With the 2021 H&A season beginning on March 18 @aflratingsPete provides a fantasy outlook for Geelong.
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Geelong finished with a 12-5 record in the 2020 H&A season (Ladder: 4th), they were ranked No.1 in the AFL with 136.9%.
Despite the eventual Grand Final loss to Richmond the Cats enter the 2021 season full of optimism again, a successful off-season trade & free agency period resulted in adding highly talented & experienced players such as Jeremy Cameron, Issac Smith & Shaun Higgins.
There are likely to be role adjustments this season through the Geelong midfield with the added depth, senior coach Chris Scott has previously been vocal on managing his players throughout a full season in order to prepare for finals.
Geelong were ranked No.2 for team disposals in the 2020 H&A season, that was a significant jump after being ranked 12th in the 2019 H&A season.
The increase in team disposals last season was clearly fantasy friendly for quite a few players, if the Cats plan on controlling the ball again throughout the H&A season then there are quite a few targets for fantasy in 2021.
Geelong were the highest ranked team last year averaging 72.5pts per game in the H&A season, with the addition of Jeremy Cameron in the off-season they have the opportunity to be once again highly ranked.
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Tom Stewart DEF
With so much value on offer in the defensive group to start the 2021 season ownership is likely to be quite thin for Stewart at Round 1, his role at the Cats is likely to remain the same in 2021.
Stewart was ranked No.2 in the AFL for Marks in 2020, he was ranked No.8 in 2019.
Geelong held onto the ball quite a bit last season, the ball control type game provided a friendly fantasy environment for Stewart in his defensive role.
There is potential upside for Stewart based on his starting salary, a 100pt+ average is a genuine possibility this season.
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Cooper Stephens MID
Stephens will be on the radar for fantasy coaches this season, he is likely to make his AFL debut in 2021 after being selected at pick 16 in the 2019 AFL Draft.
Stephens missed most of the 2019 season at U18 level with an injured leg, he averaged 25 Disposals in just 2 games for the Geelong Falcons in a midfield role.
Stephens was closing in on a debut last season, his time was spent developing in arranged practice matches due to Covid.
When Stephens is named for a debut he should be a target, he’ll likely see midfield usage early in his career despite the depth Geelong have at that position.
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Jeremy Cameron FWD
Cameron made the move to the Cats in the off-season, he played 171 games for GWS with an average of 12.4 Disposals, 5.3 Marks & 2.5 Goals.
The salary for Cameron at Round 1 is quite enticing, based on his recent seasonal history at the Giants he is well under priced.
The dual key forward set-up at Geelong with Cameron & Tom Hawkins will pose all sorts of problems for opposition teams, favourable match-ups for either throughout the season are likely to produce decent fantasy numbers.
Key forwards do provide volatile scoring in season long fantasy, based on your roster build & the value for Cameron he still may be a worthwhile selection.
Keep an eye on the injury situation for Cameron during pre-season.
Jan 25th, 2021: Injury Update: Jeremy Cameron
*2020 AFL season: 16 Min Qtrs
One Big Question
Chris Scott may elect to manage his players this season, how much impact will that have on premium fantasy options?
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