Essendon AFL Fantasy Prices 2017

With each AFL Fantasy team price reveal, Peter from aflratings.com.au takes a look at five potential targets from each club.

After enduring a tough 2016 Essendon actually delivered some promising team disposal numbers in the early part of the season, in all likelihood it was probably by design to hang on to the ball for longer periods in an attempt to shut down opposition scoring. In the opening 12 rounds the Bombers were ranked in the top 3 for most team disposals a total of 5 occasions (2nd only to the Bulldogs), due to the age demographic of the playing list they fell away sharply post the round 15 Bye to record only 1 other top 3 ranking for the season.

The upcoming pre-season for the Bombers is almost compulsory viewing, will the game plan open up with quality players returning from suspension or will the Worsfold system remain pretty much the same retaining the ball as much as possible which will lead to quality fantasy numbers especially for those receiving a discount.

Here are 5 potential targets for Essendon in 2017

Jobe Watson (MID, $477,000)

After missing the 2016 season via suspension Watson is a beneficiary of a 10% discount from a 2015 average of 88.8, Watson had not averaged under 90pts in a single season since an average of 89.3 in 2009 and has averaged over 100pts in 2012 (112.5) & as recently as 2014 (103.2). Since Round 1 2010 Watson has played only 79.1% of Essendon games and in 2015 played only 54.5% of games, entering the 2017 season Watson will have turned 32. Additionally from Round 1 2010 Watson has scored 100pts or more at a moderate 42.5% S/R but that figure dropped to 22.7% in 2015, Watson does have a pretty decent ceiling having scored 120pts or more at a 17.9% S/R but again in 2015 he scored only once above 120pts.

At the age of 32 some will shy away from Watson at Round 1 2017, yes there is the potential he may not complete a full season and place your bench in a compromising position but the value at least should be there early to cash in on his starting price.

Dyson Heppell (MID, $548,000)

Since his first career game back in 2011 Heppell has been able to hit the fantasy scoreboard quite nicely, in 2014 he averaged a career high 107.4pts and with a little regression in 2015 averaging 101.8pts. Heppell will also be a beneficiary of a 10% discount on his 2015 average making him a definite value pick to start the 2017 season, if he can have an injury free pre-season he should be considered a priority at Round 1. Heppell has been quite durable in his short career playing in 94.6% of Essendon games, he played in a full uninterrupted 2015 season. Since Round 1 2014 Heppell has scored 100pts or more in 53.3% of games whilst exceeding 120pts or more in a healthy 33.3% of games, he has a career high of 152pts scored in Round 15 2014 against Geelong.

Heppell is entering the prime of his career and should prosper under Worsfold in a much better environment than when he last played in 2015, the 10% discount on 101.8pts might be too good to refuse to begin the 2017 season.

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Brent Stanton (MID, $574,000)

Stanton has been much maligned for most of his career winning a fair bit of free uncontested ball, but considering the way Essendon played in 2016 under Worsfold he may genuinely fit quite nicely in to the game plan for 2017. Like him or not Stanton was a beast in 2015 scoring 100pts or more in 68.2% of games and 120pts or more in 27.3% of games, he recorded a season high 153pts in a loss to West Coast in Round 11 and 143pts also in a loss to the Western Bulldogs in Round 18. Stanton is very durable despite his age of 30 entering the 2017 season, he is currently on a 69 games played streak dating back to the start of the 2014 season during which time he scored 140pts or more in 9 games (13.0% S/R).

If you are looking for an early point of difference to begin 2017 then Stanton could be an option, his durability and ability to score big numbers are quite solid along with the possibility to fit in to Worsfold’s high possession game plan next season could also see a spike in his fantasy output.

Zach Merrrett (MID, $710,000)

If not for the remarkable season of Patrick Dangerfield then people would be still raving on about the 2016 season from Merrett, he and Joe Daniher were the only two players to complete a full 2016 season. Merrett scored 100pts or more at a S/R of 81.8% which was second only to Dangerfield, remarkably he scored 120pts or more in 50% of games. Unfortunately for coaches looking to Merrett again to deliver success he will come with a very expensive price tag to begin 2017, additionally the quality players returning from suspension will likely hurt his output which will result in a price drop.

There was no doubting the 2016 season from Merrett and if he can back it up with a similar season in 2017 then most coaches will have to empty the bank account to secure his services, popular opinion will be against Merrett replicating last year and yes it will take a brave coach to start with him in 2017.

Davis Zaharakis (MID, $564,000)

Previous Zaharakis owners have vowed never to return based on his historical numbers and despite scoring 100pts or more in 7 of his opening 10 games in 2016, unfortunately his floor can fall below what is expected of new rookies but 2017 does again provide some optimism. Zaharakis is priced at 93.5pts to begin 2017, in a distracting 2015 season for most players he averaged 74.9pts but in 2014 he did average 95.1pts. Opposition coaches have nearly always put time in to Zaharakis thus hindering his fantasy output, but 2017 could see Zaka relieved of the close attention from opposing players with the suspended players returning and the emergence of players such Zach Merrett and Darcy Parish taking the spotlight away from him. Although Essendon won 3 games in 2016 Zaharakis thrived averaging a stellar 116.3pts those wins, in the 19 losses he still held up with a solid 89.7 average.

Whilst Zaharakis is a tough sell the stars might have just aligned for him in 2017, if opposing coaches look elsewhere then he could improve on his 47.6% 100pt game S/R from 2016.

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PlayerClubPos2016 Avg2016 Gms2017 Price
Merrett, ZachESSMID117.5922$710000
Kelly, JamesESSDEF/MID99.0520$597000
Goddard, BrendonESSMID98.7520$596000
Stanton, BrentESSMID00$574000
Zaharakis, DavidESSMID93.5221$564000
Heppell, DysonESSMID00$548000
Bird, CraigESSMID82.3318$497000
Watson, JobeESSMID00$477000
Baguley, MarkESSDEF78.310$473000
Hurley, MichaelESSDEF00$447000
Parish, DarcyESSMID73.820$446000
Fantasia, OrazioESSFWD73.1619$441000
Leuenberger, MatthewESSRUC72.9520$440000
Hooker, CaleESSDEF/FWD00$437000
McKernan, ShaunESSFWD52.56$436000
Dea, MattESSDEF7221$435000
Daniher, JoeESSFWD71.9522$435000
Langford, KyleESSMID/FWD70.0617$422000
Brown, MitchESSFWD69.5721$420000
Merrett, JacksonESSMID/FWD68.3611$413000
Howlett, BenESSMID/FWD00$404000
Hocking, HeathESSMID00$400000
Gleeson, MartinESSDEF65.6520$396000
McDonald-Tipungwuti, AnthonyESSDEF65.4821$395000
Colyer, TravisESSFWD00$380000
Laverde, JaydenESSFWD62.229$364000
Green, JoshESSFWD58.1811$351000
Bellchambers, TomESSRUC00$342000
McKenna, ConorESSDEF53.5812$323000
Ambrose, PatrickESSDEF50.0618$303000
Hartley, MichaelESSDEF48.1619$290000
McGrath, AndrewESSDEF/MID00$250000
Francis, AaronESSDEF/FWD48.333$230000
Stewart, JamesESSFWD151$227000
Long, JakeESSMID/FWD47.333$226000
Ridley, JordanESSDEF/FWD00$208000
Myers, DavidESSMID00$197000
Begley, JoshuaESSFWD00$190000
Redman, MasonESSFWD35.673$171000
Mutch, KobeESSMID00$168000
Eades, YestinESSFWD00$150000
Morgan, AlexESSDEF00$150000
Clarke, DylanESSMID00$150000
Draper, SamESSRUC00$150000

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22 Comments

  • Have you locked in Fantasia yet Warnie? Or is that more of a January call for you?

  • I’d expect Zaha, Stanton or Watson to gain DPP FWD at some point

  • This has a couple of hard to figure numbers so hoping they are errors:
    McKernan at $436k after avg 52.5 in 6 games while Green is $351k after 58.18 from 11 games. Did McKernan go at 72.5 maybe?
    James Stewart is $227k after one 15 pt game

    • Check out our #FantasyLeaks podcast.

      http://dreamteamtalk.com/2016/12/05/fantasy-leaks-podcast-ep-97/

      The new pricing formula eliminates some of the outlier scores that can make players ridiculously cheap (Wells, Kerridge last year.. until an artificial formula was applied.

      In the case of blokes like the ones you mentioned, players who played less than ten games get a discount (3% per game under ten) on the higher of their last two year average. So Stewart isn’t basement priced because his discount has been applied to the 49.6 he averaged in 2015.

      I know some won’t like that, but as Calvin called it on the leaks podcast, it’s a common sense rule. They still get a discount, but it is based on a more realistic average.

      …and at the end of the day, we all play with the same prices. We don’t want everyone picking the same players!

  • Watson locked already for me, just need 29 more

  • After making a lot of money on the Bombers last season, I cant see too much on offer this season, despite the discount.

    I’m not sold on Watson, Stanton or Kelly in non-draft formats.

    I’m on Heppell watch and he is a possible starter for me.

    I am more interested in watching how Bellchambers and Lewey go in the ruck, but very unlikely to go with either of them.

    David Myers and Mcgrath should get a Guernsey on my bench.

    No real interest in anyone else at this stage, other than bringing in Merrett when his price drops and flattens out.

  • So magic number inflation pushes past 6000. Last year it was ~5500, this year 6025-6037. Basically cancels out the extra million dollars we’re supposedly getting in the kitty as both rises are ~10%. Gonna be hardcore guns & rooks for me in 2017 after dabbling with numerous midpricers in 2016.

    • Yep – the magic number is basically in line with the salary cap increase. The basement price is slightly higher, by comparison, to last year.

      ..and agree on midpricers, however… there is a place for them. Plenty of value across the lines!

    • Last year had some very good quality midpricers

      Ie: Johannisen, Hunter, Gibbs, Viney, Duncan, M.Crouch, Kerridge, Hall, Wells and some not so good popular ones ie (S.Gray, B.Crouch, Degoey, T.Miller, Steele ect)

      This year seems to be lacking a bit in midprice quality and with fantasy adding players throughout the year(Mundy, Hodge, Hartlett, Hanley, Vince, Gray, I.Smith ect) those midpricers have to avg even more to be worthwhile.

      You will always need to pick a few midpricers with the limited rookie options starting round 1

  • Heppell only bomber i am considering starting with.

  • Surely David Myers is a lock. He is a best 22 player, he is priced at a tad over 30 points, even though he has scored above that every season and twice that in all but 2 seasons and has a best season average (2014) of 81.5. What’s not to love?

    • Heppell will be in just about every team,myers will be a good f6-f8. Not sure what to expect from Watson,could have a point to prove or lose the passion. Might sit on that one. McGrath a lock & I agree that’s all that’s worth a look.

    • Yep – he’ll be a popular choice considering he’s 53k cheaper than a #1 draft pick. Should go 70-75 minimum and make some quick cash if he’s fully fit.

      Bellchambers will surely make money for those coaches going with a Premium/Mid Price ruck combo to star the year with 55 ave price tag. Risky though with his poor injury history…

  • McGrath D6? At that price yes? Myers agreed – not sold Hepple while team structure is different Watson awkward price

  • Warnie what’s the magic number