Impact on the new club:
It’s felt like an eternity since Essendon have had a dominant ruckman in the AFL. Currently, Tom Bellchambers is the Bombers #1 ruck while Sam Draper is tracking nicely and developing in the VFL.
With the delisting of Zac Clarke, the club have identified the need for a more experienced stopgap. Enter Andrew Phillips. The former Giant, Blue and now Bomber has shown promising signs across his career but has struggled to get the most out of his failing body.
Impact on the old club:
Over the past seven seasons, Matthew Kreuzer has only played above 17 games in a season on two occasions. By letting Andrew Phillips head to Essendon Carlton needed to add some depth to the ruck stocks. Thankfully for the blues during the trade period, the inclusion of Marc Pittonet has offset any loss in this department.
From a SuperCoach and AFLFantasy perspective, it was his breakout year. Before this year, he’d never averaged higher than 64. Then in 2019 from his five games, he averaged 92.8 in SuperCoach including a personal best 114 against the Crows. While in AFLFantasy he averaged 80.4
At Carlton Andrew Phillips was only relevant when injuries occurred given he was back up to Matthew Kreuzer. As an Essendon player, he finds himself in an identical situation where he’ll only get games in the absence of Tom Bellchambers. In drafts, he would be relevant in deeper leagues as he’s the ideal ruck handcuff option to Tom.
Beyond that, he’s a daily fantasy-relevant option only; he should not be considered for salary cap formats of the game.