Fantasy News Today: 19 December, 2018

NEWS

In the final Fantasy News Today article for 2018 there were a few relevant newsworthy items, during the short break keep updated on news via Twitter by following @aflratings & @aflratings_FS.

Hamish Hartlett is on track to be ready for Round 1, he ruptured his ACL in Round 5 last season.

“My expectation & my aim is to be right to go for Round 1” Hamish Hartlett.

Hartlett averaged 86.6pts in AFL Fantasy & 80.4pts in SuperCoach in 2018.

Brad Crouch is also tracking along nicely during the pre-season, he did not play last season due to OP (Osteitis pubis).

“He’s tracking really well, he’s pain free.. He’s excited about coming back & getting into full training” Don Pyke on Brad Crouch.

Crouch averaged 105.8pts in AFL Fantasy & 96.2pts in SuperCoach in 2018.

Joe Daniher could be a wait & see on his pre-season training in January, he played only 7 games last season and was also dealing with OP.

“.. if the sake of him absolutely getting over this injury means it actually takes a little bit longer than him being absolutely ready for Round 1, then we’ll do that” John Worsfold on Joe Daniher.

Daniher averaged 63.9pts in AFL Fantasy & 56.9pts in SuperCoach in 2018.

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INJURY NEWS

It could be a pre-season full of Dan Hannebery updates, today it was revealed he underwent scans for hamstring tightness.

Although the scans were negative Hannebery was set to complete a lighter training load, at this point he has completed the majority of pre-season training & the 3 week break has come at a very good time.

Hannebery averaged 62.4pts in AFL Fantasy & 60.1pts in SuperCoach in 2018.

Dan Hannebery

AFL FANTASY ANALYSIS

It was a bumpy ride for Stefan Martin last season, after averaging 81.0pts from his opening 2 games he went on to average 114.7pts from his next 10 games. Martin averaged 92.1pts post the Brisbane Round 13 Bye, this included averaging 113.5pts from his final 2 games of the season.

Martin scored 100pts or more in 40.9% of games & 120pts or more from 18.2% of games in 2018, this was a slight regression compared to 2017.

Martin is 32 years of age & quite clearly closer to the end of his career than the start, being on the side of fading him early before the majority of fantasy coaches could be the optimal play this season.

Brisbane elected to run with Martin & back up Ruck/Forward Oscar McInerney for the majority of last season, Martin averaged 98.1pts with McInerney & 110.2pts without McInerney in 2018.

Archie Smith could also impact the 2019 season for Martin, at this stage he is 3rd on the Ruck depth chart at the Lions.

“I’m feeling the fittest that I’ve been in my time here & I’ve put on some size as well.. I feel like I’m ready to take that next step” Archie Smith in early December.

Martin in the right scenario is more than fantasy worthy, but it feels like everything negative is working against his 2019 fantasy outlook.

Unless we are able to ascertain the long term Ruck set-up for Brisbane next season then it might have to be a pass on Martin, at this stage his ownership will likely nose dive in 2019.

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