Last week proved fruitful for NFL DFS stacks. Many games ended up being blowouts, so those that trusted players on the Bills, Cowboys, and Patriots, among others, were likely happy with their results. In Week 11, stacking will continue to be a good strategy, and there are plenty of worthwhile sleepers to trust in DraftKings and FanDuel lineups
This week, there are more traditional QB-WR stacks that should appeal to daily fantasy football players. Last week, there were many intriguing running back stacks on paper. However, some of them — like Najee Harris and the Steelers D/ST — didn’t quite pan out. Others, like Rhamondre Stevenson and the Patriots D/ST, paid off in spades. Week 11 will feature some high-scoring matchups that DFS players will want to be in on. Most notably, the Chiefs and Cowboys are squaring off in what could be the highest-scoring game of the week.
There are plenty of good quarterbacks available in the high-, medium- and low-price zones. That’s something that doesn’t always happen, but thanks to some injuries and recent signings, there are viable low-budget QBs you can pair with top receivers.
DraftKings pricing continues to be more variable than that of FanDuel which makes it easier to create stacks. That said, stacking is still a viable strategy on FanDuel. It’s just important to find worthwhile sleepers in the lower price range to balance your lineup.
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Week 11 NFL DFS Picks: Top cash game stacks for DraftKings, FanDuel
QB Patrick Mahomes, WR Mecole Hardman, & TE Travis Kelce, Chiefs vs. Cowboys (DK/FD stack)
The Chiefs are back, baby. Well, maybe we shouldn’t anoint them “back” after one great performance, but their offense played very well against the Raiders. That should continue against the Cowboys’ defense. Dallas’ defense has made major strides under Dan Quinn, but they still rank middle-of-the-pack in both yards allowed and scoring defense. They also surrendered 30 points to the Broncos and Teddy Bridgewater a couple of weeks ago, so they are prone to the occasional defensive clunker.
Even if Dallas plays solid defense against the Chiefs, Mahomes will still find a way to move the ball. He played patiently against the Raiders and was willing to check the ball down and not throw deep every time. The Cowboys might force him to do that again, and if he does, Kelce will be a great partner for Mahomes. He has served as the intermediate receiving option while Tyreek Hill is the deep threat. Hill may get the Trevon Diggs treatment on Sunday, and while Diggs has been burned on occasion, it still means Kelce is most likely to lead the team in targets. If he can rip off chunks of yardage and generate some yards after the catch, he will be the top tight end play on this slate.
Fading Hill is probably sensible given his high-end price tag. Instead, we’ll go with Hardman, who possesses similar speed to Hill but works underneath a bit more often. That could give Hardman some yards after the catch opportunities, and he’s always a candidate for a jet sweep here and there.
QB Dak Prescott, WR CeeDee Lamb, & TE Dalton Schultz, Cowboys at Chiefs (DK/FD stack)
As we said, there is potential for offensive fireworks in the Chiefs-Cowboys game. As such, stacking either side will work, and once again, the most appealing stack is of the QB-WR-TE variety.
Prescott has recorded at least three touchdowns in five of his past six games and has failed to score multiple touchdowns only once this season. He has an insanely high floor, and despite playing against an improving Chiefs defense, he should be able to move the ball. His receivers are largely healthy, and getting Michael Gallup back against the Falcons helped open things up more for Lamb, who is coming off a two-TD game. He’s posted at least 20.2 DraftKings points in three of his past four games and has failed to reach double digits in just three games this season. Prescott loves throwing the ball to him and that won’t change, especially since the Chiefs don’t have a great No. 1 cornerback.
You could go in several directions with the third player. Gallup was an intriguing, cheap option, but we’re opting for Schultz instead. The Chiefs have allowed the fifth-most yards to TEs this season (641) and are tied for the third-most TDs allowed (6). Schultz has had just seven catches for 79 yards in his past three games and hasn’t scored a touchdown since Week 4. That means two things: He mightbe due for a solid game in a good matchup, and he won’t cost much to own.
Whichever approach you choose, it makes sense to roll with Cowboys or Chiefs in a stack. If you really want to get crazy, you could play five from the two teams combined and stack the game as a whole. It’s a bold strategy, but if it is a high-scoring game, it can pay off.
RB Nick Chubb & Browns D/ST, Browns vs. Lions (DK Stack)
The Lions’ run defense might not be as bad as it was in 2020 but it’s still beyond porous. Detroit has allowed the third-most rushing yards per game this season (135.7) and 16 total touchdowns to running backs. Only the Jets (20) have allowed more.
That makes this a good matchup for Chubb, provided that he’s able to return from the COVID list. Chubb has averaged 103 rushing yards per game this season and has six touchdowns in seven games so far. The Browns played poorly against the Patriots, losing 45-7, but D’Ernest Johnson was still able to rack up 99 rushing yards on 19 carries. The team’s rushing attack should continue their success against the lowly Lions, and there may be more carries up for grabs in this one, too.
Chubb is a very safe play, and the Browns’ defense should be a decent one too. They struggled badly against the Patriots and Rhamondre Stevenson last week, but this week, they can focus on trying to stop D’Andre Swift and the Lions’ run game. If they do that and force Jared Goff to beat them through the air, the Lions will make many mistakes.
Week 11 DraftKings, FanDuel Picks: Best stacks for daily fantasy football GPPs/tournaments
RB Elijah Mitchell, WR Deebo Samuel, & 49ers D/ST, 49ers at Jaguars (DK stack)
The 49ers brought a great game plan to beat the favored Rams on “Monday Night Football” in dominating fashion. Moving forward, they might continue to use that run-heavy approach in advantageous situations, starting with this matchup against the Jaguars.
Jacksonville has been decent against the run from a yardage perspective, but they have still allowed 1,058 total yards and 10 total touchdowns to running backs. That’s an average of 117.6 scrimmage yards and one touchdown. That will make Mitchell an appealing play, as the rookie has averaged 19 touches per game since returning from injury in Week 7.
Samuel will also have another big game. He is a do-it-all weapon to who the 49ers will look to get the ball, as they did against the Rams. Samuel posted two touchdowns and 133 scrimmage yards in that contest, and Kyle Shanahan manufactured him some touches out of the backfield. All Samuel needs is a bit of space and he can make plays. He is averaging 18.1 yards after the catch per game, fourth-most in the NFL, thanks to his efforts.
Both Mitchell and Samuel should produce, even if this game becomes a blowout. That could easily happen given that the Jaguars have allowed 25.8 points per game this season, good for a bottom-five mark in the NFL. If the 49ers do get up big, they’ll ride Mitchell and Samuel to help them move the clock. And odds are if the 49ers are up big, then either Mitchell or Samuel has probably scored, if not both.
QB Tua Tagovailoa, WR Jaylen Waddle, & TE Mike Gesicki, Dolphins at Jets (DK/FD Stack)
Tagovailoa came into the second half of the Dolphins-Ravens “Thursday Night Football” game and helped spark the Dolphins to a victory. The broken finger in his throwing hand looked no worse for wear, and it sounds like he’s coming back just in time for a favorable matchup against the Jets. Tagovailoa has played just five snaps against the Jets in his career, so this is a big opportunity for him to put up one of his best stat lines. New York has allowed at least 45 points in three of its past four games for an average of 43.8 points per game. It seems like the Dolphins could take advantage of the Jets’ defensive weakness.
Miami might not be fully healthy, but they have had extra time to prepare and the Jets’ defense is not good against the pass. They have allowed eight receivers to score double-digit fantasy points in their past four contests and have had issues with tight ends, as Kyle Pitts posted 119 yards and a touchdown against them in London. Pitts and Gesicki both spend a lot of time lined up at WR, so Gesicki should have a chance to produce at a clip similar to Pitts, though he may not see as many targets as the Falcons’ primary weapon.
Waddle has great chemistry with Tua and has averaged nearly 10 targets per game over the Dolphins’ past five games. This could finally be the week where he burns a player in the secondary as the Jets are without their best defensive back, safety Marcus Maye, who is out for the season.
This stack may be a bit more popular than the other lower-end stacks, but given that the Dolphins offense has played poorly for most of the year, it won’t be as popular as it should be. Miami is clearly better than the Jets and should be treated as such.
QB Cam Newton, WR D.J. Moore, & Robby Anderson, Panthers vs. Washington (DK stack)
This might be one of the most intriguing stacks of the year so far. It all boils down to one question. Are you brave enough to start Newton in his first full start back with the Panthers? Newton played sparingly in the Panthers’ 34-10 thrashing of the Cardinals, but he did score on each of his first two possessions. The first was a short touchdown run; the second was a short pass to Robby Anderson.
Newton should be able to get in sync with his receivers quickly. After all, he spent time with Moore in 2019, so he could become Newton’s safety blanket over the middle. Meanwhile, Anderson had one of his best games of the season with Newton in action, catching four passes for 37 yards and a touchdown. That may not seem like a ton for DFS players, but since all three of Newton, Moore and Anderson are sub-$6K on DraftKings, they could be a nice low-cost, high-reward trio for Washington.
Don’t sleep on Newton. Too many other DFS players will, but with his price on DraftKings, he could end up being the best bang-for-your-buck player of the week.