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XFL Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Houston Roughnecks vs Tampa Bay Vipers in Week 3

Jason Schandl
Top XFL Week 3 fantasy picks include Roughnecks WR Cam Phillips.
Top XFL Week 3 fantasy picks include Roughnecks WR Cam Phillips. / Bob Levey/Getty Images
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We've reached Week 3 of the XFL season, and that means we're starting to get a clearer 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 Houston Roughnecks and Tampa Bay Vipers.

XFL Fantasy Football Week 3

Start Cam Phillips, WR, Houston Roughnecks: The Roughnecks have shown off one of the most prolific passing attacks in the XFL so far, and they lead the league with 32.5 points per game (PPG). Cam Phillips not only leads this offense in targets, but he's also second in the XFL with 18. That kind of volume, especially when there's so much scoring to go around, makes Phillips one of the week's top plays at any position. Phillips is the WR1 in our Week 3 XFL fantasy football rankings.

Start Jacques Patrick, RB, Tampa Bay Vipers: It's hard to get too excited about anyone in the Tampa offense, but Jacques Patrick's volume keeps him in play. His 27 opportunities (carries plus targets) rank fourth among RBs on the year, and even with uncertainty at the Vipers' QB spot, his workload should be safe.

Sit Sammie Coates, WR, Houston Roughnecks: Sammie Coates disappointed by turning 9 targets into just 2 receptions in Week 1, and that poor performance seems to have quickly eroded his team's trust in him. He followed that outing with just 4 targets in Week 2, and he only managed 1 reception. Coates is explosive, but his lack of efficiency and declining workload are both serious red flags.

Sit Reece Horn, WR, Tampa Bay Vipers: Reece Horn has seen 13 targets this season, which ties him with Daniel Williams for the most on the team, but 6.5 per game isn't anything to write home about. With Aaron Murray on the shelf, the Vipers scored just 9 points against the Vipers in Week 2, while neither Taylor Cornelius nor Quinton Flowers managed to average even 6.0 yards per pass attempt. Even if Murray returns, he completed just 47 percent of his Week 1 passes, and he doesn't improve Horn's outlook by much.


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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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