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DC Defenders unofficial Week 2 depth chart for 2023 season

We’ve got a look at a depth chart for the DC Defenders ahead of their Week 2 contest. We break down relevant details for all your DFS needs.

D’Eriq King #3 of the DC Defenders celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Seattle Sea Dragons during the second half of the XFL game at Audi Field on February 19, 2023 in Washington, DC. Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images

Wednesday update: Pro Football Focus is doing XFL snap count data! This allows us to update the depth charts with a bit more accuracy. There will likely be some significant changes from Week 1 to Week 2 since teams aren’t locked in with their starters, but these should be pretty close.

Week 1 of the XFL is in the rearview mirror and it is time to see how the depth charts might have changed heading into Week 2. With no snap count data, it is difficult to really pin down depth charts, especially when usage is close, but we’ll give you our updated version here. It’s unknown if the teams will give new official depth charts each week, so usage data will need to get us through.

The DC Defenders won their Week 1 game on defense for the most part, as a pick-six helped bring them from behind to beat the Sea Dragons. Turnovers also set up field position and overall they only accumulated 177 total yards to the Sea Dragons 331.

We did see QB Deriq King take away rushing opportunities from QB Jordan Ta’amu, which is really concerning for Ta’amu’s fantasy upside.

This team was always pegged to be a run first, defensive minded group and that showed with 33 carries to 21 pass attempts. Abram Smith led the two running backs with 11 carries, but had no targets, while backup Ryquell Armstead had 8 carries and 2 targets. His one reception for 14 yards put him ahead of Smith in fantasy points, but overall it was a lackluster display by the running game.

Pooka Williams dealt with an injury during the week, but appeared to be ready to play before being declared inactive. He’s place in the pecking order is still unknown, but he should be able to get involved when active.

DC Defenders unofficial  Week 2 unofficial depth chart

Depth Quarterback Wk 1 Snaps
Depth Quarterback Wk 1 Snaps
1 Jordan Ta'amu 42
2 D'Eriq King 15
3 Eric Dungey 0
Running Back
1 Abram Smith 40
2 Ryquell Armstead (receiving back) 20
Wide Receiver
1 Josh Hammond 45
2 Lucky Jackson 37
3 Chris Blair 43
4 Josh Malone 18
5 Pooka Williams (Injury/inactive Wk 1) 0
6 Jequez Ezzard 10
7 Chad Hansen 0
Tight End
1 Ethan Wolf 33
2 Briley Moore-McKinney 36
3 Trae Barry 3
1 Matt McCrane
2 Daniel Whelan