USFL DraftKings DFS – Core Plays and Cheat Sheet – Week 7 (5/28/22)

USFL DraftKings DFS – Core Plays and Cheat Sheet – Week 7 (5/28/22)

We enter Week 7 of the USFL season with another 10k to first tournament on DraftKings

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.

Quarterback

Jordan Ta’amu ($11,000) – Coming off of the single best Fantasy Performance by a QB this year (37.4), Ta’amu faces a tough New Jersey defense in the game with the 2nd highest projected total of the week. Ta’amu’s dual-threat capability provides a higher floor than arguably any other QB on the slate, and going up against the best rushing defense in the league means there should be plenty of opportunity for the Bandits to air it out. While the high price tag shouldn’t scare you off, there is some value to be found on a particular bargain bin QB on the opposite side of the field.

Luis Perez ($7,300) – Last week, the Generals saw De’Andre Johnson exit the game with an apparent injury which left Luis Perez as the sole QB to lead the team. Earlier this week, the Generals signed Kyle Lauletta, suggesting the injury may be one that will keep Johnson sidelined for significant time. Although we wish we could see Johnson’s electric skill set on display against Tampa Bay, this change at QB does provide nice salary relief as Perez comes in far too cheap with this new information. Perez boasts the 3rd highest completion percentage in the league (70%) amongst QBs with at least 50 passes and should be a suitable distributor to New Jersey’s other weapons (setting up some interesting stacks we’ll discuss below). 

Runningback

Bo Scarbrough ($6,000) – Rostering the RB on the team with the highest team totals just makes sense. There is some risk baked in though, as Scarbrough split touches last week even in Marable’s absence, with Tony Brooks-James. The lion’s share of the work did go to Scarbrough and he did his best to make the most of his 16 carries as he broke the century mark and finished off the day with 105 yards against a porous Michigan run defense. If Marable returns, the committee approach does get quite murky and we’d be looking at a whack-a-mole spot for finding the right RB. Though, at this point and considering Scarbrough’s value, I think he’s done enough to earn a consistent role in the offense. Pay close attention to Marable’s status as lock approaches.

Anthony Jones ($4,400) – This seems to be another value from Draftkings not adjusting for the recent surge in usage. Last week Jones out-carried his backfield running-mate, Jordan Ellis, 22-to-14. In that performance against Pittsburgh, Jones ran for 102 yards and a touchdown, while also getting 3 targets. This seems like a smash spot at value while Michigan is still allowing over 100 yards per game to opposing rushing attacks. We’ve seen so much usage volatility this year, so nothing is a slam dunk, but don’t hesitate putting Jones into your lineups. 

Wide Receiver / Tight End 

Lance Lenoir ($9,100) – Lenoir’s target share is exactly the point of emphasis that we want to embrace moving forward each week. Currently averaging just over 10 targets per game, Lenoir has been a bright spot for the Panther’s offense. He’ll have a new QB this week, though, as the Panthers decided to part ways with the #1 overall pick in this past year’s draft, Shea Patterson. Expect Josh Love to fill in as starting QB while Paxton Lynch still recovers from his ankle injury. New Orleans is a tough matchup, defensively, as they’ve allowed the 2nd fewest yards through the air this year, but their rushing defense is equally as staunch and should keep Michigan’s pass attempts buoyed.   

Bailey Gaither ($8,800) & Tre Walker ($4,700) – The USFL is a cruel mistress. That is on full display in the distribution of talent between teams and how the Maulers end up with two legitimate receiving weapons and yet such poor QB play. Last week, Vad Lee’s first start and second chance at action this year resulted in 198 yards on 33 attempts with a touchdown and two interceptions. However, coming into the week as double-digit underdogs, the Maulers will have to throw the ball to try and stick around. Enter Bailey Gaither and Tre Walker, who have managed to both be Top-4 in receiving yards this year (Walker with 318 and Gaither with 296). Tre Walker remains too cheap, just point blank. Gaither being nearly twice as expensive does make me lean Walker, however Gaither does have control of the touchdowns as he’s outpacing Walker 4-0 in that category. It’s worth noting, as well, that the Maulers are continuing their QB search and have brought in former Slippery Rock legend and dual-threat, Roland Rivers III. His explosive skill set may be the catalyst that this offense needs, should he be given the chance to play.

KaVontae Turpin ($8,300) – In a league that is currently as shallow as the USFL, it’s important to make sure that when someone shows their athleticism, we take quick notice. Turpin’s number of targets (36) hasn’t been elite however the fact that he’s reeling in over 80% of them and leading the league in receiving yards (341) is eye-catching to say the least. Turpin creative usage, moving him all over the field and manufacturing touches, has resulted in a league leading 199 Yards After Catch. He’s the go-to target in New Jersey’s offense and makes for a great stack with Luis Perez this week. He’s a guy that I will have in most lineups until opponents show they can keep him in check.

Cheat Sheet – Week 7

$ TierQBRBWRTEDST
High
Jordan Ta'amu
(11k / 22.84)
Mark Thompson
(8k / 10.98)
Victor Bolden Jr.
(10.7k / 12.51)
Stallions
(5.5k / 9.61)
J'Mar Smith
(10.3k / 17.93)
Isaiah Zuber
(10.3k / 12.55)
Lance Lenoir Jr.
(9.1k / 14.05)
Johnnie Dixon
(8.9k / 10.91)
Medium
Darnell Holland
(6.7k / 4.35)
Bailey Gaither
(8.8k / 13.65)
Sal Cannella
(5.3k / 4.99)
Breakers
(4.7k / 8.41)
Reggie Corbin
(6k / 10.34)
KaVontae Turpin
(8.3k / 19.38)
Bo Scarbrough
(6k / 9.48)
Jonathan Adams
(6.7k / 8.11)
Low
Luis Perez
(7.3k / 15.39)
Matt Colburn II
(5.6k / 12.36)
Tre Walker
(4.7k / 12.64)
Cheyenne O'Grady
(4.6k / 7.96)
Gamblers
(3.5k / 9.58)
John Franklin III
(4.2k / 9.30)
Bug Howard
(4.2k / 8.59)


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By Ethan Sauers

Ethan has been playing DFS since 2014. You can find his lineup review articles across NFL, USFL, and College Football on FantasyCruncher. If you have any questions you can reach out to him at @ethansauers on Twitter.