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Fantasy football rankings: Rankings and projections for AAF Week 3

Feb 17, 2019; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Fleet wide receiver Kameron Kelly (14) reacts during the first half against the Atlanta Legends at SDCCU Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

Two weeks are in the books for the AAF and we’re starting to get a lay of the land. Each week, we’ll have AAF fantasy football rankings and projections to help you set your season-long lineups and build your DFS lineups. So here are our Week 3 fantasy football rankings and projections for the Alliance.

(Click here to see the Week 3 AAF WR/CB matchup chart.)

Quarterback

Rk Player Tm Pts Att Com Yds TD INT Att RuYds RuTD
1 John Wolford ARI 23.6 27.9 17.3 234.1 2.0 1.1 7.6 20.4 0.2
2 Garrett Gilbert ORL 19.3 30.3 18.8 249.8 1.5 0.9 2.8 8.3 0.1
3 Luis Perez BIR 15.3 34.9 22.3 227.7 1.1 0.9 3.9 8.3 0.0
4 Logan Woodside SA 14.7 33.2 18.6 211.5 0.9 1.3 3.4 13.4 0.1
5 Philip Nelson SD 13.9 34.1 19.2 196.4 0.9 1.4 3.8 15.6 0.2
6 Josh Woodrum SL 12.1 28.6 15.5 168.6 1.0 1.4 1.1 5.2 0.1
7 Matt Simms ATL 9.1 26.1 15.0 146.5 0.6 1.6 3.7 8.5 0.1
8 Christian Hackenberg MEM 7.8 22.1 11.1 112.4 0.4 1.2 3.7 13.7 0.1
9 Austin Allen SL 1.4 3.2 1.7 18.7 0.1 0.2 0.3 1.0 0.0
10 Marquise Williams SA 1.3 0.3 0.2 2.0 0.0 0.0 1.2 7.1 0.1
11 Aaron Murray ATL 0.9 2.9 1.6 16.3 0.1 0.2 0.3 0.6 0.0
12 Brandon Silvers MEM 0.7 2.5 1.3 13.0 0.1 0.2 0.3 0.7 0.0

While Garrett Gilbert was the big play last week with the first 300-yard passing performance in AAF history, we actually prefer John Wolford as the top fantasy option. Wolford gets to face a Salt Lake defense that he absolutely torched in Week 1. Gilbert should continue to be productive, though, and he remains squarely in the elite fantasy conversation. From there, things get messy. Perez has yet to throw a touchdown pass, but he’s going up against an Atlanta defense that currently grades out as the league’s worst in coverage. Likewise, Logan Woodside should benefit from going up against the leagues lowest-graded overall unit in the Fleet.

Running back

Rk Player Tm Pts Att RuYds RuTD Rec ReYds ReTD
1 Trent Richardson BIR 20.8 22.3 69.0 0.7 4.5 39.2 0.2
2 Ja'Quan Gardner SD 12.9 13.4 66.4 0.6 1.5 10.9 0.1
3 Kenneth Farrow II SA 11.4 12.5 54.1 0.4 1.6 14.2 0.1
4 Zac Stacy MEM 10.6 14.1 67.6 0.4 0.6 4.7 0.0
5 Branden Oliver SL 9.9 12.6 50.4 0.2 1.6 14.7 0.1
6 Akeem Hunt ORL 9.9 10.7 48.0 0.2 1.6 15.3 0.1
7 Jhurell Pressley ARI 8.7 12.6 45.3 0.3 1.0 8.5 0.1
8 Akrum Wadley ATL 8.3 3.4 13.9 0.1 3.0 25.9 0.1
9 Joel Bouagnon SL 8.0 10.4 38.5 0.3 0.9 8.9 0.1
10 Tarean Folston ATL 7.9 9.7 39.7 0.3 1.2 9.4 0.0
11 Terrell Watson SD 7.5 12.1 47.9 0.3 0.6 4.7 0.0
12 Tim Cook ARI 7.3 10.8 38.8 0.3 0.8 6.8 0.1
13 Terrence Magee MEM 6.4 5.2 19.4 0.1 2.1 15.3 0.1
14 De'Veon Smith ORL 6.1 4.8 16.8 0.2 1.5 11.2 0.1
15 Ladarius Perkins BIR 5.7 2.7 8.4 0.0 2.4 17.3 0.1
16 D'Ernest Johnson ORL 5.0 6.4 28.6 0.1 0.6 5.7 0.0
17 Lawrence Pittman ATL 5.0 7.6 31.1 0.2 0.4 2.7 0.0
18 Aaron Green SA 4.3 5.5 23.8 0.1 0.6 5.0 0.0
19 David Cobb SA 4.2 7.0 24.4 0.1 0.6 3.9 0.0
20 Justin Stockton ARI 3.0 5.0 18.1 0.1 0.2 1.7 0.0
21 Anthony Manzo-Lewis MEM 2.0 4.3 16.0 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.0
22 Terrell Newby SL 1.4 1.4 4.8 0.0 0.4 2.6 0.0
23 Rajion Neal MEM 1.3 1.8 6.8 0.0 0.3 1.9 0.0
24 Ty Isaac BIR 1.1 0.6 1.9 0.0 0.5 3.3 0.0
25 Paul James SD 1.0 1.6 6.7 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
26 Ben Johnson SD 0.8 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.4 3.1 0.0
27 Matt Asiata SL 0.6 1.7 4.7 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

Nothing changes at the top, as Trent Richardson remains firmly entrenched as the top fantasy running back. Richardson is averaging under 2.5 yards per carry, but he’s found the end zone three times and saw heavy using in the passing game last week with six catches on six targets.

From there, things don’t quite look like they did last week. With two weeks of data, we’re started to get a better sense of how teams are using their backfields. Ja’Quan Gardner was the No. 3 overall fantasy scorer in Week 2 thanks to 104 yards and two scores on the ground. Though there’s still a committee in the Fleet backfield with Terrell Watson seeing 14 carries last week, Garner’s upside makes him one of the top options at the position.

Speaking of upside, Kenneth Farrow also flashed playmaking ability in Week 2 both as a runner and as a receiver. Likewise, Zac Stacy is coming off a strong performance with what is currently the most single-game rushing yards by a player in AAF history with 106.

The Salt Lake backfield looks like it’s going to be a tricky one to navigate going forward. Joel Bouagnon was the top fantasy scorer last week, but Branden Oliver actually out-touched Bouagnon 16-12. When in doubt, err toward the volume in fantasy. That being said, Bouagnon should see enough touches to be considered a fringe RB1 play.

Similarly, the Atlanta backfield lacks clarity from a fantasy standpoint. With Denard Robinson inactive last week, it looked like we were going to see a ton of Tarean Folston. Well, we didn’t. Folston had just six rushing attempts, which was two fewer than Lawrence Pittman. And Akrum Wadley came in and racked up eight catches, which led all receivers for the week. So the numbers love Wadley this week, but that’s only if his role continues. Be sure to pay close attention to the very limited information out there on the AAF beat.

Wide receivers

Rk Player Tm Pts Tar Rec ReYds ReTD
1 Charles Johnson ORL 16.5 8.5 5.2 86.9 0.4
2 Rashad Ross ARI 15.7 7.0 4.3 75.8 0.6
3 Mekale McKay SA 12.7 9.1 4.4 66.0 0.3
4 Quinton Patton BIR 11.7 7.7 3.9 61.4 0.3
5 Jalin Marshall ORL 11.0 5.2 3.2 52.7 0.4
6 De'Marcus Ayers SA 10.2 6.7 3.9 50.3 0.2
7 Brian Brown SD 9.6 6.5 3.7 41.4 0.2
8 Kenny Bell SL 9.2 6.0 3.2 44.8 0.3
9 Josh Huff ARI 9.0 4.7 2.7 41.4 0.4
10 Seantavius Jones ATL 8.6 7.0 3.6 40.6 0.2
11 Richard Mullaney ARI 8.5 5.3 3.0 36.0 0.3
12 Dontez Ford SD 7.1 5.1 2.7 35.0 0.1
13 Alton Howard MEM 7.0 6.1 2.9 26.8 0.1
14 De'Mornay Pierson-El SL 6.6 5.4 2.6 27.2 0.2
15 Greg Ward Jr. SA 6.2 4.7 2.5 24.1 0.1
16 Malachi Jones ATL 6.1 4.6 2.4 30.3 0.1
17 Reece Horn MEM 5.6 4.4 2.1 28.9 0.1
18 Francis Owusu SD 5.4 4.1 2.2 26.1 0.1
19 L'Damian Washington BIR 5.4 3.8 2.4 23.8 0.1
20 Rannell Hall ORL 5.3 3.9 2.2 20.5 0.1
21 Chris Thompson ORL 5.1 2.7 1.7 26.0 0.1
22 Kameron Kelly SD 4.8 4.1 2.2 21.2 0.1
23 Adonis Jennings SL 4.8 3.8 2.0 21.0 0.1
24 Nelson Spruce SD 4.6 3.7 2.0 21.2 0.1
25 Justin Thomas ATL 4.1 2.6 1.4 12.5 0.0
26 Alonzo Moore SA 4.1 2.7 1.5 20.1 0.1
27 Ervin Philips ATL 3.6 3.5 1.8 14.8 0.1
28 Fabian Guerra MEM 3.6 3.2 1.5 17.0 0.1
29 Amba Etta-Tawo BIR 3.5 2.8 1.5 16.1 0.1
30 Jordan Leslie SL 3.3 2.5 1.3 14.7 0.1
31 Tobias Palmer BIR 3.1 2.8 1.5 13.2 0.1
32 Kayaune Ross MEM 2.7 2.5 1.1 13.1 0.0
33 Freddie Martino ARI 2.6 1.4 0.8 12.2 0.1
34 Ishmael Hyman ORL 2.5 1.5 0.9 13.3 0.1
35 DeVozea Felton BIR 2.0 1.0 0.6 8.1 0.0
36 Dontez Byrd MEM 1.6 1.5 0.7 7.9 0.0
37 Marquis Bundy ARI 1.6 0.8 0.5 7.3 0.1
38 Josh Stewart SA 1.5 1.3 0.7 6.2 0.0
39 Quan Bray BIR 1.5 1.0 0.5 7.4 0.0
40 Sam Mobley SL 1.4 1.0 0.5 7.1 0.0
41 Montay Crockett ATL 1.1 0.9 0.5 5.5 0.0
42 Donteea Dye Jr. ORL 0.7 0.6 0.3 3.2 0.0

After last week’s monster performance, Charles Johnson is now locked in as the top fantasy wideout, but Rashad Ross is right on his heels. Wide receivers have caught eight touchdowns so far in the AAF. Ross has three of them. Mekale McKay struggled last week with tough coverage coming from Keith Reaser in the Atlanta secondary. He’s a good bet to bounce back with a much more favorable matchup on tap against San Diego. It’s also worth noting that McKay’s teammate De’Marcus Ayers made his AAF debut last week and caught 5-of-8 targets for 80 yards. Ayers is very much in play as a high-volume fantasy option.

Tight end

Rk Player Tm Pts Tar Rec ReYds ReTD
1 Gerald Christian ARI 6.8 3.6 2.4 29.3 0.2
2 Anthony Denham SL 5.9 4.5 2.3 26.9 0.2
3 Gavin Escobar SD 5.1 3.7 2.3 22.7 0.1
4 Connor Davis BIR 5.1 3.8 2.6 20.8 0.1
5 Busta Anderson BIR 3.7 2.8 1.9 15.1 0.1
6 Evan Rodriguez SA 3.6 3.0 1.7 14.3 0.1
7 Keith Towbridge ATL 3.4 2.6 1.6 14.5 0.1
8 Nick Truesdell SL 3.2 2.5 1.6 12.2 0.1
9 Marcus Baugh SD 2.9 2.7 1.7 10.2 0.0
10 Thomas Duarte ARI 2.8 1.7 1.1 11.4 0.1
11 Cam Clear SA 1.9 1.7 1.0 7.9 0.0
12 Scott Orndoff ORL 1.8 1.2 0.8 7.5 0.0
13 Austin Traylor SL 1.8 1.3 0.8 7.3 0.0
14 Sean Price ORL 1.4 0.9 0.6 5.6 0.0
15 Adrien Robinson MEM 1.2 1.2 0.6 5.1 0.0
16 Charles Standberry Jr. ATL 1.1 0.9 0.5 4.8 0.0
17 Brandon Barnes MEM 1.1 1.0 0.5 4.7 0.0
18 Connor Hamlett ARI 0.9 0.6 0.4 3.8 0.0
19 Weslye Saunders BIR 0.5 0.3 0.2 1.9 0.0
20 Matt Weiser ORL 0.5 0.3 0.2 1.9 0.0
21 Bug Howard ATL 0.4 0.3 0.2 1.6 0.0
22 Cole Hunt SA 0.3 0.3 0.2 1.3 0.0

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, but tight end, yeah, it’s brutal. Last week, we didn’t see a single tight end top double-digit fantasy points, and just one player had more than four fantasy points in PPR scoring. So the moral of the story is don’t expect much from the position. Start your top option and pray for a touchdown.

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