Scrolling through players that aren’t on the radar can be an arduous task, fantasy coaches will be looking to unearth a few gems this season that could make a significant difference.
Top 5 Sleepers
Article by @aflratingsPete
1. SCOTT PENDLEBURY
COLLINGWOOD | MID | $738K | 2018 Ave: 98.0 (Incl. Finals)
It is hard to imagine one of the most reliable fantasy options for more than a decade is currently being overlooked, Pendlebury enters 2019 aged 31 and has played in 94.2% of games since the beginning of the 2013 H&A season.
The Magpies do have a stacked midfield which could push Pendlebury to a role across half-back, an upgrade to DEF status may be on the cards which would increase his value significantly.
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2. JAEGER O’MEARA
Hawthorn | MID | $695K | 2018 Ave: 94.5 (Incl. Finals)
This is all about opportunity for O’Meara, yes we all know about his previous injury history but he should be entering his best form and health in his 3rd season at the Hawks.
The loss of Tom Mitchell opens up a gaping hole in the Hawthorn midfield, expect O’Meara to elevate his game to a new level early in the season.
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3. AIDEN BONAR
GWS Giants | MID/FWD | $351K | 2018 Ave: 59.0
With many fantasy coaches targeting experienced under priced players Bonar is another completely off the radar, he played 4 games for the Giants last season for an average of 59.0pts which included a debut of 85pts.
The highly talented youngster may get his chance at the Giants in 2019, keep a close eye on his role during the JLT Series.
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4. JARROD WITTS
Gold Coast| RUCK | $681K | 2018 Ave: 93.8
With all the conjecture surrounding who to start at R2 this season Witts is a viable option in a solo Ruck situation at the Suns, he scored 100pts or more in 31.8% of games & 120pts or more in 22.7% of games last season.
Witts averaged 37.9 Hit Outs in 2017 & 38.8 Hit Outs in 2018 which was ranked 3rd behind Max Gawn (44.8) & Brodie Grundy (39.9), he has a pretty solid points floor.
5. KADE SIMPSON
Carlton| DEF | $692K | 2018 Ave: 95.4
Simpson had a slow finish to his 2018 season averaging 85.0pts from his final 7 games, however through the first 14 games he averaged 100.6pts.
The new kick-in rule could provide Simpson with a decent bump in average in 2019, he recorded 98 in 2018 (36.6% of team) and should be highly utilised again in 2019.
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