The AFL Draft is now 2 days away which means fantasy coaches will virtually have full squads to prepare with very soon, post Draft it will be the first time players can be signed by clubs: Pre-Season Supplemental Selection Period, December 1-March 15.
A few draft relevant announcements were made today:
Tarryn Thomas has officially been nominated as a Next Generation Academy selection in the AFL Draft by the Kangaroos.
Corey Wagner will join the Demons under the Pre-Season Supplemental Selection Period from December 1.
Keegan Brooksby will join the Eagles under the Pre-Season Supplemental Selection Period from December 1.
Fantasy coaches can start the research on what impact they can have at their respective clubs in 2019.
Tom Lynch has settled in at Richmond but is not yet in full training according to Peter Burge (Richmond Physical Performance Manager).
“He’s not actually ready to start running but he’s pretty close, we’ll make an assessment on that in the next couple of weeks” Physical Performance Manager Peter Burge on Tom Lynch
Lynch averaged 67.1pts in AFL Fantasy & 78.4pts in SuperCoach last season.
Marcus Bontempelli signed a 2 year contract extension with the Bulldogs today, he provided an update of his 2018 season in which he averaged 24.1 Disposals.
“I was a little bit banged up last year.. I’m feeling really good, feeling ready to attack pre-season” Marcus Bontempelli.
Bontempelli averaged 92.4pts in AFL Fantasy & 104.0pts in SuperCoach last season.
Will Setterfield provided some genuine insight into his role at Carlton next season, sharp fantasy coaches will be well aware of what he is capable of after following his short career at the Giants.
“I’m going to come in & help the midfield with guys like Cripps & Murphy on the inside.. That’ll be my main role to start with.. I should be all good for Round 1” Will Setterfield via @MacquarieSport
Setterfield should see significant Midfield usage in 2019 despite suffering an ACL injury last pre-season, he should be high on your watch-list.
Carlton averaged 347.1 Disposals in 2018 (Rank 17).
Lance Franklin underwent groin surgery today and won’t return to training until January, after an injury impacted 2018 season the news from today is not great from a fantasy point of view.
“It was planned that rest would be the optimal form of recovery post-season for Lance, however it hasn’t healed at the rate we would have liked and surgery was determined as the best course of action” Sydney Head of Football, Charlie Gardiner.
Franklin averaged 86.9pts in AFL Fantasy & 100.1pts in SuperCoach last season.
AFL FANTASY ANALYSIS
For so long fantasy coaches have wanted to click ‘Select’ with confidence on Elliot Yeo and 2018 was the year he finally delivered, he averaged a solid 97.9pts from his opening 11 games but finished strongly averaging 115.3pts from his final 11 H&A games including 123.0pts from his final 6 games.
Yeo scored 100pts or more in 60.0% of games & 120pts or more from 28.0% of games in 2018, this was a significant increase compared to 2017.
Yeo was highly popular due to his Defender Status and a lack of quality choices at that position, in 2019 Yeo will be a MID only option and will lose his DEF status.
Based on his strong finish to the 2018 H&A season Yeo would be slightly under priced at Round 1 next season, as a MID only he is now in the mix of other premium Midfield choices which could result in a lower than expected ownership.
For reference Yeo averaged 104.7pts per game with Andrew Gaff last season & 110.3pts without, the high scoring role for Yeo will likely not change next season.
Yeo is worth considering as a low owned MID option, he has a great ceiling.