Swinging into the latter half of its debut season, the XFL rounds out into Week Six and following some interesting outcomes just a week removed.
Guaranteed Prize Pool (GPP) selection has dwindled some but there’s still plenty of variety to choose from, and a niche intrigue that fills every major tournament in the lobbies.
With a playoff push realistically in play for every team still, the XFL East has three teams still at the top tied 3-2, while in the West the Houston Roughnecks are running away with first place at 5-0, with Los Angeles and Dallas tied for second at 2-3. The 1-4 teams in each division (Tampa Bay, Seattle) have shown signs of life as well recently.
Let’s take a look at a few standouts to consider for the Week Six player pool…
Luis Perez, NY Guardians (QB, $8,200)
A shootout looms in the Meadowlands, and discounted at the forefront of the New York Guardians offense is recently-implanted quarterback Luis Perez to lead the charge.
Since succeeding Matt McGloin in the conclusion of the Guardians’ Week Three blowout loss to St. Louis, Perez has thrown for 418 passing yards, three touchdowns, and one interception in his just over two games played thus far.
The Houston Roughnecks have looked outstanding on offense more often than not, but the defense has materialized into a lackadaisical assembly allowing 23.33 points per game over their last three games. Allowing 296 yards of total offense per game in that time span (along with 8 TD and 4 INT surrendered), Luis Perez should have ample opportunity to be the difference maker in a fantasy roster when it comes to getting production at a discount in the quarterback position.
Jhurell Pressley, DC Defenders (RB, $6,100)
Following the decision to bench Cardale Jones, the angle in coaching benefited both DC running backs Donnel Pumphrey and Jhurell Pressley in terms of workload, totaling 15 carries a piece in the gritty 15-6 victory over the St. Louis Battlehawks. However, it was Pressley who made the most of it and convincingly outperformed his backfield mate.
Smashing for 107 rushing yards and catching three of four passes for an added 12 receiving yards, Pressley compiled 18 DraftKings Fantasy Points (DKFP) the hard way and proved the stability in a running back to be leaned upon when the going gets rough at the helm.
Welcoming a Dallas Renegades defense allowing an average of 84.2 rushing yards per game and four rushing touchdowns on the season, Jhurell Pressley could be in for a similar sort of day should DC Defenders head coach Pep Hamilton remain weary of struggling quarterback Cardale Jones.
Colby Pearson, NY Guardians (WR, $6,300)
[Before I get started on the first wide receiver for the week, I must highlight the fact that I’ll be likely to get roster exposure somewhere close to 100% for Roughnecks receiver Cam Phillips until further notice…]
…and it’s the frugal point-per-dollar fantasy players like wide receiver Colby Pearson who will help you achieve such outlandish price tags elsewhere in your roster, and without undercutting yourself solely for the sake of affordability.
Averaging five targets per game, Pearson is an unsung hero of the resurgent Guardians team; winning their last two games and really forming a get-it-done type group surrounding quarterback Luis Perez.
He amassed more receiving yards in Week Five (95 REC YDS) than he had in the three previous weeks combined, and all within no more than a two target- per-game standard deviation. Scoring 21 DKFP in his latest game against Dallas, Pearson is looking like he’s establishing a rapport with Perez.
Regardless of rostering Perez, I find Colby Pearson to be a mid-range value who’s heating up at the right time for this New York offense while leading the team in total targets in the last two games combined (12 TGT).
Tarean Folston, Tampa Bay Vipers (RB, $3,000)
This is by no means a sure-fire play, so I ask that you heed this disclaimer prior to the roster consideration of Tarean Folston in your Week Six XFL Daily Fantasy endeavors:
At the same time I can’t argue that the DraftKings site-minimum price point of $3K isn’t easy on the eyes, it’s actually little to do with my underlying focus of this player suggestion.
As of Tuesday, starting Vipers running back DeVeon Smith was limited in practice with a lingering foot injury from over a week of having the ailment. Along with this tidbit, change-of-pace backfield mate Jacques Patrick hurt his back in last week’s loss to Los Angeles and missed Tuesday’s practice entirely.
Tarean Folston was signed by Tampa Bay just this past Friday as insurance, and it appears his card may be called come Saturday afternoon. Even if Patrick plays, getting the opportunity to split the entire backfield workload would be a steal at this price point.
Nick Holley, Houston Roughnecks (WR, $7,600)
I had highlighted this second-coming of Julian Edelman in recent weeks, most notably for his multi-facted, multi-positional skillset (having played QB/WR/RB at Kent State, like Edelman). But with the latest two outings since said citation, Nick Holley has proven to be a premier catalyst within this high-octane Houston offense.
Posting back-to-back double-digit fantasy point weeks, scoring 19 and 24 DKFP in his last two games, Holley absorbed a whopping fifteen targets in that latest time frame, totaling 169 receiving yards and two touchdowns.
As previously mentioned, this matchup between Houston and New York appears to be a savory one on paper, with full game-stack potential in-play here (a potential angle in GPPs).
Although New York has allowed an average of 13 points in their past two outings, this Houston offense performs on another level and I have a hard time seeing this game score low. Nick Holley provides another accompanying mid-range value who’s hitting on all cylinders while the field may be looking to spend up instead.