The XFL is in its fourth week and DraftKings pricing is getting tougher by the week. Paying up for Phillip Walker and Cam Phillips is going to be tough to do this week, but there are a few cheaper picks that have value.
Taylor Cornelius, Tampa Bay Vipers ($7,000)
There isn’t a ton to love about Cornelius, but he did put up 22 DK points in the last game with the help of a rushing touchdown and has been named the starter for Week 4. He ran the ball six times for 33 yards, which should help his fantasy floor and right now Quinton Flowers isn’t at practice due to a personal matter. If Flowers isn’t taking away snaps, Cornelius gets a boost.
Lance Dunbar, Dallas Renegades ($6,700)
Dunbar’s price isn’t exactly cheap, but with his usage as a receiver, he is hard to pass on for his price. There is no reason to believe you can predict rushing or receiving touchdowns for running backs in this league, so I don’t see any reason to try. What we can predict for Dunbar is a bunch of targets and receptions. He has the third-most fantasy points at running back and the only other back I’d choose ahead of him is his running mate Cameron Artis-Payne, who costs $8,000.
Jacques Patrick, Tampa Bay Vipers ($5,000)
Patrick’s efficiency was awful last week, but he continues to see good touches and has shown better ability than his Week 3 results. It looks like he will continue to split time with De’Veon Smith and has also seen more work inside the 10-yard line than Smith. Marc Trestman relinquished play calling to his OC and it showed up last week in 27 points scored.
Trey Williams, Seattle Dragons ($4,400)
Whichever running back I choose for my lineup must have some usage as a receiver. After Artis-Payne and Dunbar, receiving usage is scarce. There are only four backs with double-digit targets and Williams is the cheapest of that group. He does split work with two other backs, so his lowered price makes sense, but he’s shown a decent floor and he should see work as a receiver in a game where Seattle is -12 point underdogs.
DeAndre Thompkins, DC Defenders ($5,200)
Thompkins and the whole Defenders passing offense were a no-show last Sunday due to Cardale Jones playing terribly, but they’ll be back on the east coast this week playing a poor Vipers defense. I like Rashad Ross and Eli Rogers this week, but they are still pricey, while Thompkins is a key player in the offense.
Flynn Nagel, Dallas Renegades ($4,800)
I’ll be looking to find some cheaper options from this Dallas/Houston game due to its extremely high scoring potential. Nagel scored a touchdown last week and was second on the team with six targets. This week the pace should step up and the Roughnecks should put up enough points to push Landry Jones and company to go all out to keep up.
Nick Holley, Houston Renegades ($4,500)
In another attempt to leach onto the highest-scoring game of the week, we’ll take a look at Holley, who has run the second-most routes for the Roughnecks. His targets took a hit last week as Cam Phillips dominated all aspects of the passing game, but I’d expect the Renegades to spend some extra personnel on stopping Phillips, likely forcing Walker to spread the ball around a bit more.
Tampa Bay Vipers ($3,600) vs. DC Defenders
The Vipers aren’t good, but after watching Cardale Jones completely tank in L.A., I don’t have any qualms in making him prove he can turn things around. Jones had no idea what was going on in front of his face, chucking the ball willy nilly into the defense’s hands.
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