There is further clarity on the role for Jake Stringer.
Speaking at the Fox Footy season launch this week Stringer spoke openly about his role through the midfield and forward line in 2022.
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“I think it will be a pretty good mix between some midfield time, a bit more midfield this year.” he said.
Stringer was impacted recently by a groin injury, he is confident he’ll be available for the season opener.
Update March 3:
Essendon senior coach Ben Rutten provided an update on the health status for Stringer on SEN.
“We decided to be a little bit conservative with him and take him out of the program for a couple of weeks,”
“Which means he didn’t play last week and he’s not going to play this week for us but if everything continues along with his rehab we’re expecting him to be available for Round 1 for us.”
Rutten added that he was looking for “a really good spread” across the midfield group and that it was more “expansive now than just the 3 midfielders that we see on the team sheet”, and Ben Hobbs “certainly has the capacity to be able to play some AFL footy this season that’s for sure”.
Fantasy Impact: The midfield role in 2022 likely impacts the centre bounce rotation for the Bombers, senior coach Ben Rutten has preferred the bigger body of Stringer against tall powerful opposing mids previously.
Last year Stringer was used at 67.4% of centre bounces in games he played in.
With Zach Merrett, Darcy Parish and Dylan Shiel expected to see decent usage through the middle of the ground this year there may be impact on players further down the depth chart.
Andrew McGrath has been used across half-back over pre-season, Jye Caldwell is one looking to see an increase in midfield usage this season.
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Stringer is a pass in season long fantasy, he’s a mid-late round option in single season draft leagues and worth starting in optimal match-ups.
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