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XFL fantasy football Week 5 preview and projections

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

Depth Charts

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

Depth Charts

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

Depth Charts

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

Depth Charts

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.

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