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Best lineup strategy for New York vs. DC in Week 2 XFL Showdown

Breaking down some showdown lineup targets for Guardians at Defenders for XFL Week 2 on DraftKings

DC Defenders quarterback Cardale Jones passes the ball against the Seattle Dragons in the first quarter during a XFL football game at Audi Field. Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The Guardians and Defenders get XFL Week 2 started on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. ET. Both teams are coming off convincing Week 1 victories, but DC sits as a pretty sizable home favorite in this one, at -265 on the money line. The Guardians are 6.5-point dogs on the spread, with the total sitting at 47.5.

Captain Obvious

Cardale Jones, QB, Defenders ($17,100)

Jones wasn’t the most accurate QB in Week 1, but we didn’t expect him to be. He showed off his big arm on some deep balls, and wound up with 235 yards and two touchdowns. His nine carries for 28 yards was also encouraging, as he could eventually break one of those, or be used as a rushing threat in the red zone. He’s at home again this week, as a pretty heavy favorite, making him the obvious captain play.

Captain Courageous

Defenders D/ST ($7,500)

Jones was the top scoring offensive play on either team last week. But there were two higher-scoring fantasy plays in this game — both D/STs had huge games, with the Defenders scoring 22 DKFP against Seattle, and the Guardians scoring 24 DKFP against the Vipers. I prefer the home defense of the Defenders, which forced three turnovers last week, and scored a pair of touchdowns. But you can also make the argument for the Guardians D/ST ($6,900 CP), who forced three turnovers, scored a touchdown, allowed three points and racked up five sacks. New York would be the more contrarian play too.

Flex Men

Eli Rogers, WR, Defenders ($10,200)

Rashad Ross ($10,600) is the higher upside WR on DC, but he also comes with a low floor if he doesn’t break another big touchdown, as he did last week. Rogers is one of the safest plays on the slate, and was recently a well-polished player in the NFL. He brought in all six of his targets for 73 yards last week (13.3 DKFP), and should continue to be more involved with the trust he’s building. Better competition this week could mean more targets.

Ty Rausa, K, Defenders ($1,000)

Rausa isn’t a play because I think he’s going to go off, but he seems like a reliable free square if you want to load up on all the expensive plays on this slate. Let’s say you want to play both QBs and each team’s most expensive WR, you’re left with very little salary. The kickers are just $1,000 to roster, and DC seems like a team with a good offense that isn’t afraid to attempt field goals. Rausa scored 6.0 DKFP for making two kicks, and attempted three. New York attempted just one kick.

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