With Week One in the rearview mirror, Week Two offers new data and opportunities to find edges on the DFS slates. Seeing so many options on a slate and having to factor in how teams performed in their opener can be overwhelming sometimes, but we’re here to help sort through the noise. Let’s look at four top stacking options on this Saturday’s Main Slate on DraftKings.
Sam Hartman ($8,000) – A.T. Perry ($6,900) – Donavon Greene ($6,200)
This play is 100% dependent on Hartman actually getting the full-go in pre-game warmups, so make sure that he is definitely starting. With him being medically cleared to play, I don’t see a good chance that he’s held out, but with College Football you can never be 100% sure.
That being said, if it’s wheels-up for this offense, there’s no reason not to go full-team stack against a Vanderbilt defense that just gave up 31 points to Elon. For those worried about A.T. Perry, last season, with Hartman in the lineup, Perry averaged over 20 Fantasy Points per game. Greene should easily be in play as Hartman had multiple weeks with both Perry and Jaquarii Roberson being fantasy studs. I’m also in favor of running this stack back with Mike Wright and/or Will Sheppard if you want to lean into the high game total here.
Note: There are some rumblings about inclement weather for this game so keep an eye on that as we head into the weekend.
Clayton Tune ($6,500) – Nathaniel Dell ($6,000) – Jerand Bradley ($5,000)
Houston’s offense had a bit of a slow start last week but Nathaniel Dell was an apparent bright spot and still appears to be the best player on the field despite the arrival of Matthew Golden. When Tune needed completions, he leaned on Dell. If not for a penalty on a punt return taken to the house, Dell could have had a three-touchdown game and broken the slate last week.
Last season, the Red Raiders were 104th in the nation against the pass and a strong showing against Murray State is not enough to convince me that they won’t struggle again this season. When looking for options to run it back, Myles Price is on the table. But I’d rather take the discount in salary and start Jerand Bradley, who led the team in targets with seven and whose outside big-body role might translate better to Donovan Smith’s style. Vegas expects this to be a high-scoring affair with the game total creeping up to 63. There are a few ways to approach this game stack but Tune, Dell, and Bradley seem like the most reasonable way to get lots of exposure.
Brennan Armstrong ($6,300) – Lavel Davis ($3,500)
Sometimes you have to take the value that DraftKings provides and go with a budget stack to save some salary to jam in studs elsewhere. For whatever reason, the salary gods decided that Brennan Armstrong just wasn’t worth the big bucks this week against Illinois and I can’t for the life of me figure out why. Maybe it’s because Illinois will grind this game and try to limit possessions, but his showing against Richmond (351 total yards and three touchdowns) displayed why we may have been a bit premature in calling for the demise of this offense.
In pairing him with Lavel Davis, the thought process is that even a peripheral option in this offense is worth more than the $3,500 salary that we get. Davis was third in targets behind Dontayvion Wicks (11) and Keytaon Thompson (six) with his five. With that narrow of a gap between second and third in targets, it’s safe to expect Thompson and Davis to each have their days as the WR2 in this offense. As a plus, Davis has the size to be a significant red zone threat this season, baking in even more of a bonus into his usage. Virginia has an implied team total of 26.75 and the cheap exposure to a decent expected total for this offense is a reason to love the Cavaliers this weekend.
Tennessee / Pittsburgh
Hendon Hooker ($7,800) – Kedon Slovis ($6,800) – Konata Mumpfield ($7,500) – Cedric Tillman ($7,300)
This will likely be a popular game to stack this weekend as both teams displayed their competence in full view of the public eye last Thursday night. When games are expected to carry heavy stack-ownership, I tend to lean more towards going hyper-aggressive and getting exposure to four or more pieces of the game. It’s an opportunity to get leverage on the game and benefit more than your competition if the game hits in the way the public expects.
Hendon Hooker and Cedric Tillman are a stack that I’ll always be drawn towards. As seen last season in Heupel’s offense, this pair can blow up in any given matchup and demand your attention. Despite a heavy rotation of WRs last week, Tillman still dominated the target count with seven. I’m not opposed to using Bru McCoy or Jalin Hyatt instead of or in tandem with Tillman as a pivot against high ownership.
When running this stack back, Konata Mumpfield or Jared Wayne makes the most sense as Pitt enters the matchup as six-point underdogs. Last week Mumpfield led the team in targets with an eight to five lead over Wayne, so I do lean Mumpfield here. Adding Slovis and going with both QBs from this game in your lineup is aggressive. Slovis proved last week that he’s capable of a 300-yard passing performance and keeping pace in a shootout if the variables are right. In a huge matchup against a team that should be able to score at a better clip than West Virginia, I’m comfortable leaning into the risk in hopes of a repeat performance from Slovis with hopefully the right side of touchdown variance.
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