NFL Divisional Round Stacks to look out for
Its hard to pick your stacks in the divisional round as almost all of the 8 teams remaining has a top 8 defense. The matchup in the divisional round are
Kansas City @ New England
Green Bay @ Arizona
Seattle @ Carolina
Pittsburgh @ Denver
The weak link as far as pass defenses goes is clearly Pittsburgh. The only reason they have made it this far is by relying on their offense with most of their games being very high scoring shootouts. Last time Denver played Pittsburgh this year Emmanuel Sanders caught 10 passes for 181 receiving yards and a receiving touchdown while Demaryius Thomas had 5 catches for 61 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns. And this was with Brock Osweiller at quarterback and not Peyton Manning, who will be back and starting in their Divisional Playoff. Peyton, Sanders, and Thomas is the most predicable value stack of the weekend, which like always risks high ownership.
However, Denver still lost this game as Antonio Brown had a gigantic fantasy day with 16 catches for 189 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns. Pittsburgh has a lot of question marks with health going into this game with Deangelo Williams out, Big Ben questionable with a shoulder injury, and Antonio Brown with a concussion. Despite the strength of the Denver defense, if Ben and Brown are healthy going into this game, they always have the potential for huge fantasy value.
In my opinion, anything could happen with the Seattle Carolina game. This is a matchup of the two top ranked teams in the playoff and is one most would probably like to see wait until the Superbowl. While arguably the top 2 defenses, their offenses are just as explosive. A Wilson/Baldwin or Newton/Ginn(Questionable)/Olsen stack is a nice contrarian stack that may end up profitable in a NFL Daily fantasy tournament.
The Patriots and the Chiefs game should be a low scoring victory for the Patriots, although Tom Brady may put up some big numbers. However, it is always a crapshoot who to stack Brady with since he spreads the ball out so much (the same could be said about Rodgers or Manning this week). That leaves Carson Palmer, who may be able to have a big day considering Kirk Cousins was able to put up over 300 passing yards in their loss against the Packers in the wild card round.
The top stacks are Manning/Sanders, Newton/Olsen, Wilson/Baldwin, and Palmer/Fitzgerald. The edge in my mind goes to Palmer and Fitz but anything can happen in the playoffs, and Palmer has less experience here than many of the other Quarterbacks (Brady, Rodgers, Manning, Wilson, Roethlisberger)