Sour news for Toby Greene today with Ankle surgery scheduled for Thursday, on the flip side Dan Menzel found his way to Sydney as Delisted Free Agent.
Patrick Dangerfield returns to pre-season training on the 26th of November, hopefully he can complete a full pre-season & produce one out of the box for fantasy coaches in 2019.
Former Magpie Josh Smith visited with Gold Coast today, he is certainly one to keep an eye on if given another opportunity at AFL level.
It is highly likely Sam Walsh will be taken as the No.1 selection in the AFL Draft next week, speaking on SEN on Tuesday night Patrick Dangerfield commented on the prospects of game time for Walsh after spending time with him at Geelong during 2018.
“He spent a week at our footy club (Geelong) through that AFL Academy where they come to our environment.. he wouldn’t have looked out of place playing AFL Footy this season” Patrick Dangerfield via @TimeOnSEN on Tuesday.
Walsh was a prolific ball winner during the 2018 National Championships, he averaged 29.0 Disposals & 6.8 Tackles for Vic County.
Toby Greene has been sidelined due to an ankle injury that has not fully recovered in the off-season, he is set to have surgery on Thursday and miss the next 6 weeks of pre-season.
It is anticipated Greene will return to full training early in January.
“It’s unfortunate that Toby has suffered this setback but by making this decision now, we don’t run the risk of him missing any games” GWS Head of Athletic Performance David Joyce.
Greene averaged a career season low 15.8 Disposals in 2018, he has played in only 57.1% of games since the start of the 2017 H&A season.
AFL FANTASY ANALYSIS
Unfortunately Tom Rockliff had a slow start to his career at Port Adelaide due to injury, he averaged 51.5pts from his opening 4 games at the Power before regaining his fitness via the SANFL. Rocky returned to Port Adelaide in Round 8 but still only averaged 91.9pts for the remainder of the 2018 season.
Rockliff scored 100pts or more in 27.8% of games & 120pts or more from 11.1% of games in 2018, this was a major regression compared to 2017.
The previous popularity of Rockliff will attract fantasy coaches again at the start of the 2019 season, he is well under priced compared to his previous fantasy history but circumstances have well and truly changed since leaving Brisbane at the end of 2016.
Rocky now plays in a team that does not produce huge fantasy numbers under Ken Hinkley, only 5 players under Hinkley have averaged more than 100pts in a single season (Kane Cornes 2013, Brad Ebert 2015, 2017, Ollie Wines 2016, Justin Westhoff 2018).
Additionally Rockliff spent some of his 2018 campaign in a tagging role which negatively impacted his ability to put up decent numbers, the fantasy game environment for Rocky at Port Adelaide was not optimal last season.
Unless Rocky puts up a pretty decent JLT Series with elite fantasy numbers the 2019 outlook might not be promising, the loss of Wingard & Polec does provide some type of optimism. Keep an open mind for now.