I need to level with everyone that is reading this right now. In last week’s NFL DFS article, I went ahead and listed my favorite plays at each position. Looking back at the article, I had more hits than misses in Week 1. However, listing singular players isn’t great for NFL DFS as stacking is the name of the game. Stacking is when you pair — usually starting with a quarterback — players with other members of their offense.
With that being the case, I want to do things a bit differently this week where I’ll be discussing my favorite stacks on DraftKings. Also, I’ll be speaking about my favorite bring-back options to go along with my stacks. A bring-back player is a player that plays on the opposite team that can help you achieve the most correlation possible. As I hope this new format is more helpful for those that take time to read this, let’s dive into who I’m liking on the DraftKings NFL Main slate in Week 2.
LAC: Justin Herbert ($6,700), Austin Ekeler ($7,300), Keenan Allen ($7,000), Mike Williams ($6,100), Jared Cook ($3,900), Jalen Guyton ($3,100)
The game with the highest total in Week 2 is the one between the Dallas Cowboys and the Los Angeles Chargers. I’m a big fan of both sides of this matchup, as there should be tons of offensive output on Sunday. It’s hard not to like the Chargers this week against a weak Cowboys defense, starting with Justin Herbert at quarterback. You can stack Herbert with Austin Ekeler, Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, and Jared Cook—and if you want to be different, Jalen Guyton is a viable option. Ekeler saw zero targets in Week 1, but I believe that was an outlier performance for the dual-threat running back. With DraftKings being a full-point PPR site, Allen has a high floor every single week. All we need for Guyton to do to be worth inserting into our lineups is one big play or a few deep catches like he had in Week 1.
Bring-back options: Amari Cooper ($6,800), CeeDee Lamb ($6,400), Cedrick Wilson ($3,100), Dalton Schultz ($3,300)
The passing offense of the Cowboys is going to be one of the best units in the NFL again with Dak Prescott back under center. Both Amari Cooper and CeeDee Lamb are going to be premier options in fantasy football this season. Due to the injury to Michael Gallup, Cedrick Wilson should see the field in three wide-receiver sets in the coming weeks. Wilson definitely allows you to save some salary, and if you want to get even more different, Dalton Schultz could see more work in the passing game amid Gallup’s absence.
DAL: Dak Prescott ($6,800), Amari Cooper ($6,800), CeeDee Lamb ($6,400), Cedrick Wilson ($3,100), Dalton Schultz ($3,300)
While you can use them as bring-back options when using a Chargers stack, I’m going to be heavily stacking the Cowboys as well. Prescott proved that he’s still an elite quarterback in Week 1, scoring 31.4 points on DraftKings against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With Gallup on injured reserve, I expect more targets to funnel to Cooper and Lamb. But with Dallas having a defense that is going to surrender points in bunches, there are still going to be plenty of targets to go around. That is why Wilson could be a popular option in Week 2, and it’s why I’m liking Schultz to be a bit different at the tight end position. I like guys like Chris Carson, Najee Harris, and David Montgomery a bit more in the same price range as Ezekiel Elliott.
Bring-back options: Austin Ekeler ($7,300), Keenan Allen ($7,000), Mike Williams ($6,100), Jalen Guyton ($3,100)
If you’re going to bring back a stack with a running back, they need to be someone who is utilized in the aerial attack. Despite Ekeler getting an uncharacteristic zero targets in Week 1, I don't think we see another game this season where he records a goose egg in the target column. Both Allen and Williams are going to be popular wide receivers this week versus the Cowboys. Once again, Guyton is the No. 3 wideout for the Chargers and his big-play ability could lead to him paying off his cheap price tag in just one play.
SEA: Russell Wilson ($7,500), Chris Carson ($6,100), D.K. Metcalf ($7,600), Tyler Lockett ($7,200), Gerald Everett ($3,600)
One of the best stacks in Week 1 was the Seattle Seahawks, who were able to air it out with ease against the Indianapolis Colts. There’s no doubt that Seattle will be a popular team to target against a struggling Tennessee Titans team. In a new offense under Shane Waldron, Russell Wilson scored 27.1 points on DraftKings despite attempting only 23 passes. Given that, we don’t need him to throw much to get worthwhile production at quarterback. It’s no secret that the passing game goes through D.K. Metcalf and Tyler Lockett, who are both going to be high-owned wideouts in Week 2. Carson is one of my favorite running backs this week, as he’s priced in a perfect spot at home in a game that Seattle is favored in. One way to differentiate your Seahawks stack is to insert Gerald Everett at tight end.
Bring-back options: A.J. Brown ($6,900), Julio Jones ($6,300), Chester Rogers ($3,200)
It wasn’t a positive showing from the Titans in Week 1 versus the Arizona Cardinals, as Ryan Tannehill and the offense produced just 13 points at home. It may be tough trusting Tennessee’s offense in Week 2, but the Seahawks don’t have a daunting defense. I believe A.J. Brown and Julio Jones could be in for bounce-back weeks versus Seattle in what is expected to be a high-scoring contest. If Chester Rogers is still the No. 3 wide receiver ahead of Josh Reynolds this week, he saw six targets in Week 1, and if the Titans are playing from behind, he’s only $3,200 on DraftKings.
ARI: Kyler Murray ($8,200), Chase Edmonds ($4,900), DeAndre Hopkins ($8,000), Christian Kirk ($5,000), Rondale Moore ($4,000)
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the Cardinals make my list of favorite stacks. To begin the season, Arizona’s offense looked nearly unstoppable with Kyler Murray at the forefront. Murray picked apart the defense of the Titans en route to 34.6 points on DraftKings in Week 1. Chase Edmonds proved to be the team’s primary running back in Week 1, even with James Conner getting touches. DeAndre Hopkins is undoubtedly the go-to option for Murray, but Christian Kirk is showing that he’s now the No. 2 wideout in Arizona. As much as I want to see vintage A.J. Green again, I’d rather play Rondale Moore for $300 more on DraftKings.
Bring-back options: Dalvin Cook ($9,100), Justin Jefferson ($7,400), Adam Thielen ($7,100), K.J. Osborn ($3,300)
We were told to expect a different Minnesota Vikings team in 2021, but if Week 1 is any indication, then we may have more comeback opportunities for Kirk Cousins and Minnesota’s offense. The Vikings were playing from behind against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 1, as they would lose to the Bengals in overtime. Even though it’s an expensive stack and bring-back game, there is going to be plenty of scoring between the Cardinals and the Vikings. Cook is worth rostering due to his usage on the ground and through the air, with Thielen and Jefferson leading the way at wide receiver. K.J. Osborn emerged as the No. 3 wide receiver for the Vikings in Week 1, and if he can garner seven targets again, he can easily pay off his $3,300 price tag then he’s a nice value piece.