Week 1 was a hit for the XFL, and DraftKings once again is providing us with a boatload of congests to sweat the action. Three of the four games ended with one score, providing action for viewers until the end. With some data to go off of from last week’s game, we’ll be able to highlight some of the top plays for this week’s games.
Lineup construction is different for the XFL than for NFL DFS. Only six offensive players make the roster, with one quarterback, one running back, two WR/TE spots, and two flexes. That means we don’t have to roster a tight end and can load up on high-upside wide receivers. It also means tight ends could be much lower owned, which could be an edge.
The scoring system is carried over from the NFL, with the lone exception being three-point conversions counting for…three fantasy points. Yes, the XFL has three-point PATs, which are attempted from the 10-yard line.
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XFL DFS Week 2 Quarterback Picks
Top Play: Ben DiNucci ($10,200 DraftKings): Seattle Sea Dragons vs. St. Louis BattleHawks
Ben DiNucci struggled with turnovers last week, throwing two interceptions in last week’s season-opener. However, Seattle had a 76% pass rate, with DiNucci dropping back 54 times! With such a small set of games, getting to utilize a quarterback who’s going to drop back on around 3/4 of his team’s offensive snaps is hard to pass up.
DiNucci completed 64.8% of his passes last week, throwing for 283 yards and one touchdown en route to 15.58 DraftKings points. Seattle also boasts one of the best pass-catching units in the XFL, with Josh Gordon, Jahcour Pearson, and Blake Jackson all having a solid opening to the season.
DiNucci is expensive but is one of the strongest options on the slate.
Top Value: Brandon Silvers ($8,200 DraftKings): Houston Roughnecks vs. Arlington Renegades
Brandon Silvers once again finds himself on our DFS radar, as he finished with 16.88 DraftKings points in Week 1. Silvers completed 27 of 43 passes for 269 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions. Silvers was certainly more than capable as a passer, and he’s the leader of an offense that threw that ball on 71.64% of their plays. We don’t want to put too much weight on Week 1 production and certain stats, but an offense throwing the ball on nearly 72% of their plays is worth investing in.
Cole McDonald worked in as well at the quarterback position, but that was pretty much just as a running option. Silvers is the top Points/Salary play and is one of the strongest options.
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XFL DFS Week 2 Running Back Picks
Top Play: Max Borghi ($8,000 DraftKings): Houston Roughnecks vs. Arlington Renegades
Max Borghi had a solid opening to the 2022 XFL season, carrying the ball eight times for 42 yards and a touchdown while catching four of four targets for 32 yards. We expected Borghi to have a little bit more of a role in the passing game, as he only ran a route on eleven dropbacks.
However, Borghi’s usage last week appears to be on the lower end of his potential, and he was still able to produce. This Houston offense proved that they’re capable of moving the ball, and Borghi should have numerous opportunities to find the end zone in this productive offense.
Top Value: Kalen Ballage ($7,100 DraftKings): San Antonio Brahmas at Orlando Guardians
Kalen Ballage handled a hefty amount of work last week, carrying the ball 23 times for 81 yards and catching three of three targets for 13 yards. Jack Coan dropped back to pass 39 times last week, and Ballage ran a route on 12 dropbacks for a 30.76% route participation.
Ballage’s ground game usage was promising, handling 60.5% of the team’s rush attempts. San Antonio ran the ball on 50% of plays, showing a desire to deploy a run-centric game plan. We saw that he’s not expected to be heavily used in the passing game, but his ground game usage should continue to be promising.
XFL DFS Week 2 Wide Receiver/Tight End Picks
Top Play: Jahcour Pearson ($7,300 DraftKings) Seattle Sea Dragons vs. St. Louis BattleHawks
Jahcour Pearson had a stellar first game for Seattle and showed that he is a staple of this offense. He ran a route on 49 of 57 dropbacks, seeing 16 targets and catching 12 balls for 95 yards. He’ll likely be one of the most popular options in Week 2, but rightfully so. Person should be a staple of cash game lineups this week.
He ran 90.6% of his routes from the slot, seeing safe targets and being a reliable option for Ben DiNucci. A lot of casual DFS players will chase Week 1 box scores, but Person’s underlying metrics back up his box score production.
Top Value: Eli Rogers ($3,100 DraftKings) Orlando Guardians vs. San Antonio Brahmas
Eli Rogers is a play who might fall under the radar this weekend but had strong usage in Week 1. He saw a team-high seven targets, catching four balls for 40 yards. He ran a route on 34 of 47 dropbacks, His lack of DraftKings production led his price to stay cheap, and he’s not expected to garner much ownership at all.
He leads the position in Points/Salary and is the perfect piece to provide your lineup with enough salary to play practically whoever you want. Rogers is a talented player, as he was able to find the field fairly consistently with the Pittsburgh Steelers at times in the NFL.
Rogers won’t come at no ownership, but he will fly under the radar.