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Top 3 QB/WR stacks to consider for XFL Week 1

We break down some key QB/WR stacks to consider for this weekend’s four-game XFL slate.

Sammie Coates #14 of the Pittsburgh Steelers warms up before the start of NFL game action against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field on December 11, 2016 in Orchard Park, New York. Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images

Stacking a quarterback and wide receiver on the same team makes sense because each duo’s DraftKings points ceiling will be linked. There’s a good chance that if you grab the top-performing wide receiver for the weekend, the signal caller paired with them will be toward the top as well. The inverse is also true.

For our first foray into XFL stacking, we’ll need to rely on offensive philosophies of the coaches and the relative skill level of the quarterbacks and receivers. As the season goes on, we’ll have actual results with snap counts and targets and yards per attempt and all that good stuff, but for now, some guesswork is needed.

DC Defenders: Cardale Jones (10,200), Rashad Ross ($10,400)

This is easily the highest priced stack of the weekend, but there should also be plenty of cheap options to pair with these two. Ross broke out in the AAF and has seen plenty of interest from NFL teams. His price is too high, but that could keep his ownership percentage down a little. If you can’t pay up quite that high, Malachi Dupre is listeed as a starter at just $3,000 and Eli Rogers at $9,100)isn’t cheap, but he should be a PPR machine in the XFL, which is a good for DK scoring. Deandre Thompkins is out for this game, so Ross, Dupre and Rogers should both see plenty of work despite the depth chart showing the latter two as backups. Jones will get to throw to both and has a big arm. Against lesser competition, he has good upside and could add to his DFS numbers through rushing yards.

Tampa Bay Vipers: Aaron Murray ($9,000), Nick Truesdell ($6,900)

Marc Trestman may not have succeeded as the Bears coach, but he did help Jay Cutler to one of his best statistical seasons and his work in the CFL keeps teams coming back to pick his brain. I expect the Vipers to be one of the better offenses under Trestman, Murray will throw the ball a lot, but picking his No. 1 target is tough. The highest priced and most accomplished receiver on the team, Seantavius Jones, isn’t listed on the Vipers Week 1 depth chart as a starter, while Jalen Tolliver, Reece Horn and Dan Williams are. I think all three of those players have a shot of putting up value numbers at their price, but in the end, I think tight end Nick Truesdell is the safest bet. He is a monster after the catch and was the Vipers first draft pick. Trestman likes throwing to tight ends and Truesdell. His 40 time in 2017 was 4.47-4.60 seconds and at 6’6” and 252 pounds, he’s a tough man to bring down.

Houston RoughNecks: P.J. Walker ($7,800), Sammie Coates ($9,300)

Walker has beaten out Connor Cook as the starting quarterback in Houston. He is also cheaper than Cook on DraftKings and is in June Jones’ Run N’ Shoot offense, which should provide fantasy points just on volume alone.

We don’t have the Roughnecks’ depth chart yet, but as long as Coates is healthy, he should be the No. 1 receiver or at worst, the big-play receiver, which is a good spot to be in Jones’ offense. I also like Kahlil Lewis and he is much cheaper at $4,100. If you are looking to pay up at running back, a Walker/Lewis stack is appealing.

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