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FanDuel NFL Stacks: Week 12

by Spencer Limbach
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

Pairing or “stacking” a Quarterback and Wide Receiver is a fairly common daily fantasy football strategy. After all, if the duo connects on a long-gainer or touchdown, you’ll get credit for both the QB and WR on the other end. It seems pretty logical, yet it often goes underutilized by a portion of the daily fantasy population. 



I’m going to list some of the obvious QB, WR, and (sometimes) TE combinations, then go in-depth with the GPP arrangements that could pay off in a large tournament setting.



Note: We are focusing on FanDuel’s Sunday main slate starting at 1:00 ET. Games played on Thursday or Monday are not factored into the analysis.




Obvious Stacks


QB Russell Wilson / WR Doug Baldwin / TE Jimmy Graham


Wilson is underpriced on FanDuel despite riding an impressive hostreak. The matchup corresponds at Tampa, while pairing him with WR Doug Baldwin proves to be an economical stack that doesn’t slouch on upside.


QB Tom Brady / WR Julian Edelman


We don’t know whether Rob Gronkowski will play or not. However, I believe the Brady-Edelman connection will be alive and strong regardless. Gronkowski probably won’t be 100% as is, and Edelman should see plenty of targets in a friendly draw.


QB Marcus Mariota / WR Rishard Matthews / TE Delanie Walker


Mariota has been red-hot as of late. He’s playing on the road, but a matchup at Chicago isn’t necessarily imposing. Rishard Matthews has become a high-volume receiver as the season has progressed, while Delanie Walker has upside at a weak tight end position.


QB Derek Carr / WR Amari Cooper


The Raiders-Panthers have one of the highest totals within this slate, so we’ll need to take a look at both quarterbacks. While Carolina’s secondary has improved as of late, they are still susceptible to big plays, and that’s Carr-Cooper’s specialty.


QB Cam Newton / WR Kelvin Benjamin / TE Greg Olsen


We usually like Newton a little more at home, but the matchup is really good here. Oakland ranks 29th overall in defense and 28th against the pass. Not only that, but Newton and company should be pressing while trying to keep pace with the Raiders’ quick-strike offense.




GPP Tournament Stacks


QB Eli Manning ($7800) / WR Odell Beckham Jr. ($9000) / WR Sterling Shepard ($6100) / TE Will Tye ($4600)


Manning has been great over the second half of the season, hitting 20+ fantasy points in three of the past five games. Even 40+ mph winds in the Meadowlands couldn’t slow him down, posting a respectable 227 yards and two touchdowns (17 FP) vs Chicago. The matchup looks good against a Cleveland team that ranks 31st overall in defense. Manning and the Giants should be able to move the ball regularly, creating numerous red-zone opportunities. Even though Odell Beckham will likely be shadowed by Joe Haden, the former All-Pro corner hasn’t lived up to that title over the past few years. Sterling Shepard is a cheap pick who has developed nice rapport with Manning, catching a touchdown in three straight games. Will Tye can also be considered as a cheap tight end filler, as there is low opportunity cost at the position.



QB Drew Brees ($8600) / WR Michael Thomas ($6400)


Drew Brees will be underrated this week. Most people will be looking towards Brady or Mariota for a similar salary, or dip down with Carr, Newton, or Russell for a discount. The matchup doesn’t look great on paper, as Los Angeles ranks sixth against the pass. However, Brees typically performs much better at home, and he has posted respectable fantasy outings against top-tier pass defenses earlier this season (21 FP vs Seattle, 23 FP vs Denver). He could be within that range once again … As far as receivers go, Michael Thomas has the best individual matchup against struggling CB E.J. Gaines. I really like the Brees-Thomas combination in tournaments, or just taking a chance on Thomas as a stand-alone play.



QB Colin Kaepernick ($7200) / TE Vance McDonald ($4800)


I mentioned Kaepernick in my FanDuel NFL GPP Pivots column earlier this week. There’s obviously some risk taking an erratic quarterback without much offensive help traveling across the country. However, Kaep has been very good lately, posting 23, 24, and 19 fantasy points over the past three weeks. Tyrod Taylor and Marcus Mariota were able to run their way towards 23 and 30 fantasy points respectively against Miami earlier this season. Kaepernick has some rushing upside of his own, and it’s realistic to hope he can torch the Dolphins with his legs once again … As far as pairing him with a receiver, Vance McDonald has been his most consistent target, but that’s not saying much. The tight end position is lagging this week, so I don’t mind taking a chance with McDonald, hoping he comes away with a score.

Spencer Limbach

Spencer Limbach is a multi-sport daily fantasy specialist for NBC Sports Edge. He can be found on twitter @Spencer_JL.