AFL FANTASY ANALYSIS
Rory Laird was extremely reliable last season for fantasy coaches in a position which was quite volatile finding the optimal mix, he averaged a career season high 107.8pts which included finishing the 2018 season with back to back 138pt games.
Laird scored 100pts or more in 70.0% of games & 120pts or more in 35.0% of games in 2018, this was a significant improvement compared to 2017.
Laird should be able to provide stability at his position for fantasy coaches next season, the ACL injury to Docherty will likely increase the ownership levels for Laird in 2019.
Adelaide averaged 383.0 Disposals in the 2018 H&A season (Rank 5), the Crows averaged 397.3 Disposals in the 2017 H&A season (Rank 5).
The new kick-in rules may also advantage Laird next season at times, Luke Brown recorded the most kick-ins last year at Adelaide.
Laird averaged 110.2pts from winning games last season & 104.1pts from losing games, he averaged 111.8pts in all travel games & 105.1pts at the Adelaide Oval.
The excellent points floor should provide fantasy coaches with a level of comfort next season, if he can put up similar numbers again in 2019 then his high price tag should be money well spent.