Week 9 is here, and there is a 11-game slate for DFS players 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 9 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 9 on DraftKings + FanDuel
Top Stack: Buffalo Bills
Visiting the Jaguars, the Bills are far and away the top stack for Week 9 in Awesemo’s Top Stacks Tool. Buffalo has the highest implied team total on the slate (31.5 points), and this game’s total is the fifth largest on the board (48.5 points). Jacksonville has yielded the second-most yards per attempt (8.6) and is the sixth-worst-graded defense on PFF. This season Josh Allen is averaging 7.3 yards per attempt, ranks fifth in touchdowns passing (17) and is third in DraftKings points per dropback (0.66). As a rusher Allen is third among quarterbacks in touchdowns (three), carries (52) and yards (269). He has been outstanding with 32.6 DraftKings points per game in his last five, and in this gorgeous matchup, Allen carries the highest quarterback projection on the slate.
Per usual, Stefon Diggs is the top option to pair with Allen. He leads the Bills in target share (24.9%), while running a route on 92% of Allen’s dropbacks. Furthermore, Diggs ranks fourth in the NFL in red-zone targets (13), 15th in air yards (739) and has seen 11 targets north of 20 yards. Cole Beasley (questionable, ribs) ranks second to Diggs in target share (21.5%), while running a route on 86% of Allen’s dropbacks, 87.6% of which have come from the slot. Beasley has seen seven red-zone targets, ranks fourth in reception percentage (82.7%) and 12th in catches among receivers (43). Rounding out Allen’s target tree is Emanuel Sanders. He leads the team in route rate (89%) and ranks third target share (16.5%). Additionally, Sanders ranks fourth in the NFL in targets greater than 20 yards (15) and owns the best aDOT in the league (19.6). Coming off a zero-catch performance last week, this a tremendous time to buy low on the deep threat in GPPs.
As always, double stacking two of these wideouts with Allen is an extremely viable strategy that could really pay off. Despite being the most owned quarterback in DraftKings Millionaire Maker last week, only 4.1% of the field paired Allen with two of his pass catchers.
Awesemo Top Stack Projection: 18.9% (highest)
Awesemo QB Ownership Projection: 13.3%
Top Stack: Kansas City Chiefs
Despite their recent struggles, the Chiefs rank second only to the Bills in the Top Stacks Tool this week. Hosting the Packers, Kansas City presents the third-highest total on the slate (27.75 points) and this matchup’s total is the fifth highest (48.5 points). The Chiefs rank fourth in game script-adjusted pace and they have relied on the pass, ranking seventh to last in game script-adjusted rush percentage. Patrick Mahomes has struggled with turnovers, leading the league in interceptions (10), but he is still averaging 7.3 yards per attempt and ranks fourth in the league in passing touchdowns (19). Furthermore, Mahomes ranks third in DraftKings points per game among quarterbacks (24.8) and is contributing 27 DraftKings points per game when he has competed in a total of at least 48 points over the last two seasons.
As for stacking options, Tyreek Hill sits atop the list, racking up at least 12 targets in four of his last five games. For the season, Hill ranks ninth in target share (28%), fifth in red-zone targets (11), fifth in air yards (894), 13th in yards after the catch (255) and leads the Chiefs with 11 targets over 20 yards, while running a route on 84% Mahomes’ dropbacks. Behind Hill, Travis Kelce ranks second on the team in target share (22.4%), while running a route on 88% of Mahomes’ dropbacks. Kelce has garnered six red-zone targets and has been excellent with the ball in his hands, ranking eighth in the league in yards after the catch (289). Operating as Mahomes’ third favorite target, Mecole Hardman has seen a solid 14.6% target share, including seven red-zone targets, while running a route on 72% of Mahomes’ dropbacks.
With the Chiefs coming off back-to-back ugly performances, this is a terrific time to buy low on this powered offense that is overdue for a huge outburst.
Awesemo Top Stack Projection: 12.3% (second highest)
Awesemo QB Ownership: 8.3%
Value Stack: Miami Dolphins
Going against the hopeless Texans, the Dolphins bring strong upside this week at an affordable cost. Their implied team total ranks sixth on the slate (26 points) and this game is totaled at a healthy 46.5 points. Per Awesemo’s Advanced Stats, the Dolphins have been one of the most pass-heavy offenses in the league this season, ranking fourth-to-last in game script-adjusted rush rate, and this is a gorgeous matchup, with the Texans giving up the third highest yards per attempt (8.1). Since returning three weeks ago, Tua Tagovailoa has been a solid fantasy asset, producing 23.4 DraftKings points per game. His yards per attempt have been modest (6.4), but Tagovailoa has seen immense volume, ranking second in pass attempts over the last three weeks (126). Facing this putrid Houston defense, Tagovailoa has the potential for over 300 yards and multiple touchdowns.
With DeVante Parker (shoulder/hamstring) placed on the IR, Jaylen Waddle becomes Tagovailoa’s top target. Parker missed three games earlier this season and over that stretch, Waddle led the Dolphins in target share (21.4%) and route rate (86%). The rookie saw three redzone targets during this time, and just racked up a team-high 12 targets last week. Next is tight end Mike Gesicki. With Parker sidelined, Gesicki has ranked second on the team in both target share (19.1%) and route rate (77%). He topped 20 DraftKings points in two of three contests Parker missed and now meets a Texans’ defense that has allowed the most touchdowns to tight ends this season (6). Lastly, Mack Hollins should operate as Miami’s No.2 receiver with Parker injured. While Hollins target share (7.9%) has been lackluster sans Parker, the 28-year-old ranked third for the Dolphins in route rate during that three-game span (77%) and is extremely cheap on both DraftKings and FanDuel this week.
While Waddle and Gesicki are expected to gain popularity, Hollins surely will be contrarian, and combining one or two of these receiving options with Tagovailoa should not be a common strategy.
Awesemo Top Stack Projection: 4.3% (ninth highest)
Awesemo QB Ownership: 9.4%
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