For those of us preparing for XFL DFS, there is some good news. We have official depth charts! With such new teams these depth charts will likely change quickly, but this should be how they start out Week 1, which will help us a lot when trying to set our lineups.
Cardale Jones leads the team at quarterback and has the arm and legs to help them move the ball. He also has a good group of receivers to throw to and a QB whisperer in Pep Hamilton to guide him.
Jhurrel Pressley will be the lead back. He led the AAF in rushing yards at a decent 4.5 yards per carry. The team does have four total running backs, so we could see Donnel Pumphrey and others cut into Pressley’s work, but he should see the majority of the carries.
Rashad Ross broke out last year in the AAF, but is listed as DeAndre Thompkins’ backup. Ross was traded for Tre McBride on January 12th, which seemed like an odd trade, but we have no real information on why it happened or why Ross is behind Thompkins. The good news for Ross in Week 1 is that Thompkins is out with an injury, so he should be able to get work no matter.
With Thompkins out, Malachi Dupre is the only healthy starting receiver. For some reason they have only listed two starting receivers though, and we know Hamilton will have more than that usually.
DC Defenders official Week 1 depth chart
|WR||19||Malachi Dupre||16||Tyler Palka||10||Simmie Cobbs|
|LT||79||De'Ondre Wesley||72||Logan Tuley-Tillman|
|C||64||Jon Toth||77||James O'Hagan|
|RG||74||Rishard Cook||75||Chris Brown|
|RT||78||Malcolm Bunche||69||Cole Boozer|
|TE||86||Khari Lee||85||Derrick Hayward||80||Donnie Ernsberger|
|WR||1||DeAndre Thompkins||15||Rashad Ross||4||Eli Rogers||9||Jalen Rowell|
|QB||12||Cardale Jones||3||Tyree Jackson|
|RB||26||Jhurrel Pressley||24||Donnel Pumphrey||33||Khalid Abdullah||30||Nick Brossette|
|DE||93||Tracy Sprinkle||91||Tavaris Barnes||90||Siupeli Anau|
|NT||92||Elijah Qualls||94||Kalani Vakameilamo|
|DT||96||Jay Bromley||95||Kenny Bigelow|
|LB||55||Antwione Williams||54||Jonathan Massaquoi|
|LB||59||A.J. Tarpley||58||Scooby Wright|
|LB||53||Jameer Thurman||52||Jonathan Celestin|
|LB||56||KeShun Freeman||99||Sam Montgomery|
|LCB||28||Elijah Campbell||21||Doran Grant|
|RCB||25||Desmond Lawrence||30||Brandon Sylve|
|S||22||Matt Elam||29||Tyree Kinnel||45||Rahim Moore|
|S||20||Carlos Merritt||38||Shamarko Thomas|
|K||2||Ty Rausa||7||Hunter Niswander|
|H||7||Hunter Niswander||16||Tyler Palka|