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Week 18 DFS Main Slate Tournament Picks: Stack Ohio Offenses in AFC North Battles

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Notes for Week 18

If the Bengals win, the Chargers’ playoff seeding cannot change, and I don’t expect their starters to get significant usage.

The Giants and Buccaneers cannot change playoff seeding.

Double Stacks

Stack: QB Joe Burrow, WR Ja’Marr Chase and WR Tee Higgins

Runback: TE Mark Andrews

Joe Burrow didn’t have much to offer in the first matchup with the Ravens; however, Tee Higgins only ran 19% of the routes, and the offense had yet to find the rhythm that it has been in for recent weeks. The Bengals are also very motivated because if they lose, home-field advantage will be decided by a coin toss between these two teams. Five quarterbacks have thrown for over 300 yards against the Ravens’ defense this year, and two have had three or more passing touchdowns. In the first matchup, the Ravens utilized Cover 4 on 64% of Burrow’s dropbacks, and they were able to do this because they were rarely trailing. With the offense the way it is, I expect that to be different, and once the Bengals start scoring, it’ll be difficult to slow them down. 

In the last two seasons, Burrow has nine games over 300 yards passing. Chase has at least 70 receiving yards in every one of these games, while Higgins has at least 60 yards. Both players can put up over 100 yards in the same game against the Ravens’ defense. The Bengals need to get a lead early in the game, get the Ravens into a single-high coverage, and push the ball over the top as they did in 2021.

Mark Andrews finally showed some chemistry with Tyler Huntley last week, and in a negative game script, I expect him to be heavily targeted. You do not need to run this game back because Burrow doesn’t need the Ravens to score to put up the big game, but Andrews is the player to do it with because of the scarcity at the position.

Stack: QB Geno Smith, WR DK Metcalf and TE Noah Fant

Runback: RB Cam Akers

Smith put up a big game against the Rams in their first matchup, and I anticipate a repeat performance if the weather can stay clear of raining too hard. Metcalf beat Jalen Ramsey in multiple situations and put up 127 yards while scoring a touchdown. The Rams utilize a lot of Cover 3 and Cover 4 coverage, and this year, Smith has been one of the best in the NFL against those coverages. When he has had over 60% of his dropbacks against those two coverages, only the 49ers limited him from throwing for 275 yards and under two passing touchdowns. Tyler Lockett had a big game in their first matchup, but with his hand injury, I am not expecting them to target him frequently. 

The Seahawks have been one of the worst teams in the NFL at defending running backs, and Cam Akers is a workhorse for the Rams’ offense. In the last five games, he has averaged 18 touches for 96 yards and 1.2 touchdowns. Akers will get a lot of the red zone, and the only other Ram to consider in this matchup will be Tyler Higbee. The Seahawks have struggled to defend tight ends, and Higbee has a high target share with Baker Mayfield.

 

Stack: QB Deshaun Watson, WR Amari Cooper and TE David Njoku

Runback: RB Najee Harris

The Steelers have given teams plenty of man coverage this year, and I believe the talent of these two pass-catchers can beat this defense. The Browns shouldn’t be utilizing Nick Chubb in a workhorse role because they aren’t playing for a postseason matchup. Against man coverage, Cooper has a 36.4% target share with Watson as the starter, and Njoku has a 37.5% target share in the red zone. This stack is also relatively cheap compared to some of the top ones and is not being played at a high rate.

The Browns’ run defense is not the strong suit of this unit, and Harris has over 80 yards rushing in three of his last five games. The Steelers will hopefully play with a lead against the Browns and have Watson playing from behind in this game script. Harris has averaged 4.86 yards per carry against the Browns in his career and has scored in every game.

Stack: QB Andy Dalton RB Alvin Kamara WR Chris Olave

Runback: WR D.J. Moore

The Panthers’ secondary got exposed by the Buccaneers last weekend, and it was on throws down the field. To prevent that from happening, I expect to see a lot of Cover 3 and Cover 4 coverage to begin the game, which will allow Kamara to have plenty of receptions because he is second on the team in targets per route against these coverages. Once they work him into the game, I expect the Saints to isolate Olave on C.J. Henderson and allow him to run deep routes against him. Andy Dalton is $4,800, and for him to be more than worth the price, he needs to have an 18-point day, and with that, I don’t mind pairing Kamara with him. If Taysom Hill cannot play, Kamara will have a lot of red zone touches and can have a great game, with Dalton paying off his price.

The Panthers runback is Moore for me, and it’s because of his connection with Darnold. Moore has had 70 yards and a touchdown in four out of five starts with Darnold. The Saints have allowed big games to wide receivers this season, and the Panthers will move Moore around enough for him to avoid shadow coverage with Marshon Lattimore.

 

Single Stacks

Stack: QB Jalen Hurts and WR A.J. Brown

The Eagles need to win to keep their one seed and have a bye week, and this is an easy spot for Hurts to put up massive numbers in one half against the Giants. We could see the Giants not play their starters, and their secondary was already depleted as it was. A.J. Brown has not enjoyed his time with Gardner Minshew as the starter, and Hurts will look for him in man coverage situations. I am not interested in doubling with this group because of the time limit they will have if the game gets out of hand too early. The Giants’ backups on offense also do not interest me in this game, and I will not run it back with one of them.

Mini-Stacks

L.A. Chargers at Denver

RB Austin Ekeler and WR Courtland Sutton

In the case that the Ravens win, I believe the Chargers will want to keep their matchup with the Jaguars or Titans, and that will result in plenty of work for Ekeler. Ekeler had ten receptions in the first matchup, and I could see the high upside in receptions again. Kansas City’s Jerick McKinnon had four receiving touchdowns against the Broncos’ defense, and Ekeler can be utilized in a similar way.

Courtland Sutton is a price play, and because I believe Asante Samuel Jr. will be going Jerry Jeudy’s way. Sutton will have the matchup with Michael Davis, and he is beatable down the field. The Chargers will utilize a lot of single-high coverage, and both Sutton and Jeudy see plenty of usage against it.

Tampa Bay at Atlanta

WR Julio Jones and RB Tyler Allgeier

The only reason I could see Brady wanting to play this game would be to get on the same page with players he hasn’t been able to get to this season, and I expect one such player to be Jones. Jones has a 19.5 aDOT against Cover 1 or Cover 3 coverage, and the Falcons have utilized this coverage at over a 60% rate in 12 games this season. 

Tyler Allgeier has been an efficient runner this season, and the Falcons will have an advantage in the trenches with no Vita Vea. Over the past three games, Allgeier has averaged 98.7 yards rushing and has had at least 17 carries. The offense of the Buccaneers has something to play for, but the defense has proved all it needs to, and the main focus should be getting healthy for the playoffs. 

One-Offs

RB Dalvin Cook

The Bears are starting Nathan Peterman and have given up over 200 yards rushing in back-to-back games. The only concern for Cook is how much usage he will see if the game gets out of hand, and how much usage Alexander Mattison will get. Since Week 11, the Bears have allowed six yards per carry, and on the season, they have allowed the second-most rushing touchdowns.

WR Justin Jefferson

If Jefferson plays the full game, he will have a chance to break the single-season receiving yardage record. The Bears have played a lot of Cover 1 in recent weeks to stop the run, and against that coverage, Jefferson averages 4.42 yards per route and a 33% target share.

WR Jahan Dotson

Dotson was at rookie camp with Sam Howell, and I expect the chemistry to be there between these two players. The Cowboys still have a chance at the division, so Trevon Diggs will shadow McLaurin, and I think Dotson can beat the secondary corners for the Cowboys.

Player Pool

Player Pos Team Opp DK Salary FD Salary VegasPts
Jalen Hurts QB PHI vs NYG $8,200 $9,000 28.75
Joe Burrow QB CIN vs BAL $7,300 $8,200 24.25
Geno Smith QB SEA vs LAR $6,000 $7,300 23.75
Deshaun Watson QB CLE @ PIT $5,600 $6,800 19.25
Andy Dalton QB NO vs CAR $4,800 $6,500 22.25
Christian McCaffrey RB SF vs ARI $9,300 $10,000 26.75
Austin Ekeler RB LAC @ DEN $8,900 $9,400 18.25
Dalvin Cook RB MIN @ CHI $7,300 $8,000 23.75
Rhamondre Stevenson RB NE @ BUF $6,700 $6,600 18.25
Alvin Kamara RB NO vs CAR $6,600 $7,100 22.25
Kenneth Walker III RB SEA vs LAR $6,400 $7,700 23.75
Cam Akers RB LAR @ SEA $6,200 $7,300 17.75
Najee Harris RB PIT vs CLE $6,100 $7,200 21.25
Miles Sanders RB PHI vs NYG $5,900 $6,700 28.75
Tyler Allgeier RB ATL vs TB $5,600 $6,500 22.25
Leonard Fournette RB TB @ ATL $5,500 $6,600 18.25
Latavius Murray RB DEN vs LAC $5,400 $6,400 21.25
Rachaad White RB TB @ ATL $5,400 $6,500 18.25
Cordarrelle Patterson RB ATL vs TB $5,300 $6,300 22.25
Zack Moss RB IND vs HOU $5,200 $6,800 20
Keaontay Ingram RB ARI @ SF $4,800 $5,500 12.75
Jonathan Williams RB WAS vs DAL $4,300 $5,000 16.75
Justin Jefferson WR MIN @ CHI $9,100 $9,000 23.75
JaMarr Chase WR CIN vs BAL $8,400 $8,500 24.25
A.J. Brown WR PHI vs NYG $8,000 $8,300 28.75
Stefon Diggs WR BUF vs NE $7,900 $8,400 25.25
Tee Higgins WR CIN vs BAL $7,600 $7,800 24.25
DeVonta Smith WR PHI vs NYG $7,500 $7,700 28.75
Mike Evans WR TB @ ATL $7,400 $7,700 18.25
DK Metcalf WR SEA vs LAR $6,700 $7,200 23.75
Tyler Lockett WR SEA vs LAR $6,400 $6,900 23.75
Jerry Jeudy WR DEN vs LAC $6,300 $6,600 21.25
Chris Olave WR NO vs CAR $6,200 $6,700 22.25
DJ Moore WR CAR @ NO $6,100 $7,300 19.25
Michael Pittman WR IND vs HOU $6,100 $7,300 20
Amari Cooper WR CLE @ PIT $6,000 $7,600 19.25
Terry McLaurin WR WAS vs DAL $5,900 $7,000 16.75
Garrett Wilson WR NYJ @ MIA $5,800 $7,100 17.25
Josh Palmer WR LAC @ DEN $5,500 $5,900 18.25
Gabriel Davis WR BUF vs NE $5,400 $6,400 25.25
Diontae Johnson WR PIT vs CLE $5,200 $6,300 21.25
Jakobi Meyers WR NE @ BUF $5,100 $6,500 18.25
George Pickens WR PIT vs CLE $5,000 $5,900 21.25
Courtland Sutton WR DEN vs LAC $4,800 $6,400 21.25
Brandin Cooks WR HOU @ IND $4,800 $6,200 18
Donovan Peoples-Jones WR CLE @ PIT $4,700 $6,300 19.25
Tyler Boyd WR CIN vs BAL $4,600 $6,200 24.25
Jahan Dotson WR WAS vs DAL $4,500 $5,900 16.75
Rashid Shaheed WR NO vs CAR $4,200 $5,800 22.25
Julio Jones WR TB @ ATL $4,200 $5,300 18.25
Terrace Marshall Jr. WR CAR @ NO $3,400 $5,500 19.25
Mark Andrews TE BAL @ CIN $5,400 $7,100 15.25
Dallas Goedert TE PHI vs NYG $4,900 $6,200 28.75
Tyler Higbee TE LAR @ SEA $4,400 $5,600 17.75
David Njoku TE CLE @ PIT $3,900 $5,400 19.25
Pat Freiermuth TE PIT vs CLE $3,800 $5,500 21.25
Juwan Johnson TE NO vs CAR $3,700 $5,700 22.25
Noah Fant TE SEA vs LAR $3,500 $5,100 23.75
Hayden Hurst TE CIN vs BAL $3,100 $5,300 24.25
Albert Okwuegbunam TE DEN vs LAC $2,900 $5,000 21.25
Dolphins DST MIA vs NYJ $3,000 $3,500 17.25
Vikings DST MIN @ CHI $2,900 $3,700 18.75
Texans DST HOU @ IND $2,700 $4,000 20
Jets DST NYJ @ MIA $2,600 $4,500 20.25
Broncos DST DEN vs LAC $2,500 $3,600 18.25
Commanders DST WAS vs DAL $2,300 $3,300 23.75
Patriots DST NE @ BUF $2,200 $4,000 25.25

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