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Week 6 NFL DFS Stacks: Best lineup picks for DraftKings, FanDuel tournaments, cash games

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Entering Week 6, the NFL schedule has proven it's not always consistent. Even in putting together your favorite stacks for the week, there's the potential for things to get ruined by COVID-19 schedule shifting. If anything, that's a reason to wait on entering DraftKings or FanDuel contests until later in the week when there's a better sense that games will kickoff as scheduled. Otherwise, you might be stuck pivoting from a stack you really like to one you don't in your DFS contests.

Thankfully, we have a number of stacking options for both tournaments and cash games this week. Our tendency to pair high-powered QBs and pass-catchers has continued to pay off in cash games, with both Murray-Hopkins and Mahomes-Kelce working in Week 5. Stacking Kenyan Drake with the Cardinals D/ST also was solid for tournaments last week, so we have got another unconventional RB-D/ST stack for you this week. 

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Week 6 NFL DFS Picks: Top cash game stacks for DraftKings, FanDuel      

QB Matt Ryan and WR Calvin Ridley, Falcons at Vikings (FD stack)

Admittedly, the Falcons aren't the most inspiring choice to invest in at this point, but the Vikings defense has been overwhelmingly terrible, and Ryan and Ridley still generally find a way to put up numbers even in losses. Even if Ridley's down game in Week 4, he was wide open in the end zone and Ryan just barely underthrew him.

Hopefully Atlanta is motivated by the firing of Dan Quinn and comes out and puts on a show. Maybe you don't want this much risk in your cash lineup, but in a week with a main slate featuring a number of poor teams, Ryan/Ridley will actually serve as one of your safer stacks despite a low likelihood of it being a highly owned one.

QB Lamar Jackson and TE Mark Andrews, Ravens at Eagles (DK stack)

You can never really go wrong with playing Jackson and Andrews together. The Eagles haven't had to deal with a running quarterback, yet, so having to stop Jackson's legs will likely prove a major challenge. Add in five touchdowns already allowed by Philadelphia to tight ends, and you're looking at a good day for Andrews, too.

Jackson has begun to involve Hollywood Brown more again recently, so if you're looking to pay down at tight end, which is usually a fair strategy, you could instead pair Jackson with Brown. It's a slightly riskier pairing because of its dependence on big plays, but it can still pay off.

QB Cam Newton and WR Julian Edelman, Patriots vs. Broncos (DK stack)

Of course there's no telling whether Newton (COVID) will play or what state he'll be in, but that could scare others away while you snag an underowned star fantasy QB. Denver has only intercepted one pass this season, so Newton should get a chance to finish nearly every drive he starts -- and we know how much Newton likes to finish off with six for himself.

Newton and Edelman were showing a great connection before Newton tested positive for COVID-19, and it's likely whenever Newton makes his return, he'll lean on his most trustworthy receiver. Edelman's PPR value is especially useful on DraftKings.

WEEK 6 PPR RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiverTight end | D/ST | Kicker

Week 6 DraftKings, FanDuel Picks: Best stacks for daily fantasy football GPPs/tournaments

QB Kyle Allen and WR Terry McLaurin, Washington at Giants (DK stack)

This stack feels less appealing if it turns out Alex Smith is starting. Smith's story is inspirational, but he won't run as much as Allen and probably will tend toward shorter pass attempts, too. Allen presents a slightly bigger upside against a bad Giants defense.

While there's merit to getting extra cute here with Logan Thomas or Steven Sims Jr. as part of this stack, it only really makes sense to play a risky stack with the team's safest receiver. McLaurin should continue to be the most productive wideout Washington has no matter who's throwing him the football.

WEEK 6 STANDARD RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

QB Gardner Minshew and WR Laviska Shenault Jr., Jaguars vs. Lions (FD stack)

When a Jaguars stack is the safest of our three tournament stacks, you know it's going to be a fun week. 

Minshew has been a relatively consistent fantasy producer since taking over the Jags' starting job in 2019 aside from a few rough outings. Playing the Lions won't present one of those tough matchups that makes us stay away, though. Detroit has allowed nearly 22 DK points per game this season to quarterbacks.

A pairing with DJ Chark always works nicely for Minshew, although Chark is dealing with a dinged-up ankle. If you want to get extra bold, make this a three-player stack with Chark. We'll stick with Shenault, who's gotten consistent touches on the ground and through the air this season but is still waiting on a massive breakout performance. It could come this week. 

RB Myles Gaskin and D/ST Miami Dolphins vs. Jets (DK/FD stack)

Talk about a stack no one is going to have. You could also make a case for stacking Ryan Fitzpatrick with his receivers for this one, and that will be low owned, too.

This is really all about New York being absolutely awful and Joe Flacco (or a banged-up Sam Darnold) posing basically no threat to the Miami defense. Turnovers and/or sacks are almost certainly in the cards. Gaskin has emerged enough for the Dolphins (with Jordan Howard even inactive a week ago) that it's safe to count on him being the player who benefits most from a dominant Dolphins day. In Miami's blowout of the 49ers, Gaskin had 16 carries for 57 yards and a score. He could do that again, at least, against the Jets.

For what it's worth, the Dolphins D/ST comes dirt cheap on DK and more fairly priced on FD. This is a usable stack on both as a differentiator, but you'll be able to pay up more elsewhere if you use it on DK.