Scott Pendlebury will changes roles in 2022, he will play a mixture of half-back and midfield.
Collingwood GM of Performance & Operations Nick Maxwell spoke with SEN this week, he provided an update on the health of Pendlebury while also flagging the role change.
“He was flying before obviously that little I guess crack in his fibula, which he’s had a couple of times before.”
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“He’s recovered really well from that, he’s back into full training now.”
“He’s going to play a bit of footy at half-back as well,”
“I guess for us that’s good to have that experience back there and be able to see the field.”
“He sees it so well & can set the play up for us.”
“He’ll obviously go through the midfield at different stages,”
“But really need to find out I guess those young midfielders coming through,”
AFL News on Twitter @aflratings “We want to see what Reef McInnes and Fin Macrae and those type of guys can do with I guess extended periods of time through the midfield and give them that chance to develop.” Maxwell said.
Pendlebury averaged 23.2 Disposals, 3.7 Marks & 3.8 Tackles from 18 games in 2021.
Fantasy Impact: Scott Pendlebury averaged 84.4pts from 18 games in 2021, he scored a season high 110pts in Round 3 against Brisbane.
The role change is notable on a number of fronts from a fantasy perspective, firstly the move opens up more available midfield time for others.
Pat Lipinski will play through the midfield at a high rate following his move from the Bulldogs in the off-season. He is a consideration in season long fantasy at Round 1.
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Fin Macrae & Reefe McInnes should see a decent amount of midfield opportunities across the season, they are both strong targets for season long fantasy.
The midfield at Collingwood is likely to feature Taylor Adams and Jack Crisp at a high rate at centre bounces, the second tier is likely to be a mix of Pendlebury, Lipinski, Macrae, McInnes, DeGoey, Elliott, Callum & Tyler Brown, Sidebottom and possibly even Brayden Maynard but at this stage he predominately remains training at half-back. It’s a big mix.
Nick Daicos is expected to play mostly on the outside in 2022.
As for Pendlebury, his scoring output should be strong in 2022 with the half-back/midfield role.
He is a consideration in season long fantasy, keep in mind he missed some time over pre-season with a small leg fracture. He’s back full training now.
He’s an option ahead of expected ADP in single season draft leagues, he will likely achieve MID/DEF status early in 2022.