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Week 3 daily fantasy football picks: Stacks to consider

By Dan Schneier
Sep 22, 2018

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Oct 16, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) celebrates with wide receiver Devin Funchess (17) after a touchdown against the New Orleans Saints during the second quarter of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

It’s DFS tournament season and all sorts of fantasy football players understandably want in the action in Week 3 of the 2018 season. Whether you’re about to join the Millionaire Maker or a single-entry tournament, it’s important to consider the stacking strategy.

Just like any strategy option in DFS, there are multiple ways to grab value from stacking. You can pay up for your stack and find two of the highest-scoring players in all of DFS that week. Sometimes, you can even find two of the highest scorers without paying up and instead finding value in the middle range. And of course, you can win using my favorite strategy — bargain stacks that allow you to find game-winners in the rest of your lineup.

Every week we’ll break down all of my favorite stacks overall and make the case for why you should be using them in your DFS tournament and cash games.

(These stacks are not specific to FanDuel or DraftKings unless signified in the writeup.)

Kansas City Chiefs

Patrick Mahomes, QB; Tyreek Hill, WR; Kareem Hunt, RB

We go back to the well with the stack that made this column and paid off last week, but this time we throw in Hunt. The history of touchdown regression suggests Hunt will get in the mix sooner rather than later, but what really gets us excited about this matchup is the week-high Vegas over/under and the state of the 49ers pass defense. The 49ers have allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks and rank No. 31 in pass coverage overall. This stack is worth the high price tag and projected ownership.

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