Sunday’s slate has the Renegades hosting the Roughnecks and the Vipers hosting the Defenders. These games rank first in second in point totals and have lines under 3-points, so there should be some fantasy points put up on Sunday.
The safe game to choose your players from is Dallas hosting Houston, as they both have shown they can put up points and the Roughnecks have easily been the offensive stars so far in the XFL. Putting all your eggs in that basket isn’t a bad plan, but the Vipers and Defenders do have upside.
Landry Jones, Dallas Renegades ($9,700)
P.J. Walker should be the top owned quarterback and for good reason, but Jones comes at a discount and has upside for a big game in this matchup. His team will likely trail in an up-tempo game, which should push him to throw a ton and despite his interception trouble so far, his yardage and touchdowns should make up for any turnovers.
Cameron Artis-Payne, Dallas Rengades ($8,000)
Lance Dunbar is a safe play at $1,300 less, but Payne has the upside to push you into a tourney win if he can find the end zone and accumulate receptions and yards. His 15 receptions through three games keeps his floor stable, while his 6.4 yards per carry and two touchdown runs show his upside.
Donnel Pumphrey, DC Defenders ($6,500)
Over the last two games, Pumphrey has 20 rushing attempts for 92 yards and has caught 5-of-8 targets for 33 yards. Those aren’t overwhelming numbers, but he’s proving he is the best option in the backfield for DC and his target numbers, though low, aren’t bad for the XFL.
Cam Phillips, Houston Roughnecks ($11,700)
If you’ve been paying any attention, you know that Phillips has been unstoppable this season. His six touchdown receptions over the last two games is insane. Even though we can’t rely on that kind of touchdown production, he’s the targets, receptions and yardage leader as well. A “down” game for him could be coming but his floor is high and this matchup is set up for a high-scoring back and forth affair. Find a way to get him on your team.
Flynn Nagel, Dallas Renegades ($4,800)
Nagel has six targets in two of his games this season and caught 11 of them, one for a touchdown. His usage should see an uptick in Sunday’s game, as Landry Jones seems to prefer his slot receiver and tight end over the middle of the field.
Jalen Tolliver, Tampa Bay Vipers ($6,000)
Tolliver has games of eight and 13 targets so far this season and last week he caught eight passes for 104 yards with Taylor Cornelius as the main quarterback. Cornelius will get the start once again this week and should pepper Tolliver with targets once again, especially with tight end Nick Truesdell still out.
DC Defenders ($4,700) at Tampa Bay Vipers
Taylor Cornelius has three interceptions to one touchdown pass this season while Aaron Murray has no touchdowns to two interceptions. I think the Vipers will be able to move the ball but their quarterbacks haven’t shown the ability to not throw interceptions this season and a pick-six is the holy grail of D/STs.