don't need to win to score defensive points with sacks and turnovers. Thus, this stack has many avenues for paying off.
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