Jared Goff/Todd Gurley/Robert Woods
Attacking the Houston Texans defense seems to be a great strategy on a weekly basis. Through eight games, they are allowing 339.1 total yards and 26.0 points per game this season. They have allowed at least 35 points in three games, as well. The Los Angeles Rams have arguably the best offense in the NFL, averaging 382.1 total yards and a league-high 32.9 points per game. They have scored at least 33 points in four of their last six games. LA is a -11.5 point favorite in a game set at 45.5 points, giving them the highest implied team total on the slate at 28.5 points.
Jared Goff is generally not seen as a must start. He is coming off an elite game, though, throwing for 311 yards and four touchdowns on only 22 pass attempts. The Texans have also been one of the worst defenses in the NFL against quarterbacks, ranking 30th this season. Todd Gurley is the must start part of this stack. He has accounted for 65% of the team’s rushing yards and 70% of the team’s rushing touchdowns. He is also second on the team in receiving with 29 receptions, 338 yards, and three touchdowns. Sammy Watkins’ big play ability makes in an interesting option, but I prefer the safety of Robert Woods. Woods is leading the team in targets, receptions, and receiving yards. He also displayed good upside last week with a 4/70/2 line. Houston ranks 28th against wide receivers this season, making Woods a great stacking option this week.
Matthew Stafford/Golden Tate/Marvin Jones
The Detroit Lions have played well this season, averaging 335.9 total yards and 25.8 points per game. The majority of their success has come through the air, as 76.2% of their yards have come through the air. They get a matchup against the Cleveland Browns, who have an average passing defense. Most importantly, Cleveland is allowing 25.3 points per game this season. The Lions are huge -12.5 point favorites in a game set at 43.5 points. They enter this week with an implied team total of 28 points, which is the second highest on the slate.
Matthew Stafford is the leader of the Lions offense. He is averaging nearly 40 pass attempts per game this season, including 45 or more in two of his last three games. He also gets an elite matchup, as Cleveland ranks 23rd against the quarterback this season. Golden Tate and Marvin Jones are the two leaders of the Detroit passing attack, combining for 42% of the team’s targets this season. They have also been heating up as a pair over the last three weeks, as they are combining for an elite 13.3/208.7/1.3 line on 20 targets per game. They will continue to be the two focal points of the offense, and the Browns do not have anyone that is going to be able to slow them down. This is the best way to stack the Detroit passing game this week.
Ryan Fitzpatrick/DeSean Jackson/Cameron Brate
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are an interesting stacking option. Their prior team stats are not as relevant because Jameis Winston and Mike Evans will both be out this week. Regardless, they get a decent matchup against the New York Jets, who are allowing 355.3 total yards and 23.0 points per game this season. The Bucs are underdogs in this game, which is only set at 41.5 points. They only have an implied team total of 19.5 points this week, but this stack has more to do with the Bucs’ price tags than their projected points.
Ryan Fitzpatrick has only started one game this season, but he was able to throw for 290 yards and three touchdowns in that game. He is a player that can also score fantasy points with his legs, giving him great upside for his low price tag. DeSean Jackson is averaging 6.9 targets per game this season, and he could potentially see more targets with Mike Evans suspended this weekend. Cameron Brate is the last part of the stack. In his only start with Fitzpatrick at quarterback, Brate posted a 6/76/1 line against the Arizona Cardinals. Brate gets an elite matchup this week, as the Jets rank 26th in the NFL against tight ends. Once again, this stack works because of how cheap the Tampa Bay players are.
High Upside GPP Stack
Ben Roethlisberger/Le’Veon Bell/Antonio Brown
The Pittsburgh Steelers have struggled to score this season, averaging only 20.9 points per game this season. With that being said, they have found ways to move the ball, averaging 363.8 total yards per game. This week, they get an elite matchup against the Indianapolis Colts, who are allowing 393.6 total yards and a league-high 28.9 points per game. Even though the Steelers have struggled to find their upside this season, they are -10 point favorites in a game set at 43.5 points. They have the third highest implied team total on the slate at 26.8 points.
Ben Roethlisberger has struggled quite a bit this season, but he has so many weapons that it is impossible to avoid him in a Pittsburgh stack. He also has yet to reach his true upside because of the lack of scoring this season. Le’Veon Bell has been one of the best players in the NFL this season. He is averaging a ridiculous 28.5 touches per game. He has turned those touches into 122.4 total yards and 0.6 touchdowns per game. On top of Bell’s elite rushing ability, he is second on the Steelers in targets and has proven to be one of their top receivers. Pittsburgh’s best receivers with Antonio Brown, though. He is averaging a 7.1/104.4/0.4 line on 11.8 targets per game. He has seen double digit targets in seven of eight games this season. The Steelers have certainly disappointed in good matchups earlier this season, but their upside is undeniable this weekend.