As the news starts to wind down for 2018 the preparation for fantasy coaches starts to increase with the reveal of 2019 player salaries, finding value in players is just another piece of the puzzle to a successful season.
Nothing typically new at Collingwood with a stacked Midfield but it is expected Dayne Beams will spend time in the Forward half when he is not being used as a pure Mid, Lynden Dunn confirmed as much today.
“It’s great to have Beamsy back.. he just adds to our Forward/Midfield mix” Lynden Dunn on Dayne Beams.
Beams averaged 105.8pts in AFL Fantasy & 102.7pts in SuperCoach in 2018.
When Beams kicked 1+ Goals on 2018 he averaged 123.0pts (AF)/ 124.4pts (SC), when he failed to kick a Goal he averaged 86.9pts (AF)/ 78.9pts (SC).
Hamish Hartlett is nearing a return to footy after rupturing his ACL early in 2018, he is expected to to be ready for the 2019 JLT Series.
“Nothing’s off the table at this stage but certainly the plan is to get him into games as soon as possible.” Head of High Performance, Ian McKeown on Hamish Hartlett.
West Coast key Forward Josh Kennedy continues his progress from off-season shoulder surgery, he remains on track for a return to training in late January.
“We’re confident that come late January he should be joining in the main group in a lot of stuff” West Coast Football Operations Manager, Craig Vozzo on Josh Kennedy.
Kennedy averaged 72.1pts in AFL Fantasy & 73.3pts in SuperCoach in 2018.
One player that could make a Round 1 debut next season is Brett Bewley, the 23 year old Midfielder averaged 26 Disposals for Williamston (VFL) last season.
“Brett physically has adapted.. He’s a high-end runner & a really mature athlete” Ross Lyon on Brett Bewley.
There are Midfield opportunities available at Fremantle, Bewley may be in the perfect situation for fantasy coaches to take advantage of early in 2019.
Nic Naitanui hasn’t had any major issues since undergoing a full knee reconstruction late in the 2018 season, it may be possible that he returns to footy well ahead of the 2019 Finals.
“It’s probably ahead of where he would’ve been at the same time when the other knee was reconstructed.. We’ve had less setbacks in this rehab phase compared to last time.” West Coast Football Operations Manager, Craig Vozzo on Nic Naitanui.
Tom Hickey & Nathan Vardy will likely share Ruck duties at the Eagles until Naitanui returns.
AFL FANTASY ANALYSIS
Seb Ross continues to be the quiet achiever at St Kilda, with Jack Steven attracting most of the opposition attention Ross set a career season high average of 107.3pts in 2018.
Ross scored 100pts or more in 57.1% of games & 120pts or more from 42.9% of games in 2018, this was significant increase in ceiling games compared to 2017.
Ross has been durable in the last 3 years having played in 98.5% of games, he has averaged 102.5pts over the same period.
The addition of Dan Hannebery will provide a different midfield mix next season at St Kilda, additionally the Saints have a new crew of assistant coaches that are likely to deliver a new direction.
St Kilda averaged 388.7 Disposals in the 2018 H&A season (Rank 3), the Saints averaged 398.0 Disposals in the 2017 H&A season (Rank 4).
The increase in ceiling games for Ross last season suggests that he can maintain a strong average in 2019, his low ownership is something to consider if you are looking for a unique midfield option.
The starting salary for Ross isn’t likely value compared to other premium Midfield options, if he can find an improved level in his points floor then he might be worth considering throughout 2019 as a point of difference.