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The top player stacks for Week 7 in DFS

By Dan Schneier
Oct 21, 2017

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OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 19: Jared Goff #16 of the Los Angeles Rams throws a pass to Cooper Kupp #18 against the Oakland Raiders during the first quarter of their preseason NFL football game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on August 19, 2017 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

The stacking strategy in DFS involves pairing multiple skill position players from the same team. In some occasions, there is value in loading up with an “onslaught” — as it’s termed in the DFS community — with sometimes up to four players from the same team.

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 tacks are not specific to FanDuel or DraftKings unless signified in the write-up.)

Matt Ryan, QB, and Taylor Gabriel, WR, Atlanta Falcons

Everyone wants to get exposure to the Patriots/Falcons matchup, and this is the best way to do it considering all the context. Throughout the week, the Falcons have talked up getting Julio Jones a lot more targets, but people are seemingly overlooking the fact that Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has a reputation for taking away an opponent’s best player. Jones had just four receptions when these teams met last February and you’re better off attacking this Patriots secondary with Gabriel, who had just 11 fewer yards in the previous matchup. The Patriots have allowed the most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks and the fourth-most to opposing wide receivers.

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