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Full list of Week 3 XFL rankings for daily fantasy football

We run down fantasy football rankings for every position head into Week 3 of the XFL season.

Houston Roughnecks wide receiver Cam Phillips and wide receiver Kahlil Lewis celebrate after scoring a touchdown during the third quarter against the Los Angeles Wildcats in a XFL football game at TDECU Stadium. Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The XFL heads into Week 3 this weekend, and we’re starting to get a better handle on what to make of this new league. Two games is hardly a big enough sample size to draw too many grand conclusions, but if we need to make a roster decision for Week 3, it offers enough information to make a more informed conclusion than we could either of the past two weeks.

There will be plenty of surprising developments this weekend. I don’t think anybody expected Cameron Artis-Payne to dominate the running back position like he did. It was difficult to predict DC’s defense would roll off another three turnovers and a defensive touchdown. And while wide receiver Cam Phillips was solid in Week 1, nobody was predicting three touchdowns in Week 2.

That being said, we’re back with rankings for all the positions to help you try and sort through roster options for Week 3 daily fantasy football. At DraftKings, you start a QB, an RB, two wide receivers, two flex players, and one defense/special teams unit. It’s a pass-heavy league, so adjust accordingly.

Quarterbacks

We’re seeing separation at the quarterback position with four or five teams potentially in a good quarterback situation, and three teams in a shaky at best to bad position. The two biggest questions are Josh Johnson and Brandon Silvers. Johnson made his debut and struggled until opening up in the fourth quarter. He might have just needed to shake off some rust, but Week 3 will tell us plenty more.

Meanwhile, Silvers was solid if shaky in Week 1, and then was bad in Week 2. He faces a decent but not great Dallas defense and is one guy I’ll be watching closely in Week 3 to try and figure out what he is.

QB rankings for XFL, Week 3

RK Player Tm Opp DK PPG
RK Player Tm Opp DK PPG
1 P.J. Walker HOU @ TB 11500 27.49
2 Jordan Ta'amu STL vs. NY 10100 25.31
3 Landry Jones DAL @ SEA 10600 18.5
4 Cardale Jones DC @ LA 10800 19.82
5 Josh Johnson LA vs. DC 9200 18.14
6 Brandon Silvers SEA vs. DAL 7500 13.71
7 Matt McGloin NY @ STL 8500 8.62
8 Taylor Cornelius TB vs. HOU 7200 4.16
9 Marquise Williams NY @ STL 6400 3.64
10 Quinton Flowers TB vs. HOU 7100 3.05
11 Aaron Murray TB vs. HOU 7900 7.24

Running Backs

It’s hard to get super excited about RBs in the XFL given the way the rules are meant to benefit passing attacks. And considering the shakiness of offensive lines, it makes it that much more difficult for RBs to get much going. There are only two RBs in the top 20 scorers at DraftKings through two weeks, and there’s no reason to think that will change much in the coming weeks.

That being said, you have to look for volume plays at the position, and Matt Jones is leading that by a long shot. He has ten more carries through two weeks than the next nearest option. He hasn’t been the most effective back in the league, but there’s a consistency you can appreciate.

Cameron Artis-Payne is the player to watch this week to see if last week was a fluke, or if his poor Week 1 performance was the outlier. My guess is he’s somewhere in between, but Week 3 will offer a little more insight.

The injury news to watch this week is Kenneth Farrow, who did not practice on Tuesday due to a rib injury. If he is limited or can’t play on Saturday, Trey Williams gains value.

RB rankings for XFL, Week 3

RK Player Tm Opp DK PPG
RK Player Tm Opp DK PPG
1 Matt Jones STL vs. NY 7500 11.2
2 DeVeon Smith TB vs. HOU 6300 8.25
3 James Butler HOU @ TB 8500 14.75
4 Lance Dunbar DAL @ SEA 6600 12.1
5 Jacques Patrick TB vs. HOU 4400 7.1
6 Cameron Artis-Payne DAL @ SEA 8300 18.7
7 Trey Williams SEA vs. DAL 5000 9.7
8 Kenneth Farrow SEA vs. DAL 6000 7
9 Donnel Pumphrey DC @ LA 7000 6.8
10 Jhurell Pressley DC @ LA 6800 6.5
11 Tim Cook NY @ STL 4200 5.05
12 Christine Michael STL vs. NY 5200 3.95
13 Elijah Hood LA vs. DC 5600 3.2
14 Keith Ford STL vs. NY 4000 8.6
15 Ja'Quan Gardner SEA vs. DAL 3800 3.15
16 Marquis Young DAL @ SEA 3700 3.6
17 Darius Victor NY @ STL 4700 4.65
18 Andre Williams HOU @ TB 3300 1.45
19 Larry Rose LA vs. DC 3500 2.9
20 Matt Colburn NY @ STL 3100 2

Wide Receivers

It’s a pass-heavy league and wide receivers are the players to note for your flex positions. Three wide receivers are averaging over 20 points per game, which matches the number of quarterbacks averaging 20+ per game.

That being said, there is a clear divide between the top tier of receivers and the rest. Nelson Spruce (25.6), Cam Phillips (24.5), and DeAndre Thompkins (21.7) are the top scorers, and the next closest is De’Mornay Pierson-El at 15.3 points per game. Thompkins is notable because Week 2 was his debut after missing the opener with a foot injury. He was a projected starter, but this week will offer a hint as to whether or not he’s as good as his huge Week 2 performance might indicate.

Big names on Tuesday’s injury report included Sammie Coates and Cam Phillips, both of whom sat out practice. There’s no indication yet that they’ll miss time, but they are two names to watch as the week progresses.

WR rankings for XFL Week 3

RK Player Tm Opp DK PPG
RK Player Tm Opp DK PPG
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
22 Kasen Williams SEA DAL@SEA 5000 0
23 Joe Horn NY @ STL 3800 3.15
24 Khari Lee DC @ LA 3700 5.95
25 Nick Holley HOU @ TB 4400 8.6

Defense/Special Teams

The standout fantasy defense to date has been the DC Defenders. They’ve forced six turnovers and scored three defensive touchdowns through two weeks, and that has them averaging 23.5 DK fantasy points per game. The next closest is the New York Guardians at 13.0. It’s not likely to be sustainable, but they’re a playmaking defense to date.

Week 3 will offer a little more insight into whether or not starting the Tampa Bay Vipers’ opponent is your best strategy. The Vipers have been the worst team in the league, and this week they face a Houston defense that leads the league in sacks, but gives up sizable point totals. If Houston impresses against Tampa Bay, it might be time to start streaming Vipers’ opponents.

D/ST rankings for XFL, Week 3

Rk Team Opp DK PPG
Rk Team Opp DK PPG
1 Houston Roughnecks @ TB 5200 9.5
2 DC Defenders @ LA 4700 23.5
3 Dallas Renegades @ SEA 4200 6
4 St. Louis BattleHawks vs. NY 3700 5
5 New York Guardians @ STL 4000 13
6 Seattle Dragons vs. DAL 3300 12
7 Los Angeles Wildcats vs. DC 3000 3.5
8 Tampa Bay Vipers vs. HOU 2800 7.5