It was a tough day for fantasy coaches with the news on Tom Mitchell, he suffered a broken leg at pre-season training and will likely miss the entire 2019 season.
With the long term injury to Mitchell ownership in AFL Fantasy & SuperCoach will shift to other premium players as a result which could open up the game early, as for the Hawks Chad Winagrd, Liam Shiels, Jaeger O’Meara & James Worpel should see a spike in output as a result.
Matthew Kennedy is set to impact in his 2nd year at Carlton, he averaged 17.2 Disposals from 12 games last season.
“My goal last year was to help support Patrick Cripps & while I couldn’t do that in 2018, it’s the same goal this year” Matthew Kennedy.
Kennedy averaged 64.4pts in AFL Fantasy & 64.6pts in SuperCoach in 2018.
Will Setterfield is on track to play Round 1, he is expected to join full training throughout the month on January, Setterfield did not play in 2018 due to an ACL injury suffered in the pre-season.
The chances of a rebound year for Tom Rockliff appear to be good at this stage, his team mate Riley Bonner was quite positive today.
“Rocky is moving really well at the moment & hopefully he can keep that going” Riley Bonner on Tom Rockliff.
Rockliff averaged 82.7pts in AFL Fantasy & 74.8pts in SuperCoach in 2018.
Ben Ainsworth could see a spike in performance with greater opportunity in 2019, he averaged 14.8 Disposals from 16 games last season. Ainsworth recorded 5 Tackles or more in 5 games last season.
“I’ve been putting all the right methods in place to get myself to where I want to be this season” Ben Ainsworth.
Ainsworth averaged 60.9pts in AFL Fantasy & 61.4pts in SuperCoach in 2018.
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AFL FANTASY ANALYSIS
Despite the absence of running mate Sam Docherty last season Kade Simpson regressed slightly, he remained a solid choice as a defender averaging 95.4pts.
Simpson scored 100pts or more in 47.6% of games & 120pts or more from 23.8% of games in 2018, this was a moderate increase compared to 2017.
Simpson has had an impressive run of games over a significant period, since the beginning of the 2013 H&A season he has played in 97.8% of games.
Last season Simpson recorded the highest amount of kick-ins for the Blues, he recorded 98 kick-ins from 21 games.
Carlton should be on the improve in 2019 despite the loss of Docherty for another 12 months, they should no longer be required to hold on to the ball across their defensive half in order to limit opposition scoring.
Simpson is a viable option again in 2019 even at the age of 34, his pin point accuracy will likely be utilised again by the Blues along with his leadership.