NFL DFS: Week 13 FanDuel Stacks
If you want to win a large-field tournament on FanDuel, it’s nearly a requirement to have a correlated stack in your lineup. The most common stack that comes to mind is pairing a quarterback with one of his pass-catchers — when the receiver catches a touchdown, you score double the points and fly up the leaderboards.
But other stacks have positive correlation, as well — pairing a running back with his defense, a kicker, and his defense, and even opposing wide receivers in the same game, to name a few.
Here are five FanDuel stacks to help you cash big in Week 13:
Drew Brees & Brandin Cooks
$9300 & $6800 | NO -6, 53.5
Whenever the Saints are playing at home, your FanDuel tournament lineups should automatically begin with Drew Brees at the quarterback position. This season in the Superdome, Brees is averaging astounding 357 passing yards and 3.5 total touchdowns per game — he’s averaging 3X tournament value whenever he’s playing at home. Even against a tough defense like Denver in Week 10, he managed to score 22 FanDuel points.
Last week, everyone was on the Brees’ train and paired him with Brandin Cooks. The speedy receiver has been electric at home, scoring five of his six touchdowns there while averaging 21.4 yards-per-reception. Somehow, Cooks didn’t see a single target in the Saints’ blowout win over the Rams, finishing the game with an unbelievable 0.0 FanDuel points. Because of his goose egg and the studly performance of fellow receiver Michael Thomas, Cooks will be extremely under-owned in tournaments this weekend. Recency bias is real, and you can bet that a majority of DFS players will be stacking Thomas, not Cooks, with Brees.
So with this pairing, we’ll have access to an incredible ceiling at a fraction of the ownership thanks to human bias — that’s an elite tournament formula.
Tom Brady & Malcolm Mitchell
$8500 & $5600 | NE -13.5, 44
[the_ad id=”66786″]The New England Patriots have the second-highest implied team total in Week 13 with 28.75 points, so you’ll certainly want a piece of this offense in FanDuel tournaments. New England is meant to score four touchdowns this weekend, and it’s very reasonable to believe that Tom Brady will play a part in all four of those scores — he’s already accomplished that feat twice this season.
So he’s in a good spot, but who do we stack with him? Rob Gronkowski will be out for eight weeks due to back surgery, Julian Edelman doesn’t have enough touchdown equity, and no other receiver consistently sees enough targets to have tournament-winning upside.
Enter Malcolm Mitchell, the rookie wide receiver who has caught three touchdowns in the last two weeks (and was inches away from a fourth last weekend). With injuries to Chris Hogan and Gronkowski, Mitchell has taken on a more prominent role in the Patriots’ offense. With twelve targets in the last two games, including two in the red zone, he’s getting high-leverage looks despite not playing a full complement of snaps.
This combination will probably be popular, but you can differentiate your lineup at other positions.
Matt Barkley & Marquess Wilson
$6000 & $5400 | CHI -1, 43.5
When Matt Barkley made his first NFL start last weekend, most people expected him to flop. He held his own, however, throwing for 316 yards and three touchdowns while giving the Bears a realistic shot of winning the game (and probably would have if his receivers hadn’t dropped so many passes). He’s still pretty cheap on FanDuel this week, despite playing a 49ers’ defense that has allowed the third-most FanDuel points to opposing quarterbacks this season. In fact, they’ve allowed seven different quarterbacks to reach 18.0 FanDuel points, the number needed for Barkley to reach his 3X value tournament threshold.
Alshon Jeffery is suspended, and both Kevin White and Zach Miller are on injured reserve, leaving the Bears extremely thin in the receiving department. But Marquess Wilson was activated from the PUP list two weeks ago and made a huge splash last weekend — he caught eight of his 11 targets for 125 yards and a touchdown. Wilson has already made a DFS player very rich in his young career after catching a touchdown pass on Monday night last season to help propel a lineup to a million dollar payday.
This duo may be popular after last weeks’ performance, in particular for a combined price of just $11,400, but the low Vegas total should keep their ownership numbers at a reasonable level. Stack these two cheap options and grab some studs at other positions.[the_ad id=”63633″]
Antonio Brown & Odell Beckham, Jr.
$9000 & $9000 | PIt -6.5, 48
Pairing opposing wide receivers isn’t a conventional stack, but it’s certainly correlated. Think about it this way: If Antonio Brown has a huge game, that means the Steelers probably scored a bunch of points. And if the Steelers score a bunch, how will the Giants try to win the game? Right, by passing a ton, with most of those targets going to their stud wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr.
The other advantage of stacking these two stud wideouts? It will differentiate your lineup tremendously, as it’s not easy for most DFS players to field a lineup they like after spending $18,000 on two players. You’ll be a part of the less than one percent of tournament lineups stacking Brown and Beckham, giving you an excellent chance at a high GPP finish if they explode for huge games.
LeGarrette Blount & Patriots D/ST
$6600 & $4600 | NE -13.5, 44
There are two equally plausible ways the Patriots’ offensive output goes on Sunday: either Tom Brady throws multiple touchdowns, or LeGarrette Blount has a multi-score game. In his career, Blount has averaged 6.0 more FanDuel points per game when his team is more than a touchdown favorite, so he should be in store for a huge game this weekend with the Patriots as 13.5-point home favorites. He’s already had big games this season, scoring more than 22 FanDuel points and reaching tournament value on three separate occasions.
If the Patriots jump out to a big lead and are pounding the ball the entire second half, that means the Rams will be in catch-up mode with Jared Goff making his third career start against a Belichick-led defense. Unless the Rams go into a shell to avoid subjecting their rookie quarterback to embarrassment, there will have numerous opportunities for fantasy points from the New England defense every time Goff drops back to pass.
This combination also helps differentiate your lineup in tournaments as it’s a pivot away from Tom Brady and the passing game, who will surely see high ownership percentages. We’re only worried about ceilings in GPPs and no RB/DST stack has higher upside than Blount and New England in Week 13.
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Brian has been playing fantasy football for 16 years and commissioned his first fantasy league at age 12. When he’s not writing about sports, you can find him playing every daily fantasy sport and participating in high stakes fantasy football contests. Brian won more than 1,000 NFL contests on FanDuel last season and has won multiple league championships in the Footballguys Player Championship contest. A graduate of the University of Maryland, Brian usually spends his winters agonizing over Terrapins basketball. When the weather is warmer, Brian is known for his receiving prowess in flag football leagues on the National Mall in Washington, DC.