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Best lineup strategy for Los Angeles-Houston in DraftKings Showdown

We break down the best lineup strategies for Saturday’s Showdown contests centered around the Wildcats-Roughnecks game.

General view of a statue of former Houston Cougars coach Bill Yeoman outside of TDECU Stadium before a game between the Houston Cougars and the Central Florida Knights. Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Wildcats will visit the Houston Roughnecks for the final game of the XFL’s 2020 opening day this weekend. The two teams will face off Saturday at 5:00 p.m. ET. The contest will take place at TDECU Stadium. The XFL is new to DraftKings, so we broke down some ideal Showdown lineup strategies for DFS contests centered around this matchup.

Captain Obvious

Elijah Hood, RB, Wildcats ($13,400)

Los Angeles preferred starting signal caller, Josh Johnson, will likely be held out of Week 1 with a thigh injury. His backup, Jalan McClendon ($9,000) appears like the top candidate to replace him at quarterback, but has limited professional experience. The Washington Redskins carried him as its fourth string quarterback during the 2019 preseason, and he only started in one game as a senior at Baylor. Hood has spent time on the Oakland Raiders, Carolina Panthers, and Jacksonville Jaguars since being drafted in 2017. He’s been expected to become a workhorse in the running game for a while, and has serviceable hands for pass catching as well. Shakiness under center could cause Los Angeles to lean on the ground game a little more than usual, and his 232-pound frame is built to last.

Captain Courageous

P.J. Walker, QB, Roughnecks ($12,600)

Walker won his starting job from Connor Cook ($14,700/$9,800) in a close race, but could be replaced if he doesn’t live up to expectations. Walker should be afforded every opportunity to thrive under center from his first snap. There’s plenty of risk here because Houston only has two signal callers on its roster. Walker and Cook could very well be interchangeable throughout the year. However, Walkers could be worth the risk if he distinguishes himself from the competition in his XFL debut.

Flex Men

De’Angelo Henderson, RB, Roughnecks ($4,400)

Houston might have second thoughts about their quarterback situation, just like Los Angeles. Thankfully, they have a versatile running back in Henderson as an insurance policy. He eclipsed 1,000 rushing yards in three of his four collegiate seasons and hauled in 97 receptions at Coastal Carolina. He might be a smaller back, be he can definitely impact the game in more ways than one.

Sammie Coates, WR, Roughnecks ($10,400)

Coates has 44 regular season NFL games under his belt, which is more than most XFL players can boast. Although he was a nomad during his four-season stint in the league, he managed to tally 29 receptions for 528 yards and two scores. If any receiver is a priority for the Roughnecks, it’s Coates. It’s just a matter of getting him the ball.