USFL DraftKings DFS – Core Plays and Cheat Sheet – Week 3 (4/30/22)
The USFL is back and with it comes some slight rule changes that you may not be used to with the NFL. You can check out our Introduction to the USFL article which will serve as a quick learning piece for the league in general.
Bryan Scott ($10,100) – We were on Scott last week after his week one volume of 36 pass attempts – while it didn’t equate to much in week one, Scott again attempted 36 attempts in week two and it led to 272 yards and three passing touchdowns with one touchdown on the ground for him as well. Scott now leads the USFL in passing yards at 474 and touchdowns with four. We are still trying to figure out the skill gap between some of these teams, but an early-season matchup with the Generals looks like a good one on paper with Philly being a one-point favorite. Scott did not practice on Wednesday, though his status isn’t necessarily in jeopardy. The injury report usually sorts itself out on Fridays, so keep an eye on it.
J’Mar Smith ($8,600) – J’Mar Smith got the start in week two for the injured Alex McGough and played well completing 20-of-30 passes for 229 yards and two touchdowns helping lead the Stallions to a 33-28 victory. Smith also added 31 yards on the ground on eight carries. McGough is currently listed as questionable for this game so his status will factor into this play, but as of now, I am not sure how you pull Smith from the starting spot with his dual-threat ability and now 2-0 record. The price isn’t adjusted here as there is still a little doubt on how this quarterback carousel will shake out when McGough is healthy, so we need to keep an eye on it. As of now, this is a cheap price for a top-three projected quarterback on this slate.
T.J. Logan Jr. ($7,700) – Running backs are looking to be our most volatile position so far so finding some sense of security here is going to be what I am looking for. In week one, Logan had 15 carries for 56 yards and a touchdown, while adding four catches for 38 yards. In week two, Logan had 10 carries for 43 yards and a touchdown, while catching five passes for 29 yards. Logan is still going to share time with Jordan Ellis, but Logan looks to be the only back involved in the passing game. That is where we are going to make our living with running backs in this league is on receptions, as none are going to see the necessary volume to be a bell-cow back. The Breakers also carry the slate’s highest projected team total here at 24. Logan was limited at practice on Wednesday, if he is unable to go Jordan Ellis is an easy fill, but again, injury reporting here is hard to decipher.
Trey Williams ($5,600) – These are the two names I wrote up last week as well but there is nothing really changing in this league to have me adjust off of it. Trey Williams is splitting time with Darrius Victor and sometimes will lose a carry or two to the quarterback, but has 22 attempts through two games and 88 yards. Williams more importantly has nine targets and nine receptions through two games for 60 yards. Through two weeks, Williams has the fourth-highest fantasy point output for a running back, yet he is priced 13th most expensive.
Wide Receiver / Tight End
Osiris Mitchell ($8,200) – Mitchell currently ranks second in the USFL in reception yards at 144 (we will talk about the leader shortly) and also has 14 targets and two touchdowns on the year. Only four different players have caught a pass for Birmingham this season and Marlon Williams is one of them and didn’t see a reception in week one. Birmingham takes on New Orleans this week who from early-season results is the league’s best current team. This game carries the highest total so far in the USFL at 44.5
Lance Lenoir Jr. ($8,100) – While this write-up may seem a little generic and chasing some numbers, we don’t have much else we can really go on yet in this league. Volume is the name of the game and while I fully expect that volume to be volatile, Lance Lenoir has seen nine targets in each of his first two games this season, putting him in the top spot for targets in the USFL through two weeks. Of those 18 targets, ten have been caught for 94 yards and he has failed to find the end zone. This is where the quarterback plays a part as Shea Patterson hasn’t been too good for Michigan so far this year as the Panthers find themselves at 0-2.
Bailey Gaither ($4,800) – I try not to be overly critical of a new product but the fact that Bailey Gaither’s salary actually dropped from his week two salary is a bit ridiculous here. Gaither currently ranks second in the USFL in targets at 16 and is first in receiving yards at 159. He is also tied atop the league for receptions with ten. Josh Love remains at the helm for the Maulers and Bailey Gaither was one of his top targets at San Jose State in college so these two already have a connection. As long as Love stays at the helm, there is no reason to not ride out the college teammate narrative, especially at this low of a price for arguably the top receiver in this league through two weeks.
Cheat Sheet – Week 3
|High||Jordan Ta'amu (11k / 13.87)||BJ Emmons (9.3k / 12.51)||Isaiah Zuber (9.6k / 11.69)||Panthers (4.6k / 7.05)|
|Bryan Scott (10.1k / 18.59)||T.J. Logan Jr. (7.7k / 0.00)||Victor Bolden Jr. (9.5k / 11.84)|
|Osirus Mitchell (8.2k / 15.20)|
|Lance Lenoir Jr. (8.1k / 12.51)|
|Medium||Kyle Sloter (9.7k / 17.44)||Garrett Groshek (7.2k / 8.55)||Johnnie Dixon (6.7k / 10.91)||Cary Angeline (6.4k / 7.36)||Bandits (4.3k / 6.36)|
|J'Mar Smith (8.6k / 18.23)||CJ Marable (6k / 12.19)||Cheyenne O'Grady (5.8k / 7.99)|
|Mark Thompson (5.7k / 9.11)|
|Low||Trey Williams (5.6k / 11.31)||Bailey Gaither (4.8k / 14.25)||Bug Howard (4.1k / 10.25)||Maulers (3.8k / 8.20)|
|Jordan Ellis (5.4k / 8.99)||Maurice Alexander (4.5k / 10.29)|
|Cameron Scarlett (4.6k / 10.46)||Tyler Simmons (3.9k / 9.37)|
|Jonathan Adams (3.8k / 9.62)|