Two-game slates can be tough on DraftKings just because its more difficult to differentiate yourself. In tournaments, sometimes it’s impossible to fade all the chalk, but you’ll want to do something small to make sure your lineup is just a little bit different. Stacking can be even more important on shorter slates, because when your players help each other score points, it carries you up the leaderboard. Here’s my top QB/WR stack for each team on the slate, along with an idea on how to make your stack stand out.
Patrick Mahomes ($7,700) with Tyreek Hill ($7,200) and Travis Kelce ($7,100), Chiefs vs. Titans
I’m not giving you any sleeper plays in this stack or anything, but I do think it could wind up being less popular than you think. The reason being, once you lock all three of these players into your lineup, you have an average salary of $4,666 remaining for six different spots to fill. That means there’s no chance you’re playing Derrick Henry ($8,700), who’s going to be an extremely popular play. But your stack is built perfectly for a Henry fade. If Kansas City builds up a big lead, it’s likely through these three guys, and that leaves the Titans in position to pass more, taking their battering ram out of the game. Mahomes was spectacular last week, tossing for over 300 yards and five touchdowns (41.14 DKFP), and the Titans rank 28th in DKFP allowed to QB. Three of those scores went to Kelce, who topped 100 yards on 12 targets (44.4 DKFP). Hill may’ve been quiet last week, but he was targeted 19 times when these teams met in Week 10, going for an 11-157-1 line (36 DKFP).
Ryan Tannehill ($5,500) with A.J. Brown ($5,200) and Jonnu Smith ($3,400) OR Dion Lewis ($3,300), Titans at Chiefs
If you look to the Titans’ side for a stack, you’re going to save a ton of salary. That leaves you the room to add Henry to the stack if you so choose, or pivot over to Kansas City for a couple of plays to create a game stack. As much as Tennessee has leaned on the ground game, Tannehill’s thrown two or more touchdowns in all but two of his starts this season, including the playoffs. He only needed 14 passing attempts to throw two last week, and while Henry stole one through the air, Tannehill got another one on the ground. If we follow the game script that the Chiefs jump out to a lead in this one, the Titans will need to get more aggressive. Brown is the obvious first option to add to the stack here. He’s been off-the-radar in the postseason because of the focus on Henry, seeing just four total targets. From Week 12 on, the rookie had four games with over 100 yards and at least one touchdown. He was $7,400 to begin the postseason, so we’re getting a massive discount. The two ways to really differentiate this stack are with Smith or Lewis. The Chiefs allowed the fifth-most DKFP to TE this season, and Smith was targeted six times in this matchup in Week 10 — one short of a season high. He should be part of the game plan. Lewis has been a complete afterthought with Henry’s play, but if Tennessee is working from behind, he could be good for a few receptions.
Jimmy Garoppolo ($5,200) with Deebo Samuel ($5,500) and George Kittle ($5,800), 49ers vs. Packers
I don’t have a fancy way to stack the 49ers, but I think it’s silly not to play both Samuel and Kittle if you’re going to have Jimmy G in your lineup. I get that San Francisco wins by running the ball and playing defense, but it also doesn’t make much sense for the cheapest QB on the slate to be playing for the biggest favorite on the slate — he scored 18.2 DKFP in this matchup in Week 12. Samuel has emerged as the WR1 in this offense, and still feels a little underpriced for this matchup. If you want to add a WR, both Emmanuel Sanders ($4,900) and Kendrick Bourne ($4,200) are cheap enough. Kittle could be lower owned than he should on this slate, coming off a poor statistical game in the last round, while Kelce put up monster numbers. But Kittle shredded the Packers earlier in the year, posting a 6-129-1 line fort 27.9 DKFP. This is the cheapest he’s been since Week 6. He makes for a good pivot play off Kelce, or you can double down at TE and slide one into your FLEX.
Aaron Rodgers ($6,700) with Davante Adams ($7,900) and Allen Lazard ($4,400) OR Jimmy Graham ($3,700), Packers at 49ers
The Packers showed us exactly what they want to do on offense last week, the Seahawks just weren’t good enough to stop it. Adams hauled in 8-of-11 targets for 160 yards and a pair of touchdowns (39 DKFP). Most of us think the 49ers should be good enough to limit Adams, but that could make him a contrarian play, especially priced higher than Hill. Adams was a season-low $6,700 in this matchup in Week 12, so there’s no question we’re overpaying, but he did manage a 7-43-1 line (19.3 DKFP) in that game. I have Rodgers as the lowest-upside QB on the slate for his price, but if he can make magic happen with Adams, you’ll want to pair them at low ownership. To add on to the stack, Lazard and Graham should be very contrarian. Lazard is banged up with an ankle injury, and had zero targets last week. Everyone will be looking to play Kelce and Kittle, which limits Graham’s ownership by default.
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