XFL fantasy football is now one month old and it has proven to be a very entertaining product so far. Let’s kick off Week 5 with a look at what we expect for fantasy purposes. 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 5. And don’t forget that you can also check out our XFL fantasy football rankings for Week 5 rankings by position.
Seattle @ Houston
Betting Line: HOU -12.5
|Seattle Dragons||Houston Roughnecks|
|QB1||B.J. Daniels||QB1||Phillip Walker|
|RB1||Trey Williams||RB1||James Butler|
|RB2||Kenneth Farrow||RB2||Andre Williams|
|WR1||Keenan Reynolds||WR1||Cam Phillips|
|WR2||Austin Proehl||WR2||Kahlil Lewis|
|WR3||Alonzo Moore||WR3||Nick Holley|
|TE1||Ben Johnson||WR4||Blake Jackson|
Last week, the Dragons made the move at quarterback from a struggling Brandon Silvers to B.J. Daniels and immediately got a pop in their offense. Daniels ran for 84 yards on seven carries and threw for 100 yards and a score. Daniels is far from the top player of the week, but he’s an intriguing punt option if you stack him with either Keenan Reynolds or Austin Proehl. The Dragons’ backfield remains a three-headed monster and should be avoided.
P.J. Walker remains one of the stars of the league and will be chalk yet again this week. After back-to-back three-score performances, Cam Phillips came back to earth last week with just one catch for nine yards. Don’t worry too much about the down game, as Phillips was on the field for all 50 of the Roughnecks’ passing plays. He’s poised to bounce back this week. Interestingly, the only other player to run all 50 pass routes was Nick Holley. While Holley is labeled as a “running back” for fantasy purposes, he has exclusively played wide receiver in the Roughnecks’ run-and-shoot offense.
New York @ Dallas
Betting Line: DAL -7.5
|New York Guardians||Dallas Renegades|
|QB1||Luis Perez||QB1||Philip Nelson|
|RB1||Darius Victor||RB1||Cameron Artis-Payne|
|RB2||Tim Cook||RB2||Lance Dunbar|
|WR1||Mekale McKay||WR1||Flynn Nagel|
|WR2||Colby Pearson||WR2||Jeff Badet|
|WR3||Joe Horn Jr.||WR3||Josh Crockett|
|TE1||Jake Powell||TE1||Donald Parham|
The Guardians went with Luis Perez at quarterback last week after a lackluster three weeks from Matt McGloin. Perez was efficient, but proved to have very little pop for fantasy purposes. There really isn’t much to like here outside of Darius Victor, who racked up 82 rushing yards on 18 carries last week.
Landry Jones has been declared out for Saturday’s contest, so it’ll be Phillip Nelson under center for the Renegades. Nelson is certainly a downgrade, but the passing game isn’t really where we’re looking for fantasy production in Dallas. Through the first four weeks of the season, the Renegades have the No. 1 and No. 2 fantasy running backs in Cameron Artis-Payne and Lance Dunbar. While that may seem like an outlier, their production in the passing game makes this more than sustainable.
St. Louis @ DC
Betting Line: STL -5
|St. Louis BattleHawks||DC Defenders|
|QB1||Jordan Ta'amu||QB1||Cardale Jones|
|RB1||Matt Jones||RB1||Donnel Pumphrey|
|RB2||Christine Michael||RB2||Nick Brossette|
|WR1||De'Mornay Pierson-El||WR1||Eli Rogers|
|WR2||L'Damian Washington||WR2||Rashad Ross|
|WR3||Alonzo Russell||WR3||DeAndre Thompkins|
|TE1||Wes Saxton Jr.||TE1||Khari Lee|
They may not have looked like the best team on paper heading into the season, but St. Louis has rolled to a 3-1 record, thanks in part to the play of Jordan Ta’amu. His dual-threat ability has helped him rank second among quarterbacks in fantasy scoring. He’s in play this week as a Walker alternative and should be stacked with either De’Mornay Pierson-El or L’Damian Washington.
DC is heading in the opposite direction as the BattleHawks, coming off a 25-0 loss to Tampa Bay. While Cardale Jones looked like he was going to be one of the better signal callers in the league, the Ohio State product ranks just seventh among quarterbacks in fantasy scoring since Week 2. It’s wise to fade the entire DC roster.
Tampa Bay @ Los Angeles
Betting Line: LA -2.5
|Tampa Bay Vipers||Los Angeles Wildcats|
|QB1||Taylor Cornelius||QB1||Josh Johnson|
|RB1||De'Veon Smith||RB1||DuJuan Harris|
|RB2||Jacques Patrick||RB2||Larry Rose III|
|WR1||Jalen Tolliver||WR1||Tre McBride|
|WR2||Daniel Williams||WR2||Jordan Smallwood|
|WR3||Reece Horn||WR3||Adonis Jennings|
|TE1||Deandre Goolsby||TE1||Brandon Barnes|
Tampa Bay’s run game was on fire last week with both De’Veon Smith and Jacques Patrick going over 100 rushing yards. Smith now leads the league in rushing yards with 299. Both are in play this week. We also saw Daniel Williams get back on track last week with seven catches on 11 targets for 72 yards. The Tampa receivers have been a bit hit or miss, but Williams and Jalen Tolliver should be sprinkled into lineups.
It looks like Josh Johnson is hitting his stride. The veteran quarterback led the position in fantasy scoring last week with 325 passing yards and two scores. While Johnson will again be without Nelson Spruce, he’s shown an excellent connection with Tre McBride over the last two weeks. McBride is in play as the top wideout option this week, and Johnson should be considered if you’re looking to fade P.J. Walker.
Week 5 Projections