Sea Dragons vs. Battlehawks: XFL Week 2 Odds, Picks, Predictions, and DFS Lineup

What can we expect in Thursday night's contest between the Seattle Sea Dragons and St. Louis Battlehawks? Here are the odds, picks, and predictions.

If you’re looking for Week 2 XFL Sea Dragons vs. Battlehawks odds, picks, and predictions, then you’ve come to the right place. We’ve analyzed each team’s highest-probability game scripts to assess the most likely outcomes, including which players are in line to thrive more than anticipated or fall short of expectations.

The following odds, picks, predictions, and recommended DFS lineup are based on DraftKings Sportsbook.

Sea Dragons vs. Battlehawks Week 2 Odds and Betting Lines

The following odds and betting lines for the Sea Dragons vs. Battlehawks are as of Wednesday, February 22. Clearly, they are subject to change. That said, barring an unforeseen injury to a significant starter, we should assume that these lines will remain largely intact.

  • Point Spread: Sea Dragons (-3)
  • Moneyline: Sea Dragons (-155), Battlehawks (+135)
  • Over/Under: 36.5 (-110)

Sea Dragons vs. Battlehawks Picks and Predictions

As discussed previously, there are many X factors in the newly recreated XFL. And as witnessed in an exciting opening weekend, many of these teams appear evenly matched — at least for now.

Seattle’s Week 1 loss easily could have been a double-digit victory. Ben DiNucci’s pick-six preceded a last-minute fumble at the opposing Defenders’ 1-yard line. Yes, this is all part of football, and we shouldn’t discount it as “random.”

That said, two game-breaking turnovers were pivotal. Seattle moved the ball pretty well. Their defense mostly shut down DC. They possess one of the most dynamic receiving corps in the league — if not the most dynamic.

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The Battlehawks needed 15 fourth-quarter points last weekend to eke past Jack Coan and the San Antonio Brahmas. I wasn’t sold on San Antonio before the season started, and I saw little to suggest that they’ll be a playoff team this year.

As impressive as St. Louis can be on offense, I believe Seattle faced a tougher Week 1 opponent and — aside from two costly turnovers — performed meaningfully better on both sides of the ball than the Battlehawks did in their contest.

I would bet on Seattle at -3 points and the over in a game where DiNucci realistically could pass for 300+ yards.

Top DraftKings DFS Picks for XFL Week 2

As shared last week, Week 1 of the XFL introduced an entirely different calculus than what we encounter year after year in the NFL. Whatever 90%+ certainty we might have about Jalen Hurts averaging x DFS points per game cannot be transposed onto, say, A.J. McCarron.

That said, last week’s recommended DFS lineup hit big in tournaments, finishing roughly in the top 5-7% of tournaments. So while the following recommendations include leaps of judgment based on an array of unknowns, like last week, they’re also based on dozens of hours of research and analysis governing this important Week 2 faceoff.

Today, we’re playing DraftKings “XFL Showdown,” which includes one Captain and five Flex players. The Captain costs 1.5x the normal salary and yields 1.5x the scoring output.

Captain: Ben DiNucci, Sea Dragons ($14,400)

Will he rebound? On paper, DiNucci should be fine in a pass-friendly offense. But backup QB Steven Montez is awaiting his chance. If you want to play it safe, roll with another high-impact player in the Captain slot. But I’m going all in on the capable DiNucci.

Flex: A.J. McCarron, Battlehawks ($9,800)

Not a flashy pick, though certainly a safe one. We could make some tweaks to go with Josh Gordon instead. There’s nothing wrong with that approach. Yet, I’d rather take a high probability of 12+ points from McCarron.

Flex: Jahcour Pearson, Sea Dragons ($7,800)

Jahcour Pearson led all XFL players in Week 1 with 14 targets. This is the same Pearson who was No. 2 in WR receptions at Ole Miss in 2021, catching passes thrown by Matt Corral. He produced a 5-69 receiving line vs. 11th-ranked Texas A&M and a 7-135 line against 18th-ranked Auburn. Surely, Pearson’s outburst last weekend was no fluke.

Flex: Blake Jackson, Sea Dragons ($7,200)

How could Josh Gordon be only No. 3 on this team, despite a whopping nine targets? Because Blake Jackson earned 11 against the Defenders, converting eight for 51 yards.

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A thumb injury leaves him questionable for Thursday night. If he’s a full go, roll with him. If he’s not, then replace him with Battlehawks RB Brian Hill ($8,000). Don’t worry; this lineup has enough financial flexibility to make it work.

Flex: Austin Proehl, Battlehawks ($5,200)

One of the biggest heroes in the Battlehawks’ opener is poised for even more volume in Week 2. Since I expect Seattle’s offense to get in a groove, I also expect McCarron to lean heavily on one of his top weapons.

Flex: Hakeem Butler, Battlehawks ($4,800)

There’s some risk here. Investing in two St. Louis receivers in what might be a spread-the-ball aerial attack could cap this lineup’s ceiling. Or, we might find that Butler evolves into one of McCarron’s biggest targets.

The 2019 fourth-round NFL draft pick fell to the fifth round in last November’s “Offensive Skills” portion of the XFL draft. He has a lot to prove, and I believe he’ll continue to turn heads.

Whatever you decide, good luck.

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