Week 2 has a full 13-game slate, five of which present totals of at least 50 points. 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 2 DraftKings and FanDuel lineups by finding the top the stacking options from Awesemo’s Top Stacks Tool. The Top Stacks Tool will breakdown 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.
NFL DFS Top Stacks for Week 2 on DraftKings + FanDuel
Top Stack: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Buccaneers head into Week 2 ranking as the top offense to stack according to Awesemo’s Top Stacks Tool. Hosting a putrid Falcons defense that was exposed for 32 points by the Eagles in Week 1, the Buccaneers have the highest implied team total on the main slate, at 32 points. Furthermore, this game’s total is third on the board, at 52 points. After being the most pass-heavy offense last season, Tom Brady posted 50 attempts in the Week 1 win over the Cowboys. He had a huge day, throwing for 379 yards and four touchdowns, earning him the best PFF offensive grade of all quarterbacks for Week 1. Including this game, Brady is averaging 32.5 DraftKings points per game when the Buccaneers have carried an implied team total north of 30 points since he joined the team last season. At a very reasonable $6,900 on DraftKings, Brady is the strongest quarterback value on the slate, per Awesemo’s projections.
As for players to stack with Brady, there are lots of options to choose from in Tampa. Atop the list is Chris Godwin, who ran a route on every one of Brady’s dropbacks last week and garnered a massive 30.4% target share, including a team-high four red-zone targets. Next is Antonio Brown, who led the Buccaneers in target share in 2020 (20.2%) and saw seven targets while running a route on 37 of Brady’s 50 dropbacks last week. Mike Evans, on the other hand, ran 48 routes and saw six targets from Brady in the win. Given that he led the Buccaneers in both air yards (1,327) and red-zone target share (23.9%) by a wide margin last season, Evans is due for some positive regression, and this is an opportune time to buy low on him after his quiet three-catch showing to open the season. Per Awesemo’s ownership projections, Evans is slated for the lowest ownership of the three Buccaneers wide receivers on both DraftKings and FanDuel.
Do not forget about Rob Gronkowski. He was in the top 10 in end-zone targets a year ago and caught both of his red-zone targets last week for a pair of scores. Overall, Gronkowski ran a route on 37 of Brady’s 50 dropbacks and caught all eight of his targets. The Falcons allowed the fourth-most touchdowns to tight ends last season (10), and investing in Gronkowski early in the season when he is fully healthy is always a sharp move. Plus, despite torching the Cowboys, Gronkowski is not expected to gain much attention, with the lowest ownership projection for Brady’s pass catchers in Week 2.
Awesemo Top Stack Projection: 14.5%
Awesemo QB Ownership Projection: 9.9%
Top Stack: Buffalo Bills
Coming off the tough matchup against the Steelers, the Bills are rating as the second-best stack of Week 2 when they visit the Dolphins, via Awesemo’s Top Stacks Tool. The Vegas oddsmakers list the Bills with a 25.75 implied team total, and this AFC matchup also boasts a 48-point game total. This is a huge matchup upgrade for Buffalo. A year ago, the Dolphins yielded the sixth-most yards per attempt (7.4), compared to the Steelers, who gave up the third fewest (6). Josh Allen, who ranked fifth in the NFL in yards per attempt last season (7.9), should bounce back in this tasty spot. In two matchups he tore the Dolphins up for 28.9 DraftKings points per game last year, and last week Allen reached 51 pass attempts and nine rushing attempts. That is an immense opportunity for Allen, who ranked fourth in fantasy points per dropback a year ago, and the heavy volume should continue this week, with the Bills only favored by 2.5 points.
As always, Stefon Diggs is without question the top player to pair with Allen. After leading the NFL in yards receiving (1,535) and ranking third in the target share (29.3%) last season, Diggs led the Bills with 14 targets against the Steelers, four of which came in the red zone. Last season the Bills also faced the Dolphins in Week 2, and Diggs exploded for eight catches, a season-high 153 yards and a touchdown. Cole Beasley is another attractive option for Bills stacks. In Week 1 he ran a route on 55 of Allen’s 56 dropbacks, 98% of which came from the slot, and racked up a whopping 13 targets. This target number ties Beasley’s season high from a year ago, and his inexpensive $4,600 salary on DraftKings makes him one of the best PPR values of the week. Another Bills wideout to consider this week is Emmanuel Sanders. In his first game with the team Sanders ran a route on 52 of Allen’s 56 dropbacks and received eight targets. Sanders led the Bills with an 18.6 average depth of target and is a big-play threat that should come with little to no ownership in GPPs.
Awesemo Top Stack Projection: 12.2
Awesemo QB Ownership: 10.7%
Value Stack: Los Angeles Chargers
The Chargers are an affordable stack that has a ton of upside this week. Going against the Cowboys, Los Angeles carries the third-highest implied team total on the main slate, at 29.5 points. Additionally, this matchup’s total is the high mark of this slate, and the Chargers are 3.5-point favorites. This is the largest total Justin Herbert has ever competed in, and Dallas was a friendly matchup last season, allowing the 11th-most yards per attempt (7.1). Herbert averaged a solid 7.3 yards per attempt last season and has eclipsed 300 yards passing in nine of his 16 career starts. Last week Los Angeles passed at the eighth-highest clip in the league, and in the six games Herbert has played with a team total of at least 25 points, he has averaged 28 DraftKings points per game.
Keenan Allen is the best player to roster with Herbert. He finished seventh in target share last season (26.7%) and had a 28.3% target share in Week 1. Allen saw four red-zone targets in the win over the Washington Football Team and now meets a Cowboys secondary that gave up the most touchdowns in the league to wide receivers last season (27). After Allen, Mike Williams is also a very compelling option. He led the team in air yards a year ago (1,236 yards) and handled a 26.1% target share in Week 1 while running a route on 41 of Herbert’s 49 dropbacks. Plain and simple, both Allen and Williams are underpriced for their ceilings in this slate-high total.
Jaylen Guyton and Jared Cook need to be on radars for Chargers stacks as well. Operating as the No. 3 wideout, Guyton ran a route on 35 of Herbert’s 49 dropbacks a week ago. With a solid 16.3 average depth of target last season, Guyton is a threat to catch a long touchdown in this projected shootout. In his first game as a Charger, Cook ran a route on 63% of Herbert’s dropbacks and saw a 17.4% target share, including a pair of red-zone targets. Cook finished second in fantasy points per snap among tight ends last season and is rating as a top-five DraftKings value at his position per Awesemo’s projections.
While Herbert and Allen are projected to be popular, it is worth noting that Williams, Guyton and Cook are all not expected to crack double-digit ownership on either DraftKings or FanDuel.
Awesemo Top Stack Projection: 7.8%
Awesemo QB Ownership: 11.1%
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