We saw an interesting lineup take down the Milly Maker on DraftKings in Week 4. If you stacked the high-scoring showdown between the Seahawks and Lions, you were likely in the green because the winning Milly Maker lineup had six players from that game.
While game-stacking is certainly a viable strategy in NFL DFS, be careful trying to use six players from a single game just because it worked last week. Last week’s winning lineup was an outlier with the number of players from the same game being in the optimal lineup.
Even though we may not get a 48-45 shootout this week, there are plenty of intriguing games to target this week. Taking that into consideration, let’s take a look at my five favorite stacks on the Week 5 main slate over on DraftKings.
Josh Allen ($8,200) + Stefon Diggs ($8,400) + Gabriel Davis ($6,400) or Isaiah McKenzie ($5,000)
The weather was less-than-ideal for the Bills in Week 4 versus the Ravens and Allen still managed to record 24.52 points. It is supposed to be windy on Sunday in Buffalo, but it isn’t expected to be as severe as last week and the Bills have the highest projected team total (30.25) on the main slate this week.
Diggs has seen his target share drop to 24.1% on the season, however, he’ll be the primary target for Allen against a Steelers defense that’s allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to WRs. Davis has been limited with an ankle injury in limited weeks, but he’s in a perfect bounce-back spot, while McKenzie appears to be trending toward playing on Sunday despite being in the league’s concussion protocol.
*If McKenzie is ruled out, rookie Khalil Shakir ($3,200) becomes a fantastic salary-relief option at the wide receiver position.
Bring-back options: Najee Harris ($6,500), Diontae Johnson ($6,100), George Pickens ($4,300), Pat Freiermuth ($4,100)
Harris and Johnson are the two players that are going to garner the majority of touches and targets for the Steelers each week. That being said, Pickens was Kenny Pickett’s go-to target in the second half as the rookie wideout had 4 of Pickett’s 13 targets (30.8% target share).
Pickens is a nice bring-back player to save salary if you’re stacking the Bills and don’t forget about Freiermuth as he also garnered four targets from the rookie quarterback last week, though, one of Pickett’s interceptions was a drop by the second-year tight end.
Tom Brady ($6,000) + Mike Evans ($6,900) or Chris Godwin ($5,900)
This seems like a week where Brady and the aerial attack of the Buccaneers bullies the defense of the Falcons after a slow start to the season. Stacking the Buccaneers is somewhat easy right now as Evans always has a high ceiling due to his insane touchdown upside every week. He’s also proven to be one of the most consistent fantasy receivers so far this season based on our NECC rating.
We likely won’t see Godwin sitting at a $5,900 salary or lower ever again and he’s coming off a game where he saw 10 targets from Brady. I’m not fully against stacking Leonard Fournette ($6,900) with Brady with his high usage in the offense and make sure to keep tabs on the statuses of Julio Jones ($5,500) and Russell Gage ($4,900) as they could be contrarian pieces to use.
Bring-back options: Drake London ($5,900), Tyler Allgeier ($4,700), Kyle Pitts ($4,400), Olamide Zaccheaus
Only Cooper Kupp has a higher target share than London this season as the rookie has produced a massive 32.7% target share thus far for the Falcons. Atlanta was able to just pound the ball on the Browns last week in the second half, but I’m wary about that strategy working this week against the stout run defense of the Buccaneers.
I’m very meh about playing Allgeier, however, he is only $4,700 and if he scores a touchdown he pays off his salary. Pitts is questionable to suit up on Sunday, so if he’s ruled out, Zaccheaus could be in store for an expanded role.
Jalen Hurts ($8,100) + A.J. Brown ($7,500) + DeVonta Smith ($6,000) or Dallas Goedert ($4,700)
Similar to the Bills, the Eagles played in ugly playing conditions last week, which limited Hurts to 17 points. Hurts still has 11.1 non-passing fantasy points per game (best among all QBs) and he gets to face the Cardinals in a dome on Sunday.
Brown has the fourth-highest target share (30.9%) among WRs this season and Smith had combined for 48.9 points in the two games before last week’s ugly weather game against the Jaguars. This is a perfect matchup for Goedert to have a ceiling game as the Cardinals have given up the most fantasy points and the second-most receptions to TEs this season.
Bring-back options: Marquise Brown ($7,200), James Conner ($6,300), Zach Ertz ($4,800), Rondale Moore ($4,100)
It’s hard to trust any of the weapons on the Cardinals, but they could be playing from behind early on Sunday, leading to more throws from Kyler Murray. Brown and Ertz are my favorite bring-back options, though, Moore does provide solid salary relief if he’s active.
Moore has been limited in practice this week, so if he’s unable to suit up, then Greg Dortch ($5,100) likely goes back to having a prominent role in Arizona’s passing game.
Trevor Lawrence ($5,600) + Christian Kirk ($6,600) + Zay Jones ($4,100) or Evan Engram ($3,100)
I have a feeling I won’t be able to quit the Jaguars this season. Outside of last week’s dismal weather game, the offense has looked much-improved under Doug Pederson and they’re in a prime get-right spot this week at home against the Texans.
Kirk has posted a 26.9% target share (eighth-highest among WRs) and Jones had only three fewer targets than Kirk before missing last week’s game due to an injury. Engram is a fine cheap tight end to use as he’s running a ton of routes, but he’s not seeing enough volume for me to say he’s a smash play at his current salary.
* If Jones is ruled out again in Week 5, Marvin Jones Jr. ($4,200) and Jamal Agnew ($3,600) become nice contrarian plays at wide receiver.
Bring-back options: Dameon Pierce ($6,200), Brandin Cooks ($6,100), Nico Collins ($4,100)
It’s been decades (yes, I might be dramatizing a bit) since there was a skill player on the Texans that had a higher salary than Cooks. Pierce has officially earned the RB1 role for Houston in his rookie season as he’s accumulated 47 total points in the last two weeks.
Cooks had his best game of the season in Week 4 with 18.7 points and the Texans are almost always playing from behind. Collins leads all players in Houston’s offense that has seen 10+ targets in aDOT and he just needs a couple of big plays to pay off his price tag.
Teddy Bridgewater ($5,400) + Tyreek Hill ($8,000) or Jaylen Waddle ($6,700)
I was torn between listing the Vikings or the Dolphins in this spot. I do like Dalvin Cook and Justin Jefferson quite a bit this week, however, it feels like a game where Minnesota is going to be able to control the clock with their run game, which could limit their passing numbers.
Meanwhile, even with Tua Tagovailoa ruled out, the Dolphins are going to want to pass often with Teddy Bridgewater at quarterback. Hill and Waddle have a combined 55.7% target share this season, making it easy to determine who to stack with Bridgewater against a mediocre defense of the Jets.
Bring-back options: Breece Hall ($5,400), Garrett Wilson ($5,200), Corey Davis ($5,100), Elijah Moore ($5,000)
Hall is questionable to play in Week 5 with a knee injury, but if he plays, he’s taken the No. 1 spot on the depth chart from Michael Carter in recent weeks. The rookie rusher has scored 15+ DraftKings points in back-to-back weeks and has been the most consistent and efficient back in fantasy so far (per NECC).
Through the first four weeks of the season, Davis leads the Jets in receiving and he scored a season-high 18.4 DraftKings points with Zach Wilson back under center in Week 4. Wilson and Moore are also viable options, especially if New York is forced to keep up with Miami’s offense.