I'm guessing if you read last week's article you are looking forward to seeing who makes my Week 4 XFL daily fantasy football (DFS) picks, eh? Or perhaps it went completely unnoticed that while most were picking another easy DC Defenders win, I correctly went against the grain and predicted that the Los Angeles Wildcats would score at will. I won't dwell on it too much, but you better believe those that followed my lead were, like me, asking whose house it was. (Wow, Kevin Smith and Run-DMC in the same quote. How meta!)
Anyway, of course, the key is can I keep it going? I'd like to say yes, but that upset was the cold bucket reminder to everyone that you just never know what is going to happen. Do I like P.J. Walker, Cam Phillips, and the Houston Roughnecks this week? Absolutely. They are not going to turn into pumpkins the way Cardale-rella did last week. But for DFS purposes, especially GPPs, I like the Roughnecks opponent more this week. In an awesome Texas showdown, I'll be loading up on the Dallas Renegades.
I promise, I won't go all Renegades here, but we start with the Dallas quarterback.
Week 4 XFL DraftKings Picks
QB: Landry Jones, Dallas Renegades vs. Houston Roughnecks (Sun.), $9,800
Jones missed Week 1 with a knee injury, came back in Week 2 and threw for 305 yards, and then showed what he could do in Week 3 by throwing for three touchdowns to put up 20 DraftKings points. This game has a slate-high 50.5 point projected over/under. Houston is going to score, but the Roughnecks also are giving up 22.7 points per game. Jones should easily throw at least 40 passes again, and I would be shocked if he didn't have his best game yet this season. As only the fourth most expensive quarterback this week, he's a bargain. I know I am happy to hang my hat on a man named Landry in Dallas. (And if you're too young to get the reference, go ask your Dad.)
WR: Donald Parham Dallas Renegades vs. Houston Roughnecks (Sun.), $9,900
And if we are going with Landry Jones, then I got to go with the Donald, Parham that is, who I guarantee will make my team great again! Parham has been a solid contributor all season with at least six targets in every game. But last week was a coronation as he caught five passes for 101 yards and two touchdowns. Parham is a TE but is listed as a WR on DraftKings. It doesn't make a difference because he leads the Renegades in targets (24) and receiving yards (217). And if you're looking to save some salary, consider Renegade WR Flynn Nagel, who is coming off his best game as well.
RB: Lance Dunbar, Dallas Renegades vs. Houston Roughnecks (Sun.), $6,700
Yup, that's right, another Dallas player. In fact, if you can fit Dunbar and Cameron Artis-Payne into your lineup this week and feel comfortable with the rest of your options, I would. Artis-Payne has a decent floor this week, and his high salary is justified. CAP should see far more carries than Dunbar. But I'll be a little more considerate of your budget and go with Dunbar, whose floor is not as high as Artis-Payne's but he still has really high upside. Dunbar is the Renegades' reception leader (20) and is close behind the aforementioned Donald Parham in targets (23). Expect this game to be very pass-heavy, and Landry Jones loves to target his running backs.
And because of that, I have good news, as I'm not even considering the Renegades in the next spot!
DST: St. Louis BattleHawks vs. Seattle Dragons (Sat.), $5,100
I expect the Los Angeles Wildcats DST to be the popular pick this week. They are coming off of a five-turnover, three-sack performance and are facing the New York Guardians, who have managed just nine total points over the last two weeks. The Wildcats are not even the most expensive DST option and therefore are an obvious pick. However, I play GPPs, so I'm going to spend up and take the most expensive DST option on the board, the BattleHawks.
First off, they are the only team of the top five DST options to be playing at home. As we saw last week, the St. Louis crowd is desperate for football.
A raucous crowd will make life miserable for Seattle. Furthermore, the BattleHawks have one of the best special teams in the league, including returning a kickoff for a touchdown last week. You can't count on those every week, but the BattleHawks are one of the few teams that have shown they can take it to the house on a kick. Finally, St. Louis is the only team in the whole league allowing fewer than two touchdowns per game on defense.
FLEX: Tre McBride, Los Angeles Wildcats at New York Guardians (Sat.), $8,100
I decided to go a little chalky, so McBride fits the bill... and the budget! Priced $3,600 lower than Cam Phillips, McBride finally had a chance to see the field last week and responded with one of the best WR performances throughout the league. He caught five passes for 109 yards and two touchdowns against what was thought to be a stingy defense. And that was with Nelson Spruce on the field. Spruce is listed as Out with a knee injury for Saturday's game, so McBride should see even more targets this week. He should have plenty of catches against a Guardians defense that has a league-worst 56.4 coverage rating.
That still leaves us plenty of salary left, but watch for my XFL value picks that I usually tweet out over the weekend. Until then, good luck with your Week 4 XFL DFS picks!
— 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.