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Fantasy football rankings: Rankings and projections for AAF Week 4

Feb 24, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; Birmingham Iron running back Trent Richardson (33) celebrates after a touchdown run against the Atlanta Legends in the second half at Georgia State Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Three weeks of Alliance football has taught us that things change pretty quickly in the AAF. What we thought after Week 2 may no longer be the case. Adapting to these shifting conditions is key to success in fantasy football, and we’re here to help you with that. Each week, we have AAF fantasy football rankings and projections to help you set your season-long lineups and build your DFS lineups. So here’s our Week 4 fantasy football rankings and projections for the Alliance.

Quarterback

Rk Player Tm Pts Att Com Yds TD INT Att RuYds RuTD
1 Garrett Gilbert ORL 17.6 30.1 18.1 231.4 1.5 0.9 2.4 6.1 0.1
2 John Wolford ARI 17.4 25.8 16.9 206.9 1.4 1.0 4.9 15.5 0.1
3 Josh Woodrum SL 12.9 30.4 17.3 165.5 1.1 1.0 1.6 5.9 0.1
4 Philip Nelson SD 12.2 28.7 16.2 183.1 1.1 1.1 2.8 -0.2 0.0
5 Luis Perez BIR 10.9 32.3 19.8 198.1 0.6 0.6 2.6 4.2 0.0
6 Matt Simms ATL 10.3 31.5 18.3 183.1 0.7 2.0 3.1 9.0 0.1
7 Zach Mettenberger MEM 9.3 22.2 13.0 137.8 0.7 1.0 2.6 6.2 0.1
8 Logan Woodside SA 8.2 24.9 12.7 148.3 0.5 1.3 1.2 4.5 0.0
9 Marquise Williams SA 5.6 8.3 4.8 38.6 0.1 0.4 4.1 22.7 0.2
10 Trevor Knight ARI 2.3 4.5 2.6 27.5 0.1 0.2 1.8 5.5 0.0
11 Christian Hackenberg MEM 0.8 2.5 1.3 12.3 0.0 0.1 0.3 1.2 0.0
12 Aaron Murray ATL 0.5 1.7 0.9 9.2 0.0 0.1 0.2 0.5 0.0
13 Austin Allen SL 0.1 0.3 0.2 1.8 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

Garrett Gilbert is running away with the top spot after three weeks of play. While John Wolford still leads the position in passing touchdowns, Gilbert’s 827 passing yards is nearly 200 more than Logan Woodside in second place. Wolford is still a strong option, but the Hotshots did use Trevor Knight last week. Knight could continue to cut into Wolford’s work.

From there you have a tier of Josh Woodrum, Philip Nelson, Luis Perez, and Matt Simms. Nelson and Simms are coming off solid performances last week, finishing third and second in fantasy scoring among quarterbacks. While Zach Mettenberger put up big numbers after Christian Hackenberg was benched last, it’s too risky to trust Mettenberger this week. Likewise, tread lightly with the San Antonio duo of Woodside and Marquise Williams.

Running back

Rk Player Tm Pts Att RuYds RuTD Tar Rec ReYds ReTD
1 Trent Richardson BIR 19.6 20.9 68.6 0.9 4.8 3.9 29.1 0.1
2 Zac Stacy MEM 14.6 15.6 73.5 0.5 3.2 2.4 17.1 0.1
3 Branden Oliver SL 12.0 15.2 65.3 0.5 2.1 1.3 9.5 0.1
4 Ja'Quan Gardner SD 11.6 12.4 58.5 0.4 2.3 1.4 12.5 0.1
5 Jhurell Pressley ARI 10.6 14.1 56.1 0.3 2.4 1.6 12.6 0.1
6 Joel Bouagnon SL 9.6 12.3 53.1 0.4 1.5 1.1 6.8 0.1
7 Kenneth Farrow II SA 8.4 11.5 44.6 0.4 1.3 1.0 7.1 0.0
8 Justin Stockton ARI 7.9 8.5 38.9 0.3 1.5 1.1 8.5 0.1
9 Terrell Watson SD 7.8 11.6 48.7 0.2 1.4 0.9 5.6 0.0
10 Akrum Wadley ATL 7.7 4.8 18.2 0.1 3.3 2.7 21.7 0.1
11 Lawrence Pittman ATL 7.1 8.1 32.8 0.2 2.3 1.5 11.1 0.1
12 Trey Williams SA 6.3 8.2 33.7 0.1 2.0 1.2 9.1 0.0
13 D'Ernest Johnson ORL 6.0 9.0 35.4 0.2 0.9 0.6 5.2 0.0
14 Akeem Hunt ORL 5.9 4.1 16.0 0.0 2.7 1.7 15.7 0.1
15 De'Veon Smith ORL 5.5 5.3 18.0 0.2 1.8 1.2 8.8 0.1
16 Sherman Badie MEM 5.4 8.1 36.5 0.2 0.5 0.3 2.6 0.0
17 Ladarius Perkins BIR 4.9 5.9 19.3 0.1 1.6 1.4 9.8 0.0
18 Denard Robinson ATL 3.8 4.4 16.6 0.1 1.3 0.9 6.3 0.0
19 Terrence Magee MEM 3.6 4.5 17.4 0.1 1.0 0.8 5.4 0.0
20 Tim Cook ARI 3.4 4.9 22.7 0.1 0.3 0.2 1.7 0.0
21 David Cobb SA 2.7 3.5 11.6 0.0 1.3 0.8 4.8 0.0
22 Terrell Newby SL 1.9 1.9 7.5 0.0 0.6 0.5 2.9 0.0
23 Ty Isaac BIR 1.6 2.0 6.4 0.0 0.6 0.4 3.0 0.0
24 Ben Johnson SD 1.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.1 0.7 5.8 0.0

Trent Richardson continues to be the top fantasy option at running back despite averaging just 2.5 yards per carry. But fantasy football loves touchdowns, and Richardson is scoring them in bunches. Running backs have found pay dirt 20 times so far this season and Richardson has six of them.

From there, we have a trio of intriguing options in Zac Stacy, Branden Oliver, and Ja’Quan Gardner. Stacy got more involved in the passing game last week with three catches on four targets. That plus his ample workload as a runner gives him a high fantasy floor to go along with the upside he displayed in Week 2. Oliver may seem a bit high, but keep in mind that he’s out-carried Joel Bouagnon in each of the last two weeks and saw goal-line work last week. Gardner is the talk of the AAF fantasy work after his second-straight 100-yard rushing performance. While some may rank him higher, Gardner’s touch volume could be somewhat capped with the Hotshots still using a committee in their backfield with Gardner and Terrell Watson.

Wide receiver

Rk Player Tm Pts Tar Rec ReYds ReTD
1 Rashad Ross ARI 17.0 7.6 5.2 78.1 0.7
2 Charles Johnson ORL 14.4 7.8 4.7 73.8 0.4
3 Mekale McKay SA 10.7 8.3 3.8 55.8 0.2
4 Jalin Marshall ORL 10.6 5.7 3.2 49.8 0.4
5 Nelson Spruce SD 10.1 6.6 3.4 44.5 0.4
6 Josh Huff ARI 9.2 5.8 3.3 45.2 0.2
7 De'Mornay Pierson-El SL 8.8 5.8 3.5 34.3 0.2
8 Quinton Patton BIR 8.8 6.1 3.2 48.3 0.1
9 De'Marcus Ayers SA 8.4 6.3 3.4 43.7 0.1
10 Kenny Bell SL 8.4 6.4 3.3 37.4 0.2
11 Seantavius Jones ATL 8.4 6.3 3.3 42.4 0.1
12 Richard Mullaney ARI 7.1 5.2 3.0 31.0 0.2
13 Kaelin Clay SL 7.0 4.9 2.9 28.9 0.2
14 L'Damian Washington BIR 7.0 5.2 3.4 31.6 0.1
15 Brian Brown SD 7.0 4.6 3.0 28.4 0.1
16 Reece Horn MEM 7.0 5.4 2.7 33.4 0.2
17 Malachi Jones ATL 7.0 5.6 2.7 35.8 0.1
18 Rannell Hall ORL 6.5 3.9 2.3 30.5 0.1
19 Greg Ward Jr. SA 6.0 5.0 2.5 23.6 0.1
20 Dontez Ford SD 4.9 3.4 1.8 25.9 0.1
21 James Quick ATL 4.8 4.3 2.2 21.5 0.1
22 Devin Lucien MEM 4.8 3.0 1.7 23.8 0.1
23 DeVozea Felton BIR 4.8 2.6 1.5 19.7 0.1
24 Alton Howard MEM 4.6 3.2 1.7 15.0 0.1
25 Gerrard Sheppard MEM 4.3 3.2 1.5 21.8 0.1
26 Chris Thompson ORL 4.2 2.4 1.4 21.1 0.1
27 Alonzo Moore SA 4.2 3.0 1.6 20.7 0.1
28 Tobias Palmer BIR 3.4 2.9 1.5 15.8 0.0
29 Francis Owusu SD 3.3 2.3 1.4 16.1 0.1
30 Ervin Philips ATL 3.2 2.3 1.2 9.3 0.0
31 Laquvionte Gonzalez SD 2.5 1.7 1.0 12.0 0.0
32 Freddie Martino ARI 2.5 1.5 0.9 12.3 0.1
33 Dontez Byrd MEM 2.3 1.5 0.9 11.0 0.1
34 Montay Crockett ATL 2.2 1.7 0.9 10.8 0.0
35 Adonis Jennings SL 1.8 1.5 0.8 7.7 0.0
36 Donteea Dye Jr. ORL 1.7 1.5 0.8 7.2 0.0
37 Marquis Bundy ARI 1.3 0.9 0.5 6.3 0.0
38 Brian Tyms SL 1.3 0.9 0.6 5.4 0.0
39 Quan Bray BIR 1.3 1.0 0.5 6.8 0.0
40 Josh Stewart SA 1.0 1.0 0.5 4.2 0.0
41 Fabian Guerra MEM 0.6 0.5 0.3 3.0 0.0

Like at quarterback and running back, nothing really changes at the top. Rashad Ross and Charles Johnson are locked in as your elite options. Ross currently leads the league with a massive four receiving touchdowns, and Johnson is tops in receiving yards at 305. Mekale McKay found the end zone for the first time this season in last week’s contest and enters Week 4 as the league leader in targets. It’s also worth pointing out Nelson Spruce, who has really emerged for the Fleet over the last two weeks. San Diego moved Kameron Kelly back to corner last week, and Spruce ended up starting and leading the Fleet wide receivers in fantasy scoring thanks to two touchdowns.

Tight end

Rk Player Tm Pts Tar Rec ReYds ReTD
1 Gavin Escobar SD 6.0 3.7 2.4 26.6 0.2
2 Thomas Duarte ARI 4.6 2.7 1.9 21.0 0.1
3 Keith Towbridge ATL 4.6 3.7 2.2 19.4 0.1
4 Wes Saxton Jr. BIR 4.3 3.6 2.2 18.5 0.0
5 Anthony Denham SL 4.1 3.1 1.8 17.0 0.1
6 Brandon Barnes MEM 3.6 2.7 1.7 14.8 0.1
7 Gerald Christian ARI 3.6 2.1 1.6 15.6 0.1
8 Scott Orndoff ORL 3.4 2.4 1.4 14.1 0.1
9 Weslye Saunders BIR 3.3 2.6 1.7 13.8 0.0
10 Nick Truesdell SL 3.2 2.5 1.7 10.8 0.1
11 Cole Hunt SA 2.6 2.7 1.4 9.5 0.0
12 Evan Rodriguez SA 2.3 2.3 1.3 8.3 0.0
13 Bug Howard ATL 2.3 1.7 1.1 10.0 0.0
14 Marcus Baugh SD 1.6 1.4 0.9 5.9 0.0
15 Austin Traylor SL 1.6 1.2 0.7 6.5 0.0
16 Sean Price ORL 1.3 0.9 0.6 5.1 0.0
17 Charles Standberry Jr. ATL 0.9 0.7 0.4 4.0 0.0
18 Adrien Robinson MEM 0.6 0.5 0.3 2.3 0.0
19 Connor Hamlett ARI 0.5 0.3 0.2 1.9 0.0
20 Busta Anderson BIR 0.4 0.3 0.2 1.7 0.0

Tight end is just an absolute mess for fantasy purposes, but Gavin Escobar does seem to be solidifying himself as the top option at the position. After a slow start to the season, Thomas Duarte saw an uptick in usage last week with three catches on three targets. His fantasy value is trending up. From there, it’s the same as every week. Start your tight end and pray he gets in the end zone.

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