XFL Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Los Angeles Wildcats vs Houston Roughnecks

De'Angelo Henderson
Top XFL fantasy football picks for Week 1 include Roughnecks RB DeAngelo Henderson. | Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images

If you're already craving more fantasy football just days after the Super Bowl, the XFL has you covered. This weekend marks the arrival of XFL fantasy football.

The eight teams all have championship aspirations as Week 1 of the XFL season kicks off this weekend. The Duel has already got you covered with Week 1 start 'em, sit 'em and XFL fantasy football rankings, and now let's get even deeper into fantasy picks for each game.

Up next is the is the Los Angeles Wildcats vs Houston Roughnecks.

XFL Fantasy Football Week 1

Start DeAngelo Henderson, RB, Houston Roughnecks: Henderson didn't manage to stick on an NFL roster with either the Denver Broncos or New York Jets, but the guy was a legitimate stud at Coastal Carolina, averaging 1,345.3 yards and 17.3 touchdowns per season on the ground over his final three years. Sitting as 5.5-point favorites on FanDuel Sportsbook, the Roughnecks could be more run-heavy than average (whatever that "average" ends up being in the XFL).

Start Elijah Hood, RB, Los Angeles Wildcats: The underdog RB might not be in line for quite as much volume, but Hood was the Wildcats' first-round pick in the skill position portion of the XFL Draft, and he's likely to dominate the touches in the backfield. Hood checks in at RB4 in our Week 1 rankings.

Sit Sam Mobley, WR, Houston Roughnecks: While I'm in on Sammie Coates' upside as the Roughnecks' top wideout, Sam Mobley is a bit less exciting this week. Mobley is likely the WR2 at best, and with the general uncertainty coming in Week 1 (especially before most teams have released official depth charts), an uncertain role with limited upside isn't a situation to target.

Sit Josh Johnson, QB, Los Angeles Wildcats: Johnson is banged up and expected to be a game-time decision, but he's not someone worth targeting this week even if he does play. Getting 5.5 points, the Wildcats aren't expected to get off to a particularly strong start to their inaugural season. While we're not going to be able to transfer all concepts from NFL fantasy football over to the XFL, we can still expect that QBs will be far less efficient in losses than in wins, making Johnson a player to avoid for Week 1.

Be sure to also check out or fantasy picks for the rest of the XFL Week 1 matchups: Seattle Dragons vs. DC Defenders, Tampa Bay Vipers vs. New York Guardians and St. Louis BattleHawks vs. Dallas Renegades.

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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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