Power Rankings are here once again following an exciting Week Fifteen!
And, as noted we’re doing things differently for 2018!
We’re collating this year’s rankings via a completely new format – polling not only our own BAFA National Leagues team of correspondents but also giving all of our passionate Patreon supporters the opportunity to determine how these rankings stack up!
Each contributor submitted their own picks of who’s top dogs in each tier, and then we tallied it all up to create these amalgamated rankings!
Once again, this new format of selecting the top ten teams in each tier is proving tempestuous!
Perhaps owing to the fact they don’t hold their postseason fate in their own hands, the Renegades slide out of the rankings this week. They’ve done all they can to secure playoff action in their first season back in the middle tier, but it’ll be a tense wait until Week Seventeen before they know whether it’ll be enough. Look for a lot of Renegades shirts cheering from the Saints’ sideline when Oxford take on Sussex in Week Seventeen.
The Wembley Stallions got a couple of nods this week, but with pretty much only eleven teams left in contention for postseason action at this point in the year? They’re the only ones that got much of a shout from the pollsters.
10. London Hornets ( Down Three )
A shutout loss for the Hornets hardly bodes well for a team that will wrap up their campaign with a second straight fixture against the Exiles in Week Seventeen. The Hornets will hope to have more sting when they play host in ten days time – a further loss could well allow the Cats to slip into the second-place berth in the East, a disappointing end to an otherwise impressive campaign for the young programme!
9. Yorkshire Rams ( Re-Entry)
The Yorkshire Rams reappear in the rankings following back to back big wins. They’ve proven they can handle the kitty cats, making short work of the Bobcats and Tigers, but it’s this weekend’s matchup against the Wolverines that’ll be key.
The War of the Roses rematch is the last chance for the Rams if they want to see any postseason action, the Yorkshiremen needing to win out, along with some help from the Vikings, if they’re to see playoff football.
8. Cambridgeshire Cats ( Up One )
The Cats climb a spot following the Exiles’ big win at the weekend potentially opening the door for the Cambridgeshire outfit. They’ll need to their part too, requiring a win over a shaken-looking Colchester to wrap up their regular season, but expect them to also be avidly watching the Kent/London scoreline – a Cats win and Hornets loss would see the Pride sneak into the second-place spot in the East.
7. Sussex Thunder ( Down One )
They hold their postseason fate in their own hands, facing the Saints in Week Seventeen needing a win to lock up some postseason action.
6. Kent Exiles ( Up Two )
They’re guaranteed some playoff balling, but we’ll need to wait until Week Seventeen to see if they can hoist the programme’s third conference title of the summer!
5. Lancashire Wolverines ( = )
And things remain rather stagnant in the top half of the Division One rankings. Lancashire haven’t seen action since Week Twelve, but they come into this weekend on the back of a six-game win streak and knowing a victory this Sunday secures them postseason balling in their first season since relegation from the top tier.
4. Solent Thrashers ( = )
Solent twiddle their thumbs (wing tips?) in fourth place as they wait to see how the rest of the tier shakes out. They know they’re locked in as the #1 seed in the South, so it just remains to be seen who of either the Cats, Hornets or Exiles will be travelling to them in the first round.
3. Sandwell Steelers ( = )
Sandwell stay put in #3. They’re know they’re hitting the road come the postseason, but are yet to learn where they’re headed. The postponed Bobcats-Vikings game could yet hold the key to everything in the other northern conference!
2. Northumberland Vikings ( = )
Frustrated to see their Bobcats fixture fall to the wayside, the Vikings stay put in the #2 spot. While they know they’re going to see postseason action of some form or another, this missing game could be the key to many factors heading into playoffs.
At 7-0 they’re not out of catching distance of the Wolverines, and even if they were to win out their remaining games were the Leeds fixture to go down as a tie? That could ensure they have no shot at all at the much-sought-after #1 seed in the north.
Expect a lot of grumpy emails headed BAFA’s way from the Vikings camp in the next couple of weeks.
1. Leicester Falcons ( = )
Surprising no one, the Falcons remain in pole position.
They host the Mustangs this Sunday, and even though they’re expected to rest some of their big-name ballers, anything other than a win seems unlikely.
Most crucial perhaps will be keeping the Mustangs off the scoreboard – Leicester currently hold a 7.0 PAPG average versus the Vikings’ 8.86 – allowing even a couple of scores through could make or break Leicester boasting home-field advantage in a northern title game should they make it that far.
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