Week 5 brings another big week of XFL action and XFL DFS contests. Things get started at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday with the game with the biggest spread of the week, Seattle Dragons at Houston Roughnecks. Plenty of Houston players are included in our DraftKings and FanDuel recommendations below, from an obvious play like P.J. Walker to sleeper receiver Sam Mobley. 

The second game in Saturday’s doubleheader features the New York Guardians at Dallas Renegades. Sunday kicks off with the St. Louis Battlehawks visiting the D.C. Defenders, and the late Sunday game features the Tampa Bay Vipers heading out to L.A. to face the Wildcats.

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As always, we’re here to help with your DFS lineup picks, so let’s get to it!

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Week 5 XFL DFS Picks: Quarterback

P.J. Walker, Houston Roughnecks vs. Seattle Dragons (DraftKings: $12,000; FanDuel $23). You can’t really afford to not roster this guy in a few lineups each week. He’s established by far the safest floor among all the quarterbacks in the league. Despite the inflated price tag on DraftKings, he’s still reached at least 20 fantasy points each week, and the matchup is solid once again this week. I think Seattle will make this a closer game if B.J. Daniels starts at quarterback. Either way, find a way to get some exposure to Walker and some Houston stacks. Sure, it’s chalky, but he’s a nice cushion to have in cash and GPP contests.

Josh Johnson, L.A. Wildcats vs. Tampa Bay Vipers (DraftKings: $10,500; FanDuel: $21). I’ll have a little exposure to Johnson on both sites. I won’t deny that Johnson has looked better of late. He’s thrown for over 600 yards and five touchdowns over the last two weeks, and he gets the Vipers at home on Sunday night. He’s worth sprinkling in a few GPP lineups, but I’ll be light on him this week. The travel is tough for the Vipers, but if you take away Tampa’s bad loss to Houston, their defense has held their other three opponents to just 34 totals points on offense less than 230 total yards/game. Don’t go too crazy with your LA stacks this week.

Jordan Ta’amu, St. Louis Battlehawks @ D.C. Defenders (DraftKings: $9,700; FanDuel: $20). Analysis available to Fantasy Alarm subscribers!

B.J. Daniels (SEA; DraftKings: $7,200; FanDuel: $17). Analysis available to Fantasy Alarm subscribers!

Note: I’ll have exposure to virtually every starting QB on the slate. I build multiple lineups and like to spread my exposure across both slates. It’s just with eight quarterbacks each week I feel bad if I go overboard and preview six of them, but the four listed above are my favorites for Week 5.

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Week 5 XFL DFS Picks: Running back

Cameron Artis-Payne (DraftKings: $8,200; FanDuel: $17) and Lance Dunbar (DraftKings: $7,600; FanDuel: $17), Dallas Renegades vs. New York Guardians. I’ll mix in exposure with both guys. I know I’ve been more on Dunbar, but if they’re both $17 on FanDuel, then I’ll lean toward more shares of Artis-Payne over there. The matchup is pretty difficult, but Artis-Payne has been getting more touches overall as of late. With Landry Jones out this week, I expect Dallas to rely more on the running game, which puts both players firmly in play. Favor CAP a little bit more than Dunbar this week, especially over on FanDuel.

De’Veon Smith (DraftKings: $7,900; FanDuel: $16) and Jacques Patrick (DraftKings: $7,000; FanDuel: $16), Tampa Bay Vipers @ L.A. Wildcats. I’m more inclined to spend up for Smith on both sites this weekend. The matchup is terrific for Tampa Bay. The Wildcats have allowed 526 rushing yards through four games, and both these running backs are coming off 100-yard rushing performances. DraftKings really overreacted to Patrick’s performance last Sunday and jumped his price up to $7,000. That’s a little reactionary for a guy who totaled around 150 all-purpose yards through three games. Smith has been their true RB1 all season, and if he’s just a little bit more on each site you can move money around to get more exposure to him. Patrick is more of a deeper, and costlier, GPP play.

Matt Jones, St. Louis Battlehawks @ D.C. Defenders (DraftKings: $7,300; FanDuel: $16). Analysis available to Fantasy Alarm subscribers!

James Butler, Houston Roughnecks vs. Seattle Dragons (DraftKings: $6,700; FanDuel: $16). For a position that’s so difficult to preview each week, this is a recommendation I’m pretty excited about. Butler is still the RB1 in Houston despite the offense being more efficient through the air. De’Angelo Henderson has missed the last couple games and didn’t practice on Tuesday. Andre Williams, while cheap, just isn’t touching the ball as much. Butler’s yardage totals have been down and he hasn’t scored since Week 2, but this is a good matchup in which to target him considering the Dragons have allowed 377 rushing yards in their past three games.

Darius Victor, New York Guardians @ Dallas Renegades (DraftKings: $5,800; FanDuel: $14). Analysis available to Fantasy Alarm subscribers!

Martez Carter, L.A. Wildcats vs. Tampa Bay Vipers (DraftKings: $4,600; FanDuel: $15). Analysis available to Fantasy Alarm subscribers!

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Week 5 XFL DFS Picks: Wide receiver and Tight end

Cam Phillips, Houston Roughnecks vs. Seattle Dragons (DraftKings: $11,500; FanDuel: $21). Analysis available to Fantasy Alarm subscribers!

Tre McBride, L.A. Wildcats vs. Tampa Bay Vipers (DraftKings: $9,700; FanDuel: $20). He’s the second-most expensive pass-catcher on the slate, and he’s seen his price tag skyrocket from $3,300 two weeks ago all the way up to $9,700. He has 236 receiving yards and three touchdowns in two games. It helps that he’s benefitted from Nelson Spruce being out with a knee injury. McBride will be popular now that he’s broken out, and he’s in a decent spot again this week for a healthy dose of targets.

Donald Parham, Dallas Renegades vs. New York Guardians (DraftKings: $9,500; FanDuel: $19). I was very excited about Parham two weeks ago and he scored twice and followed it up with another score last week. The downside will be the quality of quarterback play going forward. Parham and Landry Jones had a good thing going on the field together, and now Parham has to catch passes from Philip Nelson. You might want to limit the exposure to just GPPs, but he’s still a massive target that anybody under center will be looking at, especially in the red zone.

Eli Rogers, D.C. Defenders vs. St. Louis Battlehawks (DraftKings: $8,200; FanDuel: $15). Analysis available to Fantasy Alarm subscribers!

Flynn Nagel, Dallas Renegades vs. New York Guardians (DraftKings: $7,400; FanDuel: $16). This price truly isn’t terrible for someone who can go out and get six targets with a 90-percent catch rate. Nagel’s a reliable pass-catcher and should continue to get looks for the Renegades with Landry Jones out. With at least double-digit fantasy points in three of his four games, Nagel’s a respectable play who has flashed upside of late.

Nick Holley, Houston Roughnecks vs. Seattle Dragons (DraftKings: $7,100; FanDuel: $17). Analysis available to Fantasy Alarm subscribers!

Jordan Smallwood, L.A. Wildcats vs. Tampa Bay Vipers (DraftKings: $6,200; FanDuel: $16). Analysis available to Fantasy Alarm subscribers!

Sam Mobley, Houston Roughnecks vs. Seattle Dragons (DraftKings: $3,800; FanDuel: $12). Mobley has some decent upside. He’s cheap, and we’ve seen him return nine and 11 points at under $4,000 so far this season. Add in the fact that Khalil Lewis has a groin injury and Sammie Coates has a hamstring injury and there could be room for extra targets for Mobley.  

S.J. Green, Tampa Bay Vipers @ L.A. Wildcats (DraftKings: $3,000; FanDuel: $11). Analysis available to Fantasy Alarm subscribers!

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Week 5 XFL DFS Picks: Defense/special teams

Houston Roughnecks vs. Seattle Dragons (DraftKings: $4,900). Analysis available to Fantasy Alarm subscribers!

St. Louis Battlehawks @ D.C. Defenders (DraftKings: $4,700). Given how well-rounded the Battlehawks are as an entire team, I’ll take a shot on them this week in a few lineups. I don’t know what happened to the Defenders, but they do not look like the preseason favorites everyone thought they’d be. Cardale Jones was benched this past week after completing less than 50 percent of his pass attempts the past two games for a total of 175 yards and five interceptions.

Dallas Renegades vs. New York Guardians (DraftKings: $4,300). Of course I want exposure to the favored team in the game with the lowest projected scoring total. In the event Luis Perez gets the start and is forced into a game manager role, then I don’t see much upside for the Guardians. The Renegades are a better “real life” defense than they are a fantasy defense. They haven’t yielded double-digit points on DraftKings at all, but they’ve limited all their opponents to fewer than 22 points. That isn’t all that hard given the quality of play we’ve seen in the XFL, but even seven DFS points from the Renegades is a worthwhile return this week, and I think they can get you more.

Tampa Bay Vipers @ L.A. Wildcats ( DraftKings: $3,700). Analysis available to Fantasy Alarm subscribers!



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