NFL DFS players will have a few more options to choose from on the main slate in Week 8. Each of the past two weeks have featured just 10 main slate games. However, in Week 8, there will be 12 games, as there are just two teams on bye (Raiders, Ravens). That will make it easier for daily fantasy football players to find unique DraftKings and FanDuel pickups, but it doesn’t mean that you should avoid stacking. It’s still a great strategy in both tournaments and cash games, as it provides lineup differentiation while also raising your ceiling in any contest.
This week is a great one for stacks. It’s similar to last week’s slate in that there are a lot of strong teams going up against weaker ones, so that creates some advantageous matchups. Sometimes, stacking heavily favored teams can be a risk, but when it pays off, it makes it very easy to cash.
The most popular stacks, as always, will involve pairing a quarterback with one or two of his best pass-catching weapons. These are typically receivers or tight ends, though the occasional pass-catching running back can work in tournament formats. That said, RBs are usually paired with defenses. After all, if your defense is playing well and you’re winning, then you’re also more likely to run the ball.
Traditional stacks are the safest stacking approach, but contrarian stacks are great for lineup differentiation. They tend to be more boom-or-bust, but if you like the matchup of a wide receiver and defense, it can work out. It’s just a bit more of a risk.
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.
Below are some of our favorite sets of teammates for DraftKings and FanDuel lineups this week. Be sure to follow our Twitter account @SN_Fantasy to see all of our DFS content heading into kickoff every week.
Week 8 NFL DFS Picks: Top cash game stacks for DraftKings, FanDuel
QB Joe Burrow, WR Ja’Marr Chase, & WR Tee Higgins, Bengals at Jets (DK/FD stack)
The Bengals offense is surprisingly proving to be one of the best in the NFL. Many knew they had talented skill positions, but there were questions on the offensive line and about the health of Joe Burrow. Those have been answered.
So far, the offensive line has blocked well enough for Cincinnati. Meanwhile, Burrow has looked fully healthy in his return from an ACL tear. That has allowed the Bengals offense to take off and explains why they rank in the upper half of the league in most major offensive stat categories.
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As long as Cincinnati’s offense continues to play well, you can trust them, especially in weaker matchups. The Jets are fresh off a 54-13 loss to the Patriots, so they qualify even though they have given up the second-fewest pass TDs in the NFL (6). Burrow is the best quarterback New York has faced to date, and he has had multiple TDs in all seven of his games this year. He should get them again.
Chase has more receiving yards than any rookie through seven games in NFL history with 754. He has posted two games with 30-plus DraftKings points in his past three outings, so that will make him a worthwhile option. Higgins, meanwhile, hasn’t done as much, but his five red-zone targets lead the Bengals. He has also posted double-digit DK points in four of the five games he’s played. This trio has a high ceiling against the Jets, but their floor is pretty high, as well. Keep trusting the Bengals until they give you a reason not to.
QB Matthew Stafford, WR Cooper Kupp, & TE Tyler Higbee, Rams at Texans (DK/FD stack)
Another week, another great matchup for Stafford and his weapons. He has totaled 585 passing yards, seven touchdowns, and just one interception in his past two games. Now, he gets to face the Texans, who have allowed 29 points per game, good for the fifth most in the NFL.
Stafford and the Rams should have another good passing day that will include multiple TDs. Figuring out who might catch those isn’t terribly difficult. Cooper Kupp leads the NFL in catches (56), receiving yards (809), and receiving TDs (9) entering Week 8. His 15 red-zone targets and eight TDs in that range lead the NFL, as well. He’s a must-stack with Stafford.
You could go in several different directions with the third member of this stack, but Higbee is probably the best value. He’s the ninth-most expensive tight end in DK and the 12th-most expensive in FanDuel, but he has TD upside. He has 11 red-zone targets, second only to Kupp. He is two ahead of Robert Woods, so while Woods may get more yardage, Higbee is cheaper and has slightly more TD upside. It also helps that the Texans have allowed a league-high six TDs to TEs and have allowed the fourth-most DK points and third-most FD points to TEs this season. Higbee will probably be lower owned than some of the other Rams and tight ends on this slate. Trusting him at a low-end price and guaranteeing that 59 percent of the Rams’ red-zone targets are in our lineup seems like a good move.
RB Zack Moss & Bills D/ST, Bills vs. Dolphins (DK Stack)
I know Moss isn’t the sexiest pick in DFS formats since he’s averaging just 3.9 yards per carry, but he’s a solid, low-cost, high-floor option for cash games. Moss has posted at least 12.1 DK points in four of his five games played this season. He has averaged 12.8 touches per game and has scored four times on the season. He’s not very explosive, but when the Bills get into the red zone, they tend to trust him over Devin Singletary.
In fact, Moss has 17 red-zone carries on the season. That’s tied for the ninth most in the NFL, and Moss has racked up those attempts in just five games. His TD upside is high, so going with him for just $5,200 on DraftKings seems like a good value.
The Bills defense is the nicer part of this stack. It has scored 17-plus DK points in three of its four games this year, and that includes a 22-point outing against the Dolphins in a 35-0 Week 2 win. That was with Jacoby Brissett at QB for most of the game, but it’s worth noting that Tua Tagovailoa threw three picks and was sacked once against the Bills in Week 17 last year. He could struggle against an improved Bills defense.
Week 8 DraftKings, FanDuel Picks: Best stacks for daily fantasy football GPPs/tournaments
QB Matt Ryan, WR Calvin Ridley, & TE Kyle Pitts, Falcons vs. Panthers (DK stack)
The Panthers are in a state of disarray right now. Their defense looked solid to begin the season, but they have allowed an average of 29 points per game during their four-game losing streak. That includes games against the Eagles and Giants during which they allowed 21 and 25 points, respectively.
The Falcons are starting to play a bit better on offense, so they should be able to take advantage of this spot. Matt Ryan has recorded multiple TDs in five consecutive games, and the Falcons have averaged. 25.8 points during that span. Their passing offense should do well once again, as Carolina’s secondary hasn’t been as strong since Jaycee Horn went down with an injury.
Going with Ryan means we’re going to go with his top two receiving weapons. Ridley has just 281 receiving yards this season, but he has averaged 10.4 targets per game this year. He’s due for a big game and this could be a good spot for one. As for Pitts, he has averaged eight catches for 141 yards in his past two games. He should continue to threaten the 100-yard mark as a receiver, and he will have a shot at a touchdown against a Panthers defense that has allowed three to TEs this year.
The Falcons aren’t a great team, so some DFS players will steer clear of them, but you can certainly field a winning lineup with these three in the fold.
QB Geno Smith, RB Alex Collins, & WR DK Metcalf, Seahawks vs. Jaguars (DK/FD Stack)
There is a lot to like about the Seahawks in Week 8. They’re taking on the Jaguars and will get a chance to pile up points against one of the weakest defenses in the NFL. The Jaguars are allowing a whopping 412.2 yards per game this season. That’s a bottom-three mark in the NFL. They are also allowing 28.7 points per game, good for the seventh-most in the NFL this season.
The Seahawks might not be as strong of a team offensively without Russell Wilson, but they still have some worthwhile weapons they can utilize to their advantage. Notably, Metcalf should feast on a Jaguars’ defense that has struggled to limit receivers in terms of catches and yardage. The Jaguars have allowed nine WRs to score at least 10 fantasy points on them, so Metcalf should be next.
Pairing Metcalf with the low-priced Geno Smith makes sense. You could also argue for adding Tyler Lockett to the mix since the Jaguars have allowed double-digit fantasy scorers at receiver in four of their six games this season. However, going with Alex Collins (or the recently activated Rashaad Penny if Collins’ groin acts up again) might be the best way to get in on the Seahawks’ rushing attack, which they’ll surely look to establish. The Jaguars have allowed eight rushing TDs to RBs. That’s tied for the second most in the NFL despite the fact that they have already had their bye week.
In short, you can play any Seahawk on Sunday. It’s just a matter of which ones you prefer. Our favored approach involves trusting Smith, Collins, and Metcalf.
RB Elijah Mitchell, WR Deebo Samuel, & 49ers D/ST, 49ers at Bears (DK/FD stack)
Kyle Shanahan might be mum about the 49ers’ starting quarterback ahead of Week 8, but we know enough about their offense to know who their weapons will be against the Bears. Elijah Mitchell and Deebo Samuel starred for the 49ers offense in their washout loss to the Colts. Mitchell totaled 107 rushing yards and scored an early TD. Samuel caught seven passes for 100 yards and a score. He was the lone 49ers player with more than three catches during the game..
These two have been the most consistent, dynamic threats in the San Francisco offense, and they each get a good matchup with the Bears. Chicago has allowed 762 rushing yards to running backs, good for the sixth most in the NFL. They also have allowed 12 receiving TDs to wide receivers, which is more than any other team in the NFL has allowed. These stats indicate that Mitchell and Samuel are great plays, so they’re a nice contrarian stack. They are the 49ers’ top two offensive weapons with George Kittle (calf) out, after all.
Why throw in the defense? Well, the Bears have averaged 13.4 points per game in starts made by Justin Fields. He has averaged an interception per game and has been sacked 20 times total during that span. Few DFS players will use all three of these options, so it could be a nice way to earn some high-impact lineup differentiation in Week 8.