BIGPLAY AAF Power Rankings: Week 3

BIGPLAY.com’s Power Rankings following AAF Week 3 action

The number in parenthesis corresponds to the respective teams change in the power rankings from last week. 

1. Orlando Apollos (-)

A quarterback change for the Memphis Express kept the Orlando Apollos on their heels in a closely contested game Saturday night. Even though Garrett Gilbert had one of his worst passing performances of the season like all good teams do the Apollos still managed to find a way to win. Orlando ran the ball very effectively, rushing for 183 yards and two touchdowns. They are a multi-faceted team and it will be hard for anyone to beat them this season.

2. Birmingham Iron (+1)

The Birmingham Iron’s defense is really, really good. Through three games the team has forced seven turnovers between the defense and special teams unit. Quarterback Luis Perez doesn’t even need to play great football for the team to move the ball on offense, especially inside the red zone where Trent Richardson is guaranteed to find the endzone.

3. Arizona Hotshots (-1)

The Arizona Hotshots’ drop in the rankings this week isn’t necessarily a knock on them, it’s more of a testament to how good the Iron are. John Wolford missed most of the second half because of injury which is a large part of the reason why Arizona couldn’t generate much offense late in the game. If he stays in the game, the Hotshots might still be undefeated, though the Josh Woodrum-led Salt Lake Stallions wouldn’t have rolled over and handed them the win.

4. San Diego Fleet (+2)

Ja’Quan Gardner has been a stud for the San Diego Fleet this season, leading the Alliance in rushing yards (281) and is averaging a crazy eight yards per carry. His production out of the backfield has allowed the Fleet to get back-to-back wins and make one of the biggest jumps out of any team this week in the power rankings. The Fleet’s defense can get to the quarterback at will; three of the top 6 sack leaders in the AAF reside in San Diego (Shakir Soto, Damontre Moore, and Alex Barrett). If the defense keeps making big plays and Philip Nelson can continue to be a serviceable option at QB, San Diego will always be competitive in games.

5. San Antonio Commanders (-1)

Aside from a few big plays to start of the first minute of the game on Sunday, the San Antonio Commanders showed nothing on either side of the ball. QB Logan Woodside now has five turnovers through four games, which isn’t good considering their defense isn’t anything special so it’s a requirement that the offense scores points for San Antonio to win games. This team will only go as far as Woodside takes them, which isn’t very far at this point after a 1-2 start to the season.

6. Salt Lake Stallions (+1)

Whether it was a much-improved Stallions team or just better preparation since their Week 1 game against Arizona, Salt Lake was finally able to get a win, and it came against one of the best team in the AAF. A healthy Josh Woodrum looked like one of the better passers in the league on Saturday, which means the Stallions could give the no. 1 ranked Apollos a run for their money next weekend when the two teams faceoff. A well-rounded win and some great quarterback play gives has Salt Lake trending in the right direction.

7. Memphis Express (-2)

After ranking the Express high last week despite not having won a single game, it’s time to put this team where they belong in the rankings – near the bottom. Now that Zach Mettenberger is the starting quarterback going forward, the Express offense may be able to generate more big plays by throwing the ball downfield as they did against Orlando. Memphis’ defense has shown an ability to play good football, so if their play can coincide with some consistent offense, the team may be able to come out with a win sooner rather than later. But until that happens they will be right here in the rankings.

8. Atlanta Legends (-)

As the old saying goes, “If you have nothing nice to say, then don’t say anything at all.” The Legends remain at the bottom of the BIGPLAY rankings.


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  1. Omar

    February 26, 2019 at 5:06 pm

    I’m just happy we don’t have to watch Mike Bercovici anymore, I was ready to drive him to the airport myself. Philip Nelson can move the ball.

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