Devon Smith headlines FNT after receiving a knock to his bicep at training, he is likely sidelined for one week of contact training.
Smith averaged 106.6pts in AFL Fantasy & 97.9pts in SuperCoach in 2018.
Injury Update: Devon Smith
Steven May is expected to miss 3-4 weeks of training after sustaining a hamstring injury at training, the Demons are optimistic he will be ready for Round 1.
“We expect him to be available for JLT 2 in his preparation for Round 1.” GM of Football & Operations, Josh Mahoney.
May averaged 75.5pts in AFL Fantasy & 81.7pts in SuperCoach in 2018.
Injury Update: Steven May
Zach Tuohy is yet to resume full running following post-season knee surgery (via @cleary_mitch) , with less than 50 days until Round 1 he is a downgrade in AFL Fantasy & SuperCoach.
Tuohy averaged 80.6pts in AFL Fantasy & 84.8pts in SuperCoach in 2018.
Lachie Fogarty will miss the start of the 2019 H&A season, he underwent hip surgery this week and has an 8 week timeline prior to running
Fogarty averaged 57.7pts in AFL Fantasy & 59.7pts in SuperCoach in 2018.
Fantasy News Today: 7 February, 2019
Grant Birchall & Tom Scully are progressing through the pre-season, Birchall could be a target for fantasy coaches if ready to go at Round 1.
“Hopefully we’ll see those boys come back into skills (training) in the next couple of weeks.. I don’t think there’s any real timeline.. they can just go at their own pace” Ben Stratton on Tom Scully & Grant Birchall via @1116sen.
Sean Darcy could be a go as No.1 Ruck for Fremantle in Round 1, Aaron Sandilands is currently dealing with a calf injury.
“We would look to balance up the (Ruck) workload.. as it sits now Aaron has got a.. significant calf (injury).. he’s really struggling to overcome at the minute” Ross Lyon.
The Fremantle midfield is on the thin side early in the 2019 H&A season due to injuries to Connor Blakely & Stephen Hill, Ross Lyon gave his insights as what the early set-up could look like.
“Cerra & Conca will go through there (midfield) .. we’ve got some young Mids like Giro & Crowden.. we think Mundy will spend more time in the midfield”
“Fyfe, Mundy, Brayshaw, Conca & Adam Cerra running through.. we think we’re pretty healthy through there” Ross Lyon on a likely starting midfield.
AFL Fantasy: 2019 Top 5 Players Under $200K
Keep Isaac Quaynor on your watch list, if he completes a solid pre-season and shines in the JLT Series he may debut in Round 1.
“Isaac’s got a little bit of competition.. He’s showing some real strong attributes & he’ll be in the mix” Nathan Buckley on Isaac Quaynor playing Round 1 via @cleary_mitch.
Season 2019: What Could Change For Your Team?
Further clarification on the Nth Melbourne Ruck situation from a Brad Scott interview, he seemed to indicate there was only 1 spot up for grabs.
“Tom (Campbell) has been terrific in terms of understanding what his role is.. & that’s to really push Goldy hard.. Tom keeps going the way he is he’s going to challenge for that spot” Brad Scott.
The Todd Goldstein solo Ruck prospects are likely an upgrade, he averaged 93.4pts in AFL Fantasy & 101.0pts in SuperCoach in 2018.
Michael Gibbons & Matthew Cottrell have been signed by Carlton via the SSP, both will be added to relevant platforms in the near future.
Gibbons averaged 28.6 Disposals for Williamstown in the VFL in 2018, Cottrell averaged 13.1 Disposals for the Dandenong Stingrays in the TAC Cup last season.
Jason Johannisen has been sidelined with an ankle injury after being tackled at training, he will be assessed in the coming days.
Johannisen averaged 76.0pts in AFL Fantasy & 85.5pts in SuperCoach in 2018.
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