4 NFL FanDuel Stacks for Week 8
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 8?
Green Bay Packers
This sets up as the premier game of the weekend as it features a slate-high 56.5-point over/under. The Green Bay Packers are implied for 23.5 of those points, and the Los Angeles Rams' secondary has suffered since Aqib Talib was placed on injured reserve. Marcus Peters has not been his usual self, either, while he is playing injured, and despite the strong numbers against two below-average quarterbacks the last two weeks, the last time this Rams team saw a competent passer (Russell Wilson), they surrendered three touchdowns through the air.
Rodgers is coming off back-to-back games of at least 400 yards, and it looks like he may have a full arsenal of weapons once Sunday rolls around. Adams is and has been the guy in Green Bay this season, even if Geronimo Allison and Randall Cobb return to action. Adams is second-overall in the NFL in touchdowns, and while he has benefitted from the rest of the Packers' wideout being banged up, he still led the team with 29 targets during the month that they all were active together. He's proved for multiple seasons that he is a touchdown maker, and the game script should benefit both him and Rodgers in this matchup.
Los Angeles Rams
On the other side of that game, the Rams are implied for the most points on the main slate (33.00), and the passing attack could go a bit overlooked with people focused on Todd Gurley, even with his monstrous price tag on FanDuel. As noted above, the Rams' passing game was hurt by the game script in their last two games against the Denver Broncos and San Francisco 49ers, but that shouldn't be the case with Rodgers on the opposite sideline. If you subtract the last two blowouts, Goff was averaging well over 20 FanDuel points per game, and he should be able to get back on track this week in an expected shootout.
Woods has clearly been the Rams' best receiver this season. He's totaled more than 70 receiving yards in every game since Week 1 on the back of team-leading 26.6% market share of targets. That workload will remain locked in with Cooper Kupp doubtful to play. Kupp has 11 red-zone targets this season, and with him sidelined, it is possible Woods can absorb some of that usage, as well. Woods already has two touchdowns inside the 10-yard line. Since both sides of this game were written up, it's definitely a game stack-type of clash, and you can grab pieces from both passing games.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' pass defense has been a primary target all season. They're allowing the most passing yards per game (327.5), and they just gave up 20.9 FanDuel points to rookie Baker Mayfield at home last week. Dalton has been locked in this season, throwing for two or more touchdowns five times. As if the Bucs' defense wasn't bad enough, they will be without their top defensive lineman in Gerald McCoy as well as Vinny Curry and Kwon Alexander. This game isn't expected to be quite the 56.5-point shootout that the Rams-Pack affair is, but 54.5 is equally as tasty and Dalton should provide value as a home favorite.
A.J. Green is certainly viable in this matchup, but if you're using Dalton, Boyd makes for a fantastic partner at $2,000 less in salary (than Green). Boyd had a quiet week in Week 7, putting up just 4.2 FanDuel points against the Kansas City Chiefs. But he has seen an average of slightly more than 7.0 targets per game this season, and Jarvis Landry was able to find the end zone on a slot route last week against this defense. With a total like this one, a game-stack is certainly in order, and you can run this back with any of Mike Evans, DeSean Jackson or Chris Godwin.
Kansas City Chiefs
We save the most obvious for last, with the high-flying Chiefs at home versus the Denver Broncos. Mahomes and the Chiefs have been featured in primetime repeatedly, so this is his first time on the main slate since Week 6. Since he hasn't been regularly featured on the main slate, some people may not realize how truly dominant he has been in both real-life and fantasy. He's averaged a gaudy 27.99 FanDuel points this season, and he has fallen below 20 just once (against the Jacksonville Jaguars). He's eclipsed the 300-yard passing mark in every game at home this season, and he remains the highest-floor quarterback in daily fantasy.
The flashy stack would be to include Tyreek Hill, but Kelce is averaging 13.33 FanDuel points (most among tight ends) and beat this Broncos secondary to the tune of 17.9 FanDuel points earlier this season. He's caught five or more passes in every game outside of Week 1 and has dipped below double-digit FanDuel points just twice. Given the Chiefs' expected point total, you can run this stack back with Emmanuel Sanders, who has topped 100 receiving yards in two straight games. This stack could go a bit under-owned given the high salaries, but that doesn't change how high their ceilings are, and that's exactly what you're looking for in tournaments.
Ben Hossler is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Ben Hossler also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username oatw. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.