Power Rankings are here once again following an exciting Week Ten!
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!
No Teams were cut once again this week as the top contenders in each conference continue to rise to the fore.
The Shropshire Revolution were one of only a couple of teams outside the named top ten to pick up any significant number of nominations. They made short work of the Jets in Week Ten, but unless they can pick up a surprise victory against the Falcons in Week Twelve it’s looking like a big ask for this team to see postseason action in 2018.
10. London Hornets ( = )
Still, they have the toughest stint of their season still ahead of them, beginning with an away trip to a wounded Cambridgeshire Cats side this Sunday.
9. Yorkshire Rams ( Down Two )
They’re riding a two-game losing streak, but the Rams have a chance to get themselves back in contention in the hotly contested NFC 1 North when they host the table-topping Northumberland Vikings this weekend – a truly crucial fixture that likely sets one or other side up for postseaon action…
8. Cambridgeshire Cats ( Down Three )
The Cats drop back down to the #8 spot following a tough loss to the Exiles, costing them their spot atop the conference.
The Cambridgeshire side travelled with worryingly low numbers last weekend, barely mustering 25 players for the trip to Kent, though hopes are their numbers will be bolstered back up ahead of this weekend’s home game against the London Hornets.
7. Kent Exiles ( Up Two )
The Exiles climb a couple spots courtesy of their crucial victory against the Cats.
The low-scoring affair saw the teams trade field goals before a single busted coverage allowed the Exiles to snatch the W, and the top spot in the conference to boot!
Kent follow up hosting the struggling Stallions this Sunday, and a strong performance plus results elsewhere going their way could well allow the Exiles to break clear from the pack in the East.
6. Sussex Thunder ( Up Two )
Sussex slide into the #6 spot despite their bye week. They’re sitting pretty at #2 in the SFC 1 Central, but fast a tough task this Sunday with their second showdown of the season against the undefeated Solent Thrashers.
5. Lancashire Wolverines ( Up One )
The Tigers are coming in off the back of a shutout loss to the Senators in Week Ten and the Wolverines will be eager to take advantage, a couple of victories moving them into a strong playoff-contention spot and building great momentum ahead of their crucial season-closing games against the Rams and Vikings.
4. Sandwell Steelers ( Down One )
Sandwell slip just outside the top three again. They were on a bye for Week Ten, but return to action this Sunday hosting a very short-on-numbers Doncaster Mustangs.
The fixture kicks off a trio of back-to-back-back home games against sides the Steelers have already bested once-each so far this season, as Sandwell seek to build momentum ahead of the all-important title-deciding fight against the Falcons, in Leicester, in Week Fourteen!
With four straight fixtures, staying healthy will be crucial to Sandwell’s season.
3. Solent Thrashers ( Up One )
They travel to their closest contenders in the SFC 1 Central, the Sussex Thunder, this weekend and a victory here would all-but seal the deal on the conference crown with games to spare!
2. Northumberland Vikings ( = )
The Vikings stay locked in at #2 through their bye week. They travel to the Yorkshire Rams this Sunday and will be hoping for a similarly strong start to when the two sides faced one another in Week Nine.
The fixture kicks off four-straight weekends of games for the Vikings, so they’ll be eager to hit this gruelling stretch of games with some wind in the sails of their longboats thanks to a big win against their conference rivals!
1. Leicester Falcons ( = )
Leicester remain uncontested at the top of the polls. We were expecting to see an aerial showdown against the Jets this Sunday, but following Coventry’s forfeit the Falcons will get another week of training ahead of their Week Twelve game, hosting the Revolution.
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