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Best DFS stacks & blowup targets for Week 6 of the 2021 NFL season

Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase (1) reacts after making a catch against the Minnesota Vikings in the first half at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports

DFS success boils down to finding the highest-scoring fantasy football players at each position in a given week. With close to 20 playable options at quarterback and tight end, along with even more at the running back and wide receiver positions, it is a feat in itself to identify one position correctly.

To finish at the top of a DFS contest, you must hit on basically all skill positions and circumvent the randomness associated with selecting defenses. Doing all of this while also fitting under the confines of a salary cap makes DFS one of the most difficult setups to beat consistently, especially for large-field tournaments.

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One of the best ways to find value opportunities on a given slate is to start with the salary-adjusted expectation for all players. Because DraftKings has been around for over six years, we now have a worthwhile dataset of player salaries and their resulting fantasy performances. By figuring out the expectation based on each player’s salary and position, we can compare their salary-expected fantasy performance to PFF’s fantasy projections. Doing this highlights the best value plays based on salary.

Player Position Team DK Salary Salary Expectation Proj. Fantasy Pts Proj. Above Salary Expectation
Tyler Boyd WR CIN 5400 11.45 17.88 6.43
Tee Higgins WR CIN 5300 11.14 16.55 5.41
Ja'Marr Chase WR CIN 6700 15.55 20.93 5.38
Van Jefferson WR LA 3400 5.15 10.32 5.17
Brandin Cooks WR HST 5800 12.71 17.85 5.14
Darnell Mooney WR CHI 4300 7.99 12.54 4.55
Jared Cook TE LAC 3200 5.16 9.31 4.15
Danny Amendola WR HST 3100 4.21 8.34 4.13
Adam Humphries WR WAS 3400 5.15 9.24 4.09
Cole Kmet TE CHI 2800 3.90 7.87 3.97
Michael Pittman Jr. WR IND 5500 11.77 15.53 3.76
John Ross WR NYG 3100 4.21 7.86 3.65
Darrell Henderson HB LA 6000 13.45 16.91 3.46
Tyler Conklin TE MIN 3200 5.16 8.51 3.35
Sammy Watkins WR BLT 4300 7.99 11.23 3.24
Jakobi Meyers WR NE 5500 11.77 14.85 3.08


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