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20 Best UltimateFooty Draft Selections of 2020

Every preseason draft coaches excitedly prepare for draft day. They spend months doing mock drafts, building their tiers and do everything possible to ready themselves for the most important day of the year. Truth be told, you don’t win your league on those early rounds of draft day. More often than not you win your draft of the back of some astute late picks and waiver wire selections.

You’ll always get some value for selections inside the top 100 picks. For example, Jack Steele is currently ranked sixth for total points scored but on the draft day had an average draft position of 79.6. In a ten team league, that’s an 8th round selection and an excellent return for owners. Christian Petracca is another who had an average draft position of 90.4 but is the highest ranked forward for both points and averages.

Even between picks 100-200, you get some that absolutely pop. One of the surprise packets of the year is Brayden Maynard. He’s currently ranked third for total points behind Jake Lloyd and Rory Laird (both picked within first three rounds) while Brayden’s ADP was 164. Sam Menegola (149) and Trent Dumont (153) were highly drafted but given their positioning have been enormous successes for owners.

As great as these selections have been, and they are. I want to look at players who were picked beyond range 200 that have gone on to return some of the best value of the fantasy footy season. So using UltimateFooty statistics as our guide here are 20 late round selections that you can build a case are the best picks of 2020.

NamePositionAverageADPDrafted %
Luke McDonaldDEF72.428714%
Jordan RidleyDEF73.724854%
Bailey WilliamsDEF66.524042%
Adam CerraDEF/MID6320161%
Zac Bailey DEF/MID6528315%
Jack BowesDEF/MID66.723864%
Jack LukosiousDEF/FWD6623647%
Cam GuthrieMID83.324062%
Tom LiberatoreMID67.323168%
Josh DaicosMID67.829021%
Jed AndersonMID8422272%
Will SetterfieldMID62257575%
Oscar AllenRUC/FWD602828%
Peter LadhamsRUC/FWD71.725640%
Ben KeaysMID/FWD62.23333%
James RowbottomMID/FWD59.922852%
Shai BoltonMID/FWD65.627624%
Jy SimpkinMID/FWD74.421176%
Michael GibbonsFWD60.530315%
Zak ButtersFWD62.327713%

What To Do With James Sicily?

Sunday evening, it was the news a significant portion of the fantasy football community didn’t want to hear. Hawthorn star James Sicily has injured his knee and will likely not be seen for the remainder of the season, if not longer. The Hawks have since confirmed the injury has resulted in an ACL meaning the club will be without their star defender for the remainder of 2020 and most of 2021. Regardless of the fantasy football format, he is now a forced trade.

Let’s take a look at some of the best potential trade targets in SuperCoach, AFLFantasy & DreamTeam for James Sicily.

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Ownership: 26%

It’s easy to say; however, hindsight now says you’ve should have traded him two weeks ago when he was priced over $600,000 as Kane suggested on a recent podcast. However, if your one of the 26% there that still own him is no benefit on thinking about moves you could have made. Now it’s time to look forward as to the best replacement targets.

It’ll cost you cash to get them, but the prominent two premiums defenders that have had their bye are Jake Lloyd and Nic Haynes. The later will be even cheaper in a few weeks due to his 67 last week.

Speaking of players who are bye free don’t discount the season of Callum Mills. He’s currently in 3% of teams, has scored five tons and will still leave you with some much-needed cash over in a trade. Another of the NSW teams is Zac Williams. His previous three scores have been 112, 105 & 111. The injury history in the body is the only concern, but you can still get him cheaper than his starting price. I know Jackson Thurlow has scored well during the last few weeks but in good conscience, I couldn’t advocate trading someone you thought was a top 6-10 ranked defender (in Sicily) to Thurlow.

Other players that won’t be impacted by a future bye round include Jordan Ridley. He’s been one of the best breakout buys of the year. Round 12’s score of 77 was his lowest for the year, beyond that his three lowest scores of the year have been 88, 92 and 94. While the value has well and truly gone, he’s been sublime this year. My only caution is that he’s been playing sore the last few weeks. Fingers crossed he won’t need to be managed soon.

West Coast Eagles pair Shannon Hurn and Brad Sheppard both have shown over the years they can get on hot streaks and score well. Both scored over 95 last round; however, the week prior both failed to score 70. If you choose either player, it appears to be a little bit of a rollercoaster.

The last of the bye free options to consider are Fremantle Docker trio Luke Ryan, Connor Blakely and Adam Cerra. Plenty of coaches will have seen the 162 delivered from Luke Ryan and given less than 6,000 coaches own him (3%) don’t be surprised to see that number more than double this week. What current owners will know is that he’s now scored seven consecutive hundreds with four of those have been 118 or above. Sorry current owners, but your unique premium is about to get alot more popular.

If you want a unique, then Blakely and Cerra both have shown they have the ceiling about them. As long as they keep getting this midfield time, they’ll score well. Will it be enough to average 95+ over the coming month? I’m not sure, but if you like a left-field option, then both are candidates.

This time last week coaches were clamouring over Rory Laird given he’d posted a 185. However, a 77 has seen coaches enthusiasm dampen somewhat. Irrespective of it he’s still a reasonable pick. An average in the high 90’s and a season-low of 72 shows he’s still a decent scoring option. Honestly, I couldn’t trade him in this week knowing that he’d miss the following week with a bye round.

It’s the same for Alex Witherden, in the last four weeks he’s scored 170, 85, 100 and 101. In just 3% of teams and looks to have locked himself back into the Lions back six. Indeed, he’s scoring well, but it’s always filled with risk to trade a player in when you know they’ll miss the following week with a bye. Throw in Brodie Smith in this category too. Scoring well, but not playing round 14.

Finally, regular scoring good options in Brayden Maynard, Caleb Daniel and Tom Stewart are all perfectly capable options which are yet to have a bye. If I were to bring it one this week of the trio, it’d be Stewart, given he comes up against the Crows who are bleeding points in every position. One player I wouldn’t chase is Jayden Short, the Tigers have already confirmed that Bachar Houli will play in round 13. I’d want to see how (if at all) Houli’s return impacts his scoring before committing to that move.

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Ownership: 11%

The freedom of options is endless for AFLFantasy coaches, unlike DreamTeam and SuperCoach players where you still have to navigate a potential round free of scoring. In this format, coaches are awarded the players seasonal average when they are on a bye round. Meaning, no player is off-limits due to team bye structures.

Because of that, players who have had their bye aren’t as structurally important as the other two formats. Jake Lloyd is priced now over $800,000. Still, with three tons in his last five outings, he’s the only defensive premium I could feel ‘safe’ with investing significant amounts of dollars. Beyond him, there are only three other players set to play next round that are averaging over 80. They are Bachar Houli, Alex Witherden and Jackson Thurlow. I’d be nervous about going anywhere near Houli this week given it was back in round five when he last played. Given it’s more than $100,000 to upgrade up to him via Sicily, my encouragement is to save yourself some cash and go elsewhere.

On the topic of $100,000, that’s about the amount Alex Witherden has gone up since breaking back into the Lions side in round 9. Just 7.6% of coaches own him, and 78 is his lowest score in the last month. What might further tempt coaches is that in round 14 when the Lions have a week off, he’ll be awarded his average which is currently sitting just shy of 82. In a year where getting secure defensive premium scores is tricky, it might just be enough to tempt coaches.

If you need a player who could score 80 & make you a little bit of cash, then Jackson Thurlow does come into contention. But he isn’t someone I’d have confidence is scoring well weekly. Over his career, Thurlow has tempted us with his potential but has never fully seen it realised. Maybe it happens for him in 2020. I’m happy for someone else to have that win and steer for clearer waters.

If you want a unique option then Luke McDonald and Bailey Williams in this format are the perfect picks. In the case of Williams, his last five scores are: 71, 75, 79, 80 & 90 making him one of the form defenders of late. Similarly, McDonald’s fantasy resurgence has continued the last fortnight with scores of 123 and 88. Even though his price is starting to get near $700k a matchup against Collingwood who bleed points to opposition defenders might just sway you to spend the extra cash.

The two players you can have confidence in are Tom Stewart and Callum Mills. Both have shown this year, and over seasons past they have a fantasy game, but besides this their scoring deviation this year is much tighter than many of their counterparts. Not far behind would be Luke Ryan who only one score below 83 in his last five including a 102.

If your looking for a player that is capable of a 90+ score then Jordan Ridley, Brodie Smith and Zac Bailey have all shown the potential to deliver scores in this range.

Fingers crossed that tonight AFLFantasy award us a new DPP defender that we can bank an 80+ score from weekly.

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Ownership: 7%

The one line I dislikes the available premium options in 2020 is the backline. The core reason being is weekly we have the smallest deviation of scoring between cash cows and premiums. An example of this is last round where Will Day scored 75 and yet premium players in Tom Stewart, Callum Mills and Luke Ryan all scored within 12 points. This isn’t just a ‘once-off’ but a weekly occurrence where popular cows are regularly scoring within a dozen of the so-called premiums in the line.

Beyond Jake Lloyd, I have zero confidence in any player on any week. He’s the only defender that is scoring well (and by that I mean 80+) most weeks. But if you already own him or don’t have the funds available there are still some options that offer to score some decent consistency. On current form, Bailey Williams (83 in last 3) looks a reasonable unique pick with only 2% of coaches in the competition on board. A 90 against the Crows is a nice scoring boost, but even before that, he had the lowest score of 71 in his previous four outings. Just remember he’ll have the week off in round 15, so plan accordingly.

I like the recent form of Luke Ryan. An average of 85 in his last five weeks including in it a ton. A scoring range many of our backs have struggled to obtain in 2020. On current form his ranked 9th for defenders in the last five weeks. With just 2% of coaches on board, he could be the player for you. Don’t forget he’s bye round free for the rest of the year.

If you have confidence in the recent scoring form of Alex Witherden then normally he’d be the prime target, but he along with Adelaide’s Brodie Smith and Rory Laird will miss round 14 with the bye. All three are currently inside the top 10 for averages in the last three weeks but can your structure afford to trade them in this week only to not aid your team next week? If you’re prepared to carry them through then all three are worthy of consideration all be it, not cheap.

If you need a play that won’t be affected by the multi bye rounds between 14-16, then it’s probably down to either of Callum Mills or Jordan Ridley. Both are averaging mid 70’s for the year and are inside the top 10 for both averages. Two other players who usually are highly consistent to consider but both are still to have a bye are Tom Stewart and Jack Crisp. Last rounds 54 for Crisp was his lowest score in six weeks and only his second under 73 since round six. While for Stewart, he’s averaging 75 in his last five and is coming up against the winless Crows this weekend. If you want a likely immediate scoring bump from a premium defender then his matchup this week should allow it.

Ripe For The Picking | Round 6

As we enter into round six of the 2020 season it’s time to look players are ripe for the picking over the next few weeks.

One thing that separates good coaches from great coaches is that they aren’t just looking at trades for this week. Rather great coaches are looking multiple weeks ahead at who could be ready to be traded into their teams. In this new series, we look at players who this week and the following two weeks will have likely bottomed out in price and could be a tasty trade target for your side.

Each week we’ll focus on the players in DreamTeam and SuperCoach you should be forecasting to bring into your side. The reason AFLFantasy isn’t included is that due to the way they’ve orchestrated the pricing almost every week a player is a realistic chance of obtaining their breakeven.

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READY TO ROLL | Round 6

NamePricePositionCurrent BreakevenAverage
Patrick Dangerfield$556,600MID80100.6
Elliot Yeo$478,900MID9883.6
Lachie Whitfield$441,200MID7878.4
Jack Riewoldt$257,300FWD3444.4
Luke Dahlhaus$385,300FWD4075.2
Jack Steven$306,700MID/FWD50.347
NamePricePositionCurrent BreakevenAverage
Jake Lloyd$746,700DEF9681.8
Rory Laird$647,900DEF7771.2
Patrick Dangerfield$712,900MID8373.4
Elliot Yeo$664,500MID8970
Lachie Whitfield$628,400MID2666.8
Matt Crouch$686,700MID7870.8
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THE FOLLOWING WEEK | Round 7

NamePricePositionCurrent BreakevenAverageProjected Price*
Patrick Cripps$593,600MID148109.8$574,400
Clayton Oliver$587,200MID134108.3$583,000
Stephen Coniglio$493,000MID13592.8$478,000
Dustin Martin$505,800MID/FWD12094.8$492,900
*Projected price in this timeframe based on projected scoring
NamePricePositionCurrent BreakevenAverageProjected Price*
Jack Crisp$656,700DEF10368.4$633,500
Caleb Daniel$639,500DEF8968.2$624,900
Patrick Cripps$742,700MID10184.4$727,100
Stephen Coniglio$664,800MID10372.2$643,100
Dustin Martin$657,300MID/FWD10471$532,500
Isaac Heeney$637,500MID/FWD8972.8$620,500
Jack Macrae$767,900MID10881.8$751,900
*Projected price in this timeframe based on projected scoring
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THE LONG TERM | Round 8

NamePricePositionCurrent BreakevenAverageProjected Price*
Isaac Heeney$495,100MID/FWD14595.6$462,100
Bailey Smith$459,600MID/FWD17185.8$390,100
Gary Ablett$458,500FWD14681.6$417,500
Nat Fyfe$670,900MID153122.5$613,700
Andrew Gaff$597,200MID152113.6$573,900
Ben Cunnington$562,900MID205102.3$482,500
Jackson Macrae$589,800MID161102.2$551,000
James Sicily$515,300DEF14290.4$467,300
Shannon Hurn$499,900DEF13793.6$475,100
*Projected price in this timeframe based on projected scoring
NamePricePositionCurrent BreakevenAverageProjected Price*
Bailey Smith$543,200MID/FWD12462$464,100
Nat Fyfe$736,200MID13775.5$656,500
Dayne Zorko$658,500MID12353$608,300
Andrew Gaff$839,400MID12995$807,100
Darcy Byrne-Jones$595,100DEF11265.2$544,200
*Projected price in this timeframe based on projected scoring
What Do I Do with Matt Rowell?

Over the weekend fantasy coaches were dealt with a significant blow when Matt Rowell dislocated his shoulder. The Suns have opted for surgery on the shoulder, meaning fantasy coaches need to move him on. So What Do I Do with Matt Rowell?

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Time to trade Matt Rowell

It’s come a few weeks earlier than we’d hoped, but now is the time to trade out Matt Rowell. Regardless of whether the Gold Coast look to send him in for season-ending surgery or just wait a few weeks, as a cash cow Rowell has done his job. It’s time to trade him to a premium performer. Have a look at the increases he’s made over the first few rounds of the year.

FormatStarting PriceCurrent PricePrice ChangeBreakeven
SuperCoach$207,300$470,700$263,400154
AFLFantasy$270,000$527,000$257,00041
DreamTeam$252,200$546,300$294,100104

If you have some spare salary cap

Lachie Neale is the leading midfielder in all formats of the game. But if you currently don’t own him, I can’t advocate for spending the amount of money on top of Rowell to get him. Depending on the format it’s between $300,000 – $400,000 to get him. No matter how good of a scoring option he is, you can match his scoring through spreading out the cash on multiple upgrades, not just one.

If you’re wanting a form option and looking for a unique, then Jack Steele meets the brief. Jack’s currently ranked as 7th best points scorer in AFLFantasy/DreamTeam and 8th in SuperCoach, and at the time of writing, he’s in less than 2% of teams in all formats of the game. It costs about $200k in all formats as an upgrade from Rowell. Another unique at a similar price is Mitch Duncan. He’s currently the third-highest scoring midfielder in SuperCoach and hasn’t scored below 113 all year. He’s not as dominant in AFLFantasy/DreamTeam but is still ranked 9th for total points in the midfield. In those formats (DT/AF) if I wanted a really unique (like less than 1%), I’d be strongly considering Jarryd Lyons. With Neale in his team, he’ll never get attention and has already three scores over 96 this year. I also quite like Zach Merrett.

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Adam Treloar might have played only one game, but it was a pretty decent one. A 119 in SuperCoach and 105 in AFLFantasy shows that should he stay fit the reduced game length hasn’t hampered his scoring output. The other topliners to consider are Andrew Gaff, Clayton Oliver and Patrick Cripps.

The only defenders I ‘trust’ across the formats this year are Sam Docherty, Jake Lloyd and if we need a third, then it’s Brayden Maynard. In AFLFantasy/DreamTeam, I just can’t advocate strongly for any other option with confidence. In SuperCoach it’s a different story both of Caleb Daniel and Nick Haynes are about $130k up on Rowell, but both are set to maintain an average of 100+ for the year based on current trends.

For a forward upgrade, I wouldn’t be spending any significant amount of money on Rowell. Most of the best candidates we have still present value for money.

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The best sideways options

If you’ve got no salary cap to spare the good news is we’ve still got plenty of options across all formats to consider. In SuperCoach, you make money with a trade to Lachie Whitfield. It nets you a clear top tier forward and pockets you just shy of $30k. Elliot Yeo is coming off a 121 and has matches against Adelaide and Fremantle in the next two weeks. For less than $10k this premiership Eagle could be yours. Speaking of Eagles, Tim Kelly is only $12,000 more on top of Rowell. If you want a unique, then Geelong’s Sam Menegola could be your man. Three of his last four games he’s scored a ton, with the one sub 100 scores he missed the majority of the second half with an injury. The other option through the midfield to consider if you only have a small amount of salary cap is Stephen Coniglio at $493,000. The risk is regarding his role with Tim Taranto expected back shortly, but the upside for what the GWS can deliver is huge.

If your needing to use Rowell to improve other lines, then the leading defensive candidate is Jordan Ridley. He still presents the value and at $460,000 and given he’s coming off the back of a 134 and 122 expect his ownership numbers to skyrocket. On the topic of defenders, Harris Andrews ($471,600) looks like another low-risk pick and with an average of 92 and the lowest score of 83 and peak of 103 meaning his scoring variance looks minimal. If you already own Whitfield but need another forward, then Toby Greene ($465,000) and Brandan Parfitt ($474,100) both are good options. Bailey Smith is another popular name. However, he will drop another $50,000 at $459,600 Smith still $40K chapter than what you would’ve paid last week.

In DreamTeam we don’t have as many like for like replacements. The names you’re looking at for the most part aren’t guys you’d ideally want in a finished side. The best forward is Bailey Smith ($543,200), but would ideally be someone you get in another week or two. Jordan Ridley ($541,600) is on fire in SuperCoach, but in DT he’s one had one score over 80. So I’m not sure it’s worth the trade. The same is true for Brodie Smith ($576,000) three scores in the ’70s in a row is decent for ‘Coronaball’ scoring but not enough to excite me as a trade. Through the midfield, if you believe the form and role of Rory Sloane can change then at $547,900 he’s your man.

AFLFantasy is the format where you don’t necessarily move him to a season-ending keeper. Playing the breakeven game for a few weeks isn’t the worst move, especially if you’re strapped for cash. Adam Cerra ($485,000) is coming off the back of an 88, and with a breakeven of 6, he looks like he’ll make another $60,000 over the next two weeks. The same is true for Nic Coffield at $495,000 he has a breakeven of 0 and has scored 73, 61 and 84 in his last three. While that doesn’t sound ‘amazing’, it does have him inside the top 15 for averages of the last three weeks for defenders. In the midfield, there are no options I like, while upfront if you want a likely top tier option then Bailey Smith is the only one I like. Suppose your looking to make some money but not drop down to deep then Michael Gibbons ($542,000 and Andrew Brayshaw ($544,000) both have single-digit breakevens. New Adelaide Crow MID/FWD Ben Keays ($425,000) has a breakeven of -1 and has scored 68, 72 and 59 in his new midfield role.

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Marsh Community Series | Eagles Vs Bombers

The Eagles welcomed the Bombers to Perth and to some strange weather for an entertaining pre-season clash which saw the visitors impress early and hold on for an 8 point win. There was a 20 minute break early in the second quarter due to safety concerns amid lightning storms in the area meaning the game was played in mostly wet conditions.

Both sides were missing a bevy of stars opening the door for some lesser lights to shine and shine they did! Whether some of these players get the same opportunities when both sides are at full strength remains to be seen and must be considered when assessing these performances.

Tim Kelly:

This was our first look at the young gun in blue and gold and I honestly expected him to blitz it causing everyone to scramble to rush him into their fantasy sides (like Bont and Petracca last week). He started very slowly though, and with the likes of Gaff and Yeo missing, it was strange to see him playing so much off half forward early.

Essendon’s mids were well on top in the first half so it wasn’t surprising to see Kelly move into the preferred midfield role in the second half. This is when he really started to sparkle, getting his hands on it 13 times in the 3rd quarter, and finishing the game with 27 disposals and a goal. Set for a big year once he finds his groove at his new home.

Luke Shuey:

Looking for a POD mid? The new Eagles captain just always gets it done and with Kelly’s arrival, should say goodbye to taggers for good. Had 31 touches and 4 tackles in this game and like Kelly, will thrive at the feet of Naitanui. Gun.

Dom Sheed:

Deceptively good. Played midfield most of the night and was his usual busy self with 28 touches but I still feel when the full Eagles midfield is on the park, he’ll spend more time forward. Worth a look late in Drafts and I’m tipping he will be in everyone’s forward line in 2021.

Shannon Hurn:

Started very slowly due in part to the heavy conditions but warmed into the game quickly. Took 7 marks on a wet night and even though he is a year older, looks set for another big year in fantasy. Will be a solid option again.

Nic Naitanui:

It is so nice to see the big fella in full flight again and we all have our fingers crossed he can have a healthy season. As expected, his minutes were limited, and his first bench rotation came within 5 minutes of the start of the game!  His time on ground was 51% but when on the field, he commanded the stoppages and looked solid with 11 touches and 28 hit outs. Should be a popular R2 option but will be frustrating to own as it’s difficult to accumulate points while warming the bench!

Read our full preseason take on him from the 50 Most Relevant Series here.

Bailey Williams:

A round 1 bolter and a real option for our R3 spot. He did some nice things and stayed involved throughout even capping the performance with a goal. Can he leapfrog Vardy and Hickey to be the Eagle’s back up for NicNat? I think he can!

Josh Kennedy:

Had a huge night kicking 6 straight and relishing the space and attention with Darling and Allen missing. He is looking sharper and more agile than he has in years but for context, he was up against the single gamer in Zerk-Thatcher. At his price, he could be a good cash maker early in the year.

Jarrod Brander:

I’d heard great things about this kid and, with it being suggested he could play on the wing this year, he was firmly on my watch list. The role on the wing was there but for a 6 foot 4 winger, I must say I didn’t notice him a great deal. He didn’t get a lot of ball collecting 11 disposals but did look clean and composed. He’s still very young and if he keeps that role, remains relevant as a rookie, particularly with that handy DEF/FWD dual status. Let’s have another look at him in Marsh 2 when some of the other midfielders return.

Lewis Jetta:

He looked good and provided great run and carry off half back, but he turned 30 last year and I can’t see him suddenly becoming relevant for us.

Devon Smith:

He did enough to suggest he’s going to be one of the big improvers this year, but I don’t think I was the only one worried early as he only attended 1 centre bounce in the first half. He was tackling hard (finished with 6) and was throwing his weight around a bit as he looked up and about and pleased to be fit again. But he needs to convert that into more fantasy points if he’s going to come even close to replicating his 2018 season.

Thankfully, he had a big second half as he was given more midfield opportunities attending 8 centre bounces and collecting 14 touches. Will be better for the run as this was his first game since round 8 last year.

Ultimately with Devon, the test we needed to see is did he add defensive pressure and tackle? The answer to that is he did!

Read our full preseason take on him from the 50 Most Relevant Series here.

Darcy Parish:

I absolutely loved his game as he was solid throughout the 4 quarters and played a fantasy-friendly game. He was never far from the ball and even snagged a nice snapped goal in the 1st quarter. Finished with 29 touches and 4 tackles from just 65% game time. Fits the bill for a breakout perfectly.

William Snelling:

Could be one of the stories of last years mid-season rookie draft (after GF hero Marlion Pickett) as he looked very much at home on the big stage albeit a pre-season stage. He looked fantastic playing high half forward and was all over the ground laying tackles and taking important marks. He only played 65% of the game but still had 20 touches, 7 marks, 7 tackles and kicked 2.2. I’m not sure the same opportunities will be there in the season proper, but this performance has made me take notice.

Jordan Ridley:

Very much under the radar in fantasy circles perhaps after not quite delivering on his potential last season. He looked the real deal in this game though, as he commanded the half back line dashing up and down the ground and even took some of the kick in duties.

He had a good spread of stats with 21 touches, 7 marks and 5 tackles and could be a nice unique option. The only concern is the impact of Saad and Mckenna on his role and scoring output when they return. One to watch.

Dylan Shiel:

He is so great to watch when he’s on, but I just wish he got more involved on the outside. His lack of +6’s makes him hard to consider with the competition for midfield premo spots is so tight. Had 27 touches, 6 tackles but no marks and is probably more relevant in the sense that when he plays this well, the taggers should go to him and leave Merrett alone.

Zach Merrett:

Speaking of Merrett, he barely got out of second gear and had lowish time on ground at 65%. He was very busy early with 8 touches in the first quarter but wasn’t heavily involved beyond that. It doesn’t matter though, he’s a proven fantasy jet. If he was in your side before this game, just keep him there and enjoy him.

Read our full preseason take on him from the 50 Most Relevant Series here.

Andrew McGrath:

What an absolute shame he has lost dual position status! He looked brilliant tonight playing big midfield minutes and getting involved in everything, particularly early. Had a massive first half with 16 disposals and even though he slowed down after that, would definitely be in the votes (if there were any). I don’t think I can pick him in the midfield, but Bombers fans can get excited because I think this will be his year.

Kyle Langford:

After being in and out of the senior side last year, it’s hard to know where Langford’s at. If this performance is anything to go by, he can say goodbye to his VFL days for good because he was excellent.

Playing mid-forward, he was all over the ground and stayed involved all night with 25 touches and a goal. It’s hard to see him being trustworthy enough for salary based comps but one to watch in Drafts.

Andrew Philips:

One to consider if you don’t trust Jacobs or Naitanui. He looked ok and held his own against his more fancied opposite ruck in NicNat. I’m not sure he’s worth the risk though and not convinced he’ll keep a healthy Bellchambers out.

Michael Hurley:

Acting captain for the night and like Hurn started slowly in the rain. Worked into the game well but was put on ice at 3 quarter time and was even seen with ice, strapped to his leg. Hopefully, just a precaution as the Bombers have enough players battling to be fit for round 1. Finished with 12 touches and 5 marks.

Jacob Townsend:

The former Giant and Tiger barely got a look in as he played forward for the first 3 quarters with little impact. Had a great chance to finish off some good work with a goal in the third quarter but fluffed his shot. He was given a good run on the ball in the last quarter attending nearly every centre bounce and was very involved but didn’t look confident when dropping a sitter in his defensive 50.

Finished the game hobbling off with a proppy knee which thankfully didn’t look too serious. It’s hard to see him getting a permanent spot in the midfield with some of the performances of others but his price point keeps him relevant. Wait and see.

JLT Players Of Interest: Essendon Vs Geelong

The Cats and Bombers kicked off the second week of JLT matches under lights at a chilly GMHBA Stadium. For fantasy coaches, this was our last chance to get a look at some very relevant players, and we learnt plenty from the match.

Gary Ablett

Just under 70% game time for the goat, but did some nice things with his limited time on the ball. At times he looked a little lost in the role inside forward 50, but to be fair Gazza was blowing out any preseason cobwebs with the match. Sadly with him playing the majority of game time forward, he’s not a viable starter in your team.

Gyran Miers

I love what he brings to the Cats line up with the potent combination of defensive pressure and XFactor. The departure of Lincoln McCarthy has opened up a small forward role, and right now Miers is doing everything directly to grab it. Keep an eye on this cash cow, he doesn’t have a huge ceiling, but I think he has robust job security.

Patrick Dangerfield

Sigh! Do we really need to do this, he honestly has to be in your side. Five clearances, ten inside ’50s, eight score involvements and 30 disposals all of 3/4 of footy. Just do it… Pick him!

Charlie Constable

Played just 50% game time but look super impressive and played liked he belonged inside the Geelong midfield unit. Five clearances, nine of his 17 possessions were contested, barring something drastic I think we’ve got a big basement priced cash cow capable of playing on the field.

Tim Kelly

Five clearances, five inside ’50s, 28 disposals and the dilemma for fantasy coaches is no to ponder whether or not Tim Kelly is a genuine top 6 averaging forward in 2019. If he maintains the midfield minutes from tonight across the season, then he must be in the conversation.

Jordan Clark

Last week he came onto Fantasy coaches radar with a strong debut performance for the club. He backed it up again tonight with five rebounds 50’s and making good decisions in traffic and space vast beyond his experience. The Cats have a ripper, and even when Zac Tuohy comes back into the side from injury, I can see him maintaining his time in the team.

Joel Selwood

Wound back the clock with a vintage performance. Selwood started on the wing lined up against Dyson Heppell but quickly inserted himself into the centre bounces. 38 disposals, 7 tackles and a huge 11 marks for the Geelong captain reminded fantasy coaches than when he’s given the time and space he can score as well as anyone.

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Zach Merrett

Didn’t play any of the first quarter and ended up playing just 59% of the match. In that time he managed 23 possessions, six clearances and three inside ’50s. I think if you were looking for reasons not to start him you probably found them. Even though he won plenty of the ball his lack of tackle pressure and marks in a very open game could send alarm bells ringing. Equally, if you were already bullish about him, this game would’ve given reason to be optimistic that he’s ready to explode in 2019.

Dyson Heppell

Has been a fantasy scorer historically (all be it pre supplement scandal), but the arrival of Dylan Shiel should allow him to fly even further under the radar. Got plenty of uncontested ball and wouldn’t be the worst unique starting squad option if you want someone with no ownership.

Joe Daniher

Still working his way back to full fitness, took some nice contested grabs but most encouragingly he spent some time as a relief ruckman. Whether that was due to help get some more time into his body or is a genuine role the Whoosha wants to let him grow into we’ll have to wait until the round one side is named. At this stage it’s SuperCoach only he should still be tempting you, but given his preseason I can understand you looking elsewhere.

Devon Smith

Like many Bombers he’s still making his way back to full fitness. I saw nothing this week that would give me the confidence to start him in any format of the game. Make him an upgrade target, based on his preseason you cannot start him.

Jordan Ridley

Has come on in leaps and this preseason and is indeed building a case to be locked into the Dons best 22. Nine of his 17 possessions were contested, five rebound 50’s and a goal to top it all off. As a cash cow, he’s a little pricey as a defender, but he’s certainly showed over the JLT Series that he could score well.

Andrew McGrath

This kid is a future star of the competition. I love the role he has within the side as a wingman and will have some fantasy relevance for many years to come. He’s worthy a sneaky AFLFantasy starting squad spot 😉

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