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Best lineup strategy for Seattle vs. St. Louis in DraftKings Showdown

We break down the best way to go about setting Showdown lineups for Saturday’s Dragons-BattleHawks matchup.

St. Louis Battlehawks quarterback Jordan Ta’Amu drops back for a pass during the second half of an XFL game against the NY Guardians at The Dome at America’s Center. Billy Hurst-USA TODAY Sports

The St. Louis BattleHawks will host the Seattle Dragons in Week 4 of the XFL. The two teams will face off at 5:00 p.m. ET in Saturday’s second and final game. St. Louis is looking for a second straight win while Seattle wants to avoid the start of a losing streak. We broke down some ideal Showdown lineup strategies for DraftKings DFS contests centered around this matchup.

Captain Obvious

Jordan Ta’amu, QB, BattleHawks ($14,700)

Ta’amu had his worst game of the season in Week 3 and only tallied 6 DKFP against the New York Guardians, but he’s still the most dangerous weapon St. Louis has at its disposal. Despite only throwing for 119 yards in his last outing, he trails only the Houston Roughnecks’ P.J. Walker in passing yards (612). The BattleHawks’ game plan was to run the ball against the Guardians, and Ta’amu only took off himself three times during the contest after racking up 17 carries in his first two appearances. Expect the 22-year-old to show more life in Week 4.

Captain Courageous

Austin Proehl, WR, Dragons ($13,500)

Proehl established himself as a threat again last weekend after having a slow Week 2. The wideout totaled 81 receiving yards and a score while hailing in five of six targets. His 20 DKFP were a massive improvement from the single point he tallied against the Tampa Bay Vipers. He’s edged out Keenan Reynolds ($12,000/$8,000) this season and appears to be the Dragons’ top receiving option at this point.

Flex Men

Matt Jones, RB, BattleHawks ($7,600)

Jones is dealing with knee pain for a second straight week and has yet to be a full participant in practice leading up to Week 4. He got 15 carries and rushed for 95 yards and a score while splitting the workload with Christine Michael ($6,400) in Week 3 and remains the most productive back on the XFL’s most run-focused offense. You should track his progress leading up to game time. It seems like he’s trending in the right direction. He leads all running backs with 224 rushing yards.

Alonzo Russell, WR, BattleHawks ($7,200)

Russell is second to De’Morney Pierson-El ($9,400) in receiving yards (127) and has a much more appealing price. All of St. Louis’ receiving corps took a hit in Week 3 because of Ta’amu’s limited throwing volume, but Russell caught all three of the passes thrown his way in the contest and finished with 8.6 DKFP.