I had a lot of Big Ben exposure last week, which worked out nicely, even though Antonio Brown didn’t exactly go ham for his price tag. I was also on Eli Manning, who just couldn’t figure out the Packers defense and Kirk Cousins who had a rough week in a win against the Ravens. If you followed my plays last week I hope you focused on Big Ben.
Also be sure to check out my running back targets for the week.
Drew Brees ($7900) + Brandin Cooks ($7600)
I always like to look at the Brees stack when the Saints are playing in the Superdome. Brees went off for 35.42 and 29.94 points in his two games at home this season. The Panthers defense, which has a very strong reputation, has actually been very beatable this year. They’re ranked 25th against WR1’s according to FootballOutsiders.com and with Snead back in the lineup, I think that will open up more room for Brandin Cooks to burn the Panthers deep.
Coming off a bye week I think the Saints offense will also be firing on all cylinders.
**I like this stack better if Cam Newton plays than if it’s Derek Anderson for the Panthers simply because it is more likely to turn into a shootout with Newton under center. If Newton plays, I also like him in this spot and would include Kelvin Benjamin in game stacks.
Ben Roethlisberger ($7500) + Antonio Brown ($10000) + Jesse James ($3000)
Big Ben is on fire this season. It doesn’t look like anyone can slow down this Steelers offense, especially now that Le’Veon Bell is back. Big Ben has eclipsed 30 points in both of his last two games and I don’t see any reason for that to change this week in Miami. The Dolphins are 19th against opposing QB’s on the year, but they’re 29th against opposing WR’s on DraftKings. They’re also 29th against WR1’s, which makes me think Antonio Brown is due for a massive game. He’s up to $10k salary on DK and I think that amount will scare people off, which should keep his ownership relatively low.
To counter the high Brown high salary you can double stack with Jesse James for just $3k at Tight End. James is becoming more involved in the offense with 8 targets last week that included a TD, and the Dolphins are 30th in the league against opposing TE’s.
Marcus Mariota ($6100) + Delanie Walker ($5500)
If you want to pay down at QB this could be a good spot for Marcus Mariota to have a big week. He is in the best spot possible against a Browns team that is 28th in the league against opposing QB’s. Mariota finally went off last week for 30.52 points against the Dolphins and this could be a sign of things to come for Mariota who may finally be comfortable with his offense.
I like stacking Mariota with Delanie Walker, who is easily his favourite target. The Browns are also the worst team in the league at covering opposing Tight Ends, which makes this a great spot for Walker to go off.
Tyrod Taylor ($5300) + Robert Woods ($4200)
If you’re looking to pay down even further I think this could be a good spot for Tyrod Taylor to finally have a big week. Taylor has taken a backseat to the run game in their past three games, but each game was against solid defenses in the Cardinals, Pats and Rams. This week Taylor gets a great matchup against the 49ers who play a fast paced game and really don’t have much of a defense.
If there’s a week for Taylor to go off this is it. I don’t even mind going Taylor by himself without any stack due to his running ability, but if you do want to stack I think Robert Woods is the way to go. The 49ers are worst in the league against opposing WR1’s and even though Woods isn’t much of a deep threat, he’s going to get a lot of targets and catches in this one to rack up some solid points.
I’ll be focusing my exposure on Big Ben again this week, while sprinkling in the other 3 stacks.