With each AFL Fantasy team price reveal, Peter from aflratings.com.au takes a look at five potential targets from each club. Click here to read Roy’s look at the Blues over on AFL.com.au.
Top 5 Potential Targets – Carlton
Patrick Cripps MID $477K
Cripps was enormous for the Blues averaging 23.7 Disposals playing 20 games in 2015, unlucky not to win the Rising Star Award next season he should be able to improve his numbers again with better midfield support. Cripps only hit 100pts in 3 games but 2 of them exceed 120pts, very much like his chances averaging mid-high 90’s in 2016.
Ed Curnow MID $442K
Curnow will not be a popular pick in 2016, but considering his finish to the 2015 season he is worth the once over look. Curnow averaged 103.3pts in his last 3 games of 2015, he averaged 27.3 Disposals over those 3 games well up on his season average of 21.7. The scary part for taking Curnow will be the number of games he scored below 80pts last season, but he has plenty of upside if his late 2015 season form continues in to 2016.
Bryce Gibbs MID $449K
Gibbs will be the target for many entering the new AFL Fantasy season, he is coming off his worst average since his first season back in 2007. Despite being injured and missing 12 games last season Gibbs has been resilient over his 9 year career, 2015 was only the second time he failed to play 20 games (2013: 19 games). Gibbs prospects of returning back to a 100pt average are good considering the potential under Bolton to increase scoring at the Blues, he should be more than a potential prospect for many coaches in 2016.
Marc Murphy MID $544K
Almost an obvious choice as the prime target for the Blues, but last year proved he was not a popular choice for many coaches with a very low ownership rate. Murphy hit 100pts in 9 of his 19 games in 2015, but the not so obvious statistic comes after Mick Malthouse was removed as Carlton Coach where he averaged 105.8pts per game (2015 Ave 98.3). Under Brett Ratten Murphy averaged 106.6pts and under Malthouse he averaged 90.3pts, he has massive upside in 2016 under Bolton.
Andrew Phillips RUCK/FWD $225K
Phillips makes his way on to the list as a potential target for a few reasons, the first being an opportunity with a new club and a new Carlton coach who has a clean slate to start a fresh program. Secondly, injuries could play a big part for the chances of Phillips playing considering the injury prone presence of Kreuzer at the Blues. Only 14 games in to his career Phillips has shown he is capable at AFL Level, definitely a player to consider filling out those final few roster spots. A must watch in Pre-season games.
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