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Fantasy football rankings: Rankings and projections for AAF Week 5

Feb 17, 2019; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Fleet tight end Gavin Escobar (89) runs with the ball after a catch during the first half against the Atlanta Legends at SDCCU Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

If you’re still playing AAF fantasy football, kudos to you. We’re now one month into the season, and the league continues to surprise us on an every-week basis. While the product certainly doesn’t rival the NFL, the league has been entertaining for fantasy purposes. As we’ve done all season, here are the Week 5 AAF fantasy football rankings and projections to help you set your season-long lineups and build your DFS lineups.

Quarterback

Rk Player Tm Pts Att Com Yds TD INT 300.0 Att RuYds RuTD
1 Garrett Gilbert ORL 18.6 29.1 17.1 245.6 1.4 0.9 0.2 2.8 9.7 0.1
2 John Wolford ARI 15.6 27.1 16.4 189.2 1.3 0.8 0.1 4.2 14.2 0.0
3 Philip Nelson SD 13.8 27.4 16.1 178.6 1.2 1.1 0.1 2.4 8.1 0.0
4 Aaron Murray ATL 13.2 33.2 19.6 225.9 0.7 1.2 0.2 3.4 9.6 0.1
5 Zach Mettenberger MEM 12.7 25.7 16.7 182.8 1.0 0.7 0.1 3.3 4.7 0.0
6 Josh Woodrum SL 11.2 28.9 17.4 150.7 0.9 0.9 0.1 1.4 4.9 0.1
7 Logan Woodside SA 10.8 30.9 16.0 180.1 0.6 1.3 0.1 3.3 12.4 0.1
8 Luis Perez BIR 10.7 33.6 19.1 199.6 0.6 0.7 0.1 2.2 3.4 0.0
9 Marquise Williams SA 1.3 1.6 1.0 7.9 0.0 0.1 0.0 1.0 5.4 0.1
10 Matt Simms ATL 0.6 1.7 1.0 11.2 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.2 0.7 0.0
11 Trevor Knight ARI 0.6 1.4 0.8 7.7 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.3 1.1 0.0
12 Christian Hackenberg MEM 0.5 1.4 0.7 7.2 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.3 1.1 0.0
13 Austin Allen SL 0.1 0.3 0.2 1.6 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

Garrett Gilbert continues to be the top fantasy option at the position, but there are some intriguing options this week. Zach Mettenberger finished last week as the top fantasy scorer. While he’s far from a sure thing, Mettenberger’s upside is intriguing for DFS purposes. Aaron Murray assumed the starting duties in Atlanta last week and proceeded to rack up 254 passing yards, which led the AAF in Week 4. Murray didn’t throw for a passing score, but the Legends’ pass-heavy offense bodes well for him to continue to put up numbers.

Running back

Rk Player Tm Pts Att RuYds RuTD Tar Rec ReYds ReTD
1 Trent Richardson BIR 14.7 15.3 39.8 0.7 5.0 3.4 24.9 0.1
2 Jhurell Pressley ARI 14.3 17.8 87.9 0.3 3.1 1.8 13.1 0.1
3 Kenneth Farrow II SA 13.1 18.6 78.1 0.5 2.0 1.4 8.9 0.0
4 Zac Stacy MEM 12.8 18.3 69.7 0.3 2.7 2.2 14.6 0.1
5 Branden Oliver SL 9.7 15.8 58.9 0.3 2.0 1.3 6.9 0.1
6 Ja'Quan Gardner SD 9.4 10.2 43.2 0.5 1.6 1.2 9.8 0.0
7 Akrum Wadley ATL 7.9 1.9 7.0 0.0 4.2 3.4 31.5 0.1
8 D'Ernest Johnson ORL 7.4 6.4 30.3 0.1 2.0 1.5 14.0 0.1
9 De'Veon Smith ORL 7.3 9.2 36.2 0.4 0.9 0.6 4.4 0.0
10 Joel Bouagnon SL 7.3 9.2 35.2 0.4 1.5 0.9 5.1 0.0
11 Akeem Hunt ORL 6.3 6.4 29.6 0.2 1.5 0.9 8.5 0.1
12 Terrell Watson SD 5.7 11.0 42.3 0.1 0.5 0.4 2.3 0.0
13 Sherman Badie MEM 5.4 6.6 26.5 0.1 1.6 1.1 9.9 0.0
14 Trey Williams SA 5.3 4.9 20.0 0.1 2.3 1.4 11.6 0.0
15 Justin Stockton ARI 4.7 4.5 22.4 0.2 1.1 0.8 5.4 0.0
16 Ladarius Perkins BIR 4.5 1.7 5.2 0.0 2.7 2.1 14.4 0.1
17 Tarean Folston ATL 4.4 4.1 14.9 0.0 1.7 1.3 11.6 0.0
18 Denard Robinson ATL 4.2 5.3 19.3 0.1 1.0 0.8 6.1 0.0
19 Terrence Magee MEM 3.8 2.9 11.0 0.0 1.6 1.4 9.0 0.1
20 Brandon Ross BIR 3.5 7.5 23.5 0.1 0.7 0.4 3.0 0.0
21 Brandon Radcliff ATL 3.5 7.7 30.1 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
22 Ben Johnson SD 3.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.5 1.6 13.2 0.1
23 Tim Cook ARI 3.1 4.5 22.4 0.1 0.3 0.2 1.2 0.0
24 Terrell Newby SL 2.6 1.7 5.4 0.0 1.5 1.0 6.6 0.1
25 David Cobb SA 1.8 3.9 12.9 0.0 0.3 0.2 1.3 0.0

Running back is still a mess. Trent Richardson found the end zone yet again last week, but his volume took a hit with the Iron giving nine carries to Brandon Ross. Despite Ross’ involvement, Richardson remains the top fantasy option at the position. From there Jhurrell Pressley surges into Week 5 on the heels of a 100-yard rushing performance last week. Likewise, Kenneth Farrow topped the century mark on a massive 30 carries. Zac Stacy also saw volume with 18 carries, but he managed just 39 yards. Stacy’s inefficiency isn’t ideal, but he remains one of the top fantasy options at the position.

Wide receiver

Rk Player Tm Pts Tar Rec ReYds ReTD
1 Charles Johnson ORL 19.2 8.4 6.1 104.5 0.5
2 Rashad Ross ARI 15.7 6.9 4.6 65.1 0.7
3 Jalin Marshall ORL 12.0 5.5 3.4 56.7 0.5
4 Mekale McKay SA 9.4 7.5 3.3 50.8 0.2
5 Nelson Spruce SD 8.7 5.7 3.0 35.1 0.4
6 Reece Horn MEM 8.5 5.1 3.0 42.1 0.2
7 Brian Tyms SL 8.4 6.1 3.8 34.7 0.2
8 Malachi Jones ATL 8.1 5.9 2.8 43.2 0.2
9 Quinton Patton BIR 8.1 6.4 2.8 45.3 0.1
10 Devin Lucien MEM 7.7 4.1 2.6 37.4 0.2
11 Seantavius Jones ATL 7.6 5.9 2.8 41.7 0.1
12 Josh Huff ARI 7.5 5.4 2.8 36.5 0.2
13 L'Damian Washington BIR 7.4 6.4 3.4 35.0 0.1
14 Dontez Ford SD 7.4 4.7 2.4 34.9 0.2
15 De'Marcus Ayers SA 7.1 5.9 2.8 36.7 0.1
16 Greg Ward Jr. SA 6.9 5.9 2.8 29.6 0.1
17 Kenny Bell SL 6.7 5.6 2.9 29.6 0.1
18 De'Mornay Pierson-El SL 6.2 4.1 2.5 23.1 0.2
19 Alton Howard MEM 6.0 4.1 2.4 21.7 0.1
20 DeVozea Felton BIR 6.0 3.7 2.0 27.4 0.1
21 James Quick ATL 5.7 4.5 2.6 26.9 0.1
22 Chris Thompson ORL 5.5 2.9 2.0 30.1 0.1
23 Dontez Byrd MEM 5.5 3.3 1.9 27.6 0.1
24 Freddie Martino ARI 4.6 3.4 1.8 23.0 0.1
25 Brian Brown SD 4.6 3.3 1.7 18.7 0.1
26 Alonzo Moore SA 4.1 2.9 1.7 22.5 0.0
27 Ervin Philips ATL 4.0 2.4 1.3 15.4 0.0
28 Adonis Jennings SL 3.8 3.2 1.7 15.6 0.1
29 Marquis Bundy ARI 3.6 2.9 1.5 17.1 0.1
30 Francis Owusu SD 3.3 2.2 1.2 16.4 0.1
31 Montay Crockett ATL 2.6 1.7 1.0 13.1 0.0
32 Tobias Palmer BIR 2.2 2.0 1.0 10.7 0.0
33 Jamal Robinson BIR 2.1 1.7 1.0 10.0 0.0
34 Kaelin Clay SL 2.0 1.5 0.9 8.3 0.0
35 Justin Thomas ATL 1.7 1.4 0.8 7.8 0.0
36 Laquvionte Gonzalez SD 1.7 1.1 0.6 8.2 0.0
37 Rannell Hall ORL 1.5 4.4 0.3 4.5 0.0
38 Gerrard Sheppard MEM 1.3 0.8 0.4 6.3 0.0
39 Donteea Dye Jr. ORL 1.2 0.9 0.5 4.9 0.0
40 Richard Mullaney ARI 1.1 0.9 0.5 4.7 0.0
41 Josh Stewart SA 0.7 0.7 0.3 3.1 0.0

Charles Johnson saw a massive 35% of the Apollos’ targets last week on his way to yet another 100-yard performance. Johnson leads the AAF in receiving yards, but currently sits second among wideouts in fantasy scoring. Rashad Ross is ahead of him thanks to his league-leading five receiving touchdowns. Ross is the wide receiver equivalent of Trent Richardson at running back with heavy (and unsustainable) touchdown production.

Tight end

Pos Player Tm PPR Tar Rec ReYds ReTD
1 Gavin Escobar SD 5.9 3.6 2.5 27.1 0.1
2 Keith Towbridge ATL 4.7 3.5 2.2 21.3 0.1
3 Brandon Barnes MEM 4.6 3.0 2.1 18.6 0.1
4 Wes Saxton Jr. BIR 4.5 3.4 2.1 21.5 0.0
5 Cam Clear SA 3.7 3.3 1.9 15.7 0.1
6 Thomas Duarte ARI 3.5 2.3 1.5 15.9 0.1
7 Marcus Baugh SD 3.4 2.2 1.4 12.8 0.1
8 Gerald Christian ARI 3.2 2.0 1.4 13.3 0.1
9 Anthony Denham SL 3.0 2.3 1.2 12.5 0.1
10 Scott Orndoff ORL 2.8 1.7 1.2 12.0 0.1
11 Nick Truesdell SL 2.8 2.3 1.4 9.9 0.1
12 Bug Howard ATL 2.2 1.4 0.9 11.2 0.0
13 Evan Rodriguez SA 2.1 2.0 1.1 7.8 0.0
14 Weslye Saunders BIR 1.7 1.7 0.9 7.5 0.0
15 Charles Standberry Jr. ATL 1.5 1.0 0.7 7.2 0.0
16 Sean Price ORL 1.4 0.9 0.6 5.8 0.0
17 Adrien Robinson MEM 0.7 0.5 0.3 2.9 0.0
18 Connor Hamlett ARI 0.4 0.3 0.2 1.6 0.0

So far this season, Gavin Escobar is the only tight end with double-digit catches and triple-digit yards. But even he isn’t a lock after his teammate, Marcus Baugh, notched four catches for 54 yards and a score last week. We still prefer Escobar as the top option, but tight end is an absolute minefield in the AAF.

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