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  • Cobra1977

    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.

  • TuscaloosaJohnny

    Love this analysis. Never thought of a 3-stack plus 2-stack approach.

  • Cobra1977

    It worked last night on the late slate. One of my good friends hit for 2nd place 216.86 pts with a Clemson: Lawrence, Etienne (busted), Higgins paired with Hurts/ Rambo from OU. It was a little higher salary than I typically do, but the low cost players hit big with Hawaii WRs & Ingram from Tex

  • tomac

    @Cobra1977 said...

    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

    I’m not sure how using Hurts/Lawrence is an example of this process working when it violates the #1 thing you mentioned not to do.

  • Cobra1977

    Check out the prices on Clemson’s players compared to week 1, this opened up a ton of value that we usually don’t get from them, I actually missed out on them myself . They were Clemson priced as a much lower ranked team.

    Lawrence was down $700 from Week 1, Etienne down $1,700 and Tee was down $2,000….that opens up a ton of cap space.

  • tomac

    @Cobra1977 said...

    Check out the prices on Clemson’s players compared to week 1, this opened up a ton of value that we usually don’t get from them, I actually missed out on them myself . They were Clemson priced as a much lower ranked team.

    Lawrence was down $700 from Week 1, Etienne down $1,700 and Tee was down $2,000….that opens up a ton of cap space.

    You specifically mention Clemson as one of your elite teams to avoid.

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    @tomac said...

    You specifically mention Clemson as one of your elite teams to avoid.

  • TuscaloosaJohnny

    @tomac said...

    You specifically mention Clemson as one of your elite teams to avoid.

    I believe that was in the context of their players usually being higher priced, but with the discount they’re worth rostering? That was my take.

  • Cobra1977

    It’s more about pricing then teams. I used Clemson, Bama, and Ohio State as examples as they are usually top 5 yearly and most of their games there guys are priced high because of the popularity. Actually a Ohio State stack might be value because they don’t have that go to WR like they usually do.

    One week Clemson can be $25k for a 3 man stack, this week they were much cheaper. I think anytime a team like Oklahoma, Texas or any of these teams that score 40- 50 a game., you can take some of the “elite” teams kind of move down in the value range.

    It’s like in the NFL where Rodgers/ Brady/ Brees or any of the big name QBs might have a road game vs. a Baltimore or Chicago then their prices deflate to become more of a value pick.

    Lawrence doesn’t get the rushing stats like Hurts/ Ehlinger so he wasn’t the chalk on the slate, when he normally might be.

    It’s a learning process….I am just trying to look at it from what plays make the most sense on a given slate, not certain teams are set in stone.

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