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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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on July 27, 2016 at 8:00 AM

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 QB Power Rankings

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By Kyle Sander | kyle.sander09@gmail.com
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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.

Week 16 AFL FanZone QB Power Rankings

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By Kyle Sander | kyle.sander09@gmail.com
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on July 13, 2016 at 8:00 AM

Week 15 started the stretch run to the playoffs in the Arena Football League. We already know which teams will have the top three seeds, the 4-6 seeds, and the 7-8 seeds, but the order in which those teams place could change every week from here until the end of the season. A big part of which teams place where is the play of the QB’s and the top two guys didn’t disappoint again.

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 15 QB Power Rankings for the Arena Football League:

1. Dan Raudabaugh Philadelphia Soul 1.7 (LW #1) (- .7)
2. Nick Davila Arizona Rattlers 2.5 (LW #2) (- .3)
3. Arvell Nelson Cleveland Gladiators 3.4 (LW #5) (- .2)
4. Tommy Grady Jacksonville Sharks 3.7 (LW #3) (+.6)
5. Nathan Stanley Los Angeles KISS 4.1 (LW N/R) (-)
6. Shane Austin Portland Steel 4.2 (LW #7) (- .2)
7. Jason Boltus Tampa Bay Storm 5.0 (LW #8) (-.8)

*Remember a 1.0 is a perfect score, 7.0 is dead last.

You will also notice Bernard Morris is not on this list. He still needs 6 attempts to qualify, he sits at 94 attempts heading into Week 16. So he will find himself on this list next week barring an injury.

AFL FanZone – Week 14 QB Power Rankings

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By Kyle Sander | kyle.sander09@gmail.com
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on June 29, 2016 at 11:44 AM

Week 13 in the Arena Football League is in the books and as we look ahead to the league bye week, let’s take a look at how the active QB’s rank. Unfortunately Orlando was forced to put QB Randy Hippeard on Injured Reserve last week which removes one qualifying QB from the rankings. Remember, 100 attempts is the minimum to qualify for the AFL FanZone QB Power Rankings. New Predators QB Bernard Morris could easily hit that mark in the next game as he currently sits with 60 attempts on the season.

If you are new to the QB rankings, we rank the Quarterback’s on the 10 statistical categories we think are important to make a great quarterback. This takes into account the entire season while also look at the player’s last game. So without further ado, here is the official AFL FanZone Week 14 QB Power Rankings for the Arena Football League:

1. Dan Raudabaugh Philadelphia Soul 2.2 (LW #1)
2. Nick Davila Arizona Rattlers 2.5 (LW #2)
3. Tommy Grady Jacksonville Sharks 3.2 (LW #3)
4. Arvell Nelson Cleveland Gladiators 3.3 (LW #6)
5. Pete Thomas Los Angeles KISS 4.2 (LW #7)
6. Jason Boltus Tampa Bay Storm 4.5 (LW #8)
7. Shane Austin Portland Steel 4.6 (LW #6)

*Remember a 1.0 is a perfect score, 7.0 is dead last.

The top three quarterbacks remain unchanged this week with Soul QB Dan Raudabaugh leading the pack and Nick Davila in a close 2nd. I’m sure this is a surprise to most with how dominate Nick Davila has been for years, but Raudabaugh is following up his MVP season with another MVP quality season. The Soul QB leads/ties the league in four of the ten categories scored (Wins, Completion percentage, yards per attempt, and fumbles). If he could only curb the interceptions, he would be the clear leader headed into the bye. Arizona Rattlers QB Nick Davila leads/ties the league in three of the categories (Wins, touchdowns, and fumbles).

The big mover here is Cleveland Gladiators QB Arvell Nelson. His solid play continues to move him up the charts. In his past five games, Nelson has accounted for 36 touchdowns and only 2 turnovers. His play is the main reason Cleveland holds onto the final home playoff seed heading into the final 5 weeks of the season.

KISS QB Pete Thomas had a little bit of a falling back to Earth game against the Rattlers, but was still able to jump Steel QB Shane Austin due to Austin’s propensity to turn the ball over.

What do you think? How would you rank these QB’s going into Week 14? Let us know over on our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/AFLFanZone/

 

Week 13 AFL FanZone QB Power Rankings

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By Kyle Sander | kyle.sander09@gmail.com
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on June 22, 2016 at 5:18 PM

Week 12 in the Arena Football League was “Show Me” weekend for a couple of teams. Tommy Grady has the stats, but not the wins. Raudabaugh and Davila have both, so how will a matchup in Arizona look? Then you have the injury to Orlando Predators QB Randy Hippeard. We believe it is a torn ACL, but until we know for sure, I will leave him in the 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 13 QB Power Rankings for the Arena Football League:

1. Dan Raudabaugh Philadelphia Soul 2.4 (LW #1) (+.4)
2. Nick Davila Arizona Rattlers 2.8 (LW #2) (+.7)
3. Tommy Grady Jacksonville Sharks 3.1 (LW #3) (+.3)
4. Randy Hippeard Orlando Predators 3.2 (LW #4) (-.1)
5. Arvell Nelson Cleveland Gladiators 3.6 (LW #6) (-.4)
6. Pete Thomas Los Angeles KISS 3.9 (LW #7) (-1.0)
7. Shane Austin Portland Steel 4.4 (LW #5) (+.4)
8. Jason Boltus Tampa Bay Storm 5.8 (LW #8) (+.5)

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

Most Improved – LA KISS QB Pete Thomas – -1.0

Most Struggled – Arizona Rattlers QB Nick Davila – +.7

You will also notice Nathan Stanley and Danny Southwick removed. There is no reason to keep these two players on my QB power rankings when one is on IR and the other is on a new team warming the bench.

Week 12 AFL FanZone QB Power Rankings

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By Kyle Sander | kyle.sander09@gmail.com
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on June 15, 2016 at 6:35 PM

Week 11 in the Arena Football League saw three blowouts and only one close game. That inevitably skews the rankings a little bit by distancing the better QB’s from the lower tier. Also, we have a new comer to the rankings this week as LA KISS QB Pete Thomas went over the 100 attempt mark in their blowout loss to Philadelphia on Saturday.

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 12 QB Power Rankings for the Arena Football League:

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Dan Raudabaugh Philadelphia Soul 2.0 (LW #2)

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Nick Davila

Arizona Rattlers 2.1 (LW #1)

3.

Tommy Grady

Jacksonville Sharks 2.8 (LW #4)

4.

Randy Hippeard Orlando Predators 3.3 (LW #3)

5.

Shane Austin Portland Steel

4.0 (LW #5)

6.

Arvell Nelson Cleveland Gladiators

4.0 (LW #6)

7.

Pete Thomas Los Angeles KISS

4.9 (LW N/R)

8.

Jason Boltus Tampa Bay Storm

5.3 (LW #7)

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

As you can see we have a tie this week as Shane Austin (the former Gladiator) and Arvell Nelson (the current Gladiator) both tie with a 4.0 score. Austin wins the tie breaker which is prior week performance. His eight touchdowns and zero interceptions gives him the slight bump over Nelson.

You will also notice Nathan Stanley and Danny Southwick removed. There is no reason to keep these two players on my QB power rankings when one is on IR and the other is on a new team warming the bench.

What do you think? How would you rank these QB’s going into Week 12? Let us know over on our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/AFLFanZone/

AFL FanZone Week 11 QB Power Rankings

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By Kyle Sander | kyle.sander09@gmail.com
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on June 07, 2016 at 5:40 PM

Hello all you AFL fans and football fans, welcome to the Week 11 edition of the AFL FanZone QB Power Rankings. I rushed out last week’s rankings without really explaining where I came up with my findings. So basically, I have ranked every single true quarterback who has thrown at least one pass this season. That includes everyone from Tommy Grady to Sean Brackett. I have taken all of these quarterbacks’ passing AND rushing stats and compiled them into a spreadsheet, which I will post below.

Tiny background on myself, I like to think of myself as an amateur QB guru. I have always been fascinated with the position regardless of the “kind” of football you are watching. I used to despise when experts would talk about “intangibles” and the “it” factor. Now that I’ve been watching football religiously for 15 years, I can honestly say that I know exactly what the “it” factor is and I’m just as bad at explaining it as all the “experts” are.

With that being said, my Quarterback rankings are based on the 10 statistical factors that I think are the most relevant to ATTEMPT to define this so-called “it” factor of a quarterback:

  • Wins
  • Completion Percentage
  • Yards Per Attempt
  • Touchdowns
  • Interceptions
  • Passer Rating
  • Sacks
  • Rushing Touchdowns
  • Fumbles
  • Clutch Trait (Percentage of turnovers in the 4th quarter or overtime)

Some people are probably saying, “That’s too many” or “Some of those factors overlap”. That could be true, but a QB could have a high passer rating, but a very low yards per attempt. That probably means he is a check down QB. Just because his passer rating is high, doesn’t mean you want him leading your team in the fourth quarter.

My one qualifying factor is attempts, we are into Week 11 which means the every week starting quarterbacks are well over 200 attempts. In order to qualify for our list the player must have attempted at least 100 passes. That means guys like Pete Thomas (96 attempts) and Jonathan Bane (97) barely miss the cut. There is a reason for that, at this point in the season (Week 11), the guys who have all started every game average over 30 attempts per game. That means in order to make our list, the player basically has to play three full games. Which is why Pete Thomas is stuck at 96 attempts because he has only played 2.5 games.

Without further ado, here is the official AFL FanZone Week 11 QB Power Rankings for the Arena Football League:

  1. Nick Davila, Arizona Rattlers                   – 2.50 (LW #2)
  2. Dan Raudabaugh, Philadelphia Soul      – 3.00 (LW #4)
  3. Randy Hippeard, Orlando Predators      – 3.20 (LW #3)
  4. Tommy Grady, Jacksonville Sharks        – 4.00 (LW #1)
  5. Shane Austin, Portland Steel                    – 5.20 (LW #6)
  6. Arvell Nelson, Cleveland Gladiators       – 5.60 (LW #8)
  7. Jason Boltus, Tampa Bay Storm               – 5.70 (LW #5)
  8. Nathan Stanley, Los Angeles KISS          – 6.00 (LW #7)
  9. Danny Southwick, Portland Steel            – 6.80 (LW #9)

Now, you may be asking yourself “What are those numbers next to the name and why are they so much lower than last week?” Well, after thinking about it, I realized that I should not lump in the non-qualifying QB’s into the same pool as the qualifying players. This dropped the number of eligible QB’s from 20 to 9. The numbers next to the name represent an average of the 10 “it” categories. A perfect score is 1, while the worst is the number of qualifying QB’s, which this week it is 9.

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Here is the breakdown of all 20 Quarterbacks’ 2016 stats and where they stand in their perspective group.

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What do you think? Do you agree that Nick Davila is the best QB in the league going into Week 11? Log on to our Facebook discussion page to let us know what you think.