For the second night in a row, the AFL was back at Marvel Stadium. This time, it’s with the premiership chasing Western Bulldogs having their last competitive hitout of the preseason against another potential flag contender in Brisbane. Here’s MJ’s take of who stood out for fantasy coaches and who it might be time to fade out on.
For some coaches, Treloar is an absolute lock. At the same time, others want nothing to do with him. The crazy thing is that this game probably has left coaches on both sides of the coin feeling valid in their existing perspective. There were moments where Treloar was at his attacking best, dominating the game and kicking goals. While there was also moments despite a heavy centre bounce role, we saw him floating around and not impacting. The uncertainty about his role with Libba not playing might be the decider in his selection for some.
We all have players that we are biased towards, and I certainly am aware that I can see only the positive elements of Josh Dunkley. For you to consider him, you’d have needed to see the trend that across the whole preseason, the coaching staff have wanted to use him heavily through the midfield. Both last week and this week, that’s been evident. To me, you can select him with complete confidence.
If you don’t have Jackson Macrae in your fantasy side right now, last night was a reminder of just how good he is. A game-high 33 touches and showed signs that what he’s done over the past few years as a fantasy prospect will continue again in 2022. I already had him in my team before last night, but I suspect many will have made some tweaks to find ways to get him in off the back of that reminder.
Like Macrae above, if you were keen on Bont before last night, then he gave you no reason to move away from that. His regular midfield presence was accompanied by stints forward. In SuperCoach, he should have another strong year as a viable top tier premium. While in AFLFantasy, if you get the timing right he could be another valuable piece in 2022.
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In my eyes, he just needed to get through the game unscathed, and he did that. He was spending a few extra months forward of the ball, but I don’t see it impacting his scoring too much—still a great pick in any format in 2022.
With the news earlier in the day that Wayne Milera wasn’t getting a game for the Crows coaches, he needed to have a good night to stay in contention for my side. He played well across the wings early and then moved to the halfback once Coleman went down injured. If we don’t get the defensive cows through that we need, then he’s a viable D6 given his job security looks solid early.
Was looking good off the halfback until a hamstring injury cut short his night. Barring some miracle, it’ll sideline in from being available in round one. Time to find another option!
The midfield role and rotation is real. He attended 11 centre bounces and showcased his inside/outside midfield role. In SuperCoach, he’s almost a no brainer pick with that role. While in DreamTeam, if you need a midrange guy, he’s a genuine candidate. AFLFantasy has priced him out of contention in my eyes.
Of all the premium midfielders in the Lions side, he’s the one you should have some concerns over. Low CBA’s and with Dayne Zorko and Cam Rayner to return he won’t be finding more. I think it’s time to look elsewhere for another unique.
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