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Wide receiver rankings for XFL Week 3

We take you through some of the best wide receivers going into Week 3 of the XFL for fantasy football.

DC Defenders wide receiver DeAndre Thompkins runs with the pall as NY Guardians cornerback Jamar Summers and NY Guardians safety Andrew Soroh chase in the second quarter at Audi Field. Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to the Week 3 of the XFL. We’re 20 percent of the way through the season, and while that is not a huge sample size, it’s a step forward for us. And with only ten weeks of football, we have to take what we can from it. We should be a little more honed in for Saturday and Sunday’s games as we consider our wide receiver fantasy football rankings.

Wide receivers and tight ends are smushed together under wide receivers, so you will notice tight ends in the rankings as well. The XFL is fairly anti-tight end, so there are only a few that saw decent targets as it is.

This is a pass-heavy league, and while some running backs benefit, this league is primarily about wide receivers. Two of the top three scorers and eight of the top 13 through two weeks are wide receivers. With two WR starting spots and two flex options available, wide receivers are critical to DFS success.

Nelson Spruce remains the top targeted wide receiver, with 24 targets through two weeks. He’s caught 17 passes for 192 yards, and got into the end zone twice in Week 2. He and Cam Phillips are the two most prolific receivers to date, and their prices changes are reflecting that. Both are high ceiling options, but you have to decide if it’s worth the cost for two popular options.

DeAndre Thompkins is arguably the most intriguing of the receivers at $5,700. He missed Week 1 with a foot injury, but then was the third most targeted receiver in Week 2. With 21.7 DKFP, it’s hard not to like what he brings to the table. The downside is that at his price, we can expect a sizable majority of DFS players to slot him into their lineups.

The same holds true for tight end Donald Parham. He’s been the best tight end in the league, but he sat out Tuesday’s practice with a foot injury. He will be one to track, but if he’s healthy, look for another productive week from him in Dallas’ Air Raid offense. Landry Jones was impressive in his first start, and volume is there for the Renegades’ receivers. Jeff Badet is another Dallas receiver worth watching, coming off a nine-target Week 2 in which he caught six passes for 53 yards. Jones is going to get a ton of passing opportunities, and you might as well lock on to Dallas receivers before their prices get out of hand.

WR rankings for XFL Week 3

RK Player Tm Opp DK PPG
RK Player Tm Opp DK PPG
1 Cam Phillips HOU @ TB 11100 24.5
2 Nelson Spruce LA vs. DC 10900 25.6
3 Deandre Thompkins DC @ LA 5700 21.7
4 Eli Rogers DC @ LA 9700 11.6
5 Keenan Reynolds SEA vs. DAL 7400 11.6
6 De'Mornay Pierson-El STL vs. NY 10100 15.25
7 Donald Parham DAL @ SEA 5300 13.3
8 Kahlil Lewis HOU @ TB 9100 13.25
9 Jeff Badet DAL @ SEA 8600 7.45
10 L'Damian Washington STL vs. NY 8000 13.35
11 Rashad Ross DC @ LA 9400 13.3
12 Dan Williams TB vs. HOU 8200 13.25
13 Jordan Smallwood LA vs. DC 7200 10.5
14 Alonzo Russell STL vs. NY 5900 11.55
15 Reece Horn TB vs. HOU 4200 8.65
16 Mekale McKay NY @ STL 8800 7.4
17 Austin Proehl SEA vs. DAL 8400 13.5
18 Sammie Coates HOU @ TB 7700 3.2
19 Flynn Nagel DAL @ SEA 4700 6.8
20 Colby Pearson NY @ STL 6700 7.15
21 Nick Truesdell TB vs. HOU 6200 6.9
22 Kasen Williams SEA DAL@SEA 5000 0
23 Joe Horn NY @ STL 3800 3.15
24 Khari Lee DC @ LA 3700 5.95
25 Nick Holley HOU @ TB 4400 8.6