The 2022 NFL season continues into Week 6, but the Lions, Titans, Texans, and Raiders will be off the NFL DFS slate because of bye weeks. Even with four fewer teams, it’s getting easier to craft lineups on FanDuel and DraftKings because we have more knowledge of usage and matchups. Most important, it’s getting easier to identify worthwhile daily fantasy sleepers to add to stacks, which are important in both cash games and tournaments.
Stacking involves using at least two players from the same team from a favorable-looking matchup. This helps raise the ceiling of a lineup, though it can also lower its floor.
Still, stacking is a valuable strategy with multiple entry points. You can stack safe, high-end players in strong offenses that should hypothetically give your lineup a great floor. Conversely, you can opt for contrarian stacks, which raise your ceiling and earn key lineup differentiation that is useful in tournament play.
FanDuel and DraftKings remain the top DFS platforms, but DraftKings has the more variable pricing. That makes it a bit easier to put together creative stacks, especially when targeting cheaper receivers. That’s not to say you can’t stack on FanDuel; it’s just sometimes harder to find value when doing so.
Below are some of our favorite sets of teammates for Week 6 DraftKings and FanDuel lineups.
Week 6 NFL DFS Picks: Top cash game stacks for DraftKings, FanDuel
QB Josh Allen, WR Stefon Diggs, and WR Gabe Davis, Bills at Chiefs (DK Stack)
Allen and Diggs have largely buoyed cash-game lineups during the 2022 NFL season, so there is no reason to go away from the well here. The Chiefs-Bills game figures to be a high-scoring affair, and while Kansas City shut down Diggs during their playoff meeting, it will be more difficult for them to do so with their less-experienced secondary. Pairing Diggs with the high-floor Allen and high-ceiling Davis, who had eight catches for 201 yards and four touchdowns against the Chiefs in January, is almost too easy.
QB Kyler Murray, WR Marquise Brown, and TE Zach Ertz, Cardinals at Seahawks (DK/FD Stack)
The primary target in this stack will actually be Ertz. The Seahawks have allowed far and away the most DK and FD points to tight ends this season, so this is a boom matchup for the veteran, who is second on the Cardinals in targets, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns this season. Brown is the No. 1 in every category, and Murray should be able to throw and scramble well against a Seattle defense that just had trouble containing Taysom Hill.
QB Tom Brady, WR Chris Godwin, and WR Mike Evans, Buccaneers at Steelers (DK/FD Stack)
The Bucs continue to be a bit underpriced on DFS platforms, and it’s just a matter of time before Brady and the passing offense go off in a game. Their matchup with the Steelers is a good spot for that, as Pittsburgh has allowed the most yards (1,106) and touchdowns (9) to receivers this season. That makes Evans and Godwin a good pair, while Brady continues to have a high ceiling with pricing outside of the top-five quarterbacks on DraftKings and FanDuel. So long as Leonard Fournette doesn’t vulture too many touchdowns, this trio should have big outings against a reeling Steelers defense.
Week 6 DraftKings, FanDuel Picks: Best stacks for daily fantasy football tournaments
QB Kenny Pickett, WR Diontae Johnson, and WR George Pickens, Steelers vs. Buccaneers (DK/FD Stack)
If you’re looking for a cheaper stacking opportunity, rolling with Pickett, Johnson, and Pickens is a good option. The Steelers are coming off a dismal three-point outing against the Bills and figure to have some struggles against the Buccaneers, as well. However, they won’t be able to run the ball on a stout Bucs defense, and if they are trailing, Pickett could be asked to throw a lot. Johnson saw 13 targets against the Bills, and Pickens was Pickett’s top downfield threat on eight targets, so if they repeat that success and find the end zone, all three — priced $5,700 or cheaper on DraftKings — will pay off in spades.
QB Geno Smith, WR Tyler Lockett, and TE Will Dissly, Seahawks vs. Cardinals (DK/FD Stack)
Maybe Pete Carroll was right about Smith after all. He has the NFL’s best passer rating at 113.2 and ranks top 12 in both passing yards and passing touchdowns this season. He has to throw a lot to keep his team in games given the porous nature of Seattle’s defense, and the Cardinals project as a good matchup for Lockett and Dissly. Arizona has allowed the most yardage to tight ends this season (436), so Dissly could rip off a big play or find paydirt again. Meanwhile, DK Metcalf will likely see coverage from stud corner Byron Murphy, so Lockett will have to get open early and often in this one.
RB Rhamondre Stevenson and New England D/ST, Patriots at Browns (DK Stack)
There aren’t a lot of great running back/defense stacking options this week, but this stands out as a strong one. Stevenson took over as the primary — and lone — running back against the Lions after Damien Harris suffered a hamstring injury. He generated 175 yards after that and looked great doing so. Cleveland’s defense is better than that of Detroit, but Austin Ekeler just gashed the Browns.
Stevenson could do the same with Harris out again, as the Patriots lack experience deeper on the RB depth chart. As such, pairing Stevenson with a Bill Belichick-coached defense going up against a former New England quarterback Jacoby Brissett is a sensible play in tournaments.