The AAF’s inaugural regular season is already halfway done. Through five weeks of play, some contenders and pretenders have emerged. Check out our midseason power rankings, as the league preps for weekend action.
8. Memphis Express (1-4)
The Christian Hackenberg era was over before it even began. After 62 passes, the former New York Jet took a seat, in favor of Zach Mettenberger. Hackenberg completed a woeful 51.6 percent of his passes, with no TDs and three INTs. Only the Atlanta Legends have given up more points and scored less than Memphis this season.
7. Salt Lake Stallions (1-4)
QB Josh Woodrum looked competent in this offense, completing a league-high 63.9 percent of his passes, among players with at least 100 attempts. He was pressed into duty, and it has showed at times, as the entire team appears out of sync halfway through the year. The good news is Salt Lake should score their second win on the season, hosting Memphis Saturday.
6. Atlanta Legends (2-3)
With the help of Michael Vick, Atlanta’s offense has seemed to find their groove as of late. Aaron Murray has been an improvement over Matt Simms, completing 61.4 percent of his passes, to go along with 598 yards. Atlanta is coming off back-to-back wins after an 0-2 start looked to have them doomed in the east.
5. Arizona Hotshots (2-3)
Where have the Arizona Hotshots gone? After starting out 2-0 and being labeled as the AAF favorites to win it all at many sportsbooks, the team has dropped three-straight games. That includes a near rout last week. A late comeback made the score look more respectable. On the bright side, WR Rashad Ross looks like he’ll get a shot in the NFL this summer.
4. San Diego Fleet (3-2)
Mike Martz has turned his team’s season around quickly. His group stumbled to begin the year, but turned to the run game and solid defense as a catalyst. RB Ja’Quan Gardner is second in the league’s rushing race and the defense has surrendered the fewest points in the Western Conference.
3. San Antonio Commanders (3-2)
QB Logan Woodside has thrown the ball more than any passer in the AAF. He’s thrown the ball 150 times for 1,025 yards and four TDs. If the Commanders stay in control of more games though, they possess possibly the most effective RB in the league. Kenneth Farrow II leads the AAF with 305 yards on the ground. San Antonio should record their fourth win on the year when they travel to Atlanta on Sunday.
2. Birmingham Iron (3-2)
It’s true, the two best teams in the AAF currently reside in the Eastern Conference. Birmingham is two games off Orlando’s lead, but could make up some ground with a win against San Diego, which will be no easy task. Trent Richardson has been able to find the end zone eight times, but he is finding little running room when he’s not around the goal line. He’s averaging only 2.4 yards per carry, though his nose for pay dirt has proved invaluable.
1. Orlando Apollos (5-0)
It looks like Head Coach Steve Spurrier has still got it! The longtime Florida Gators head man has his team rolling at an undefeated clip. In fact, Orlando is the only team with at least four wins in the league. The Apollos’ 149 points scored are 38 better than any other squad. Orlando has looked like the best team in the AAF since opening weekend.