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Best lineup strategy for Houston vs. Dallas in DraftKings Showdown

We break down the best Showdown lineup strategies for Sunday’s Roughnecks-Renegades matchup.

Houston Roughnecks quarterback P.J. Walker catches a snap during the first half of an XFL game between the Houston Roughnecks and the Tampa Bay Vipers at Raymond James Stadium.  Mary Holt-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Roughnecks will play against an in-state rival Sunday, as they’ll take on the Dallas Renegades in Week 4. Houston is a perfect 3-0 and looks like the best team in the league while Dallas has turned things around by winning two straight after falling short in its season opener. We broke down some ideal Showdown lineup strategies for DraftKings DFS contests centered around this matchup.

Captain Obvious

P.J. Walker, QB, Roughnecks ($17,400)

Walker is the XFL’s premier passer and leads the league in passing yards (748) and passing touchdowns (10) with just one interception. He averages the second most DKFP (32.2) per game in the league and can make plays with his legs as well. Even if Cam Phillips ($17,100/$11,400) can’t play because of the ankle injury he’s dealing with, Walker can be depended on to involve his other receivers and running back James Butler ($9,600/$6,400) in the passing game.

Captain Courageous

Landry Jones, QB, Roughnecks ($17,100)

Jones has thrown the ball at least 40 times in each of his two starts this season and ranks fourth in passing yards (579). He’s thrown for four touchdowns, but has four interceptions to his name as well. He improved considerably between Weeks 2 and 3, so there’s a decent chance he continues to get better against a Houston defense that’s given up 51 points in the last two weeks.

Flex Men

Cameron Artis-Payne, RB, Renegades ($8,000)

Artis-Payne leads the league in yards per carry (6.4) and is second in total rushing yards (184). The only time he hasn’t been a major difference maker this season was when he received a measly two carries in Week 1. Since then, he’s been valuable as a traditional running back and in the passing game. Artis-Payne has caught all 15 of the passes thrown to him this year to tally 75 receiving yards. He has a ton of ways to reach the end zone, and if Donald Parham ($9,000) can’t go, Artis-Payne could become a bigger part of Dallas’ offense.

Kahlil Lewis, WR, Roughnecks ($10,400)

Lewis has been second to Phillips when it comes to Houston’s receiving corps. He’s ranks 10th in the XFL in receiving yards (136) and could be treated as a WR1 if Phillips is limited on Sunday due to an ankle injury. Lewis hasn’t dipped below 40 receiving yards yet this year and has been targeted 22 times. If he gets more opportunities than usual, he could post his best stat line of the season.