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XFL Fantasy Football Rankings Week 6: Saeed Blacknall and Jhurrell Pressley Make Huge Gains

De’Veon Smith will help you flex on the fantasy gridiron as well this week.

The weirdness of the XFL season continues! There were the usual reliable performances from PJ Walker, De’Veon Smith, and even Cam Phillips bounced back. While there were the usual reliability plays, there were some new kids who burst onto the scene. Saeed Blacknall flashed Phillips-esque deep-threat potential and Jhurrell Pressley reasserted himself as the lead back in DC and climbed back up the XFL rankings.

The biggest development for this week’s XFL rankings has to be the emergence of some depth at quarterback. Heading into Week 6 there are some more breakout candidates, but also some injuries to monitor as well.

Here we go! Your XFL Rankings for Week 6 are below. As always, monitor the injury report and social media for the latest injury news.

Cam PhillipsHoustonWR01
De’Veon SmithTampaRB01
PJ WalkerHoustonQB01
Josh JohnsonLAQB02
Dan WilliamsTampaWR02
James ButlerHoustonRB02
Lance DunbarDallasRB03
Taylor CorneliusTampaQB03
L’Damian WashingtonSt.LouisWR03
Flynn NagelDallasWR04
Donald ParhamDallasTE01
Matt JonesSt.LouisRB04
Luis PerezNewYorkQB04
Kenneth FarrowSeattleRB05
Nick HolleyHoustonRB06
Jordan Ta’amuSt.LouisQB05
Austin ProehlSeattleWR05
Darius VictorNewYorkRB07
Tre McBrideLAWR06
BJ DanielsSeattleQB06
Jhurrell PressleyDCRB08
Cameron Artis-PayneDallasRB09
Nelson SpruceLAWR07
De’Mornay Pierson-ElSt.LouisWR08
Martez CarterLARB10
Jake PowellNewYorkTE02
Kahlil LewisHoustonWR09
Colby PearsonNewYorkWR10
Saeed BlacknallLAWR11
Christine MichaelSt.LouisRB11
Andre WilliamsHoustonRB12
Donnel PumphreyDCRB13
Nick TruesdellTampaTE03
Mekale McKayNewYorkWR12
Reece HornTampaWR13
Jalan TolliverTampaWR14
Trey WilliamsSeattleRB14
Ja’Quan GardnerSeattleRB15
Tim CookNewYorkRB16
Evan RodriguezSeattleTE04
Rashad RossDCWR15
Eli RogersDCWR16
Tarean FolstonTampaRB17
Larry RoseLARB18
De’Quan HamptonLATE05
Sam MobleyHoustonWR17
Alonzo RussellSt.LouisWR18
Jeff BadetDallasWR19
Alonzo MooreSeattleWR20
Khari LeeDCTE06
Brandon ReillySt.LouisWR21
Teo ReddingNewYorkWR22
DuJuan HarrisLARB19
Marcus LucasSt.LouisTE07
Austin DukeNewYorkWR23
Jordan SmallwoodLAWR24
Cardale JonesDCQB07
Philip NelsonDallasQB08
DeAndre ThompkinsDCWR25
Joshua CrockettDallasWR26
EJ BibbsNewYorkTE08
DeAndre GoolsbyTampaTE09
Matt ColburnNewYorkRB20
Keith FordSt.LouisRB21
Wes SaxtonSt.LouisTE10
Adonis JenningsLAWR27
Blake JacksonHoustonWR28
Keith MumphreySt.LouisWR29
Tyree JacksonDCQB09
Eric DungeyDallasQB10

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PJ Walker remains as QB1 for another week, but this week instead of Jordan Ta’amu being the biggest threat to unseat him it is Josh Johnson. Los Angeles threw the ball 62% of the time last weekend en route to a 41 point explosion for their offense and a 32 point fantasy-week for Johnson. Time and time again Johnson looked deep to Tre McBride and Saeed Blacknall and both delivered big plays. There were also times when 33-year-old Johnson looked like his explosive young self, taking off for solid gains on the ground when the aerial route was shut down. If Johnson continues his ascent to the top of the XFL quarterback pyramid, turn to him as a top-tier option each week.

PJ WalkerHouston11918564.3%1338154
Josh JohnsonLA8113560.0%1092112

Luis Perez looked competent enough for a second-consecutive week and slides into the QB4 slot against a softer Houston pass defense… The DC Defenders have us all confused with the emerging quarterback-controversy between Cardale Jones and Tyree Jackson. Neither has looked spectacular the last few games, but Tyree appears to offer some upside with his running game. Neither is a reliable option you should be excited about this week… BJ Daniels should be in for a bounce-back week against a Wildcat’s defense that has been allowing points and yardage by the bunch.

Running Backs 

It looks like De’Veon Smith will own an even larger share of the Tampa Bay Viper’s running back workload this weekend. Jacques Patrick left their Week 5 game with a back injury and has not practiced yet this week. Moving into Week 6, it looks like Smith will own the backfield for the #1 offense in terms of yardage. Although Tarean Folston has been re-activated and may steal a few carries, it is unlikely that the coaching staff will trust him more than Smith. Look for Smith to be the RB01 this week.

De’Veon SmithTB903654.1220762

Matt Jones, of St. Louis, finds himself on the injury report again this week, but he has been there each week so keep him in as an RB1 this week… The LA running back situation continues to be confusing and ineffective. Although Martez Carter has had spurts of efficiency, no back has established themselves for the Wildcat, but Carter should be at least an RB2… Darius Victor has been a punishing runner for the Guardians and figures to be at least an RB2 again this week.

Wide Receiver

The Los Angeles Wildcat receiving corps appears to be emerging as a contender to Tampa’s throne of “Most Consistent.” With Tre McBride having another big week and big-play machine Saeed Blacknall announcing his presence with authority LA looks potent. Do not forget about Nelson Spruce either. Spruce is still WR07 on the season despite missing the last two weeks with an injury. When he returns look for him and McBride to dominate the passing attack as WR1 plays. Blacknall will keep his deep threat role though and should maintain Flex status for the rest of the season.

Tre McBrideLA241627144411.316.9
Nelson SpruceLA28202672459.513.4
Saeed BlacknallLA1441202488.630.0

Although De’Mornay Pierson-El had a down week, look for him to rebound in the XFL rankings as St. Louis will be challenged to put up points this week against Houston. Pierson-El and L’Damian Washington are both in the top 10 for wide receiver plays this week… You cannot trust your DC Defender receivers for the time being. Until either Cardale or Tyree shows the ability to make plays through the air, fade Eli Rogers, Rashad Ross, and DeAndre Thompkins to Flex plays. They might peak as a WR2, but they simply do not have a floor until that offense fixes its protection issues.

Tight Ends

The biggest news in tight end land this week is Brandon Barnes landing on injured reserve for the rest of the season. Barnes had been a reliable tight end option for LA and fantasy players. De’Quan Hampton may be poised to step in and almost seamlessly take over for Barnes in a pass-happy Wildcat’s offense. Turn to him as a top-tier tight end this week… Nick Truesdell did not wow in his return, but look for him to bounce back as St. Louis will have to key in on the receivers this week. Leaving Truesdell free to roam the middle of the field and push to be TE02 in the XFL rankings behind Parham.

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