The XFL reintroduced itself Saturday with a pair of games, one of which featured a gridiron smackdown.
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P.J. Walker leads the Roughnecks to their first win of the season — The first day of the rebooted XFL season is in the books and Walker ($7,800) leads all players with 32.48 DKFP. He threw four touchdown passes to four different receivers in what ended up being a balanced pass attack. In total eight receivers hauled in a pass and Cam Phillips ($5,100) led the group with 16.7 DKFP. On the other side, Nelson Spruce ($8,500) went for over 100 receiving yards and scored 24.3 DKFP for the Wildcats. — Greg Ehrenberg
And after it was all over the Houston players had some fun with their head coach.
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The first game saw a showdown between the DC Defenders and the Seattle Dragons.
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Cardale Jones leads Defenders to first win of the XFL season — The first game of the return of the XFL seemed to be a hit on social media. The Defenders beat the Dragons, 31-19, behind the quarterback play of Jones ($10,200; 22.44 DKFP). He threw for 291 yards and two touchdowns without turning the ball over. His pass attempts were spread around and Eli Rogers ($9,100; 13.3 DKFP) was the only receiver with more than two receptions. For the Dragons, the only real offense came from Austin Proehl ($5,700) he caught a pair of touchdowns and scored a game-high 26.1 DKFP. — Greg Ehrenberg
The league would go on to get a vote of confidence on its first day of play.
I LIKE THE XFL. Coaches I respect, big plays, fresh rules, and a professional broadcast. Congrats guys.— Cris Collinsworth (@CollinsworthPFF) February 8, 2020
NIGHTLY RECAPSaturday’s main NBA slate on DraftKings had eight games. Here’s how DK Live recapped some of the biggest fantasy performances and notable themes on DraftKings Sportsbook. To read all of these recaps in real time, download the DK Live app.
Seth Curry catches fire in homecoming — Going back to Charlotte, where he grew up, Curry ($4,800; 45 DKFP) had one of his best games of the season in front of family and friends. He scored 26 points on a ridiculously efficient 10 of 14 shooting night from the field and made all seven of his field goal attempts in the first half. Curry had to step up since Kristaps Porzingis was resting for the Mavericks, opening up a usage void. Starting in place of KP, Willie Cauley-Stein ($3,500) returned really strong value. He picked up a double-double and scored 34.5 DKFP. — Greg Ehrenberg
Giannis Antetokounmpo nearly triple-doubles in blowout win over Magic — If not for the Bucks winning by 17, we could have seen a really gaudy stat line from Giannis ($14,000 in single-game showdown). Even though he wasn’t needed to close out the game, he still managed to put up a massive 19-18-9 stat line and scored 58 DKFP. Quietly, the Bucks are having one of the best regular seasons we have ever seen. They could crack 70 wins and Antetokounmpo is running away with the MVP at -305 odds. — Greg Ehrenberg
Jrue Holiday leads shorthanded Pelicans to win on the road — The Pelicans’ odds of winning didn’t look great earlier in the day when Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram were ruled out. Luckily, they had Holiday ($6,700) to fill the void. He had one of his strongest games of the season, scoring 61 DKFP on 31 points with increased usage. He is somebody we need to consider rostering if Zion and Ingram remain out. Derrick Favors ($5,000) also had a big night with New Orleans lacking depth in the frontcourt. He registered a double-double and put up 31.75 DKFP to return nice value for his price tag. — Greg Ehrenberg
New look Wolves snap 13-game losing streak — Break up the Timberwolves! Things looked bleak in Minnesota prior to the Trade Deadline. The team had gone nearly a month without a win and spirits seemed low. The roster was completely overhauled during the week and the Wolves had three new starters for tonight’s game. Clearly, the new lineup paid dividends since they crushed the Clippers by 27. Karl Anthony Towns ($10,500; 57.25 DKFP) had his usual big game and came an assist shy of a triple-double. Amongst the cheaper players, Malik Beasley ($3,200; 48 DKFP) and Jordan McLaughlin ($4,300; 48 DKFP) returned the best value. — Greg Ehrenberg
And here’s how DK Live recapped Saturday’s most noteworthy fantasy performances and news from the NHL and PGA:
David Pastrnak ends his longest pointless streak of the season — Even though it was only two games, Pastrnak ($8,200; 13 DKFP) matched his coldest streak of the season. It was only the fourth time all season he went back-to-back games without a point and he busted out with a pair of assists against the Coyotes. Pastrnak is fine to roster going forward. Patrice Bergeron ($7,500) also had a pair of assists in addition to a goal. He finished with a game-high 27.3 DKFP. — Greg Ehrenberg
Patrick Laine finds the net three times in win over Senators — Playing Ottawa is typically a boon for fantasy production. The Senators have allowed the second most goals in the NHL and surrendered five more this afternoon. Laine ($7,000; 37.5 DKFP) did the bulk of the damage with a hat trick, his first of the season. He’s gotten off to an extremely hot start in February and looks like somebody who needs to be rostered. After scoring just four goals in all of January, Laine already has five goals in February. Neal Pionk ($4,700; 34.8 DKFP) and Kyle Connor ($6,700; 29.5 DKFP) also had big games with three and four points, respectively. — Greg Ehrenberg
MacKenzie Blackwood starts February with back-to-back shutouts — This is quite the turnaround for Blackwood ($8,100). After a really poor January, he’s been impossible to get shots past in February. Blackwood has saved all 83 shots he’s faced this month after tonight’s 37-save shutout. Today, he leads all goalies with 35.9 DKFP. It’s hard to know what changed for Blackwood this month. Coming into February, he had allowed three or more goals in five of six games. Now, he’s a brick wall in net. — Greg Ehrenberg
The Flyers score seven goals in one-sided win over Capitals — The Flyers made a statement against the top team in the Metropolitan Division. Philly is fighting for a playoff spot and tonight’s effort will go a long way toward helping them reach the postseason. The Flyers got goals from six different players with Sean Couturier ($5,700) the only player to put up multiple goals. Not only did he score two goals, he got five shots on net and scored 27.5 DKFP. Claude Giroux ($5,500) also had a strong game. He scored a goal and tallied and pair of assists to finish with 23 DKFP. — Greg Ehrenberg
Phil Mickelson closes to within one shot of the lead at Pebble Beach — While Nick Taylor ($7,000) still holds the lead by one stroke headed into the final round of play at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, Mickelson ($9,500) closed the gap on Saturday with a -5 with six birdies and just a single bogey. Another big name, Jason Day ($10,300) lurks in solo third place heading into Sunday. The best round of the day was shot by Kiradech Aphibarnrat ($6,900) who fired a -7, but still missed the cut at +1. Matt Jones ($7,000) also had a great round with a -6 that moved him into the top 10. The 31-year-old Taylor will be looking for his second win on the PGA Tour while the veteran Mickelson is going for would be win No. 45. — Zach Thompson
Two-time Pebble Beach champion Brandt Snedeker missed cut — Snedeker ($10,100) looked sharp two weeks ago notching a T3 at the Farmers Insurance Open, but he missed the cut last week at Phoenix and couldn’t turn things around this week at Pebble Beach, where he won in 2013 and 2015. Jim Furyk ($7,800), Adam Hadwin ($8,100), Rafa Cabrera Bello ($8,400), Russell Knox ($8,600), Branden Grace ($9,300) and Graeme McDowell ($9,200) were also cut casualties on Saturday as 68 golfers move to the final round on Sunday at Pebble Beach Golf Links after playing one round each on that course, Spyglass Hill Golf Course and Monterey Peninsula Country Club. In better cut news, Jordan Spieth ($9,000) shot a -1 to squeak in under the cut line. — Zach Thompson
A LOOK AHEADSunday has an six-game NBA slate on DraftKings, and you can set your lineups here: NBA $350K Sunday Shootaround [$100K to 1st]. Here’s an early look from DK Live at some notable NBA news and injuries ahead of Sunday’s NBA slate.
Joel Embiid (neck), Al Horford (Achilles) listed as questionable Sunday vs. the Bulls — The 76ers may not have Embiid on Sunday when they take on the Bulls after the big man had to leave after just 16 minutes on Friday with neck stiffness against the Grizzlies with 10 points and 10 boards. If Embiid is out, Al Horford plays more time in the middle and is usually a good fantasy option, although he is also questionable with an achilles issue. There is also a chance that Alec Burks and Glenn Robinson make their debuts. They are listed out, but could play if paperwork is completed on time. — Zach Thompson
Report: Andre Drummond expected to make his Cavaliers debut Sunday vs. Clippers — Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com reported the news. The trade that sent Drummond to the Cavaliers was both the most and least surprising of deadline day. Drummond was widely known to be on the market, so it was no surprise that he was moved. However, no one thought the Pistons would get back so little or send him to Cleveland, their division rival. The Cavaliers now have Drummond, Kevin Love, Tristan Thompson and Larry Nance Jr. in a crowded frontcourt. It’ll be interesting to see how his game gels with the rest of the Cavaliers’ young core, and if he becomes a part of their future plans. — Zach Thompson
Hassan Whiteside (leg) probable to play Sunday vs. the Heat — Whiteside ($7,600) will be fired up to face his former team as he and the Trail Blazers host the Heat. Whiteside missed Friday’s game with a lower leg contusion but was rolling nicely before that, averaging 45.1 DKFP in his previous 10 contests on 16.6 points, 14.4 rebounds and 4.0 blocks per game. He had 48.5 DKFP when he faced Miami earlier this season. With his expected return, Caleb Swanigan ($3,700) will return to the bench after posting 22.25 DKFP in 28 minutes Friday — Zach Thompson
Jimmy Butler (shoulder) and Tyler Herro (ankle) remain out Sunday; Andre Iguodala will debut — The Miami rotation is going to look different against the Trail Blazers. It’s a bit hard to know what the playing time will look like since Iguodala ($4,300) and Jae Crowder ($4,300) are making their debuts. Iggy was a big name acquisition at the deadline, although it seems unlikely he will be much of a fantasy producer. Last year, he averaged just 18.36 DKFP in 23.2 minutes per game. Kendrick Nunn ($5,600) stands to gain the most playing time from the injury updates. — Greg Ehrenberg
Trae Young (ankle) questionable for Sunday vs. the Knicks — Young was forced to sit on Friday when the Hawks played the Celtics after sustaining a bruised ankle on Wednesday against the Timberwolves. He was originally listed as probable for that game before dropping to doubtful and then out. If Young is out again, Jeff Teague and Brandon Goodwin would get more work. Goodwin shone with 31 DKFP and would be a good value if he gets more run on Sunday against New York. Kevin Huerter will also be set up for more playmaking responsibility if Young is forced to sit. — Zach Thompson
Tristan Thompson (quad) not listed on the injury for Sunday vs. Clippers — Thompson missed the Cavaliers’ last two games with a quad strain, but it looks like he return Sunday. The question becomes, in what capacity? After Cleveland traded for Andre Drummond at the trade deadline, there isn’t much room for playing time in the frontcourt. Love and Drummond figure to soak up most of the minutes, leaving Thompson in a limited role. It looks like he won’t have much fantasy value going forward. — Greg Ehrenberg
Jaylen Brown (ankle), Daniel Theis (ankle) both questionable Sunday vs. the Thunder — The Celtics continue to battle multiple injuries heading into their Sunday matchup against the Thunder. Brown and Theis are both battling right ankle sprains that kept them out of Friday’s matchup against the Hawks. Gordon Hayward (foot) also missed that game but is listed as probable along with Kemba Walker (knee). Jayson Tatum has been carrying the load on offense with players like Marcus Smart, Grant Williams and Enes Kanter stepping into larger roles. Romeo Langford also stepped up in the last game, and will be worth a look if he gets more time. Check back before tip-off Sunday to see who the Celtics have available and where there will be potential value. — Zach Thompson
Eric Gordon (leg) listed as questionable Sunday vs. Jazz — Gordon only played nine minutes and had 8.75 DKFP on Friday night before leaving with a lower left leg injury and what coach Mike D’Antoni called “general soreness” after the game. He’s listed as questionable Sunday against the Suns due to the leg injury, and if he’s unable to play look for Ben McLemore, Austin Rivers and possibly Isaiah Hartenstein to get more minutes as the Rockets continue to try to find a new regular rotation in their ultra-small ball experiment. — Zach Thompson
Zach LaVine (neck) and Daniel Gafford (ankle) questionable Sunday at 76ers — LaVine got hit in the back of the neck recently and was unable to practice Saturday as the Bulls prepare to visit the 76ers on Sunday. LaVine has played in all 53 games for the Bulls this season, averaging 24.9 points, 4.8 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.4 steals per game. If he is unable to play, there would be a ton of usage for Tomas Satoransky, Coby White and Chandler Hutchison. In the frontcourt, Gafford was able to return to practice Saturday and could return after missing 10 of the Bulls’ past 11 contests. If he is out, look for Luke Kornet and Cristiano Felicio to continue to get heavy minutes in the middle. — Zach Thompson
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