By Shea Carroll
NOTE: While there are stats used to back up the argument, this is an opinionated article. If you feel as though someone else deserved the honors, please do not cloud the chat with my mentions, just quietly PM me and I can explain my reasoning. We have a lot of great players in this league, and unfortunately only 1 player can be named Player of the Week. Without further ado, let’s get into it.
Offensive Player Of The Week
Denzel Diaz: Running Back, St. Louis Gladiators
Stats: 115 rushing yards, 2 rushing touchdowns, 8.8 YPC, 23 receiving yards, 1 receiving touchdown
Denzel Diaz went nuclear in Week 1 against Dallas. He had a total of 3 scores, and the defense couldn’t keep track of where he was. Putting up 115 rushing yards on just 13 carries, they had a very tough time stopping the run game, as he reached the end zone twice on the ground. I would look out for this guy for the rest of the year, because if he keeps putting up numbers like these, he is almost a shoe-in for MVP.
Honorable Mention: Matt Burnham, Wide Receiver, San Francisco Sharks
Stats: 13 catches, 180 yards, 1TD
Matt Burnham had a great showing in Week 1, helping his team over the Knights, 21-17. This new QB-WR connection in San Fran may have some teams scrambling to figure out how to stop it, and Matt Burnham can really grow here.
Defensive Player Of The Week
Gib Leedoo: Defensive End, Tulsa Desperados
Stats: 6.5 sacks, 7 tackles
Tulsa is heading into Week 2 undefeated, and they have Gib Leedoo to partly thank for that. He was all over Deacon Nickens with 6.5 sacks on the game. He barely allowed Nickens to sit comfortably in the pocket, which is a bad look for OKC. If he hadn’t been getting this pressure, who knows what the score would have been.
Honorable Mention: Kevin Bane, Defensive End, Alaska Storm
Stats: 8 tackles, 4 sacks
In his debut for the reigning champions, Kevin Bane showed up for his team, even if they couldn’t get the win. His 4 sacks really kept his team in the game as long as they could. Once Alex Dominguez gets hot, there is no telling what this defensive line can do.