Spring football daily fantasy is never an easy thing. With different players stepping up week in and week out and others falling off the wayside, dialing up a winning lineup is tricky. With so many teams using two quarterbacks, it becomes even more difficult. So, what do we do? Well, one option is to follow one of the paths on our XFL Week 4 DFS Flowchart.
While I haven’t hit it rich yet playing the XFL DFS through the first three weeks, I have profited each week. Through stacks, chasing high-scoring games, and looking for value, we build our paths and hope for a little luck to fall our way. Let’s take a look at why I chose these paths. This week was a little trickier because the books are starting to adjust prices more.
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XFL Week 4 DFS Flowchart
Start With DFS Stacks
As with all DFS, chasing stacks is a good idea. The two paths I chose to feature two of the better quarterbacks. First, we stick with the run-and-shoot June Jones’ offense led by Ben DiNucci. Last week the “Nooch” threw for 377 yards and four touchdowns. We stack him with the guy that leads the XFL in targets, catches, and yards, Jahcour Pearson. The slot is a key component in a June Jones’ offense, and Pearson has been basically a cheat code.
Our next stack goes with another quarterback who has done very well so far, A.J. McCarron. While they don’t pass as often as Seattle, the BattleDome should be rocking when St. Louis has their first home game, and I think the team is going to show up and respond in a big way. We’ll stack him with his 6-5 wide receiver, Hakeem Butler. Butler is a big red zone target but has lined up all over the field for the BattleHawks.
AJ MCCARRON TO HAKEEM BUTLER 🔥
THE BATTLEHAWKS (+160) TAKE THE LEAD!pic.twitter.com/0tokFFobIQ
— Covers (@Covers) February 24, 2023
The next part of the XFL Week 4 DFS lineup is to look to the game the books feel will be the highest scoring. This is a little tricker in XFL as so many of the games are close in points; however, this week, they feel two games will score more points than the others. Those two games are the Sea Dragons vs. Brahmas and the Defenders vs. Vipers.
I mixed and matched these games a little bit. The first lineup takes running back Jacques Patrick in the running back position. Patrick has run hard, and Seattle is vulnerable against the run. I think this is where the Brahmas could do damage against the Sea Dragons. I then took one of the top D.C. Defenders’ targets, wide receiver Lucky Jackson. Receiving a team-leading seven targets last week, Jackson had four catches for 89 yards.
The next lineup takes another player for the Sea Dragons, who can rack up DFS points in Blake Jackson. Jackson caught all five targets last week for 44 yards and a touchdown. This offense is set up to have three productive wide receivers, and Gordon will get more attention from the defense than Jackson. I put him with Ryquell Armstead. The Vegas vs. D.C. game is calling for rain, and I think D.C. will control this game on the ground. Armstead continues to get double-digit carries and will want to bounce back from last week’s fumbles.
#XFL: Sea Dragons-Vipers tied at nine apiece as the game enters halftime.
Dragons quarterback Ben DiNucci 13/18 passing with 135 yards and a touchdown. His leading target, Blake Jackson, with four receptions for 40 yards and a touchdown.
— XFL Center (@XFLCenter) March 5, 2023
Looking for Values
Harder to find some values this week, so I went with spending the money I had. The Guardians may not be pretty, but Cody Latimer is the top fantasy tight end in the league. They look his way often, and I think he’ll continue to make a difference. I then added Jontre Kirklin, who had a monster day last week. Despite having two touchdowns and may be in line for regression, this Houston team looks good and will play against a bad Guardians’ defense.
In the other lineup, I went with the second-place fantasy tight end in Sal Canella. With Sloter past his first start in the XFL, he’ll look to improve his game. I also think they’re going to have to pass to catch up against this BattleHawks team. Canella received 35 percent of the target share last week in Sloter’s first start, and I don’t expect that to change. I also added Austin Proehl. I think the BattleHawks may route Arlington in St. Louis’ first home game. Proehl had a down week last week, but he’s still the wide receiver coach’s son and should be involved often.
A.J. McCarron was absolutely lights out late in the 4th for the St. Louis Battlehawks and this throw to Austin Proehl for the go-ahead TD was nice! #XFL @XFLBattlehawks pic.twitter.com/iIc9RapaP8
— Kevin Gray Jr. (@KevinGraySports) February 19, 2023
Defense was a little tricky in the first XFL Week 4 DFS flowchart path. I couldn’t afford the best defenses, so I went with the BattleHawks. The Renegades have struggled on offense, and I think that continues in front of a hostile crowd. I also chose Vegas. They were the better of other options, and a rainy day may lead to less scoring; however, this was more of playing a team I could afford.
On the other path, I was able to afford either of the top defenses. Houston is clearly the top defense and could have another good game against the Guardians as they did in Week 1. The Defenders have also shown they’re one of the top defenses. If Gregg Williams can fluster Brett Hundley with some creative defensive play calling, you may see them force some turnovers.