XFL Week 5 Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Seattle Dragons vs Houston Roughnecks
We're through four weeks of XFL action, and the 2020 season is already bringing plenty of surprises. We still have one undefeated team, the Houston Roughnecks, who are now +185 favorites to win the XFL Championship, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
With things starting to shake out into more predictable patterns, both on the team and player levels, we're starting to get a much better idea of what we can expect in any given week.
With that in mind, here are the top XFL Week 5 fantasy picks for the matchup between the Seattle Dragons and Houston Roughnecks.
XFL Fantasy Football Week 5
Start Keenan Reynolds, WR, Seattle Dragons: Keenan Reynolds has been highly inefficient this season, but he's also racked up at least 7 targets in three of his four games and is tied for eighth in the XFL in targets. He's tied with teammate Austin Proehl, but Reynolds has been more consistent, as Proehl has seen 5 or fewer targets in two of four games. We can expect the Dragons to throw a ton as 12.5-point underdogs, so Reynolds is a safe bet for big volume here.
Start Kahlil Lewis, WR, Houston Roughnecks: At this point, some Roughnecks (like P.J. Walker and Cam Phillips) are just too obvious to include here. Kahlil Lewis is also someone you should be sure not to ignore, however. He doesn't have the big-play upside of Phillips, averaging 6.9 fewer yards per reception, but they each have 21 catches, and Lewis leads the entire XFL with 35 targets. If you're looking for upside, stacking Walker, Phillips and Lewis is the way to go.
Sit Brandon Silvers, QB, Seattle Dragons: High passing volume is a boost for Reynolds, but that's not the case for Dragons QB Brandon Silvers. Silvers has completed just 52.0 percent of his passes this season, averaging 5.3 yards per attempt. B.J. Daniels played down the stretch last week, but regardless of who is under center, neither QB looks fantasy viable in Week 5.
Sit James Butler, RB, Houston Roughnecks: James Butler continues to see too small a workload to offer much fantasy appeal, even as the lead RB in the XFL's best offense. He's clearly their top back, with over twice as many carries as Andre Williams, but Butler still ranks just eighth in the league with 34 carries, adding only 8 receptions for 25 yards through the air. It's TD or bust for Butler.
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