Week 1 of the XFL is here! We have two games on Saturday and two more on Sunday. We are somewhat flying blind in Week 1 for daily fantasy, as there are no official beat writers to report on camp battles and injuries, but we can piece together starters and offensive philosophies and we are slowly getting depth charts. We don’t know much about how these defenses will play, so I will hold off on factoring defenses into these picks. So, let’s get at it using DraftKings salaries!
Rashad Ross, DC Defenders ($10,400)
Finding the cash to pay up for Ross might be tough, but with Pep Hamilton as his coach and Cardale Jones throwing him the ball, I like his chances to put up good numbers. Ross put up big fantasy points in the AAF before it folded and is in a good spot to continue his success in the XFL. DeAndre Thompkins, another Defenders receiver, didn’t practice on Wednesday with a foot injury and if he misses, it could help push more work toward Ross. Either way, he’s one of the safest wide receivers going this week.
Jeff Badet, Dallas Renegades ($8,800)
Badet was a first round draft pick for the Renegades and gets to play in the Air Raid offense. The kicker this week is that Jazz Ferguson didn’t practice with a hand injury. If Ferguson can’t go, I really want to get Badet in my lineups.
Sammie Coates, Houston Roughnecks ($9,300)
I want a piece of this June Jones offense in Houston, and Coates is likely the best bet for a big receiving game Week 1. Of course, there will be some cheaper options at receiver in Houston and I expect multiple receivers to get good usage.
Freddie Martino, Dallas Renegades ($3,000)
These wide receivers are expensive, but I really like them, so we need to find some cheap plays and Martino looks like he will be in line for the start with Jazz Ferguson out and the doesn’t have a lot of competition in a pass first offense other than Badet, who I also like.
Daniel Williams, Tampa Bay Vipers ($3,000)
I like Marc Trestman’s offense and I expect the Vipers and Aaron Murray to throw the ball plenty. Offensive coordinator Jaime Elizondo has had good things to say about Williams, as he’s looked good in camp and with Antonio Callaway on I.R., Williams was able to win a starting job. At his bottom of the barrel price, he makes for a nice cost saver.
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