As clubs continue to wind down for the Christmas break there was just a bit of news ticking over for fantasy coaches today, as per the Enterprise Agreement players are required to have a 3 week break over the Christmas-New Year period.
Melbourne forward Tom McDonald gave some extra insight into the forward line set up at his presser today, while the news isn’t ground breaking there were a couple of interesting names to take note of.
“I think in an ideal situation it will be me and Sam (Weideman) playing key forward most of the time.. Declan Keilty and Joel Smith can also swing forward.” Tom McDonald.
Joel Smith averaged 11.8 Disposals from 8 games in 2018, Declan Keilty is yet to make his debut.
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AFL FANTASY ANALYSIS
For a fair part of the 2018 H&A season Luke Shuey was impacted by injuries, as a result his form was too sketchy to be considered as a long term fantasy option. Shuey averaged 98.1pts from his final 7 games of the H&A season, he produced 133pts in the Grand Final which was rewarded with the Norm Smith Medal.
Shuey scored 100pts or more in 35.0% of games & 120pts or more from 5.0% of games in 2018, this a significant regression compared to 2017.
A full fit Shuey should push his average closer to 100pts next season, there is value in his Round 1 salary but his ceiling may be limited by the lack of fantasy numbers at West Coast.
West Coast averaged 357.1 Disposals in the 2018 H&A season (Rank 16), the Eagles averaged 376.6 Disposals in the 2017 H&A season (Rank 12).
The Eagles were able to claim the 2018 Premiership recording low Disposal numbers, it’s a formula that worked last season and could continue into 2019.
At this stage Shuey isn’t a high priority in the Midfield in season long fantasy, it’s worth keeping him on your watch-list over the pre-season as an option if needed. Shuey is a solid midfield option in draft leagues.