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Best lineup strategy for Dallas vs. Seattle in DraftKings Showdown

We break down the best Showdown strategy options for Saturday’s Renegades-Dragons matchup.

Dallas Renegades quarterback Landry Jones throws the ball in the second quarter against the LA Wildcats Dignity Health Sports Park.  Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Renegades (1-1) gained some ground in Week 2 by narrowly defeating the Los Angeles Wildcats (0-2) in a one-score game. Now they’ll attempt to build a two-game winning streak with a victory against the Seattle Dragons (1-1) in Saturday’s second XFL game. We break down how you should go about setting your lineups for Showdown contests featuring these two sides here.

Captain Obvious

Landry Jones, QB, Renegades ($15,300)

Jones had a shaky XFL debut when he returned from a knee injury last week, but managed to get a win. He was 28-of-40 with 305 passing yards and one score against the Wildcats, but also threw two interceptions. He finished with 18.5 DKFP, and it’s clear that Dallas is trusting him to carry the offense. Look for him to shake off the rust moving forward and continue to build chemistry with his teammates.

Captain Courageous

Cameron Artis-Payne, RB, Roughnecks ($15,000)

Artis-Payne took over in Week 2 and scored two rushing touchdowns in the fourth quarter to seal the deal for his team. He finished with 99 rushing yards on 14 carries, as well as five receptions for 32 yards. He’s caught all nine of his targets this year and appears to be setting himself apart from Dallas’ other running backs. If Landry is still struggling to get comfortable in Week 3, Artis-Payne could help by being an option on simple screen passes and relieve pressure by helping maintain a steady ground attack. His versatility could prove to be a valuable weapon against the Dragons.

Flex Men

Keenan Reynolds, WR, Dragons ($8,600)

Reynolds entered the year as Seattle’s top option at wide receiver but was a dud in Week 1 when he only recorded two receptions for five yards. However, the Dragons have begun to pick things up on offense, and Reynolds finished with three receptions for 87 yards and a score in Week 2. He’s received a steady stream of targets so far this year, and he’s a threat whenever he can get into space. He showed that on the 68-yard touchdown pass he caught last week.

Donald Parham, WR, Renegades ($7,200)

Parham is listed as a tight end, but Dallas’ coaching staff decided to send his 6’8” frame out wide in Week 2. The Renegades tested how beneficial his length could be against the Wildcats by targeting him 11 times. He caught five of those balls, tallied 76 receiving yards, and scored his first touchdown of the year. It’ll be hard for any team to defend him one on one, and he could emerge as one of the XFL’s most dangerous red zone threats in the near future because of that. He’s dealing with a foot injury this week but was a full participant in practice Thursday.