Brandon Braasch | February 7th, 2020
The NFL season is over, but football has just begun for the XFL. The XFL is a new league founded by Vince McMahon. I will be focusing on the DraftKings four-game slate. The roster spots are a little different than what they have for the NFL. The XFL contests will feature a quarterback, running back, two wide receivers, two flex players(WR or RB), and a defense. Tight ends are grouped in with the wide receivers. Enough about the format, time to jump right into my top players for the inaugural XFL DraftKings slate.
Jordan Ta’amu ($8,700 DK)
Ta’amu is not going to be the popular pick. Many people will go with people they are familiar with. Whether that be Cardale Jones, Josh Johnson, or Landry Jones. Ta’amu played college football at Ole Miss. He played for the Texans in preseason where he was 7-12 with 50 passing yards and one interception. Ta’amu is a young quarterback with not a lot of experience having only played 19 games at Ole Miss. Look for him to come out with something to prove in his first game for the St. Louis BattleHawks.
Elijah Hood ($7,500 DK)
Hood is a running back out of North Carolina. He had a great year for the Tar Heels back in 2015, where he ran for 1463 yards and 17 touchdowns. He averaged 15.5 carries per game and I fully expect him to do that with the Los Angeles Wildcats. He has a good build for a running back at almost 6 foot 232 pounds. He can handle plenty of carries and I expect him to start his XFL career with a bang.
Christine Michael ($8,400 DK)
Michael may sound familiar because of his NFL career. He was in the NFL for seven years but only really got serious playing time with the Seattle Seahawks in 2016. He started seven games that year scoring six touchdowns while averaging four yards per carry. Look for the BattleHawks to lean on his experience throughout the game.
Keith Mumphery ($6,600 DK)
Just like the NFL, stacking players from the same team will be just as effective in the XFL. Mumphery might have more to prove than anyone in the XFL. Coming out of Michigan St where he was drafted by the Houston Texans in the fifth round. He has had to deal with sexual assault allegations and was released by the Texans because of them. He has since then cleared his name and is going to come out playing with a lot of heart and a lot to prove. He should be the BattleHawks number one receiver.
Nick Truesdell ($6,900 DK)
Truesdell is actually a tight end. He is very athletic and will likely be one of the top-scoring options in the XFL. He scored 38 touchdowns in three years in the arena football league. Last year he scored three touchdowns in the AAF. The Tampa Bay Vipers actually liked him so much he was their first pick in the draft and the 5th player overall. Look for Truesdell to make his mark early and find the end zone.
Austin Proehl ($5,700 DK)
Proehl is another former Tar Heel that I like this week. He should fit right in as a slot receiver for the Seattle Dragons. He only had five career touchdowns at North Carolina. However, that was only in 28 games. He added 1265 receiving yards in those 28 games. I’m not expecting Proehl to have a huge game. Although, I am expecting something around five receptions for about 60 yards. I’m hoping he can snag a touchdown to really increase his value.
DC Defenders ($4,200 DK)
The Defenders are 7.5 point favorites against the Dragons. They will be facing quarterback BJ Daniels who threw 39 interceptions in college. The Defenders are favorites to be one of the top three teams. If they can get an early lead they will be able to force the Dragon’s into panic mode resulting in some turnovers.
I hope you are as excited as I am to have more football. This week was tough because there were no previous games to gather trends from. All the players will have something to prove so the games should be exciting. Good luck in your first ever XFL DFS
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