Welcome to the Week 3 of the XFL. We’re 20 percent of the way through the season, and while that is not a huge sample size, it’s a step forward for us. And with only ten weeks of football, we have to take what we can from it. We should be a little more honed in for Saturday and Sunday’s games as we consider our wide receiver fantasy football rankings.
Wide receivers and tight ends are smushed together under wide receivers, so you will notice tight ends in the rankings as well. The XFL is fairly anti-tight end, so there are only a few that saw decent targets as it is.
This is a pass-heavy league, and while some running backs benefit, this league is primarily about wide receivers. Two of the top three scorers and eight of the top 13 through two weeks are wide receivers. With two WR starting spots and two flex options available, wide receivers are critical to DFS success.
Nelson Spruce remains the top targeted wide receiver, with 24 targets through two weeks. He’s caught 17 passes for 192 yards, and got into the end zone twice in Week 2. He and Cam Phillips are the two most prolific receivers to date, and their prices changes are reflecting that. Both are high ceiling options, but you have to decide if it’s worth the cost for two popular options.
DeAndre Thompkins is arguably the most intriguing of the receivers at $5,700. He missed Week 1 with a foot injury, but then was the third most targeted receiver in Week 2. With 21.7 DKFP, it’s hard not to like what he brings to the table. The downside is that at his price, we can expect a sizable majority of DFS players to slot him into their lineups.
The same holds true for tight end Donald Parham. He’s been the best tight end in the league, but he sat out Tuesday’s practice with a foot injury. He will be one to track, but if he’s healthy, look for another productive week from him in Dallas’ Air Raid offense. Landry Jones was impressive in his first start, and volume is there for the Renegades’ receivers. Jeff Badet is another Dallas receiver worth watching, coming off a nine-target Week 2 in which he caught six passes for 53 yards. Jones is going to get a ton of passing opportunities, and you might as well lock on to Dallas receivers before their prices get out of hand.
WR rankings for XFL Week 3
|1||Cam Phillips||HOU||@ TB||11100||24.5|
|2||Nelson Spruce||LA||vs. DC||10900||25.6|
|3||Deandre Thompkins||DC||@ LA||5700||21.7|
|4||Eli Rogers||DC||@ LA||9700||11.6|
|5||Keenan Reynolds||SEA||vs. DAL||7400||11.6|
|6||De'Mornay Pierson-El||STL||vs. NY||10100||15.25|
|7||Donald Parham||DAL||@ SEA||5300||13.3|
|8||Kahlil Lewis||HOU||@ TB||9100||13.25|
|9||Jeff Badet||DAL||@ SEA||8600||7.45|
|10||L'Damian Washington||STL||vs. NY||8000||13.35|
|11||Rashad Ross||DC||@ LA||9400||13.3|
|12||Dan Williams||TB||vs. HOU||8200||13.25|
|13||Jordan Smallwood||LA||vs. DC||7200||10.5|
|14||Alonzo Russell||STL||vs. NY||5900||11.55|
|15||Reece Horn||TB||vs. HOU||4200||8.65|
|16||Mekale McKay||NY||@ STL||8800||7.4|
|17||Austin Proehl||SEA||vs. DAL||8400||13.5|
|18||Sammie Coates||HOU||@ TB||7700||3.2|
|19||Flynn Nagel||DAL||@ SEA||4700||6.8|
|20||Colby Pearson||NY||@ STL||6700||7.15|
|21||Nick Truesdell||TB||vs. HOU||6200||6.9|
|23||Joe Horn||NY||@ STL||3800||3.15|
|24||Khari Lee||DC||@ LA||3700||5.95|
|25||Nick Holley||HOU||@ TB||4400||8.6|