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The midfield usage for Brandan Parfitt could be set to increase in 2019, Nigel Lappin talked to Geelong media relating to his role next season.
“He can certainly be a midfielder.. He needs to improve his running ability so he can play in there more regularly.. He’s certainly got some fantastic midfield attributes” Geelong Assistant Coach Nigel Lappin.
Parfitt averaged 18.0 Disposals in 2018 from 19 games, he recorded a career high 28 Disposals against the Saints in Round 4. It is worthwhile tracking his pre-season.
Thoughts of a Dan Hannebery decline could be premature, well at least according to Dan himself after speaking today.
“I’m really confident with a bit of work ethic & some management I’ll be fine” Dan Hannebery
Hannebery averaged 18.7 Disposals, 3.1 Marks & 2.5 Tackles in 2018 (AFL Fantasy Ave: 62.4, SuperCoach Ave: 60.1). Hannebery is currently in training & if he completes a full pre-season 2019 could be a significant bounce back year.
Former Docker Zac Clarke looks set to join the Bombers under the new Rookie rule introduced this year, he won’t have to nominate for the AFL Draft.
Clarke will replace recently retired Matthew Leuenberger as a back-up Ruck to Tom Bellchambers at the Bombers, he has a career Disposal average of 11.6 & Hit Out average of 13.6 from 101 games at Fremantle.
There will be next to no interest in Clarke for season long fantasy formats unless Bellchambers is injured, it could be worth stashing him on your bench in deep draft leagues.
Nakia Cockatoo is dealing with yet another injury, this time he reportedly injured his calf at training today.
Cockatoo managed just 2 games in 2018 managing multiple Hamstring issues, he has played only 34 games in his 4 years at Geelong.
The fantasy numbers aren’t good for Cockatoo, he has a career average 9.6 Disposals, 2.6 Marks & 0.7 Goals. A complete pass in all formats & draft leagues.
AFL FANTASY ANALYSIS
The fantasy year for Dustin Martin in 2018 was one to forget, after the high of winning the Brownlow and putting up an excellent fantasy season in a Premiership year the fall from grace was tough for owners to watch.
Martin scored 100pts or more in 34.8% of games & 120pts or more from 4.3% of games in 2018, this was a significant regression compared to 2017.
The off-season should see Martin return to full fitness by Round 1, he clearly lost his explosiveness last season as a result of constant niggling injuries.
The role for Martin in 2018 was different compared to his outstanding season of 2017, he wasn’t used across Half-Back as much thus diminishing his Disposal average. Martin was used in attack more frequently in 2018 compared to 2017.
With Tom Lynch joining the Tigers Martin should see less Forward usage in 2019 which could result in a bounce back season, he is definitely worth a spot on your watch list.