Alliance of American Football – Week 4 Leaders

Alliance of American Football – Week 4 Leaders

AAF Stat Leaders

And then there was one…

The Birmingham Iron fell from the ranks of the undefeated, leaving the Orlando Apollos as the only remaining undefeated team in the inaugural AAF season. The teams meet this weekend, so we’ll have to see if Birmingham can take over the Eastern Conference lead by knocking off the current leader.

Let’s take a look at the individual categories:

Passing

For the second week in a row, the Offensive Player of the Week was not a quarterback, despite the league remaining a passing-dominated league. Over 60% of total yards over four weeks has been passing yards, but with the top quarterbacks not having exceptional games, it makes a lot of sense that the PotW was a running back for the second week in a row (more on this in the next section).

Garrett Gilbert continues to lead the league in most of the major passing categories. Beyond the ones on the chart below,he also leads in average net yard per attempt, which factors in yards lost via sacks and interception returns (he still has not thrown an interception). His average of 9.63 in this metric is nearly three yards ahead of the next qualifying quarterback (John Wolford’s 6.65), helping to prove that he is by far the best quarterback at this point of the season.

We have the same nine qualifying quarterbacks (14 pass attempts per team game scheduled), so even though Christian Hackenberg didn’t play last week, he still makes the chart. He’ll likely drop off next week, so we’ll have to see who makes the cut at the midpoint next week.

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Rushing

The Offensive Player of the Week for Week 4 went to San Antonio Commanders running back Kenneth Farrow II, who led all rushers this week with 142 yards against the Birmingham Iron. That yardage represents the new single-game rushing record for the league now, a record that has been broken every week thus far. Will somebody else top it next week?

Trent Richardson didn’t do much on the ground this week (eight rushes for 15 yards), but he did manage to add yet another short touchdown run, pushing his league-leading total to seven on the season. The Iron do have the league’s worst rushing offense, so I don’t expect him or other Iron backs to light the world on fire, but… yikes.

Here’s the current top 10 in yards per game (minimum three games played):

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Receiving

Charles Johnson of the Apollos leads in all major receiving categories, is the only receiver in the league averaging over 100 yards a game. He also leads now in targets, catching nearly 72% of the passes thrown his way. Rashad Ross of the Arizona Hotshots added another touchdown to maintain his lead in the touchdown reception race.

Here’s the current top 10 in yards per game (minimum three games played):

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Defense & Special Teams

The Memphis Express won for the first time this week, and they were rewarded with having both the Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week. Linebacker Drew Jackson picked up the DPotW honors after becoming the first defensive player with over 10 tackles, one sack, and one interception in the same game.

With the Express offense struggling a bit, it was important for the defense to step up, and Jackson led that defense in a 26-23 win over the Fleet. New kicker Austin MacGinnis, signed during the week, converted all four of his field goal attempts, including a 45-yard field goal to secure the Express’ first win of the season.

Linebacker DeMarquis Gates of the Express is tied with teammate Jackson for the league lead in tackles (31). Karter Schult struggled a bit after an early injury, but he still leads the league with four sacks. Week 1 Defensive Player of the Week Terence Garvin continues to leads the league with three interceptions, with 19 players having at least one interception.

AAF League Attendance

For the third week in a row, overall attendance across the league declined, and weekly attendance was more than 50% lower in Week 4 (38,327) than it was in Week 1 (80,087). This trend will be hard to reverse this week, as only one team in the top half of the league in average attendance (San Diego) is hosting a game this week.

Here’s a look at average attendance and the number of home games each team has hosted thus far. The Atlanta Legends will be hosting their second home game of the season this weekend and hope to move up the standings a bit with a strong showing from the home fans:

  1. San Antonio Commanders – 28,517 (2 games)
  2. Orlando Apollos – 20,293 (2 games)
  3. San Diego Fleet – 17,404 (2 games)
  4. Birmingham Iron – 13,632 (3 games)
  5. Memphis Express – 12,801 (2 games)
  6. Arizona Hotshots – 11,933 (2 games)
  7. Atlanta Legends – 10,717 (1 game)
  8. Salt Lake Stallions – 9,972 (2 games)

Overall league average: 15,841 (16 games)


Week 4 Power Rankings

We no longer have any winless teams, but one of them looked pretty weak in victory. Our Sunday games last week were also kind of duds overall, which I tried to reflect in these rankings. Expect some dramatic changes after this weekend’s games.

All that said, here’s how we envision the league at the moment:

  1. Orlando Apollos (4-0)
  2. San Diego Fleet (2-2)
  3. Birmingham Iron (3-1)
  4. Arizona Hotshots (2-2)
  5. San Antonio Commanders (2-2)
  6. Salt Lake Stallions (1-3)
  7. Memphis Express (1-3)
  8. Atlanta Legends (1-3)

Only six more weeks to go and it should be exciting! Be sure to check back in this weekend to see what we think about this weekend’s slate of games.

Until next time…

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