Top DFS Stacks for NFL Week 8
Jared Goff/Todd Gurley/Robert Woods
The Los Angeles Rams continue to feature one of the best offenses in the NFL on a weekly basis. They currently rank second in the NFL in total yards (446.4) and third in points (33.6) per game this season. Los Angeles gets a matchup against the Green Bay Packers, who are allowing 328.3 total yards and 24.0 points per game this season. While those aren’t great numbers for Los Angeles, they feature an offense that has the potential to score against anyone. The Rams are still -9.5 point favorites in a game set at 56.5 points, and they feature the highest implied total on the slate at 33 points.
Jared Goff has cooled off a bit recently, but he has still been playing at a high level for the majority of the season. Through seven games, Goff is averaging 304.3 passing yards and 2.0 passing touchdowns on only 31.1 pass attempts per game. He has also been a significantly better fantasy option at home, as he’s averaging 31.4 DK points per game in Los Angeles, as opposed to only 15.4 DK points per game on the road. Todd Gurley is the easiest player to pair with Goff this week. He’s averaging 136.6 total yards and 2.0 total touches on 24.1 touches (3.6 receptions) per game this season. Gurley has scored 25+ DK points in every game this season, including 30+ DK points in each of his last three games. Robert Woods and Brandin Cooks both make sense in this game, but I side slightly with Woods. He’ll move into the slot with Cooper Kupp injured, and Woods gets the best matchup of the LA receivers. He has scored double digit fantasy points in each of his last six games, and he’s averaging 5.9 receptions for 86.0 yards and 0.4 touchdowns per game this season. Josh Jackson has struggled in coverage this season, and Woods is a player that can add more upside to this stack.
Andy Dalton/A.J. Green/Tyler Boyd
The Cincinnati Bengals only rank 20th in the NFL in passing yards per game with 250.0, but they also rank sixth in the NFL in passing touchdowns this season with 15. They get an elite matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who are allowing a league-high 328.0 passing yards per game, while also allowing a league-high 18 passing touchdowns this season. Furthermore, Tampa Bay has allowed a ridiculous 125.8 quarterback rating to their opponents. The Bengals are -4 point favorites in a game set at 54.5 points, giving them an implied total of 29.3 points tonight.
Andy Dalton has featured plenty of ups and downs throughout the season, but he’s averaging 260.3 passing yards and 2.1 passing touchdowns on 36.7 pass attempts per game. He has also flashed upwards of 30 DK point upside this season, and we could see his ceiling this weekend. A.J. Green and Tyler Boyd have been the top two targets for Dalton, as they are the only two players on the team that have seen more than 25 targets. Overall, the duo has combined for a 48.5% target share this season. Green has seen double digit targets in each of his last three games after recording less than 10 targets in each of his first four games. Overall, Green is averaging 6.7 receptions for 104.7 yards in those three games, although he has failed to find the end zone in any of those games. Tyler Boyd has certainly cooled off a bit recently, but he still comes with tremendous upside. On the season, Boyd is averaging a 5.7/68.9/0.6 line on 8.0 targets per game. Green and Boyd have also combined for 54.1% of Cincinnati’s red zone targets, suggesting they will find the end zone once again in a plus matchup this week.
Patrick Mahomes/Tyreek Hill/Travis Kelce
The Kansas City Chiefs are a team that needs no introduction, but I’ll give them one anyway. They have featured one of the best passing offenses in the NFL this season, as they are averaging 313.0 passing yards per game this season. They also lead the NFL with 22 passing touchdowns. They get somewhat of a tough matchup against the Denver Broncos, who are allowing only 230 passing yards per game, while also allowing only 10 passing touchdowns this season. Still, Kansas City is a -10 point favorite in a game set at 53.5 points. They feature an implied total of 31.8 points this week.
Patrick Mahomes has been one of the best fantasy options in the NFL this season. He’s averaging 317.6 passing yards and 3.1 passing touchdowns on 35.6 pass attempts per game this season. Mahomes is also averaging 17.1 yards and 0.3 touchdowns per game on the ground in 2018. Tyreek Hill has been a major part of the offense, leading them in targets, receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns. On the season, he’s averaging 5.9 receptions for 90.7 yards and 1.0 touchdown on 8.7 targets per game. Hill can also add a few rushing yards to his lines each week. Travis Kelce has also been a major part of the offense this season. After struggling in his first game, Kelce has scored double digit DK points in each of his last six games. Denver has featured a below average defense against the tight end, and Kelce is averaging a 5.4/80.4/0.4 line on 8.6 targets per game. Kareem Hunt is another player that can be considered in this stack, but obviously does not fit the perimeters of “QB/WR/TE.”
High Upside GPP Stack
Mitchell Trubisky/Tarik Cohen/Taylor Gabriel
The Chicago Bears have quietly featured one of the best offenses in the NFL this season. They’re averaging 380.7 total yards and 28.3 points per game, ranking in the top-11 of the NFL in both categories. They get a matchup against the New York Jets, who feature an average offense. They’re allowing 371.7 total yards and 25.1 points per game this season. They have also allowed 30+ points in three of their last four games. This week, the Bears are -7.5 point favorites in a game set at 44.5 points, and they feature an implied total of 26 points.
Mitchell Trubisky has taken a step forward this season, as he’s averaging 265.7 passing yards and 2.2 passing touchdowns on 35.2 pass attempts per game this season. He’s also averaging a healthy 40.8 yards and 0.3 touchdowns per game on the ground this season. Furthermore, Trubisky is averaging 38.1 DK points per game over his last three games. Tarik Cohen has taken on a new role over the last three games, as well. He’s only averaging 32.7 yards and 0.3 touchdowns on 8.0 carries pe game. With that being said, he is averaging a 7.3/93.3/0.7 receiving line on 10.0 targets per game. Cohen has somewhat taken over as the Bears top receiving option, but his role as a “running back” allows him to be put in position for high percentage targets. Taylor Gabriel has been an extremely efficient option for Chicago. On the season, he’s averaging 5.0 receptions for 54.8 yards and 0.3 touchdowns on only 6.3 targets per game. Similarly to Trubisky and Cohen, Gabriel has found more success over the last three weeks, as he’s averaging 19.6 DK points per game over that span.