Fantasy: The role for Cooper Stephens in 2021

We’ll likely get our first look at Cooper Stephens at AFL level in 2021, he was selected at pick 16 in the 2019 AFL Draft.

Stephens missed most of his final year at under 18 level sidelined with a broken leg, he spent the 2020 season improving his fitness and playing in arranged practice matches due to Covid-19.

Breaking into the Geelong team won’t be an easy task for Stephens, the Cats added Shaun Higgins & Isaac Smith during the recent trade period. 

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Stephens however has developed well since being drafted, Cats Recruiting & List Manager Stephen Wells was bullish on his progress in a recent interview.

“Cooper spent some time in the scratch matches we had playing midfield & also a bit in defence, (he) demonstrated exactly what we thought he showed in his years in the Geelong Falcons”

“We wouldn’t have actually been surprised if he played some games this year (in 2020)”

“I’d be surprised if he doesn’t get his chance next year, (he’s) developing well” Stephen Wells in early November via @traderadio.

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Cooper Stephens averaged 25 Disposals in his opening 2 games for the Geelong Falcons in 2019, he injured his leg in the 3rd game & subsequently missed the remainder of the season. 

The depth in the Geelong midfield is likely to work against Stephens in 2021, however it’s likely he will see some time at AFL level.

If Stephens can perform well this pre-season & force his way into the team then his season long fantasy prospects will rise, place him on your watch list as a low salary option in AFL Fantasy classic. 

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