With many clubs returning to pre-season training today news once again has started to filter through, fantasy coaches can expect an increase of information over the next few weeks leading into the Christmas break.
Port Adelaide aren’t a favourite target for fantasy points but from what Michael Voss said on Monday we can expect a different game plan in 2019
“We will be looking at being bolder this season, it was obvious that we didn’t score enough last year” Power Assistant Coach, Michael Voss.
Port Adelaide were ranked 7th in 2018 averaging 1598.0pts per game (AFL Fantasy), players that have averaged 100.0pts or more in a season at Port Adelaide under Ken Hinkley 2013-18 (Including Finals):
5 (That’s an average of 0.833 players per year)
Kane Cornes 2013
Brad Ebert 2015, 2017
Ollie Wines 2016
Justin Westhoff 2018
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Father/Son 2018 Draft prospect Rhylee West could be ready for a senior role at the Bulldogs next season, he will be a popular fantasy target once named.
“I like to think I’m ready to play senior footy because I’ve got a bit of size on me and I can put that up against the bigger bodies” Rhylee West via AFL.com.au.
West averaged 25.3 disposals and 6.3 clearances across the Under-18 Championships in 2018, he is a prolific contested ball winner.
With the departure of Lachie Neale to Brisbane during the 2018 Trade Period all eyes are on which player will cash in on the additional premium midfield spot available at Fremantle, 2nd year midfielder Andrew Brayshaw shared his thoughts today:
“I’ll definitely be having a go.. Now there’s a bit of opportunity, we’ll see some of our younger guys get some time in there”
“I know Connor Blakely’s been talking about coming through the midfield a bit more, so there’s a lot of guys who are really looking forward to having a go at that spot” Andrew Brayshaw
Brayshaw averaged 15.9 Disposals, 2.9 Marks & 4.4 Tackles from 17 games in his first year at the Dockers (AFL Fantasy Ave: 66.8/ SuperCoach Ave: 60.5).
Blakely averaged 23.8 Disposals, 7.1 Marks & 2.5 Tackles from 13 games last season (AFL Fantasy Ave: 91.5/ SuperCoach Ave: 85.1).
Zac Fisher will likely return to full training by the start of December after fracturing his fibula in Round 17 that ended his 2018 campaign, he has played 34 games in his first 2 years at the Blues and has shown glimpses of his elite talent.
“Up until the best and fairest, I was here doing rehab on my leg which is coming along nicely”
“The leg is feeling really good. I did the rehab and I’m expected to be back fully training in three of four weeks” Zac Fisher.
Fisher averaged 19.2 Disposals & 3.5 Tackles from 17 games in 2018 (AFL Fantasy Ave: 69.5 / SuperCoach Ave: 72.4), he is definitely worth a selection in deep draft leagues as a late round flyer with potential upside.
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AFL FANTASY ANALYSIS
A late pre-season hamstring injury severely interrupted the fantasy game for Patrick Dangerfield in 2018, although he just missed Round 1 of the H&A season he averaged 98.8pts from his opening 14 games.
Dangerfield closed out the 2018 H&A season by averaging 121.6pts from his remaining 7 games before closing out his season scoring 85pts in an Elimination Final against Melbourne.
Dangerfield scored 100pts or more in 68.2% of games & 120pts or more in 18.2% of games in 2018, he dropped off significantly in ceiling games last season.
The log jam for midfield minutes at the Cats also hurt Dangerfield in 2018, he spent enough time forward in order to receive DPP FWD status .
Dangerfield is under priced compared to his recent fantasy history, more information is required on his 2019 role prior to investing a large proportion of your salary looking for a bounce back season.
Geelong were ranked 6th averaging 382.7 Disposals in the 2018 H&A season (-1.7 Disposals compared to 2017).