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.