With a fair majority of players back for pre-season the information coming out of clubs has certainly spiked, fantasy coaches should be aware that there is a distinct difference between where players are wanting to play compared to where coaches see them fitting into a team structure.
Braydon Preuss was optimistic about his chances of playing alongside Max Gawn next season, we may have to wait until the JLT Series to see what type of Ruck set-up Melbourne begin with next season.
“There’s no guarantees.. I want to play beside Max (Gawn)” Braydon Preuss
Regardless of whether Preuss plays or not in Round 1, there is a potential impact for Gawn next season.
Kade Kolodjashnij looks set to bounce back from multiple concussion issues after being traded from Gold Coast during the recent Trade Period, he has a career average 19.2 Disposals & 5.8 Marks.
“Hopefully I can push for that Wing spot.. high Half Back.. through the backline” Kade Kolodjashnij
Kolodjashnij averaged 67.5pts in AFL Fantasy & 67.0pts in SuperCoach last season.
Ryan Burton was front & centre at Port Adelaide today, he is also looking for a bounce back season after spending much of his time at Half-Back in 2018, he averaged 16.9 Disposals last season compared to 21.3 Disposals in 2017.
“I’d love to push into the Midfield, but if I’m required as a Half back then I’m happy to fill that role too” Ryan Burton.
Burton averaged 61.9pts in AFL Fantasy & 65.7pts in SuperCoach last season.
Tom Hickey could be part of a dual Ruck set-up at the Eagles prior to Nic Natanui returning from an ACL, he averaged 14.5 Disposals & 24.2 Hit Outs for St Kilda last season.
“That’s the hope.. to play Round 1.. Simmo has usually preferred to play 2 Rucks” Tom Hickey.
Hickey averaged 75.4pts in AFL Fantasy & 89.5pts in SuperCoach last season.
Zach Merrett spoke about being tagged last season by opposition clubs, he was quite open providing the following comments today.
“I just had a few things where I wasn’t used to or hadn’t experienced before.. I think as a team as well we were probably struggling to gel.. at that stage.. (we) put a pretty clear plan in place” Zach Merrett on being tagged last season.
Merrett averaged 101.5pts in AFL Fantasy & 100.4pts in SuperCoach last season.
Luke Dahlhaus is likely to play a similar Forward/Midfield type role at the Cats in 2019, after discussions with Geelong coaches during the Trade Period he provided the following update today.
“Ankle is all fixed & ready to go.. obviously (set to) play a bit Forward & hopefully get in the Midfield as well” Luke Dahlhaus.
Dahlhaus averaged 78.4pts in AFL Fantasy & 77.1pts in SuperCoach last season.
Nat Fyfe spoke for the first time this pre-season about his current fitness, the Dockers are likely not to risk any injury to their star player and thus ease him into to training.
“I’ll be easing back into pre-season.. I had a slight cleanup on my knee so I won’t be flying until around Christmas” Nat Fyfe
Fyfe also discussed what to expect in regards to the Midfield set-up at Fremantle next season, this on the back of Lachie Neale departing for the Lions during the recent Trade Period.
“I think the vacuum (of Lachie Neale leaving) will be filled by the likes of Connor Blakely and Stephen Hill. We also have a number of young Mids, it’s exciting” Nat Fyfe.
Fremantle averaged 363.1 Disposals last season (Rank 15).
After injuring his shoulder that required surgery Tom Mitchell returned to pre-season at the Hawks, he was very optimistic on the success of the surgery and his current fitness.
“That’s fully recovered (Shoulder surgery).. I’ve been running for a good month or so now.. I’m feeling pretty fit & strong” Tom Mitchell.
Mitchell averaged 35.3 Disposals last season, he averaged 128.2pts in AFL Fantasy & 129.1pts in SuperCoach (Incl. Finals).
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AFL FANTASY ANALYSIS
Jake Lloyd further enhanced his fantasy game last season becoming a premium Defender, it was the first time he averaged 100pts or more in a season (Finals Incl.).
Lloyd scored 100pts or more in 47.8% of games & 120pts or more from 21.7% of games in 2018, this was a reasonable increase compared to 2017.
It was a moderate start to the 2018 season for Lloyd as he averaged 88.6pts from his opening 7 games, for the remainder of the H&A season he averaged 107.7pts including 120.0pts from his last 3 games.
The loss of Dan Hannebery to the Saints might increase the Midfield usage for Callum Mills who is returning from a long term injury, it is reasonable to assume that Lloyd will likely maintain his high scoring role in 2019 rather than be impacted too heavily from the return of Mills.
Sydney were ranked 15th in the 2018 H&A season conceding an average of 55.4 Inside 50s per game, if the deep defending game plan is maintained next season then Lloyd will continue to benefit as a high scoring Defender.