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 New York Guardians and St. Louis BattleHawks.
XFL Fantasy Football Week 3
Start Matt Jones, RB, St. Louis BattleHawks: One of the few true workhorse RBs we've seen so far in this XFL season, Matt Jones leads all players with 39 opportunities (carries plus targets) — 8 more than any other player. Heavy rushing volume is hard to come by in some of these offenses, which leaves Jones as a somewhat unique piece in fantasy lineups.
Start Mekale McKay, WR, New York Guardians: Mekale McKay only has 6 receptions and 88 yards through two games this season, but the volume has been there. His 10 targets may not look like anything special, but he saw six in Week 2, while nobody else in the New York offense saw more than four. There aren't many Guardians that you'll want to play in fantasy this week, but Mckay is at the top of the list.
Sit De'Mornay Pierson-El, WR, St. Louis BattleHawks: The BattleHawks are in a good spot this week, but it might be too good. FanDuel Sportsbook has them as 10-point favorites, and that could spell low volume in the passing attack. Even in a 28-24 loss that went down to the wire in Week 2, St. Louis ran the ball on over 50 percent of their offensive snaps. They're the only team to do that in both games so far, and they're not likely to let up on the ground attack if they're playing with a big lead in Week 3.
Sit Tim Cook and Darius Victor, RB, New York Guardians: Tim Cook led the Guardians backfield in touches in Week 2 after Darius Victor (who got banged up last week) did so in Week 1. Even if we get a clear-cut lead back this week, it's not going to be a great situation. The Guardians are huge underdogs with a 15.25-point implied total on FanDuel Sportsbook. That spells trouble for RBs in an already pass-heavy league.
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