Fantasy: The role for Brodie Smith in 2021

Fantasy: The role for Brodie Smith in 2021

Brodie Smith has provided further clarity on his role for 2021, Adelaide senior coach Matthew Nicks will rely heavily on the experience of Smith throughout the upcoming H&A season.

Smith began last season in the midfield group for the Crows, he was used at 50.0% of centre bounces in 3 of his opening 9 games of the season. After missing Round 10 Smith was not used at centre bounces for the remainder of the season moving to a half-back role. 

Smith is currently spending most of his time with the defensive group, it is likely he’ll spend the majority of his playing time initially from a half-back role in 2021.

“Scotty Burns (Crows assistant coach – Defence) comes across now into the back, still working closely with him to know exactly how he wants the back 6 to operate.” Brodie Smith on Monday.

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The versatility of Smith is an important part for Adelaide in what is likely to be another developing season, apart from his half-back role there is likely to be opportunities through the midfield at times this season. 

“I still think it will be the same, I’ll play a number of roles whether it’s half-back, wing or inside (Mid).”

“I’ll just leave myself open to play whatever role is there.” Smith added.

Given a chance to play through the midfield won’t be an issue for Smith, he’s always keen to jump into midfield meetings/groups when possible.

“I love training with the Mids, it gives a bit of a different look for me obviously.” 

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Brodie Smith averaged 68.3pts from 16 games last season, he scored a season high 107pts against West Coast in Round 6.

In games when Smith was used at 50.0% of centre bounces he averaged 65.3pts, he averaged 68.4pts between Rounds 11-18 when he wasn’t used at any centre bounces. 

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It’s likely going to be a mixture of roles for Smith across an entire season, that is likely to add to his volatility in scoring for fantasy.

A more secure position across half-back with Rory Laird in the midfield would likely add to his fantasy value, with the Crows in a rebuild phase positions could also be less secure over 22 games.

Smith is a wait & see in AFL Fantasy classic at Round 1, there is some risk associated with a versatile role but the half-back role over a period of a H&A season is somewhat appealing. 

Smith is a solid mid round selection in draft.

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