The Birmingham Stallions have been one of the most dominant teams in the USFL all season, and now they find themselves in the USFL championship game after going 9-1 during the regular season. On Sunday, the Stallions take on the Philadelphia Stars, who knocked off the league's only other 9-1 side, the New Jersey Generals, in last weekend's semifinals round. Playmakers for both teams are up for grabs in the USFL DFS player pool, but which are the right ones to target for success in tournaments and cash games on DraftKings?
Stallions quarterback J'Marr Smith has been one of the league's best players, and finished as its third-leading passer with 1,573 yards and 10 touchdowns. He also finished with 187 rushing yards and two touchdowns on the ground to reward those that trusted him in their USFL DFS lineups. However, Philadelphia QB Case Cookus actually has more rushing yards (217) in 16 fewer carries this season. Before you make your USFL DFS picks for Sunday's game, be sure to check out the USFL DFS advice, strategy and projections from CBS Sports Fantasy and gambling editor R.J. White.
CBS Sports' Fantasy and gambling managing editor, White has delivered consistently on a high volume of picks over the long-term, returning $2,542 to $100 bettors on more than 800 against the spread picks since the start of the 2017 NFL season. It's no surprise, as White has cashed huge twice in the world's most prestigious football handicapping competition, the Las Vegas SuperContest.
CBS Sports' Fantasy and gambling managing editor, White has delivered consistently on a high volume of picks over the long-term, returning over $2,500 to $100 bettors on more than 800 against the spread picks since the start of the 2017 NFL season. White had a successful finish to the 2022 USFL season, going 8-4 with his last 12 USFL picks. His combination of expert pick knowledge and Fantasy background means he can find the best USFL DFS values.
Top USFL DFS picks for Championship Game
One of the players that White suggests considering for your USFL DFS strategy is Birmingham running back Bo Scarbrough. The Birmingham backfield has become more of a split over the last few weeks with Scarbrough getting the slight edge in workload over Marable. Although he has delivered more lunch pail productivity than eye-popping numbers, he's a punishing runner that can lead a power rushing attack.
Two weeks ago in the Stallions' 21-18 win over Tampa Bay, Scarbrough handled nine carries for 38 yards. Marable had a rushing touchdown in the win, but the following week, Scarbrough out-touched him 11-9 and averaged nearly 1.5 more yards per carry. J'Marr Smith is a dual-threat quarterback, so both runners lose a bit of opportunity to him, but Birmingham will want to keep Smith upright while going for the title, which should result in a more traditional game plan when it comes to incorporating Scarbrough in the rushing attack.
Another one of White's USFL DFS picks is Smith. While other quarterbacks have had swings in productivity throughout the season, Smith has been the model of consistency. In the semifinals last week against New Orleans, he finished with 190 passing yards and a touchdown along with 48 rushing yards and another score.
Smith had a similar performance in the Week 5 meeting against Philadelphia. In that matchup, he finished with 203 passing yards and a touchdown, as well as a single carry for another score in the 30-17 win. Should you choose to go with Smith as a captain in your lineup, White also suggests considering wide receiver Marlon Williams as a stack option.
How to set USFL DFS lineups
White is also targeting an undervalued player who is set to explode for huge numbers this weekend. This pick could be the difference between winning your tournaments and cash games or going home with nothing. You can only see who it is here.
So who is R.J. White putting in his optimal USFL DFS lineups for the USFL Championship Game? Visit SportsLine now to see optimal USFL DFS picks, rankings, advice, and stacks, all from a Fantasy expert with a history of success predicting alternative football leagues, and find out.