After an exciting Thursday Night Football game, the NFL kicks off in full swing with a 13-game main slate made up of the 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday games. Just because there are 13 games, however, doesn’t mean that you need to spread out your exposure to as many as possible.
Given the handful of games with elite production environments, one viable strategy in these bigger Superdraft GPPs is to consolidate your ownership among fewer games by stacking. If the game goes how you and oddsmakers predict it will, there’s a good chance that you’ll benefit from the massive amount of offensive production.
My top three Superdraft stacks (in no particular order) for the Sunday main slate are below.
Ryan Tannehill (1.3x score multiplier), AJ Brown (1.2x), Julio Jones (1.25x), Rondale Moore (2x)
The Cardinals vs. Titans game is one you can stack in numerous ways, as the implied total has risen all the way up to 53.5 points, the highest total on the slate.
The multipliers favor the Titans, which justifies prioritizing them as your key team in the stack. AJ Brown (6) and Julio Jones (9) were both among the league leaders in deep targets in 2020, while Ryan Tannehill’s 7.94 yards per attempt last season ranked him sixth among all quarterbacks with at least 400 pass attempts.
The Cardinals secondary was an attackable one in 2020, and losing Patrick Peterson (or what was left of him) in the offseason makes it even more exploitable. The Rondale Moore run-back gives you an elite 2x multiplier on a player making his pro debut who should see the majority of the snaps in the slot. Given the fact that the Cardinals played at the league’s fastest pace in 2020, he could rack up catches as the chains move quickly.
Jalen Hurts (1.35x), Devonta Smith (1.55x), Calvin Ridley (1.15x), Kyle Pitts (1.5x)
I touched on my infatuation with Jalen Hurts this week in my SuperDraft article on FTNDaily, but let me repeat myself. Hurts is one of the few quarterbacks in the NFL with elite Konami Code upside. If you are unfamiliar with this term, it refers to a player that has video game-like upside because of his ability to produce on the ground in addition to his passing production.
Hurts logged at least 60 yards or a rushing touchdown in all four of his starts last season but still managed to top 300 passing yards in two of them. Pairing him with rookie wideout Devonta Smith, a WR1 getting the multiplier of a WR3/4, is an easy way to rack up production against a porous secondary.
Running it back with Calvin Ridley and Kyle Pitts rounds out the perfect stack. In a high-total game in a dome, Ridley steps in as the unquestioned WR1 with Julio Jones gone. In eight career games without Jones, Ridley has averaged 7.25 catches on 11.13 targets for 107 yards per game. Relative to his 4-6-61 career average with Jones in the lineup, I’d say that’s a pretty promising jump. Against a turnstile secondary in the Eagles, he should have no problem doing whatever he wants. Pitts is another player who should hog targets in the absence of Jones, and given his freak athleticism, he should be a massive asset in the red zone. His 1.5x-multiplier offers a massive amount of upside.
Russell Wilson (1.2x), DK Metcalf (1.3x), Tyler Lockett (1.35x), Michael Pittman Jr. (1.85x)
The Colts aren’t always a defensive unit that I want to pick on, but I’d rather pick on their secondary than their defensive line. With Xavier Rhodes ruled out, that’s only amplified.
The murmurs out of camp are that the Seahawks want to play with an increased pace and mimic what we saw in the early weeks last season. This would be wondrous for fantasy production, as the Seahawks averaged 34.29 points per game from Weeks 1-8 last season. This came on the back of nearly 37 passing attempts per game and 289 passing yards per game. The vast majority of these funneled to DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett. Both get tagged with respectable multipliers this week.
Running this back with Michael Pittman Jr. makes sense, as he’s the default WR1 with T.Y. Hilton on the shelf. His 1.85x multiplier is not indicative of his projected role against one of the worst pass defenses in football, either. If this game plays at a faster pace, he’ll get even more opportunities to produce.
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