Dallas Renegades XFL Betting Preview: Odds, Picks, Predictions, Depth Chart, More
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Dallas Renegades Odds, Picks, Predictions & Depth Chart
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Below you’ll find odds, depth charts and more analysis for the Dallas Renegades.
Dallas Renegades XFL Championship Odds
- Championship Odds: +400
Odds as of Thursday and via FanDuel, where Action Network users get a risk-free bet up to $500.
Dallas Renegades Offensive Depth Chart
- QB: Landry Jones, Philip Nelson, Eric Dungey
- RB: Cameron Artis-Payne, Marquis Young
- WR: Jeff Badet, Flynn Nagel, Freddie Martino, Jazz Ferguson, Jerrod Heard, Joshua Crockett
- TE: Sean Price, Donald Parham, Julian Allen
- OL: Pace Murphy, Alex Balducci, Maurquice Shakir, Salesi Uhatafe, Willie Beavers, John Keenoy, Justin Evans, Josh Allen, Darius James
Jones suffered a knee injury early in January, and head coach Bob Stoops estimated that he’d return in 4-6 weeks, just around the time of the Renegades’ Feb. 9 opener against the BattleHawks. Reports are that Jones is a game-time decision for Week 1. Nelson, who last year started three games for the San Diego Fleet of the AAF, has dominated reps in Jones’ absence, and he played well in a scrimmage against the Battlehawks, leading three touchdown drives. Dungey, who is a bit banged up himself, hasn’t played since Syracuse.
Missing from the depth chart is running back Lance Dunbar, a former change-of-pace back for the Dallas Cowboys, who was expected to play the same third-down role alongside Artis-Payne, whose last NFL start came in 2016 for the Panthers. Instead, Artis-Payne’s backup is Young, a speedy back who ran for 791 yards his senior year for the Minutemen, who were one of the worst teams in college football.
But it looks like Dunbar is still a Renegade.
Badet is maybe the most talented of the wide receiver group: He logged a 4.27-second 40-yard dash at OU’s Pro Day in 2018. Nagel is an XFL-level Julian Edelman clone who could play a key slot role. Martino has the most NFL experience of the bunch, with 13 receptions for 238 yards in 25 games with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Ferguson, who made the most noise in training camp, using his 6-foot-6 frame to pull down highlight reel catches, is listed as a backup on the latest depth chart and is nursing a hand injury, which kept him out of Wednesday’s practice. It’s possible his backup listing is based on this injury. Heard is a converted quarterback from the University of Texas and has seen snaps at quarterback this preseason.
Hailing from Stetson, an FCS school I’ve heard described as the “Harvard of South Florida,” Parham is almost too big. Tight ends don’t normally thrive in offensive coordinator Hal Mumme’s air raid, but Parham has the raw talent to succeed. He still has to supplant Sean Price, who was selected in the fourth round of the XFL draft and is listed as the starter.
Dallas Renegades Defensive Depth Chart
- DE: Frank Alexander, Winston Craig, Tony Guerad
- DT: Gelen Robinson, Tomasi Laulile,
- LB: Hau’oli Kikaha, Ray Ray Davison, Greer Martini, Johnathan Calvin, Reshard Cliett, James Folston, Asantay Brown, Tegray Scales, Tobenna Okeke, Tre Watson
- CB: Josh Hawkins, Terston Decoud, Donatello Brown, Josh Thornton
- S: Deron Smith, Tenny Adewusi, Micah Abernathy, Doyin Jebowu
Perhaps the most talented unit in the league, the Dallas defense features several players with NFL experience, such as former Carolina Panthers defensive end Frank Alexander and former Green Bay Packers cornerback Josh Hawkins.
The Renegades linebacking group is deep and may include one of the league’s best players in Kikaha, who was picked in the second round of the 2015 NFL draft by the New Orleans Saints. Two ankle injuries and an ACL tear derailed his promising NFL career, but if he’s healthy, he could produce.
At safety, Smith, a former sixth-round Cincinnati Bengals draft choice who saw action in 38 NFL games, has impressed defensive coordinator Chris Woods with his playmaking ability.
Dallas Renegades Pick
Pick: Stay Away
Betting the favorite seems to be the worst strategy in a league with nothing to go on. This team has promise, but I’m not betting on it.