We now have five weeks of XFL games under our belt and we have one clear front-runner at 5-0 while no other team has more than three wins. That top team is the P.J. Walker led Houston Roughnecks. Halfway through the season we have five games remaining, so there is room for the cluster behind the Roughnecks to make moves, with no teams really out of the playoff races.
Getting a better handle on these teams should help us rank players more accurately as we move forward. Below we have our Week 6 rankings for each position and their price for daily fantasy football. At DraftKings, you start a QB, an RB, two wide receivers, two flex players, and one defense/special teams unit. This league is extremely quarterback and wide receiver focused, as quarterbacks have thrown for 56 touchdowns while running backs have rushed for 20 through 36 games, with only one running back over two rushing touchdowns through five weeks. .
P.J. Walker remains the highest priced quarterback at DK, and for good reason, as he’s been the most consistent quarterback for five weeks, but Josh Johnson is not far behind despite missing Week 1. This week Johnson gets a better matchup as he faces the Seattle Dragons, so he gets the nod, but they are neck in neck.
Jordan Ta’amu has earned some leeway after a down game last week, but his floor is much lower than the top two quarterbacks, especially when he can’t pick up good yardage on the ground. Tampa Bay is a team he should be able to points on though.
There are decent fliers now that Cardale Jones, Aaron Murray, Matt McGloin and Brandon Silvers appear to have lost their jobs. B.J. Daniels, Tyree Jackson and Taylor Cornelius can boost their floor with rushing numbers and if they can get something going through the air, thier upside is good enough to give a shot in GPPs.
Quarterback rankings for XFL Week 6
If Jacques Patrick can’t go this week, De’Veon Smith because a top play against a BattleHawks team that just allowed Jhurell Pressley to rush for 100 yards despite knowing that Tyree Jackson wasn’t going to throw the ball.
Dallas running backs remain strong plays due to their usage in the receiving game and get a strong matchup against the DC Defenders, who have allowed the second-most rushing yards at the third-highest yards per carry. The Defenders also don’t have a quarterback who is going to put up big points and push the Renegades away from running the ball, especially after their quarterback hasn’t been able to move the ball through the air without turning it over.
Running back rankings for XFL Week 6
Cam Phillips returned to his big numbers, as he caught two touchdowns last week, pushing his touchdowns up to nine on the season. This week the Roughnecks head to New Jersey to take on a Guardians team that is middling against the pass and shouldn’t be a huge problem for Phillips. There is a chance Nick Holley, Sam Mobley and Kahil Lewis end up cutting into his work, but so far, he’s been such a target magnet around the end zone that any dip in targets can be made up for with touchdowns
Tre McBride is easily the No. 2 receiver in the league right now and should be able to keep up his strong play with Josh Johnson playing so well. If Nelson Spruce returns this week, he would likely be eased back and I wouldn’t worry too much about McBride’s usage, but Jordan Smallwood could see his targets reduced a bit.
Wide receiver rankings for XFL Week 6
The Defenders face Philip Nelson, who has had trouble moving the ball in his two starts and has yet to play on the road. He should have some trouble against DC, who just sacked Jordan Ta’amu four times.
The Vipers have allowed the fewest yards so far but they’ve also given up the third-most points. Playing the Wildcats and Roughnecks doesn’t help those numbers though. They take on a BattleHawks team that has shown themselves to be one of the better teams in the league and a quarterback who hasn’t been turnover prone.
The St. Louis BattleHawks have been the best defense all around, as they’ve allowed the fewest points and the second fewest total yards along with easily the fewest passing yards allowed, but they also face a Vipers offense that has been playing very well despite their record.
Defense/special teams rankings for XFL Week 6