Transparency is key when creating content and I’ll admit that the majority of the stacks I said to target in NFL DFS in Week 5 fell flat. If you followed along with my cash-game picks on DraftKings, you should have made a profit still, but I made a minimal profit in GPPs with the stacks I used last week.
The stacks that did perform well for me last week were the Bills and Buccaneers. Meanwhile, the Eagles, Jaguars, and Dolphins stacks didn’t pan out due to a variety of reasons.
This is a perfect week to bounce back in GPPs as there are quite a few exciting games on the schedule for Sunday. With that in mind, let’s take a look at my five favorite stacks on the main slate over on DraftKings in Week 6.
Josh Allen ($8,200) + Stefon Diggs ($8,400) + Gabriel Davis ($6,500) or Isaiah McKenzie ($5,000)
Let me preface this selection by saying that I will unquestionably have exposure to Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs in GPPs. I give the edge to the Bills with Allen giving us a slightly higher ceiling with his rushing upside in a game that has the highest projected total at 54 points.
Diggs has scored the second-most fantasy points among WRs while Davis looked healthier in Week 5 with 35.1 points. McKenzie cleared the concussion protocol and seems poised to return to the slot on Sunday, making him a nice piece to stack with Allen. Dawson Knox ($3,400) could be a contrarian piece to use if he suits up in Week 6, but Quintin Morris ($2,800) would be a salary-relief option if Knox is out again.
Bring-back options: Travis Kelce ($7,800), Clyde Edwards-Helaire ($6,300), JuJu Smith-Schuster ($5,200), Marquez Valdes-Scantling ($4,500)
Kelce is coming off a game where he recorded 25 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns as he remains Mahomes’ No. 1 target. Edwards-Helaire has touchdown upside and currently leads running backs in PER rating, averaging 1.12 points per touch. He’s seen solid usage in the passing game, making him a tournament play for the Chiefs.
Kansas City’s wide receivers have taken turns on who is more effective each week, but Smith-Schuster and Valdes-Scantling are the primary wide receivers to use from the Chiefs.
Geno Smith ($5,700) + D.K. Metcalf ($6,800) or Tyler Lockett ($5,600)
It’s hard not to list Smith this week at such a cheap salary despite the production he’s given for the Seahawks thus far. The veteran quarterback has posted 22.9 points in each of the last three weeks and is at a sub $6,000 salary on the green site.
When Smith puts the ball in the air, it’s likely going to Metcalf or Lockett, with them combining for a 52.5% target share in Seattle. Will Dissly ($3,100) is a risky GPP option at tight end as he’s caught three touchdowns this season, however, he’s gotten more than three targets in only one game so far.
Bring-back options: Marquise Brown ($7,200), Zach Ertz ($4,900), Eno Benjamin ($4,600), Rondale Moore ($4,200)
While Smith and the offense of the Seahawks have been a pleasant surprise, their defense has been below average. Brown has garnered 10+ targets in four straight games and he’s eclipsed 20+ points in three straight.
Even though Ertz doesn’t have a massive ceiling, he has the fourth-highest target share at tight end (18.7%) and he has yet to record fewer than 10 points in a game this season. Benjamin is in line to fill in for James Conner and Darrel Williams this week and Moore is finally seeing vertical targets in Arizona’s offense.
Kyler Murray ($7,300) + Marquise Brown ($7,200), Zach Ertz ($4,900), Rondale Moore ($4,200)
Speaking of the Cardinals, using Murray could be a nice way to combat what is going to be Smith chalk at the quarterback position. With DeAndre Hopkins out until next week, Brown leads Arizona with a 25.1% target share.
Ertz is Murray’s security blanket in the offense and he has touchdown upside when the Cardinals get in the red zone. Moore caught seven passes for 68 yards in Week 5 and he is the primary slot weapon for Arizona.
Bring-back options: D.K. Metcalf ($6,800), Tyler Lockett ($5,600), Kenneth Walker ($5,400)
It’s easy to stack or bring back the Seahawks due to them having most of their offensive touches funneled to a few players. Metcalf and Lockett are both viable options in GPPs, but I’ll likely have more Lockett due to him being $1,200 cheaper on DraftKings.
Rashaad Penny suffered an unfortunate season-ending injury in Week 5 and Walker is expected to receive the majority of the workload moving forward in his rookie season. The rookie rusher gashed the Saints last week for 88 yards and a touchdown on eight attempts.
Tom Brady ($6,300) + Leonard Fournette ($7,400) + Mike Evans ($7,000) or Chris Godwin ($6,100)
Despite the Buccaneers letting the Falcons back into the game in Week 5, the offense finally showed signs of life. Brady finally had a healthier set of weapons and the Buccaneers realized they can use their short passing game as an extension of their running game again.
I’m fine with stacking Fournette with Brady as he’s combined for 24 targets in the last three weeks and he’s scored three touchdowns in the last two weeks. Evans and Godwin are the wide receivers to target for the Buccaneers while Cameron Brate ($3,300) or Cade Otton ($2,900) are solid GPP options, depending on who starts.
Bring-back options: Diontae Johnson ($5,700), George Pickens ($4,600), Chase Claypool ($4,500), Pat Freiermuth ($3,800)
If you’re comfortable using Najee Harris ($6,000), I’m not going to deter anyone from playing the players they want. I’d much rather take a flier on Jaylen Warren ($4,600) as he’s seen more snaps in recent weeks and Mike Tomlin iterated that the Steelers want to get him more involved.
With Kenny Pickett at quarterback for Pittsburgh, he’s been pushing the ball down the field more, which has benefited Pickens and Claypool more. If Freiermuth can clear the concussion protocol ahead of Sunday’s game, Pickett has also expressed trust in targeting the second-year tight end. Zach Gentry ($2,600) is a fine salary-relief option if Freiermuth is ruled out, especially with the Steelers likely playing from behind.
Lamar Jackson ($8,100) + Mark Andrews ($7,000) or Devin Duvernay ($4,700)
Any week I can get an overlooked Jackson and I’m going to play the superstar quarterback a decent amount. Jackson always has a chance to break a slate and he’s currently registering 9.9 non-passing fantasy points per game (second-most among QBs).
It doesn’t appear that Rashod Bateman will return on Sunday, but he’s certainly in play if he progresses enough to suit up in Week 6. When stacking Jackson, I’m fine single-stacking him with Andrews or Duvernay (or double-stacking him with both). Andrews leads all TEs with a massive 30.9% target share while Duvernay has scored 10+ points in four out of the first five weeks.
Bring-back options: Saquon Barkley ($7,700), Darius Slayton ($3,800), Wan’Dale Robinson ($3,600), Daniel Bellinger ($3,200)
Even though teams know the Giants only have Barkley to lean on in the offense, the stud running back continues to produce this season. Barkley has 19+ points in four of the first five weeks and he’s received the second-highest opportunity share percentage (85.1%) at the running back position.
With all of the injuries at wide receiver for the Giants, Slayton seems like he’s earning the No. 1 spot after hauling in six of his seven targets for 79 yards in Week 5. Robinson could be a risky GPP option if he returns to the field this week while Bellinger has touchdown upside, though, his lack of usage (three or fewer targets in four of the first five weeks) makes him a risky contrarian play.