It’s still early days for clubs returning to pre-season but the fantasy research is well underway to have you fully prepared for Round 1 next season.
Luke Ryan discussed his 2019 role at Fremantle and the new look forward line on 6PR today.
“In my exit interview we covered working on a bit more run off half-back, which I’ve never really done over my career”
“We have a pretty solid back seven or eight players”
“It’s going to be good coming out of D50 to see about three or four talls up there”
“Now we’ve got key targets, if we get the ball in our forward 50, it might make our job a little bit easier” Luke Ryan
Ryan averaged 18.1 Disposals in 2018 from 20 games, he averaged 6.6 Marks which was ranked 2nd at the Dockers. Ryan averaged 76.9pts in AFL Fantasy & 90.2pts in SuperCoach last season, he is entering his 3rd AFL season in 2019.
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The Magpies won’t return to full pre-season training until early December, while they are on their extended break here are some numbers from the 2018 H&A season.
Team Average Disposals: 402.7 (Rank 1)
Games Recording 400+ Disposals: 10 (Rank 1)
Players to average 25.0 Disposals or more (Incl. Finals): Adam Treloar 29.5, Steele Sidebottom 29.4, Taylor Adams 27.0, Scott Pendlebury 26.8, Tom Phillips 25.5.
Dayne Beams was traded to the Magpies in the recent Trade Period, he averaged 29.1 Disposals with the Lions last season.
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AFL FANTASY ANALYSIS
There was a strong push by sharp fantasy coaches during last season to start with Stephen Coniglio, he didn’t disappoint averaging 124.5pts from his opening 4 games of the 2018 H&A season and finished with an average of 111.3pts (Including Finals).
Coniglio scored 100pts or more in 73.9% of games & 120pts or more in 30.4% of games in 2018, he now ranks amongst the elite of AFL Fantasy midfielders.
With Josh Kelly in the starting line-up for the Giants Coniglio became a stronger fantasy player, he averaged 115.3pts with Kelly & 103.8pts without Kelly last season.
The emergence of Lachie Whitfield also aided the season for Coniglio, it will be interesting to see if there is any negative impact in 2019 with the departures of both Shiel & Scully.
Coniglio will come with a pretty hefty price tag to start the 2019 season, depending on the fitness of Josh Kelly (Knee) over the pre-season he might not be the highest owned at the Giants come Round 1.
Coniglio should be a safe selection if he completes a full pre-season, his consistency should provide a decent base for fantasy coaches throughout a season.