AAF Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet

by Bobby Sylvester | @bobbyfantasypro | Featured Writer
Feb 7, 2019

Matt Asiata is one former NFL player you’ll want to avoid in AAF drafts

In case you weren’t convinced I have a nerd problem, this should serve as sufficient evidence. AAF stands for the Alliance of American Football. “Oh yeah, I forgot about that league”. Well, it starts this weekend. It may be late to get a group of degenerates together, but there is still time to set up a league over at AltFantasySports. I had no intentions of admitting how much of a nerd I was, but when I found out thousands of other leagues had already been established, I figured you all may want a cheat sheet of sorts.

The current ADPs are a trainwreck, as only a few of the names are recognizable to even the most passionate football fans. Depth charts are non-existent too which throws a wrench in things. Fortunately, however, I have done unreasonably too much research on the AAF so I might as well give you my information so as to justify my wasted time.

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About the AAF

  • 8 teams
  • 10 games each
  • No kickoffs
  • Faster play clock
  • Must go for two-point conversion
  • Coaches include Mike Martz, Steve Spurrier and Mike Singletary
  • Players include Trent Richardson…and that’s about it

Players to Avoid

  • Denard Robinson (not starting)
  • Trevor Knight (not starting)
  • Aaron Murray (not starting)
  • Matt Asiata (not starting)
  • Bishop Sankey (injured)
  • Justin Crawford (arrested)
  • Josh Johnson (staying with Washington)
  • Stephen Morris (released)

Top Five Picks

#1 Jhurell Pressley (RB – ARI)
It might not feel sexy to draft someone you’ve never heard of with the first overall pick, but I can assure you winning is sexy. Just like NFL fantasy leagues, we are looking for a workhorse running back, and Pressley fits the bill. He combines an excellent build with excellent 4.40 forty speed and most importantly, he plays on the team Vegas favors to win the championship in 2019. There doesn’t appear to be much in the way of competition for Pressley so don’t be surprised when he ends the year with 200+ touches and double-digit scores.

#2 Trent Richardson (RB – BIR)
Many are recommending Richardson with the first pick (others say Robinson, who again, isn’t the starter in Atlanta). I have a hard time disagreeing with them, but prefer Pressley just a little more. After fizzling out in the NFL, Richardson played well in a limited sample size for the Saskatchewan Roughriders. We only saw 48 carries from him and it was over a year ago, but he appeared to be in excellent shape and still ultra-athletic.

#3 Fabian Guerra (WR – MEM)
1000% chance Guerra ends up on the Patriots roster next season. Someone is going to earn an NFL contract and my bet is on Guerra. Frankly, I’m surprised it hasn’t happened yet after he shredded the Arena Football League as a rookie for 14 touchdowns. He isn’t especially big or fast, but Guerra has that Doug Baldwin type instinct to his game mixed with Odell Beckham’s spectacular catch aptitude.

#4 Dustin Vaughan (QB – SA)
In normal fantasy football, you should never EVER draft a QB in the first round. The AAF is an entirely different animal becuase we’ve only got eight starting quarterbacks to choose between. Vaughan is not the most complete passer in the league, but he does have the best receiver core which should go a long way. It isn’t as though Vaughan is some slouch, of course. Rather, he is exceptionally accurate and built like a premier NFL QB. What’s more, is that his intangibles are top of the line. At West Texas A&M, Vaughan threw for 10,525 yards and 123 touchdowns in two seasons as their starter. While he may already be 28 years old, he could very easily play himself into a backup role in the NFL.

#5 Mekale McKay (WR – SA)
Speaking of that San Antonio wide receiver core, McKay is the best of the bunch. He is not only a red-zone weapon at 6’4″, 207, but likely the best big-play receiver in the league too. There have been issues with staying healthy, preventing drops and playing hard throughout the game, but no one has more upside than McKay. The former Kentucky and Louisville basketball recruit could win you your league, or perhaps he will bust. I’m expecting the former with his NFL dream on the line for likely the last time in his life.

The Big Board

Rk. Player POS Team
1 Jhurell Pressley RB ARI
2 Trent Richardson RB BIR
3 Fabian Guerra WR MEM
4 Dustin Vaughan QB SA
5 Mekale McKay WR SA
6 Tarean Folston RB ATL
7 Francis Owusu WR SD
8 Kenny Bell WR SL
9 Kenneth Farrow RB SA
10 Mike Bercovici QB SD
11 Akeem Hunt RB ORL
12 Josh Huff WR ARI
13 Zac Stacy RB MEM
14 Charles Johnson WR ORL
15 Joel Bouagnon RB SL
16 Terrell Watson RB SD
17 Seantavius Jones WR ATL
18 De’Marcus Ayers WR SA
19 John Wolford QB ARI
20 Christian Hackenberg QB MEM
21 Thomas Duarte TE ARI
22 Josh Woodrum QB SL
23 Alton “Pig” Howard WR MEM
24 De’Mornay Pierson-El WR SL
25 Garret Gilbert QB ORL
26 Jalin Marshall WR ORL
27 Adrien Robinson TE MEM
28 Denard Robinson RB ATL
29 Scott Orndoff TE ORL
30 Greg Ward Jr. WR SA
31 DeVozea Felton WR BIR
32 Tobias Palmer WR BIR
33 Gavin Escobar TE SD
34 Matt Simms QB ATL
35 Quinton Patton WR BIR
36 Luis Perez QB BIR
37 Busta Anderson TE BIR
38 Tanner Balderree TE SL
39 D’Ernest Johnson RB ORL
40 Kameron Kelly WR SD
41 Marquis Bundy WR ARI
42 Freddie Martino WR ARI
43 Charles Standberry Jr. TE ATL
44 Ja’Quan Gardner RB SD
45 Cole Hunt TE SA
46 Malachi Jones WR ATL
47 Ishmael Hyman WR ORL
48 Brian Brown WR SD
49 Jordan Leslie WR SL
50 Amba Etta-Tawo WR BIR
51 Trey Williams RB SA
52 Larry Donnell TE MEM
53 Reece Horn WR MEM
54 Kayaune Ross WR MEM
55 Stehly Reden TE SA
56 Sam Mobley WR SL
57 Josh Stewart WR SA
58 Larry Rose RB ARI
59 Ervin Phillips WR ATL
60 Matt Asiata RB SL

 
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