Seattle Dragons vs St Louis Battlehawks
Let’s talk Dragon’s Football!
I talked a lot about Seattle receiver Austin Proehl last week and he delivered with 6 of 7 for 81 and a score. He has a clear rapport with QB Brandon Silvers. The Battlehawks have been a solid defense thus far ranked #2 in the league in every category. But as we saw with the DC Defenders last week, anything can happen in the XFL. I like Proehl again this week and I don’t think he will be an overly popular play given the tougher defense he will face.
A secondary pass catcher for the Dragons has also emerged in Keenan Reynolds who saw 7 targets last week. He could be a sneaky Tournament play especially if the Battlehawks sell out to shut down Proehl.
Seattle’s running back situation is tough to pin down. Coach Jim Zorn is employing a real time share with his three backs Kenneth Farrow, Trey Williams and Ja’Quan Gardner with neither of the three receiving anything a full compliment of snaps or attempts. If I was to take one it would be Williams who 4 targets last week too. But until a clear bell cow type back is leaned on here it’s tough to trust the Dragon’s backfield.
How about Them Battlehawks!
Last week was not a good week for QB Jordan Ta’amu but I’ll be back on this horse this week against the Dragons. I think he has a bounce back opportunity and thankfully he gets a Dragons team that has been beatable through the air. I think Jordan’s elusiveness will also be in play against the Dragons pass rush – keep in mind it was only 2 weeks ago that Ta’amu took 9 rushes for 77 yards while throwing for 209 too. Ta’amu is close to a lock and load for me today.
It was tough to watch the Battlehawks last week but if Ta’amu is to have a bounce back it will be with a lot of help from receiver De’Mornay Pierson-El. With 13 catches over two weeks he sits at the top of my receiver pool. Yes, if you see his name on DK you will also see that pesky Red 1 next to it for a defensive matchup but that will only help to keep ownership on El down in my opinion.
Don’t sleep on L’Damian Washington either, who last week had 77 yards and a score in that trainwreck game for the Battlehawks. Washington is listed atop the St Louis WR depth chart for a reason after all!
Battlehawks RB Matt Jones carries a Q tag coming into this week and if he sits, lock in Christine Michel for an increase on his already healthy workload. If Jones is healthy and playing I would actually prefer him to Michel as he has 2 of three weeks rushing for 85 or higher and a touchdown. Even if Jones plays, he may be limited – so I think Michel is in play and to a lesser extent third string Keith Ford as a tournament flier only.
My DFS Takeways from this game:
⁃ On both sides of this game I like the passing games:
⁃ Austin Proehl $8,500 is a great play again today with or without stacking QB Brandon Silvers $7,400 alongside. If you do stack Proehl and Silvers I’d be a little contrarian and also include Keenan Reynolds in that stack $7,000 too. Reynolds also makes for an interesting tournament pivot from the more popular Proehl.
⁃ Jordan Ta’amu QB $9,500 is a great play for Cash but may be my favorite play for Tournaments today. I would suggest stacking with either De’Mornay Pierson-El $9,500 or L’Damian Washington $7,500 but I wouldn’t double stack here. I also think Pierson-El is an excellent tournament pick offering the most upside of the pair. He also could come in at less ownership, with Austin Proehl receiving a lot of attention.
⁃ While I will be staying away from the revolving Dragons running game I do have interests in the Battlehawks’. If he plays Matt Jones $7,100 is a strong play and I will take a couple tournament dart throws on Christine Michel $5,700. If Jones is out though, Michel becomes as close to a lock for me as anyone on this slate. He is a must play.
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