We’re three weeks in and the XFL has proved to be a fun addition to the fantasy football landscape. So let’s dive into what we expect for Week 4 of the XFL.
Below you’ll find a preview for each game along with updated fantasy depth charts for all eight teams. If you scroll to the bottom of this article, you’ll also find updated projections for Week 4. And don’t forget that you can also check out our XFL fantasy football rankings for Week 4 rankings by position.
Los Angeles @ New York
Betting Line: LA -8
|Los Angeles Wildcats||New York Guardians|
|QB1||Josh Johnson||QB1||Matt McGloin|
|RB1||Martez Carter||RB1||Darius Victor|
|RB2||Elijah Hood||RB2||Tim Cook|
|WR1||Tre McBride||WR1||Mekale McKay|
|WR2||Jordan Smallwood||WR2||Colby Pearson|
|WR3||Adonis Jennings||WR3||Teo Redding|
|TE1||Brandon Barnes||TE1||Jake Powell|
The Los Angeles offense woke up last week, thanks in large part to a big performance from Tre McBride. The former NFL wideout made his XFL debut and went off for 109 yards and two scores on five catches. With Nelson Spruce out for this week, look for Josh Johnson to lean on McBride. Running back Martez Carter also made his debut for the Wildcats and was one of the top fantasy running backs of the week thanks to two rushing scores. Carter led the backfield with Elijah Hood out and was more effective than Hood.
New York has been one of the worst teams for fantasy purposes, and that isn’t likely to change this week. What could change, however, is their starting quarterback. We still have Matt McGloin listed as the starter, but the Guardians also used Marquise Williams and Luis Perez last week. Regardless of who is under center, Mekale McKay remains a solid upside play.
Seattle @ St. Louis
Betting Line: STL -11.5
|Seattle Dragons||St. Louis BattleHawks|
|QB1||Brandon Silvers||QB1||Jordan Ta'amu|
|RB1||Ja'Quan Gardner||RB1||Matt Jones|
|RB2||Trey Williams||RB2||Christine Michael|
|WR1||Keenan Reynolds||WR1||L'Damian Washington|
|WR2||Austin Proehl||WR2||De'Mornay Pierson-El|
|WR3||Alonzo Moore||WR3||Alonzo Russell|
|TE1||Colin Jeter||TE1||Wes Saxton Jr.|
Inconsistencies abound for the Seattle offense. We’ve seen Austin Proehl put up good numbers in Weeks 1 and 3, but sandwiched in between was an absolutely ugly outing in Week 2. Likewise, Keenan Reynolds hasn’t been able to string together consistent performances. That being said, both have shown the ability to put up top-10 fantasy numbers and are in play this week. It’s wise to avoid the Dragons backfield, as Seattle continues to evenly distribute touches between its three backs.
St. Louis has surprisingly emerged as one of the better units for fantasy purposes. Jordan Ta’amu came back to Earth last week after his massive Week 2 performance, but he remains one of the better quarterback plays. Matt Jones was able to get on the field last week despite missing practice with an injury. Jones is in a committee with Christine Michael, but he’s the superior fantasy play. At wideout, L’Damien Washington offers more fantasy juice than De’Mornay Pierson-El.
Houston @ Dallas
Betting Line: HOU -2
|Houston Roughnecks||Dallas Renegades|
|QB1||Phillip Walker||QB1||Landry Jones|
|RB1||James Butler||RB1||Cameron Artis-Payne|
|RB2||Andre Williams||RB2||Lance Dunbar|
|WR1||Cam Phillips||WR1||Jeff Badet|
|WR2||Kahlil Lewis||WR2||Flynn Nagel|
|WR3||Nick Holley||WR3||Josh Crockett|
|WR4||Sammie Coates||TE1||Donald Parham|
The secret is out on P.J. Walker. He’s been one of the stars of the league and is clearly the top fantasy play of the week. Over his last two games, Walker has connected with Cam Phillips a massive six times for scores. Fade this stack at your own risk. Running back James Butler has also been one of the better fantasy assets, with three total touchdowns over the first three weeks.
Of course, the top back in the league has been former Carolina Panther Cameron Artis-Payne. Through three weeks, Artis-Payne is averaging a healthy 6.4 yards per carry and has also caught all 15 of his targets. The only back in the league with more receptions is his teammate, Lance Dunbar, who has 20 grabs for 119 yards. Both Renegades backs are elite plays this week. Likewise, Donald Parham has been essentially the only tight end to produce viable fantasy numbers this season. Parham has 14 catches for 217 yards and three scores on the year and is in play as a top-10 option in the WR/TE flex position.
DC @ Tampa Bay
Betting Line: DC -2.5
|DC Defenders||Tampa Bay Vipers|
|QB1||Cardale Jones||QB1||Taylor Cornelius|
|RB1||Khalid Abdullah||RB1||De'Veon Smith|
|RB2||Donnel Pumphrey||RB2||Jacques Patrick|
|WR1||Eli Rogers||WR1||Daniel Williams|
|WR2||Rashad Ross||WR2||Jalen Tolliver|
|WR3||DeAndre Thompkins||WR3||Reece Horn|
|TE1||Khari Lee||TE1||Deandre Goolsby|
The D.C. offense was downright ugly last week, but the Defenders are a good bet to rebound against a Tampa defense that grades out as the second-worst in the league. Cardale Jones may not be the elite fantasy quarterback option, but he is in the mix as a pivot option if you aren’t going to use P.J. Walker this week. If you’re going that route, be sure to stack Jones with Rashad Ross or Eli Rogers.
Taylor Cornelius will draw another start for the Vipers this week. The Oklahoma State product had another rough outing in Week 3, completing just 16-of-31 passes for 193 yards and a score. Unfortunately, Cornelius’ presence under center makes it tough to trust the Vipers wideouts. Likewise, there isn’t much appeal to the backfield tandem, as neither De’Veon Smith nor Jacques Patrick stood out last week.
Week 4 Projections