Most fantasy leagues will require each team to carry 2 WR and probably a flex that will likely be a WR as well. With only 8 teams in the league, it will be vital to the success of your fantasy team to have stability at the top, and I am here to help you do that…welcome back to my dojo. My ranking is based on PPR scoring format.
Wide Receiver Ranks
Charles Johnson (Orlando Apollo)
Charles Johnson at no.1 was the second easiest ranking I have made. At 6’2” and his athleticism Johnson should be able to create a lot of space and be an easy target for Gilbert to lean on.
Dontez Ford (San Diego Fleet)
During the Fleet’s scrimmage against the Apollo, Bercovici leaned heavily on Ford to move the ball against a very good defense. Ford went 11 for 11 with 131 yards and a touchdown. He went to him early and often, a trend that will continue into the regular season as the Fleet will be playing a lot of games from behind.
Freddie Martino (Arizona Hotshots)
Johnson and Ford are on a tier on their own. At the top of my second tier is Freddie Martino. Martino will be the number one receiver for the Hotshots, who will have plenty of points to go around. As Matthew Berry always says, “He will get his.”
Fabian Guerra (Memphis Express)
This late addition to the team came into camp like a firecracker making unbelievable catches. He can create a lot of space in the middle and will be any QB’s best friend.
Malachi Jones (Atlanta Legend)
If he had a better QB throwing him the ball he may be my number 3. Nevertheless, Jones is a very talented receiver who will find space and make moves. He also can make plays happen after the catch.
De’Mornay Pierson-El (Salt Lake City Stallions)
Pierson-El is the top player in my third tier. I think any receiver from the Stallions has its risks because Dustin Vaughan is great at spreading the ball, but if I were going to take one, it is Pierson-El. He has great hands and the ability to make a move and take any catch to the house.
Mekale McKay (San Antonio Commandeers)
McKay is a very talented receiver trapped in a very run-heavy offense, but as defenses creep up (as much as they can with AAF rules) and look for the run, the Commandeers will get McKay out in space and let him make plays.
Kameron Kelly (San Diego Fleet)
Kelly is technically listed as the no.1 receiver on the Fleet depth chart (I am just bullish on Ford). Like I mentioned in my evaluation for Ford, Fleet will be playing from behind and there will be plenty of targets to go around. In the scrimmage, Kelly saw 8 (although he only hauled in 4).
Josh Huff (Arizona Hotshots)
Huff signifies the start of another tier of receivers for me. Josh Huff can create space and will be relied upon between the 20s to convert first downs. He is a safe receiver who should receive 5-7 targets a game.
Rannell Hall (Orlando Apollo)
Rannell should be the no.2 target on the Apollo roster. Hall is the kind of receiver who could take a slant, shake a defender and take a chunk out of a defense. His upside is worth the draft pick.
James Quick (Atlanta Legends)
You can copy in paste what was said about Hall.
L’Damian Washington (Birmingham Iron)
Washington is the first Iron receiver to make my list. There really were not any standouts at the receiver position out of Birmingham, but Perez is known for getting out of the pocket and at 6’4”, Washington will provide a big target to look for downfield.
Damore’ea Stringfellow (Memphis Express)
This is another receiver that I am personally bullish on and I think can be the sleeper of this year’s fantasy drafts. He is the prototypical size for an outside receiver where Horn and Fabian project more favorable to the inside. During their scrimmage against the stallions, Hackenberg went to Stringfellow early and often. Keep an eye on this name in your draft (assuming you are not playing against me).
Reece Horn (Memphis Express)
Reece may never win you a week, but he will provide a nice big target for Hackenberg with a large catch radius and soft hands. He will be a safe 5-8 targets a game, thus providing a safe floor.
Quan Bray (Birmingham Iron)
Bray is very shifty through the middle of the field, and like Washington, should be sought out after by Perez if the play breaks down.
De’Marcus Ayers (San Antonio Commandeers)
Ayers is a shifty slot receiver that should be a great target between the 20’s and a good 3rd down receiver. He should get 3-6 targets a game.
Adonis Jackson (Salt Lake City Stallions)
Adonis is 6’3” and a great athlete. He is worth a late round pick as he gets more acclimated with the offense, he could be a player who gets better as the season progresses.
Jalin Marshall (Orlando Apollo)
Should be the starting slot receiver out of Orlando providing a safe floor and a solid flex play late in your draft.
Montay Crockett (Atlanta Legend)
Same as Marshall
Marquis Bundy (Arizona Hotshots)
At 6’4”, Bundy could be a RedZone/two-point conversion weapon for Arizona.
Kayaune Ross (Memphis Express)
At 6’6” and a 4.55 40-yard dash on his resume. Ross is my deep sleeper in the AAF fantasy draft. He will be a RedZone/two-point conversion, and I believe Memphis will dial two or three deep shots to Ross.
WR Draft Tip
You are going to want to stack up two or more safe slot guys to flex in and out depending matchups, and if you have an extra bench spot, plant your flag, grab a sleeper who could emerge at the end of the season and win you a league.