XFL DFS Week 3

Week 3 is here and once again I’ll dish out my thoughts at helping you set a lineup. If you followed last week’s article or played it then you know we cashed out in multiple tournaments on DraftKings. On to week 3 and good luck!

Quarterbacks

RANKPLAYERTEAMGAMESTOTAL PTSAVG PTS
1P.J. WalkerHOU259.429.7
2Cardale JonesDC245.7522.875
3Jordan Ta’amuSTL257.5528.775
4Landry JonesDAL120.5520.55
5Josh JohnsonLA119.619.6
6Matt McGloinNY221.510.75
7Brandon SilversSEA23316.5
8Aaron MurrayTB111.5511.55
9Quinton FlowersTB28.94.45

Notes:

  1. After another strong performance in Week 2, P.J. Walker retains the top spot among QBs.
  2. I was really tempted to put Jordan Ta’amu over Cardale Jones, but Jones has the better matchup this week.
  3. Matt McGloin was benched last week, but I’m going to assume, after his replacement wasn’t much better, that he retains his starting job — at least for one more week.
  4. Still unsure who the starting QB will be in Tampa, but despite Taylor Cornelius getting the start last week, I still prefer Quinton Flowers over him.

Your Strong bets this week are Jordan Ta’amu at $10,100 and of course P.J. Walker at $11,500 if you can fit him into a lineup. Keep an eye out for Matt McGloin to make a come back after last week’s disaster. I feel if he cant gain control back we may see Marquise Williams in week 4.

Running Backs

RANKPLAYERTEAMGAMESTOTAL PTSAVG PTS
1Matt JonesSTL215.97.95
2Lance DunbarDAL218.79.35
3James ButlerHOU227.513.75
4Cameron Artis-PayneDAL23316.5
5De’Veon SmithTB215.57.75
6Trey WilliamsSEA216.98.45
7Nick Holley (WR/RB)HOU213.76.85
8Jhurell PressleyDC2115.5
9Jacques PatrickTB213.26.6
10Elijah HoodLA27.43.7
11Kenneth FarrowSEA2126
12Donnel PumphreyDC212.66.3
13Tim CookNY28.64.3
14Christine MichaelSTL27.43.7
15Darius VictorNY28.84.4
16Ja’Quan GardnerSEA26.33.15
17Marquis YoungDAL15.25.2
18Larry RoseLA24.82.4
19Austin WalterDAL12.62.6
20Andre WilliamsHOU22.41.2
21Keith FordSTL18.68.6

Notes:

  1. Despite the fact that Matt Jones has fewer fantasy points than four other running backs, he gets my top spot based on volume. He has 37 attempts over the first two games, 10 more than the No. 2 player in attempts, De’Veon Smith.
  2. Cameron Artis-Payne finally decided to show why he was a productive, but seldom used, running back in the NFL.
  3. Lance Dunbar gets the nod at No. 2 over James Butler — who has more fantasy points — based on Dunbar’s receiving game usage. His 12 targets lead the league among running backs, and No. 2 on the list, Nick Holley, is technically playing wide receiver as he only has one carry all year.

This is a tricky spot this week as we’re seeing a few guys emerge as real good running backs. Or is it just some really bad games were played. Anyway, this week I think you can lock-in Cameron Artis-Payne at $8,300 or Lance Dunbar at $6600.

Wide Receivers/Flex

RANKPLAYERTEAMGAMESTOTAL PTSAVG PTS
1Nelson SpruceLA239.719.85
2Cam PhillipsHOU24321.5
3De’Mornay Pierson-ElSTL22412
4Rashad RossDC223.611.8
5Kahlil LewisHOU22211
6L’Damian WashingtonSTL221.210.6
7Keenan ReynoldsSEA220.710.35
8Austin ProehlSEA22412
9Alonzo RussellSTL219.19.55
10Daniel WilliamsTB2199.5
11Eli RogersDC217.78.85
12Jordan SmallwoodLA217.58.75
13DeAndre ThompkinsDC118.718.7
14Colby PearsonNY215.97.95
15Reece HornTB213.36.65
16Mekale McKayNY211.85.9
17Jeff BadetDAL210.45.2
18Sam MobleyHOU210.45.2
19Kermit WhitfieldLA29.74.85
20Jalen TolliverTB294.5
21Flynn NagelDAL29.64.8
22Keith MumpherySTL27.13.55
23Adonis JenningsLA27.13.55
24Josh CrockettDAL16.76.7
25Sammie CoatesHOU24.92.45
26Joe HornNY24.82.4
27Ryheem MaloneHOU24.72.35
28Dontez ByrdSEA24.22.1
29Malachi DupreDC24.12.05

Notes:

  1. Nelson Spruce and Cam Phillips are more 1 and 1a, with the slight edge to Spruce strictly based on more targets. Cam Phillips has four TDs compared to Spruce’s two, but both are dominating the league right now.
  2. Austin Proehl fell back to Earth in Week 2, but he remains in the top 10.
  3. DeAndre Thompkins went from unranked to No. 18 after a huge performance in Week 2. If he shows he can do it again, he will easily be inside the top 10 next week.
  4. Jeff Badet looked much better with Landry Jones under center and I expect that to continue.

Tight Ends

RANKPLAYERTEAMGAMESTOTAL PTSAVG PTS
1Donald ParhamDAL222.111.05
2Nick TruesdellTB211.35.65
3Brandon BarnesLA27.43.7
4Sean PriceDAL29.54.75
5Marcus LucasSTL27.93.95
6Derrick HaywardDC27.13.55
7Jake PowellNY25.82.9
8Khari LeeDC210.45.2

Notes:

  1. Donald Parham leads all tight ends in every major statistical category; targets, receptions, and receiving yards. He also has one touchdown which ties him for the most in the league among tight ends.
  2. Brandon Barnes could have had a bigger day in Week 2 if not for a face mask tackle that kept him a yard short of the end zone.

This week I’m going with Alonzo Russel $5,900 he was quietly a star last week third in receptions, receiving yards and targets for St. Louis, DeAndre Thompkins at $5,700 missed the season opener with a foot injury, but he immediately made an impact in his XFL debut. Thompkins caught six of nine passes for 92 yards and a touchdown in Saturday’s 27-0 win over the Guardians.

I’ve placed Cam Phillips $11,100 in my first flex spot and Donald Parham $5,300in the second. It’s a bit risky but my notes above say it all.

Defense

RankTEAM
1DC Defenders
2Houston Roughnecks
3Dallas Renegades
4NY Guardians
5St. Louis BattleHawks
6Seattle Dragons
7LA Wildcats
8Tampa Bay Vipers

Notes:

  1. I don’t think there is any question who the No. 1 defense is as the Defenders completely shut down the Guardians in Week 2. It was tempting to put the Roughnecks in the No. 1 spot based on their matchup with the league’s bottom-dwellers, the Tampa Bay vipers, but ultimately decided to stick with the Defenders.

Seattle’s D is where im going this week.

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