Week 3 XFL DFS Picks: Lineup advice, strategy, sleepers for DraftKings, FanDuel daily fantasy football contests

Another big weekend of XFL action is almost here, and with it comes lineup decisions for your XFL DFS contests. Week 3 gets underway at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday with the Houston Roughnecks and Tampa Bay Vipers, which means breakout QB Phillip Walker will be in action. He’s included in our FanDuel and DraftKings recommendations, though you’ll have to look for a few value sleepers at other positions if you’re going to pay up for him. 

The second game in Saturday’s doubleheader features the Dallas Renegades visiting the Seattle Dragons, which should mean good things for Dallas’s D/ST. Sunday kicks off with the New York Guardians facing the St. Louis Battlehawks and their stud backfield combo of Jordan Ta’amu and Matt Jones. The weekend is capped with the defensive-minded D.C. Defenders visiting the Los Angeles Wildcats. 

As always, we’re here to help with your DFS lineup picks, so let’s get to it!

Editor’s Note: This is a FREE preview of Week 3’s Fantasy Alarm’s XFL DFS Playbook. For full analysis and example lineups, check out Fantasy Alarm’s great season-long and DFS tools available to subscribers.

Week 3 XFL DFS Picks: Quarterback

Phillip Walker, Houston Roughnecks @ Tampa Bay Vipers (DraftKings: $11,500; FanDuel: $23). Walker is pricey on both sites this weekend — and for good reason. We’ve seen him score 32 and 23 points, respectively, on DraftKings so far this season, and against this Vipers defense he should put up at least three touchdowns. Walker is also rushing the ball a little bit so it’s only a matter of time before he finds the end zone with his legs, which could easily happen this weekend. Tampa Bay’s defense hasn’t been awful on paper, but they haven’t really been challenged by Matt McGloin and Brandon Silvers, so we can assume Walker should stay the course and post at least 23 DFS points.

Cardale Jones, D.C. Defenders @ Los Angeles Wildcats (DraftKings: $10,800; FanDuel: $20). I hate his price on DraftKings, but I like the $20 tag on FanDuel for the Sunday slate. Jones has proven to be somewhat reliable in cash games, and this is arguably his best matchup to date against a Wildcats defense that parted ways with their defensive coordinator after one game. The Wildcats have allowed 62 points on 759 yards through two weeks, so Jones should exceed the 19-20 points he’s recorded the past two games. If he doesn’t, then he’s not a great value on DraftKings, but the matchup is fantastic, and Jones is trending toward 300 yards passing, which would be a nice bonus on DraftKings if he gets there.

Jordan Ta’amu, St. Louis Battlehawks vs. New York Guardians (DraftKings: $10,100; FanDuel: $21). Ta’amu continues to register the DFS points with his arm and legs. Granted, the Battlehawks were playing from behind last week, but Ta’amu returned solid value with 37 pass attempts and eight rushing attempts. Additionally, he managed to get a rushing touchdown. On 17 rushing attempts so far, he has 109 rushing yards and a touchdown. He’s not Lamar Jackson, but he is the rushing quarterback of the league at the moment, and while we are seeing a huge spike in the price tag, he’s worth every penny. The Battlehawks are a big favorite against a New York team that was slightly exposed last week. Ta’amu is in line for another big game this week.

GPP-Only Play: Tampa’s starting QBs vs. Houston Roughnecks. Analysis available to Fantasy Alarm subscribers!

Week 3 XFL DFS Picks: Running back

Thankfully, DraftKings only requires you to play one running back each week. It’s not a fun position to pick and all the recognizable names are on the table, but I’ll try not to list too many. 

James Butler, Houston Roughnecks @ Tampa Bay Vipers (DraftKings: $8,500; FanDuel: $17). Butler has been fairly touchdown dependent so far through two weeks, but that will be the case with most running backs in the XFL. He has 20 total touches through two games with three scores. He’s caught all four of his targets, as well. So, in what appears to be the league’s most explosive offense, Butler is getting work and producing. I especially like the matchup this week because there’s the possibility that game flow could benefit him if the Roughnecks get out to a huge lead like many suspect. They could take their foot off the gas and run the ball with Butler who has emerged out of nowhere as Houston’s lead running back. But, as Ryan Hallam and I mentioned prior to the Week 1 podcast, June Jones could just as easily keep throwing the ball. Butler’s salary of $8,500 isn’t bad for a guy with three touchdowns so far, but it’s a bit of a gamble based on his touchdown-per-touch rate.

Matt Jones, St. Louis Battlehawks vs. New York Guardians (DraftKings: $7,500; FanDuel: $16). Jones is nursing a slight knee injury, but he played through it last week to reward his fantasy owners. Jones has been the only true work horse running back so far. He has 37 total carries and hasn’t found the end zone on the ground, although he has caught a touchdown pass. Jones will square off against the Guardians, who were shut out last week by the Defenders and allowed over 100 rushing yards, as well. Jones is still priced reasonably if you consider how often he’s touching the ball even with Jordan Ta’amu stealing some carries.

Donnel Pumphrey (DraftKings: $7,000; FanDuel: $13) and Jhurrel Pressley (DraftKings: $6,800; FanDuel: $15), D.C. Defenders @ Los Angeles Wildcats. Analysis available to Fantasy Alarm subscribers!

Lance Dunbar, Dallas Renegades @ Seattle Dragons (DraftKings: $6,600; FanDuel: $15). Last week it was the Cameron Artis-Payne show. He went off on the Wildcats to the tune of 99 rushing yards, five catches, and a pair of touchdowns. It’s pretty surprising how involved CAP has been in the passing game, as he’s caught all nine of his targets through two games. However, Dunbar is still getting passing-down work out of the backfield. He’s caught 11-of-12 targets, and while he hasn’t found the end zone yet, he’s yielded decent DFS returns. The price isn’t terrible for Dunbar if you don’t want to pay up for Artis-Payne.

DeVeon Smith, Tampa Bay Vipers vs. Houston Roughnecks (DraftKings: $6,300; FanDuel: $16). Analysis available to Fantasy Alarm subscribers!

Darius Victor, New York Guardians @ St. Louis Battlehawks (DraftKings: $4,700; FanDuel: $12). Analysis available to Fantasy Alarm subscribers!

Other RBs Worth Considering: Available to Fantasy Alarm subscribers!

Editor’s Note: This is a FREE preview of Week 3’s Fantasy Alarm’s XFL DFS Playbook. For full analysis and example lineups, check out Fantasy Alarm’s great season-long and DFS tools available to subscribers.

Week 3 XFL DFS Picks: Wide receiver and Tight end

Cam Phillips, Houston Roughnecks @ Tampa Bay Vipers (DraftKings: $11,100; FanDuel: $21). Phillips has emerged as one of Phillip Walker’s favorite targets. In addition to the four touchdowns in two games, Phillips has 19 targets. The yardage hasn’t been there for him, but the upside is huge if he’s going to get even one touchdown this week. It’s a very hefty price tag on DraftKings, but $21 is very reasonable on FanDuel and in a passing happy offense like Houston, he’s worth targeting.

Nelson Spruce, Los Angeles Wildcats vs. D.C. Defenders (DraftKings: $10,900; FanDuel: $20). Spruce is priced a little under Phillips this weekend, but he’s proven to be just as reliable. Through two games, Spruce has 17 catches on 24 targets for 192 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He’s posted this production with two different quarterbacks. On DraftKings, he’s put up 24 and 27 points, respectively, so he’s finding ways to put up numbers even without finding the end zone (a la Week 1). The downside is the matchup against D.C. this weekend, but at least it’s a home game. The good news for Spruce is that he should get a healthy amount of targets, but the top two receivers are a little risky this weekend given their costs.

Eli Rogers, D.C. Defenders @ Los Angeles Wildcats (DraftKings: $9,700; FanDuel: $15). Analysis available to Fantasy Alarm subscribers!

Kahlil Lewis, Houston Roughnecks @ Tampa Bay Vipers (DraftKings: $9,100; FanDuel: $18). Analysis available to Fantasy Alarm subscribers!

DeAndre Thompkins, D.C. Defenders @ Los Angeles Wildcats (DraftKings: $5,700; FanDuel: $19).  Analysis available to Fantasy Alarm subscribers!

Donald Parham, Dallas Renegades @ Seattle Dragons (DraftKings: $5,300; FanDuel: $16). Analysis available to Fantasy Alarm subscribers!

Nick Holley, Houston Roughnecks @ Tampa Bay Vipers (DraftKings: $4,400; FanDuel: $15).  Analysis available to Fantasy Alarm subscribers!

Reece Horn, Tampa Bay Vipers vs. Houston Roughnecks (DraftKings: $4,200; FanDuel: $15). I prefer Horn’s price on DraftKings a little more than FanDuel. It’s gone up in recent weeks, but even at $4,200 he’s still a really good play. He has eight catches on 13 targets for 93 total yards this season, and in a matchup where the Vipers should be trailing quite a bit, Tampa’s passing game should be quite active. He’s still a gamble and not as safe for cash games as I might say that Holley is, but Horn’s a good dart throw in GPPs. The news breaking late Wednesday that Seantavius Jones had been waived may create more opportunities for guys further down the depth chart.

Other WRs Worth Considering: Available to Fantasy Alarm subscribers!

Week 3 XFL DFS Picks: Defense/special teams

D.C. Defenders @ Los Angeles Wildcats (DraftKings: $4,700). The Defenders are somehow not the most expensive D/ST on the slate. That honor goes to the Roughnecks this week, and it’s somewhat baffling. The Defenders are simply crushing the rest of the league on defense. They have six takeaways, four sacks, and three defensive touchdowns through two games. It’s a daunting defense and arguably the best cash game play even if they’re going cross-country to Los Angeles. Josh Johnson didn’t really light up the stat sheet last week and he might still be a little hurt. I expect more of the same so far from the Defenders.

Dallas Renegades @ Seattle Dragons (DraftKings: $4,200). Defenses against the Dragons have posted 22 and 14 points, respectively, in two games. They simply don’t have great quarterback play with three interceptions through two games from Brandon Silvers. Don’t get me wrong, the Defenders are worth the money in cash games, but Dallas is a pretty good GPP play if this defense can score like the Vipers and Defenders have done over the last two weeks.

Other D/STs Worth Considering: Available to Fantasy Alarm subscribers!

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