Trying to sift through weekly information & coach speak can be arduous, making incorrect calls based on false or misleading information coming out of clubs is likely very costly in fantasy.
AFL clubs don’t make it easy on us fantasy coaches with forever incomplete injury lists and providing distorted views and opinions for upcoming games, but clearly there Is no advantage in providing the truth either as there is no doubt opposition clubs listen to each presser for any bits of crucial information.
Using the Simon Goodwin press conference as a guide prior to Round 4 talking about how Melbourne would play Tom Mitchell:
“We’ll put some time into Tom Mitchell as he’s in fantastic form” Simon Goodwin
Now Alastair Clarkson had an advanced warning and all week to prepare a game plan for Tom Mitchell being tagged, Hawthorn crushed the Demons with Mitchell only recording 24 Disposals (AF: 83, SC: 90).
Now Brad Scott was asked pretty much the same question prior to Round 5:
“We’re undecided on whether Jacobs goes to Mitchell. We’ve been flexible this year, & will continue to do so this week” Brad Scott
In not answering the question to what level fantasy coaches wanted he didn’t completely rule out tagging Tom Mitchell, now with Ben Jacobs in great form the answer was right in front of us all week. This time Nth Melbourne crushed Hawthorn and Mitchell was held to a season low 19 Disposals (AF: 83, SC: 75).
Sometimes the answer is not what was said but in fact what was not said. Got it!
— aflratings.com.au (@aflratings) April 19, 2018
Round 5 Notable Performances (Good & Bad):
After a steady opening 3 games Josh P. Kennedy (AF: 66, SC: 59) has hit the wall averaging 14.0 Disposals from his last 2 games. Tom Doedee (AF: 102, SC: 100) is providing fantasy coaches a genuine option each week in Defence, thank you Jake Lever.
Seb Ross (AF: 118, SC: 160) was a ball magnet in Round 5 recording 31 Disposals, Jack Billings (AF: 87, SC: 85) finally found his feet against the Giants albeit without a huge score. Brett Deledio (AF: 136, SC: 153) has been a target for just a few sharp fantasy coaches, he is now on the radar for many.
Patrick Cripps (AF: 138, SC: 151) was just about as awesome as you can get in a game of footy against the Eagles, owners are hoping that sort of form continues on each week. If not for his Round 4 poor output Elliot Yeo (AF: 108, SC: 114) would be in the elite category as a Defender this year, he has a huge ceiling and should be on the radar if you don’t already own him.
Robbie Gray (AF: 126, SC: 137) again delivered for fantasy coaches in Round 5, he would have been highly owned if not for his Round 1 suspension. After a poor opening 2 games Sam Menegola (AF: 103, SC: 121) has put together a nice 3 week stretch, as his salary drops and his forward role increases Patrick Dangerfield (AF: 109, SC: 135) is going to be highly owned in the next few weeks.
Nat Fyfe (AF: 136, SC: 151) has been a beast at Optus Stadium averaging 36.7 Disposals from 3 games (Ave Disposals in Travel games: 23.5), Jack Macrae (AF: 99, SC: 98) somehow got through a tag to post a reasonable score.
Another poor week for Todd Goldstein (AF: 79, SC: 77), other options need to be considered if you still own him. James Sicily (AF: 111, SC: 123) provided a nice result in his now familiar role as an intercepting defender, the long term hopes for Jaeger O’Meara (AF: 63, SC: 56) were quickly dashed after a poor outing against Nth Melbourne.
Alex Witherden (AF: 123, SC: 125) should be on the radar for fantasy coaches, Dayne Zorko (AF: 55, SC: 37) has shown no signs of a pulse in the 2018 H&A season thus far. Brayden Fiorini (AF: 114, SC: 116) recorded his highest score for the year, Touk Miller (AF: 89, SC: 84) tagged Dayne Zorko for most of the game.
Max Gawn (AF: 143, SC: 151) was in a prime position to score well and he did recording 56 Hit Outs against the Tigers, the longer we go the quicker we are realising Christian Petracca (AF: 69, SC: 73) doesn’t have a good ceiling. Dustin Martin (AF: 73, SC: 91) let a few coaches down this week.
Despite a slow start Adam Treloar (AF: 122, SC: 127) finished well against the Bombers, Steele Sidebottom (AF: 77, SC: 91) was shadowed by Devon Smith (AF: 91, SC: 81). Brendon Goddard had a season high (AF: 129, SC: 126) on both platforms.
Who goes first Fritsch Naughton or Brayshaw? @ESMoriarti
Keep an eye out for any Aaron Naughton injury news, he received a knock to his head/jaw in Round 5. Brayshaw had his best game for the Dockers against the Bulldogs and will only get better.
Both Naughton & Brayshaw have good Job Security, Fritsch to go first.
Got Whitfield, Parker, Neale, Billings, who goes first? @Kosta_V01
Whitfield is likely to receive DPP so he does provide some flexibility but his scores have been poor once opposition clubs starting tagging him, Parker has seen a bit of forward time in 2018 and generally the numbers are down for the Swans.
Neale has a huge ceiling and has been consistent this year without posting big scores, Billings started to get going in Round 5.
Billings is highly owned so if you want a point of difference he would be first to go, then a coin toss between Parker & Whitfield. Neale is a keeper.
Good luck for Round 6