As we learn more and more about game stacks, lineup stacks and correlation among your lineup in the NFL, my goal is to introduce some of the best strategies for stacking in College Football DFS. College football is a different beast all together as we get the option of the “super-flex” in Draftkings, where we can almost always add a second QB to our lineup.
With that in mind, many lineups that I see go after the wrong approach when it comes to stacking. They often will double up with two of the best QBs in the field, add a stud RB or WR and fill in the rest of their lineup with many low-priced players that usually don’t help take down a GPP. What I have found from digging through lineups is a more balanced double stack approach that utilizes a 3-man stack (mid priced teams) and a 2-man stack (elite teams). Let’s take a look.
The 3-man stack: A QB, RB, WR from a middle of the road team (avoiding the high priced elite teams like Alabama, Ohio State, Clemson, etc) that is a favorite. The key that we are looking for in these lineups are below.
1. Price: Price is first and foremost when constructing these lineups as I am looking to use no more than $17-18k of my $50k salary.
2. Upside: Unlike the NFL where most games are pretty close and certain teams never have a high upside, the upside from a decent college team changes week to week. Think of it this way, would you rather stack 3 Alabama players when they are on the road at Auburn for $24k or would you rather stack a team such as Maryland or Kentucky for $20k when they have a home game versus a team such as Kent State or the College of Charleston?
3. Spread/ Projected Points: This goes hand in hand with upside as this can change drastically from one week to the next. When choosing my 3 game stacks I like to look for the teams that are projected for 30+ points and who are at least a 7 point favorite. You don’t want to pick too drastic of a point spread as even the mid-level teams will start playing backups in a blowout.
The 2-man stack: Usually a QB/ WR combo from an elite team, sometimes QB/RB depending on the team. Here is what we are looking for below.
1. Usually the chalk: Much like the NFL, the best college QB/ WR is usually the chalky plays for the week. Anytime Tua Tagovailoa/ Jerry Jeudy take the field, they are a duo that I don’t mind inserting in my S-flex, WR #1 spot and since I saved money on my first 3 man stack I still have a little room to play with.
2. Maximum ceiling: Combinations in a shootout are also great picks for your elite option as they will usually be priced up for the week. Anytime you have games like Oklahoma/ Texas, USC/Oregon, Texas Tech/Oklahoma State it is always wise to take the two best players from those passing attacks.
Stacks we like this week
3-man stacks: Northwestern $14,900/ $14,400 (Johnson-QB, Anderson- RB, Skowronek or Lees- WR) & Penn State $17,700 (Clifford- QB, Slade- RB, Hamler- WR)
2-man stacks: Alabama $17,000 (Tagvailoa- QB, Jeudy- WR) & Oklahoma State $17,900 (Sanders- QB, Wallace- WR)
After completing these two initial stacks you only have 3 positions left to complete you lineup with plenty of cap space to leave you a stud or two left to add to your lineup.