Stacks to Target: Week 6

Stacking, or using multiple players from the same team, is necessary to win tournaments. When a signal-caller has himself a big day it is usually because he has thrown for a healthy amount of yardage and multiple scores. A big game for the guy throwing the ball means those receiving the football should be successful as well. The key, of course, is pairing the correct duo. Here are Fantasy Expert Ricky Sanders’ top tournament stacks for Week 6 of the NFL season.

Deshaun Watson/DeAndre Hopkins

The highest-owned stack of the weekend is almost assuredly going to be Deshaun Watson and DeAndre Hopkins following a week where the star receiver scored thrice. Over the course of the last two weeks, Watson has combined to score 10 total touchdowns (TDs), and he will now square off against a team that has allowed every quarterback (QB) they have faced this year to produce multiple TDs. When this game opened, it only featured a projected over/under of 44.0 points, but it has since risen three full points (all the way up to 47.0 points) and the Texans have moved from 9.5 to 10.0-point favorites. Browns corner Jason McCourty has graded as a top three cover corner in the league this year, per Pro Football Focus (PFF), and he shadowed A.J. Green in Week 4. When McCourty was covering Green, he held him to two catches on three targets and he targeted him on 97-percent of his routes. In other words, Green was targeted every single time McCourty was not covering him including the play where he scored a TD. Essentially, there is at least some downside to Hopkins’ matchup. Still, Hopkins is good enough to beat anyone in the league-on-one so the upside is plentiful, especially if the team decides not to shadow him. As a contrarian play, feel free to pair Watson with Will Fuller V who has scored four total TDs in two games this year.

Drew Brees/Michael Thomas

If moving off the total chalk, the Drew Brees/Michael Thomas pairing should come at a slightly lower ownership but the masses love to roster players in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Multiple articles have been written over the last two seasons equating the Superdome to Coors Field and it is true more points are scored in this stadium than anywhere else. However, the Lions currently rank ninth in terms of passing defense, according to Football Outsiders’ defense-adjusted value over average (DVOA) statistic, so this matchup is no walk in the park. Since the open, the Saints have moved from 3.5 to 4.5 favorites and yet the expected total of the game has fallen. Although peculiar, it seems to signify the sharps believe the Saints should dominate in this game. Unfortunately, that means the team could spend the latter part of the game running, but Thomas has a distinct talent advantage on Darius Slay. While Slay is a solid cornerback (CB), Slay has rated outside the top 30 at the position in terms of coverage ability this year and Thomas. It is at least worth noting Slay shadowed Thomas last year in this matchup and the Saints wide receiver (WR) finished with just 4-42-0 on five targets. To this point, Thomas has been targeted at least eight times in every game including double-digit targets in two games so far. Eventually, with Thomas’ elite combination of talent and size (almost identical to the likes of Julio Jones), he is going to produce some monster performances (similarly to last year). One of those outbursts is certainly possible this week.

Josh McCown/Austin Seferian-Jenkins

Facing the Patriots has been a treat for opposing offenses this year because their defense is amongst the worst in the league. No team has allowed more total yards (2,236) or passing yards (1,615) than the Patriots and they have allowed the second most points per game (28.4) to opponents as well. QBs are averaging 323.0 passing yards per game against the Patriots and the Jets are nearly double-digit underdogs. Playing from behind against arguably the worst defense in the league should only lead to production for both Josh McCown and a few of his pass-catchers. The Patriots have struggled in all aspects of passing defense but they rank 24th in tight end (TE) DVOA and have allowed production 18.3-percent above average to the position. Opposing TEs have been targeted 8.3 times per game against the Patriots and have compiled 59.8 yards per game. Meanwhile, Austin Seferian-Jenkins has only taken three weeks to morph into a legitimate target, and red zone threat, for McCown. Last week, Seferian-Jenkins drew eight targets and hauled in six of them for 29 yards and a score. Neither Robby Anderson nor Jermaine Kearse are true red zone targets so Seferian-Jenkins should fall into a healthy amount of red zone targets by default. If the Jets get down close to the goal line, McCown will be looking for Seferian-Jenkins, so a TD is well within the reasonable range of outcomes.

Jameis Winston/DeSean Jackson

Roster construction is a bit difficult this week if attempting to fit in multiple expensive skill position players so this may be the top reasonably-priced, monstrous upside stack. Whereas Seferian-Jenkins is unlikely to score a TD longer than 20 yards, DeSean Jackson is unlikely to score a TD shorter than 20 yards. Additionally, Jackson draws a dream matchup this week against Justin Bethel who has allowed a 120.3 QB rating in coverage this year. Thus far, only Terrance Mitchell, Jalen Mills, Vernon Hargreaves and Dontae Johnson have yielded more total yards in coverage than Bethel (343) and none have allowed more TDs. With Patrick Peterson shadowing Evans and likely drawing safety help, both Jackson and Adam Humphries should be destined for a healthy amount of single coverage, and that could lead to a huge day for Jackson. The Cardinals have quietly allowed four passing TDs to both Matthew Stafford and Carson Wentz plus Dak Prescott torched them for three total TDs as well. All the upper-echelon QBs to have faced this defense before succeeded so Jameis Winston (and his receivers) should have themselves a field day.

Jacoby Brissett/T.Y. Hilton

Tennessee’s secondary is toast. Seriously, the Titans rank 25th in passing DVOA and they have surrendered the most TDs to the WR position. T.Y. Hilton’s matchup against Adoree’ Jackson is amongst the nine most favorable of the weekend (per PFF) and the speedy receiver has started to mesh with Jacoby Brissett as of late. Since Week 3 alone, Hilton has topped 150 receiving yards twice including a seven catch, 177-yard performance last week against the 49ers. Both of Hilton’s cupcake matchups have led to dominant performances and another one is on the horizon. Prior to last week, the Titans had allowed 280-plus passing yards and 4.0 passing TDs per game over the course of a two-game stretch against Russell Wilson and Deshaun Watson. Like those two QBs, Brissett can beat the Titans with both his legs and his arm, and Hilton’s speed should be deadly against a CB who grades outside the top 80 at the position in terms of coverage ability. If looking for a contrarian pairing that has the upside to win tournaments, look no further than the Colts.

Ricky Sanders

Ricky Sanders

Ricky Sanders is a fantasy sports expert with over 15 years of playing experience. After starting several freelance fantasy sports blogs, Ricky moved up in the fantasy industry when he joined Going9 Baseball. He wrote fantasy baseball content and had a weekly radio spot on the site’s SiriusXM Satellite Radio show. Shortly thereafter, in early 2013, Ricky joined RotoExperts as a three-sport fantasy contributor, eventually becoming one of the site’s lead basketball writers. While writing for RotoExperts, Ricky was introduced to daily fantasy sports and immediately fell in love. With help from some of his mentors, some of the best DFS players in the world, he honed his skills and became the daily fantasy expert he is today. When RotoExperts created a daily-focused website called DailyRoto.com, Ricky was brought on as one of the main contributors. He still makes frequent appearances on the RotoExperts SiriusXM Radio show and on the FNTSY Sports Television Network, talking daily fantasy sports. He also continues to write for a few DFS content sites: RotoCurve and The Fantasy Fix. Ricky is a proud and active member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. He has agreed to be a writer and representative for the FantasyDraft brand and serves as an ambassador to the site. He has no more access to the site than the typical user. Don’t hesitate to contact Ricky with questions on Twitter @RSandersDFS.

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