Fantasy: The role for Darcy Parish in 2021

Darcy Parish is set for a role adjustment this season, previously having been used as an outside midfielder even spending time in a half-forward role he is set to spend more time around the ball in an inside midfield role.

Parish provided an update on his role this morning on RSN, he has spent the majority of pre-season training with the midfield group at Essendon. 

“I’ve done a lot of work in the midfield this pre-season,” Parish said.

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Parish was used at 47.4% of centre bounces last season, (Essendon Rank: 4), Devon Smith is likely to be used more in a half-forward pressure type role while Jye Caldwell comes in & is expected to be used in a midfield role.

After being selected at pick 5 in the 2015 AFL draft as a midfielder, Parish should see a decent amount of inside midfield usage in 2021.

“Obviously I want to be spending a lot more time around the ball which will be nice”

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Parish averaged 65.4pts from 17 games in 2020, he scored a season high 93pts against Gold Coast in Round 11 & West Coast in Round 15.

The midfield usage for Parish should be strong this season, he will be part of the core group used at centre bounces.

At the back end of last year Parish started to see an increase in centre bounce usage, he was used at 64.0% of centre bounces between Rounds 11-18 & averaged 75.6pts.

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There is genuine fantasy upside in the scoring average for Parish this season, he will likely come with very little ownership to begin the season in AFL Fantasy classic. 

Parish is worth sliding up your draft rank in 10 team standard draft leagues. 

*2020: 16 Min Qtrs

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