The XFL heads into Week 3, and this is very much a passing league. Two games worth of statistics is usually too small a sample size to draw hard and fast conclusions, but with the rules and performances to date, it’s becoming clear that teams are leaning on their passing game more than their ground game — and that bodes well for wide receivers and tight ends.
It’s fascinating to see the vast disparity in yards after the catch among the leading receivers. General skills and offensive scheming can make life easier for a receiver, but De’Mornay Pierson-El might be the most intriguing of the top 15 pass catchers. He is averaging 8.8 yards per reception, but eight of those yards per catch are coming after the reception. On the other hand, Nelson Spruce is averaging 11.3 yards per reception, but only 1.4 yards per catch after the ball is in his hands.
We’re seeing a decent mix of multiple receivers per team, but St. Louis and Houston have been the most impressive in building out depth. It’s also worth noting DC welcomed DeAndre Thompkins into the starting lineup after he missed Week 1, and he led the team with 67 receiving yards.
Dallas will be one to watch now that Landry Jones is settled into the starting role. It could remain a system where he spreads the ball far and wide, which could make it wise to stay away from Renegades receivers in daily fantasy football.
Below is a rundown of the top wide receivers, sorted by rating. DKFP stands for DraftKings Fantasy Points.
XFL WR stats through Week 2
|Donald Parham Jr.||TE||DAL||13.3||9||116||48||1.93||1|