The XFL returned for Week 2, and after a strong debut, it was a bit hit-or-miss. We saw some impressive performances by the Houston Roughnecks, DC Defenders, and Dallas Renegades, but not a whole lot else from the other five teams. With a new league inconsistency is to be expected.
We are starting to get a better handle on who is going to stand out in this new league, which is helpful for fantasy football decision-making. Two games is too small a sample size to say anything with considerable confidence, but we’re moving in the right direction.
There aren’t any good ownership numbers to mine our Week 3 waiver wire picks from, so we’ll be playing it by ear. Some of the repeat big names are not going to be available at this point, with quarterbacks P.J. Walker, Cardale Jones, and Jordan Ta’amu likely all owned. The same holds true for Cam Phillips and Nelson Spruce, who both had a second straight big weekend. Nonetheless, if you are in an XFL league, there’s a good chance many of Week 2’s top performers are on waivers, so you’ve got a chance to find some talent.
Jacques Patrick, Tampa Bay Vipers
The Vipers passing offense is a mess, but they’re impressing on the ground with Patrick and DeVeon Smith both finding plenty of holes on the ground. Smith is second in rushing yards while Patrick is fourth. Smith is likely owned in your leagues, but Patrick is proving to be a valuable No. 2. If he can find the end zone, his value will only grow. Tampa faces a Houston defense that has not been overly impressive to date.
Trey Williams, Seattle Dragons
If you didn’t jump on Williams last week, he’s worth a look heading into Week 3. Kenneth Farrow is likely rostered in most leagues and is getting plenty of work, but Williams is coming off a 12-touch game in which he led the team with 45 rushing yards. Farrow is worth rostering if he’s available, but Williams is more likely to be available in your leagues.
L’Damian Washington, St. Louis BattleHawks
A week ago, De’Mornay Pierson-El was the BattleHawks receiver to grab off waivers. This week, it’s Washington who caught six passes for 52 yards. Pierson-El leads the team with 15 targets and 13 receptions, but Washington is right behind him with 13 targets and 11 receptions. Jordan Ta’amu is impressing as the BattleHawks quarterback, and it appears Pierson-El and Washington are both worth starting.
DeAndre Thompkins, DC Defenders
Thompkins sat out last week with a foot injury, and might still be available for players that got impatient. Thompkins quickly emerged in Week 2 as Cardale Jones’ top target. He was targeted nine times and caught six receptions for 67 yards and a touchdown. Jones is putting up big numbers through two weeks, which bodes well for Thompkins.
St. Louis BattleHawks
This is about buying low. Houston quarterback P.J. Walker had a big game against the BattleHawks, but he’s also the front-runner for MVP. St. Louis gets a crack at the New York Guardians in Week 3, which means Matt McGloin and his poor performance. Marquise Williams might start in place of McGloin this week, but regardless, it’s a solid matchup for any defense.
The quarterback position has been all or nothing through two weeks. P.J. Walker, Cardale Jones, Jordan Ta’amu, and Landry Jones are the best quarterbacks in the league right now. More than likely none of the four is available in your league. That leaves fantasy owners in a position where if you need a change at the QB position, you’ll need to roll the dice on shaky quarterback situations.
Taylor Cornelius/Quinton Flowers/Aaron Murray, Tampa Bay Vipers
The Tampa QB situation is a mess. Flowers has the bigger upside of the trio, but Cornelius got the bulk of the work in Week 2 and Murray could be back from injury sooner than later. If Flowers was claimed off waivers last week, Cornelius is worth at least stashing on your bench. I suspect Flowers or Aaron Murray ends up with more starting time, but if you’re desperate for a QB, Cornelius could be the better grab for Week 3. This will be one to track the injury report to see what Murray’s status is.
Matt McGloin/Marquise Williams, New York Guardians
McGloin had an ugly performance in Week 2, and it resulted in him being benched for Williams. It is too soon to tell who might end up starting in Week 3, but it’s worth noting New York faced a DC team in Week 2 that has arguably the best defense in the league. The Guardians face an inconsistent St. Louis defense in Week 3, so there is some upside for whomever starts for New York.