Between the NBA playoffs, the NHL playoffs, regular-season MLB, the Wells Fargo Championship, post-NFL draft coverage, and the Kentucky Derby (watch for my preview later this week!), it is quite the busy week from a sports perspective. Therefore I think you will understand the alacrity of my USFL Week 4 daily fantasy football (DFS) picks.
I know the New Orleans Breakers lost last week, but there is no shame in losing to the Birmingham Stallions, who I think we can agree is the only team with a home-field advantage. I still think New Orleans is one of the better teams in the league.
So it should be of little surprise that I will be stacking Breakers this week. The USFL is turning out to be even less predictable than the NFL!
But that is a discussion for another time. So as not to waste any more time, onto the picks!
USFL Week 4 DraftKings Picks
Just a reminder that the DraftKings USFL lineups are a little different than their regular NFL lineups. A USFL lineup includes 1 QB, 1 RB, 2 WR/TE, 2 FLEX, and a DST. Let’s go through each position and break it down.
I was going to go with New Orleans' Kyle Sloter last week but opted for Philadelphia's Bryan Scott. I still think without the benefit of hindsight that Scott was the right pick. Unfortunately, Scott got injured, cutting his day short and he's probably done for the season (Case Cookus will replace him as the Stars' starting QB). So I am going with Kyle Sloter ($10,200) this week.
Sloter leads the league in passing yards. He leads the league in completions. Sloter and the Breakers will be facing the Houston Gamblers this weekend, who have given up the most passing yards in the league. Slot(er) Kyle in!
Wide Receiver/Tight End
Shawn Poindexter ($8,400) and Johnnie Dixon ($7,300) are obvious candidates for a heavy Breakers stack this week. Dixon is first in the league in receiving yards, as well as tied for the league lead in touchdown catches.
Poindexter meanwhile is a little overpriced, but he saw nine targets last week. After missing Week 1, I expect him to see high target totals weekly. This week is no different.
But we're not done stacking Breakers yet.
I've been riding BJ Emmons all year due to the volume he has received. But you know who has more carries than Emmons? Jordan Ellis ($6,400). And he's turned that into the second-most rushing yards in the league.
But Ellis is not just a rusher, as he also was targeted four times last week. It's a bit of a heavy stack, but I'm adding Ellis to my entry as well.
Defense/Special Teams (DST)
I am very tempted to go with the Breakers here, but like a hungover Mardi Gras attendee, we might be suffering from a little too much New Orleans. So instead I will go with New Jersey DST ($5,000) as their opponent, the Pittsburgh Maulers, have been the league's worst offense. Not only have they had difficulty finding the end zone, but the Maulers have produced the fewest first downs as well.
I am going with Philadelphia's Bug Howard ($4,000) again. Four catches on six targets for 78 yards and he scored again. A ridiculously underpriced, literal Star at $4K, he is an easy selection.
And I'm going with Lance Lenoir ($8,500) of the Michigan Panthers as well, who is third in the league in receptions. But it's not just about the stats with Lenoir. He seems to regularly make circus catches and might be the best WR in the USFL.
— Written by Mark Strausberg, a member of the Athlon Network Contributor, who despite his youthful exuberance and good looks has been playing fantasy sports before Wildcats or Hoosiers even made it to VHS. Got a fantasy sports question or thought? Hit him up on Twitter @MarkStrausberg.