The XFL is turning four weeks old this weekend and we also get our first in-state rivalry game, which also is a matchup that will decide the leader in the West Division, as the Dallas Renegades host the Houston Roughnecks. That game will be must-see TV on Sunday afternoon.
We also get to see the LA Wildcats head to New York coming off their dismantling of the DC Defenders at home last week. The Guardians have been awful while the Wildcats looked like a Top-3 team under a healthy Josh Johnson after starting the season 0-2.
Cardale Jones will get a chance at redemption after his four interception disaster in L.A., as he faces a weak Vipers defense in Tampa Bay on Sunday. He’ll need to prove he’s back before I invest too heavily in him again.
Aaron Murray was able to practice on Tuesday, so he could be back for the Vipers. He wasn’t good in Week 1, but he was able to move the ball. He could be an upgrade for the offense if he can return.
The St. Louis Battlehawks are riding high after an easy win in their home opener over the Guardians and now face another not-great team in the Seattle Dragons at home. The BattleHawks have proven they can play well as a team, which includes defense, special teams and the running game, which are all things that can end up hurting the passing game stats like it did last week. But Jordan Ta’amu remains a player who we know can piece together fantasy numbers with his legs and efficient passing.
Landry Jones, Dallas Renegades ($9,800)
P.J. Walker, Houston Roughnecks ($12,000)
Even with Walker’s price up to $12,000, he still has value, as this game has the highest over/under of the week to go along with just a -1 point spread in favor of the Roughnecks. He’s been absolutely on fire while Dallas ranks seventh in pass coverage according to Pro Football Focus.
Landry Jones has had some trouble with interceptions but thankfully they are only -1 DK point. He isn’t going to get you the rushing yards that Walker will, but he’s also $2,200 cheaper. Both teams throw the ball a ton and should push the pace and scoring so that both quarterbacks get a ton of chances to put up fantasy points. I will be targeting this game often this week.
Lance Dunbar, Dallas Renegades ($6,700)
Dunbar only went up in price $100 after catching 9-of-11 targets last week for 17 DK points and now gets a game which should be a shootout at home against the Roughnecks. Dunbar is tied for first in the league with 20 receptions and also gets enough work on the ground to supplement his stats. He’s yet to break a big play, but his reception numbers keep his floor high and a big play or touchdown will happen at some point and this week looks ripe for that to happen.
Cameron Artis-Payne, Dallas Renegades ($8,000)
The Renegades love throwing to their running backs and CAP is no exception. His ability on the ground has been great, as he’s averaged 6.4 yards per rush and scored twice, but his 15 receptions on 15 targets is what keeps him from having bad games when he doesn’t score like last week when he totaled 110 yards with no touchdowns, but added six DK points to his total with receptions. In choosing between the two Dallas backs, price is likely the deciding factor.
Darius Victor, NY Guardians ($4,800)
Victor didn’t practice on Tuesday with an ankle injury, so keep an eye on his status. As long as he’s healthy, I like him for a cheap play this week. He’s looked like the best back in New York so far and he’s getting some work as a receiver, which will likely be needed, as the Guardians aren’t going to be playing with a lead all that often this year.
If Victor can’t go, that should solidify Tim Cook as the lead back at just $4,200. His lack of receptions is a big turnoff, but this price and usage are worth taking a shot on if he gets the extra work with Victor out.
Cam Phillips, Houston Roughnecks ($11,700)
I faded Phillips last week thinking that there’s no way he comes close to another three touchdown game. I was incorrect. This is probably the week to fade him, as his price is high and Dallas should do all they can to slow him down after he was the whole Roughnecks offense last week, but this game is also a great spot for the Roughnecks passing game. Sammie Coates just isn’t getting the job done and Khalil Lewis hasn’t shown much despite being the No. 2 target. Phillips isn’t a lock for a huge game again, but he’s extremely safe in this matchup.
Tre McBride, LA Wildcats ($8,100)
McBride only played on 16 snaps in his Wildcats debut, but he made those snaps count for a big game, topping 100 yards and scoring twice. This week he should see his snaps ramped up quite a bit, as Nelson Spruce appears to be out with an injury. If Spruce were playing, I’d fade McBride at this price, but he should be their No. 1 this week and Josh Johnson has looked great so far. The Guardians will slow the game down but McBride should see upward of eight targets from a top quarterback.
Jalen Tolliver, Tampa Bay Vipers ($6,000)
Tolliver has run the most routes in the league and is coming off his best game of the season, catching 8-of-13 passes for 104 yards. His workload should be good again this week, as the Vipers are slight underdogs in the second-highest over/under game of the week.
Nick Holley, Houston Roughnecks ($4,500)
Holley had a down game last week but continues to run a ton of routes out of the slot for the Roughnecks. Cam Phillips took away every Houston receivers’ fantasy upside last week but targets should spread out again this week in a high scoring and important division matchup with Dallas.
L.A. Wildcats ($4,500)
The Wildcats defense showed up in a big way last week against the Defenders and now they get to face Matt McGloin and the Guardians. They are easily the best team to target your defense against right now and LA is on the upswing.
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