Why St Kilda And Port Adelaide are now more fantasy football relevant

Earlier today the AFL relocated the clash between St Kilda and Port Adelaide. The game will now take place a week later at Marvel Stadium. For fantasy football coaches this now provides a massive change to how we navigate the multi bye rounds.

St Kilda training at Jiangwan Stadium in June, 2019. (C) AFL

Due to the continued worldwide concern around the spread of coronavirus, the AFL have adjusted the fixture for 2020.

The round 11 clash was intended initially for Sunday, May 31. However, it will now be played at Marvel Stadium in round 12. Both St Kilda and Port Adelaide will have their scheduled bye round moved seven days earlier.

What does it mean for fantasy coaches?

This means that during the multi bye rounds Power and Saints players will now be available across all three weeks of the bye weeks. This could further enhance the fantasy relevance and value of some premiums.

In our defensive players like the already popular, Dan Houston could have his ownership further boom. Teammate Darcy Byrne-Jones and breakout candidate Hunter Clark could both receive an ownership boost.

Through the midfield, St Kilda pair Seb Ross and Jack Steele could be value selections. A round 13 clash against Gold Coast might be the tipping point for selection. While former Port skipper Travis Boak and even fantasy favourite Tom Rockliff could also provide valuable points during the ‘best 18 rounds.’

In the forward line Power trio Connor Rozee, Robbie Gray and Brad Ebert are the best possible options while Scott Lycett or Rowan Marshall could be great ruck options if you’re looking for a ‘one week fix’ when Gawn and Grundy take a week off in round 13.

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The move of the AFL has made a substantial positive readjustment for how fantasy coaches of all formats chose to navigate the multi bye rounds.