The second week of AFL action has been and gone with huge talking points throughout the weekends’ games. We’ve decided, albeit a week late to put together a weekly AAF team of the week series for both sides of the ball.
The team format is fairly consistent with other models you may have seen on various, inferior, sports outlets. We offer a flex position on both offence and defence which allows us to have freedom in our team selections.
On the offensive side of the
On the defensive side of the
This gives us the flexibility to reward the player that best deserves it across multiple positions, rather than shoehorning in somebody just to fit a slot receiver or cornerback role.
Typically to compile this list we have to ‘go-to’ criteria that needs filling. Firstly, we use the good old eye test, secondly, we need to assess their statistics (including things like playing time).
QB – Gilbert turned up incredible fashion this week just as the Apollos needed him. His performance started slowly but as the game wore on his performances improved. Along with his fellow TOTW colleague, Apollo WR, Charles Johnson – the pair seem to have formed the deadliest partnership in the AAF.
RB – Cook played as a man possessed in week 2. Whilst Zac Stay broke the 100 barriers with the express. Cook made 65 yards after contact and shredded 5 blocks for 72 yards on only 13 carries. With a 5YPC you can see why he’s taken the top spot in week 2.
WR – Johnson grabbed the headlines over the weekend becoming the first ever player in league history to reach 130 yards receiving. Throughout 10 targets he managed to hold 7 of them for 6 first downs and 1 touchdown. As the game came to a close Johnson had 192 total yards.
WR – Ayers had perhaps the play of the weekend when he snagged a perfectly thrown ball from Logan Woodside in front of excellent coverage with just one
FLEX /SRW – Gardner gets in after finally scoring the fleet’s first ever touchdown and then going on to score another which won the game.
TE- Austin Traylor, typically a blocking force for Denver when called upon in recent years showed his value in the run game. With only 1 catch to his name in week 2, it was his four key run blocks which get him into the team this week.
LT – Gennesy led all tackles in run-blocking grade while allowing just two hurries on his 29 snaps in pass protection.
LG – O’Brien allowed a single pressure and was strong in the run game for an all-around performance.
C – Allowing two hurries is one thing. Allowing two hurries to the league leaders in total pressures and sacks is a complete other. McCray was strong in pass protection but his 80.0 run-block grade led all linemen in Week 2.
RG – Cummings allowed just one hurry on 34 pass-blocking snaps but he dominated in the run game. His 73.7 run-blocking grade was clear and away the highest among guards this weekend.
RT – McDonald finished the game having allowed two pressures on his 36 pass-blocking snaps while he was third in the league this week among tackles with a 66.9 run-block grade.
DE – Elliott recorded only two pressures on the evening against Orlando’s strong pass protectors, but he won multiple pass-rushing snaps that Garrett Gilbert got rid of the ball too quick to record pressure and thus his inclusion this week.
DL – Tupou consistently occupied the middle of the defensive line for the Fleet, requiring multiple linemen to take him on in the passing game but he was dominant against the run.
DL – Gilmore may have been a non-factor on the stat book in the pass-rush game, but he more than made up for that in run
DE – Schult was too fast for the Iron offensive linemen on multiple occasions, leading the league with his seven QB pressures this weekend. He recorded two
MLB – Flying all over the field, Reilly brought down eight total tackles and a defensive stop while doing his best work in coverage. On nine targeted passes, Reilly allowed six receptions but only 39 yards, keeping receivers in front of him and breaking up a pass to boot.
MLB – Beauharnais also flew over the field, recording two defensive stops and seven total tackles. And, in coverage, he broke up the lone target thrown his way.
CB – Keith Reaser was the highest-graded player on the defensive side of the ball. He was targeted eight times against the Commanders, allowing just three receptions for six yards while he broke up two and intercepted another, returning the latter for the game-winning touchdown for Orlando.
CB – The most-targeted defender of the weekend, Davis saw 11 passes come his way. While he allowed nine receptions, he limited receivers to just 46 total yards and no reception longer than 16. He broke up two passes himself and saw the league’s second-highest coverage grade at the position (87.1).
FLEX/CB – Anytime you limit receivers to negative yards in your coverage, that’s going to account for something and that is just what Martin did. On two targets, he allowed just one reception but made a stop behind the line of scrimmage while recording another pass breakup as well.
S – No stranger to the ball in this one, Derron Smith was the primary coverage defender on two passes, allowing one reception for three yards and securing a pass breakup on the other. He stuck his nose in against the run as well as San Antonio limited the Apollos’ rushing attack for most of the game.
S – Reynolds did his part to help the Legends almost secure their first victory, putting forth plus-grades in