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XFL Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for DC Defenders vs Los Angeles Wildcats in Week 3

Jason Schandl
Top XFL fantasy picks for Week 3 include DC Defenders' WR, Eli Rogers.
Top XFL fantasy picks for Week 3 include DC Defenders' WR, Eli Rogers. / Scott Taetsch/Getty Images
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We've reached Week 3 of the XFL season, and that means we're starting to get a more accurate picture of how things are likely to play out for each of the eight teams.

The XFL championship odds are starting to paint some clear favorites and underdogs, and a two-week sample is giving us a better idea of player value in XFL fantasy football.

With that in mind, here's some start 'em, sit 'em advice for this week's matchup between the DC Defenders and Los Angeles Wildcats.

XFL Fantasy Football Week 3

Start Eli Rogers, WR, DC Defenders: You can feel good about firing up most of the DC offense this week — Cardale Jones is QB1 and Jhurell Pressley is RB1 in our Week 3 rankings. Going with a slightly less obvious play, Eli Rogers leads the Defenders and is tied for sixth in the XFL in targets with 14. DC ran the ball 28 times in a blowout win last week, and Rodgers still saw 8 looks. He only converted those to 5 receptions and 49 yards, but we can expect him to do more damage this week as one of the top receiving threats in one of the league's best passing offenses.

Start Nelson Spruce, WR, Los Angeles Wildcats: On the other side of things, you'll want to avoid most Wildcats. Nelson Spruce is an obvious exception, though. The XFL's target leader (24) had 6 receptions for 89 yards and 2 TDs in Week 2 after opening the season with 11 receptions for 103 yards in Week 1. Tough matchup or not, fire him up.

Sit Josh Johnson, QB, Los Angeles Wildcats: Johnson missed Week 1 with an injury, and his Week 2 debut left a lot to be desired. Not coming anywhere close to living up to his pre-season hype, he went just 18-of-34 through the air, notching 196 yards in Week 2. Now he gets a DC defense that has surrendered a league-low 9.5 points per game (PPG). A bounce-back performance is not likely in this spot.

Sit Rashad Ross, WR, DC Defenders: Rashad Ross hasn't seen too much volume this season. He saw just 2 targets in Week 1, and recorded another five looks in Week 2. He's actually been pretty productive, even with that limited workload, tallying 147 receiving yards and a TD during that span. Still, it's tough to see Ross maintaining that level of play on an average of 3.5 targets per game. Ross is someone to avoid unless we see evidence that his role is going to expand.


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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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