For the second consecutive week, we put together another winning XFL DFS lineup in Week 3, as our lineup scored 132.42 DraftKings in our GPP tournament. Battlehawks WR/TE Hakeem Butler led our lineup with 28.40 DK points. Butler was one of the lower-rostered players on the main slate, giving our lineup a boost. Our QB-WR stack also paid off as Roughnecks QB Brandon Silvers scored a season-high 24.02 DK points against the Brahmas, while WR Jontre Kirklin added 27.70 DK points. We will try to keep the good times rolling in Week 4 and create another high-scoring squad.
The main slate begins with a doubleheader on Saturday night, starting at 7 p.m. ET between the undefeated Roughnecks and the winless Guardians in Orlando, FL. These two teams played in Week 1, where Houston won 30-12. After that, the Brahmas will travel to the Pacific Northwest to face the Sea Dragons at 10 p.m. ET. Finally, on Sunday, the Renegades will play the Battlehawks at 4 p.m. ET and to wrap up Week 4, we have the Vipers searching for their first win this season against the D.C. Defenders.
Before we break down all of our picks, here are the most notable scoring rules for XFL DraftKings contests: four-point passing TDs, six-point rushing touchdowns, three-point bonuses for 100 rushing yards, 100 receiving yards, and 300 passing yards.
DraftKings Picks Week 4: XFL DFS lineup for GPP tournaments
Week 4 main slate (Saturday-Sunday), $50,000 budget
QB Brett Hundley, Vipers @ Defenders ($10,000). Hundley brought some life and excitement to the Vipers’ offense in his first start against the Sea Dragons. The former NFL QB completed 13-of-28 passes for 224 yards and two touchdowns. He also added 66 rushing yards and a TD on the ground, which was needed as the Vipers lack a consistent running game. We are taking a risk with Huntley at this price, as he’ll play an aggressive D.C. defense for the second time in the past three weeks. In their first meeting in Las Vegas, Huntley replaced starter Luis Perez and scored 5.3 DraftKings points. It wasn’t a perfect game for Vegas due to the weather and field conditions. However, with another week of practice under his belt, Huntley should make some plays in the passing game against this defense.
RB Abram Smith, Defenders vs. Vipers ($8,400). Smith recorded another double-digit performance last weekend against the Battlehawks. The No. 1 overall pick in the XFL draft had a team-high 54 yards on 16 carries and added three receptions for 16 yards (10 DK points). The former Baylor standout will try to have another solid all-around performance this week against the Vipers, who have struggled to stop the run this season. When these two teams played each other in Week 2, Smith had 71 yards and a touchdown and a 15-yard reception (14.6 DraftKings points). It wouldn’t be surprising to see Smith have more success on the ground after the Vipers’ defense allowed Sea Dragons RB Morgan Ellison to go off for 103 yards on 17 carries.
WR/TE Jeff Badet, Vipers @ Defenders ($9,700). Our QB-WR stack for Week 4 will be Huntley and Badet — the lone explosive playmaker in the Vipers’ offense through the first three games. The former Oklahoma standout scored his third touchdown this season in last week’s crushing loss to Seattle. He also led the team with four receptions (eight targets) for 93 yards and 19.5 DraftKings points. He and Hundley had a connection, which should bode well heading into this week’s game against the Defenders. When these two teams played each other in Week 2, Badet only had two receptions (four targets) for six yards. We don’t expect Badet to be quiet in Week 4, as he doesn’t need a ton of volume to create a couple of big plays in the passing game.
WR/TE Cody Latimer, Guardians @ Roughnecks ($5,600). Latimer gets overlooked in DFS because of Orlando’s struggles on offense this season. However, he’s been their best playmaker through three weeks, no matter who is under center. The former NFL wide receiver is averaging 14.5 DraftKings points per game and is coming off a nice performance against the Renegades in Week 3, recording six receptions (eight targets) for 66 yards and 12.6 DK points. Latimer will look to produce another double-digit outing against the Roughnecks in a rematch from Week 1. In the regular season opener, he had five receptions for 68 yards and a touchdown (17.8 DK points). If the Guardians’ offensive line can protect QB Paxton Lynch, we should see a ton of targets toward Latimer’s way.
FLEX Sal Cannella, Renegades @ Battlehawks ($7,800). We will welcome Cannella back to our lineup with Kyle Sloter starting for the Renegades. If you watched the USFL last summer, Sloter and Cannella were one of the best duos in the league and made plays for the Breakers’ offense. In Sloter’s first start last week against the Guardians, Cannella recorded five receptions (seven targets) for 33 yards and 8.3 DK points. He was also targeted in the red zone, but the pass was behind him for a potential touchdown. Cannella will be a focal point of the Renegades’ offense against an angry Battlehawks defense that lost last week against the Defenders.
FLEX Lucky Jackson, Defenders vs. Vipers ($4,700). The Defenders’ passing game finally got on track last week, and Jackson played a big part in the offensive outburst. Jackson reeled in (team-high) four receptions (seven targets) for 89 yards and 14.9 DraftKings points. Even though Jackson did not score a touchdown in Week 3, the former Western Kentucky standout showed that he could be a playmaker in the offense and stretch the field. They will look for him to step up against the Vipers’ defense, which was lit up by the duo of Josh Gordon and Jahcour Pearson.
DEF Brahmas @ Sea Dragons ($3,500). The Brahmas’ defense does not have the gaudy numbers that the Renegades’ or Roughnecks’ defenses have through three games. However, San Antonio plays with swagger and finds a way to create turnovers. In last week’s loss against the Roughnecks, the Brahmas gave up their share of points and big plays, but they intercepted Silvers and sacked him twice for four DK points. They will try to come up with more takeaways against Ben DiNucci, who has been turnover prone through the first three games with three interceptions and five fumbles.