The steady stream of pre-season news coming out of clubs has been beneficial for fantasy coaches so far, preparation is critical with only 6 weeks or so from the opening of AFL Fantasy & SuperCoach.
The chances of Sam Walsh playing in Round 1 next season appear to be pretty decent at this stage, Ed Curnow appears to be all-in on the No.1 Draft pick.
“I can see him playing straight away” Ed Curnow on Sam Walsh via @1116sen.
Will Setterfield is going to be popular at Round 1 next season, Curnow just threw a can of petrol on that flame today.
“I see him (Playing) in the Midfield.. he’ll be a great addition to the club” Ed Curnow on Will Setterfield via @1116sen.
Hamish Hartlett is likely to return to full training in late January to early February, he suffered an ACL injury in Round 5 last season.
“I’m about seven and a half months into my rehab from my ACL injury”
“I’ve still got about another three, three and a half months to go, but hopefully late January, early February I’ll be out on the track and doing all the stuff with the boys.” Hamish Hartlett.
A bit of clarification on Patrick Dangerfield from last season after Matthew Knights said he was dealing with a back issue that impacted his game, so far this pre-season Danger is injury free & could be set for a bounce back 2019.
“.. he has come back in amazing shape and some of the explosion he has shown in drills and his capacity to get around guys and feed his teammates has been awesome so far.. It has been really promising what Pat has delivered on the track” Matthew Knights.
Dangerfield averaged 105.4pts in AFL Fantasy & 121.7pts in SuperCoach in 2018.
Stephen Hill has undergone groin surgery & won’t be able to resume running until late January to early February, the news is not optimal for Hill and he could be a late starter to the 2019 H&A season.
“Stephen had the procedure on Monday & the medical advice following his recovery is that he will be able to resume running in six to eight weeks.” Peter Bell.
The news isn’t all that bad for others pushing for increased midfield usage at the Dockers, keep a close eye on potential opportunities during the JLT Series.
AFL FANTASY ANALYSIS
After an injury interrupted 2017 Max Gawn returned to post an impressive 2018 season, he was heavily owned by fantasy coaches at Round 1 last season at a discount & he didn’t disappoint averaging 118.0pts from his opening 9 games. In his final 13 H&A games Gawn averaged 106.7pts, he averaged 91.3pts from 3 Finals appearances.
Gawn scored 100pts or more in 68.0% of games & 120pts or more from 32.0% of games in 2018, this was a significant improvement compared to 2017.
With Brodie Grundy likely to attract plenty of ownership at Round 1 next season, fantasy coaches will be left to ponder what to do at the No. 2 Ruck position.
The addition Braydon Preuss during the Trade Period is a concern but considering how badly Melbourne struggled in 2017 without Gawn he could be just a pure back-up, with the Demons likely to contend next season it makes sense to have made that move.
Finding an alternative to Gawn early next year won’t be an easy task for fantasy coaches, trying to save a trade and selecting him along with Grundy still could be an optimal play.
The decision on whether to select Gawn may come down to a salary squeeze, other positions may demand more coin to be spent.