By Jamie Calandro
Jamie Calandro


It’s week 6, so thanks to the bye weeks we have a much more condensed slate which is going to affect ownerships in all contests. There are a few that stick out for me in GPPs that have stack appeal, so let’s get down to brass tacks. Check out my cash article as well, and tune into the Football Diehards show on YouTube this Sunday at 10 EST as we go game by game.




The Chiefs need a win in the worst way after falling to 2-3 on the season and LAST in the AFC West, as odd as that sounds. With Clyde Edwards-Helaire on the shelf, it stands to reason that the Chiefs will pass like crazy, led by Patrick Mahomes who is still astonishingly the overall QB1 in fantasy despite his team struggling. The WFT is quite the opposite of what we thought coming in, sporting a nonexistent defense and making every opposing QB look like...Patrick Mahomes. Washington has allowed the most FPPG to opposing WRs this year, along with the most TD catches to the position. Tyreek Hill is a bit banged up but if he goes he’s an elite play with overall WR1 upside. As I pointed out in the cash article, Travis Kelce is simply mispriced at $7000, and Washington has allowed the 12th most FPPG to opposing TEs. Early ownerships surprisingly don’t have Kelce running away as mega chalk, so he has merit in GPPs as well as cash. Mecole Hardman is a fun deviation in stacks with his HR upside, and he had a 22% target share even with Hill fully active last week.

I’m not as high on the running game as many tend to be, although I can’t argue the price tags. Darrel Williams just has never been given that opportunity to be the lead back in this system, and there’s really no reason why he all of a sudden will this time around. Jerick McKinnon should be featured a lot more in passing downs. Either can be used in deep MME GPPs, but if stacking WAS and bringing it back with Chiefs, I’d strongly prefer one of the passing options.


Don’t look now, but Taylor Heinecke is a top-12 QB this season, and the Chiefs defense has allowed the most FPPG to opposing QBs. They’ve also allowed the most rushing yards to quarterbacks, and Heinecke has quietly logged 127 yards on the ground thus far. He has stackable assets with him as well, led by Terry McLaurin and his 32% target share. We also have a ready-made value in Ricky Seals-Jones, who played 95% of snaps and received eight targets. The Chiefs have allowed the second most FPPG to opposing TEs, so this $3000 price tag should not go unnoticed. Anyone else in this passing game is health-dependent. Curtis Samuel seems to have injured himself, so Dyami Brown could have some sneaky value if he’s able to return.

I’m “fine” with Antonio Gibson, but I REALLY like JD McKissic, especially if the WFT is shorthanded on WRs. They’re almost certainly going to be playing from behind in this one, Gibson is banged up, and the Chiefs have allowed the fourth most receptions to RBs out of the backfield.

Mahomes/Hill/Kelce w/ McLaurin
Mahomes/Hill/Kelce w/ Seals-Jones
Mahomes/Hill/Kelce w/ McKissic
Mahomes/Hill/Hardman w/ any WAS

Heinecke/McLaurin/Seals-Jones w/ Hill or Kelce
Heinecke/McLaurin/McKissic w/ Hill or Kelce




This game has a fun O/U of 52 points for us to attack, although Mike Williams’ injury hangs in the balance for total upside. If Williams does play, he’s an elite option who leads the NFL in TD catches and the Ravens have allowed eight of them to WRs. Keenan Allen is a good play either way, as he makes up for his low aDOT with relentless targets (53 on the year already), and you should be overweight on him if Mike Williams fails to go.

Austin Ekeler is in a smash spot against the Ravens who have allowed the fifth most FPPG to RBs, the second most receptions, and the most receiving yards to them. Jared Cook is going down my list while Donald Parham (53% snap share last week) is rising. You can use either in MME, but Parham is the upside play.


We know what Lamar Jackson is, as the human Konami Code banked 504 yards of offense ON HIS OWN last week. He’s such a heavy part of the rushing game that it’s tough to know who to stack him with, but we have a few options here. Mark Andrews and Marquise Brown are tied for the team lead with 38 targets apiece, but I prefer Andrews if choosing one. The Chargers have sold out to stop WRs (second fewest FPPG allowed) while leaving themselves vulnerable to TEs (second most FPPG allowed), and Andrews smashed against a similar defense last week (granted, so did Brown). Marquise is still very much in play as the overall WR6 in PPR. With Sammy Watkins banged up, I’m not too interested in anyone else for them, although Rashod Bateman is set to debut this week and can be sprinkled into large-field MME.

The Chargers have allowed the fifth most FPPG to opposing RBs, but unfortunately this RB room is not one to be touched in fantasy as it’s a true 3RBBC (and that’s not even counting Lamar). Stick to Brown and Andrews if bringing back Chargers stacks.

Herbert/Allen/Williams w/ Brown or Andrews
Herbert/Allen/Ekeler w/ Brown or Andrews
Herbert/Allen/Parham w/ Brown

Lamar naked w/ two of Allen/Williams/Ekeler
Lamar/Brown/Andrews w/ Allen or Ekeler
Lamar/Andrews w/ Allen or Ekeler







This is not a typical “either way” stack as I’m really only interested in approaching it from the Bengals side, but Detroit’s bringbacks are awesome so it really works for SE and 3E tournaments. The Bengals have really ramped up Joe Burrow’s throws the last two games and their pace is on par with what it was last year before Burrow got hurt. JaMarr Chase is an elite option this week as he’s fifth in the NFL in air yards, and Tee Higgins is too cheap after receiving seven targets in his first game back. Tyler Boyd is very much in play as well with his PPR floor out of the slot, but he’s pretty clearly the WR3 behind the other two when all three are healthy. CJ Uzomah is still not on my radar after his game against Jacksonville, which appears nothing more than a total outlier.

Keep a close eye on Joe Mixon’s status this week. If he goes with no restrictions, he faces a smash spot against the Lions who have allowed the most FPPG to opposing RBs and is far too cheap at $6400 with his workhorse role. I just wish he was more involved in the passing game.


I’m not stacking the Lions, but they have a couple of solid bringbacks to Bengals stacks. D’Andre Swift sticks out the most to me at $6300. He’s starting to separate himself from this committee (73% snap share last week) and he leads the NFL in receptions and receiving yards by a RB. The Bengals have allowed the seventh most FPPG to RBs and the most receptions to them in the league, so this a breakout spot for Swift no matter what the game script is.

Amon-Ra St. Brown at $4200 is another option to be used with Quintez Cephus on IR with a broken collarbone. He’s a safe floor play out of the slot for Jared Goff, and has received eight targets in back to back weeks.

I’m not the biggest fan of TJ Hockenson with his bad knee, and the Bengals have allowed the fourth fewest FPPG to TEs this season, but with yet another Lions WR down you have to consider mixing him into stacks if MMEing based on his expected target and RZ share if healthy.

Burrow/any 2 WRs w/ Swift
Burrow/any 2 WRs w/ St. Brown
Burrow/any 2 WRs w/ Hockenson

Goff/Swift/St. Brown w/ Mixon
Goff/Swift/St. Brown w/ Chase