Western Bulldogs 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 Dogs over on AFL.com.au.

Marcus Bontempelli MID $511K

In only his 2nd year of AFL Bontempelli averaged 92.9pts, he exceeded 100pts or more in 5 games with 3 going over 120pts or more. More importantly Bontempelli only fell short of 80pts in 4 games, it appears that he is going to be a safe option over his career still accumulating points on the not so good days. Bontempelli increased his average disposals from 15.9 in 2014 to 21.1 last season, there should be a fair bit more scope to increase his average in 2016. Based on what we have seen so far in Bontempelli, he has elite skills and ability to find the ball in confined spaces similar to Scott Pendlebury. There are not many questions relating to Bontempelli, there was no drop off in form or fitness in the back end of his second season which provides assuredness that he can be a long term sustainable option in 2016.

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Jack Macrae MID $579K

Despite missing some early season games in 2015 Macrae responded in his last 14 games averaging 109.1pts upon his return to the team , this included an 8 games streak in which he scored over 100pts or more. Macare has averaged over 100pts in his last 2 seasons, considering he is only entering his 4th season of AFL it would appear that he will continue to be a strong player in AFL Fantasy for quite a long time to come. If you select Macrae in your 2016 line-up, take comfort in the fact he has scored 100pts or more in 22 of his last 41 games with 9 of those games exceeding 120pts or more. Macrae should be one to be considered amongst your premium options this season.

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Tom Liberatore MID $443K

Unfortunately Liberatore suffered a knee injury ending his 2015 campaign around this time last year, coming off back to back seasons in which he averaged just under 100pts we should have had a solid understanding of his capacity to score under new Coach Luke Beveridge if not for the injury. There is no doubt  Liberatore will be a big part of the Bulldogs midfield and a popular AFL Fantasy player to start the 2016 season but expectations probably need to be tempered in the short term. Players returning from serious knee injuries do often take time in the first few games back on the ground if not all of a season to return to their previous output, additionally under the previous McCartney regime Liberatore was one of the players that thrived in a contested game plan due to inside game style. Knowing all the risks Liberatore is still a solid choice if his pre-season form is good, there is likely more upside than the negative in selecting him.

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Lukas Webb DEF $258K

If you are looking for value selections in your backline then Webb could be the guy for you, absolutely there are no guarantees in game time at this point and yes a must watch in pre-season games to confirm any heightened interest but considering what most coaches spent on Defenders in 2015 with little return he could be part of a different strategy next season. Looking at Webb in 2015 he had a little opportunity to show us what could be possible, 6 of his 10 games exceed 10 Disposals or more but given an opportunity for consistent game time this season most games would range between 12-17 Disposals which would no doubt help to improve on his 46.6 AFL Fantasy average of 2015. Webb caught the eye in the U18’s Championships to be a future talent and from what was witnessed last year he could be a player than can generate some good coin in your AFL Fantasy team in 2016, if his game time and numbers are solid in the pre-season then seriously consider taking him with the knowledge he comes at a price that poses little risk.

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Liam Picken MID $559K

From Fantasy obscurity to a genuine option last year Picken should actually be a unique pick considering his status in 2016, last year he averaged over 100pts for the first time in his career which was a remarkable turnaround considering his highest single season previously was 75.9 back in 2012. Picken thrived losing his tagging duties under 1st year head coach Luke Beveridge accumulating points with ease in 2015, between Rounds 4-17 he averaged 116.3pts which placed his average among the elite in AFL Fantasy. Don’t hesitate in making Picken one of your premium target options to start the 2016 season, he had 10 games that hit 100pts or more last season with 6 going for 120pts or more which was the most totalled at the Western Bulldogs in 2015.

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First NameSurnameClubPositionGamesAveragePrice
JackMacraeWestern BulldogsMID20104.6$579000
MatthewBoydWestern BulldogsDEF18104.44$578000
LiamPickenWestern BulldogsMID20101.05$559000
LukeDahlhausWestern BulldogsFWD/MID2297.64$540000
MarcusBontempelliWestern BulldogsMID2092.35$511000
MitchWallisWestern BulldogsMID1989.47$495000
KobyStevensWestern BulldogsMID1283.5$462000
MatthewSucklingWestern BulldogsDEF/FWD2180.19$444000
TomLiberatoreWestern BulldogsMID$443000
RobertMurphyWestern BulldogsDEF2079.75$441000
LachieHunterWestern BulldogsMID1278.25$433000
JasonJohannisenWestern BulldogsDEF2076.95$426000
JakeStringerWestern BulldogsFWD2175.71$419000
EastonWoodWestern BulldogsDEF2173.14$405000
ShaneBiggsWestern BulldogsDEF973.11$392000
StewartCrameriWestern BulldogsFWD1769.65$385000
WillMinsonWestern BulldogsRUC971.44$384000
ToryDicksonWestern BulldogsFWD2269.05$382000
LinJongWestern BulldogsFWD/MID1263.33$351000
JedAdcockWestern BulldogsFWD/DEF2161.71$342000
JordanRougheadWestern BulldogsDEF/RUC1659.88$331000
MitchHoneychurchWestern BulldogsFWD1059$327000
JackRedpathWestern BulldogsFWD1157.09$316000
TomCampbellWestern BulldogsRUC/FWD661.83$301000
DaleMorrisWestern BulldogsDEF1352.23$289000
CalebDanielWestern BulldogsFWD953$285000
TomBoydWestern BulldogsFWD1450.64$280000
TobyMcLeanWestern BulldogsFWD461$277000
NathanHrovatWestern BulldogsFWD754.43$274000
LukasWebbWestern BulldogsDEF1046.6$258000
JoelHamlingWestern BulldogsDEF1046$255000
JoshPruddenWestern BulldogsDEF452$236000
FletcherRobertsWestern BulldogsDEF1138.27$212000
BaileyDaleWestern BulldogsFWD/MID1033.3$184000
ClaySmithWestern BulldogsFWD/MID340.33$176000
JoshDunkleyWestern BulldogsMID$162000
MarcusAdamsWestern BulldogsDEF/FWD$155000
BaileyWilliamsWestern BulldogsDEF/MID$136000
KieranCollinsWestern BulldogsDEF$136000
RoarkeSmithWestern BulldogsDEF131$125000
ZaineCordyWestern BulldogsDEF219$125000
BradLynchWestern BulldogsDEF$125000
DeclanHamiltonWestern BulldogsFWD/MID$125000
LukeGoetzWestern BulldogsRUC$125000

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

27 Comments

  • Libber’s price….pass.

    And I hope lots of people pick Lukas Webb…lol.

    • No Libba! Are you serious? 443k for someone who will definitely play round one with absolute certainty of a midfield spot, and who can average 100-105+? Yes please, I would take him over O’Meara (injury and position doubts with less experience) any day!

      • He and O’Meara are both coming back from major injuries so expect a slow start.

        Could deal with it for $100k less, but so many other options I’d rather have in that mid-400k range at the moment.

        • I wouldn’t compare their respective injuries. Libba suffered a ruptured ACL, which takes 11 months to recover from, and his rehab has been without setback, so he should be ready for gameplay by the NAB Challenge. O’Meara had many, built-up, injuries which has constantly halted him from recovering as he would like. It has also been said that he is only about 50-50 for round 1 at the moment. To be honest, I feel Liberatore is far-and-away the best option, even in that mid-400k range.

      • “Can average 100-105” – I’m not saying he can’t, but he never has so far in his career. With Griffin out he’s the number 1 tag target; couple that with his return from injury, and you’re looking at a very nervous first round pick. For such a contested possession player (14 CP: 10 UP) who averages 8 tackles a game, an injury forced slow start is almost guaranteed. For the same price you could get Gibbs, Jones, O’Meara, Crouch and Duncan.

        • Add Viney to that group.

          I just hope Brad Crouch gets a bigger discount than Libba.

        • Sorry, but Libba will never be the no. 1 tag target, and if he ever was it would do absolutely nothing. Tom Liberatore is heavily contested player, and does all of his important work in and under packs and at stoppages. Such a player is extremely hard to lock down because taggers are never taught how to defend that role. There is no point tagging him because beating him on the outside won’t limit his impact much at all. Bontempelli will be the go-to player for taggers, given his influence on the contest, and when he goes forward they will look to lock-down Bob Murphy. I also don’t see how being a contested player means a slow start from injury, and if you have been following the Dogs at all you would know that Libba has been lighting up the track. Gibbs, Jones and Duncan come nowhere close to Libba’s potential output, and of them I would only see Brad Crouch as an equal. He may take 1-2 weeks to find his feet again, but I don’t foresee the ‘slow start’ you are predicting.

          • Sorry but Gibbs and Jones have both averaged over 100 in more than one season – that alone puts them ahead for me. Re tagging – as an fyi he was tagged pre-injury last year, I had him and cried as I watched it happen. This might change now that Bont stepped up in his absence, but I know which of the two I’d rather rub out of the game.

        • The Bont will be 1st tagged. Not Libba. Also with teams that run an outside tag in will no doubt be on Macrae. I think Libba back in the side will effect Pickens tackling numbers. And vis versa back onto Libba. Dunno if he will average more than 85+ on his return year. Watch list

          • Agreed on Picken’s numbers, but there is no chance Macrae will be tagged. He racks them up like Swan, but his disposal efficiency isn’t great and he’s not the type of player to take the game from you. Libba and Bont are.

          • Sammy, you have some decent insight, but some of these comments on the Bulldogs midfield group are just not quite right. If you paid any attention in 2015, Macrae was the clear second/third opposition midfield target behind Bont and occasionally Dahl. Check out his stats, in 2014 he recorded the most effective disposals of any player and this slightly dipped due to him playing a more inside/defensive role in 2015. Teams have noted this and the only real times he misses targets are when he tries a difficult, line-breaking kick under-pressure. Furthermore, if you have seen any of his games against Gold Coast, you will know that he can change the momentum of a game in a 5-minute rampage. The Dogs’ midfield is much more diverse and talented than it seems you believe.

      • The Drawing Board had Libba’s price at a full 100k below what it is. He was a must at the lower price but a maybe at the higher.

  • Track in the NAB Cup but is a maybe for me at that price.

  • Will the Drawing Board prices change?

    • They were changing but not now. Might as well wait until all teams have been announced before fiddling with the afl fantasy drawing board

      • Drawing Board prices have changed to reflect the official Bulldog prices.

        By the way, Warnie, what happening to this site’s registration procedure? I registered about 4 days ago but the procedure never took me to the screen where I choose a password. I have 3 times tried the “forgot password” routine and have given my email address but have received no email. Basically it’s not a major issue except I would like to select as avatar to match my login name but I need to log in to do it.

        Great article on this and Libba by the way.

  • I’ll have to link to this post in my Deck of DT tomorrow… on a certain Dog returning from an ACL.

  • Boyd not a lock, will be rested multiple times, like last year and he is a year older, not going to be selecting, overpriced
    Libba, overpriced, not going to be selecting
    Dahlhuas, impact of Libba an unknown, won’t be selecting
    Suckling overpriced, won’t be selecting
    Dunkley and Minson won’t play so I won’t be selecting
    Boyd irrelevant.
    AFl is screwing up their fantasy comp with their pricing.

  • Boyd irrelevant you have no idea man!! Will average 100+

    • dat old man calf doe

    • Let’s say Boyd averages 102, misses 5 games. Gets covered by some crappy KPP rookie for 45 points on average (accounting for donuts), total score approx. 1960.

      McVeigh plays 22 games and averages 97 as usual, total score 2134. And about 50k cheaper.