The USFL is kicking off on Saturday, April 16th, in a groundbreaking simulcast on FOX and NBC featuring the New Jersey Generals facing off against the Birmingham Stallions. Due to the money that FOX and NBC are currently dumping in, to ensure the success of the league, there will be relevant daily and season long fantasy leagues for your enjoyment.
Each week, we will (try) to inform you of the best players to plug for the week. However, we need a season-generic start, which is where we are.
Here are the top players to target, in general, for your fantasy teams in season-long and in daily matches.
Jordan Ta’amu will produce magnificent numbers throughout the season
Jordan Ta’amu promises to be the top-billed star of the league. Looking at his level of play and production in the XFL in 2020 while playing with the Saint Louis BattleHawks, Ta’amu was a phenomenal decision maker and showed tremendous poise and arm talent through the several games that the XFL managed to play.
Now in the USFL, following a couple of years as a backup in the NFL to Patrick Mahomes and others, Ta’amu is joined by a former NFL coach in Todd Haley who plan to control the league championship through their team. Tampa Bay is loaded with receiver talent in players like former Pittsburgh Steelers player Eli Rogers, Rashard Davis, Jordan Lasley, and John Franklin III. Add in a very strong offensive line, and this offense is promising to be flashy and productive.
The success of the Tampa Bay Bandits relies completely on a strong armed kid from Ole Miss. He’s more than ready for the task.
The rest of the USFL fantasy quarterback rankings
- Jordan Ta’amu, Tampa Bay
- Bryan Scott, Philadelphia
- Shea Patterson, Michigan
- Kyle Slotter, New Orleans
- Luis Perez, New Jersey
- Alex McGough, Birmingham
- Kyle Lauletta, Pittsburgh
- Clayton Thorson, Houston
- De’Andre Johnson, New Jersey
- Josh Love, Pittsburgh
Madre London seeks to continue dominant alt-league performance
If you happened to turn on European League of Football games last summer, you may have noticed a certain Cologne Centurians running back dominating the league and winning the most valuable player award during his record-shattering year.
Madre London, a Michigan State product by way of Tennessee, has the dominant traits of a bell-cow running back and offers receiving ability out of the backfield as well. His college decisions earned him an education, but lacked on the field playing time, so London has made do in Europe as the dominant force who couldn’t be stopped.
He’s been in second place most of his career. In fact, he attended St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale with Leonard Fournette, where he was the backup running back and a four star recruit himself.
He got his chance to go to Europe by playing the 2021 Fan Controlled Football season where he appeared in 4 games. London churned out 2009 yards through nine regular season games along with 22 touchdowns, and was names All-Europe first team as the top running back in Europe.
No longer is Madre London in second place.
The rest of the USFL fantasy running back rankings
- Madre London, Pittsburgh
- TJ Logan, New Orleans
- Trey Williams, New Jersey
- Cameron Scarlett, Michigan
- CJ Marable, Birmingham
- Darnell Holland, Philadelphia
- Mike Weber, New Jersey
- Mark Thompson, Houston
- Tony Brooks-James, Birmingham
- BJ Emmons, Tampa Bay
- Matt Colburn II, Philadelphia
- Larry Rose III, New Orleans
- Reggie Corbin, Michigan
- Darius Victor, New Jersey
- Garrett Groshek, Pittsburgh
KaVontae Turpin looking to dominate fourth alt-league of his career
KaVontae Turpin has been building his chance back into professional football by taking any chance he can get.
It all started when he was dismissed from TCU in the fall of 2018, hours after scoring two huge touchdowns in TCU’s loss to Oklahoma, after an arrest due to an assault causing bodily injury to his longtime girlfriend. It wasn’t his first arrest, either, he had been arrested for battery in March of 2018 while in New Mexico.
Turpin has spent much time learning to control his actions and now he’s proud to say that he’s a better man.
He stared in Fan Controlled Football and The Spring League in 2021, showcasing his electrifying speed and game-changing ability quickly. He got the opportunity to play in the European League of Football in the summer of 2021, where he joined the Wroclaw Panthers and finished the season.
Turpin is promising the final touches on his career before he takes his last chance at going to the NFL after this season with the USFL.
The rest of the USFL fantasy wide receiver rankings
- Brennan Eagles, Philadelphia
- KaVontae Turpin, New Jersey
- Eli Rogers, Tampa Bay
- Chad Williams, New Orleans
- Osiris Mitchell, Birmingham
- Jordan Lasley, Tampa Bay
- Diondre Overton, Philadelphia
- Jeff Badet, Michigan
- Tyler Simmons, Houston
- Diondre Overton, Philadelphia
- Eli Rogers, Tampa Bay
- Jeff Thomas, Pittsburgh
- J’Mon Moore, New Jersey
- Quincy Adeboyejo, Michigan
- Tre Walker, Pittsburgh
- Marlon Williams, Birmingham
- Anthony Ratliff-Williams, Houston
- Taywan Taylor, New Orleans
- Maurice Alecander, Philadelphia
- John Franklin III, Tampa Bay
- Jonathan Adams, New orleans
- JoJo Ward, Houston
- Peyton Rams, Birmingham
- Chris Rowland, Philadelphia
- Johnnie Dixon, New Orleans
Sage Surratt has a new opportunity to shine at a new position
Sage Surratt was an outstanding wide receiver at Wake Forest before entering the NFL Draft during the 2021 cycle along with his brother, Chase, who played linebacker at North Carolina. Surratt did not play in the 2020 college football season, opting out due to COVID-19. He underperformed at his pro day and found himself undrafted.
Surratt would sign with the Detroit Lions and play on their practice squad for two weeks before being released on September 15th, 2021.
He’s not done playing football.
Now, Surratt is attempting to take his 6’3″ frame and add some weight to it and move inside to play tight end. With some repetition and development, Surratt can regain his opportunity to play at the next level, and he’s hoping that here, in the USFL, he can earn that chance.
The rest of the USFL fantasy tight end rankings
- Sal Cannella, New Orleans
- Artayvious Lynn, Philadelphia
- Sage Surratt, Birmingham
- Matt Seybert, Pittsburgh
- Cary Angeline, Birmingham
- Bug Howard, Philadelphia
- Nick Truesdale, New Jersey
- Connor Davis, Michigan
- Cheyenne O’Grady, Tampa Bay
- EJ Bibbs, New Orleans
- La’Michael Pettway, Michigan
- Brandon Barnes, Houston