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Draftkings UFL Showdown Picks: Defenders vs. Battlehawks 5/19/24

Breaking down the best Draftkings picks for this week's Defenders vs. Battlehawks matchup.

DC Defenders vs. St. Louis Battlehawks
May 19, 2024 12:00 pm EDT

The UFL presents a matchup between the DC Defenders and the St. Louis Battlehawks. Let’s take a look at this game from a Draftkings perspective.

Before we dive into the DC Defenders vs. St. Louis Battlehawks game let’s review the rules for Draftkings single game showdown contest.

Draftkings Single Game Showdown Contest Rules

You have $50,000 to utilize on five players from either team. However, one of those players will be designated as your team captain. The captain accumulates 1.5 times the standard fantasy points. Additionally, the captain is 1.5 times the standard cost of the flex position.

The remaining four players in your lineup will receive the standard fantasy points. Having stated that, it is highly important for you to identify the correct player for your captain position if you hope to win a large field DFS GPP (guaranteed prize pool) showdown contest.

If you have additional questions regarding the rules for the single game showdown contest, I recommend that you check out the Draftkings website for more details.

Here are my Draftkings picks for this week’s DC Defenders vs. St. Louis Battlehawks matchup.

Draftkings Picks

Captain-Jacob Saylors, RB $9,600

Last week, St. Louis starting quarterback AJ McCarron suffered an ankle injury in the St. Louis Battlehawks loss to the Birmingham Stallions. Earlier today, the St. Louis Battlehawks officially declared AJ McCarron as out for this Sunday’s matchup with the Defenders.

The unfortunate loss of AJ McCarron will open the door for other Battlehawks players to prosper on the offensive side of the football. Which St. Louis player do I think will benefit the most from the loss of AJ McCarron? For me, the answer to that question is talented St. Louis Battlehawks running back Jacob Saylors. Having stated that, how has Jacob Saylors been playing recently?

In the St. Louis Battlehawks last five games played this season, St. Louis running back Jacob Saylors has accumulated 274 rushing yards, 4 rushing touchdowns, 17 receptions, and 95 receiving yards.

Looking at the data just presented more closely, in the St. Louis Battlehawks 30-26 loss to the Birmingham Stallions last week, Jacob Saylors accumulated 29.8 total Draftkings points. It has to be said, those are some outstanding fantasy numbers from the St. Louis running back.

I noted in the rules section above just how important it is to select the correct captain for your Draftkings lineup if you hope to win a large field GPP (guaranteed prize pool) contest. Having stated that, I think that St. Louis Battlehawks running back Jacob Saylors fits the captain narrative perfectly for this one game slate.

Flex Plays

Ty Scott, WR $4,600

I think it’s fair to say that DC Defenders quarterback Jordan Ta’amu certainly enjoys throwing the football to Defenders wide receiver Ty Scott. Why do I say that? Let me present you with the relevant player data to answer that question. In seven games played in the UFL this season, DC Defenders quarterback Jordan Ta’amu has targeted Defenders wide receiver Ty Scott a total of 20 times.

Of those 20 targets just noted, Ty Scott accumulated 11 receptions, 262 receiving yards, and 2 receiving touchdowns.

It should be noted that the talented DC Defenders wider receiver Kelvin Harmon suffered a hamstring injury this week and will not suit up for Sunday’s game. The loss of Harmon should funnel more targets to Ty Scott.

I also like Ty Scott’s low Draftkings price of only $4,600. In my opinion, Ty Scott presents the best fantasy value of any player on this one game slate.

Additional flex plays I like:(Draftkings price noted): Jordan Ta’amu $9,000: Hakeem Butler $11,200: Steven Mitchell Jr. $4,000.

Hans Geevers's Free Pick: See Above

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Hans Geevers

I have been an avid fan of sports since I was a kid. Additionally, I have been betting on sports for the better part of the last two decades! I have been married to my wife Dawn for over 21 years. I am also the proud father of Hannah! These ladies provide me the inspiration to live each day to it's fullest.

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