Tag: Lewis Taylor

Marsh Community Series Review | Kangaroos Vs Swans

Both teams were missing their marquee big forwards in Brown and Franklin but despite that this was about as entertaining as a Sydney vs North game can get. There were some fascinating one on one contests across the ground and some interesting faces made some interesting cases for selection. Here’s what I noticed while nursing a post-shiva hangover:

Shaun Higgins

AKA Benjamin Button. I reckon he may have improved every year since crossing from the Dogs and he wasn’t bad then either. Even so, you couldn’t possibly pick him in salary formats… could you?

Todd Goldstein

Goldy did what Goldy does. If you had your eye on him as a unique selection, he gave you no reason to change your mind.

Curtis Taylor

Ownership rose from 2% to about 98% (unverified) in all formats after this game and rightly so. Kid looks the goods.

Aaron Hall

Gee it’s great to see him back on the ground again. Loves a cheap possession but can genuinely do some damage with it when he’s in the mood. Plays midfield, kicks goals, third (at best) in line for a tag. AFL Fantasy is calling.

Jack Ziebell

Didn’t spend much time on field and took it at a un-Ziebell-like leisurely pace when he did. Keep an eye on the news but I don’t think there’s much to worry about there.

Jy Simpkin

Played a great game just quietly. This kid is developing very nicely and personifies the changing of the guard for North. Seems like he’s been “almost” an option for a decade but he’s only 22 years old. Recommend you snaffle him in as many keeper leagues as you can.

Josh Kennedy

If Shaun Higgins is Benjamin Button then Kennedy is… I don’t know, Benjamin Button on steroids. Perfectly legal and non-suspendable steroids, of course. I’ll just point out he played less than 70% game time yesterday and still managed 37 disposals, 8 clearances, 10 tackles and a goal. Someone forgot to tell him this was only a practice game.

Jake Lloyd

Reports of his demise have been greatly exaggerated. There’s no logical reason to suggest that his scoring will drop substantially this year but many seem to think it might. 28% ownership in DreamTeam and 27% in Supercoach isn’t exactly unique but it’s extraordinary when he’s rated the outright top scoring defender going into this season.

Lewis Taylor

Played a lot more midfield than I expected he would, but other than maybe Hewett I’m not sure there were too many Swans missing from the round one lineup. Does the former Rising Star finally rise again?

James Rowbottom

I wouldn’t exactly call it a tag but Rowbottom spend a lot of time holding onto Cunnington’s jumper before the Roo was subbed out for the second half. If you’re owning him anywhere you don’t want him tagging but if he’s allowed to run off his man like he did today then there might be something of a breakout on the cards.

Dylan Stephens

Ooooooft. This kid is an absolute jet. Big fan.

Sam Naismith vs Cal Sinclair

Sam Naismith won this one comfortably. If it’s one or the other playing round one, I’d be betting on Naismith. If it’s both, they’ll make a mess of each other especially as neither seem like the answer to Sydney’s forward woes. We had a great discussion about Naismith and other cheap rucks on the podcast Monday night, check that out here:

UltimateFooty | Additional Positions for 2020 Revealed

Every year UltimateFooty reveal an additional group of Dual Position players which is in extension to the changes handed down by champion data. Let’s take a look through the fourteen additional players and their relevance to your UltimateFooty Drafts.

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Add Backs

Chris Mayne (Collingwood – C) add B

It’s not a flashy addition, but a fair one. Chris Mayne is now available in your backline. Last year pretty much since coming back from injury in round 8 he’s found a home as part of the Magpies defensive six. The defensive pressure that served him well over his career first as a forward, then as a wingman has translated into him applying plenty of defensive pressure when the ball comes into the oppositions forward 50. 

He might sneak under some radars, but he does offer value and is worth a selection on the draft day should he retain this defensive role. Check out these scores since the role change: 87, 106, 88, 88, 66, 82, 70, 27, 29, 104, 91, 64, 90 & 110.

David Zaharakis (Essendon – C) add B

The Dons have reshuffled their midfield rotations, and in doing so, it’s seen the former Anzac Day medallist spend his time starting half-back and then being used to push up the ground and between the arcs.

Over the final two months off the season as he played through this role his scoring ceiling dried right up. He had only one score over 90 (107) during this time. Due to the status allocation, he’s now slightly relevant again. Just!

Harry Perryman (GWS Giants – C) add B

I like this decision from the boffins at UltimateFooty. Was used higher up the ground when the GWS injury curse hit it’s sickening low last year. Does he return to the backline or will the club continue to use his exquisite ball use of the wings? Time will tell. Now available in our backline you can build a case that he could push inside the ranks as a top 30 option.

Matt Guelfi (Essendon – C) add B

An obvious move as across the year Matt became part of the Essendon backline. However, even with the eligibility of back status, he’s probably not someone you’ll be picking up. A seasonal average of 56 is something you don’t want to be associated with your team.

Bryce Gibbs (Adelaide Crows – C) add B

Of all the DPP inclusions we have, the decision to award back status to the former #1 draft pick is probably the biggest. He struggled for games at the Adelaide Crows, however, in the final few games, he did play he was trialled across half-back. This in addition to the fact new coach Matthew Nicks has said they will use him across half-back, is enough for UF to award the position.

The potential positive for coaches here is that he’s played this role before and scored very well. In 2011 at Carlton he scored 13 tons for an average of 107. Numbers like that would see him challenge Jake Lloyd as the top back of the year.

Rated just outside the top 20 backs on average Bryce Gibbs is a game change on your draft boards in the backline and your ranks do need to be adjusted.

Tom McCartin (Sydney Swans – F) add B

The Sydney forward was given some opportunities down back late last year to help cover the key defensive injury crisis of 2019. He’s developing nicely as a key position player and Swans fans can see the potential. However, coming into the year with an average of sub 50, even with a positional addition he’s unlikely to find many suitors.

Rory Atkins (Adelaide Crows – C) add B

As a midfielder, he’s a dime a dozen pick that would have been used to finish your bench off. Now Rory Atkins becomes very relevant eligible for selection in our backline. An average of 81.4 last season now sees him ranked just outside the top twenty. He’s currently rated (based on previous years numbers) ahead of Luke Ryan, Hunter Clark and teammate Wayne Milera

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Add Rucks

Rucks, UF considered anyone who was a second ruckman amassing 5-10 hitouts regularly.
Rather than a player by player comment, we thought we’d make a generic comment about all of the new ruck eligible selections.
None of these inclusions should be pushing for an R1 spot in your side. However, if your draft teams require two on-field rucks, then these inclusions will add significant value to you.
For shallower leagues, they just provide added flexibility on as a bench option.

Sam Reid (Sydney Swans – F) add R

Shaun McKernan (Essendon – F) add R

Peter Wright (Gold Coast Suns – F) add R

Esava Ratugolea (Geelong Cats – F) add R

Harry Himmelberg (GWS Giants – F) add R

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Add Forwards

Lewis Taylor (Sydney Swans – C) add F

If he’d stayed as a centre available option only there was every chance the former rising star winner would stay undrafted in your league. Now as a forward the forever mid 70’s average he delivers means he’s at least worth a late-round pick up on the draft day.
Keep an eye on his role at Sydney, if he can get into some midfield rotations he is certainly worth a stash on your bench if nothing else.

Oskar Baker (Melbourne – C) add F

Chances are if your selecting OskarBaker you are probably scraping too deep in the forward line barrel. Every chance he’s not in the Demons best 22. Regardless, as a DPP forward he at least is someone that might see the light of day in some draft boards. Join with me in praying for those leagues. 

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