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Taylor Cornelius among the league leaders in DFS scoring despite low ownership

We break down the full list of XFL daily fantasy football ownership percentages for Week 5.

Tampa Bay Vipers quarterback Taylor Cornelius is rushed by Houston Roughnecks safety Marqueston Huff during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mary Holt-USA TODAY Sports

The inaugural XFL regular season reached its halfway point this past weekend, and we continue to have some regular standouts and a whole lot of surprises. Through five weeks we know who some of the quality players are, but the sample size is still too small to know all the quality players. And in daily fantasy football, that means we’re going to continue seeing surprise performances that may or may not be a legit breakout.

DraftKings offered up a rundown of ownership percentages for their biggest $10 game in Week 5, and it’s no surprise we’re seeing some big names up top. Guys like P.J. Walker, Josh Johnson, Cam Phillips, and Cameron Artis-Payne have all remained consistently owned players. CAP took a step back this week with his performance, but the big names have mostly continued impressing.

Phillips is having a ridiculous season, with 455 yards and nine touchdowns through five games. He and P.J. Walker both seem like strong bets to get a chance in NFL training camp later this fall. Walker has consistently been the XFL’s best quarterback, and while he wasn’t the highest scoring signal-caller this week, he put up another strong game.

If you scroll to the bottom of the ownership list, DC Defenders running back Jhurrell Pressley had his best game of the year. He and Donnell Pumphrey split the workload, with 15 carries apiece. Pumphrey rushed for 37 yards while Pressley rushed for 107 yards. It remains to be seen if Pressley can supplant Pumphrey, but this performance bodes well.

Tampa Bay Vipers quarterback Taylor Cornelius is starting to break out in his own right. He was the third highest scoring player in Week 5, trailing only wide receiver Cam Phillips and quarterback Josh Johnson. Daniel Williams, Jalen Tolliver, and Reece Horn have not had the high profile performances of a Cam Phillips or Nelson Spruce, but they have been quietly solid and Cornelius has benefited. Look for his ownership percentage to rise in Week 6.

XFL ownership percentages, Week 5

Player Position %Drafted DKFP
Player Position %Drafted DKFP
Tre McBride FLEX 60.54% 13.5
Cam Phillips WR 39.60% 37.2
PJ Walker QB 36.11% 27.54
Sam Mobley WR 35.42% 15.5
Nick Holley WR 27.06% 19.2
Cameron Artis-Payne RB 26.71% 5.8
Guardians DST 26.57% 19
Lance Dunbar RB 25.72% 6.4
Jalen Tolliver FLEX 23.89% 19.5
Josh Johnson QB 21.38% 32.42
BJ Daniels QB 20.61% 20.56
Renegades DST 16.97% 8
Roughnecks DST 16.01% 6
Jordan Smallwood FLEX 15.57% 13.6
Wildcats DST 14.82% 12
Donald Parham WR 14.57% 7.4
Keenan Reynolds FLEX 13.19% 1.4
BattleHawks DST 12.74% 4
Darius Victor RB 12.52% 6.8
Kahlil Lewis FLEX 11.37% 6.1
Dan Williams WR 11.33% 14.6
Adonis Jennings FLEX 9.74% 2.5
Austin Proehl WR 9.68% 10.6
Jacques Patrick FLEX 9.56% 12.4
Jordan Ta'amu QB 8.57% 10.06
DeVeon Smith FLEX 8.32% 9.4
Nick Truesdell FLEX 8.07% 3.3
James Butler RB 7.94% 21.9
Donnel Pumphrey FLEX 7.81% 3.7
Saeed Blacknall FLEX 7.54% 18.4
Flynn Nagel WR 7.29% 10.6
Rashad Ross FLEX 7.29% 3.1
Defenders DST 7.25% 13
Martez Carter RB 6.72% 4.1
L'Damian Washington FLEX 6.23% 19.4
Deandre Thompkins FLEX 6.18% 2.8
Kenneth Farrow RB 5.88% 3
Philip Nelson QB 5.73% 8.3
De'Mornay Pierson-El WR 5.67% 1.9
Reece Horn FLEX 5.41% 24
Keith Ford RB 5.28% 0.3
Taylor Cornelius QB 4.83% 31.5
Eli Rogers WR 4.73% 3.7
Mekale McKay FLEX 4.64% 10.7
Matt Jones RB 3.88% 8
Vipers DST 3.59% 2
Trey Williams FLEX 3.54% 8.8
Brandon Reilly FLEX 3.40% 2.7
Alonzo Moore FLEX 3.36% 5
Christine Michael FLEX 3.32% 9.3
Alonzo Russell WR 3.29% 5.7
Jake Powell FLEX 3.03% 2.8
Colby Pearson WR 2.77% 20.5
Blake Jackson FLEX 2.22% 2.4
Dragons DST 1.87% 7
DuJuan Harris RB 1.78% 6.7
Cardale Jones QB 1.68% -1
DeAndre Goolsby FLEX 1.48% 0
Marcus Lucas FLEX 1.46% 2.3
Jeff Badet FLEX 1.26% 4.4
Brandon Barnes FLEX 1.14% 11.6
Jazz Ferguson WR 1.12% 2.5
Nick Brossette FLEX 0.89% 0
Joe Horn FLEX 0.81% 0
Luis Perez QB 0.77% 16.96
Dontez Byrd FLEX 0.76% 2.7
Tim Cook RB 0.71% 2.6
Elijah Hood FLEX 0.71% 0
Ryheem Malone FLEX 0.69% 0
Keith Mumphery FLEX 0.66% 0
Evan Rodriguez WR 0.58% 1.8
Justin Stockton RB 0.54% 7.9
Jhurell Pressley FLEX 0.54% 17.9
Andre Williams RB 0.39% 5.4
Levonte Whitfield FLEX 0.33% 0
Josh Crockett FLEX 0.31% 3.3
Ja'Quan Gardner RB 0.29% 1.2
Teo Redding FLEX 0.28% 7.6
Tanner Gentry WR 0.22% 0
Larry Rose RB 0.19% 5
Khari Lee FLEX 0.19% 10.4
S.J. Green WR 0.18% 0
Austin Duke FLEX 0.14% 0
Derrick Hayward FLEX 0.11% 0
Ben Johnson FLEX 0.10% 1.4
Malachi Dupre FLEX 0.10% 0
Sean Price FLEX 0.09% 1.8
Khalid Abdullah FLEX 0.07% 0
Wes Saxton FLEX 0.07% 0
Seantavius Jones FLEX 0.06% 0
Mack Brown RB 0.06% 0
Matt McGloin QB 0.05% 0
Nelson Spruce FLEX 0.05% 0
Sammie Coates FLEX 0.05% 0
EJ Bibbs FLEX 0.03% 1.5
Armanti Edwards FLEX 0.03% 0
Ryan Davis FLEX 0.03% 0
Lenard Tillery RB 0.03% 0
Tyree Jackson QB 0.03% 8.76
Deangelo Yancey FLEX 0.02% 0
Marquez Williams RB 0.02% 0
Marquis Young FLEX 0.02% 0
Colin Jeter FLEX 0.02% 1.3
DeQuan Hampton FLEX 0.02% 9.4
Tarean Folston FLEX 0.02% 0.5
Brandon Silvers QB 0.02% 0
Quinton Flowers QB 0.02% 0
Connor Hamlett FLEX 0.02% 1.8
Landry Jones QB 0.01% 0
Rannell Hall FLEX 0.01% 0
Connor Cook QB 0.01% 0
John Santiago FLEX 0.01% 0
Kasen Williams FLEX 0.01% 0
Pharoah McKever FLEX 0.01% 0
Winston Dimel RB 0.01% 1.8
Freddie Martino FLEX 0.01% 5.6
Charles Kanoff QB 0.01% 0
Reuben Mwehla WR 0.01% 1.4
Eric Dungey QB 0.01% 0
Cam Clear FLEX 0.01% 0
Jalen Greene FLEX 0.01% 0
Deion Holliman WR 0.01% 0
Matt Colburn RB 0.01% 0
Tommy Bohanon RB 0.01% 0
Ray Bolden FLEX 0.01% 0
Jerrod Heard FLEX 0.01% 0
Donnie Ernsberger FLEX 0.01% 0