XFL Week 5 Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Tampa Bay Vipers vs Los Angeles Wildcats

Jason Schandl
XFL Week 5 fantasy picks for Vipers vs Wildcats, including Tampa Bay RB De'Veon Smith.
XFL Week 5 fantasy picks for Vipers vs Wildcats, including Tampa Bay RB De'Veon Smith. / XFL/Getty Images
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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 Tampa Bay Vipers and Los Angeles Wildcats.

XFL Fantasy Football Week 5

Start Josh Johnson, QB, Los Angeles Wildcats: Josh Johnson has taken the XFL by storm in the last two weeks, with a combined 608 yards and 5 touchdowns through the air during that stretch. Even though he struggled in Week 2 and missed Week 1 with an injury, Johnson is already third in the XFL in passing yards. He's showing no signs of slowing down heading into Week 5.

Start De'Veon Smith, RB, Tampa Bay Vipers: Usually it's not a great idea to go after running backs on losing teams in fantasy football, but De'Veon Smith has been an exception to that rule. The Vipers are 1-3, but he leads the XFL in rushing yards (296). The Vipers also seem to have turned a corner, having averaged 26.0 points per game (PPG) over their last two contests after scoring 6.0 PPG over the first two weeks. During that two-week surge, Smith has seen 39 carries and 7 targets, gaining 218 yards from scrimmage.

Sit DuJuan Harris, Elijah Hood and Martez Carter, RBs, Los Angeles Wildcats: While Johnson and the passing game have impressed, the Wildcats' rushing attack has remained anemic. This looks like a committee backfield, as nobody ran the ball more than 5 times in Week 4, but even if there was a clear lead back they'd be hard to trust here. The Wildcats are the only team that doesn't have a back (minimum 20 carries) averaging at least 4.2 yards per attempt. The best they have is Elijah Hood and his 3.4 yards per carry.

Sit Jacques Patrick, RB, Tampa Bay Vipers: Like Smith, Jacques Patrick is coming off a huge game in the Tampa Bay backfield, having gained 108 yards against the DC Defenders in Week 4. Patrick has 13 fewer carries than Smith this season, however, and as recently as Week 3 we saw him fail to eclipse even 20 rushing yards. He looks like a risky, boom-or-bust option here.


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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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