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AFL Fan Zone Week 2 Power Rankings

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By Kyle Sander | kyle.sander09@gmail.com
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on April 18, 2017 at 6:30 PM

Before getting into the rankings, I want to bring up the horrible officiating in the Philadelphia at Tampa Bay game. What in the world was that? Between inadvertent whistles and blind reviews, that was NOT a good showing for the AFL. I believe the league will review that tape and make sure calls like the incomplete pass don’t happen again.

Now that I got that off my chest, let’s dive right into the power rankings!

  1. aflsoul Philadelphia Soul – (1-0) / LW: 2 / Week 2 – W at TB 56-52

Philadelphia entered the Amalie Arena as the defending Arena Bowl champions and at times looked every bit as good as the team that traveled to Arizona last August and unseated the Rattlers. But there were also times the rust was still very much a factor as Raudabaugh turned the ball over twice, one fumble and one interception.

This is still the team to beat after narrowly edging the Storm in their season debut. The Soul look to shake off more rust this Saturday as they travel to D.C. to take on the 1-0 Valor.

2. tjEJ1IjQ-fXZaFxLg Tampa Bay Storm – (1-1) / LW: 3 / Week 2 – L vs PHI 52-56

There is no way around it. The Storm got robbed Saturday night on national television. How the officials missed the review citing “No visual evidence” is atrocious and something the league should be looking in to. It was clear to everyone watching the game and even Soul quarterback Dan Raudabaugh that it was a backwards pass and should’ve been a touchdown on the field, but at least Tampa ball due to the play being called dead.

Not a lot of people felt the Storm was even going to put up the fight they did against the Soul. Most would’ve said it would take a magical night by Randy Hippeard and Joe Hills, but it was actually Kendrick Ings who stole the show. Ings finished the game with three touchdowns, two receiving and one kick return. Ings is proving once again how much of a mismatch he truely is and as long as the offense in Tampa Bay stays healthy, Ings will continue to be more and more of a factor.

Tampa Bay will welcome the reeling Cleveland Gladiators in week three, a rematch of week one when Tampa Bay edged the Gladiators 46-40 at the Quicken Loans Arena.

3.  Valor Washington Valor – (1-0) / LW: 1 / Week 2 – Bye

After thoroughly disposing of the Brigade in week one, the Valor enjoyed their first bye of the season. Their drop in the rankings is more to do with the resiliency of the Soul after beating Tampa Bay than it is an indictment on the Valor.

Saturday’s game versus Philadelphia should shed more light on whether week one was a a matter of playing a quarterback who had no business starting (Chase Cartwright) or if this is the team to challenge the defending champions.

4. Baltimore Brigade Baltimore Brigade – (2-0) / LW: 5 / Week 2 – W at CLE 52-49

The story of the 2017 Brigade has already been started by backup quarterback Shane Carden. Since replacing Cartwright in week one against the Valor, the Brigade has outscored their opponents 90-73. Carden’s numbers may not impress you when looking at the stat sheet, but clearly his leadership and all around play has sparked this club in their inaugural season.

If Carden can continue to find his favorite target wide receiver Reggie Gray (leader in yards, touchdowns, and receptions) the Brigade will continue to rise in the rankings.

Week three is Baltimore’s time for a rest as they see their first bye of the season before heading to face Philadelphia in week four.

5. glads Cleveland Gladiators – (0-2 ) / LW: 4 / Week 2 – L vs BAL 49-52

By far the most disappointing start of the season goes to Cleveland and their quarterback situation. After not bringing back Arvell Nelson (Cleveland’s leading passer in 2016), they have run full circle and seem to be going back to Nelson. Both Shane Boyd and Tanner Marsh have failed to show any signs of sustained success. The defense was decimated by injury in week two as three starting defensive backs were ruled out before the game which only helped Gray pad his stats.

It has only been two weeks, so we are far from seeing Cleveland press the panic button, but they need to choose a quarterback and stick with him through the ups and downs of the season. I personally feel Nelson showed last year he could be a dynamic player in this league. Give him the keys to the offense and let the chips fall where they may.

The schedule never really gets easy as Cleveland was a unanimous pick for dead last, but if there is a chance to steal a win, it would be in week three. If the Gladiators can get ahead early and the Storm let the Soul beat them twice, Cleveland could get the confidence they so desperately need.

  1. Philadelphia Soul – 23 (3)
  2. Tampa Bay Storm – 20 (2)
  3. Washington Valor – 17
  4. Baltimore Brigade – 10
  5. Cleveland Gladiators – 5

()=First Place Votes


The AFL Fan Zone power rankings contributing members are:
Kyle Sander @ArenaFBOutsidrs, Scott Soares @AFLSlasher, Stephen Ur @writingfanatic2, Joran Palacio @Joran_Palacio16, Ryan Knowles @rykno52, and Jesse Mattson @LocalBigTime1

 

AFL Fan Zone Week 1 Power Rankings

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By Kyle Sander | kyle.sander09@gmail.com
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on April 11, 2017 at 5:30 PM

Week one is in the books and already there is a shakeup in the rankings. Last week saw Cleveland at number two slightly edging the Washington Valor. Then Saturday happened and the Gladiators came out looking about as rusty as you can imagine starting with a new quarterback in Shane Boyd and dealing with the amount of injuries that occurred in the game.

I would also like to welcome Jesse to the Fan Zone Power Rankings team. Adding another voice into the mix will only strengthen how each team is ranked week after week.

Lets get into it…

  1. Washington Valor – (1-0) LW: 3, Last Game – W  51-38 vs BAL

Last week’s rankings had Washington and Cleveland very close for the #2 spot, with the Gladiators edging out the Valor by a slim margin. Friday’s inaugural game for the Monumental Sports organization showed that at least early in the season, the Valor deserve to be higher.

Although they seemed to ease off the gas pedal in the second half, Erik Meyer and company showed the league just how dangerous they can be soaring out to a 34-6 halftime lead. Meyer showed no signs of rust early on and finished 21/32 for 237 yards and four touchdowns. The chemistry between him and wide receiver Mike Washington was a site to see for Valor fans, but one likely to put fear into defensive coordinators around the league.

2. Philadelphia Soul – (0-0) LW: 1, Last Game – Bye

Philadelphia had the luxury of taking Week one off and being able to scout the other four teams live as they happened due to their first bye of the season. With only five teams, there will obviously be one team on a bye, week one just happened to go to the defending Arena Bowl champions.

The drop in ranking is purely due to not playing week one and not having an accurate look at how the 2017 team will fare against the other four squads.

3. Tampa Bay Storm – (1-0) LW: 4, Last Game – W 46-40 at CLE

What a difference having a quarterback can make for a football team. In one game, Randy Hippeard made Storm fans forget last seasons debacle at quarterback that Tampa Bay rolled out. Hippeard finished the game 22/31 205 yards and six touchdowns. His ability to find the twin towers at wide receiver (Joe Hills and Lamark Brown) were clearly the difference in this game.

Whenever the game got close, Hippeard found one of these two monster wide receivers and there were nothing the Gladiators could to do to stop it. Brown and Hills accounted for 16 catches 174 yards and five touchdowns. The defense was no slouch either putting new Gladiators quarterback Shane Boyd on the ground four times while intercepting him once. If this is the new look Storm that we will see week in and week out, the league better be on notice because the chemistry on offense will only get better with time.

4. Cleveland Gladiators – (0-1) LW: 2, Last Game – L 40-46 vs TB

Saturday night’s game at Quicken Loans arena was supposed to a big welcome back to the Gladiators after the city of Cleveland witnessed the resurgence of the Cavaliers and Indians. Unfortunately, it was not to be as the Gladiators and new quarterback Shane Boyd struggled for most of the night. It didn’t help that player after player seemed to go down ultimately forcing star wide receiver Collin Taylor to play jack linebacker in the second half.

A bright spot for Cleveland is it looks like the team finally found help for Taylor at wide receiver, Brandon Thompkins and Larry Brackins are more than capable of taking some of the load from Taylor. Of course, none of that will matter if the defense can’t stay healthy for a full four quarters.

5. Baltimore Brigade – (0-1) LW: 5, Last Game – L 38-51 at WAS

Let me start off by saying, I don’t believe I’ve ever seen a team give up on a quarterback as quickly as Baltimore did Chase Cartwright. That being said, I think they might’ve left him in too long. Last week’s game got ugly fast due to the inability of Cartwright to handle the pressure of opening day and/or the vaunting Valor defense.

Cartwright saw nine snaps resulting in three fumbles (one lost) and one interception. On the flip side, Shane Carden came into the game and looked very calm and collected under the pressure of being down so much so early. He finished the night 21/33 197 yards and three touchdowns. He did have an interception, but he was forced into an almost impossible situation. On the road against a very talented team in their first ever home game, Carden brought the Brigade within two scores in the fourth quarter. Baltimore is clearly the worst team in the league, but that isn’t to put down what Coach Smith has put together.

This team will just need time to grow, of the four teams, Baltimore is the only one starting a rookie quarterback. We called this in our pre-season rankings, due to being the last team on the docket for roster picks, they were set-up to fail in year one. But I will say, with the way Carden played, I expect to see an upset or two to the hands of the Brigade before the season is over.

  1. Washington Valor – 24 (2)
  2. Philadelphia Soul – 20 (4)
  3. Tampa Bay Storm – 19
  4. Cleveland Gladiators – 13
  5. Baltimore Brigade – 7

()=First Place Votes


The AFL Fan Zone power rankings contributing members are:
Kyle Sander @ArenaFBOutsidrs, Scott Soares @AFLSlasher, Stephen Ur @writingfanatic2, Joran Palacio @Joran_Palacio16, Ryan Knowles @rykno52, and Jesse Mattson @LocalBigTime1

AFL FanZone Pre-Season Power Rankings

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By Kyle Sander | kyle.sander09@gmail.com
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on April 4, 2017 at 08:30 PM

Welcome to another year of the AFL Fan Zone! I thought the best way to say “It’s about time old friends!” is to get right into the content. This year we have five contributors who will be voting on the power rankings each week, no longer will they only be one fan’s opinion.

Some might say this year may the worst the AFL has seen in years due to the fact there are only five teams in the league. We are not those people, just take it from our friends over at Inside The Arena, 2017 Could Be the Best Season Ever.

You came here for the first Power Rankings of the season, so let’s get to it!

  1. Philadelphia Soul

This was the only unanimous selection of the committee. With the return of the best quarterback of 2016 (based on the Fan Zone’s own quarterback  metric) Dan Raudabaugh, wide receiver Shaun Kauleinamoku, and a slew of other Soul players who were part of Philadelphia’s amazing Arena Bowl XXIX victory in Arizona last fall, there doesn’t seem to be a team that can outlast the boys in city of Brotherly Love. The consolidation of rosters due to three less teams means Philadelphia will be in a dog fight against some pretty stacked rosters in the AFL this year.

2. Cleveland Gladiators

The closest battle of the rankings were two and three. Cleveland received only two second place votes, but it was enough to nudge them to this spot. Cleveland was able to put together a very formitable roster behind new head coach Ron Selesky.

If that name sounds familiar, he was the interim head coach last season when Steve Thonn was battling medical issues mid-way through the season. The Gladiators recently announced the former Arizona Rattlers back-up quarterback Shane Boyd has been given the keys to the offense after multiple years behind one of the most decorated AFL players in league history, Nick Davila.

If Boyd can keep down the turnovers that former starter Arvell Nelson was prone to do, Cleveland should be the next best team in 2017.

3. Washington Valor

The AFL Fan Zone team seemed to be hot and cold on the Valor. Washington received three second place votes, but was also looked at the worst team heading into the season by one contributor. The Valor is lead by head coach Dean Cokinos, former assistant for the Tampa Bay Storm and the final HC for the now defunct New Orleans VooDoo. The most notable free agent signing of the offseason brought former AFL MVP Erik Meyer to the nations capital.

Even though Meyer missed the entire 2016 season, his experience and talent level should be enough to make sure the expansion Valor is ready to go in 2017.

4. Tampa Bay Storm

To put it midly, the Storm struggled last season and needed a jolt to keep one of the best fan bases in the league returning for a 26th season. Team President Derrick Brooks decided to look to the past to fix this future with the return of quarterback Randy Hippeard and wide receiver Joe Hills. Hills returns to Tampa as the reigning Under Armour Offensive Player of the Year in 2016.

Not only is he supremely talented, but his best trait may be availability. Hills can be counted on to be there and to put up big numbers week in and week out. But if you want to pinpoint the reason Brooks had to make a head coaching change, it is because of the quarterback play the Storm saw in 2016.

Before Hippeard’s season ending injury last season, he was on pace for his best season ever and was in the conversation with the likes of Davila, Raudabaugh, and Tommy Grady. If he can return to that form, the Storm will finish the season much higher on this list.

5. Baltimore Brigade

The final team announced for the 2017 season finds themselves as the least favorites to win the Arena Bowl. With three fifth place votes, Baltimore is looking up to the rest of the league, with good reason. The Bridage was announced after the dispersal draft, so they were put behind the eight ball before the table had even been racked. Second year head coach Omarr Smith has been tasked to lead Baltimore with the least experienced quarterback in the entire league.

Whether it will be Chase Cartwright or Shane Carden, the Brigade start 2017 with two quarterbacks that have a combined one season of experience in the AFL. A league built on timing and good quarterback play, this one area could spell doom for Baltimore in their first season.

Former Arena Bowl MVP wide receiver  Reggie Gray will be the focal point of the offense much like Donovan Morgan was for the KISS the last few years. If Gray can put the team on his shoulders like the Captain did for LA, then Baltimore might have a chance to surprise a few teams before this season is over.


The AFL Fan Zone power rankings contributing members are:
Kyle Sander @ArenaFBOutsidrs, Scott Soares @AFLSlasher, Stephen Ur @writingfanatic2, Joran Palacio @Joran_Palacio16, and Ryan Knowles @rykno52

2016 Playoff Momentum Rankings

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By Kyle Sander | kyle.sander09@gmail.com
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on July 27, 2016 at 8:00 AM

We are finally here!! The moment all of us fans have been waiting for; Postseason 2016. Even the league’s biggest critics of the playoff format have to be geared up for an exciting month of playoff football. The following Power Rankings are NOT where each team stands after 18 weeks of football. No, these are AFL Fan Zone’s Momentum rankings. Teams with the most mojo working in their favor headed into postseason play.

Let’s get right into it, below is the AFL FanZone Power Playoff Momentum Rankings after Week 18.

1. Arizona Rattlers – 2016 Record 13-3

No team in the league is hotter headed into the postseason than the Arizona Rattlers. After dismantling the Gladiators in Week 17, Coach Guy and the Rattlers had a bye week which gives them two weeks to prepare for Portland. If you remember back to 2014, Portland traveled to play #1 seed Arizona in the first round of the playoffs. If you don’t remember, Portland only lost that game 52-48 and almost shocked the Arena League. I have a feeling Coach Guy has reminded his team of that game and will have Arizona more than prepared for this year’s Portland squad on Saturday at 10pm ET on CBS Sports Network.

2. Philadelphia Soul – 2016 Record 13-3

With Philadelphia’s Week 18 victory over the Predators, Dan Raudabaugh and company showed that they are aware of what went wrong in last year’s defeat in the American Conference championship and have vowed to correct it. It may have been a regular season game, but let’s be real, that game last week in Orlando was a playoff game. Due to Philadelphia’s win, they will host 2-14 Tampa Bay this Sunday at 6pm ET on ESPN2, while Orlando plays host to the suddenly hot Jacksonville Sharks squad. Another winner in that game was Arizona. Philadelphia beating Orlando made sure that Arizona would host the Arena Bowl if they are able to get out of their conference unscathed. With the way Raudabaugh has been playing and the fact that Philadelphia boasts the league’s best turnover defense, I see Philly making sure 2015 was a fluke.

3. Jacksonville Sharks – 2016 Record 7-9

This may surprise some people and even anger some others, but hear me out. After firing Head Coach Les Moss, the Jacksonville Sharks finished the season 2-0 while giving up an average of 33.5 points per game which is 13 points less than their yearly average. The team has seemed to respond to new Head Coach Bob Landsee and with the talent this team has on its roster, it’s not out of the realm of possibility that this team finds itself in a 2015 American Conference championship rematch against the Soul next weekend. Coach Landsee has made a point to put his future Hall of Fame Fullback to good use racking up 20 carries in the past two games (a mark that took almost the four previous game to hit). With the way Orlando is limping into the playoffs, don’t be surprised if the Sharks go into Orlando and knock off the Predators this Saturday at 7pm ET on CBS Sports Network.

4. Orlando Predators – 2016 Record 12-4

It was only three weeks ago that we were talking about a 12-2 Orlando Predators squad needing only one more win to clinch the overall number 1 seed in the playoffs. Fast forward to now and we are looking at a banged up team heading into the postseason licking their wounds. Star WR Greg Carr missed last week’s matchup against the Soul in what I already described was a de-facto playoff game. If he is unable to go this weekend against Jacksonville, a lot of pressure will be on Brandon Thompkins to get the job done. Bernard Morris has shown he is a capable quarterback in this league, but he has also shown why Randy Hippeard beat him out of the starting spot the past couple years. Morris doesn’t seem to have the killer instinct needed to put teams away and that may come back to haunt them if they let Jacksonville hang around into the fourth quarter on Saturday. I also wonder if the team go too jacked up after the horrible tragedy that happened some time ago and we are now seeing the hangover from the emotion onslaught the team went through. This team will still be favored on Saturday against the Sharks, but unless they come out with a renewed sense of urgency, I don’t see Orlando making it out of the first round.

5. Los Angeles KISS – 2016 Record 7-9

Although Los Angeles lost in the final seconds of their game Monday night, I still believe they are more set-up for the post season heading into the weekend. The game in Portland was a complete wash, the final score meant nothing to seeding, so why would the KISS go full speed and throw and wrinkles into a game to give Cleveland more on film to study? With that being said, they were still in the lead for most of the game and if not for an untimely penalty, would’ve beaten the Steel in their final home game of the season. The Gladiators must prepare for both Nathan Stanley and Pete Thomas which gives the KISS an extra edge in their matchup on Sunday at 6pm EST on ESPN3. Expect to see a very motivated Donovan Morgan as this may be his last game as he has already stated he will retire at the end of the season.

6. Cleveland Gladiators – 2016 Record 7-9

Cleveland went into Week 16 holding all the cards to be able to host Los Angeles in the first round of the playoffs. All they needed to do was beat LA by more than six points and hope either Jacksonville or Portland could knock them out. Instead, Cleveland lost their final two games on the West Coast and head into the playoffs on a downswing of momentum. Due to the Republican National Convention pushing all their home games to the first half of the season, Cleveland has been on the road for almost two months which is clearly weighing on the team. Having the bye week in Week 18 was the best thing Coach Thonn could have asked for. But if the Gladiators want to go into LA and knock off the KISS on Sunday, they are going to need Arvell Nelson to play much better than he did in the second half in their last game at the Honda Center. It also wouldn’t hurt if WR Quentin Sims is back healthy and ready to go as he was unable to suit up for the Gladiators in their game against the Rattlers Week 17.

7. Portland Steel – 2016 Record 3-13

The Portland Steel have become the new Jacksonville Sharks in the past few weeks of the regular season. In a span of three weeks they beat Jacksonville and Los Angeles, but lose to Tampa Bay. Of course those two wins were at home while the loss was on the road, but they showed a ton of heart in their Week 18 come from behind victory against the KISS. No one knows if that was the last home game for the Portland franchise, but if it was, they sure put on a good show. I think Coach James will try to bottle up that emotion and take it on the road to Arizona this week because if Portland has a chance it will be by outworking the Rattlers. Arizona has arguably the most talented roster in the league, so if Portland doesn’t bring the effort, the game will be over by halftime. It doesn’t help their chances that WR Nick Truesdell was picked up by the NFL this past week either.

8. Tampa Bay Storm – 2016 Record 2-14

What is there left to say for the Tampa Bay Storm other than “Which quarterback will be behind center in 2018”? This team has shown heart at home when the game is going well, but there is no other team in the league that shies away from adversity like the Storm. Jason Boltus is clearly not the answer and this past game showed again that we may have seen the last of him in the AFL as he pursues another career path. I don’t expect their game in Allentown against the Soul to be anything other than a warm-up for Philadelphia. I’m excited to see what the Storm do in the off-season as I feel they have some pieces with Kendrick Ings, Prechae Rodriguez, and their talented defensive backfield. But if this is TT Toliver’s last game, it’s a shame his Hall of Fame career will end this way. Sorry Storm fans, but there is always next year!

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AFL FanZone Week 18 QB Power Rankings

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By Kyle Sander | kyle.sander09@gmail.com
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We only have one more regular season week in the Arena Football League for 2016. Two teams, the Arizona Rattlers and Cleveland Gladiators have completed their regular season slate and get a bye week before the playoffs start next week. I have decided to rank 10 QB’s due to the KISS and Storm going back and forth between two quarterbacks due to injuries. All four QB’s of the respective teams have thrown for over 100 passes and started at least four games. As you will see there is a fight for that #1 spot with Nick Davila and Dan Raudabaugh battling it out each week. 2016’s best QB will come down to how well Raudabaugh can play against a stout Orlando Predators defense in Week 18. This week’s biggest winner is Bernard Morris jumping three spots due to the play of the quarterbacks around him, including Arvell Nelson’s worst game of the season culminating in him dropping four spots to number seven.

If you are new to the QB rankings, we rank the Quarterback’s on the 10 statistical categories that we find are the most important for a player to take his team to the Arena Bowl. So without further ado, here is the official AFL FanZone Week 18 QB Power Rankings for the Arena Football League:

1. Dan Raudabaugh Philadelphia Soul 2.44 (LW #2)
2. Nick Davila Arizona Rattlers 2.75 (LW #1)
3. Bernard Morris Orlando Predators 3.82 (LW #6)
4. Tommy Grady Jacksonville Sharks 4.51 (LW #5)
5. Shane Austin Portland Steel 5.04 (LW #7)
6. Nathan Stanley Los Angeles KISS 5.09 (LW #4)
7. Arvell Nelson Cleveland Gladiators 5.68 (LW #3)
8. Pete Thomas Los Angeles KISS 6.04 (LW N/R)
9. Jason Boltus Tampa Bay Storm 6.90 (LW #8)
10. Adam Kennedy Tampa Bay Storm 7.24 (LW N/R)

*Remember a 1.0 is a perfect score, 10.0 is dead last.

Week 17 AFL FanZone Power Rankings

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With one more week to go in the regular season there is still the overall #1 seed up for grabs as well as the American Conference championship. I can’t overstate the importance of the Philadelphia Soul at Orlando Predators game this Saturday on ESPN3. If Philadelphia wins it is a win for Philly AND Arizona as the Rattlers hold the tie-breaker over the Soul for the overall #1 seed. If the Predators win, they get the #1 over-all seed and host Tampa Bay instead of Jacksonville.

Let’s get right into it, below is the AFL FanZone Power Rankings after Week 17.

1. Arizona Rattlers 13-3 (LW #1, Change –)

There is no better team in the league heading into the playoffs then the Arizona Rattlers. They were the season favorites for most experts and they showed by giving Cleveland a reenactment of Arena Bowl 27 (credit to Toph for that). Arizona will host the Portland Steel in the first round of the playoffs, but they better not take them for granted as the former Portland squad (the Thunder) sneaked into the playoffs last year and almost took down the Rattlers in their own building. Look for Coach Guy to spend the bye week making sure the Steel are out of the game by halftime this time.

2. Philadelphia Soul 12-3 (LW #2, Change –)

Philadelphia went into the bye week refocused after a close win in Tampa Bay in Week 16. I don’t know if it was the classic case of overlooking an opponent or that QB Adam Kennedy has really figured it out for the Storm. Either way, Saturday’s game is of the utmost importance as the Soul and Predators play for the number one seed in the American Conference. Raudabaugh is also in a dead heat with Arizona Rattlers QB Nick Davila for the AFL FanZone QB of the Year, so a strong showing against the Predators will go a long way in winning the inaugural award.

3. Orlando Predators 12-3 (LW #3, Change –)

Just like Philadelphia, Orlando will be fresh this week after being off in Week 17. They went into the bye week celebrating a 17 point loss to Arizona as it gave them the tie breaker over the Rattlers, but I can tell you right now that Coach Keefe was not happy with that performance. If Orlando comes out flat on Saturday night like they did against Arizona, look for Philadelphia to take quick advantage in the jungle. Regardless of the records, Orlando has the hardest road to the Arena Bowl, so they need to beat Philadelphia and get that overall #1 seed if they want a chance to lift the Foster Trophy in 2016.

4. Los Angeles KISS 7-8 (LW #4, Change –)

Here we go again with the KISS. After a strong performance against the Gladiators, Coach Smith’s defense came out flat against the Sharks giving up a whopping 72 yards on the ground. Nathan Stanley also went down with another injury, so we all play the waiting game this week to see who will suit up for the KISS in their meaningless regular season finale against the Steel. This week’s game means nothing as the KISS already know they will be hosting the Gladiators next week Saturday in San Diego, but a win in Portland would be a good momentum builder headed into their first playoff game in team history.

5. Cleveland Gladiators 7-8 (LW #4, Change –-)

I was very tempted to drop the Gladiators down a spot due to their performance in Arizona, but let’s be honest, Cleveland has been on the road since Week 11. Their last home game was June 3rd. So I give them a little slack as playing that many road games with what is basically their third string QB is bound to come back to haunt a team at some point. They were thrashed in every facet of the game Sunday night in Arizona. They gave up 9 points before their defense even stepped foot on the field. Luckily for Cleveland they have a bye in Week 18. That gives them two weeks to prepare for another long road trip to play the KISS on August 6th. I suspect that the Gladiators haven’t forgotten the chippy game in Week 16 in Los Angeles.

6. Jacksonville Sharks 6-9 (LW #7, Change +1)

So after losing in embarrassing fashion in Week 16, Jeff Bouchy (owner of the Sharks) decided to let go of the only head coach this franchise has ever seen. At least for one week, that looked to be a genius move. The Sharks were able to move the ball efficiently while giving the ball to Derrick Ross 14 times, which is a season best (previous high was 9, twice). New HC Bob Landsee (at least for a week) looks to know the right buttons to press to get the most out of this Sharks team. All of that hype will be killed though if they let Tampa Bay come into Sea Best field and earn a W. Jacksonville will travel to either Orlando or Philadelphia in the first round of the playoffs, two cities that they have already won in this year.

  1. Tampa Bay Storm 2-13 (LW #8, Change +1)

After Tampa Bay lost to Portland in Week 10 I said that the Steel earned the #7 spot because they were both equal teams and the head to head went to Portland. The same idea holds true now. These two teams are easily the bottom teams in the league in 2016 and both have two home wins, one against the other. The other tie breaker comes into the other team Tampa Bay beat, the Arizona Rattlers. With QB Adam Kennedy at the helm, this team seems to be playing more effective while not turning the ball over quite as much as it did with Boltus calling the plays.

8. Portland Steel 2-13 (LW #7, Change -1)

One week after essentially firing an opponent’s head coach, Portland heads to Tampa Bay in Week 17 and lays an egg. Sure, they only lost on a blocked field goal, but this game was almost out of reach by halftime. A sloppy second quarter is why the Steel lost to the Storm this past weekend. If Portland wants any chance to pull off one of the biggest upsets in league history next weekend in the playoffs, they will need QB Shane Austin to play mistake free and this defense put a little more pressure on Davila then they did on Adam Kennedy. Look for the Steel to use a vanilla game plan to try and not tip off any strategy as Arizona will be sitting at home watching this game live.

Highest Climb – Jacksonville, Tampa Bay  +1

Hardest Fall – Portland -1

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on July 20, 2016 at 8:00 AM

Week 16 in the Arena Football League saw four competitive games which required all of the below quarterbacks to play at their best (outside of Tampa Bay losing Boltus in the 2nd quarter of course). With every seed still up for grabs, we saw the best out of multiple Quarterbacks this week. LA KISS QB Nathan Stanley finished with nine touchdowns and no turnovers, a performance that jumped his stock up a spot in this week’s rankings. Orlando QB Bernard Morris finally eclipsed the 100 attempts mark which qualifies him for our list. See below for the official Week 17 AFL FanZone QB Power Rankings.

If you are new to the QB rankings, we rank the Quarterback’s on the 10 statistical categories that we find are the most important for a player to take his team to the Arena Bowl. So without further ado, here is the official AFL FanZone Week 17 QB Power Rankings for the Arena Football League:

1. Nick Davila Arizona Rattlers 2.03 (LW #2)
2. Dan Raudabaugh Philadelphia Soul 2.53 (LW #1)
3. Arvell Nelson Cleveland Gladiators 3.63 (LW #3)
4. Nathan Stanley Los Angeles KISS 3.71 (LW #5)
5. Tommy Grady Jacksonville Sharks 3.74 (LW #4)
6. Bernard Morris Orlando Predators 4.04 (LW N/R)
7. Shane Austin Portland Steel 4.49 (LW #6)
8. Jason Boltus Tampa Bay Storm 5.25 (LW #7)

*Remember a 1.0 is a perfect score, 8.0 is dead last.