The Top DFS Running Back and Defense Stacks: Week 2

The Top DFS Running Back and Defense Stacks: Week 2

By Denny Carter (4for4 Contributor), on Sep 13, 2018

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I’ll highlight in this space running back-defense stacks on FanDuel and DraftKings, pinpointing where we might be able to get a solid defensive performance and volume-driven running production. The good folks at 4for4 have pointed out that one should not base their weekly DFS lineup composition on the RB-DEF stack, as the correlation isn’t nearly as strong as the QB-WR1 combo, for example. But considering RB1s—and only RB1s—get a decent bump in production when their team’s defense scores at least 15 fantasy points, it’s worthwhile to see where this stack might offer upside and differentiation for those who play large-field DFS tournaments. 

Running backs and defenses from the same team often face positive circumstances together. It's these conditions, of course, that lead to fantasy points. Sometimes a lot of fantasy points.

 

Week 1 summary: One of our four RB-DEF stacks hit in Week 1, as the Bengals defense and Joe Mixon combined for 38 PPR fantasy points. The Packers-Williams combo was doomed by Aaron Rodgers' absence from much of the Sunday night contest, the Kamara-Saints stack was half fantastic and half nightmarish, and the Ravens-Collins stack was looking superb until Baltimore rested many of its starters in their game against the NFL's junior varsity squad. The Baltimore stack ended up with 24 fantasy points. 

Let's get into Week 2 RB-DEF stacks and double dip on that sweet, sweet positive game script. 

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