AAF Fantasy Football Player Rankings: Week 6
Last week’s scoring pandemonium in the AAF was an absolute treat for fantasy fans as we saw some of the most exciting, highest-scoring games of the season. There weren’t too many surprise performances last week which was friendly to the rankings as we hit on quite a few good calls. This week, there are some key injuries to monitor and interesting roster moves that could hold future fantasy relevance. Here’s a rundown of what you can expect this week from every fantasy-relevant player in the league.
Stats and fantasy points are sourced thanks to Fanball.com, NoExtraPoints.com, and one of my new favorite references, The Football Database who has raw, Pro Football Reference-style stat sheets available.
Garrett Gilbert is back on top of my rankings this week as his consistently high floor and impressive performance against what was a tougher matchup on paper last week didn’t phase him one bit. Gilbert attempted a season-high 35 passes last week against Birmingham, completing 23 of them for 286 yards and two TDs. What’s more impressive is that Gilbert has still not thrown a single interception all season. The Orlando offensive line is doing a great job of keeping Gilbert from seeing too much pressure, and he just keeps making it look easy in this league.
I was tempted to put Aaron Murray at the top spot again this week, but it feels more like a good week to play it safe at QB. Murray didn’t disappoint last week as he threw for 306 yards and one TD against Memphis and scored 21.5 fantasy points. In what was a tremendously high-scoring week across the league, that was only good for a QB5 finish in Week 5, but it would have made him the overall QB1 the previous week. Murray looked poised in the pocket and showed great accuracy. I anticipated a higher rushing floor than the 13 yards he gave us last week, but with Matt Simms still on the mend, it’s possible the team doesn’t want to take any risks with Murray running.
Josh Woodrum is coming off by far his best game of the season statistically last week, but it wasn’t without a few hiccups. Woodrum aired it out to the tune of 380 yards last week with one TD and three INTs. Woodrum was haunted by Kameron Kelly who picked off Woodrum on all three occasions. This was the type of high-volume performance we had been waiting for from Woodrum as he’s shown flashes of big-game potential on occasions this season but hadn’t even crossed the 200 passing yard mark in a game prior to last week. The matchup is really what I’m after here as Woodrum will face a Memphis Express team who has given up the most fantasy points to QBs this season. Woodrum/Pierson-El stacks were a top play in DFS last week and chasing points here this week could potentially pay off.
John Wolford and the Arizona Hotshots continue their tumble down power rankings across the league. Wolford put up 246 yards with two TDs and three INTs in the game. It was the first time he crossed the 200 passing yard mark since his breakout performance in Week 1. Arizona just couldn’t come up with the win as they struggled to get the running game going and were simply outplayed by the Commanders on both sides of the ball. This week’s matchup is enticing for Wolford going up against the high-powered Orlando offense. There is some shoot-out potential in this game, but with Orlando giving up the second-fewest fantasy points to QBs this season, I’m struggling to move Wolford up too high in the rankings.
The battle of former SEC stars took place last week as Zach Mettenberger faced Aaron Murray. Murray and the Legends came away with the “W” this time around, but the two teams will get a rematch in Week 10 for the regular season finale. Mettenberger didn’t have the performance a lot of people were hoping for last week as he only attempted 17 passes in the game, completing nine of them for 181 scoreless yards and an INT. That was somewhat salvaged by a rushing TD, his second in as many weeks. The matchup is great for Mett this week against Salt Lake’s pass funnel defense who has allowed the most passing TDs this season and second-most passing yards. Mettenberger’s low volume output has me a little concerned, however, as we have yet to see him reach 200 yards in a game.
Logan Woodside is coming off his best game of the season last week where he completed an impressive 21-of-27 pass attempts (77.8%) for 290 yards with two TDs and one INT. This performance just so happened to occur as rumors continue to swirl of Johnny Manziel potentially joining the Commanders in the AAF. I considered moving Woodside a little higher based on his stellar performance last week, but a matchup against Atlanta has me pumping the brakes. The Legends are only allowing 179 passing yards per game to opposing QBs and have only given up three passing TDs all season.
We saw one of the most thrilling games of the season last week as San Diego took on Salt Lake as Mike Bercovici came away from it with his first career win as a starter in the AAF. Berco threw for 304 yards with one TD and one INT in a perfect matchup for a bounce back. He connected with eight different players in the game while attempting 43 pass attempts. The running game has been struggling as of late for SD which could lean toward more pass-heavy game scripts in the future, but the matchup against the Iron this week has me pushing Berco back down the ranks. While the Iron couldn’t stop Garrett Gilbert last week, Bercovici won’t pose such a threat. I’m staying away from this game pretty much completely in DFS as we could easily see a low-scoring, defensive-controlled game.
A change at QB last week has brought former Washington Huskie Keith Price to the AAF rankings for the first time. Price took over after Luis Perez threw a pick-six in the final minute of the first quarter last week. I covered Price already in our Week 6 AAF Waiver Wire piece earlier in the week. He showed a slight improvement over Luis Perez against Orlando last week but didn’t provide that game-changing level of an upgrade like we have seen recently from Mettenberger and Murray. As I mentioned with Bercovici, I’m avoiding this Iron/Fleet game altogether this week as both teams offer defenses strong enough to control this game.
I’m making a move at the RB1 spot this week by going Joel Bouagnon for the top honors. The former Packer is essentially the last man standing in the Stallions backfield after the team lost Branden Oliver to IR last week and now Terrell Newby is dealing with a concussion. The team scrambled to add loads of new players like Nick Holley and Terron Ward to name a few, but neither should be ready or even able to battle Bouagnon for what right now looks like every-down duties. The volume should be there and the matchup is right going up against a Memphis defense that has allowed 110 rushing yards per game and seven total TDs to RBs this season.
Tarean Folston was your top fantasy performer last week and comes in as my RB2 this week. Folston was just everywhere for the Legends last week as he saw 17 touches with 106 yards from scrimmage, one rushing TD, and one receiving TD. What was a very murky backfield situation gained a lot of light after this performance as Folston looked to have clearly separated himself from his competition. A matchup against the Commanders’ middle-of-the-road run defense doesn’t leave much to worry about in what could be a high-scoring affair.
Kenneth Farrow continues to be one of the hardest working backs in the AAF as he leads the league with 78 carries and 305 rushing yards this season. Last week, Farrow even chipped in with a big 43-yard reception. Fellow RB Trey Williams inched closer to an even timeshare last week, but Farrow still came away with more carries at a 12-10 split. The matchup this week has me pretty high on both San Antonio RBs as the Atlanta Legends have given up the most fantasy points to RBs this season. They have given up 107 rushing yards per game on the ground along with eight rushing TDs this season. As long as Farrow isn’t too banged up, he should eat this week.
At the rate Trent Richardson has been scoring TDs in this league, it’s tough to put him too low in your weekly rankings. Though he continues to struggle with efficiency and clearly misses the best possible running lane on a regular basis, T-Rich is still getting it done in the passing game and at the goal line. He gets a tougher matchup this week against SD’s stout run defense, but it doesn’t really matter since he won’t be efficient regardless of matchup. You’re banking on a TD and passing-game work, which is one spot SD has been vulnerable. They’re tied with Orlando for most receptions allowed to RBs this season.
We saw both D’Ernest Johnson and De’Veon Smith go off last week as the two finished as the RB4 and RB6 respectively in fantasy. Johnson continues to get the slight edge thanks to his work in the passing game and more versatile all-around skill set. You’ll want a lot of action from this Orlando/Arizona matchup in DFS, and either back could break out for a top-overall fantasy performance.
Jhurell Pressley is developing a trend of boom or bust performances as he vanished last week with only 20 yards on eight carries. We have seen Pressley look capable of being a bell cow for this offense, but they just don’t seem committed to riding him. Pressley still ranks inside the top-five in rushing attempts this season and he’s the only back in that top-five who has averaged over 4.0 YPA this season. He is also the only one of those backs without a rushing TD. With the lack of that TD upside, you’ll need a big yardage game from him to rank fairly high. That’s entirely possible this week again in this Arizona/Orlando matchup. Pressley also presents a decent value at only $5,300 on Fanball.
Zac Stacy has certainly seen enough volume to consider pushing him higher in the rankings this week, but a couple of things have me keeping him outside of the top five. Stacy has struggled with efficiency in a way that would make Trent Richardson proud lately, averaging only 2.5 YPA over the last three weeks. Last week, Stacy managed to salvage his day with two rushing TDs but got nothing done between the 20s. To make matters worse for Stacy, he gets a matchup this week against the Salt Lake Stallions who are a dominant run defense and have given up the fewest fantasy points to RBs this season.
As I mentioned above with Kenneth Farrow, this is a good week to start San Antonio RBs which has me pushing Trey Williams inside the top 10. Williams only saw two carries less than Farrow last week as he continues to push to try and make this backfield a full-blown timeshare. He could get a great opportunity to push that case further this week against this vulnerable Express run defense.
If Terrell Newby is able to bounce back quickly from his concussion this week, I like him as a borderline top-10 play as he confirmed the ability to be a solid receiving threat in this backfield. He was cruising, having caught four-of-five targets for 33 yards, before getting hurt. If Newby can’t give it a go, we will see some sort of committee form behind Bouagnon of Nick Holley and Terron Ward. Ward is a player I’m keeping an eye on going forward. You may remember him from his days with the Falcons where he ran behind Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman.
The middle of the RB pack contains more guys who are worth watching going forward that could potentially carve out larger roles on their respective offenses. Brandon Ross has been fighting Trent Richardson for a near even split of work in the Iron backfield. Now that fellow RB Ladarius Perkins is gone, there may even be work for Ross to pick up in the passing game.
Bishop Sankey will look to continue the trend of former quasi-NFL talents to have success in the AAF. San Diego’s backfield was completely shut down last week, but the RB1 position is open for the taking, and Sankey could make his move this week. In the same scenario, Ja’Quan Gardner continues to look like a potential flash in the pan talent incapable of carving out a solid role under old-school head coach, Mike Martz. Garnder has only managed nine yards on 18(!) carries over the last two weeks. Terrell Watson is fading as an unexciting afterthought in the Fleet backfield.
With Sherman Badie being placed on IR, Terrence Magee could fall into more work this week. Magee has served a change-of-pace role of sorts this season with mixed results. Last week he managed a season-high with 34 yards from scrimmage. Unfortunately for him, he gets an absolute stay-away matchup this week.
Justin Stockton is an intriguing dart throw this week as his big-game potential could be on display in a game where Arizona will likely be playing catch up. Orlando has given up the most receptions and receiving yards to RBs this season, which opens a window of opportunity for Stockton. Fellow RB Tim Cook continues to be used in a random fashion. He led the team with 12 carries and a rushing TD last week but had only seen three carries in each of the last two games before that.
Denard Robinson reverted back to being Mr. Irrelevant last week with only two touches as Tarean Folston went hog wild. This is Folston’s backfield going forward.
We will have an elite matchup of WRs as Charles Johnson and Rashad Ross and their teams go head-to-head this week. You could argue all day which one deserves the top honors this week, but I’m going to go with the overall fantasy standings and put the overall WR1 Ross on top. Arizona will likely be playing from behind all game which should lead to plenty of volume for Ross and his TD upside compared to Charles Johnson is what pushes him over the top for me. Johnson still makes for an elite play, obviously.
Mekale McKay continues to be undervalued in DFS, but with Logan Woodside taking a big step forward last week, I’m liking McKay for a solid game again. McKay put up 91 receiving yards last week for the second time in the last three games. Though his matchup this week is not easy, there is some higher-scoring potential.
After a down Week 4, De’Mornay Pierson-El was back near the top of the fantasy leaderboards in Week 5. He managed a season-high 130 yards on eight receptions last week and now gets a matchup against Memphis who is middle-of-the-pack against WRs. While the ownership levels will probably be much higher for Pierson-El this week on Fanball, there is a reason to chase points with him having solid outings in two of his last three games.
Reece Horn has to break out eventually, and he may finally get that opportunity this week. Horn continues to run as the clear-cut WR1 on this Memphis offense and now a friendly matchup against SLC could finally open the door to a big game. Horn continues to flash every time he touches the ball, we just need Mettenberger to up the volume to really let this offense reach that next level.
Dontez Ford has enjoyed a string of breakout performances lately, but again, this is a game I’m probably avoiding entirely this week. Just when we thought Nelson Spruce or Brian Brown were ready to take over as this team’s WR1, they let us down. I’ll still buy Ford’s potential inside the top 10, but I’m not touching him in DFS this week.
Seantavius Jones continues to be your best bet at wideout for the Legends as he led the team with 89 receiving yards last week. While fellow WR Malachi Jones also poses a threat as a solid WR2, Seantavius has given us the safer floor performances. Both wideouts are in a great spot to break out against a San Antonio defense that has given up the most fantasy points to WRs this season.
Jalin Marshall and Rannell Hall continue to tango for WR2 duties behind Charles Johnson for the Apollos. This passing offense is plenty strong enough to support all three wideouts and it’s kind of a pick your poison scenario with Marshall and Hall each week. I like Hall slightly more going forward, but the two are fairly interchangeable.
We may see a boost in performance for Quinton Patton with Keith Price the likely new starting QB for the Iron. Patton saw 11 targets last week but only managed to come down with four of them for 26 yards. He also converted a two-point attempt. It’s hard to tell if Patton and his QBs are just consistently miscommunicating in what his routes are supposed to look like or if the QB play has just been so bad to where Patton is steadily seeing uncatchable targets. Either way, his performances have been frustrating and with the running game dominating scoring opportunities it’s hard to place Patton much higher.
The San Antonio wide receiver corps behind Mekale McKay has been all over the place this season with each player offering fairly equal value. It’s just been a matter of guessing which guy will go off. Greg Ward is second on the team with 14 receptions this season with De’Marcus Ayers only one behind him. But, Alonzo Moore comes in second on the team with 178 receiving yards this season as the deep-play threat with only 10 receptions. Where Ward has the clear advantage and what keeps him higher in rankings for me is his seven red zone targets. Ayers and Moore each have only two targets in that department.
Alton “Pig” Howard was second on the Express with three targets last week but was a non-factor in a game where Zach Mettenberger only completed nine passes. We need more volume from this passing game before it can comfortably support a legitimate WR1 let alone a WR2. The ability is there for Howard, but he needs to match that with extended opportunity, which is out of his hands.
The SLC wideouts behind De’Mornay Pierson-El obviously saw a lot more action last week in a game where Josh Woodrum finally aired it out. Brian Tyms continues to see heavy involvement in the passing game as he tied Pierson-El with nine targets, but Tyms has yet to put together a performance worth writing home about. Adonis Jennings wound up being the second-best wide receiver of the week for SLC last week. His involvement continues to be consistent but quiet. Kenny Bell has also shown flashes but if none of these guys could put together a big performance when their QB threw for 380 yards, who knows if they ever will.
DeVozea Felton remains my ride or die despite putting up nothing last week, but L’Damian Washington has shown that he may be a WR2 worth keeping an eye on if Price can lift this passing offense.
Devin Lucien has seen his fantasy points trend down each week after his Week 3 breakout. He only saw one target last week and is another player who needs more volume from his passing game to become a weekly contributor.
Richard Mullaney will be the biggest wideout to watch again this week as he works his way back from a knee injury. If he is active, I would still temper expectations due to the potential for aggravation in the game or a potential pitch count. He could carry some serious value down the stretch for Arizona, though.
The tight end position was a different animal last week as we finally saw some heavy involvement from the position across the league. Wes Saxton Jr. has stood out ever since joining the Iron. He has led the team in receiving each of the last two weeks and now could get Keith Price under center who loved targeting tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins in college. I’m still not taking any chances with tight ends in DFS, but if you want to play that game, Saxton is a good bet.
Nick Truesdell has surpassed Anthony Denham as the tight end to own on the SLC roster. Truesdell put up a 6/71/1 line against the Fleet last week and now gets a matchup against Memphis who has allowed the most fantasy points to tight ends this season.
Marcus Baugh has been on a roll the last two weeks totaling six catches for 109 yards and one TD during that span. Baugh has been running deeper routes than Gavin Escobar as of late who is usually operating as more of an underneath option. Baugh may be the best tight end on this roster now with Escobar serving as more of a check-down option. Escobar has been one of the most consistent tight ends in the league all season, but he came up without a catch on three targets last week. This is a decent bounce-back spot for him and his consistent target share should continue at least.
Keith Towbridge is going to be a tight end to keep an eye on going forward as he corraled all four of his targets last week for 56 yards. Aaron Murray seemed comfortable targeting his big-bodied tight end. With none of the wideouts on this team really making a stance as a dominant threat, there is room for Towbridge to flourish.
Outside of these top guys at tight end, you are looking at a lot less reliable production and praying for a TD. Hopefully, this new surge of offensive production from tight ends continues.