USFL DraftKings DFS – Core Plays and Cheat Sheet – Week 8 (6/3/22)

USFL DraftKings DFS – Core Plays and Cheat Sheet – Week 8 (6/3/22)

We enter Week 8 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 ($11,200) – Peaks and valleys have come to define Ta’amu’s performances this season. In Week 6, he put up the best Fantasy Performance by a QB this year (37.4), however last week in a more difficult matchup against New Jersey, Ta’amu failed to impress, putting up 12.3 Fantasy Points. This week, we get to see Ta’amu in a plus matchup against Houston, in a prime “get-right” spot. The Gamblers have allowed most passing yards per game with 226.6 (over 40 more than the 2nd most, Philadelphia) and have allowed the 2nd most fantasy points to QBs this season. Ta’amu’s price is costly but his ceiling is unlike any in the league.  

Kenji Bahar ($6,100) – In direct contrast to Ta’amu, Kenji Bahar gets thrust into relevancy due to a Clayton Thorson injury. Bahar came in late in the game last week after Thorson was knocked out and performed adequately completing 10 passes for 101 yards on 13 attempts. Bahar’s appeal this week comes from a decent matchup (the Bandits have allowed the 3rd most passing yards in the league) and what appears to be a positive game script as 5-point underdogs. Bahar comes with high risk as a 2nd-string QB against a leaky, yet competent, defense. However, with the bargain basement salary, he is well in play for Week 8. 

Runningback

Bo Scarbrough ($7,000) – Last week we focused on volume and Bo is the volume king of the USFL currently. Last week he received 27 carries and a target to boot against a mediocre Maulers defense and he posted a 100-yard game. Bo’s NFL experience and high-profile pedigree at Alabama makes him a strong target to be highly owned in a tougher matchup against New Orleans. If he’s locked into a similar sized workload, however, then it should still be worth it to keep him rostered. If you’re able to stomach the chance for a very low floor, C.J. Marable ($8,100)  poses an interesting option in this running attack as well, acting as a bit of “lightning” to Scarbrough’s “thunder”. However, seeing him as the higher priced option makes that less than optimal in anything other than tournaments. 

Reggie Corbin ($6,300) – Going into last week, Philadelphia was the worst defense against the run. When backed into a corner against Houston, however, they showed a backbone and stiffened to only allow 70 yards on the ground. That being said, Michigan’s rushing game is much better than Houston’s, delivering almost double the production (161.6 yards/game compared to 97.1). The leader of that Michigan backfield is Reggie Corbin, one of the legitimate stars of the league and he’s priced as only the 9th most expensive RB on the slate. When the league’s leading rusher goes against an abysmal rushing defense it’s time to raise the prices, but it seems like Draftkings missed the memo. Load him into lineups with zero hesitation. 

Wide Receiver / Tight End 

KaVontae Turpin ($8,600) – Turpin is a great play at WR for a lot of the reasons Reggie Corbin is a great play at RB. He’s a guy that has the opportunity to really take the top off of a defense and hit a ceiling that most of his counterparts don’t have. Turpin saw his usage decrease a bit last week against the Bandits with 4 targets and 4 carries. His fantasy day was saved with a TD on one of his 2 receptions, but overall it wasn’t as impressive a performance as we would have hoped. Going back to the well this week against Pittsburgh is a bet in favor of higher usage in a game where New Jersey sees the 2nd highest team total (25 points). The manufactured touches in the short passing game and the running game do help buoy his floor, but we’re really hoping to see him break one for a touchdown to really see the ceiling actualized.

Jonathan Adams ($7,000) –  Rostering the right New Orleans target is a frustrating endeavor as they have 3 receivers in the top 6 of targets in the league (Dixon – 52, Adams – 44, and Cannella 43). That being said, Adams has the most of his fellow Breakers in the last two weeks (10) and is starting to emerge as a strong-handed and consistent target for Kyle Sloter. Really, any of these three (and even Shawn Poindexter at $6,300) are worth consideration and have a decent chance at putting up a good stat line. If you’re considering playing more than one then looking for a game stack with New Orleans WRs and a Birmingham RB seems like a viable option in tournaments. 

Teo Redding ($4,800) – As much as we focus on not chasing points in DFS, it’s important to remember that the USFL is as much of a “what have you done for me lately?” league as any around, as each of these teams seems to shuffle players based on the hot hand. For Houston, Teo Redding is the player who benefits from that mindset as he’s seen 7 targets over the last two games and has reeled every single one of them in for 134 yards and a touchdown over that timeframe. Tampa Bay’s pass defense is middling and allowing the 5th most Fantasy Points to WRs so far this season. Redding works well as a “run-it-back” option if you’re playing Ta’amu and a Tampa Bay stack or as a stack to pair with the bargain of Bahar as well. His spot in this slate is well defined and he just fits.

Cheat Sheet – Week 8

$ TierQBRBWRTEDST
High
Jordan Ta'amu
(11.2k / 19.45)
Mark Thompson
(8.5k / 12.45)
KaVontae Turpin
(8.6k / 15.24)
Cheyenne O'Grady
(4.4k / 6.92)
Generals
(5.5k / 8.91)
CJ Marable
(8.1k / 7.59)
Johnnie Dixon
(8.8k / 8.59)
Sal Cannella
(4.9k / 6.77)
Medium
De'Andre Johnson
(8.6k / 0.00)
Bo Scarbrough
(7k / 14.69)
Jonathan Adams
(7k / 10.52)
Stars
(4.4k / 7.51)
Reggie Corbin
(6.3k / 12.71)
JoJo Ward
(6.4k / 1.25)
Matt Colburn II
(6.1k / 14.58)
Low
Kenji Bahar
(6.1k / 2.32)
Teo Redding
(4.8k / 8.75)
Gamblers
(3.5k / 8.11)
Josh Love
(7.4k / 10.80)
John Franklin III
(4.3k / 8.64)


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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.