Dallas Renegades (1-1) vs Seattle Dragons (1-1)
Saturday, February 22, 2020 5:00 pm EST @ Centurylink Field
Odds: Renegades -220 (Bovada.com)
Bob Stoops and Jim Zorn face off in Seattle
The Renegades and Dragons are both headed into week 3 at 1-1, and are eager to step up to winning records. The Renegades are technically undefeated with Landry Jones starting at QB, and though Brandon Silvers has put up somewhat inconsistent performances, the Dragons found a win last week as well.
With attendance up at Century Link Field, this is primed to be a live crowd, and while the roughly 30k fans might not qualify as the 12th man just yet, we can call them the 11 and a half man for the time being.
QB Landry Jones (12) vs QB Brandon Silvers (12)
The Renegades are throwing the ball 40+ times a game, and are really camping on that Air Raid mentality. Jones really started to get in rhythm towards the end of last week, and if he gets rolling early, it’ll be a problem for Seattle.
Brandon Silvers will have to keep up with the veteran QB, but he’s had better performances than he’s given credit for. He threw 3 TD’s in week one against the high rolling Defenders, and if he can replicate a performance like that, it could quickly become a shootout.
RB Cameron Artis-Payne (34) vs LB Steven Johnson (59)
Artis-Payne burst onto the scene last week, rushing for 99 yards and 2 scores at 7.1 yards a carry. He’s in great shape, and is looking like he could be a key part in establishing this offense’s tempo.
Steven Johnson is the clear leader of the Dragons Defense, and he’s racked up 18 tackles in the past two weeks. He’s been an absolute force against the run, and it’s up to him to lead the way against the Dallas RB.
TE Donald Parham (49) vs CB Jeremy Clark (34)
Jeremy Clark is listed at starter this week, after a great performance vs the Vipers. He had a pick and two passes defensed, and could be the team’s best hope to cover the massive tight end. He’s massive for a CB at 6’3″, 220, and still possesses 4.43 speed to get downfield in a hurry. If anyone on this roster can cover Parham, he’s the guy.
|DAL||Winston Craig||DT||Knee||Limited participation||—|
|DAL||Pace Murphy||OT||Foot||Limited participation||—|
|DAL||Donald Parham||TE||Foot||Limited participation||—|
|SEA||Isaiah Battle||TE||Ankle||Did not participate||—|
|SEA||Dontez Byrd||WR||Knee||Did not participate||—|
|SEA||Cam Clear||TE||—||Did not participate||—|
|SEA||Michael Dunn||OT||Calf||Did not participate||—|
|SEA||Kenneth Farrow||RB||Rib||Did not participate||—|
|SEA||Anthony Moten||DT||Ankle||Did not participate||—|
|SEA||Kasen Williams||WR||Quad||Did not participate||—|
|SEA||Kenneth Farrow||RB||Rib||Limited participation||—|
Donald Parham has been utilized heavily over the past couple weeks, so he’s a solid bet at TE, but the Renegades WR chart has fluctuated a lot. It’s hard to say wheter Flynn Nagel, Jeff Badet or Jazz Ferguson will see the lion’s share of targets, but the Renegades do throw the ball a ton.
The RB platoon of Trey Williams, Daquan Gardner and Kenneth Farrow means that fantasy owners won’t know who will break out, but they will all see the field. Austin Proehl could be due for a comeback performance here.
The Renegades offense could take over this game, but the Dragons have the talent on defense to neutralize them. Brandon Silvers should be looking for a comeback performance after completing just 7 passes last week. While he’s shown that he can move the ball, I’m not sure how long of a leash he’ll be given, considering the value of veteran backup BJ Daniels. Either way, this game will help decide which team moves up to join the winners.