We're through three weeks of XFL action, and the 2020 season is already bringing plenty of surprises. A QB that wasn't receiving much pre-season hype has taken the league by storm, and the lone remaining undefeated team, the Houston Roughnecks, had opened the year with only the sixth-best odds to win the championship, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
However, with Week 3 behind us, patterns are starting to emerge, even if they aren't in line with what was expected coming into the season. We're getting a larger sample size to draw on, and the top fantasy options are really starting to separate from the pack.
XFL Fantasy Football Week 4
Start Cameron Artis-Payne, RB, Dallas Renegades
Cameron Artis-Payne is coming off a great performance in Week 3, in which he turned 13 carries into 80 yards on roughly 6.2 yards per carry. Dallas is currently a 3-point underdog in this one, according to FanDuel Sportsbook, so you might normally think the game flow could harm a running back's production if the team is trailing, but Artis-Payne also hauled in six receptions in Week 3, proving there will likely still be opportunities for him no matter how the game plays out.
Start Phillip Walker, QB, Houston Roughnecks
Phillip Walker has been the XFL's best quarterback through three weeks of play and he gets a Week 4 matchup against a team that allowed Brandon Silvers, arguably the XFL's worst quarterback through three weeks, to come away with a 62 percent completion percentage in Week 3. While the Roughnecks being favored might lead to a more run-heavy game flow, they still average an XFL-best 33.0 points per game (PPG), and those points aren't all coming on the ground either. If Walker continues to play at the level he has then he should have no problem cutting up the Renegades defense much of the game.
Sit Sam Mobley, WR, Houston Roughnecks
While Sam Mobley turned in a decent game in Week 3 from a boxscore perspective, with 41 receiving yards, he did it on just two catches and only has seven total targets and three total catches in three games. With most of the targets going to Cam Phillips (10 in Week 3) and Kahlil Lewis (nine in Week 3) it seems Mobley is the odd man out in an offense with only so many targets to go around.
Sit Jazz Ferguson, WR, Dallas Renegades
Much like Mobley, Jazz Ferguson seems to be the odd man out in the Renegades' passing attack. While Ferguson's only received a combined six targets this season, Donald Parham, Lance Dunbar, Artis-Payne and Flynn Nagel all received at least six targets in Week 3 alone. Ferguson should be the odd man out in your lineup in Week 4 as well.
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