From being familiar with football throughout the years, knowing these coaches is the best way to analyze our approach to the XFL draftkings DFS picks for week 1.
If anyone knows who they are really going to feature in these games let me know, since its anyone’s guess, other then our coaching scenarios for this weekend.
Since I am writing this the day before kickoff we at least have clarity it seems with the depth charts and ideas of how these coaches will use these tools in their offenses.
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, so look intently at this matchup when they play against each other.
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.
With that all in mind here is the optimal tournament lineup:
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.