A decent day of news for fantasy coaches as teams prepare to take a 3 week break for the Christmas holidays, let the fantasy preparation continue.
Tom Rockliff is on track to complete a full pre-season, Rocky averaged 20.6 Disposals from 18 games last season.
“I feel like I’m in front of where I was this time last year.. I’ll be looking to have a more consistent season” Tom Rockliff.
Rockliff averaged 82.7pts in AFL Fantasy & 74.8pts in SuperCoach in 2018.
More words of support for Sam Walsh, this time from Matthew Kreuzer.
“Walshy is probably standing out at the moment with the way he runs” Matthew Kreuzer on Sam Walsh.
Walsh averaged 29.0 Disposals & 6.8 Tackles during the 2018 National Championships, a solid pre-season should turn into a Round 1 debut.
Matthew Cottrell & Michael Gibbons have been invited to train with the Blues, either can join the Blues as part of the new Supplemental Selection Period (SSP) up until March 15th.
Isaac Heeney & Callum Mills will likely play dual roles again in 2019, Heeney averaged 20.4 Disposals from 22 games & Mills 19.2 Disposals from 9 games last season.
“I think you’ll see both (Isaac Heeney & Callum Mills) of them thrown into different roles throughout the (2019) season” Swans Head of Football, Charlie Gardiner.
Jack Billings is pushing his case for increased Midfield usage next season, he averaged 21.9 Disposals from 21 games last season & was dropped for the Round 12 game against Sydney.
“I think I can really help through the Midfield.. But I’m going to have to work really hard over the summer & show Richo & the coaches that I need to spend more time there” Jack Billings.
Interestingly Billings is out of contract at the end of next season so it is a critical year in order to acquire better contract terms, contract years can correlate to peak performances.
Brad Crouch is tracking nicely this pre-season after missing the entire 2018 season with OP, he will increase his training loads early in the new year.
“Brad performed well in the time trial.. Given his lack of training/ playing continuity over the last 12 months, we’ll monitor his loads very closely as he builds towards full training loads before Christmas.” Crows GM of High Performance, Matt Hass.
Jamie Elliott & Darcy Moore recently visited Germany for treatment & advice on soft tissue injuries, at this stage the pair have returned to training and appear to be headed for a full pre-season.
“They’re both joining in in full training since they’ve been back” Collingwood GM of Football, Geoff Walsh.
If both Elliot & Moore are available at Round 1 next season positions in the line-up at the Magpies will be tight, rookie options could be limited.
Daniel Talia won’t return to full training for up to 3 months after undergoing knee surgery, he is now in doubt for Round 1.
“We are hopeful it progresses as we expect & he would be available for Round 1” Crows GM of High Performance, Matt Hass.
There might be potential rookie opportunities at the Crows early in 2019.
AFL FANTASY ANALYSIS
It was a frustrating season for Luke Parker owners as he was unable to find a decent level of consistency in 2018, in the wash-up he averaged a solid 95.4pts in the H&A season.
Parker scored 100pts or more in 40.9% of games & 120pts or more from 9.1% of games in 2018, this comparable to 2017.
The loss of Dan Hannebery to St Kilda has increased the possibility that Parker may spend the majority of time in the Midfield next season, the Disposals numbers have been poor recently under John Longmire and it could be time for a reset on his defensive game plan.
Sydney averaged 373.2 Disposals in the 2018 H&A season (Rank 12), the Swans averaged 374.5 Disposals in the 2017 H&A season (Rank 13).
Parker has a career season high average of 107.1pts back in 2016 (Incl. Finals), completing a full pre-season will be required if he is to hit those numbers again in 2019.
The ownership numbers will likely be very low for Parker at Round 1 next season, fantasy coaches will be cautious considering the cliff fall by Dan Hannebery last season & the Swans poor form especially at the SCG.
There are opportunities at Sydney next season & Parker is certainly one of them, they are essential viewing during the JLT Series for any type of game plan change that will increase fantasy numbers.