List changes, the introduction of new rules, draft talent & coaching changes will all provide a new dynamic in 2019, the status quo will likely change for each club.
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2018 H&A Ladder Finish: 12
Scoring: After a year in which Adelaide averaged 88.2pts per game (Rank 8) expect an increase in scoring in 2019, the Crows averaged 109.8pts in the 2017 H&A season (Rank 1).
2018 H&A Ladder Finish: 15
Limiting opposition scoring: Brisbane conceded 93.1pts in the 2018 H&A season conceding 100pts or more in 10 games, expect a strong defensive focus in 2019.
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2018 H&A Ladder Finish: 18
Scoring 100pts in a game: Carlton have not scored 100pts in a game since Round 11 in 2016 (55 games), the Blues should be able to break that streak in 2019.
2018 H&A Ladder Finish: 3
Health: Despite making the Grand Final last year Collingwood had to deal with another poor injury list, the Magpies will likely focus on player peak fitness for Finals this season.
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2018 H&A Ladder Finish: 11
Scoring: Essendon averaged 87.8pts last season (Rank 9) including averaging 103.6pts from their final 5 games (Rank 3), with Joe Daniher back expect the Bombers to hit the scoreboard frequently in 2019.
2018 H&A Ladder Finish: 14
Competitiveness: Despite the early season injuries and the lack of midfield depth structurally Fremantle are in a good space, they will likely be far more competitive this season.
By The Numbers: Hit Out Kings
2018 H&A Ladder Finish: 8
Forward Pressure: Luke Dalhaus & Gary Rohan have been recruited as a forward balance to go along with key forward Tom Hawkins, exiting the Geelong forward line will be much more difficult for opposition teams in 2019.
2018 H&A Ladder Finish: 17
Contested games style: Gold Coast are in a development season with a new young core group of players, expect the Suns to focus on a highly contested game plan.
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2018 H&A Ladder Finish: 7
Ruck: Shane Mumford is back albeit with a delayed start to his season, Dawson Simpson averaged 29.8 Hit Outs in 2018 (GWS Rank 1) whilst Mumford averaged 38.2 Hit Outs in 2017.
2018 H&A Ladder Finish: 4
Midfield: The loss of Tom Mitchell will impact the Hawks midfield in 2019, Mitchell averaged 35.8 Disposals last season. Hawthorn averaged 378.8 Disposals in the 2018 H&A season (Rank 9).
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2018 H&A Ladder Finish: 5
Anticipation: Melbourne fans haven’t tasted ultimate success since 1964, they are arguably in the best position for many decades to break that drought in 2019.
2018 H&A Ladder Finish: 9
Forward structure: The retirement of Jarrad Waite has put a fair amount on the shoulders of Ben Brown in 2019, an emerging 2nd tall is required & there are multiple options.
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2018 H&A Ladder Finish: 11
Ruck: Scott Lycett has joined Port Adelaide to create a dual Ruck set-up with Paddy Ryder in 2019, Ryder averaged 30.6 Hit Outs in 2018.
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2018 H&A Ladder Finish: 1
Defensive structure: Richmond will be forced to changed their defensive set-up at centre bounces due to the new 6-6-6 rules, no longer will the Tigers be able to start with 8 Defenders at each centre bounce.
2018 H&A Ladder Finish: 16
Game style: St Kilda were a slow moving ball team last season averaging 51.7 Inside 50s, a new assistant coaching crew will likely change things up in 2019.
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2018 H&A Ladder Finish: 6
SCG Record: Sydney finished with a staggering 5-7 record at their home ground last season and still finished 6th on the H&A season Ladder, expect an improvement in 2019.
2018 H&A Ladder Finish: 2
Optus Stadium Record: West Coast were 11-2 at home last season against travelling teams (Win Pct: 84.6%), that record could improve in 2019.
Fantasy Impact: 2019 Rule Changes
2018 H&A Ladder Finish: 13
Disposals: The Bulldogs averaged 387.5 Disposals in the 2018 H&A season (Rank 4) including an average of 401.4 Disposals in their last 5 games, a season average of 400.0+ Disposals is not out of the question in 2019.