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Best lineup strategy for New York vs. St. Louis in DraftKings Showdown

We break down favorable Showdown lineup strategies for Sunday’s Guardians-BattleHawks game.

St. Louis Battlehawks quarterback Jordan Ta’amu runs for a first down against the Dallas Renegades during the second half in an XFL football game at Globe Life Park. Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Guardians and St. Louis BattleHawks both enter Week 3 at .500 and the winner of Sunday’s contest will improve to 2-1 on the year. The Guardians were embarrassed in a blowout loss to the DC Defenders in Week 2 while the BattleHawks were neck and neck with the prolific Houston Roughnecks. Both sides want to get back on track with a victory, and we broke down some ideal Showdown lineup strategies for DraftKings contests centered around this matchup.

Captain Obvious

Jordan Ta’amu, QB, BattleHawks ($18,600)

Ta’amu has thrived as an efficient passer early in his professional football career and has completed an impressive 78.1% of his throws this season. He was 30-of-37 for 284 yards with three touchdowns passes and two interceptions in Week 2, but also ran for a score. He tallied 31 DKFP in a narrow loss to the Houston Roughnecks and should continue to be a lethal dual threat signal caller moving forward. The Guardians got torched by Cardale Jones last week, and should have a tough time containing Ta’amu this week.

Captain Courageous

De’Mornay Pierson-El, WR, BattleHawks ($15,600)

Pierson-El had a breakout performance in Week 2, hauling in nine of 11 targets for 50 yards and a score. The slot receiver led St. Louis in receptions and targets. Fellow wideout L’Damian Washington is dealing with an ankle injury and didn’t practice Thursday, so Pierson-El could me moving up the pecking order for this weekend. Washington’s progress should be monitored, but Pierson-El’s growing chemistry with Ta’amu can’t be ignored.

Flex Men

Christine Michael, RB, BattleHawks ($6,600)

Michael ended up playing second fiddle to Matt Jones ($8,400) in Week 1, but basically split the workload evenly with him last week. Michael followed up a debut performance in which he tallied zero rushing yards on seven carries by notching 15 carries for 38 yards in Week 2. He also recorded two receptions for 22 yards. Jones is dealing with a knee injury and is questionable for the game, so Michael could see a bump in touches if he doesn’t make a full recovery by Sunday.

Matt McGloin, QB, Guardiana ($8,000)

McGloin was horrendous against the DC Defenders in Week 2 and didn’t manage to tally a single fantasy point. He was 8-of-19 for 44 yards and two interceptions and lost a fumble as well. New York couldn’t get anything going against the Defenders’ formidable defense, but it’s hard to believe he could be any worse. McGloin should bounce back and have a respectable showing more comparable to the 17-DKFP game had in Week 1.