Week 8 presents a 12-game slate to attack. 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 8 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.
Top NFL DFS Stacks for Week 8 on DraftKings + FanDuel
Top Stack: Los Angeles Rams
For the second straight week, the Los Angeles Rams find themselves rating as the top stack of the week, via Awesemo’s Top Stacks Tool. Visiting the 1-6 Houston Texans, Los Angeles carries the second highest implied team total on the slate (31.25 points) and this contest’s total is the fifth largest on the board (48 points). With Matthew Stafford under center, the Rams have been a pass first offense, ranking second to last in game script adjusted rush percentage, per Awesemo’s Advanced Stats. Furthermore, they are the fastest offense in the NFL, ranking first in game script adjusted pace. Quarterbacking this offense, Stafford has flourished, ranking third in yards per attempt (9.0), second in passing touchdowns (19) and third in DraftKings points per dropback (0.68). Facing this Houston defense that has given up the fourth highest yards per attempt (8.0), Stafford should not disappoint this Sunday.
As always, Cooper Kupp is the undisputed top option to stack with Stafford. This season, Kupp ranks third in target share (33.75%), first in red zone targets (15), eighth in air yards (765), ninth in targets over 20 yards (12), second in yards after the catch (321) and first receiving touchdowns (9), while running a route on 97% of Stafford’s dropbacks. He is the NFL’s leading receiver in fantasy points and holds the highest receiver projection on the slate by a wide margin. Robert Woods ranks second to Kupp in route rate (92%) and target share (20.8%) for the Rams, including nine targets in the red zone. Wood is long overdue for a big game and should come with single-digit ownership with everyone gravitating towards Kupp. It takes guts, but fading Kupp for Woods, or double stacking the two with Stafford are two strategies that will surely separate you from the field.
The final two options to consider for Rams’ stacks are Tyler Higbee and Van Jefferson. Those two players possess the same exact targets share (13.75%), but Higbee has seen a slightly higher route rate at 83%, compared to Jefferson at 82%. Higbee has seen elite usage in scoring territory, ranking 10th in red-zone targets (nine) regardless of position, and he is a strong bet to find the end zone against this Texans’ defense that has surrendered the most touchdowns to tight ends (six). Jefferson on the other hand, is a gamble for a long touchdown, with him ranking second on the team in targets over 20 yards (7). Per Awesemo’s projections, both Higbee and Jefferson are slated for little to no ownership on both DraftKings and FanDuel this week.
Awesemo Top Stack Projection: 24.7%
Awesemo QB Ownership Projection: 7.3%
Top Stack: Buffalo Bills
Fresh off their bye week and visiting the Miami Dolphins, the Buffalo Bills only trail the Rams in Awesemo’s Top Stacks Tool for Week 8. Vegas currently has Buffalo with the highest implied team total on the slate (31.75 points) and this contest’s total is the third highest (49.5 points). Per Awesemo’s Advanced Stats, both the Bills and Dolphins rank in the top-10 in game script adjusted pace, creating a fast paced and high scoring environment. Miami also has allowed the fifth highest yards per attempt (7.6), which means Josh Allen should have field day in this juicy spot. He ranks 14th in yards per attempt (7.5), fourth in DraftKings points per dropback (0.66) and owns an excellent 15-3 touchdown to interception ratio. As a rusher, Allen also ranks third among quarterbacks in carries (44) and has found the end zone twice. Historically, he has been more productive on the road, scoring 4.4 more DraftKings PPG. Allen has also supplied 27.2 DraftKings PPG when playing behind a total of at least 28 points over the last two seasons. Via Awesemo’s projections, he boasts the highest quarterback projection on the slate.
As for options to pair with Allen, Stefon Diggs sits atop the list. He ranks 11th in target share (26.4%) and third in red zone targets (12), while running a route on 87% of Allen’s dropbacks. Furthermore, Diggs ranks 11th in air yards (706) and has seen 11 targets greater than 20 yards. Next is Emmanuel Sanders and Cole Beasley. Sanders leads the Bills in route rate (90%) and ranks third on the team in target share (17.7%), including six red zone targets. Also, the veteran has been Allen’s primary deep threat, ranking second in the league in aDOT (18.6), 13th in air yards (673), and ninth in targets over 20 yards (12). As for Beasley, he ranks second to Diggs in target share (19.6%), including seven red zone targets, while running a route on 80% of Allen’s dropbacks, 90% of which have come from the slot. Going against this Dolphins’ defense that has given up the third most yards (1,384) and fourth most touchdowns (10) to receivers, puts the Bills in an elite spot for their receiving corps. Two of these three wideouts could easily find their ceiling in this matchup, making Allen double stacks very appealing for GPPs.
Lastly, with Dawson Knox (hand) sidelined, Tommy Sweeney should handle a full-time role as the Bills’ only remaining active tight end. The 26-year-old has caught all four of the targets thrown his direction this season, and this is a plus spot, with the Dolphins yielding the third most yards to tight ends (516). Obviously, Sweeney’s floor is extremely low, but punting at tight end has a ton of logic this week, and he is expected to come with essentially no ownership.
Awesemo Top Stack Projection: 15.4%
Awesemo QB Ownership: 7.3%
Value Stack: Atlanta Falcons
If looking for an inexpensive stack that still brings upside, the Atlanta Falcons are a sharp choice. Hosting the Carolina Panthers, Atlanta presents a 24.5 point implied team total and this contest is totaled at 46 points. Ranking seventh to last in game script adjusted rush percentage, the Falcons have been a pass heavy offense, and this should be an up-tempo environment, with both Atlanta and Carolina ranking inside the top-seven in game script adjusted pace. Running this pass centric offense, Matt Ryan owns a 12-4 touchdown to interception ratio and is the ninth-highest-graded passer on PFF this season. He has been great as of late, throwing for over 300 yards and multiple scores in back-to-back starts, and has a strong chance to continue this streak in this fast-paced setting.
Calvin Ridley has had an underwhelming season, but the usage has still been top notch for the receiver. Currently, Ridley ranks 10th in target share (26.5%), seventh in red zone targets (10) and leads the Falcons in targets over 20 yards (7). At very reasonable salaries on both sites and with Ridley forecasted for modest ownership, this is a terrific time to buy low on the receiver. After a quiet start to his NFL career, Kyle Pitts has come alive, with 16 catches for 282 yards and a touchdown over his last two games. For the season, the rookie ranks second to Ridley in target share (18.3%), including eight targets in the red zone, while leading the team in routes run (207). As it was the case last week, Pitts’ salaries have increased again as his play has improved, which is expected to result in low ownership for the prolific tight end.
After missing three straight games, Russell Gage returned last week and caught four of his six targets for 67 yards and a touchdown against the Dolphins, while running a route on 60% of Ryan’s dropbacks. When Gage has been on the field this season, Ryan has targeted him on 18% of his routes. In Gage’s last 10 contests, he has eclipsed 50 yards six times and has scored four touchdowns. At low price tags on both DraftKings and FanDuel, Gage is an appealing cheap dart to pair with Ryan, that certainly will be contrarian.
Awesemo Top Stack Projection: 2.9%
Awesemo QB Ownership: 5.9%
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