By Jamie Calandro
Jamie Calandro


Stacking seems a bit atypical this week, which should help spread out ownerships a lot more than we’re used to seeing.  With only two games projecting over 50 (and just barely), you can get a little cute with the way you set up the stacks, and not all necessarily need a bring back  Be sure to follow me on twitter @jac3600 as we prep for week 8 Halloween fun!





At 51 points, this game sports the highest O/U on the main slate, and the Bucs should really be considered the premier team to load up on.  The ageless Tom Brady is currently the QB2 in terms of FPPG and also has 21 TD passes already, and the difficulty of the Saints defense should temper ownership which makes GPP stacking perfect.  Antonio Brown looks set to miss another game here, and Mike Evans and Chris Godwin combined for 21 targets in his absence last week.  Godwin once again projects for the more favorable matchup with Evans slated to draw the Marshon Lattimore coverage, but both are high upside stack options.  In addition, Rob Gronkowski looks set to return and is another option despite the Saints allowing the sixth fewest FPPG to the position.

Leonard Fournette has a tough matchup (Saints second fewest FPPG allowed to RBs), but over the past four weeks (when he’s taken over as lead back), Fournette has 84 touches and 15 targets, and his price has not moved at all.



The Saints side of the stack is really not exciting here, but Alvin Kamara as the bringback is wonderful as he warrants overall “skill player #1” upside this week.  Kamara is on pace for a career high in touches, and even though the Bucs are barely allowing over three YPC, they have also given up the third most receptions out of the backfield to RBs.  Kamara has 19 targets over the past two weeks, and the reacquisition of Mark Ingram should not get you off Kamara at all.

If you want to get a little cute, Marquez Callaway isn’t an awful choice as the Saints are almost certainly going to be playing from behind and the Bucs have allowed the eighth most FPPG to opposing WRs.


Brady/Godwin/Evans w/ Kamara

Brady/Godwin/Gronk w/ Kamara

Brady/any two pass catchers w/ Callaway

Brady/Godwin/Fournette w/ Kamara






This game projects to be the best one to stack teams either way, as it has an O/U of 50.5 and only a 1.5-point spread.  Despite the Colts allowing the fourth fewest FPPG to opposing RBs, Derrick Henry has smashed this team for the past few years and continues to have a 25 to 30-touch floor.

As far as the passing game goes, AJ Brown and Julio Jones both look like they’re going to play, and the Colts’ backend has allowed the 11th most FPPG to WRs and also the fourth highest catch%.  Double stacking the two with Tannehill is a great way to get off the Henry ownership.



If you take away his TO-prone tendencies, Carson Wentz has actually been quite good lately, with 8.9 YPA and over 22 DK PPG over his last four weeks.  TY Hilton looks like he’s going to be back again after sitting in week 7, but Michael Pittman is the main guy you want, as he has a 29% target share and 39% air yards share.  Hilton and Zack Pascal can be part of double stacks to leverage potential Pittman ownership, as can Mo Alie-Cox (even though he is completely TD dependent).  The Titans have given up the most FPPG in the league to WRs

Jonathan Taylor is also set up to smash in this one against a Titans D that has allowed 4.6 YPC along with the seventh most receptions to RBs out of the backfield, and Taylor actually seems to be supplanting Nyheim Hines in that role.  Marlon Mack (4 carries last week) is not a worry to Taylor’s touch count, and even Hines only ran six passing routes a week ago.  Fire up Taylor in all formats.

Tannehill/Brown/Jones w/ Taylor

Tannehill/Brown/Jones w/ Pittman

Wentz/Pittman/Pascal or Hilton w/ Henry

Wentz/Pittman/Pascal or Hilton w Brown

Wentz/Pittman/Taylor w/ Henry

Wentz/Pittman/Taylor w/ Brown 






This game only has an O/U of 46 but I’m so in love with the Atlanta side that I would recommend aggressively betting the over here.  We’ll get to Atlanta in a second, but the Carolina side has some sneaky spots for bringbacks as well, especially if Sam Darnold can figure out how to get his mojo back (although I think he needs McCaffrey for that to materialize).  Atlanta ranks 29th in sack rate and last in QB hit rate and top CB AJ Terrell will miss this game, setting up a huge spot for DJ Moore who is averaging career highs across the board.  It’ll hurt to do, but Robby Anderson is still very much in play for GPPs at $4700.  Anderson has looked brutal this season and has seemingly no chemistry with Darnold (which is weird), but he’s still got 27 targets over the past three weeks and Atlanta (traditionally a pass funnel defense) has allowed the 11th most FPPG to WRs.

Chuba Hubbard is fine in GPPs, but Royce Freeman took a lot of passing down snaps from him last week which lowers his floor considerably.  Still, Chuba has solid value at $6000 against an Atlanta squad that has allowed the fifth most FPPG to RBs and the sixth most receptions out of the backfield.




Now, to Atlanta.  This team can be full stacked against Carolina whose defense is plummeting in all categories, and Atlanta’s offense is firing on all cylinders right now.  Over the past four games, Matt Ryan averaged over 300 passing YPG and has had a new season high in YPA every week over those four.  Calvin Ridley and Kyle Pitts are averaging 10.5 and 9.5 targets per game over the past three and are awesome stack options.  

Then, there’s Cordarelle Patterson…

I fully admit I’ve been late to the party on this guy, but Patterson showed he can’t be denied anymore after seemingly taking over as the everydown back last week, rendering the ineffective Mike Davis almost droppable.  It seems like the guy I thought was the the ultimate sell high might just be the one you want to hold en route to a fantasy championship this year.

Oh yeah, he’s WAY too cheap at $6200 at his current usage (73% snap share last week)


Ryan/Ridley/Pitts w/ Moore

Ryan/Ridley/Patterson w/ Moore

Ryan/Ridley/Pitts or Patterson w/ Chuba

Darnold/Moore/Anderson w/ any ATL pass catcher (including Patterson)