TB Rays Starting Roster: STAT Cast Breakdown

  1. Austin Meadows

Meadows showed off top 25 Power with bat strength. His 547 XSLG % shows evidence of a really, really good hitter who did his time in the minors.

2. Brandon Lowe

Lowe has secured a starting spot in the lineups without losing his coveted #1-3 slot as his X numbers are in line with his seasons performance. Not sure if he can sustain those numbers vs. Lefties.

3. Yandy Diaz

Diaz started hitting homers with one of the best exit velocities on the planet once he was traded  to TB. Combine that with very good hard hit contact and you’ve got yourself a hopeful value this season.

4. Hunter Renfroe

Renfroe has progressively gotten better over his few years in the majors, he seems like a seasoned power veteran that I have used many times in GPPs the last few years, now has a better lineups around him. Seems like a lock for 25-35 homers.

5. Ji-Man Choi

With more potential for power, his XSLG vs. fastballs is .523. His Exit Velocity supports that potential and good BB% for very good OBS.

6. Nate Lowe

Showing very good exit velocity and launch angle, he may be able to improve on his HR. This I would back by his .191 ISO.

7. Kevin Kiermaier

Can get you a home run and/or a steal. Ranked 23rd in sprint speed.

8. Willie Adames

Looks like his 20 home runs came from an increased launch angle he created after his rookie year. Had too high of a ground ball rate, as you can’t say his batting average helped him to justify the low power numbers.

9. Mike Zunino

I would expect his HR/FB rate will go back up as consistent as he’s been with his BABIP, he should be hitting fine for ISO well into the .200 range, which gives him good bounce back potential as proven. He had a 116 Max Exit Velo, which was one of the best last year.

 

 

New York Yankees Starting Roster: STAT Cast Breakdown

In batting order:

  1. DJ LeMahieu

He has improved his exit velocity, ISO, and is just hitting the ball hard with improvement over the last 5 years. His average exit velocity ranked 19t in MLB last year, so this was better then all of his previous yrs in Col. He has an established track record, and upped his hard contact last year, which was hopefully not only an outlier and still in the top compared to the other hard contact hitters in the league.

2. Aaron Judge

Judge is top of the line in Hard Hit %, Exit Velo, and XSLG, which are all great numbers to be in line with. The ISO I would hope would go back up a bit with a healthy hot start.

3. Gleyber Torres

Torres has put together 2 solid seasons and showed a lot of improvement over 2018 as he lowered his SO rate, while specializing in Homers.

4. Giancarlo Stanson

Stanton has had streaks of high BAPIP before in his career with MIA, so this high small sample dosen’t matter for 2019. His HR/FB rate is right in line other then a couple spikes in 15′, and 16′.

5. Gary Sanchez

For the 2nd year in a row hit as 2nd in all MLB for the Max highest Exit Velocity. Other then being hurt, has produced fine power numbers over his 4 seasons with increased ISO over 2017.

6. Luke Voit

It seems he may be able to sustain a high 350+ BABIP. Loved his XSLG in 221 AB’s.

7. Brett Gardner

The sprint speed specialist had himself a really good XSLG season, interestingly his BABIP was very low for his standards, and is HR/FB rate increased showing nice improvement in his extra base hitting.

8. Gio Urshela

Without a lot of history as a rookie, the kid shows a lot of slugging potential. He’s hitting the ball fairly hard with a launch angle comparable to some guys higher up in this order.

 

Andy Gallagher’s 2020 NFL Draft Board Tight End Rankings

I continue my 2020 NFL Draft Board Rankings here with the Exciting bunch of guys at tight end.

Using film study and preparation from many sources, these rankings are fluid leading up to draft day.

1. Brycen Hopkins

I’m mentioning it with a lot of these guys but Hopkins is THE most versatile utility man that can play just about any position on offense whether that be out wide, slot, inline pass or run blocking, he can also line up at fullback or H-Back as a valuable swiss army knife on any offense.

2. Adam Trautman

Trautman perhaps has the best range of outcomes as to his possible value to an NFL team. His small division film did not get a lot of notice until he hit the combine. His performance was probably the top of the heap at this position. His dominating ability makes him worth at least a 2nd round pick.

3. Hunter Bryant

Very nice receiving ability like a true possession receiver who can also take it deep over the shoulder. Smaller size makes him a liability at blocker. Nice job at getting open wherever he is lined up.

4. Thaddeus Moss

I watched Moss earlier in the season and never realized the possibility of this being the son of Randy. He can make sideline catches like a WR and has devastating skilled blocking! I would have loved to have seen him more involved in the offense but his aggressive style shows off anyway. I don’t recall seeing him in any combines as of yet.

5. Cole Kmet

A very skilled player at getting open down the field in passing downs, many times inline, and very skilled in run blocking as well. Questionable as to whether this translates into a first round grade.

6. Jered Pinkney

The best blocker in the draft at tight end. He can also get down the field in stretching the defense and know when to disengage, and get into the end zone in the read zone, and has a nice size frame and workout body.

7. Harrison Bryant

Bryant has a total game with great balance as he’s able to line up everywhere get downfield for a tight end and get to the sideline in critical situations. Works the red zone very well with patience and balance. Good at the point of attack on the line.

8. Cheyenne O’Grady

His athleticism, awareness, and power at the TE position comes to life instantly when you throw on his highlights. He was a consistent option for the Razorbacks. Has quite an edge on the field as he should be feared by offensive coordinators league wide. His blocking is fine as he lined in in line or out wide at times. Like an Antonio Gates. He also showed a very good combine with great hands.

9. Josiah Deguar

Is considered by scouts to be a versatile TE. I however don’t like his blocking really on any down or formation that I have seen him. I do love his ball and receiving skills. Beautiful plays down the field are always tougher in higher competition, but he looks the part.

10. Jacob Breeland

Breeland is a utility guy who can do a lot of things from receiving at different levels of the receiving ladder to blocking from inline or wing. Shows enough ability to stand out as a wide receiver.

For a more complete list go to my Rankings at TheDraftNetwork

Andy Gallagher’s 2020 NFL Draft Board Wide Receiver Rankings

I continue my 2020 NFL Draft Board Rankings here with the Exciting bunch of guys at wide out.

Using film study and preparation from many sources, these rankings are fluid leading up to draft day.

For a full 25 player ranking see Andy Gallagher’s ranking sheet here

  1. Jerry Jeudy

As one of the best overall players in the draft, he could be a top overall player in this league very soon. There was quite an impressive list of WR’s in college football in 2019 and so there will be in 2020 as well with a stout graduating class for next year. I’m glad I don’t have the job of choosing 2020 NFL Draft Board Wide Receiver Rankings Jerry Jeudybetween these guys on a team, because they are similar with very high seasonal fantasy upside. What I love about Jeudy the most is his deep ball separation which will of course close in the NFL. The same for all of these guys.

2. CeeDee Lamb

Lamb probably a combination of all the best traits of these top 5 WR’s. That’s includes leaping ability, separation, route running, ball skills, body control, speed, and hands. Lamb is elite at all of these except straight line 2020 NFL Draft Board Wide Receiver Rankings CeeDee Lambspeed. His rankings may change shortly to #1. He has been the #1 receiver with the most impressive fantasy stats in college football helping Jalen Hurts attempt a run at the hiesman trophy if not for Joe Burrow

3. Henry Ruggs

Ruggs sets up as the fastest field stretcher in the draft. His explosiveness down the field and in short to intermediate routes is also impressive. 2020 NFL Draft Board Wide Receiver Rankings Henry RuggsDefinitely worth the 3rd sport in the WR rankings. Will fill in nicely in the slot area with enough toughness to block as well. 4.27 speed is ridiculous.

  1. Laviska Shenault

Love his strong body build, as he has amassed 7 rushing TD’s in his college career to go along with an excellent skillset for the NFL as he has great over the top or under ball skills. Has won the majority of jump balls in his career. A very versatile player who lines up everywhere you need him. I see no reason why he won’t be a key value piece as a starter. He takes the ball out from defenders or draws the pass interference down the field and gets open in a lot of over the middle routes. Laviska was a standout fantasy performer at the CFB level, and I believe he will find similar production soon in the NFL.

  1. Tee Higgins

His long and lengthy body control creates opportunities for mismatches in tight space, as we will be and end zone go to target as well as up and down the sideline. Trevor Lawrence had so many great options and dominated at the collegiate level with superior abilities of this guy along with a high draft pick for next year in Justyn Ross. Higgins displays great concentration, body control, footwork, and run after the catch for any system in the NFL. His sideline catches have offense coached mouths watering and -defensive coordinators grasping for air. Tons of production at the collegiate level.

  1. Justin Jefferson

Jefferson is smaller and faster then he actually appears on tape in my opinion. He seems like a possession type of receiver, however he has the upside based on his speed in the 4.4 range to get downfield and stretch the defense. I believe he could get better. His production lived up to his athleticism in 2019. I’m not sure how all of this translates to the NFL because of how easy it was in this offense with Joe Burrow at the helm to thrive. I believe their best WR will come out next year.

  1. Jalen Reagor

What immediately stood out with Reagor is his ability to get body position on his defender, securing the catch and run or end zone catch compared to the competition. Another exciting defense stretcher with the speed to go down the field, take it on a reverse, or return a kick. Scouts say he cannot run a route, however his speed should be the best on a team, and he’s dominated in the Big 12 level. I love his ability to win out on any ball thrown his way.

  1. Brandon Aiyuk

Pronounced I-yook by commentators, this guy plays bigger then his size at only 5-11. Some project him as a first rounder, but I would take him in the 2nd. No real concerns with him as he can be a utility sort of player returning kicks and does really well on the slants and in routes to go along with decent down field stretch ability and big play ability.

  1. Denzel Mims

Mims makes a lot of great catches as his radius for doing so is good along with his speed that would bump him up here getting below 4.4 in the forty yard dash at the combine. Very consistent performer in all his seasons collegiately. For whatever reason, he could not get open for the big 12 championship game vs. Oklahoma and one of the best man for man cover corners in the NCAA. He did however block aggressively well. Separation holds him back perhaps against elite cornerbacks.

  1. Gabriel Davis

Tons of production in fantasy NCAA at this level leads me to want to believe he can do similarly in the NFL. This is where we have to be careful is vs. the competition. They unfortunately have not played anyone in the major conferences other then LSU in the Fiesta bowl in 2018. His backup QB allowed him enough opportunities to showcase his competitiveness in this game. The 2nd round is a good place for him.  There were missed opportunities there. I believe if his 40 time were sub 4.5, we would be catapulting him into the 1stround.

Andy Gallagher’s 2020 NFL Draft Board Running Back Rankings

I continue my 2020 NFL Draft Board Rankings here with the Exciting bunch of guys at running back.

Using film study and preparation from many sources, these rankings are fluid leading up to draft day.

Here is my complete rankings list at the TheDraftNetwork

Here’s the Combine showcase to start with:

After having watched these kids and their physical abilities of what they can show, we do have to make some tough choices in order to rank them.

  1. De’Andre Swift

Swift is the most NFL ready prospect at the position other then the next guy, as he displays overall ability in the major facets of the game being running, receiving, and blocking. The concern for me is injury, making it very possible to pivot at any time to one of the following guys if it fits the offensive system of the team that is drafting him, resulting in a better football player as well as fantasy player. What I love about Swift is his ability to stay in the game even when its out of hand. Vs. LSU as no other RB has shown this type of game ability, which is valuable in fantasy football reminding me of Josh Jacobs with the Raiders.

2.Clyde Edwards-Helaire

The comparison that has been thrown out there is Darren Sproles. There are a few that have similar ability in this draft to Helaire, which makes it one of the best quality drafts for running backs I have ever seen. I have been evaluation film on draft prospects since 2012 for a point of reference.

3. JK Dobbins

You could easily make an argument for Dobbins being the first RB taken in this draft. Though he did not participate in the combine, he has upper and lower body power as he punishes defenders and caps his breakaway run off with breakaway speed. I see no problem whatsoever with his blocking, and has proven himself as a passing option which did not happen to be as refined as I think he is in the national championship game, however his character and drive on the football field are evidence of him being worthy of first RB overall conversation.

4. Cam Akers

In my opinion Akers is on the same level of ability as the guys above. He may have been at quite a disadvantage compared with the players above because he played on a bad college team. He had fairly how variance last year in fantasy football which I could see depended on the game script as he did not fair well in blowout games. My concern for him being a first running back off the board would the opposing teams taking him out of the game, even though he has pass catching ability.

5. Jonathan Taylor

Dropping down a tier with Taylor, he seems like a work in progress not being ready for the NFL level as the guys above. He may need another year similar to Melvin Gordon. He has all of the physical attributes as his combine shows, however his lack of experience in the passing game has me feeling he wouldn’t be able to take on as many downs as the others, making him more volatile and less utilized, with inability to get the snap percentages he need to be effective on a consistent basis.

6. Eno Benjamin

Benjamin is a guy I like on the same current level as Taylor, probably without as much future upside as Taylor. Eno was a big play performer on the CFB level and very productive in college fantasy football. I’m not sure how this will translate as a potential shared backfield similar to what is run by teams like SF, Seattle, or Buffalo, as these teams use 2 running backs regularly. This is more of a norm in the NFL as I do not see him fitting into an every down back role, but could slide in the dual role.

7.Ke’Shawn Vaughn

Vaughn, being on the same level as the 2 previous guys is a very skilled back. He has traits similar to that of a mix of the top 4 backs in this class, so why is he not on their level? He basically does not have the lateral movement ability of the others. However he is very consistent in hitting the holes needed. His receiving skills are adequate but his pass blocking needs work.

8.Lamical Perine

Not considered a primary back, but could find his way into a committee backfield such as Philadelphia and get a solid opportunity, as I believe he does everything decent that is needed. He lack the power, speed, and agility to be elite.

9.Zack Moss

Moss possesses the NFL caliber traits we like as he should come in off the beach when injury hits or be part of a committee approach for sure. Desirable is perhaps more breakaway speed but for a man of this size of over 220 lbs, I think he will serve well blocking, running, and receiving at the next level. Loved his check down ability in a blowout loss to Oregon in their championship game film.

10. A.J. Dillon

Dillon, has obvious power for a man his size, as what is in question is his breakaway ability and speed. At times he gets caught from behind on longer run plays. He Has a nose for the end zone with great awareness and ability to churn on short yardage situations. Some say he is best suited at fullback, but I don’t believe enough teams will utilize him for that, nor am I sure at all he posseses the extra skill sets needed at the position. Once he breaks a tackle, if he had the breakaway speed, he would be the next Derrick Henry. If he is not successfully utilized in the NFL as a power runner, he may be a great fit for a team like the XFL’s NY Guardians when they return next year.

For my full list of NFL rankings prospects visit The Draft Network

Andy Gallagher’s 2020 NFL Draft Board Quarterback Rankings

Here are my 2020 NFL Draft Board Qarterback Rankings. According to my notes from the most important aspects of the NFL’s evaluations, here are my personal rankings that fluid from day to day. This is the first in my series of NFL Draft Big Board Positional Rankings. 

1. Joe Burrow

This was honestly a tough choice for me knowing the unique talent of the next guy and the 1 year of experience this guy has. Expect Burrow to have a very productive rookie season out of the gate in fantasy football based n the system and talent that Burrow brings to the table.

Burrow is a very., very instinctive quarterback under pressure as he is poised to take on a variety of challenges in the NFL. His impressive ability to take on the rush and make something out of nothing makes me think that he is much better off than the quarterback by the name of Geno Smith because he can really take it to the next level. he does not compare to Gino however Gino was one of the best quarterbacks that I had seen in recent years that avoid the rush so Burrow is a guy who can only add that to his total repertoire. Even though we can only compare to what we see at the college level I see them Bro is a quarterback who can stand up to the task to come in the professional weam. We Even though we can only compare to what we see at the college level I see that Burrow is a quarterback who can stand up to the task to come in the professional league. According to a DFS Army expert on Burrow in DFS, here’s what he had to say for the Showdown Draftkings slate for the BCS national championship game: “5,208 yards and 55 TDs with just 6th INTs. On the season, he averaged (!) 36.9 DK FPPG and his lowest output was 27.94 DK points. Burrow has completely disected so many top rated defenses so I’m not worried about him not producing.”

Burrow is worth the #1 pick not in fantasy but in the reality of the 2020 draft and I would love to see the Ohio boy stay in Ohio within a successful Sean McVay system I would bet he has a Jerod Goff type year if healthy. That would actually put him possibly in the top 10 of fantasy performers with upside. This scenario will play out as very interesting if the bengals just stay their ground, take the guy and move on.

2. Tua Tagovailoa

The Alabama pro conditioned prodigy is also a fan favorite of mine as as he shows comparable ability to Steve Young. I have heard a guy like  Taysome Hill being compared to Young. However I do not agree that Hill has the pedigree of Young at all. Young was a Brigham Young standout with USFL experience, playing at a level  that he was capable of. Tua has outstanding ability to scramble like eggs being fried just the way you like them. Over-easy or sunny side up. Watch his film and you’ll see the aggressive down field ability he displayed in his freshman year in the championship game. While the 2nd QB off the board may be hard to predict in whatever system he plays in, consider this: Kyler Murray as the #1 pick last year playing on a team that ran more plays in pace then any other QB last year. While Tua may not land in a similar system, is it not easy to see after watching the film that he could be better then Murray? He will be an interesting wild card in fantasy if healthy starting the season as well.

You’ll probably notice that the font size of my Quarterback listing grows smaller as we go down the list: For example Tua and Burrow are the same size, while Herbert is a smaller font, because he is a lower tier of quarterback for fantasy football. 

2. Justin Herbert

Herbert has good running and balanced passing ability. This is not your Bobby Herbert from the 1980’s. There is not relation as Justin is a much larger physical speciman. Justin has a better arm, legs, and grade point average for what its worth. He had a nice time time going to his #1 reciever, Jewan Johnson and his numbers show off to be the most consistent in CFB, going for 3471 passing yards, 32 TDs, and only 6 INTS. His style of play

2020 NFL Draft Board quarterbackshowever, whether due to the spread type high tempo system that Oregeon runs or the ability of the offense to create running plays limiting his passing yards on the season making him a high floor fantasy option in CFB. At the same time he was never a high ceiling QB at the CFB DFS level. Will this same type of scenario translate at the NFL level being a high floor but low ceiling QB? That also may depend on the system he plays in. The combine performance was a bit raw, but as he was more comfortable in his pro day, he has improved his footwork and is getting more used to playing under center with his big arm ability.

4. Jordan Love

In playing vs. high competition vs. LSU last season, Love he made every throw. He is able to fling the ball with his quickness throwing down the field. He truly was one of the outstanding CFB quarterbacks last year with high upside. He did not show as much running willingness or ability as I thought he would in film. I just didn’t see him run very often. He ran a high powered offense, and made a few mistakes down the field. I think he got frustrated vs. this level of competition without enough help from his team. Love is more of a risk to actually draft IF he were to be drafted as a starting QB. a year backing up someone would do him well, perhaps similar to having a chance to be a Patrick Mahomes, even if only a chance to do so.

5. Jalen Hurts

I dont’ care what the draft experts say, Hurst is one of the better DFS options there will be in the next several years. He was one of the best options in college fantasy football, and there is literally no reason why he can’t be as good as Kyler Murray.  He has won all but 4 games that he has started for his 5 year college career. His running game increases his floor nicely, as his transition to the pass oriented Oklahoma offense, proved him to be one of the best passers in College Football. He seriously reminds me of a smaller Steve McNair, which is more then fine. His down field vision will stretch NFL offenses effectively.

6. Jake Fromm

Fromm has the experience and savviness to survive at the next level. With talented players around him, given time, he can deliver production consistently despite his smaller frame and less ability to run then the guys listed above. He has good intermidiate to deep ball accuracy. He would have been a #1 draft pick if this was the 1980’s.

7. Jacob Eason

Eason was a highly productive college fantasy quarterback. As most of these players will not be starting in year one, we are looking for an injury or benching on a bad team to happen before some of these guys are able to take advantage of the opportunity. He has a really good deep ball with accuracy. Ran a high percentage of passing plays offense and displayed great athletic ability even punting in at least one game for the Washington Huskies. Great short route fast ball ability as well that not many guys have.

Here is a link to my projected 2020 full list of QB’s if you would like to view that more in depth here.

 

 

Fantasy Baseball Guide 101: Ball Park Factors and Weather

When considering these key elements in daily fantasy sports, the outdoor element tells a key to the game of baseball games that tell stories as you project the outcome from ballpark measurements, hitter and pitcher friendliness, air density, temperature, wind, and rain.

Let’s first consider rain.

When there is rain chances of 15% or higher, I do not consider the game playable if playing in cash games, or 50/50s, H2H’s, or Double ups. If the slate is smaller and there are not at least 2 viable good weather projected games I can work with, I do not consider the slate for cash at all. These slates and games may be considered for tournaments in order to gain an edge as a lower owned option.

Wind

When there is enough wind that is blowing out to center, left, or right field, we will want to use these hitters in decent situations and generally give them a bump up. When the wind is negative or in from left, right, or center, we want to give the hitters a bump down. The opposite is true for pitchers to the opposite effect. A game at Wrigley field for example is historically known for great hitting games that carry the ball farther, crating easily hit home runs. These windy games really tell the story of the night or day for many games. You will want to be in on these stories and take advantage of lower ownership or even fade higher ownership. We will get into this more in another article on ownership and chalk.

Temperature

When its hot, we love playing lineups in those games. When its hot and humid we love it even more. When it opposite, we love pitchers more as limiting hard contact and preventing home runs. This runs together with air density. When the weather is hot and humid the ball scientifically runs farther along in the atmosphere.

Air Density

According to widipekia, “Air density, like air pressure, decreases with increasing altitude. It also changes with variation in atmospheric pressure, temperature and humidity” This will really help our contests with the proper understanding of what we want and how to capitalize when others are not buying in as highly or too highly.

Hitter and Pitcher Friendliness

The more you can study about the ball parks the better. One way to get reference easily is to buy the bible, that is street and smith’s fantasy baseball using the data that you need or want to reference.  As you familiarize yourself with the ballpark measurements and figure which teams did well in their park the previous year compared to others teams parks and their dimensions. You want to consider left field, center field, and right field. Longer feet walls mean better parks for pitchers, and lesser feet walls mean that the park was designed for hitting.

Ball Park

All ball parks run at different measurements, so we want to have those to easily access. The easiest way to do that along with other metrics such as lefty and righty hitter performance can be found at https://swishanalytics.com/mlb/mlb-park-factors. Not all parks are treated equally. We want to consider the park shifts for each lineup and consider whether we want to bump those players up or down and/or in our out of our player pools.

How do I keep up with all of this information? Well, since I am not holding anything back in transparency, and realizing that baseball season has also been put on hold as of 3/11/20 I would like you to see if you qualify for a free month of the dfs army you can obtain here. This is where you can get the weather station for constant updates, research, spreadsheets, recommended expert picks and much more. Just go under the MLB tab once you are ready to go this 2020 MLB season.

Fantasy Baseball Beginners Guide 101: How to get started in MLB DFS on Opening day.

Update for 3/14/20.

With the MLB season being postponed and/or cancelled, it gives us more time to prepare for the season. What I do anticipate is the the season to pick up in approximately 1-2 months from now as my own opinion.

The most important aspect of the game of fantasy baseball to begin with is bankroll management. I spend time here in this article focusing on this one aspect of the fantasy baseball DFS conundrum that it is before I move on to the basics of understanding as there are a lot of them before I move on in future articles.

However you manage your bankroll, specifically for the MLB DFS game, understand one important fact and use it as well as embrace it.

There is more risk in DFS baseball then any other DFS sport. It is more volatile then anything else out there. You can lose all of your money very consistently if you take the wrong approach. Likely you will make some wrong moves starting out from the beginning if you have not played much in the sport. Perhaps you have played other DFS sports or have only played in season long fantasy baseball leagues. In order to minimize your risk, keep your expenditures as low as possible for a season until you learn the game better. If you understand baseball from experience, you are at a much better advantage then someone who not familiar at all with the sport. Inside our DFSCoachTalk podcast and discord team of experts, you receive year-round coaching on your lineups and who to play. You may increase your tournament and cash lineups accordingly. If not jumping on our podcasts with recommended plays for the slate you will have a tough time. This is because naturally a team of experts with years of experience would be much better then someone new doing it on your own right?

What’s better? To start out with a big bankroll and lose it all? Or to start with a very small bankroll and increase it over the time of the season as you get better at the craft? Its your choice, however as National and American league players starting out of the gate on opening day will be hot or cold, lasting for weeks into the season, the wrong moves on your DFS rosters can wipe out all of your cash! So while I would recommend Cash games balanced with tournaments as a fine thing for other sports of choice, the need to keep initial bankroll spending very small in the beginnings of your DFS run is critical to your success in learning. I started out for a season with free lineups only. Eventually I build it into $10 just playing quarter games as that was all I was able to manage for the whole 2016 season. However, the learning experience in playing in these tournaments was invaluable into my evolving into a better player as the time along with the money not being spent was well worth it. This I know, because I lost more contests then I ever won at the MLB DFS game that initial season of playing. This is the best way to focus in and get started on opening day and for your following seasons.

If there are any questions on any of these terms as a DFS beginner, or even having hand crafted lineups made for you, be sure to go to DFSCOACHTALK.com for our discord to become a patron. Here you could up your bankroll to whatever you can afford, as we will provide lineups based the factors that we teach as coaches, instantly adding years of experience to your bankroll management.

XFL DFS Week 3 Help: Competition Inside the Games

When looking to enjoy your XFL DFS experience in week 3, look to my article for a moment from week 1 or week 2 to understand what this is about as who is in control of these offenses and defenses. Don’t forget to view as much game film as you want maybe late at night if you do so for the players in this league, as I have not had any trouble finding any players’ college and short professional film. This week we are focusing a bit more on the narratives and the strategies of DFS on Draftkings.

XFL DFS Week 3 Satruday

Houston Roughnecks at Tampa Bay Vipers

  • Odds: Roughnecks -5.5
  • Over/Under: 47
  • Time: 2 p.m. ET
  • TV Channel: ABC
  • Take Houston
  • Narrative: June Jones Run and Shoot vs. Jerry Glanville blitz. These 2 have had a rift apart from each other. See my article from week 2 for more on this. This should be a lot of fun as Tampa has a no name defense, that could not rush the passer in week 1 but showed an improved rush vs. Seattle. Seattle is desperate for a win.
  • Best WR’s to Target in order: Phillips if healthy, Lewis, Holley, Coates
  • Truesdell, SJ Green (CFL new aquisition) Williams, Horn, Tolliver, S. Jones
  • RB touches: J> Patrick (27), D. Smith (23),
  • Butler (20), A. Williams (7)

Dallas Renegades at Seattle Dragons

  • Odds: Renegades -4.5
  • Over/Under: 44.5
  • Time: 5 p.m. ET
  • TV Channel: FOX
  • Take the under
  • Narrative: Can Stoops and Landry Jones take on what I consider to be the 2nd best defense in the league? Maybe best when it comes to yards allowed to WRs. Someone will break one for Dallas, its just a matter of who. See below who your best options are in DFS.
  • Best WR to Target in Order: K. Reynolds, A Prohl, D. Byrd, C. Hamlett
  • D. Parham, J. Badet, F. Nagel, S. Pric
  • RB’S with most touches over 2 wks: K. Farrow (21) T. Williams (20)
  • CAP: (Artis-Payne 29), Dunbar (23)
  • WR’s to target in order: Parham, Badet, Nagel, Price, Ferguson
  • A. Reynolds, A. Proehl, Byrd,
  • RB touches: Camereon-Artis Payne (25), L. Dunbar (23),
  • Farrow (23), T. Williams (18)

Sunday

New York Guardians at St. Louis BattleHawks

  • Odds: BattleHawks -7.5
  • Over/Under: 42
  • Time: 3 p.m. ET
  • TV Channel: ESPN
  • Take NY and or the under
  • Narrative: RB’s trying to make or remake their mark in the XFL, with a smash mouth style from both teams, the STL Hawks announced they want a 50% balanced attack. NY is just trying to bounce back as Victor is the underdog of the XFL. Read about his experience in a refugee camp here.
  • Best WR to target in order: M. McKay, J. Horn, C. Pearson, J. Powell, E. Bibbs
  • D. Peirson-El, A. Russell, D. Washington, K. Mumphrey, M. Lucas
  • RB touched over 2 weeks:
  • T. Cook (18), D. Victor (15)
  • M. Jones (39), C. Micheal (25)

DC Defenders at Los Angeles Wildcats

  • Odds: Defenders -7
  • Over/Under: 45.5
  • Time: 6 p.m. ET
  • TV Channel: FS1
  • Take LA and/or the over
  • Narrative: Rashad Ross a WR for the Defenders was drafted by the Wildcats, then apparently traded to DC. Makes for an interesting revenge narrative.
  • Best WR to target in order: R. Ross, E. Rogers, Thompson, Lee (TE)
  • N. Spruce, B. Barnes, L. Whitfield
  • Most RB touches to target: Hood (23), Rose (10)
  • Pumphrey (24), Pressley (28)

 

XFL Draftkings DFS Picks for Week 2: Analysis

Going back to last week, we will review for this XFL Week 1 analysis. Starting with the coaches we covered last week and their results on the current resume. This will give us a solid idea of what to expect and project for week 2 XFL for draftkings tournament lineups.

Dallas Renegades – Bob Stoops:

Stoops has been the HC for Oklahoma basically since 1999, successfully grooming quarterbacks and their readiness in the NFL recently with Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray. Expect Landry Jones to play but if out, this is a an unknown scenario. Cameren Artis Payne figures to be heavily involved as well in attempting a balances attack. They are favored by 8.5 points, so we could see a heavier then normal workload for CAP.

DC Defenders – Pep Hamilton:

Hamiltion has a balanced mix of assistant and head coaching experience in college and pro levels. We are likely to see the Indianapolis Colts style of offense along with Stanford’s style in the mix, as the team only announced interestingly, 5 starters instead of the normal 6 starters for fantasy DFS purposes. I would expect a balanced passing attack as they are favored by 7.5 points. Plenty of experienced talent on the team.

Seattle Dragons – Jim Zorn

Zorn has the support of seattle including Pete Carroll. Zorn has a proven track record of being an assistant coaching and driving quarterbacks like Matt Hasslebeck and Joe Flacco to success in the NFL. His west coast style of offense should benefit both the quarterback and the running game as well. His quarterback Brandon Silvers has significant experience at the AAF level of professional play, with starts and wins under his belt.

HOU Roughnecks: June Jones

Jones has experience with the run and shoot offense and/or spread attack in the NFL and has the best quarterback I believe in the XFL. Interestingly there was a rift between him and his coach Jerry Glanville, who is the defensive coordinator of the Tampay Bay Vipors.

LA Wildcats: Winston Moss

Moss has no head coaching experience. He is a long time Packers defensive assistant. We will just have to see what happens with his quarterback situation as Josh Johnson had not practiced as of thursday. If playing he has good dual threat options.

Here’s what I did last week for my optimal tournament lineups with staggering results:

Week 1 results

QB  Phillip Walker – HOU
RB  DeVeon Smith – TB
WR  Rashad Ross – DC
WR  Nelson Spruce – LA
FLEX  Sammie Coates – HOU or Kahlil Lewis HOU
FLEX  Reece Horn – TB
DST  DC Defenders

Tampa Vipers- Marc Trestman

Trestman has had a ton of success coaching as HC and assistant on all levels. There were too many successful quarterbacks in the nfl to mention here however, he has the ability to coach multiple types of offensive systems, and probably the most qualified coach to make a success out of Aaron Murray from Georgia.

NY Guardians- Kevin Gilbride

Gilbride has been able to revive his coaching career after having success as an OC with the Oilers in the 80’s and transitioning to championing the Giants offense led by Eli Manning. We could see similarities with Matthew McGloin under center to real NFL offense.

STL Battlehawks – Jonathan Hayes

The tight end specialist Hayes, will have TE’s in his game plan. If you watched football in the 90’s you may have seen him playing for the steelers and cheifs dating back to the 80’s. He coached under Bob Stoops and Marvin Lewis in the NFL. He has always been part of a winning squad.