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Top Week 17 NFL DFS Stacks for DraftKings + FanDuel Based on Awesemo’s Premium Top Stacks Tool




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Week 17 presents a massive 14-game slate. To gain leverage in GPPs, stacking is a strategy that every DFS player should use. Rostering a quarterback with one or more of his pass catchers gives lineups the upside it needs to have a chance at finishing near the top of the leaderboards. The NFL DFS advice below will evaluate how to utilize NFL DFS stacks for Week 15 DraftKings and FanDuel lineups by finding the top the stacking options from Awesemo’s Top Stacks Tool. The Top Stacks Tool will break down the stack in terms of its overall projection of being the No. 1 stack of the week, the ownership of the quarterback, if it is a value or not and the overall leverage on the rest of the field.

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Top NFL DFS Stacks for Week 17 on DraftKings + FanDuel

Top Stack: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Heading to New York to face the hopeless Jets, the Buccaneers are the No. 1 offense to stack for Week 17, according to Awesemo’s Top Stacks Tool. This season, New York is allowing the third highest yards per attempt (7.6) and is the second worst graded defense on PFF. In this gorgeous spot, Tampa Bay’s implied team total is tied for the highest on the slate (29.25 points) and this game’s total is the fifth highest on the board (45.5 points). Ranking dead last in game script adjusted rush rate via Awesemo’s Advanced Stats, the Buccaneers have been the most pass heavy offense in the NFL this season. Tom Brady is leading the NFL in passing touchdowns (37) and has only thrown 11 interceptions. Facing this pathetic Jets’ defense, Brady has a top-three ceiling at his position in Awesemo’s Boom Bust Tool.

For the second straight week, the Buccaneers are expected to be without Mike Evans (hamstring/health protocols) and Chris Godwin (knee). In this situation last Sunday, Antonio Brown thrived as Brady’s No. 1 option, catching 10 of his season-high 15 targets for 101 yards against the Panthers. This was an absurd 51.7% target share for Brown, and he also led the team in route rate (87%). Regardless of position, Brown ranks fourth in the league in DraftKings points per snap (0.51) and at only $6,100 on DraftKings, he is criminally underpriced for his role as the Buccaneers’ top weapon. According to Awesemo’s projections, Brown is the No. 1 DraftKings value on the slate among all skill players. After only seeing two targets last week, Rob Gronkowski should bounce back in a big way against the Jets. He was second on the team in route rate this past Sunday (84%) and has been targeted on 21% of his routes this season, including 11 red zone targets in only 11 games. Furthermore, Gronkowski ranks fourth among tight ends in DraftKings points per snap (0.26) and this Jets’ defense has yielded the seventh most yards (944) and eighth most touchdowns to tight ends (seven).

If looking for a cheaper option to stack with Brady, Cyril Grayson makes the most sense. He ranked third on the team in route rate last week (81%) and hauled in all three of his targets for 81 yards. Grayson is priced near the minimum on both DraftKings and FanDuel and should come with essentially no ownership.

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Update: Evans has been activated off the reserve/COVID-19 list and is listed as questionable. Also, Brown is listed as questionable with his nagging ankle injury. After getting in limited practices on Friday, both receivers are trending towards being active. At cheaper price points, Brown is the better value of the pair, but Evans is going to be far less owned, making him the better option for large tournaments. Lastly, if both wideouts suit up, Grayson will shift back to a minimal role and can’t be considered. 

Awesemo Top Stack Projection: 19.3%

Awesemo QB Ownership: 7.7%

Top Stack: Buffalo Bills

Hosting the Falcons, the Bills rank second only to the Buccaneers in Awesemo’s Top Stacks Tool. Atlanta’s defense is the third worst graded unit on PFF, and Buffalo’s implied team total is tied with Tampa Bay for the highest on the slate (29.5 points). Ranking third to last in game script adjusted rush rate, very few teams rely on their passing game more than the Bills. Josh Allen currently ranks third in the NFL in passing touchdowns (34) and the quarterback also has been very active on the ground as of late, with nine carries per game over his last three starts. According to Awesemo’s Boom Bust Tool, no quarterback brings a higher ceiling than Allen this week.

After missing many key pieces over the last few weeks, the Bills will have their full arsenal of weapons available in this beautiful spot against the Falcons. Per usual, Stefon Diggs is the unanimous No. 1 option. This season he leads the Bills with a 25.5% target share. Additionally, Diggs ranks second in the league in red zone targets (29), eighth in targets north of 20 yards (25) and third in air yards (1,599). Slot receiver Cole Beasley owns the second-best target share on the Bills this season at 19.8%, including 11 red zone targets. He has racked up double-digit targets five times this season and is always a better option on DraftKings where players are rewarded a full point per reception.

Next is Gabriel Davis. The last time Buffalo had all their receivers active two weeks ago, he ran 50 routes, while Emmanuel Sanders only ran 21. It appears that Davis has solidified himself as the No. 3 receiver in this offense over Sanders, and he brings far better upside than his salaries suggest with this role. Davis leads the Bills in yards per reception this season (15.5) and has been extremely efficient, ranking third in the league in DraftKings points per touch among receivers (3.97). Before missing last week, Davis had found the end zone four times in his last three starts and the wideout is forecasted to come with minimal ownership on both DraftKings and FanDuel, via Awesemo’s projections.

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Awesemo Top Stack Projection: 13.7%

Awesemo QB Ownership: 11.2%

Value Stack: Seattle Seahawks

The Seahawks have been very volatile this season, but this is a great time to buy low at an affordable cost against the Lions, who are the worst graded defense on PFF. In this juicy spot, Seattle’s implied team total is set at a healthy 24.5 points. This season, Russell Wilson has thrown 18 touchdowns to only five interceptions in 12 starts and ranks seventh in yards per attempt (7.6). Plus, this contest will be at home in Seattle, where the quarterback has been 3.7 DraftKings points per game better than when on the road over the last three seasons.

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As always, the top options to pair with Wilson are DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett. By a hair, Metcalf leads the team in target share this season (25.9%), including 14 red zone targets and 24 targets greater than 20 yards, which ranks ninth in the league. Lockett has seen nearly the same exact target share at 25.3% and has been one of the most utilized deep threats in football, leading the NFL in targets over 20 yards (36) and ranking sixth in aDOT (15.9). One of these two receivers is going to explode in this dream spot, and while Lockett is the better choice given he has shown far better chemistry with Wilson this season, Metcalf should come with minimal ownership given his poor results as of late.

Lastly, Gerald Everett is a cheaper option that is viable for Seahawks’ stacks. This past Sunday Everett caught four of his five targets for 68 yards and a touchdown against the Bears. Ever since Wilson returned from a five-game absence in Week 10, Everett has run a route on 74% of Wilson’s dropbacks and has been targeted on 19% of those routes, five of which have been in the red zone. Over this seven-game span, Everett has scored over 10 DraftKings points on five occasions and this Lions’ defense he is facing has surrendered the fourth most yards to tight ends this season (797). While double stacking Lockett and Metcalf is never ideal, combing one of these receivers with Everett and Wilson is a super contrarian strategy that could really pay off given this gorgeous matchup.

Awesemo Top Stack Projection: 2.3%

Awesemo QB Ownership: 3.0%

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