Essendon AFL Fantasy Prices 2016

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 Warnie’s look at the Bombers over on AFL.com.au.

Top 5 Potential Targets – Essendon

Brendon Goddard MID $552K

Goddard has been a fairly consistent accumulator in AFL Fantasy for several years now, but entering his 14th season may bring about some reservations for many coaches taking him over other premium options. Since the start of 2008 Goddard has averaged 90.0pts or more in each season whilst averaging 100.0pts or more in 3 of those years, in his 3 years at the Bombers he has not averaged under 96.6pts for the year. Goddard has been extremely durable missing only 9 games in his last 8 seasons, in his 3 years at the Bombers he has missed only 3 games all of which came in the 2014 AFL season. Goddard has hit 100pts or more in 49.3% of all games at Essendon, it will be interesting to see if there is a fluctuation under new Head Coach John Worsfold in 2016.

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Dyson Heppell MID $564K

A wonderful start to the 2015 AFL season had Heppell averaging 108.5pts at the Bombers bye at Round 12, a slow finish to the year averaging 95.1pts resulted in a 101.8pt average for the season.  Looking at the 2014 season provided further insight in to the fast start again for Heppell, he averaged 113.9pts up until the Bombers Round 10 bye and again a slower finish averaging 101.8pts from his final 12 games played in that season. Back in 2013 has confirmed the trend of fast starts for Heppell, only in his 3rd year and an emerging star for the Bombers he averaged 101.7pts up until the Bombers Round 13 Bye and finished off the season averaging just 85.6pts. Quite simply, Heppell is a must consider in amongst your premiums at Round 1 and almost a must fade after the Bombers bye at Round 14.

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Brent Stanton MID $591K

Stanton averaged an AFL Fantasy career high 106.8pts in 2015 yet he could manage only a 1 year contract extension at the Bombers in the off-season, a much maligned player and AFL Fantasy points accumulator Stanton enjoyed hitting 100pts in a staggering 15 games 6 of which exceeded 120pts or more last season. The 1 year contract extension has to be a little scary for Fantasy coaches in 2016 as there are clauses in his contract to trigger a further 1 year in to 2017, should be quite easy right? But the terms have been described as ‘very achievable’; this could also result in limited opportunities at the back end of 2016 in order for him to fall short of his targets. Contract talk aside, coaches should think long and hard at taking Stanton as once again a low ownership rate could provide a great unique option.

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Matthew Leuenberger RUCK/FWD $301K

Leuenberger is likely to be a very popular player at the start of the 2016 season, for this reason he has to be a potential option but be aware of the dangers that may hinder your team during the season. Leuenberger has played only 108 games in his 9 year career, playing only 54.0% of all games has to be a concern. In his final year at the Lions Leuenberger averaged just 52.6pts, 10 of his 14 games fell short of 80pts. In his last full year (2013) as No.1 Ruck option at Brisbane Leuenberger averaged 85.2pts per game, his career high 92.8pt average came back in 2011. Expectations need to be evaluated before selecting Leuenberger in 2016, if you are looking for a quick cash spike then given a good fitness status he will be a good option but treating him as a premium Ruck option could result in failed expectations.

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Zach Merrett FWD/MID $501K

If Zach Merrett has not caught your attention as a potential AFL Fantasy prospect then it is time to invest some thinking in to selecting him in to your team at Round 1 in 2016, while some players seem to struggle in a 2nd year at AFL level Merrett thrived on his opportunities to average 90.5pts per game (Bontempelli 92.5pts Ave).  Merrett has played 37 of a possible 45 games in his 2 years at the Bombers, he exceeded 100pts or more in 5 of 17 games in 2015 with a career high 137pts against West Coast in Round 11. A must watch in the pre-season, with plenty of midfield opportunities he could eclipse 90.5pt average in 2016.

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First NameSurnameClubPositionGamesAverageRounded Price
BrentStantonEssendonMID22106.82$591000
DysonHeppellEssendonMID22101.82$564000
BrendonGoddardEssendonMID2299.82$552000
ZachMerrettEssendonFWD/MID1790.53$501000
JobeWatsonEssendonMID1288.83$492000
MichaelHurleyEssendonDEF1983.11$460000
CaleHookerEssendonDEF/FWD2281.14$449000
ShaunMcKernanEssendonRUC982.11$441000
MichaelHibberdEssendonDEF2179.57$440000
MarkBaguleyEssendonDEF2275.27$417000
BenHowlettEssendonFWD/MID2075$415000
DavidZaharakisEssendonMID1674.94$415000
HeathHockingEssendonMID574.4$398000
TravisColyerEssendonFWD1170.55$390000
JamesGwiltEssendonDEF1169.36$384000
AdamCooneyEssendonFWD1166.73$369000
TomBellchambersEssendonRUC1063.5$351000
PatrickAmbroseEssendonFWD1660.44$334000
JacksonMerrettEssendonFWD1559.267$328000
CraigBirdEssendonFWD/MID665.83$321000
JaydenLaverdeEssendonFWD958.78$316000
JoeDaniherEssendonFWD2256.81$314000
OrazioFantasiaEssendonDEF566.4$312000
MartinGleesonEssendonDEF2254.95$304000
CourtenayDempseyEssendonDEF1354.31$301000
MatthewLeuenbergerEssendonRUC/FWD1454.43$301000
TaytePearsEssendonDEF255$288000
DavidMyersEssendonMID236.5$266000
DarcyParishEssendonMID$260000
ShaunEdwardsEssendonFWD947.44$255000
AaronFrancisEssendonDEF/MID$221000
ConorMcKennaEssendonFWD251$210000
MitchBrownEssendonFWD/DEF$194000
KyleLangfordEssendonFWD836$187000
MasonRedmanEssendonFWD/MID$165000
JasonAshbyEssendonDEF534.6$163000
AnthonyMcDonald-TipungwutiEssendonDEF/FWD$162000
AlexMorganEssendonDEF$157000
WillHamsEssendonFWD323.67$155000
GachNyuonEssendonRUC$125000
JakeLongEssendonFWD/MID$125000
MichaelHartleyEssendonDEF$125000
NickKommerEssendonFWD$125000

Discuss any of the Bombers’ prices, positions and prospects in the comments below.

10 Comments

  • I think z.merrett could be a great pick. M.Brown should be a lock for rd 1.

  • Agree and Watson at <$500k is tempting also indications on bombers website is he is fit and firing

  • Leuenberger is the player in this side I will be targeting. Great Ruck cover in the Forward line. 1st Ruck should be nudging 80 points if fit.

  • David Meyers would be my first pick from Essendon. a midfielder who is likely to average 80+ and is priced at less than 50.

  • Great article there lads where can u find all the teams and there starting prices for 2016

  • I reckon Eades and Wallis are absolute steals at their prices! ;)

  • I’m really liking Merrett at this stage, very close to a forward lock for me. Watson has burnt me many times, but is a champion player, and is worthy of a spot if structure permits. Avoid Goddard as mid only, and I feel that Stanton overachieved last year. Hibberd and Heppel are potential upgrade targets in their respective lines. Some good midpricers around in Bird and Leuenberger. Plenty of potential rookies around as well, especially Brown.

  • i like how zach merret’s 1st and 2nd half avg points graph bar differential [1 point] is the same as leunberger’s 1st and 2nd half avg points bar [35.4 points]

  • Craig Bird surely becomes a hot prospect now!