The three-game Thanksgiving NFL DFS slate makes it hard to put together stacks without impeding on other parts of your lineup, but don’t worry — Sunday’s main slate is here in Week 12 to return us to our love of stacking. With 11 games to choose from in the early- and late-afternoon windows, we’re looking at lots of juicy matchups to stack on DraftKings and FanDuel in both cash games and tournaments.
Taysom Hill was a big win for our stacking last week, and he’s right back here this week. This time, though, he’s in the cash-game section with Michael Thomas. Josh Allen will also be familiar to those of you who use our cash stacks. Things get a little crazier in the GPP section, with Philip Rivers, Baker Mayfield and Wayne Gallman all making appearances.
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Week 12 NFL DFS Picks: Top cash game stacks for DraftKings, FanDuel
QB Josh Allen and WR Stefon Diggs OR WR Cole Beasley, Bills vs. Chargers (FD/DK stack)
The choice between Diggs or Beasley here just depends on how much money you want to spend on your stack receiver. The Chargers have allowed a lot of fantasy points to quarterbacks all season, and Josh Allen remains one of the safer choices as a cash-game quarterback thanks to his rushing.
Because L.A. has strong cornerbacks, there’s definitely a case for fading Diggs and going with Beasley here. Diggs will still produce to an extent, but his potential for a monster game might be lowered against the Chargers, while Beasley feels nearly matchup-proof out of the slot.
QB Taysom Hill and WR Michael Thomas, Saints @ Broncos (DK stack)
Hill is slated to be a QB on both DK and FD this week, and he’s a solid play on FD, too, but we like the Thomas PPR bonus that comes when playing him on DK. Hill targeted Thomas 12 times, so we don’t have to worry about some sort of sad consequence of this QB switch for Thomas’ value.
We also saw Hill score two rushing touchdowns last week despite not taking to the ground maybe as much as expected. This is a stack with a super-high floor, especially with the absurd value for Hill and with Thomas still not having ascended back to the top of the WR pricing.
QB Teddy Bridgewater/PJ Walker and WR D.J. Moore, Panthers @ Vikings (FD stack)
Walker looked pretty decent in filling in for Bridgewater, and while Teddy’s expected back, this is just to say we feel good about trying this stack in cash games with either Panthers QB.
The Vikings are tied for the second-most passing TDs allowed to QBs this season at more than two per game. The best way to pay off a stack in a hurry is to find a touchdown connection between quarterback and wide receiver. While Curtis Samuel and Robby Anderson have merit, Moore feels like he has the highest floor combined with a decent ceiling for usage in cash games.
Week 12 DraftKings, FanDuel Picks: Best stacks for daily fantasy football GPPs/tournaments
QB Philip Rivers and WR Michael Pittman Jr., Colts vs. Titans (FD stack)
Rivers is underpriced on FD this week while his pricing is relatively fair on DK. The first time these teams played, Rivers threw for 308 yards, and it should be a shootout again. The only reason Rivers didn’t have a monster fantasy day was because he only wound up with one touchdown. Odds are that will improve in Week 12.
Pittman had his best NFL game when these teams met a few weeks ago, and he followed it up with a solid showing against the Packers that included a long catch-and-run for a score. He’s obviously coming into his own and gaining Rivers’ trust, so stacking with the rookie receiver feels like the highest-upside stack in the Colts offense.
QB Baker Mayfield and TE Austin Hooper, Browns @ Jaguars (FD/DK stack)
Mayfield’s price just keeps dropping, and it’s not without merit. But there has to be a get-right game for Mayfield somewhere, and maybe this is it. The Jaguars have allowed the third-most fantasy points to quarterbacks in 2020, so if Mayfield is going to play well, it will be in Week 12.
Hooper joins Mayfield in favor of a receiver for a couple of reasons. One, it will be even more unique than stacking Mayfield with a wideout, and two, the Jags have allowed the second most fantasy points to tight ends this season. Hooper hasn’t been a huge boom in his first year in Cleveland, but this is a day for him to show his offseason signing was worth it.
RB Wayne Gallman and D/ST New York Giants @ Bengals (FD/DK stack)
If Joe Burrow was healthy, we’d want nothing to do with this stack. But he’s not, and Ryan Finley will start at quarterback for the Bengals. That’s a massive downgrade and the reason the New York defense warrants consideration.
Gallman remains the workhorse here with Devonta Freeman (ankle) on Injured Reserve, and while that doesn’t always result in high efficiency, it usually means 15-20 touches. The Bengals are a bottom-half run defense team, and Gallman can catch the occasional pass, too, so no matter the game flow here (and we’re rooting for a Giants blowout for the sake of this stack), Gallman should contribute.