If you're new to Daily Fantasy Sports, or DFS, you may have never heard of the strategy of "stacking." Stacking is the concept of loading up on a QB and WR/TE/or RB of the same team, in hoping that they collectively have a huge game together. The idea here is to exploit hot offenses against bad defenses.The concept is very popular within the DFS community, especially in tournaments, where HUGE scores are needed to bank. The strategy is nothing new; what is new is that fact the the Oakland Raiders possess one of the highest upside stacks in Week 4.
Last week my lineup from this post tallied 153.24 points, which was good enough to double my entry fee. This score put me in the upper 15 percentile of the tournament. I'm generally shooting for the top 10 percentile, and that ensures a decent payoff. Here's to hoping we keep this winning streak alive in week 4. Enjoy!
Derek Carr QB OAK $7000
Carr has the look of a 10-15 year starting NFL QB, and has shown great improvement in his mechanics and his grasp of the offense. It also doesn't hurt that he his offense is STACKED (see what I did there?) with young talent. The Bears seem to have already thrown in the towel on the season, as they traded away two defensive starters this week in Jon Bostic and Jared Allen. I think John Fox has lost this team already, and I see Oakland winning big in Chi town.
Latavius Murray RB OAK $7500
Usually stacking consists of a QB and a pass catcher, but I'm all in on the Raiders trifecta this week. Murray destroyed the Browns swiss cheese rushing defense last week, and I see similar results these week against Da Bears.
Karlos Williams RB BUF $6300
My guess on Williams' ownership this weekend is over 60%, and rightfully so. He's put up better stats than half of the RB's you all drafted in the first five rounds of your seasonal league, and that's playing BEHIND Shady McCoy!! Shady is out this week, and even though I love how our Giants rush defense has looked, I still think Karlos offers tremendous upside at his current price point. You typically want to avoid popular players in tournament formats, but not at his bargain basement cost.
Amari Cooper WR OAK $7200
Watch some highlights of Cooper from his first three weeks of the season, then realize that he is 21 years old.... Cooper is already a top 15-20 WR in the NFL, and he can't rent a car in most states. The sky is the LIMIT for him, and the Bears of have nobody who can cover him. The Black Hole Stack. Write that down.
Julio Jones WR ATL $9400
Repeat after me, "I will start Julio every week until he gets hurt or costs $11,000."
Larry Fitzgerald WR ARI $7400
Maybe the best feel good story of this young NFL season, but we have seen VINTAGE Fitzgerald the last three weeks. He leads the entire league with five TD receptions, and is clearly Carson Palmer's favorite target. Admittedly, his current pace is unsustainable, but as long as he's playing like a WR1 and priced as a WR2, get him in your lineups.
Greg Olsen TE CAR $6300
Olsen is the TE1 with Gronk out this week, and his massive target share should continue against the hapless Buc's defense. Lovie Smith's Cover 2 defense has historically been soft vs the TE position, and Olsen is still Cam's main squeeze.
Josh Lambo K SD $4500
I like the Chargers to move the ball at will against the Cleveland defense, which should leave Lambo with plenty of FG attempts. I don't like spending budget on Kickers, and I'm happy with Lambo's upside at his minimum price.
Indianapolis Colts DST $4400
I have a suspicion the Colts are going to throttle the Jags on Sunday. A really rocky start to the season was saved with a come from behind victory in Tennessee last week. Luck is banged up, but I think he plays. And well. Blake Bortles has shown glimpses, but mainly looks like a career NFL backup. At the near minimum cost, I like the Colts defense to hold the Jags to a low score, and rack up the sacks and turnovers. Giddy up!
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