4 NFL FanDuel Stacks for Week 11
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.
Fields is running wild and lighting up the fantasy football world. The second-year quarterback has rushed for 178 and 147 yards in the previous two weeks and punched in three rushing scores in that time. He is on a four-game streak of notching a rushing score, and he's rushed for at least 60 yards in five consecutive contests.
Fortunately, he's also passed the ball competently. Since Week 8, Fields has passed for 441 yards, seven touchdowns, and one interception while completing 64.8 percent of his attempts. The dual-threat quarterback has an opportunity to light up the Atlanta Falcons on the ground and through the air. According to the team power rankings, Atlanta has the sixth-worst rush defense and second-worst pass defense.
Fields has a sky-high ceiling this week and is projected as a top option at quarterback, with our projections slotting Fields as the slate's QB4.
Mooney has a great chance to get in on the fun for the Chicago Bears. The third-year wideout was nearly invisible for three weeks before cranking up his production. Since Week 4, Mooney has a 27.6 percent target share, 32 receptions, 437 receiving yards, 521 air yards, and 1 touchdown.
He can add to his stellar production in a tasty matchup this week. According to Football Outsiders, Number-one wide receivers have averaged the third-most receiving yards per game (87.0) against Atlanta. In addition, per Pro Football Reference, the Falcons are tied for the third-most touchdown receptions allowed (12) to wideouts.
This game has shootout potential. The Falcons have the second-highest implied total (26.25 points), and the Bears are seventh (23.25 points).
Minnesota Vikings-Dallas Cowboys
Justin Jefferson was the headline-grabber for the Minnesota Vikings last week, and he's been white-hot. Still, Cook had 119 rushing yards, three receptions, 27 receiving yards, and 1 touchdown. It was Cook's second effort of 110-plus rushing yards over his last three games. Minnesota's workhorse back has the second-highest snap share (82.55 percent) among running backs over their last three games. Cook has exceeded 80 scrimmage yards seven times in nine games and splashed pay-dirt in six contests.
The matchup is decent for him this week. The Dallas Cowboys have the 12th-worst run defense by our metrics. The Green Bay Packers' duo of Aaron Jones and A.J. Dillon clobbered Dallas for 203 rushing yards and one touchdown on 37 rushes.
Lamb is the elite piece from the other side of this contest. He's played like a man possessed since Dak Prescott returned from Injured Reserve. According to Pro Football Focus (PFF), Lamb has been targeted on 28.3 percent of his routes across the last three games. He's parlayed his target-hog workload into 20 receptions, 297 receiving yards, 3.00 yards per route run, and 3 touchdowns.
Lamb will also benefit from a cupcake matchup. Number-one wideouts have cooked the Vikings for the sixth-most receiving yards (82.6). Additionally, Minnesota has been a sieve against slots. Per PFF, slot cornerback Chandon Sullivan has allowed the most receptions (38), receiving yards (497), and yards after the catch (321), as well as the sixth-highest Quarterback Rating (120.1) among cornerbacks and safeties who've played at least 70 slot coverage snaps this year. Lamb has aligned in the slot for 59.2 percent of his snaps in the last three weeks.
Cook and Lamb should benefit from the game's likely breakneck pace. According to Football Outsiders, the Cowboys are third in situation-neutral pace, and the Vikings are seventh. The betting info is tantalizing, too. Dallas has the fifth-highest implied total (25.00 points), and the Vikings have the seventh-highest (23.50), setting the stage for an uptempo, back-and-forth shootout.
numberFire's algorithm gives both players its seal of approval. Cook is projected as the RB8, and Lamb is projected as the WR5 and has the fourth-best value score -- the measure of points per $1,000 of FanDuel salary -- among wideouts.
New York Giants-Detroit Lions
Barkley is balling. According to StatHead, Barkley has the second-most scrimmage yards (1,128) among running backs this year, and his 125.3 scrimmage yards per game in nine contests are more than Derrick Henry's 120.9 in 10 games, which have led to Barkley's NFL-high 1,209 scrimmage yards. Barkley has also scored six touchdowns and averaged 3.2 receptions per game.
The New York Giants' do-it-all back has a cupcake matchup to feast on this week. Our metrics rank the Detroit Lions as the worst run defense in the NFL this year. Running backs have trounced Detroit's pathetic D for 136.2 scrimmage yards per game, 5.0 yards per carry, and 11 rushing touchdowns. Barkley is in an eruption spot, and he's projected as the RB1 with the third-highest value score at the position.
St. Brown has a stellar matchup, as well. The Giants have the 10th-worst pass defense by our metrics. Nevertheless, ARSB is featured more because of his dominance in healthy games this year than due to the matchup.
The second-year wideout has played six healthy games in which he was in on more than 73 percent of Detroit's snaps. In those contests, he's averaged 7.3 receptions and 82.7 receiving yards per game. St. Brown also rushed for 70 yards and scored three touchdowns in the six-game sample.
The underlying metrics were also impressive in his healthy contests. According to PFF, ARSB was targeted on 32.5 percent of his routes and had 2.56 yards per route run in the six games he played his usual allotment of snaps. Like Barkley, St. Brown is a projections darling, projecting as the WR6 this week. The upside for this duo is exciting.
Robinson is a holdover from my value plays piece from earlier in the week, and you can check that out for the full analysis of why the rookie running back is an excellent choice. Nico Collins was also included in the linked piece and could be used as a game-stacking partner.
However, Washington's defense is an alluring stacking choice with Robinson. The Houston Texans have a lifeless offense, ranking 24th in yards per play (5.2) and 28th in scoring offense (16.6 points per game). A matchup against Davis Mills is optimal for the Washington Commanders. The second-year quarterback has taken 23 sacks and committed 10 turnovers in nine games -- good for per-game averages of 2.56 and 1.11, respectively.
Washington's defense has also played at a high level of late. In their last four games, they've forced eight turnovers, recorded five sacks, and held each opponent to fewer than 325 yards of offense.
The salaries for both Robinson and the Washington D/ST are cap-friendly, adding to the appeal of stacking them.
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