Ben Roethlisberger/Le’Veon Bell/Antonio Brown
The Steelers will be a highly owned stack, but that does not mean they are the wrong stack. They currently have the third highest projected total on the slate at 27.5 points, trailing only the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons. Pittsburgh gets an elite matchup against the Cleveland Browns, who ranked 22nd against the quarterback, 31st against the running back, and 19th against wide receivers last season.
Bell and Brown are the two focal points of the Steelers offense. Bell only played in 12 games last season, but saw 261 rushing attempts, which accounted for 63.8% of the Steelers rushing attempts. In only 27 combined games, Bell and Brown saw 248 targets, accounting for 42% of the Steelers total targets. Brown and Bell also combined for 45.7% of the Steelers touchdowns last season. The Steelers scored 51 points in two games against the Browns last season, and they make an elite stack on this slate.
Marcus Mariota/Eric Decker/Rishard Matthews
Mariota enjoyed a breakout season last year, and many are expecting him to take another step forward this season. He gets an elite matchup against the Raiders, who allowed 235 passing yards per game during the preseason. Oakland also allowed nine passing touchdowns, which was the most in the NFL in preseason. This game has one of the highest game totals on the slate, and the Titans have a team total of 26.3 points. Oakland ranked 26th in the NFL against quarterbacks and 17th in the NFL against wide receivers last season.
The Titans do not throw as much as one would like, but this game could quickly become a shootout. Mariota is also efficient enough to post elite numbers in limited attempts. He posted a touchdown rate in the top-5 of all quarterbacks this season. Decker and Matthews are two elite red zone targets, who enter this game with a 50% touchdown rate and a 46.7% touchdown rate last season in the red zone. Decker and Matthews will be the top receiving targets for the Titans until Corey Davis catches up to the speed in the NFL, and this is a week to take advantage of that.
Russell Wilson/Doug Baldwin/Jimmy Graham
The Seahawks after an interesting stacking option, as they feature a number of questions marks on offense. They have four running backs that could see playing time, while no one has guaranteed snaps at wide receiver behind Baldwin. That is why the Seahawks are the perfect team to stack the quarterback, wide receiver, and tight end. They get an elite matchup against the Green Bay Packers, who ranked 32nd against the quarterback, 32nd against the wide receiver, and 17th against the tight end last season. The Seahawks have a respectable 24 point team total. They are underdogs in this game, which suggests they will be throwing for the majority of this game.
Baldwin and Graham each started 15 games last season, and they were the two favorite targets of Wilson. Last season, Baldwin and Graham accounted for 40.2% of the Seahawks targets and 56.5% of the team’s touchdowns. Most importantly, Wilson looked for them in the red zone, as they combined for 47.1% of the team’s red zone targets. Green Bay is expected to have one of the worst pass defenses in the NFL this season, and they are a team to attack week one.
High Upside GPP Stack
Josh McCown/Bilal Powell/Robby Anderson
This is a stack that should strictly be used in tournaments. They have the lowest team total on the slate at 15.3 points, which is the most concerning aspect of this stack. They get a great matchup against the Bills, who are also in the rebuilding process. Buffalo ranked 23rd against the quarterback and 29th against the running back last season. They also ranked 3rd against wide receivers, but they lost both Stephon Gilmore and Ronald Darby this offseason. The Jets offense was not known for scoring last season, but they were able to score 49 points in two games against Buffalo last season.
Anderson and Powell are the two most targeted players returning to the Jets this season with Quincy Enunwa injured and Brandon Marshall now playing for the New York Giants. McCown is a quarterback known for utilizing his running backs in the passing game. He also throws to the tight end at an extremely low rate, which opens more targets for wide receivers. If you’re looking to use multiple stars, such as David Johnson and Le’Veon Bell, on one team, stacking the Jets is a cheap way to make it happen.