It's championship week for lots of season-long players, but if, like the author, you weren't fortunate to get that far in any of your leagues this year, there's still more DFS on tap. The schedule is more split than usual this week with games on Thursday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, but we'll focus our analysis on the big contests like usual. That means a look at the 12-game Saturday slate headlined fantasy-wise by Bucs/Saints, Colts/Raiders and Falcons/Panthers.
It's commonly-accepted that one of the most important strategies to winning large-field contests in DFS is to "stack" a quarterback with at least one pass-catcher on his team, enabling points to be scored in bunches when the players in question hook up for a touchdown. With that in mind, each week in this space, we'll take a look at the best DFS NFL stacks that could lead your fantasy team to a big pile of cash.
Top Five Stacks for NFL Week 16
A game with a total of 52 taking place in a dome during the freezing December stretch has to be a prime target, and this game fits that bill. Yet, Newton is priced quite reasonably at just $6,600 on DraftKings and $7,900 on FanDuel, making him the ninth-most expensive QB on both sites. He should be able to carve up a bad Atlanta defense that is also without top corner Desmond Trufant but has masked it by playing against two very poor offenses the past two weeks in the Rams and Niners. Olsen appears to have pulled himself out of a mid-season slump with two nice games in a row and remains cheap compared to most teams' top receiving options. A sneaky play would be subbing in WR Kelvin Benjamin, who has been awful of late and seen a corresponding price plunge.
This stack is somewhat contingent on Melvin Gordon being out another week, but it would be a mild surprise if he plays. Kenneth Farrow as a starter has gone as well as one would expect it to for San Diego, so expect the Chargers to air it out against a putrid Cleveland pass defense that's second-worst in the NFL. Rivers should pile up the stats with ease here, but who will be his top target? A double stack is playable but risky here, and if you're picking between Inman and Williams, there wouldn't seem to be much separating them. Inman is preferable play on FD, where he'll save you $1,200, but it's probably a coin flip on DK, where just $200 separates the pair.
Everyone will be flocking to roster Drew Brees after his monster game against the Cardinals, but Tampa Bay might be the better DFS play here since Winston comes cheaper than Brees and has a more clearly defined set of targets; nearly all of the Tampa Bay passing volume these days seems to go to Evans and Brate. Evans is coming off a trio of poor games and is probably priced about $1,000 cheaper than he would be if this game took place a month ago. Brate makes for a nice addition to your stack to separate from the countless others who will roster Winston and Evans.
Hilton is already a target monster in this Colts offense, and Donte Moncrief missed the last game and looks questionable with an ailing hamstring. Luckily, a big win over the Vikings plus a matchup with Xavier Rhodes kept Hilton's production down so his price didn't rise. That won't be the case after this week, especially if Moncrief sits out. Luck and Hilton figure to do a number on an improving but still vulnerable Raiders defense that's just two weeks removed from allowing over 10 YPA to Alex Smith. This stack doesn't come cheap, so you'll have to look for some bargains elsewhere, but Hilton has such high upside that he's definitely worth the risk.
Rodgers looks to be back to his old self ever since he shredded the Eagles a few weeks back. His Y/A over the past four wins have all been north of 8 with the exception of a game in the snow against a tough Texans defense. Rodgers is pretty affordable on DK at just $6,700 although he is expensive on FD. The main problem is it's tough to trust these Green Bay receivers against the shutdown Vikes corners. So, if you want a stack nobody is going to have, try stacking Rodgers with the somewhat resurgent Cook. While Minnesota is fantastic at limiting opposing WRs, they are only 24th in the league against TEs, and Cook obviously costs next to nothing.