Week Two of the XFL is in the books and the slate of games did not disappoint! Those of y’all who read last week’s waiver wire column were rewarded with solid days from some of the suggested players. It was an entertaining weekend of football, and the offenses looked like they are starting to come alive.
The Sunday slate of games, in particular, was some of the best football so far, dominated by the big-name QBs. However, there is still plenty of talent available at flex positions out there. Also if you’re looking for sortable stats check out our XFL stats page.
Heading into Week 3, there will still be targets on the waiver wire, but get ready for it to start looking scant, so prepare now.
L’Damian Washington – WR St. Louis
.@MizzouMonstar2 put on the BURNERS.
— XFL (@XFL2023) February 17, 2020
Washington proved time and time again against a talented Houston secondary that he is one of Jordan Ta’amu’s favorite targets in a potent BattleHawks offense. All Sunday night when the BattleHawks needed a big play they turned to Washington.
He had a big day of six catches for 77 yards and a touchdown. Through two weeks he has been targeted 13 times, good for second on the team. He’s a big-bodied receiver who has the speed and athleticism to make plays after the catch.
Despite being one of the better WR2 options, he was only started in 18.3% of leagues on altfantasysports. Washington will continue to provide low-end WR1 upside each week.
Jordan Smallwood – WR Los Angeles
Another big physical receiver who was again targeted several times in the redzone for the Wildcats. He is comfortably locked into the second-fiddle role behind star receiver Nelson Spruce. Smallwood was only started by 27% of managers on altfantasy, a criminally low number seeing as he continues to be the receiver the Wildcats look to first in the redzone.
Although he did not haul in a touchdown this week, he was targeted again in close. Josh Johnson looked as good as billed and an improved Los Angeles passing attack will be a boon for Smallwood. His redzone work should be enough to make him a decent Flex play as we head into Week 3.
Reece Horn – WR Tampa Bay
Horn only trails Dan Williams in targets and has been a consistent option for whoever is playing quarterback for the Vipers. If he continues to have a steady hand, 62% catch percentage when targeted, he will start to see more targets headed his way.
In a Tampa passing offense that has been able to move the ball up and down the field, but has struggled with converting yardage into points, Horn has been a consistent feature. If Murray, Cornelius, or Flowers can establish themselves as the quarterback in Tampa, Horn should quickly become their best friend. Horn will be a WR2 every week and is a must-start.
Keenan Reynolds – WR Seattle
You just love to see it.
— Navy Football (@NavyFB) February 15, 2020
Reynolds has been targeted by Brandon Silvers a team-leading 15 times. Despite leading his team in targets, he was only started in 15.2% of leagues. He has not shown the most consistent hands, catching only 33.3% of his targets, but was a big play machine this week.
The former Navy quarterback turned his three receptions into 87 yards, including one that went for a 68-yard touchdown. Look for him to continue to be looked to as a featured part of the Dragons offense. If he continues to be a dynamic player with the ball in his hands, he should be a nice Flex play week-to-week.
Jacques Patrick – RB Tampa Bay
Through two weeks, Patrick is in a virtual dead-even split of carries with De’Veon Smith. Patrick continued to showcase his physical, hard-nosed running style as he turned his 14 carries into 73 yards. Despite being 4th in carries in Week 2 and 2nd in rushing yards, he only started in 13.0% of leagues.
Patrick is most likely sitting on the waiver wire in your league, go get him, he will continue to be a productive back in a run-first Tampa offense. He will have high-end Flex or RB2 value throughout the rest of the season and could be the waiver wire steal of the year.
Trey Williams – RB Seattle
Williams led the Three-Headed Dragon Backfield in touches this week with 15 and had a successful follow-up on a strong Week 1. Although he did not find the endzone, he is averaging 11 touches per week. This fact should put him in consideration as a must-start Flex play in any PPR or 0.5 PPR league. His ability to make plays in space and as a dynamic runner will provide a solid floor for him the rest of the way.
Others Receiving Votes
— Houston Roughnecks (@XFLRoughnecks) February 17, 2020
Cam Phillips (WR Houston) was targeted another 10 times this week and caught 8 of them for 63 yards, plus 3 touchdowns. As the top dog in a pass-happy and explosive Roughnecks offense, he has to be started in more than the 43.7% of leagues he was this week… DeAndre Thompkins (WR DC) had a big week bouncing back from an injury Week 1 with a 6/92/1 game against New York. It looks like all three of the top receivers in DC are startable options… Nick Holley (RB/WR Houston), apparently some of y’all read the column but did not listen. Holley was targeted 5 times again and added a rush as well, with a seemingly limited selection of reliable RBs, Holley should be started in way more than 24.6% of leagues.