Round 4 was a mixed bag for fantasy coaches, the Ruck duo of Max Gawn & Brodie Grundy put up ceiling games while quite a few common rookies started to slow down.
Injuries impacted a few coaches, some big name players were completely shut down due to opposition attention but in the end one rookie stood above all.. Sam Walsh.
Cash generation is proving to be difficult in the early stages for quite a few coaches, rookie selections are still critical for the long game with upgrades to eventual top selections at each position paramount in achieving season success.
AFL Fantasy Game Notes: Round 4
Each week of the H&A season there will be a few key notes from each game that may provide some benefit to your AFL Fantasy decisions.
Article by @aflratingsPete
Sydney v Melbourne (SCG)
Jake Lloyd provided an early loophole option to lock in scoring 122pts in Round 4, he has scored 120pts or more in each game this season.
Marty Hore was a late inclusion on Thursday night & scored 93pts, he recorded a team high 9 Marks in defence for the Demons.
Collingwood v Western Bulldogs (MCG)
The match-up for Brodie Grundy was certainly enticing against Tim English, Grundy didn’t disappoint with his second career highest score of 153pts.
Marcus Bontempelli is in arguably career best form, he added 116pts in Round 4 & is averaging 121.0pts this season.
Geelong v GWS Giants (GMHBA)
Matt de Boer started on Tim Kelly shutting him down then moved onto Patrick Dangerfield shutting him down, Kelly recorded a season low 58pts & Dangerfield a season low 66pts.
Lachie Whitfield continued his great start to the season scoring 124pts, he mostly played across half -back but played half-forward at times with no negative impact to his scoring.
Essendon v Brisbane (MCG)
Zach Merrett will be on the radar for many after a price drop, he scored 128pts against the Lions and has averaged 107.3pts from his last 3 games.
Despite Brisbane losing by 47pts Lachie Neale didn’t slow down scoring 139pts, he is averaging 42.0 Disposals from his last 3 games.
Port Adelaide v Richmond (AO)
Tom Rockliff didn’t appear to be impacted by his concussion last week scoring 132pts, Connor Rozee landed heavily in the opening minutes in Round 4 and struggled his way to 44pts.
Jack Ross was outstanding on debut for the Tigers recording 25 Disposals & 5 Tackles, Sydney Stack had some important moments late in the game which should carry some weight for his job security.
Nth Melbourne v Adelaide (MRVL)
Todd Goldstein recorded his second highest score of the season (93pts), in a low scoring game he recorded a game high 24 Hit Outs.
Rory Laird scored a season high 115pts in Round 4, he recorded a second team high 9 Marks against Nth Melbourne.
West Coast v Fremantle (OS)
Dom Sheed started forward in Round 4 & never really found enough space in a tight game, Andrew Gaff certainly hasn’t slowed down from last season recording his second consecutive 35 Disposal game.
With Nat Fyfe absent the midfield usage for David Mundy was high as he recorded a season high 125pts, Rory Lobb scored 91pts and has averaged 93.0pts as No.1 Ruck in the last 2 weeks.
Gold Coast v Carlton (MS)
Touk Miller recorded a career high 14 Tackles for 149pts which was also a career high, Jarrod Witts cashed in on a decent match-up recording 45 Hit Outs for 126pts.
Patrick Cripps scored 102pts in the second half for a career high 163pts, Sam Walsh continued his great start with 119pts.
St Kilda v Hawthorn (MRVL)
Seb Ross finally found some form against a weakened Hawthorn midfield, he recorded a season high 39 Disposals for 128pts.
James Sicily impacted in defence for the Hawks, he recorded a team high 10 Marks for 111pts.
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