Running backs continue to be relegated to committees and secondary players in the XFL, but that means the few that are getting good usage, have that much more value. These rankings are based on DraftKings scoring, so one-point per reception makes a big difference, especially in the XFL, where strong receiving backs are few.
Cameron Artis-Payne is the no-doubt top back in the league right now, but still isn’t going to blow you away with big usage. CAP’s value has come with a relatively strong workload, good reception numbers and ability that has him at 6.4 yards per carry, the highest for any back with nine or more rushing attempts.
There are only two backs with nine or more receptions and they both play for Dallas. We’ve already talked about Artis-Payne, who has caught all fifteen of his targets while his backup, Lance Dunbar, leads the league in running back receptions with 20 on 23 targets. Those receptions have put him as the third best fantasy back in the league, with his running mate at first overall.
Besides Dallas, the Roughnecks explosive offense has helped James Butler put up consistent numbers as the lead back. More touches would be nice to feel safer about playing him, but his safety comes with the overall offense giving him scoring opportunities and light boxes to run through.
Matt Jones and Christine Michael continue to split time but Jones has been the better back in an offense that wants to run the ball. I’d expect Jones to lead the committee as long as Michael is scuffling.
De’Veon Smith hasn’t found the end zone yet, but is getting plenty of touches, as his 46 rank second in the league to Matt Jones. Despite his lack of production, we should continue giving him a shot with his strong workload.
Running back rankings for XFL Week 6