AAF Week 3 Scouting Report: Each Team’s Biggest Strength, Workload Notes, More

Feb 20, 2019 9:45 PM EST
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Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Garrett Gilbert

  • We're two weeks into the Alliance of American Football, which means we're starting to get a little more data on each of the eight teams.
  • Ian Hartitz analyzes each squad, detailing their best positional group and adding notes on fantasy-relevant players.

Week 2 of the Alliance of American Football league provided more high-level football than viewers saw during the league’s inaugural week. I’m proud — and slightly concerned — to say I haven’t missed a snap of this wonderful new league, as even horrendous football is better than no football at all.

We still have an incredibly small sample size to work with, but 120 minutes of game film at least gives us the chance to begin to identify which teams could ultimately contend for championship glory, as well as which teams suck and should be mercilessly gambled against.

What follows is a look at each team’s best position group as well as some key workload and production notes ahead of Week 3.

All odds via the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, as of Monday evening.

Arizona Hotshots

Odds to win the AAF: 2-1

Best position group: Quarterback

John Wolford has emerged as one of the AAF’s premiere talents under center. Overall, he’s completed 32-of-51 passes (62.7%) for 470 yards (9.2 Y/A) with a league-high six touchdowns to go against two interceptions. He’s also converted 15 rushes into another 48 scoreless yards on the ground.

Wolford’s consistent excellence under center has helped produce a star out of No. 1 receiver Rashad Ross.

Arizona’s comeback victory against the Memphis Express in Week 2 came without the services of their starting left and right tackle.

Head coach Rick Neuheisel deserves plenty of credit for putting together arguably the league’s most modern scheme on offense through two weeks, as Wolford leads all quarterbacks in quickest time to attempt (2.39) and ranks second in play-action percentage (30.6%).

Additional notes:

  • Ross (12 targets) has easily been the team’s No. 1 receiver. The likes of Richard Mullaney (nine), Josh Huff (eight) and Gerald Christian (seven) are the only other Arizona players with at least five targets after two weeks.
  • Jhurell Pressley seemed locked in as the Arizona bell cow in Week 1 when he racked up a team-high 18 carries and played 44-of-75 snaps (59%). But this wasn’t the case in Week 2, as Pressley played 32-of-64 snaps (50%) and was out-carried 12 to 13 by Tim Cook. This looks like a potential three-back committee moving forward with scat back Justin Stockton also involved.
  • Edge defender Obum Gwacham is one of just four players with double-digit pressures through two games. He has the second-highest pass-rush productivity score among 29 full-time defensive linemen (per PFF). Overall, Arizona has pressured opposing quarterbacks on a league-high 55.4% of their dropbacks.

Atlanta Legends

Odds to win the AAF: 30-1