XFL Week 3 had two great, close games on Saturday and two huge blowouts on Sunday. There wasn’t a ton of fantasy news, but a few smaller name players broke out in huge ways. Conversely, a few big name guys flopped in big ways.
Every week, I like to look at who is rising and who is falling to help get a clearer view of the entire picture. It’s a great way to deduce the mass amounts of information each week and to see who is gaining momentum as the season goes on, and who is losing it.
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Before Week 3, I can probably count on one hand how many people that knew who Carter was. But after his Week 3 explosion, he will probably be a very popular play for DFS in Week 4. The Grambling State product flourished with starter Elijah Hood sidelined, racking up 75 yards in 14 touches adding three touchdowns and a 2 point conversion. Carter was a perfect fit in Norm Chow’s explosive scheme, as he was able to find a ton of open space underneath for check-downs and was great at finding lanes to run. If you play in a season-long league, it would be smart to submit a waiver claim for him. For DFS, he will be a great option this week against a New York team that was just dominated on the ground by the BattleHawks.
With many players traded back and forth between the Defenders and Wildcats, their matchup was set-up as a day for big revenge games. However, while most analysts predicted Rashad Ross to breakout, it was McBride who made his former team pay. He exploded in his first XFL game with 109 yards on 6 catches, adding two touchdowns. McBride is the perfect compliment opposite Nelson Spruce, as he is able to stretch the field and let Josh Johnson air it out. McBride is a must-add in season-long leagues and should be somebody to keep an eye on for your DFS lineups going forward.
The former LSU standout was one of the lone bright spots for the Defenders in the blowout loss on Sunday. Brossette, albeit in garbage time, looked much more effective than Jhurell Pressley and Donnell Pumphrey have all season. He totaled 75 yards on 8 carries, capping it off with a touchdown. With the ineffectiveness of Pressley and Pumphrey starting to hurt the team, I really would not be surprised if Pep Hamilton allowed Brossette to shoulder more of the workload against the Vipers this week. Be cautious with firing up Brossette right away, but he is definitely worth an add in season-long leagues.
Well, I am not sure if anybody could have expected this dramatic fall from Jones. He was simply terrible against the Wildcats, throwing four interceptions, and looking off target the entire game. Winston Moss’ defensive schemes had Jones confused and frustrated the entire game, as the former Ohio State quarterback let his mistakes compound over and over. With the weapons he has at his disposal, this performance is truly unacceptable, and I am sure that Hamilton is less than pleased. Fortunately, Jones does have a nice get-right spot this week in Tampa Bay, and should be able to get back on track. However, if he has another bad game, don’t be surprised to see the young Tyree Jackson get a shot to take the reins of this team.
Although his performance was not as bad as Week 2, McGloin still was disappointing in the blowout loss to the BattleHawks. He was largely ineffective when he was on the field and was not seen after going to the locker room at halftime. There was some speculation that he may have quit on the team, and while I do not think that is the case, he is likely somewhat seriously injured. It is possible that the clearly frustrated head coach Kevin Gilbride could turn to either Marquise Williams or Luis Perez to try to right the ship in New York. McGloin is a safe drop in season-long, and shouldn’t be a thought for DFS until he can prove otherwise.
Badet was expected to be a standout wide receiver for the Dallas Renegades, especially with former OU Quarterback Landry Jones back on the field. However, he has largely disappointed thus far, with Donald Parham and the lethal backfield duo of Artis-Payne and Dunbar looking like the focal points of this offense. Badet only totaled 2 catches for 13 yards on Saturday, mostly disappearing for the afternoon. Badet might not be a worthy start in DFS any time soon, and can probably be dropped in favor of another receiver.