The DFS landscape has completely changed now that we have reached the NFL playoffs. With so many fewer teams in action, the stack possibilities shrink. In the NFL playoffs, DFS comes down to exploiting individual matchup and utilizing game theory to your advantage. It now makes even more sense to stack quarterbacks with running backs and sometimes with their wide receivers and tight ends as well. Today, we will focus on delivering you the best stacks on the Wild Card slate while factoring in their prices, matchups, and also the probability that they will be owned.
Jared Goff, QB, and Todd Gurley, RB, Los Angeles Rams
My favorite stack on the entire slate involves grabbing Goff and his favorite target. We’re not talking about Mr. Robert Woods — we’re targeting Gurley. The Falcons allowed the most receptions to opposing RBs this season and Gurley’s involvement in the passing game is the X fact that has morphed the Rams into the NFL’s No. 1 offense. This stack requires you to pay a hefty price, but the upside is unbelievable when you consider what Gurley has been able to accomplish as a receiver in Sean McVay’s offensive scheme.
Alex Smith, QB, Kareem Hunt, RB, and Albert Wilson, WR, Kansas City Chiefs
Similar to the Goff-Gurley QB-RB stack, Smith and Hunt present a high-upside combination. Hunt’s usage in the passing game has nearly doubled since offensive coordinator Matt Nagy took over play-calling duties and there’s no reason to believe that trend will stop against a Titans defense that allowed the most receiving yards to opposing RBs in 2017. The Titans finished the season with a middling pass defense that generates inconsistent pressure (No. 21 overall). The Chiefs have one of the highest implied team totals, per Bovada, and as heavy favorites, this stack provides both a floor and ceiling you can get on board with.