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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 Phillips Houston WR01
De’Veon Smith Tampa RB01
PJ Walker Houston QB01
Josh Johnson LA QB02
Dan Williams Tampa WR02
James Butler Houston RB02
Lance Dunbar Dallas RB03
Taylor Cornelius Tampa QB03
L’Damian Washington St.Louis WR03
Flynn Nagel Dallas WR04
Donald Parham Dallas TE01
Matt Jones St.Louis RB04
Luis Perez NewYork QB04
Kenneth Farrow Seattle RB05
Nick Holley Houston RB06
Jordan Ta’amu St.Louis QB05
Austin Proehl Seattle WR05
Darius Victor NewYork RB07
Tre McBride LA WR06
BJ Daniels Seattle QB06
Jhurrell Pressley DC RB08
Cameron Artis-Payne Dallas RB09
Nelson Spruce LA WR07
De’Mornay Pierson-El St.Louis WR08
Martez Carter LA RB10
Jake Powell NewYork TE02
Kahlil Lewis Houston WR09
Colby Pearson NewYork WR10
Saeed Blacknall LA WR11
Christine Michael St.Louis RB11
Andre Williams Houston RB12
Donnel Pumphrey DC RB13
Nick Truesdell Tampa TE03
Mekale McKay NewYork WR12
Reece Horn Tampa WR13
Jalan Tolliver Tampa WR14
Trey Williams Seattle RB14
Ja’Quan Gardner Seattle RB15
Tim Cook NewYork RB16
Evan Rodriguez Seattle TE04
Rashad Ross DC WR15
Eli Rogers DC WR16
Tarean Folston Tampa RB17
Larry Rose LA RB18
De’Quan Hampton LA TE05
Sam Mobley Houston WR17
Alonzo Russell St.Louis WR18
Jeff Badet Dallas WR19
Alonzo Moore Seattle WR20
Khari Lee DC TE06
Brandon Reilly St.Louis WR21
Teo Redding NewYork WR22
DuJuan Harris LA RB19
Marcus Lucas St.Louis TE07
Austin Duke NewYork WR23
Jordan Smallwood LA WR24
Cardale Jones DC QB07
Philip Nelson Dallas QB08
DeAndre Thompkins DC WR25
Joshua Crockett Dallas WR26
EJ Bibbs NewYork TE08
DeAndre Goolsby Tampa TE09
Matt Colburn NewYork RB20
Keith Ford St.Louis RB21
Wes Saxton St.Louis TE10
Adonis Jennings LA WR27
Blake Jackson Houston WR28
Keith Mumphrey St.Louis WR29
Tyree Jackson DC QB09
Eric Dungey Dallas QB10

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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.

Player Team Comp Attempts Comp% Yards TD INT
PJ Walker Houston 119 185 64.3% 1338 15 4
Josh Johnson LA 81 135 60.0% 1092 11 2

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.

Player Team Attempts Yards Average Long TD Catches RecYards
De’Veon Smith TB 90 365 4.1 22 0 7 62

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.

Player Team Targets Catches Yards TD Long YPT YPC
Tre McBride LA 24 16 271 4 44 11.3 16.9
Nelson Spruce LA 28 20 267 2 45 9.5 13.4
Saeed Blacknall LA 14 4 120 2 48 8.6 30.0

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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