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Fantasy football rankings and projections for AAF Week 8

Feb 24, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; Birmingham Iron quarterback Luis Perez (12) throws a pass against the Atlanta Legends in the first half at Georgia State Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

It’s the last week of the AAF fantasy regular season, so let’s dive into the fantasy football rankings and projections for Week 8 of the Alliance. You can use this information to help you set your season-long lineups and build your DFS lineups.

Quarterback

Rk Player Tm Pts Att Com Yds TD INT Att RuYds RuTD
1 Garrett Gilbert ORL 23.8 34.3 21.8 318.2 1.8 1.0 2.7 8.6 0.1
2 John Wolford ARI 16.9 27.9 16.3 183.2 1.6 1.3 3.4 15.0 0.0
3 Luis Perez BIR 16.2 34.6 21.8 254.2 1.0 0.6 4.1 6.5 0.0
4 Josh Woodrum SL 15.5 33.8 20.8 191.8 1.3 1.0 2.5 8.9 0.1
5 Mike Bercovici SD 12.9 31.5 18.7 213.7 0.9 1.6 2.2 6.2 0.0
6 Aaron Murray ATL 12.6 34.4 21.5 217.7 0.6 0.7 2.6 11.2 0.0
7 Logan Woodside SA 11.6 28.3 15.3 171.2 0.6 1.1 4.2 16.9 0.2
8 Brandon Silvers MEM 6.1 18.8 9.9 102.3 0.4 1.2 2.3 5.5 0.1
9 Johnny Manziel MEM 2.8 6.3 3.7 39.4 0.1 0.1 1.2 4.4 0.1
10 Keith Price BIR 2.3 3.8 2.4 29.5 0.1 0.1 1.1 4.1 0.0
11 Matt Simms ATL 1.6 3.8 2.3 24.0 0.1 0.2 1.0 3.0 0.0
12 Marquise Williams SA 1.4 1.5 0.9 7.5 0.0 0.1 1.0 5.6 0.1
13 Trevor Knight ARI 1.0 0.3 0.2 1.4 0.0 0.0 2.2 7.4 0.0
14 Austin Appleby ORL 0.2 0.3 0.2 2.1 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.6 0.0
15 Austin Allen SL 0.1 0.3 0.2 2.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

Garrett Gilbert has faded somewhat from his early-season fantasy dominance, but he’s still your best bet to pace the league this week. Beyond Gilbert, John Wolford is coming off a strong performance in Week 7, thanks in part to his ability as a runner. Wolford ran for 44 yards and a score on five carries. He’s currently the lone AAF signal caller with over 100 rushing yards on the season. Iron QB Luis Perez has caught fire over the last two weeks with 594 yards and five scores through the air over that span. He’s your best bet for value this week. Be careful with Brandon Silvers this week. He’s coming off his overtime heroics, but Johnny Manziel’s role is likely to expand.

Running back

Rk Player Tm Pts Att RuYds RuTD Tar Rec ReYds ReTD
1 Trent Richardson BIR 21.8 17.9 49.5 1.2 6.2 4.9 41.1 0.1
2 Zac Stacy MEM 15.2 18.0 72.1 0.8 2.5 2.1 13.8 0.0
3 Tarean Folston ATL 14.7 13.3 64.3 0.4 3.8 3.2 21.7 0.1
4 Joel Bouagnon SL 11.2 14.4 56.2 0.7 1.4 0.9 5.4 0.0
5 Kenneth Farrow II SA 10.7 11.1 48.9 0.4 2.7 2.2 13.4 0.0
6 Jhurell Pressley ARI 9.5 11.9 58.2 0.2 2.3 1.3 8.3 0.1
7 De'Veon Smith ORL 9.4 10.9 53.5 0.6 0.3 0.2 1.6 0.0
8 D'Ernest Johnson ORL 8.8 4.6 22.7 0.1 3.1 2.3 25.2 0.2
9 Akeem Hunt ORL 8.2 7.9 36.4 0.2 2.1 1.2 13.4 0.1
10 Terrell Watson SD 6.5 7.8 27.4 0.1 2.5 1.8 11.8 0.1
11 Trey Williams SA 6.4 8.1 35.1 0.1 1.5 1.1 8.3 0.0
12 Denard Robinson ATL 6.1 4.8 16.2 0.3 2.7 1.7 9.2 0.0
13 Tim Cook ARI 6.0 9.4 39.8 0.3 0.3 0.2 1.0 0.0
14 Bishop Sankey SD 5.9 8.9 29.9 0.1 1.9 1.3 9.5 0.0
15 Terrence Magee MEM 5.0 5.8 22.0 0.1 1.8 1.5 7.6 0.0
16 Terron Ward SL 4.7 7.6 22.8 0.1 1.4 1.0 6.0 0.1
17 Marshaun Coprich BIR 4.4 3.0 9.0 0.0 2.3 1.6 12.9 0.1
18 Terrell Newby SL 4.2 3.1 9.9 0.0 2.0 1.5 10.4 0.1
19 Justin Stockton ARI 3.6 3.4 18.7 0.1 0.8 0.6 3.4 0.0
20 Ja'Quan Gardner SD 2.7 2.7 11.8 0.1 0.6 0.5 3.8 0.0
21 Aaron Green SA 2.6 3.3 14.1 0.1 0.6 0.4 3.3 0.0
22 David Cobb SA 1.5 3.9 13.6 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
23 Ben Johnson SD 0.9 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.6 0.4 3.8 0.0
24 Brandon Radcliff ATL 0.9 0.7 3.1 0.0 0.4 0.3 2.0 0.0

Trent Richardson now has 10 rushing scores on the season and is running away with the lead spot in fantasy scoring among running backs. Beyond Richardson, we continue to see fluctuation in the scoring leaders from week to week. De’Veon Smith took top honors last week on the strength of three rushing scores. The committee in the Orlando backfield makes it unlikely for Smith to repeat this performance, but his touchdown upside is very real. Terrell Watson is in a similar predicament in the San Diego backfield. He finished second at the position in PPR scoring last week, but we also saw the Fleet expand Bishop Sankey’s role with 13 touches for the former NFL running back.

Wide receiver

Rk Player Tm Pts Tar Rec ReYds ReTD
1 Charles Johnson ORL 22.0 9.0 6.3 126.9 0.5
2 Rashad Ross ARI 18.1 7.0 5.4 68.3 0.9
3 Jalin Marshall ORL 15.7 6.9 4.2 78.3 0.6
4 De'Mornay Pierson-El SL 13.5 8.2 5.7 51.8 0.4
5 Quinton Patton BIR 12.4 8.9 4.0 67.3 0.3
6 Seantavius Jones ATL 11.8 9.2 4.6 62.8 0.2
7 Amba Etta-Tawo BIR 11.2 7.3 4.0 50.5 0.2
8 Reece Horn MEM 10.5 7.3 4.4 50.5 0.2
9 Mekale McKay SA 10.1 7.2 3.7 53.8 0.2
10 Nelson Spruce SD 10.0 6.6 3.6 44.8 0.3
11 Francis Owusu SD 8.5 5.4 3.2 44.5 0.1
12 Malachi Jones ATL 8.1 6.1 2.9 42.9 0.2
13 Jamal Robinson BIR 6.7 4.2 2.8 31.4 0.1
14 De'Marcus Ayers SA 6.5 4.8 2.7 33.0 0.1
15 Marquis Bundy ARI 6.5 4.8 2.7 30.4 0.1
16 Brian Brown SD 6.2 4.4 2.5 27.9 0.1
17 Alton Howard MEM 6.0 4.3 2.6 18.0 0.1
18 Adonis Jennings SL 5.8 4.4 2.7 24.1 0.1
19 Greg Ward Jr. SA 5.8 4.2 2.4 23.3 0.1
20 Laquvionte Gonzalez SD 5.0 3.1 1.9 26.2 0.1
21 Jordan Leslie SL 4.7 3.4 2.0 19.4 0.1
22 Justin Thomas ATL 4.6 3.1 1.8 15.1 0.0
23 Donteea Dye Jr. ORL 4.3 3.1 1.9 19.4 0.1
24 Tobias Palmer BIR 3.9 2.3 1.6 18.5 0.1
25 Devin Lucien MEM 3.9 2.5 1.6 18.2 0.1
26 Richard Mullaney ARI 3.8 3.1 1.9 15.3 0.1
27 James Quick ATL 3.6 3.1 1.8 15.9 0.0
28 Freddie Martino ARI 3.6 3.1 1.7 15.2 0.1
29 Ishmael Hyman ORL 3.3 1.7 1.0 18.2 0.1
30 Gerrard Sheppard MEM 2.6 1.8 1.1 12.2 0.1
31 John Diarse SA 2.5 2.4 1.2 10.4 0.0
32 Montay Crockett ATL 2.1 1.5 0.9 10.0 0.0
33 Kenny Bell SL 1.8 1.4 0.8 8.1 0.0
34 Rannell Hall ORL 1.6 4.5 0.3 5.1 0.0
35 L'Damian Washington BIR 1.1 0.8 0.4 5.3 0.0
36 Alonzo Moore SA 0.9 0.6 0.4 5.0 0.0
37 Deion Holliman ARI 0.8 0.6 0.3 3.6 0.0

Don’t overthink it at the top. Rashad Ross and Charles Johnson remain the chalk top options at the position. However, we have seen some interesting names emerge down the stretch. Reece Horn continues to be extremely productive and leads all receivers in fantasy scoring over the last three weeks. Nelson Spruce caught a massive 12 balls for 146 yards last week. This was the second time we saw Spruce lead receivers in weekly PPR scoring. That said, the Fleet did expand Francis Owusu’s role in the offense, so don’t get too carried away with Spruce this week.

Tight end

Pos Player Tm PPR Tar Rec ReYds ReTD
1 Nick Truesdell SL 7.8 4.8 3.3 31.9 0.2
2 Wes Saxton Jr. BIR 6.9 3.5 2.6 35.9 0.1
3 Bug Howard ATL 6.2 3.8 2.7 32.1 0.1
4 Gerald Christian ARI 6.0 3.4 2.8 21.7 0.2
5 Gavin Escobar SD 5.4 3.5 2.6 24.0 0.1
6 Evan Rodriguez SA 4.8 3.9 2.6 17.0 0.1
7 Keith Towbridge ATL 4.8 3.4 2.2 21.9 0.1
8 Scott Orndoff ORL 4.3 2.1 1.4 19.3 0.2
9 Anthony Denham SL 4.3 3.1 1.8 17.6 0.1
10 Thomas Duarte ARI 4.2 2.5 1.7 16.2 0.2
11 Marcus Baugh SD 3.9 2.2 1.5 17.4 0.1
12 Brandon Barnes MEM 3.6 2.8 1.9 13.6 0.1
13 Matt Weiser ORL 2.8 1.7 1.2 12.8 0.1
14 Braedon Bowman BIR 2.7 1.5 1.1 13.3 0.0
15 Cam Clear SA 2.3 1.8 1.2 9.5 0.0
16 Adrien Robinson MEM 2.1 1.5 1.1 7.9 0.0
17 Austin Traylor SL 1.0 0.7 0.5 3.7 0.0
18 Charles Standberry Jr. ATL 0.5 0.4 0.3 2.3 0.0
19 Connor Hamlett ARI 0.4 0.3 0.2 1.5 0.0
20 Stehly Reden SA 0.4 0.3 0.2 1.6 0.0

We’re starting to see some consistency at tight end, with Nick Truesdell emerging as the league’s top option. Truesdell leads all AAF tight ends in catches (22), receiving yards (255), and touchdowns (3). Other than Truesdell, on two AAF tight ends have topped 200 receiving yards: Wes Saxton Jr. and Bug Howard. Both are solid tight end options this week if you’re required to start the position.

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