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Nick Mariano's 2019 AAF Rankings (PPR)

While Super Bowl LIII and another Patriots parade that surrounded my condo marked the end of the 2018-19 NFL season, football is not over. In case you've been living under a rock and missed the huge news, the Alliance of American Football (AAF) starts up on February 9 -- yes, this Saturday -- and ends with a championship game on April 27.

Instead of making you all need to dig up the collegiate tape (on those who have it), or diving into the limited training camp and scrimmage reports available, I trudged through the madness and created RotoBaller's AAF fantasy football PPR rankings. You can also check out our AAF fantasy football mock draft.

The truth of the matter is very few players are in must-start spots, but there have been early standouts and those that earned heavy praise leading up to the season. That's enough for me to tinker with track records and make some preliminary ranks for you, the people. But first, let's hash out the AAF's details.

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Alliance of American Football - The Details

This is an eight-team league, so I'd suggest capping a fantasy league at six squads. It features some familiar names at the coaching and executive levels such as Bill Polian, Hines Ward, Mike Martz and Steve Spurrier. Also, there are some rule differences between the NFL and the AAF that you'll want to note:

  1. There are no kickoffs. Teams start at their 25-yard line and the AAF's version of an onside kick is getting one chance to convert 4th and 12 starting from their own 28.
  2. There are no extra points either, as teams must go for the two-point conversion.
  3. No television timeouts!
  4. Games that are tied after four quarters will have one 10-minute overtime session. Teams get the ball with a 1st and goal at the 10-yard line and try to score. OT can end in a tie.
  5. The play clock is 35 seconds instead of 40.
  6. There's an extra referee, known as the "Sky Judge," who gets to sit on high in the press box and use technology to overrule any on-field calls regarding player safety, as well as pass interference with under five minutes left in the fourth quarter (cough).

The usual lineup for games is two on Saturday and two on Sunday (full schedule here) -- but enough about the league, you want those delicious rankings of players that you either haven't heard of in eons or are completely new. If there's an appetite for more or heavy requests for analysis beyond the ranks then I'll gladly oblige.


AAF Quarterback Ranks

Rank Player Name Position Team
1 John Wolford QB Arizona Hotshots
2 Garrett Gilbert QB Orlando Apollos
3 Dustin Vaughan QB San Antonio Commanders
4 Christian Hackenberg QB Memphis Express
5 Luis Perez QB Birmingham Iron
6 Mike Bercovici QB San Diego Fleet
7 Josh Woodrum QB Salt Lake Stallions
8 Matt Simms QB Atlanta Legends
9 Trevor Knight QB Arizona Hotshots
10 Aaron Murray QB Atlanta Legends
11 Logan Woodside QB San Antonio Commanders
12 Brandon Silvers QB Memphis Express
13 Matt Linehan QB Salt Lake Stallions
14 Blake Simms QB Birmingham Iron
15 Alex Ross QB San Diego Fleet
16 Austin Appleby QB Orlando Apollos
17 Zach Mettenberger QB Memphis Express
18 Jack Heneghan QB Arizona Hotshots
19 Marquise Williams QB San Antonio Commanders

AAF Running Back Ranks

Rank Player Name Position Team
1 Trent Richardson RB Birmingham Iron
2 Akeem Hunt RB Orlando Apollos
3 Tarean Folston RB Atlanta Legends
4 Kenneth Farrow II RB San Antonio Commanders
5 Terrence Magee RB Memphis Express
6 Jhurell Pressley RB Arizona Hotshots
7 Ja’Quan Gardner RB San Diego Fleet
8 Zac Stacy RB Memphis Express
9 Joel Bouagnon RB Salt Lake Stallions
10 D’Ernest Johnson RB Orlando Apollos
11 Denard Robinson RB Atlanta Legends
12 Aaron Green RB San Antonio Commanders
13 Paul James RB San Diego Fleet
14 Larry Rose III RB Arizona Hotshots
15 Akrum Wadley RB Atlanta Legends
16 Branden Oliver RB Salt Lake Stallions
17 Matt Asiata RB Salt Lake Stallions
18 Trey Williams RB San Antonio Commanders
19 De’Veon Smith RB Orlando Apollos
20 Ladarius Perkins RB Birmingham Iron
21 Tim Cook RB Arizona Hotshots
22 Rajion Neal RB Memphis Express
23 David Cobb RB San Antonio Commanders
24 Ryan Green RB Orlando Apollos
25 Justin Stockton RB Arizona Hotshots
26 Lawrence Pittman RB Atlanta Legends
27 Terrell Watson RB San Diego Fleet
28 Ty Isaac RB Birmingham Iron
29 Terrell Newby RB Salt Lake Stallions
30 Brandon Ross RB Birmingham Iron

AAF Wide Receiver Ranks

Rank Player Name Position Team
1 Kenny Bell WR Salt Lake Stallions
2 Fabian Guerra WR Memphis Express
3 Mekale McKay WR San Antonio Commanders
4 Josh Huff WR Arizona Hotshots
5 Seantavius Jones WR Atlanta Legends
6 Charles Johnson WR Orlando Apollos
7 Francis Owusu WR San Diego Fleet
8 Brian Brown WR San Diego Fleet
9 Amba Etta-Tawo WR Birmingham Iron
10 Jordan Leslie WR Salt Lake Stallions
11 Malachi Jones WR Atlanta Legends
12 Ishmael Hyman WR Orlando Apollos
13 Kameron Kelly WR San Diego Fleet
14 DeVozea Felton WR Birmingham Iron
15 L’Damian Washington WR Birmingham Iron
16 Jalin Marshall WR Orlando Apollos
17 Dontez Ford WR San Diego Fleet
18 Kayaune Ross WR Memphis Express
19 Josh Stewart WR San Antonio Commanders
20 Richard Mullaney WR Arizona Hotshots
21 Bug Howard WR Atlanta Legends
22 Alton "Pig" Howard WR Memphis Express
23 Rashad Ross WR Arizona Hotshots
24 De’Mornay Pierson-El WR Salt Lake Stallions
25 Tobias Palmer WR Birmingham Iron
26 Reece Horn WR Memphis Express
27 Ervin Phillips WR Atlanta Legends
28 Kaelin Clay WR Salt Lake Stallions
29 Greg Ward Jr. WR San Antonio Commanders
30 Sam Mobley WR Salt Lake Stallions
31 De’Marcus Ayers WR San Antonio Commanders
32 Dontez Byrd WR Memphis Express
33 Quinton Patton WR Birmingham Iron
34 Damore’ea Stringfellow WR Memphis Express
35 Montay Crockett WR Atlanta Legends
36 Dres Anderson WR Salt Lake Stallions
37 Freddie Martino WR Arizona Hotshots
38 John Diarse WR San Antonio Commanders
39 Laquvionte Gonzalez WR San Diego Fleet
40 Quan Bray WR Birmingham Iron
41 James Quick WR Atlanta Legends
42 Adonis Jennings WR Salt Lake Stallions
43 Darius Prince WR San Antonio Commanders
44 Donteea Dye Jr. WR Orlando Apollos

AAF Tight End Ranks

Rank Player Name Position Team
1 Gavin Escobar TE San Diego Fleet
2 Thomas Duarte TE Arizona Hotshots
3 Busta Anderson TE Birmingham Iron
4 Brandon Barnes TE Memphis Express
5 Stehly Reden TE San Antonio Commanders
6 Scott Orndoff TE Orlando Apollos
7 Tanner Balderree TE Salt Lake Stallions
8 Charles Standberry, Jr. TE Atlanta Legends
9 Gerald Christian TE Arizona Hotshots
10 Cam Clear TE San Antonio Commanders
11 Adrien Robinson TE Memphis Express
12 Braedon Bowman TE Birmingham Iron
13 Anthony Denham TE Salt Lake Stallions
14 Marcus Baugh TE San Diego Fleet
15 Garrett Hudson TE Atlanta Legends
16 Matt Weiser TE Orlando Apollos
17 Ben Johnson TE San Diego Fleet

AAF Kicker Ranks

Rank Player Name Position Team
1 Nick Novak K Birmingham Iron
2 Nick Folk K Arizona Hotshots
3 Nick Rose K San Antonio Commanders
4 Younghoe Koo K Atlanta Legends
5 Donny Hageman K San Diego Fleet
6 Elliott Fry K Orlando Apollos
7 Josh Jasper K Memphis Express
8 Jimmy Camacho K Salt Lake Stallions

AAF Defense Ranks

Rank Team Position
1 Arizona Hotshots D/ST
2 San Diego Fleet D/ST
3 Memphis Express D/ST
4 Birmingham Iron D/ST
5 San Antonio Commanders D/ST
6 Orlando Apollos D/ST
7 Atlanta Legends D/ST
8 Salt Lake Stallions D/ST


AAF Team Twitter Beats

Team Name Twitter
Arizona Jose Romero @RomeroJoseM
Atlanta Jaylon Thompson @JaylonThompson
Birmingham Marq Burnett @Marq_Burnett
Memphis Dylan Rubino @DylanJRubino
Orlando Tom Alexander @TheTomAlexander
Salt Lake Chantel Buchi @chantelbuchi
San Antonio Cole Thompson @MrColeThompson
San Diego Jeff Goldberg @SDFleetBeat

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