I am hoping I can do as well with my Week 2 XFL daily fantasy football (DFS) picks as I did in Week 1. If you took my recommendations, especially if you follow me on Twitter (@MarkStrausberg) where I made some additional picks, you are looking forward to what I have to say this week. After all, I knew what I was talking about last week, right?
Except, here's the thing. The XFL is similar to the NFL or any other football league in at least one way: what happens in Week 1 is not a great predictor of what will happen in Week 2. For example, Matt Jones led the XFL with 85 rushing yards last week. If he's even in the top three this week I'll be shocked. Or Brandon Silvers threw three touchdown passes, second best in the XFL in Week 1. I would not bank on that happening again either.
But I would expect some repeat performances. For example, I picked Nelson Spruce last week and he rewarded my confidence with a league-leading 11 receptions. He might not hit double-digit catches this week, but Spruce should again be one of the top performers at WR. He will produce again this week, but DraftKings raised the cost to roster him by nearly $2K. I still like him a lot, but his value is definitely lower this week than last.
So what players do I like this week? Keep reading to find out.
Week 2 XFL DraftKings Picks
QB: Cardale Jones, DC Defenders vs. New York Guardians (Sat.), $10,200
I am expecting another big week from Houston's P.J. Walker, but he will likely be the most popular pick at quarterback this week. Instead, I'm going to pivot to Jones, who had the highest QB rating in Week 1. At home on Saturday, I expect a solid outing from Jones. However, Josh Johnson is expected to make his debut for Los Angeles on Sunday afternoon against Dallas. He's listed as questionable so there's a chance he may not be able to give it a go. But for those who are willing to wait it out, I do like Johnson better than Jones.
WR: Khalil Lewis, Houston Roughnecks vs. St. Louis BattleHawks (Sun.), $8,900
I might have changed my opinion on the Defenders, but I am not buying the BattleHawks yet. As much as I like the top-five stud options at WR this week, they are awfully pricey. They also might be pretty well known given the combination of their NFL and AAF experience. Instead, I'm going to save a little salary and go with the less familiar Lewis.
Lewis caught five of his six targets last week including a touchdown and a two-point conversion. You are definitely going to want a piece of the high-flying June Jones-coached offense and Lewis is an affordable way to do that.
RB: Jhurell Pressley, DC Defenders vs. New York Guardians (Sat.), $7,000
Maybe it's the seven broken tackles last week. Or it might be the above-average 8.7 percent target share. Perhaps it's that Pressley along with Houston's James Butler has the highest running back rush share after one week at 75 percent. It's also worth noting that the Defenders are the biggest favorites with the highest implied point total on the slate Saturday, so the likely game script favors Pressley as well. Whatever the reason, I love Pressley this week. How much do I love him this week? Pressley is the only player I have in every single one of my lineups at this moment.
DST: DC Defenders vs. New York Guardians (Sat.), $4,700
I already mentioned that the Defenders are the biggest favorite. Led by linebacker Jonathan Massaquoi, who has appeared in 39 NFL games in his career, I expect the Defenders to be a rude host to Matt McGloin and the Guardians.
FLEX: Flynn Nagel, Dallas Renegades at Los Angeles Wildcats (Sun.), $5,200
The Wildcats lost last week, but I still really like their offense. The defense however? Ugh. They looked lost last week. Dallas meanwhile is set to get Landry Jones back at quarterback this week. And Jones would be the rising tide that lifts all Dallas receiving boats. And at nearly $4,000 cheaper than teammate Jeff Badet, I'll be plugging Nagel into quite a few lineups this week.
— 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.
(Top photo courtesy of @XFLDefenders)