UltimateFooty | Free Agency Pick Ups | Round 12

Just the three players this week as we enter the dreaded bye rounds meaning we only have players from 12 sides to look at it. Making the list is a couple of Saints who have been in and out of the side plus a long time Tiger favourite who offers understated consistency for your midfield.  

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Nick Coffield – St.Kilda
% owned – 68%
2021 average – 66

Taken with pick 8 in the 2017 Draft, Coffield started to look the part in 2020 playing every game bar 1 and averaging 62 (78 when adjusted for normal length games). Expected to elevate his game further in 2021, Coffield has been emblematic of St.Kilda’s up and down season, with both he and club performing below expectations.
An impressive 23 disposal, 12 mark performance against Richmond netted his only ton of the season but that was preceded by a meek 10 disposal effort against West Coast where he put up his lowest score of the season with a 38 making it hard to get a read on him.
Coffield was omitted in round 9 and spent a couple of weeks in the VFL to work on his deficiencies, but has now returned to the senior side and will surely be better for the experience and now build on his 2020 form.

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Shane Edwards – Richmond
% owned – 63%
2021 average – 77

Like a fine wine, Edwards has gotten better with age and is on track for a career best average in his 15th season! The fact that his current average of 77 would be a career best shows that the veteran Tiger has never been one to trouble the fantasy scoreboards, but he has been consistent this season and is good enough to be the last player across your midfield. Expect him to return to the side this week after missing the last few weeks with an ankle injury and help push Richmond’s quest for a third consecutive flag.

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Mason Wood – St.Kilda
% owned – 8%
2021 average – 61

Time is ticking for Wood to reach his unfulfilled potential as he is yet to establish himself in the best 22 in his first season at St.Kilda which is his 8th season in the AFL. So far in 2021, the former Roo has added 5 games to his career tally but has only taken the field 3 times as he was the unused medical sub twice and then came on as the sub in round 8 collecting 5 disposals in minimal game time.

The two full games he played were in round 3 when he had little impact in a big loss to Essendon and then again on the weekend in the win against his former side when he scored his first fantasy ton since round 6, 2019.
He achieved this thanks to a 3 goal haul but also by laying 4 tackles and taking 8 marks. With the right role, he can be a great pick up for the Saints and the fantasy draft world.